The Optional Podcast

The Optional Podcast

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A fresh new take on video game criticism by people of color with a New York twist. Hosted by Kotaku’s Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, The Optional covers the latest in gaming with a mix of hip-hop, comedy, and real conversations surrounding the culture. This isn’t your typical games podcast. This is video game commentary for the rest of us. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support


166 - E3 2019 Pre-Show: The Unconventional Convention
Jun 10 • 106 min
It’s E3 week! We’re talking leaks, predictions, Google Stadia, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, Apex Legends Season 2, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Stay tuned after the show for our spoiler chat about Striking Vipers, the latest…
165 - Lo-fi af
Jun 4 • 80 min
This week, Paul and Cam are recording on the floor of Paul’s new apartment so excuse the mess. We’ve got a jam-packed show talking about Void Bastards, Outer Wilds, Kids on iOS/Android, a new Modern Warfare reboot, Death Stranding release date, listener…
164 - Load Times No More
May 27 • 77 min
This week we’re talking revisiting games like Tetris Effect, Apex Legends, and Splatoon 2 but also checking out new things like the Nioh 2 beta. We’re also talking the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. So tune in!…
163 - Everybody Beat the Wiz
May 20 • 94 min
This week we’re talking Division 2 drama, A Plague Tale, Cytus Alpha, Rock of Ages II, Koral, No Man’s Sky, our dark one console future predictions, HBO’s Home Movies, Wu-Tang Clan documentary series, Tuca & Bertie and much more. TUNE IN. Talk with us on…
162 - Jive Talkin’ 101
May 13 • 68 min
This week we’re back to talk more Division 2, Dragon’s Dogma, Picross Mon, and a return to Fortnite. We also talk about Riot walkouts, Final Fantasy VII teaser, Barret’s voice acting, problematic YouTubers, listener questions and our recommendations for…
161 - Fox AF
May 6 • 141 min
We’re BACK… AGAIN. This week we’re talking Days Gone, Mordhau, Friends of Ringo Ishikawa, Flappy Fighter, Mortal Kombat 11, Dragon’s Dogma, Sonic trailer backlash, that expensive Valve VR headset, Nether Realm crunch, questions and our recommendations for…
160 - Pre-Post Malone
Apr 22 • 86 min
This week we talk about Joker in Smash Ultimate, Falcon Age, Supraland, Forager, Division 2, Sekiro, Turok on Switch and the PlayStation Classic Mini? We also talk about the Gameboy turning 30, the Xbox One SADE, Capcom’s expensive USB stick, PlayStation…
159 - Eezy Szn
Apr 8 • 107 min
This week we’re talking Sekiro difficulty, Islanders, Division 2, Elder Scrolls Blades, Mario in VR, wtf happened to Anthem, live action Cowboy Bebop, Shazam! and tons more! Tune in. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
158 - Domi-knows
Apr 1 • 75 min
This week we’re talking more Division 2, Battlefield V’s Firestorm, Sekiro, the week’s news, listener questions and more. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
157 - Who is You?
Mar 25 • 90 min
This week we’re talking more Division 2, Apex Legends new Legend, Sekiro, Devil May Cry 5, Baba Is You, Google Stadia, listener questions and tons more. Don’t miss this one! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
156 - Everybody, Chill
Mar 18 • 96 min
This week we’re talking The Division 2, Golf Peaks, Divinity Original Sin 2, the week’s news, listener questions and our picks for recommendations this week. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
155 - Chihuahuachu
Mar 11 • 63 min
This week, we’re talking more Apex Legends, Dawn of Man, Left Alive and other Mario games making their way back into rotation. Plus the week’s news and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast…
154 - Better To Have Played And Lost
Mar 4 • 76 min
This week we talk more ApeLegs, Ape Out, Division 2 Open Beta, Overwatch, new Pokemon announcements, listener questions and our recommendations for the week! Tune in and join the conversation on our Discord. Support us on Anchor:…
153 - Sanchez, We Reggie?
