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Checkpoint Chat is an invitation to an all new gaming conversation. Hosted by seasoned writers Alessandro Barbosa (Gamespot, Critical Hit) and Matthew Figueira (Critical Hit), indulge yourself in discussion about games being played right now, weekly news and conversations with you, a listener.
 
Wrestle Buddies exists on the corner of professional wrestling and friendship, as GameSpot's wrestling nerds Mat Elfring and Chris E. Hayner dig into the best, worst, and weirdest aspects of sports entertainment. From classic storylines to bizarre matches, we're going to talk about it all with each other and some Wrestle Buddies we meet along the way, including fellow superfans and pro wrestlers.
 
I am a writer and broadcaster specialising in video games and technology, and the resident video game expert on BBC 5 live and Sky News. My work has appeared in Wired, The Independent and The Telegraph, and I regularly comment for outlets such as CNN, Yahoo! and The Metro. I also have experience hosting gaming events at BAFTA, MCM Expo and the London IMAX. Prior to this, I also launched the websites CNET and GameSpot in the UK, editing GameSpot for four years. Under my leadership, it became ...
 
From the people behind Gamertron and The Not Red E Podcast comes the exhumation of A Winner Is You - a video game club podcast from the UK presented by Alex Aldridge (Goombastomp.com) and David Smillie (GamingRespawn.com). We specialise in rankings and top 10s as well as our main feature of deep diving into the biggest and best games, both old and new, one episode at a time!
 
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Jean-Luc bought a Quest 2, Jordan's playing the latest Apex Legends update, Tam and Lucy nearly forgot they say Dr. Strange, and the crew comes up with the ultimate video game driving playlist, which you can enjoy for yourself below! https://music.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLpg6WLs8kxGNCPYt-3XlFUa5L1j7zRYDi&feature=share Learn more about your ad ch…
 
Back in 2014, the Bella Twins broke up and Brie and Nikki were in a rivalry with each other. Chris and Mat get into why this happened, some of the in-ring segments that aired, and one of Mat's favorite vignettes: Growing Up Bella. Additionally, it's the return of Wrestlepiece Theater! Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Fo…
 
After two years of podcasting remotely, the GameSpot crew is back together to record in our new studio! Jordan gets into virtual volleyball, Jean-Luc feels pretty whatever about Moon Knight, Lucy is getting her peg on, and Tam pulls the crew together to come up with a definitive list of best toilet games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit meg…
 
It's time for WWE's latest PPV, and Chris and Mat are here to predict the winners and losers of each match. Of course, PredictionBot3000 returns, and it has some pretty out there predictions for the show--including people quitting wrestling to start a landscaping company. Additionally, Mat has some new info about the 40 For 40 club and explains the…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we dive into space mines with Deep Rock Galactic, get physical with Nintendo Switch Sports, dissect what best fits in Kirby's mouth with The Forgotten Land, and juggle two jobs with Moonlighter. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00​ - Excellent timing and stopping the car 00:08:40 - Another Elden Ring check in (of course) 00…
 
This is the story of a podcast named GameSpot After Dark. Every week the GSAD crew sat down over discord to discuss the latest video games and anime they've been watching, like Beat Saber or Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Maybe they get off topic and talk about Jordan's move to a new apartment. But this week was a bit different. This week they t…
 
Danny O'Dwyer creates video game documentaries for Noclip, a crowdfunded YouTube channel first launched in 2016. Known for their high production value and behind-the-scenes access to some of the most successful game developers in the world, Noclip has had a huge influence on PMG's work over the years. Prior to starting his own company, Danny is per…
 
Adam Cole returns for pretty much the entire episode, and much like his last appearance, we're talking video games--and a little bit about his Halo gear from AEW Revolution. Cole's most recent addiction is to Elden Ring, and he talks about why he loves it so much. Of course, we also talk about the Halo TV show and Cole's favorite game growing up. N…
 
This week on Checkpoint Chat, we break everything in sight during a tour through Teardown, conspire to overthrow governments in Road 96, and touch on the lingering effects of both Metroid Dread and Rogue Legacy. ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY SANDY and expensive cars 00:14:21​ - Kirby and the Forgotten Land is real good... 00:20:54…
 
While the guys didn't get to record this one live, they're back together again to talk about their favorite wrestling movie, Ready to Rumble. The 2000 film was not well-received by critics, but Mat saw it in theaters--as he was a WCW fan during this time for some reason. Mat and Chris watched it together while they were in Dallas and are now prepar…
 
Well, Wrestlemania is in the books, but before we say goodbye to wrestling comic-con for the year, Mat and Chris spoke with a number of WWE superstars during the big weekend, and now you get to listen in as we chat with Becky Lynch, AJ Styles, Naomi, Rhea Ripley, Bron Breakker, "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, and more! No Smackadillas were consume…
 
