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DestrUKtoid

DestrUKtoid Episode 3 - I'm trying to do art, now there's meat in my cake


Let's talk hot public service workers
Apr 25
// Laura Kate Dale
The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid). Destructoid UK Editor Laura Dale is joined this week by Joe Parlock an...
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All aboard!
This week on Podtoid, Destructoid's videogame podcast, Kyle MacGregor and Laura Kate Dale welcome Shovel Knight artmancer Nick Wozniak and gameplay programmer Ian Flood to the show. The occasion? Our favorite platfo...

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DestrUKtoid

The Destructoid UK Podcast 2: Super Sentai tried to kill me


Britpop, Brum, and Pat's tit
Apr 17
// Laura Kate Dale
The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid). Destructoid UK Editor Laura Dale is joined this week by Joe Parlock an...

Podtoid 290: Man Milk

Apr 16 // Kyle MacGregor
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A moment on the nips...
On the latest Podtoid, the usual suspects return to discuss milking Brett Makedonski, outlandish alcoholic beverages, sports, airplane engine fires, Applebee's, Polish hotels... Also, videogames. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen via direct download. 

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DestrUKtoid

The Destructoid UK Podcast 1: We get it first


We have UK writers, so it's time for a UK show
Apr 11
// Laura Kate Dale
The UK, it exists and Destructoid now has writers there. Great British Pounds Sterling. Eastenders. Steptoe and Son. The Destructoid UK Podcast (DestrUKtoid). Destructoid UK Editor Laura Dale is joined this week by Claire Sha...
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PODTOID

Podtoid 289: Bloodborne Amiibo


これはパイプではありません。
Apr 06
// Kyle MacGregor
This week on Podtoid the cast welcomes special guest Darren Nakamura to discuss Bloodborne, the latest Nintendo news,  Assassin's Creed Chronicles, and the demise of PlayStation Home. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or listen via direct download.
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Podtoid 288

Podtoid 288: Tim Schafer likes cat butts


Don't we all?
Mar 19
// Kyle MacGregor
The Podtoid gang returns from GDC, PAX East, and EGX Rezzed to discuss the horrors they've witnessed out in the real world, fighting illness and fatigue to report on Tim Schafer's affinity for kitty bottom, and other thi...
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Radio Dtoid live

Radio Dtoid LIVE from PAX East 2015 is happening!


Here's how to get involved
Mar 06
// nanashi
[Dtoiders Nanashi and TheDustinThomas have once again agreed to assist us with a recording of Radio Destructoid live from PAX East! Now's your chance to be a part of Radio D history! --Mr Andy Dixon] It's that time once again...

