Podcasts and Spotify

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

It’s been a little while, but I hope everyone is doing well. Summer is just about over and, honestly, I’m excited for cooler weather and being able to get back into a routine with blogging and gaming. So, today, we’re chatting about podcasts because why not.

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Rachel and I had a pretty busy summer. I hope everyone else has had a great summer, one where you all were healthy and productive! With September, Rachel and I are doing our best to get back into our writing routines, especially for our blogs.

Of course, we’re always trying to expand our creativity, and something that has always popped up in our minds is a podcast (because we totally don’t have enough on our plates). Granted, we’re not planning on doing a podcast anytime soon, but the idea has always been there. Finding additional ways to reach out to more people and share our love of video games and geeky things is always in the back of our minds.

Podcasts started being a thing in 2004 and now there are a plethora of websites and apps dedicated to listening to podcasts. Our friend Justin runs an awesome podcast called The Game N’ Watch Podcast over on Podbean, for example. Spotify is another example, and has been increasing their podcast selections. Considering my music tastes — movies and video game soundtracks, game covers, and instrumentals, mostly — many of the podcasts that Spotify recommends to me have to do with film, gaming, and Dungeons & Dragons (in fact, one is called “Not Another D&D Podcast”).

Recently, I saw an article that had uncovered a potential new feature in the Spotify app that has to do with publishing a podcast. Supposedly, creating and publishing a podcast on Spotify will be as simple as the push of a button. While the simplicity will be fantastic for people trying to reach wider audiences, it may flood the platform with too many podcasts. On that note, who knows if there will be anything filtering the podcasts, if they have to go through the proper channels before being able to be listened to by the masses. If there is no regulation, it could create chaos.

Still, podcasts are a wonderful way to reach out to others and share information or opinions. They’re reminiscent to the old radio talk shows from decades ago, coming back in an upgraded medium.

What podcasts do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Rachel Mii Double JumpHappy Thursday!

I feel like I talk about the same things all the time on here… Pokemon, The Legend of Zelda, video game music, the works.

So, for something different, here’s another post about video game music! (Sorry. Not really.)

I recently discovered Spotify the other day. Yes, I know I’m a bit behind the times. However, a lot of the music I’ve been listening to lately (video game soundtracks, a cappella, instrumental/violin) has been on YouTube so I just took my cue from that.

The Sunday school class I teach will be singing a song during the service this weekend and instead of buying the song for them to sing along to, I thought I would give Spotify a try.

I found the song–great, but so not the point.

I thought, why not look up some video game music? My car has six CD slots. I would love to fill it up with music from The Legend of Zelda, Pokemon, Paper Mario, Ace Attorney, Professor Layton, and everything else in between.

I looked it up and while the direct Nintendo soundtracks aren’t on Spotify, there are so many covers of all these songs. And I’ve yet to meet a cover that I didn’t enjoy.

I haven’t really played around with it and created my own playlists yet, but I have saved a couple from other people. I have a Paper Mario one and an Ace Attorney one.

My absolute favorite, though, is Nintendo Master Playlist. I typed in “Nintendo” in the search bar and it was the first one to pop up. It’s a playlist by the user “workspot88.” Whoever that is, I need to write them a letter telling them how wonderful they are.

This playlist is 57 and a half hours long. It has a cover of every Nintendo song imaginable from all my favorites, all the Mario games, Metroid, Chrono Trigger, Ice Climbers, and so, so much more! It really is the best thing ever.

So, if you have Spotify, I highly recommend you go check it out. If you don’t have Spotify, get it. You won’t be disappointed.

If you have Spotify, what are some of your favorite Nintendo playlists to listen to, if you have any?