Brendan Caldwell, formerly/currently-ish of this parish, has launched a new video games podcast of his own and it sounds: well good. It’s named Hey, Lesson! and uses video games as a way into talking about the real subject behind them, with actual experts rather than just, y’know, podcasters. He’s released the first three episodes in one blast, talking about Spelunky 2 and actual spelunking (and which animals get lost in caves), about The Last Of Us Part 2 and a post-humanity world, and about Death Stranding and our cravings for social media ‘likes’. It’s a solid podcasting premise, that, and Brendy is quite great.
“Basically, it’s a show where we talk to clever people about silly videogames (and sometimes even smart ones),” Brendy explains on the podcast’s site. “We might speak to a professor of infectious diseases about the brain parasites of Baldur’s Gate 3. Or we might talk to a caving instructor about the animals you find in Spelunky 2. But whatever our topic, we also chat about the game. It’s half a celebration of videogames, and half an investigation of planet Earth.”
He’s had some familiar guest co-hosts, including Matthew Castle and Paul Dean. Each episode has a written transcript too, if you like that sort of thing. I want to hear the raw Caldwell, me. I’ve missed him in the RPS treehouse.
Brendy’s running a Patreon to help fund it, where at least $2/month will get you the unedited interviews with experts.
We still have our own podcast, mind, the Electronic Wireless Show.