The Destructoid Guide to Community Podcasting

Mar 05 // Stephen Turner
For your podcast, you will need: 1 Skype 1 Microphone/Headset 2 Recording Apps (CallBurner or Pamela) 1 Editing Software (WavePad, Vegas, Adobe, etc.) 3-4 Human Beings 1 File Storage Platform As you can see, you don’t need to go overboard with your equipment, and a good podcast always boils down to great chemistry. Let’s look at that list in a little more detail: Getting a Skype account is easy. If it’s not built into your Windows, go to the website. Podcasting is, simply put, talk radio done over the phone. It’s a group chat edited into a listener’s digest. Most community podcasts are done over Skype – it’s a bit of a rarity for everyone to be in the same room – so obviously you’ll need a quality headset. Something comfortable in the £20/$25 range will do just fine. MY PRO TIP: Console headsets are no-no; too cheap and nasty. But if you’re on a shoestring budget and looking to reduce the popping effect on your mic, the foamy bit from an old 360 headset is well worth salvaging. A bit of a “No Shit, Sherlock” but you’ll also need a Skype recording app. Different podcasters use different recorders, e.g. Radio Destructoid uses CallBurner and Scary Granules uses Pamela. I’m sure audiophiles will tell you one is better than the other, but they’re both solid, accessible recorders for first timers. LAURA KATE’S PRO-TIP: Always have at least one guest recording the whole call with one of those Skype recorders. They've saved my life more than once when someone's local recording broke. The amount of people on your show can vary, but four is the golden number. More experienced podcasters are lower in number because they’ve built up a rapport. If you have a whole gang, then some voices tend to get lost. I find four is the best because you can tag in and out without interrupting the flow, like them wrestlers on TV. Editing software is the real deal breaker here, since that’s where the real work begins. For Menage-A-Toid, I used a free version of WavePad Sound Editor; very newb friendly and it comes with video tutorials. STRIDER HOANG’S PRO-TIP: Before Fapcast's hiatus, I actually used Vegas to edit my podcast on my old laptop. After the hiatus I had been using a new laptop and didn't have Vegas anymore. So I managed to use Adobe Audition which works great. Best of all, you can shell out for the modern version or simply download an older version for free. I believe Audition is currently version 5 but I found version 3 for free. Lastly, you’ll need a file storage site for streaming and downloading. Mediafire, Soundcloud, iTunes, all good platforms. YouTube’s also an option, but that’s really more for VODcasts like the awesome OSW Review. As anyone who’s podcasted before knows, getting the band together is the worst part. Lots of group emails, lots of scheduling, lots of last-minute cancellations. It’ll either be smooth sailing or plain frustrating, but always be mindful of other people’s time. Eventually, you’ll all come together for a show bigger than 10 Super Bowls! Now I don’t want to oversell it… KYLE MACGREGOR’S PRO TIP: Record at a decent hour. We record Podtoid in the early afternoon on Sunday and I'm so much more coherent than when we record Radio Dtoid (late at night). Look, don’t jump in, half-cocked. ALWAYS BE PREPARED. One time, when I was in the Cub Scouts, we didn’t heed our own famous motto. Several of us were mauled by a bear, and we lost another group to a time loop in the woods. Hell, two Cubs didn’t even bother showing up. So use this quick prep to honour those poor, poor souls: Test your equipment an hour before recording. Always call Echo/Sound Test Service on Skype. No feedback means a loose lead/Hardware & Sound problem. When all else fails, Skype has its own comprehensive troubleshooting guide. It’s pretty damn useful. Make sure those call recorders are activated. Fire it up along with Skype. It’ll auto-record all calls, including that “Meow Meow Meow” song you sung to the Echo lady. Remember: sound files are found in the designated recorder’s folder, not Skype. Group Call, test, test, 1, 2, 1, 2! Your first group call is a rehearsal. Here’s where you’ll iron out any sound issues. Don’t just say everyone sounds okay. If someone’s quiet/loud, let them know. They can cap the levels in Call > Audio Settings tab. End the call and play the audio file back. If it sounds fine, you’re ready to go. Remember: A small delay is nothing, so figure out the kinks before you all get settled in. You’ll be surprised how many mishaps occur before you go live. DARREN NAKAMURA’S PRO TIP: Have everybody record locally and stitch the audio together in post. It helps to easily silence background noise coming from one person, and gets rid of any latency effects (robot voice). With switches flicked and dials reading normal, the next group call will be The Big One, the ol’ “live in five.” Don’t worry, without fail, every podcast starts off with a lot of rambling and someone saying, “Are we ready yet?” Professionalism, huh?! This is the part where you’re probably thinking, “Oh, great, now they’re going to tell me how to make my show!” To which, I’d say, “No! Make whatever you want, just be original and fearless about it! If you’re not having fun, we’re not having fun!” That said, uh-oh, it’s best to have a structure. How Did This Get Made? is a great show, but bloody hell, it’s a mess at times. You could’ve seen Sleepaway Camp twice in one night and still have trouble following their time-skip observations. If you want to keep the listeners around, there needs to be a sense of direction. MIKE MARTIN’S PRO TIP: Having an overview/structure laid out helps immensely. Don't script things, unless you are really great actors. It comes off unnatural. Let conversations flow naturally. You can always remove rambling later, but you don't know what gem might pop up in off topic conversations. DARREN NAKAMURA’S PRO TIP: Don't ever think that "let's get drunk and record something" is an original idea or a good one. It almost never is. ANDY DIXON’S PRO TIP: Yeah, drunkenness is A-OK as a by-product of having a good time podcasting. It just shouldn't be the reason for the podcast :) Sure, have a drink, but don’t go nuts. Two beers are more than enough to calm your nerves and wet your whistle throughout the entire show. As the de facto host, it’s your job to introduce the show, the guests, and the topics, steer the conversations, and end it on a bang. Your presentation style is yours and yours alone.  