Feb 25 • 59 min
THIS WEEK, the guys talk Dead or Alive 6, Apex Legends, Final Fantasy IX, Reggie retiring, Fake Fortnite Festivals, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
152 - 100 Miles & Gunning
Feb 18 • 97 min
CAM’S BACK and this week’s show is JAM PACKED. This week we’re talking more Apex Legends, Far Cry New Dawn, Division 2 Beta, Tetris 99, Anthem, Crackdown 3, Final Fantasy IX, plus the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week.…
151 - Apex-n-Effect with Kahlief Adams
Feb 11 • 89 min
This week Paul is flying solo without Cam BUT helping him pilot the ship is none other than Spawn On Me & This Is Dope’s Kahlief Adams to talk all about the brand spanking new Apex Legends, The Division 2 Private Beta, the week’s news, listener questions…
150 - Live, Die, Repeat
Feb 4 • 89 min
This week we talk a little more Resident Evil 2, a little more Anthem demo, and Paul’s new obsession Wargroove. We also talk a rumored Titanfall Battle Royale, Fortnite concerts, Metro Exodus backlash, and freak golf accidents. Plus your listener…
149 - 2nd Run
Jan 28 • 71 min
This week, Paul and Cam talk Resident Evil 2, the Anthem Demo, Metroid Prime 4’s delay and tons more. Tune in! Support us on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/the-optional-podcast Talk with us on Discord: https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc —- Support this podcast:…
148 - Straight to Dorff
Jan 21 • 84 min
This we talk more Onimusha, Ace Combat 7, Blackout and more. We also discuss the week’s onslaught of news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
147 - One Shot
Jan 14 • 77 min
This week Cam and Paul talk new games like Cities Skylines for Switch, Steep, Katamari and the 30-minute demo for Resident Evil 2. Plus this week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! —- Support this podcast:…
146 - Unofficial Tissue
Jan 7 • 45 min
Hear us revisit some old favorites, talk the week’s news and answer your questions! Also our recommendations for the week! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
145 - New Years 2019 Bonus Show
Dec 31, 2018 • 66 min
With 2019 right on the Horizon (Zero Dawn), we decided to do one last Playlist and Feelin’ It but more importantly, you sent us your top 3 games of 2018 and we’re playing your dope voice messages on the show! Tune in to find out what some of our amazing…
144 - 3rd Annual Optional Awards
Dec 17, 2018 • 102 min
It’s finally here! Join us as we celebrate our third year in the podcast game and look back at the year in games by giving our highly coveted quarter waters to the best (and worst) games of the year. —- Support this podcast:…
143 - From Smashy to Classy
Dec 10, 2018 • 78 min
It’s finally here. Paul and Cam talk about Smash Bros. Ultimate, Mario Party, Drawful, Avengers Endgame, 2 Milly’s Lawsuit, the Game Awards, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this…
142 - Sleep Mode
Dec 2, 2018 • 68 min
This week we talk more RDR2, Black Ops 4, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Paul talks mobile gaming on his new Pixel. As always, the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. Tune in! —- Support this podcast:…
141 - Leftovers
Nov 26, 2018 • 66 min
This week, we’re talking more of the usual suspects like RDR2 (Paul finally finished), Black Ops 4, Moonlighter, and Tetris Effect. We’re also returning to old favorites like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, God of War and… Warframe? Plus, this week’s…
140 - Flick of the Wrist
Nov 19, 2018 • 76 min
This week we’re talking more usual suspects with a mix of new games like Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu, more Battlefield V, PUBG to PS4, Sony skipping E3, Game Award Nominations, Stan Lee, listener questions and more! Support us on Anchor:…
139 - Full Effect
Nov 12, 2018 • 76 min
This week we talk more Black Ops 4, Red Dead 2, Moonlighter on Switch, and of course more Tetris Effect. We also talk this week’s news and answer our very first voice message! Tune in and don’t forget to join the Discord and talk to us directly. Anchor:…
138 - Party City Slickers
Nov 5, 2018 • 107 min
