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PeteInNorthernCA
Nov 24
Rating:   10
Always entertaining, and a great way to find out what you should be playing

I’ve been listening to the SpawnCast for almost a year now. It’s got quite a cast of characters, and over time you get to know their tastes and can match them to your own. Always lots of good content here — it’s a major part of my week!

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AlexUrbina7
Oct 24
Rating:   10
Great Content

I just wish the microphones used were better quality . Podcast sometimes sounds muffled but overall a great podcast!!

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IntrepidNick
Aug 26
Rating:   4
Would be good...

Half of the time they have no idea what they are talking about or they are just toxic and don’t help the image of the gaming community. The other half is fine and enjoyable, however. I’m subbed to multiple gaming podcasts and these guys are the bottom of the barrel in my playlist for the week. ⭐️ ⭐️ and a half stars.

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Wheresthebeef95
Apr 10
Rating:   4
Lose PlayerEssence

He’s the worst part of the podcast and does nothing else but shill for Nintendo. He’s just an small youtuber latching on to bigger youtubers in the hope of growing. This is a pretty good podcast but his inclusion really lowers the quality

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Hawkis
Feb 19
Rating:   10
Great stuff but

Lose Dreamcast guy and Nate they are trash but other then that the guest are good

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Prince Altoid
Feb 10
Rating:   2
Huge Spawn Wave fan, but this is super hard to really get into

I feel bad saying this because I’ve really tried hard to enjoy the SpawnCast, but I genuinely just can’t. Been a massive fan of Spawn Wave on YouTube since right before he hit 50,000 subscribers, and has been one of the few channels that I’ve watched every single new upload from ever since. His videos are always super entertaining, never a bad time. Sadly, as I’ve come to realize over time, great video creators aren’t always great podcast creators. The SpawnCast is only good when multiple “guests” call off and there are only 3-4 people on the show at once, which even then it’s not that great. This is also a rarity; I placed the word “guests” in quotes because they’re not really guests at this point; they show up in every episode, and a huge deal is made whenever they can’t show up (despite it usually being significantly better for the quality of the show). As you can probably guess based off of the point I just made, the SpawnCast is way too chaotic and cluttered. John (aka Spawn Wave/Spawn, sorry if I spelled your name wrong) makes it a goal to have him alongside 6-7 other video game journalists/content creators each and every episode, all with him via Google Hangouts On-Air. The number of other speakers alongside him plus the latency that Hangouts video calls have is about the worst combo you could ever have if your goal is quality discussion of gaming news. There is a lot of interruption/talking over others, both intentionally and unintentionally, which really DOES destroy the quality of the show and reduces it down to how an outsider who doesn’t play video games sees gaming/geek culture discussion: a bunch of manchildren screaming at each other over video games. And you honestly don’t know how much it hurts to say that, considering I watch so many of John’s videos and can very clearly tell that the man is extremely mature and downright admirable in his ways. Always very reserved but doesn’t at all shy away from cracking jokes and sparking comedy into his tone, very cool headed, not at all controversial, while still making it very clear that he’s got priorities because he still makes tweets and occasional mentions in his videos about his wife and son, showing that he’s even a great parent to boot. I just really wish all of this would show in his podcast; sadly, it doesn’t. This level of chaos affects other things in his podcast when it comes to quality control as well. Considering this is a gaming news podcast, it’s quite obvious that getting through ALL of the news in your typical goal of 2 hours can be quite challenging when you have 7-8 people in total on your panel. You have to stop a lot to discuss things in deeper detail and pause to give every person a chance to say something. This slows things down heavily, and can even drag things on quite a lot. You also have the problem of all 7-8 individuals being completely different, unique people with their own opinions, meaning many will drag a topic that nobody else cares about through the mud for 15 minutes. Truth be told, that can be extremely exhausting to listen to. On top of the chaos affecting quality control, you also have how John deals with donations. It’s pathetic, really. In other podcasts, I’ve seen people who just say comments in passing in the public, free YouTube live chatbox get more attention from the podcast hosts than some paying donators paying their own hard-earned money (sometimes as much as $10) to send a priority message (super chat) in the SpawnCast. John goes over donation messages two or three times per podcast, glazing over each and every one of them like they’re something he’s reading off of a script or something. Most of the time, they get no responses and he simply goes over them only because he feels kinda obligated to. There are no other ways to ask any questions or voice any statements to him or any of the other guests in the podcast either; your YouTube live chat messages get ignored 100% of the time, and to ask a question through Discord, you have to pay $4.99 a month to be a member through YouTube. And even then, you’re not guaranteed an answer to your question. I hope this criticism gets to John and the rest of the SpawnCast and possibly even Spawn Wave crew. I love his channel, most of the other channels (DreamCastGuy, RGT85, Player Essence, DirectFeedGaming, etc) are great too, all great personalities, but truth be told I would rather see them do their own thing because I feel like they’re all being quite limited/held back by being on the SpawnCast as well. This seems to be a thing affecting everyone involved, not just John himself (but him especially). Until anything changes, I would absolutely recommend you go for another gaming news podcast. There are plenty of other great ones, my favorites being Wulff Den Live and Directly to You; both only ever have two speaking members each episode (minus the few rare times they have guests) and both cover the news efficiently in a way that’s extremely entertaining. Hope my review helps, thanks for reading.

