From The Bunker: The Bethesda/id Podcast

By Alec Meer on August 30th, 2010 at 11:59 am.

They’ve missed a trick not calling this Galaxy News Radio and lobbing in Three Dog soundbytes, frankly. This 22 minute chat, hopefully the first of many, features Bethesda’s king Todd Howard and id’s creative boss Tim Willits chatting about game design, QuakeCon and regrettable moustaches. It’s… well, it’s not exactly ripe with zingers and can be a bit of a tough listen, but I’m very glad it exists.

Unfortunately, it’s more than a little awkward – a sense that these guys aren’t yet comfortable casting their pods in public, and perhaps also that their hands (i.e. tongues) are a bit too tied for there to be a chance of anything honestly revelatory to be said. It’s not peppy enough, basically – but I want to encourage it anyway, because it’s rare that we ever get to hear quite this much directly from a videogame Big Boss outside of interviews.

In the internet age, it’s only right that the traditional barriers between gamers and gamemakers erode a little, and that the previously insurmountable walls of id are crumbling is especially pleasing. I’m only too keen to see where this podcast can go once they’ve relaxed into it fully. Oh, and here’s me interviewing Tim Willits at GamesCom.


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  1. Derf says:

    This is very much something you should listen to if you’re:

    a) Bored.
    b) On a train.
    c) Doing something else.

  2. Roy says:

    “They’ve missed a trick not calling this Galaxy News Radio and lobbing in Three Dog soundbytes, frankly.”

    No, they haven’t.

  3. drewski says:

    Now I just need a Creative Assembly podcast, and I’ll be able to listen to the slightly awkward thoughts of all my favourite developers (Irrational already having a podcast.)

  4. terry says:

    Why does Eurogamer have a specific German version? Does it turn the blood green?

  5. Sam Crisp says:

    I doubt Nick Breckon is uncomfortable casting his pods.

  6. Quizboy says:

    You know, every time I see ‘Three Dog’ now all I can think of is the Human Centipede. Poor Mantrid.

  7. Solon says:

    I must be the only person in the world that doesn’t want to murder Three Dog.

    • Travis says:

      I was good friends with Three Dog. Except for the announce he does what says “Revolution? Vacation? Somebody fart?”. I got real sick of that one.

  8. Forch says:

    Sadly, this cannot replace the hole in my heart that Idle Thumbs used to reside in.

  9. rei says:

    I didn’t find this at all awkward really. Quite enjoyed it, especially the little snippets of New Vegas music which sound like a huge improvement on FO3′s. Just wish it’d been a biiiit longer, but hopefully they’ll at least come out with them regularly.

  10. zipdrive says:

    If you like this, you might also like the

  11. Simon says:

    How is it a podcast if I can’t subscribe to it? A slowly growing collection of MP3′s on some site is not a podcast :(

    Hope they add it to iTunes…

  12. Pandaemonius says:

    Oh dear, attack of the mystical spambot.

    Now with captcha-entering powers!

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