This week we’ve got an extended show full of more Red Dead Redemption 2 chat, Diablo 3 on Switch, Tetris Effect, PS One Classic games, Superman Cosplaying Geralt, shitty Blizzard fans and tons more. Tune in and be sure to check us out on Anchor now too…
137 - Wicky Wicky Wild Wild West
Oct 29, 2018 • 90 min
Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally here and we’ve got TAKES. From the immaculate details to the hard-to-ignore crunch that went into making it all, we dive deep into the game. We also pick some questions out of the bucket and hit you with some nostalgic…
136 - Yerrrrrrba Mate
Oct 22, 2018 • 78 min
This week the guys are talking about their first victory in Blackout, more Destiny, Card Thief for iOS, and Soulcalibur VI. We talk about the week’s news, answer some questions and give our recommendations for the week. Join the discourse on our Discord!…
135 - Duty Heads
Oct 15, 2018 • 49 min
This week, the guys are talking… Call of Duty? And it’s… good? That and tons more. Join the conversation! Be a part of our Discord! https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
134 - On the Spot Dice Spin
Oct 8, 2018 • 73 min
We’re talking more Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Dragonball FighterZ on Switch, Super Mario Party, new Switch models in 2019, streaming games in Chrome and TONS more. Join our Discord! https://discord.gg/T2v8CDc —- Support this podcast:…
Iron Blooded Orphans Ep. 5 & 6
Oct 3, 2018 • 23 min
We review episodes 5 & 6 of Iron Blooded Orphans. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 133 - Deadass Redemption
Oct 1, 2018 • 70 min
WE BACK. And this week, Paul shares his impressions on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Cam jumps into Super Mario Odyssey, we talk PlayStation Classic, Crossplay, Bowsette, say goodbye to Tell Tale, give the fire literary recommendations, and TWO…
Iron Blooded Orphans Ep. 3 & 4
Sep 19, 2018 • 31 min
This week, we’re talking about episodes 3 and 4 of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans. Catch up, tune in, and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 132 - Online/Offline
Sep 17, 2018 • 44 min
This week we talk Dragon Quest XI, Black Ops 4 Beta, Old School Musical on Switch and a little more Destiny 2 Forsaken! We also chat a couple of news stories and our recommendations for the week. Tune in and join the conversation! Join our Discord!…
Iron Blooded Orphans Ep. 1 & 2 Recap
Sep 12, 2018 • 33 min
Welcome to the very first episode of The Optional Review, our new weekly recap episode where you join us in watching a piece of entertainment that you’ve recommended to us! This season we’re covering the anime Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans.…
Episode 131 - Do A Flip
Sep 10, 2018 • 76 min
It’s finally here! This week hear Paul’s thoughts on Spider-Man for PS4, Cam tells us what he thinks of Destiny 2 Forsaken and of course the week’s news, questions, and our recommendations. Tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 130 - Yuzo, Is It You?
Sep 3, 2018 • 74 min
We’re back this week and we’re talking Into the Breach on Switch, Donut County, Shenmue and Super Bomberman R! In the news it’s the tragic events in Jacksonville, Insomniac denying game downgrades, BFV delayed and new trailers for Cyberpunk 2077 and…
Episode 129 - Statham Tatum
Aug 20, 2018 • 82 min
This week we’re talking Death’s Gambit, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate and returning to old favorites like FF XV. We also talk about the week’s latest news and tons more. Tune in! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 128 - Atomic Purple
Aug 13, 2018 • 69 min
We’re back this week to talk We Happy Few, Captain Toad’s Treasure Tracker, Flipping Death and a bit of Third Strike. We also talk the week’s news and tons more! —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 127 - Mandem Skies
Jul 30, 2018 • 51 min
This week we talk all about No Man’s Sky’s massive new NEXT update, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in, start mining that copper, and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 126 - Silence Dogood