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puzzlesolver8193
Sep 16 '18
Rating:   10
Don’t Miss It

This is one of the few shows and podcasts I don’t miss each week. Whether I’m listening live on YouTube or listening here on iOS podcasts to listen cause I might’ve missed some information live. It’s so good that I’ll relisten no problem. Also because of spawncast I get introduced to good new gaming YouTubers, so I don’t have to review and scour YouTube for new talent to watch. The youTubers that are on are always well informed so you get a wealth of knowledge.

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I_am_the_intruder
Apr 19 '18
Rating:   4
Could be good but some guests ruin it

I really like this podcast but when they have yellow kazoo on it becomes unlistenable. She’s constantly interrupting, asking the other guests to repeat themselves and just in general seems confused about what’s going on. I don’t know why they would have on someone who is so clearly not meant for a radio-style format but I wish they’d stop.

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CreamBasics
Jan 12 '18
Rating:   10
My Favorite Gaming Podcast

I've been a listener since the beginning, and I have to say that the Spawncast has been nothing but consistent. I love both the regulars and rotating guests (specifically RGT85 and Rob) and there's always a chill, fun-loving atmosphere amongst the guys. If you love games (or specifically Nintendo), I can't recommend this podcast enough. Right up there with GameXplain's Real Talk in terms of quality.

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BlocParty
Oct 7 '17
Rating:   10
Nice!

I had no idea you had audio versions of everything. Thank you so much for this! Makes my commute places much better. Spawn wave provides excellent coverage on gaming, and rumors. I recommend it, especially on YouTube.

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CCXVI
Jun 6 '17
Rating:   10
Spawn Cast is a must-hear gaming podcast for Nintendo Switch fans!

What a show! If you love gaming but dislike when hosts get off-topic, guests are boring, music's too loud, or everyone has the same thing to say, check out SpawnCast! This podcast never lets me down! This weekly podcast has already featured nearly all of my favorite Nintendo-focused YouTubers. SpawnCast is so professionally hosted by Jon that the conversation always stays on topic, everyone contributes, and you'll hear ideas and commentary you won't get on any one of their channels!I follow Spawn Wave closely on YouTube and Twitter - I wish his News Waves were a daily podcast, because he packs every big headline into each of those and sometimes does News Wave Extras when news breaks late in the day.Nevertheless, LOVE THIS SHOW! Thank you for making me a Gaming Guru, Spawn Wave Media!!

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HARLEYDAVE007
Mar 25 '17
Rating:   10
Great media place

Been watching recently the YouTube site and instantly subscribed. Saw that have a podcast and subscribed there too. Keep up the GREAT work. Love the knowledge and information you put out every day.

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