National Public Radio in the U.S. has started a fortnightly podcast on the topic of video game culture called Press Start
. Kyle Orland, the guy that runs VGMWatch,
is one of the hosts of the show along with Ralph Cooper, an ex-NPR staffer and current stand-up comedian, and Robert Holt, NPR's server guy who also reviews games for All Things Considered.
Their first show, which runs for a short but sweet 15 minutes, covers that time old topic "video games as art". Some choice quotes:
Kyle - "You really need to know what art is before you can determine whether video games are art".
Ralph - "I feel like a lot of video games, at least right now, they're not really trying to make statements".
Rob - "When I was in Grand Theft Auto... I was driving through the city and listening to the radio and I drove over a hill and I saw... this huge moon rise over the horizon, I was just in it at that point. I just knew that this was not your normal game. Of course, I could have just been beating up hookers..."
If you're up for some interesting and to-the-point video game culture commentary but want to skip on the usual "I like to hear the sound of my own voice"
crap from the host(s), then make sure to add Press Start
to your player of choice (iTunes link, My Yahoo! link, generic podcast RSS feed