It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas!
In a slight change of pace for this year’s Podmas list, it is time to shine a light on a little independent podcast that has stood the test of time in the horrendously over-saturated video game and entertainment categories. The Last Save Loaded podcast.
Searching for a new podcast can be one hell of a commitment, but searching for a new video game podcast can end in you being committed. How do you chose whose opinion you want to hear and who you want to tell you that your favourite games suck? In short, it’s all about personality and chemistry. This might seem like an obvious answer, but it is the most important one. Hosted by almost life-long gaming duo Justin Smith and Colm Sheridan, Last Save Loaded has what many podcasts that aren’t created in corporate labs don’t have: some of the most likeable hosts to ever talk into a microphone.
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Split across alternating weeks, with one week focussing on the pair’s gaming action for the previous fortnight and the next week covering the hosts’ film and television habits when they’ve been able to put down their controllers, Last Save Loaded strikes a balance across their format to keep things feeling fresh with every episode. But the films and the games are just what gets you through the door. What makes you slap the dust out of the old chair cushion in the corner and sit yourself down with the pair every week is the way Colm and Justin have perfected the casual “two mates chatting shit” feeling of every episode. It’s not a cultivated style, it is just how they are, and nothing feels more satisfying that plugging in every Tuesday to hear Justin and Colm catching each other up with their week’s ups, downs, and all in between.
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Dozens of video game podcasts have come and gone. They’ve appeared, disappeared and been forgotten by those that used to listen to them. But Last Save Loaded has endured for more than six years and 300 episodes because its hosts are genuinely some of the most likeable in the independent gaming scene; they are always engaging with the community they have grown over the half decade they have been around and they have time for absolutely everybody.
Colm and Justin are a rare breed. A pair of honest-to-goodness gentlemen with a true passion for what they are talking about. Real life guys, talking real life stuff and having a blast doing it.