As media platforms move forward, podcasts have seen a meteoric rise in popularity. Alongside this rise, we have the inevitable popularity of video games. Combining these two mediums has been one of the great joys of discovery in my adult life. Yes, that is as boring as it sounds, but just as exciting for me, nonetheless.
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I only say that because there’s been this gap of attention between me and a game I’m playing where the experience just isn’t attractive or exciting enough to hold my entire attention span. That or the game is so big that I simply feel like I would be wasting time not listening to something while I plough through its 100-hour world.
Because of games such as these, there is now an opening for a new type of game. A sub-genre if you will. A genre which incorporates the idea that the gamer can play and be entertained by the game, but not entirely. There’s room for another source of consumption. That opening for another medium being filled in by, you guessed it, podcasts.
Combining these media platforms makes finishing some games a little easier, while at the same time it can make listening to a 3-hour podcast feel quicker. I think a lot of us have begun this new tradition of listening to podcasts while we play so I thought it was time that somebody makes a list of fantastic games to play while you catch up on your back-catalogue of podcasts.
Please bear in mind this list is limited to the games I have played myself.
As you may have heard, I love achievements. Finishing a story campaign is always a satisfying feat, knowing that you’ve experienced most of the content the game has to offer. There is no more need to worry about missing a cutscene or not hearing certain lines of dialogue.
No more battles which you haven’t already faced, and no more surprises in store for your playthrough. You know the story, you know the gameplay, you know the game. All there is now is to mop-up the collectables. In a game like Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, mopping up the collectables can be quite a daunting task. Especially if we include the optional side missions which aren’t too heavily story-related.
Mopping up the last few collectables and/or other elements which aren’t story-related in a video game sadly means you won’t be as enthralled by the second-to-second gameplay because you already know the surprises around the corner. That’s why it can be a wise move to listen while you look.
Stardew Valley is a game about relaxing. It’s a game about taking your time to build the farm and place you want to. It’s a game about letting you do whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. There’s no time restriction and no missable events that you cannot see the year after. It’s all subject to your exploration and decision-making.
Stardew Valley is a great game to play while you listen to podcasts. While there is, as with most games on this list, a lot of love to be found with its soundtrack, listening to podcasts while you water your plants, dig through the mines, or wander around the gorgeous town of Stardew Valley, is a perfect combination.
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The game is designed to be simple and calming. Leaving plenty of room for your audio attention to be elsewhere if you so desire. This is especially true if you’re listening to lengthy podcasts which can seem like a mighty audio challenge. All the better for spending your time fishing whilst you listen to the entire thing.
But anyways, that’s my list. What about you? I’d love to hear what games, or types of games, you guys play when you want to listen to podcasts. Let us know in the comments below.