I figure I'll go ahead and post literally everything I'm currently subscribed to; I have just barely enough time at work and during my commute to listen that the feed remains manageable, but I never quite manage to actually get to the last one in the order right now (which is, despite my earlier posting, Friends at the Table; being serialized table top gaming, I prefer to listen to it when I have a stretch of uninterrupted time and have some episodes built up as a backlog, so possibly on my next drive to Louisana I'll get into Twilight Mirage).
My subscription feed in alphabetical order:8-4 Play Podcast
: The rambling gaming podcast about Japan, Video Games, and Japanese video games by the fine folks at 8-4 translations. Mostly interesting for the inside baseball and the perspective out of Japan, but can be kinda wearying at times. Good thing it's (Bi-weekly)![Bracket!]
: The Sweet 16 bracket podcast determined to rank everything one episode at a time, by a bunch of dumb goobers who I find hilarious. Come for the episodes about topics you care about so you can yell at their bad opinions, stay to find out if they'll ever get to the Tournament of Tournament of Champions wherein they bracket out the 16 winners of the 16 prior Tournament of Champions, which are of course the 16 winners from each season. (Weekly)Anime World Order Podcast
: If you're an old fogey of an anime but like to hear about some new stuff now and again, this is the only anime podcast I've ever actually liked. Good deep dives on their reviews, with lots of historical and behind the scenes info whenever possible, they're able to look at anime fandom as a whole from the tape-trading days until now without really villifying or lauding any one era as THE BEST. (Monthlyish at this point)Axe of the Blood God
: USGamer's weekly RPG podcast. Kat and Jeremy are two folks I love in games writing, but man, their voices together definitely made for the most heavy-lidded listening experience ever. Nadia gives the podcast a much better balance overall, as she and Kat both agree and diverge on a lot of RPG topics in a way that usually makes for a good conversation about new and upcoming stuff while also diving into older titles with their frequent "reports". (Weekly)Fast Karate for the Gentleman
: I guess this is technically an anime podcast as well. Two dudes from Philly who have been friends forever shooting the shit about games and anime and food; current episodes are usually deep dive recaps of whatever Jojo's Bizarre Adventure episodes they've watched most recently, but this is one of those "man, I bet we'd be friends!!" type of shows that just feels good to listen to no matter the topic. (Whenever they update)
Friends from the Internet: See the prior URL, but it's the Dave and Graz RSS rather than the Fast Karate RSS. This is Dave from Fast Karate doing advice podcasts with his wife Graziella, who are just as fun to listen to I M H O. It's also a bit of a catchall, including deep dive episode recaps of Revenge (which I skip, having never seen the show) and ridiculous "I'm going to wake my wife up and immediately begin quizzing her on if this is a real anime title or a fake one sent in by our fans" podcasts called Morning Brew. Your mileage may vary on the scattershot feed, but Dave and Graz just remind me a lot of myself and my fiance in a way that I find charming to listen to. (Whenever they update)Friends at the Table
: As listed above. An awesome queer/POC friendly tabletop actual play podcast with really cool characters, settings, and gameplay systems run by Austin Walker and friends. They have a patreon for extra one-shot content and more goodies, but the main feed will give you complete stories season by season. If you're into mecha anime and capitalism represented as a giant lovecraftian robot, start with Counter/Weight, their second season which is a pretty self contained story. Hieron/Marielda is their ongoing fantasy series which is also super awesome, but a lot of people recommend going to Counter/Weight first and jumping back since the first few sessions of Hieron are a liiiittle bit rough. (Weekly)The Giant Bombcast, The Giant Beastcast, Giant Bomb Presents
: Pretty much still my favorite thing going in gaming podcasts since the days of 1up, you probably know if you like or hate them by now. Some staff changes and new personnel have shaken things up a little as of late however, and you might find things more to your liking (or less!) as of the past few months; for my money, The Beastcast is where the bulk of my actual engagement is with Giant Bomb's content as I find the rapport and voices on the East Coast just far more my speed these days, but Jeff Gerstmann is still damn good listening on the topic of games most anytime. Special shout out to Giant Bomb Presents, their kinda catch-all 'other stuff' feed, for both extending the Bombcast by an hour each week with a call-in show now and also hosting The Department of New Business, the ridiculous improv podcast the two newest hires do where they 'interview' various other games writers for their own intern position. It's dumb as hell, but in a charming way. (All weekly).The Greatest Movie EVER!