From a Dallas hotel, Chris and Mat are back and talking about Night 2 of Wrestlemania 38, and their experiences of seeing it live at AT&T Stadium. The Wrestle Buddies talk about every match, what they loved, what they hated, and how loud the audience was for Austin delivering another night of stunners. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com…
 
We're back and so are the games! This week on Checkpoint Chat we check out Ghostwire: Tokyo, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, and the latest Xbox Game Pass hit, Tunic! ---- SHOW NOTES ----- 00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:12 - Diving and the origins of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 00:11:01 - A mention of Horizon Forbidden West and Elden Ring 00:11:47 - Our ful…
 
From a Dallas hotel, Chris and Mat are discussing Night 1 of Wrestlemania 38, and their experiences of seeing it live at AT&T Stadium. Unlike their last Mania outing, they got home before 3AM. The Wrestle Buddies talk about every match, what they loved, what they hated, and how loud the audience was for Cody Rhodes coming back to WWE. Follow Wrestl…
 
This week Jean-Luc and Jordan are joined by the lovely Ben Janca to talk about the bombshell announcement of no E3 this year. Also, Jordan takes the opportunity of a Tam-less episode to say something negative about Elden Ring, Jean-Luc spends some time in the weird west, and Ben needs to kill Chaos! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone…
 
Chris and Mat are in Dallas, Texas for Wrestlemania and on night one of the trip, they ordered food from WWE's ghost kitchen. Called Smackadillas, the food was terrible, it took two hours to be delivered, it was cold, and the journey up the mountain was just as weird as the view from the top. The guys rate each of the Smackadillas they ordered and …
 
Wrestlemania is almost here! This week, Chris and Mat are joined by PredictionBot 3000 v2.0 to tell everyone the winners and losers of this year's Mania. And apparently, PredictionBot thinks a few murders will happen. Are we right or wrong? We won't know until the weekend of April 2 for Mania's two-day event. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twit…
 
Lucy James is the head of GameSpot's video team, managing a team of hosts around the world. Having moved from London to San Francisco, you'll have likely seen her face on all sorts of GameSpot video stuff, as well as her more recent appearances on Giant Bomb's The Very Online Show. In this episode we talk about the differences between the UK and US…
 
Let's talk syndicated shows! This week, Mat and Chris look back on WWE Jakked, Shotgun Saturday Night, and argue over what is considered syndicated WWE programming. We also detail some of the big plans we have in store for Wrestlemania week in Dallas. Did you know WWE is opening a virtual restaurant? We were born for this. Follow Wrestle Buddies: h…
 
WWE 2K22 is out in the world and Mat and Chris can't stop playing it. Sop it's time for the official Wrestle Buddies Review. Then, breaks down the highs and lows of going to AEW shows. Yes, shockingly, there are a couple of lows. Lastly, we remember our friend (and previous Wrestle Buddies guest) Dan Auty. Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter…
 
This week we're joined by Steven Spohn and Alanah Pearce to talk about the second annual Video Game Accessibility Awards, happening March 12th! Tam also discusses his recent watch of The X-Files, Jordan's been playing Have a Nice Death, and a very tired Jean-Luc details his 19+ hour run in Destiny 2's new raid. Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
 
We've waited a long time for this, but finally, WWE 2K22 is out in the world. To celebrate, we welcome Lynell Jinks And Christina Diem Pham from Visual Concepts to talk about making the game, the future of the franchise, and why, oh why, tiny child Dominic Mysterio isn't showcased. This was a really fun conversation, where we talk about the ups and…
 
Why not revisit one of the worst WWE feuds of all time? It's got everything! Funerals! Leather pants! The car from the Blues Brothers! We are, of course, talking about the explosion of hate between Big Boss Man and the Big Show! Follow Wrestle Buddies: http://www.twitter.com/wrestlebuddies Follow Chris: http://www.twitter.com/chrishayner Follow Mat…
 
AEW Revolution is happening on Sunday, March 6, and GameSpot will be covering the show live. However, Chris will actually be at the PPV, singing "Judas" along with everyone else. Mat and Chris predict the winners and losers of every match for the evening, and then announce the creation of the Wrestle Buddies Hall of Fame, which will happen in April…
 
Welcome to Game Spotlight, where we bring together the passionate people of GameSpot to talk more in depth about a game. This week, Jean-Luc Seipke, Phil Hornshaw, and David Ahmadi dive deep into Destiny 2's latest expansion, The Witch Queen. The first 50 minutes are a spoiler-free discussion, perfect for those of you who haven't played yet. Afterw…
 
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