Jul 23, 2018 • 69 min
This week the guys are joined by very special guest Heather Alexandra to talk No Man’s Sky, Thumper, Spider-Man, Concrete Genie, Tetris Effect, Octopath Traveler, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in, don’t…
Episode 125 - Always Bet On Black
Jul 16, 2018 • 70 min
This week the guys talk Fortnite Season 5, more No Man’s Sky, 2018 GDoC Expo, checks for BlocBoy JB, D&D, and how to deal with “analysis paralysis.” Tune in to join the conversation. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 124 - Free to Play
Jul 9, 2018 • 76 min
This week we talk more No Man’s Sky, Banner Saga 2, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and Forza Horizon 3. In the news, it’s Shenmue hype, Warframe on Switch, Fortnite oddities and tons more. Tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 123 - Now You’re Playing With Powder
Jul 2, 2018 • 59 min
During the nasty heatwave, we talk the new Battlefield V closed alpha, Lumines Remastered, Mario + Rabbids Donkey Kong DLC and TONS more. Tune in and join the conversation. Donate to help keep families together:…
Episode 122 - Double Crossplay
Jun 25, 2018 • 50 min
This week, the guys recover from E3, talk some new games (and old) and ask Sony to let us go free. —- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theoptionalpodcast/support
Episode 121 - E3 2018 Hangover
Jun 15, 2018 • 120 min
Well, it came and went just like that. And we spent close to 2 hours jamming as much loopy late night content into a single episode and we go to some weird places. Catch our thoughts on all of the latest news and announcements from E3 2018, your…
Episode 120.5 - E3 2018 HYPE
Jun 6, 2018 • 43 min
Just when you thought you couldn’t get more excited. We hit you with our very first bonus episode! We chat all things E3 2018 and hit you with some of our predictions. So tune in and join the discussion in the Discord too! Music by Salzar…
Episode 120 - Lifehacks and Lawsuits
Jun 4, 2018 • 86 min
This week, the guys are joined by returning guest Cody Davis to chat Mario Tennis Aces, PixelJunk Monsters 2, Just Shapes & Beats, and more. In the news it’s packed full of pre-E3 reveals, new Fallout news, Fortnite being sued, Atari’s return, new Pokemon…
Episode 119 - Meta Challenge
May 28, 2018 • 65 min
This week the guys talk the usual suspects along with some new games like H1Z1, Moonlighter, Wizard of Legend, and Framed. In the news it’s Battlefield V hype, E3 hype, and one of our Switch predictions is coming true… sorta. As always another round of…
Episode 118 - Get Rich Quick
May 21, 2018 • 61 min
This week the guys talk more Fortnite, Overwatch, Destiny 2, and Overcooked! Tons of pre-E3 Black Ops IIII hype, amazing Xbox One controllers, New No Mans Sky multiplayer, another incredible round of questions and our recommendations for the week. So sit…
Episode 117 - Late Vegetation
May 17, 2018 • 64 min
This week the guys are just a tad bit late but here nevertheless. Hear us talk more Fortnite, Destiny 2, Overwatch, Yakuza 6, I Am Setsuna, and TONS more. Tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 116 - Back in Business
May 7, 2018 • 137 min
WE’RE BACK. Paul returns from his trip abroad to Japan and South Korea and the guys are joined by friend of the show and rapper extraordinaire, Doc, to discuss travelling, games, and a bonus spoilercast for Infinity War at the end of the show! So tune in…
Episode 115 - Seoul For Real
Apr 16, 2018 • 48 min
Before Paul leaves town for Tokyo and Seoul, the guys chat about Radical Heights, God of War, Fortnite, Donkey Kong high scores, actual SEGA announcements, questions and TONS more. So tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this podcast:…
Episode 114 - Streamer Variety
Apr 9, 2018 • 53 min
This week we talk more Far Cry 5, Fortnite, Bayonetta 2 and The Division. In the news it’s all about Spider-Man’s release date and Far Cry 5 impressive sales numbers. Rounding out the show is another round of questions and our recommendations for the…
Episode 113 - Resurrections
Apr 2, 2018 • 54 min
