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A fresh new take on video game criticism by people of color with a New York twist. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, The Optional covers the latest in gaming with a mix of hip-hop, comedy, and real conversations surrounding the culture. This isn't your typical games podcast. This is video game commentary for the rest of us.

The Optional Podcast The Optional Podcast

    • Video Games
    • 4.9 • 83 Ratings

A fresh new take on video game criticism by people of color with a New York twist. Hosted by Paul Tamayo alongside the one and only Cam Brewster, The Optional covers the latest in gaming with a mix of hip-hop, comedy, and real conversations surrounding the culture. This isn't your typical games podcast. This is video game commentary for the rest of us.

    217 - Shut Up And Listen (feat. Roman France)

    217 - Shut Up And Listen (feat. Roman France)

    That's all, folks. We've come to the end of this particular journey for now and we brought in our original co-host Roman France, who now works at Activision to talk about his journey so far in the games industry, our current playlists, a couple of listener questions, one last Feelin' It for the road and a final farewell to all of you lovely listeners. Thanks for supporting us for so long. It's been real.

    • 2 hr 21 min
    216 - Sign of the Times

    216 - Sign of the Times

    We’re back! This week we’re talking Ooblets, Hyper Scape, Hitman 2, more State of Decay 2, Ubisoft Forward recap, that fake Doctor’s ban, Walter Mercado, Lianne La Havas, and TONS more. Tune in already!
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    • 2 hr
    215 - CTRL + Z (feat. Jeffrey Rousseau)

    215 - CTRL + Z (feat. Jeffrey Rousseau)

    This week we’re talking to one of our favorite writers Jeffrey Rousseau to discuss Nioh 2, State of Decay 2, The Last of Us Part II, Unsolved Mysteries, FGC resets, Amazon’s Crucible, next-gen game prices, listener questions, and TONS more. TUNE IN.

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    • 1 hr 41 min
    214 - System Reset (feat. Alan Torres)

    214 - System Reset (feat. Alan Torres)

    This week the guys are joined by our fellow young New York legend Alan Torres, freelance video producer for the likes of IGN, Kotaku and his own channel Spectr Gaming, to talk more Last of Us Part II, Bloodborne, Half Life: Alyx, allegations in the games space, Mixer coming to an end, Twitch’s own batch of issues that include everyone’s least favorite pseudo medical professional, our favorite bodega picks, quarantine habits, what games we want as MOBA’s and TONS more. Tune in already!

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    • 1 hr 48 min
    213 - Technical Spectacle

    213 - Technical Spectacle

    This week we’re back to talk The Last of Us Part II first impressions, Bloodborne, Desperados III, EA Play Live 2020 recap, Cyberpunk delays, horrible tweets, how to handle copaganda, Atomic Blonde, and new ways we’re exploring implementing fitness into our lives. Tune in already, ya jerks.

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    • 1 hr 43 min
    212 - For the Culture (feat. Kahlief Adams)

    212 - For the Culture (feat. Kahlief Adams)

    This week we’re joined by our big bro Kahlief Adams from the Spawn On Me Podcast to talk about The Last of Us Part II, Disintegration, Bloodborne, Mafia III, PlayStation 5 hype, Miles Morales hype, HBO taking down Gone With the Wind, our favorite LGBTQ game characters, Animal Crossing conspiracies, Da 5 Bloods, LA 92, Chappelle’s 8:46, Man Like Mobeen, The Black Power Mixtape and SO much more. Tune in for this legendary episode.

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    • 2 hr 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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.

rowex3yourboat ,

One of the best

The Optional is one of my favorite gaming podcasts. The guests are great and Paul & Cam are wonderful hosts.

Dannykons ,

THE essential gaming podcast

The highest compliment I can give The Optional Podcast is that it’s enriched the way I interact with the entertainment in my life.

The Optional has quickly become the main gaming pod in my rotation, and I have never been happier with my read on culture, games and entertainment than since I’ve started regularly listening.

Paul & Cam are great hosts with a really fun rapport and I love to hear them chat about their favorite games, but in recent months they’ve done an incredible job featuring guests on the show from all walks of games media and entertainment that have opened up entire worlds in my most beloved hobbies that I didn’t know existed before. Cam & Paul are devoted to using their platform to represent people of color and the less-heard voices in games that anyone who cares about the medium should be listening to. It has introduced me to new people, new thought, and new games.

But more than The Optional is a podcast, it’s the core of a wonderful community of professionals and enthusiasts. The Optional’s Discord server is full of incredible, inviting people and I have made friends there. But it’s also a great place to find and meet writers who’s work you enjoy, and has broadened the scope of games content I consume.

If you’re not listening you’re missing out.

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