You’re the Dungeon Master, the Conan O’ Brien, even the Awesomely Bearded Captain of the Titanic. The key is to be assertive once in a while. Also, make sure you write up a “Things to Say and Do” list in Word. So for structure, let’s look at Menage-a-Toid’s second episode. As you can see, it runs on a simple magazine format; an easy fill for 75+ minutes. It doesn’t even have to be this rigid.  As long as you know your A to B’s, everything else is a lovely scenic detour. *drives innocently away to the rocky valleys of The Hills Have Eyes* So how exactly do you converse with an audience in mind? Be engaging for one, but if you’re the de facto host, be sure to keep these tips in the back of your mind: Introduce the topic, along with your own opinion, before passing the buck along. Always keep things on the move. You know, like that infamous football scene in The Room. If anybody goes quiet for a while, bring them back in by asking for a thought. Conversations always go off on a tangent. Still, be mindful of the original point and bring it back to some conclusion before things get exhausted. Skype Messenger a valuable and silent tool. Write down your directions and queries there, as not to interrupt the conversation. If the topic is running dry, wrap it up. It’ll save you from dead air and repetition. Listener Questions are always welcome. Get the word out early and be sure to remind everyone again before recording. More interaction means more empowerment for your audience, which means regular retention for you in the long run. As a guest, it’s your job to be a lovable smart-arse like our very own Occams. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but ALWAYS BE ENGAGING. Popular podcasts pride themselves on a strong cross-section of personalities. Someone will always have you covered with trivia, gags, opinions, and general buffoonery. And no doubt, you’ll be covering their arses with own brand of wit, guile, or plain old sensibility. There aren’t any real no-no’s to podcasting, just some easily tamed bad habits. Here’s some I’ve encountered in my time: No snacks while recording. Drinks are fine. Snacks are for pre-production only. No distractions like clickable nibs. Trust me, even a crappy mic will pick up your fidgeting. *whispers*Sorry, Secret Moon Base guys*whisper* Brevity is the soul of wit. Rambling is bound to happen, but don’t hog the mic. The key to keep things snappy. Sure, you might have to explain the mechanics of something, but you don’t need to go into the exact specifics. People tend to zone out if you’ve been talking for 10 minutes straight. Don’t turn the conversation into a “schmohz.” Nobody likes a messy pile up… of noise. It’s an early evening bar conversation, so be polite in addition to being fun, and be mindful of the listener. It’ll also save the editor a headache or two. CONOR ELSEA’S (BAD) PRO TIP: Helps to live near an airport and leave your windows open. No matter the show, you’re looking at a three-hour recording session at most. Make sure you have a break in that time. Remember to have fun with the content and say everything you need to say. Nobody cares if you suck or not. Plus, there are plenty of chances at Destructoid to hone your craft. Just ask around! Editing eats up your time like nobody’s business. But stick with it because this is where your well oiled vision comes to life. Whatever you have planned: Don’t be afraid to kill your darlings. Guests will say a lot, but not all of it will make the cut. Some jokes work, some don’t. Some get to the point, some take longer. It’s all clay, baby. If you’re confident enough, you can even shave off seconds of dead air. Don’t worry about hurt feelings. Find a balance of voices, and do what’s best for the listener. Even out those sound levels. Sometimes, someone or something will be louder than the rest. You can actually reduce the decibels and keep everyone audibly in-line. Sure, it’s more time in the editing process, but you’ll end up producing a higher quality show for it. Music is a useful punctuation. Cues break up your topics and keep the listener engaged. No need to play an entire piece. Learn to fade early on for the maximum effect. Always make notes. As you continue to edit, something important at 1:30 will end up at 1:26. It’s a no brainer. Keep some sticky notes at hand. Treat milestones like separate save games. Overwriting’s fine for minor changes, but for the end of a session, it’s advisable to save your work as separate audio files.  That way, if anything irreversible comes up, an older edit will be close at hand. Send a rough cut to your guests. They don’t need to hear all of it, just the intro.  Everybody’s their own worst critic, so shake them down for good advice. Once you’ve nailed the opening half-hour, you won’t need any hand-holding for the rest. After you’ve uploaded your final cut, write a community blog with all the relevant links.  Don’t just say, “Here’s our podcast, listen to it.” Sell it to us in 200-300 words. If you want to promote yourself further, then by all means, make a trailer and send a message to our Community Manager/Podcast Recapper. Who knows? You might even get up getting a radio spot on another community podcast. It’s all about that networking, baby! Oh, and don't forget to check out the Podcast boards in our forum! Always remember: great podcasting comes with experience. You know, like that thing your mum and the milkman talk about on the sly. Well, you’re on your own now. Hopefully, this guide has either given you a shot of confidence to give it a try or it’s helped to refine your skills. Maybe you’ll think, “Wait, podcasting doesn’t sound so scary after all. In fact, it’s a genuinely great way of getting involved with the Destructoid community. Gee Willlikers, Mr. Turner! It’s just like being in a knife-fight gang down by the beach!” And I’ll look at you and say, “It sure is, Billy. It sure is.” We look forward to give you a spin. In my case, while doing the shopping. Or photoshopping myself into Sarah Koenig's "started off great then lost the plot" Serial. What about that Jay fella, huh?
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The call is coming from inside the house!
So you wanna be a podcast superstar? And live large, a big house, five cars, you're in charge? Comin' up in the world, don't trust no body, gotta look over your shoulder constantly? Well, it probably won’t happen unle...