This week, we talk more Far Cry 5, Battle Royale and Monster Hunter World! In the news we have even more No Mans Sky, SEGA up to something, mysterious comets in Fortnite, and what a shocker: racist emote jokes on Twitch. As always rounding out the show…
Episode 112 - Where the Players Dwell
Mar 26, 2018 • 61 min
This week, Cam and Paul sport some extra puffy bubble jackets and goggles to bring you the latest in gaming goodness. This week we talk Cam’s trip to Thailand, Sea of Thieves, A Way Out, Far Cry 5, Lumines returns, Fortnite mobile and TONS more. So tune…
Episode 111 - Yippe Ki-Yay
Mar 12, 2018 • 73 min
This week we talk Vermintide 2, Darwin Project, Splatfest, Chuchel and Bloodbourne as well as some of our regular games. We also chat weird violent video game compilations at the White House, Nintendo Direct news, The Division 2 and Black Ops IIII. As…
Episode 110 - No Hoodies
Mar 5, 2018 • 64 min
This week we baked a metaphorical cake for the Switch’s birthday. Alongside a lot of people we actually know who actually have birthdays. Then we talk new games like Into the Breach, Mulaka, Deadbolt and some of our other regulars. As always, news,…
Episode 109 - Real Ones
Feb 26, 2018 • 62 min
This week, we’ve got TONS to talk about. Hear us chat Florence, Assassin’s Creed Origins Discovery Tour, Metal Gear Survive, Moss for PSVR, Bayonetta and Final Station on Switch, and the new DLC for Battlefield 1. Another bite-sized round of questions and…
Episode 108 - Wakanda Foreverz
Feb 19, 2018 • 83 min
With Black Panther finally out, we have a regular bitesized show followed by a special in-depth spoiler chat on the movie. Find out what we thought about the film, cast and most importantly ask: how is Lupita so damn fine? So take your special edible…
Episode 107 - Drop a Pin
Feb 12, 2018 • 76 min
This week we talk some of the usual suspects with some new titles (for us) like Rime, Dragon Quest Builders, Octogeddon and A Case of Distrust. In the news it’s shitty online “celebrities”, new trailers, shitty developers, NEW RIDGE RACER (?) and Smash…
Episode 106 - Third Time’s a Charm
Feb 5, 2018 • 53 min
This week we’re talking more Monster Hunter World, Celeste, Blossom Tales and Paul got some hands-on time with Nintendo Labo!! In the news it’s more delays and we get a 2018 window for Nintendo Online. So tune in and join the conversation! —- Support this…
Episode 105 - Don’t Google It
Jan 29, 2018 • 62 min
This week is chock-full of gaming goodness. We talk Shadow of the Colossus, Sea of Thieves closed beta, and of course Monster Hunter World!!! We also talk about the latest God of War trailer, forgetting people’s names, our rap names and as usual our…
Episode 104 - Full Meme Ahead
Jan 22, 2018 • 71 min
This week the guys catch up on some Overwatch League while checking out some new games like Blossom Tales, Axiom Verge, Night in the Woods and the betas for Metal Gear Survive and Darwin Project. In the news it’s all about Nintendo’s Labo and Splatoon 2’s…
Episode 103 - Best of the Best of the Best
Jan 15, 2018 • 61 min
This week the guys already start off checking those New Year resolution boxes by finishing up some games like Yakuza Kiwami and Steamworld Dig 2 as well as some Dragon Quest Builders on Switch. In the news it’s some VR improvements out of CES, Nintendo…
Episode 102 - Higher Resolutions
Jan 8, 2018 • 61 min
We’re back bringing in the new year with that gaming goodnessss. Hear us chat what’s on our playlist from the past two weeks, our gaming resolutions for the new year, idiot YouTubers abroad, Switch shattering sales records, Battle Royale games and even…
Episode 101 - The Last Jedi Spoilercast
Dec 25, 2017 • 83 min
Boom, just when you thought we were done, we bring you a special holiday bonus episode. As we celebrate the holidays and usher in the new year, we are joined by the man, the myth, the former cohost and legendary GASBAG: Roman France! Join us as we talk…
Episode 100 - The 2nd Annual Optional Awards
Dec 18, 2017 • 89 min
With the end of 2017 rapidly approaching, we take some time to look back at the incredible year of gaming that we’ve all experienced. Oh and we turn 100! We break down the awards into 8 major categories and widdle the nominees down until we find our…