: Paul Chapman is just a mega-dork who genuinely appreciates goofy cinema in its myriad forms, and often reviews them with his mom. Usually gets in and out in under an hour and is generally just pleasant listening, especially these days when he got rid of his old habits of soundboards and such. Also technically makes me a liar again about anime podcasts since he has GME Anime Fun Time show up once a month or so to strictly review anime. (Weekly)How Did This Get Made?
: Three actors/comedians riff on crappy and/or beloved movies, usually with a somewhat recognizable guest. Their schtick can wear thin sometimes, but then every few months you get an absolutely fucking sublime rabbit hole (usually courtesy of June) to go tumbling down. A lot of live shows mixed in, which I know some people have FEELINGS about. There are also solo-hosted mini-episodes on the off weeks, mostly to let you know what the following week's movie will be ahead of time and to act as a listener-mail section for the prior week's movie. (Weekly)The Purple Stuff Podcast
: Remember X-Entertainment, mining everyone's nostalgia practically before everyone else did? Well, it's still around as DinosaurDracula.com these days, and he and his friend have a super silly podcast where they do top ten countdowns or whatever the hell else they feel like talking about based around a variety of dumb, esoteric subjects. Extra recommendation listening points if you're enthusiastic about the Halloween season, since they're both big marks for anything Halloween related. (Whenever)Retronauts
: You probably know what this is, but hey, retro gaming topics from some of the best people around when it comes to researching and respecting the good old days, and also Bob Mackey is there. (I kid!) (Weekly, with extra Micro episodes)Talkin' Toons with Rob Paulsen
: As seen above. Rob tells the same hoary jokes and stories over and over again if you end up plowing through the backlog, but man there are some damn good interviews throughout the catalogue. (On hiatus, as mentioned)Talking Simpsons
: Wow, Bob Mackey! You've probably heard it shilled if you listen to Retronauts, but Talking Simpsons really is an EXHAUSTIVE dive into every episode of the show, teasing out the research and stories behind every little gag until a 22 minute episode becomes a 90 minute podcast. Fun way to revisit the show if you like the hosts of the podcast, and currently the only podcast I'm actually giving anything to on Patreon; it's pretty well worth kicking them a few bucks if you dig what they're doing, as behind the Patreon they're not only doing the same exhaustive deep dive with every Critic episode right now, but you get some good interviews with Simpsons staff members here and there as well. (Weekly)Til' Death Do Us Part
: Patrick (of Giant Bomb, Kotaku, and now Waypoint) and Katie Klepek review horror movies. This was just resurrected this week as having a kid kinda took them out of the podcasting game, but if you want discussions of horror movies and only horror movies I think they're a pretty charming couple to listen to about them (even if I don't always agree with their takes). (Weeeeeekly??? probably not)The USGamer Podcast
: Mike Williams has the smoothest voice in gaming podcasts, and while there's not much you'll get out of the USGamer flagship show that was recently resurrected than you will out of any other general gaming-website podcast, as always, it's more about the personalities and opinions you gel with more than the content itself. Caty McCarthy has been a great addition to USGamer thanks to being much younger than a lot of the other crew and being completely unapologetic about her opinions so often running contrary to the norm. (Weekly)Waypoint Radio
: On the other hand, do you want a gaming podcast that actually has something to say? Austin, Patrick, Danielle Riendeau, and Rob Zacny mix up politics and gaming and discussions of the culture around gaming in a way that's fun and entertaining and vital in a way that pushes this to the top of my list to listen to with every new episode. It's also much more of the moment and topical than similar gaming podcasts for that exact reason, usually diving into whatever bullshit has happened in the world the day of or before they record. Austin's by far my favorite voice in games writing right now, so I might be a little biased. (Bi-weekly, but the version that means twice a week and not every two weeks).