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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Destructoid records tonight! Ask us a question!


Best question will win a free Loot Crate
Feb 28
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Mr Andy Dixon (Community Manager), Bill Platt (Legendary Dtoider), Conor Elsea (Community Monster), and Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor) as we talk abou...

Podtoid 287: Ya boy be hoopin'

Feb 24 // Kyle MacGregor
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Hella hoop hoop
This week on Podtoid, oh hey, Podtoid is back from the dead. Also, Kyle MacGregor, Brett Makedonski, Laura Kate Dale, and Steven Hansen discuss hot new releases Life is Strange and The Order: 1886, Donski's strange amiibo addiction, and Steven's plan to start a basketball cabal. Listen to the re;birth via direct download or do that iTunes thing if you're nasty.

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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Destructoid records tonight! Ask us questions...


...and win a free game!
Feb 07
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Mr Andy Dixon (Community Manager), Bill Platt (Legendary Dtoider), Conor Elsea (Community Monster), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), and Occams Electri...
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Radio Dtoid

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask us some questions!


Do you have what it takes to ask the best question?
Jan 17
// ChillyBilly
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams...
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Radio Dtoid 051 - 053

Radio Destructoid got me pregnant


Not really, but you can catch the last three episodes right here anyway
Jan 13
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Mr Andy Dixon (Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Conor Elsea (US Community Monster), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), and Oc...
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Radio Dtoid

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask a question, win a game!


The best question wins a free game!
Jan 03
// ChillyBilly
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams...
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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Dtoid records tonight! Ask us questions, dammit


Our favorite question wins a free game!
Dec 20
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams Electric Toothbrush (Community Blo...
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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Destructoid episode 51 records tonight! Ask us questions!


Our favorite question will win a free game (not Area 51)
Dec 06
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join hosts Conor Elsea (US Community Manager), Bill Platt (Community Playdate Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Associate Editor), Occams Electric Toothbrush (Community Blo...
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A laid-back discussion of this week in gaming
This week on Hardline, Bill, Steven, and I used the PlayStation's 20th anniversary as an excuse to bring up a bunch of old games for better (Bushido Blade, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night) and for worse (Blasto, some figh...

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Radio Dtoid 050

Radio Destructoid 050: The Louis Conundrum


Featuring special community guest Jack Shadow!
Nov 29
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...
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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Destructoid records tonight! Ask us questions


Our favorite question will win a free game!
Nov 22
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...
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Radio Dtoid 049

Radio Destructoid 049: AssCreedBroHo


Featuring special community guest OpiumHerz!
Nov 17
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...
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A laid-back discussion of this week in gaming
This week on Hardline, Steven, Brett, and I spoke about Avalanche finally confirming Just Cause 3 after all those leaks, Brett's review of Assassin's Creed Rogue, and funny faceless and infinite-jump glitches in Assassin's C...

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Radio Dtoid questions

Radio Destructoid records tonight! Ask us some questions


With special community guest OpiumHerz
Nov 08
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and me as we talk abo...
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A laid-back discussion of this week in gaming
[This episode of Hardline is sponsored by The Crew. We're giving away a silly amount of codes for this weekend's beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One right now. Claim yours here.] It's been a while since Brett, Steven, and I h...

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Radio Dtoid 048

Radio Dtoid 048: Nerd Herding


Featuring special guest Miguel Piņa of the Kerbal Space Program team!
Nov 01
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...
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A laid-back discussion of this week in gaming
Happy (early) Halloween! For this week's Hardline, Bill, Brett, and I reminisced about unintentionally scary games that bothered us as kids while Steven was off on the other side of the world throwing bread down a hole. Hope you like your podcasts full of tangents. For the audio-only episode, you can subscribe on iTunes and RSS or download directly.

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Radio Dtoid Questions

Radio Destructoid records tonight with special guest Miguel Piņa of Kerbal Space Program!


Ask us some questions!
Oct 25
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and me as we talk abo...
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Friday Night Fights

Friday Night Fights: Witch time!


Game with the Dtoid community
Oct 24
// ChillyBilly
Happy Friday! I almost can't believe that it's actually here. Bayonetta 2, a game that nobody thought we'd ever see, has officially launched here in the states for the Wii U. After playing through the demo almost a dozen time...
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Radio Dtoid 047

Radio Dtoid 047: Kurt Sparrow: Super Spy


Featuring special community guest The Scholarly Gamer!
Oct 21
// mrandydixon
Radio Destructoid is our official community-focused podcast! Join Aaron "Mxy" Yost (Forums Admin), ConorElsea.com (US Community Manager), Beccy Caine (EU Community Manager), Kyle MacGregor (Contributor), and Mr Andy Dixon as ...
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A laid-back discussion of this week in gaming
This week on Hardline, Brett, Steven, and Jordan talk about Shinji Mikami's latest horror game, The Evil Within, and Hatred, a game that's just plain horrific. On a lighter note, there's also a discussion about recent featur...


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