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A video game podcasts that reminds you to engage with the world around you too. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, this is video game commentary for the rest of us.

The Optional Podcast The Optional Podcast

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 86 Ratings

A video game podcasts that reminds you to engage with the world around you too. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, this is video game commentary for the rest of us.

    244: Optional 1-2

    244: Optional 1-2

    And that’s it! Thank again, everyone, for sticking with us for so long. Here’s one last pod for the road.

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    • 1 hr
    243: Wordle Soup

    243: Wordle Soup

    This week, we’re talking more motorsport with a return to F1 2021, Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade, and yes, WORDLE. We also chat Euphoria, W Series on YouTube and answer a couple of your questions.

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    • 48 min
    242: Jizzle Physics

    242: Jizzle Physics

    This week, we’re talking Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade hitting different under COVID, Star Wars: Knights of the old Republic giving us some old school RPG goodness, Deep Rock Galactic’s casual conquistadoring, a retro motorsport anime, and going for a damn walk. Just go do it already. Log off. Still listen to this though.
    Check out our friend Manny’s stuff!

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    241: Casual Conquistadoring

    241: Casual Conquistadoring

    The end is HERE. Well, for 2021 at least. Join us as we take one last look at our holiday games playlist, the stuff we liked that are *crucially* not games, and one last round of questions for the road to either chill with on New Years Eve or ring in the new year with. Happy New Year!

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    240: Happy Catchup Time

    240: Happy Catchup Time

    Happy holidays! This week, we’re taking it easy and talking about a couple of the games we’re still checking out like Dead Cells, Guardians of the Galaxy, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Generation Zero. We’re also giving a few non-gaming options to stream while you’re pretending to have a headache when visiting family. 3

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    • 34 min
    239: Chaotic Prism

    239: Chaotic Prism

    After a lackluster 2021 Game Awards, Paul returns home with a renewed perspective on the games media circus and cools down with Halo Infinite’s campaign, Cam ventures into the calming (?) wilds to pet robot dogs in Generation Zero, and we take a peek into the future with that Unreal Engine 5 Matrix demo. 

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    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
86 Ratings

86 Ratings

Ianmcg777 ,

Love the show, sad to see it go!

The perfect casual video game podcast - y’all will be missed! Anyone coming to the show after the end, the backlog is great. Two interesting perspectives on the gaming industry and nice voices to listen to. The Optional discord server is a great place too, a very welcoming and thoughtful community of folks!

jbjsekhf;aef'kaw ,

Reminds me of back home

Originally from the Bx; now working for State gov in upstate NY. You guys remind me of home. Hit me up if you ever need a third homey. nmendez79 (psn). Edit 9/27 - Glad you guys are back. Still a great show. I like the old intro music.

Martin of Madness ,

Great Coverage, New Perspective

Essential for anyone who listens to game podcasts. Wonderful to hear some from perspectives other than white dudes. Great angles that cover more than just gameplay and reaches to contextualize the way games fit into culture in a broader sense than most podcasts.

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