The Optional Podcast

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.

Video Games
194 - 90’s Kinda World (feat. Natalie Degraffin...
<p><strong>This week, Kotaku’s Senior Editor and friend of the show, Natalie Degraffinried joins us to talk Dragon’s Dogma, Apex Legends Season 4, Haikyuu!!, Living Single, and so much more. Tune in, ya jerks.</strong></p>
105 min
193 - Gamers Arisen
<p>This week we’re talking more Dragon’s Dogma, The Pedestrian, Yoku’s Island Express, Journey to the Savage Planet, Animal Crossing Switch, AND TONS MORE. Tune in, ya jerks.</p>
71 min
192 - Delay Season
<p>This week we’re talking more Disco Elysium, Obra Dinn, Wattam, GTA 5, Cyberpunk AND FF VII remake delays, listener questions and tons more. TUNE IN, YA JERKS.</p>
57 min
191 - Knock It Off
<p>This week we’re talking Disco Elysium, GTA V, Wattam, The Witcher 3, Return of the Obra Dinn, Alienware knockoffs, PlayStation 5 logos, and TONS more. TUNE IN ALREADY!</p>
52 min
190 - Wild Buns
<p>We’re starting of 2020 with a quick update on EVERYTHING we’ve caught up on during the two week hiatus. Things like The Witcher Netflix series, Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Katana Zero and… Farming Simulator? It’s also time for The Optional Listener Awards! We combed through all of your submissions and picked the winners for some very unique categories. Hear a couple of listener questions from the vault and our non-gaming recommendations for the week. TUNE IN!</p>
99 min
189 - An Optional Review Of The Decade
<p>Are we old now? Yup. Let's take a look back at the decade in video games and find out our picks for games that shaped the decade for us. Also, we reveal our favorite console of the decade too! JOIN US. HAPPY NEW YEAR.</p>
74 min
188 - The 3rd Annual Optional Awards
<p>It's Gaming's biggest night. Paul and Cam break down the year's games. Suit up and sit down. It's time to eat some hot chips and slam some Baha Blast, baby.</p>
71 min
187 - Lore Have Mercy
<p>This week we’re talking more <em>Destiny 2</em>, <em>Super Mario Maker 2</em>, <em>Touryst</em>, <em>Remnant: From the Ashes</em>, and TONS more. TUNE IN, YA JERKS.</p>
60 min
186 - Pure Moods
<p>This week, we’re talking more Stadia, <em>Pokemon</em>, <em>Grid</em> and <em>Gran Turismo Sport</em>, <em>No Man’s Sky</em> Updates, and TONS more. <strong>Tune in, ya jerks.</strong></p> <p>Send us voice messages: <a href=""></a></p>
89 min
185 - Conflicts of Interest
<p>This week we’re talking Death Stranding, more Stadia impressions, Grid, Pokemon, Half Life, and TONS more. Tune in, ya jerks.</p> <p>Please consider donating to Jose Zambrano's memorial fundraiser if you can: <a href=";utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet">;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet</a></p>
61 min
184 - Dexit Through The Gift Shop
<p>This week, the guys are joined by <em>Kotaku</em>’s Staff Editor Natalie Degraffinried to talk <em>Pokemon</em>, <em>Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order</em>, Google Stadia, X0 ‘19, Sonic, <em>Anthem</em> 2.0, and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
104 min
183 - J.O.M.O.
<p>This week, we’re talking more <em>Death Stranding, Need for Speed: Heat, Modern Warfare, Destiny 2, The Stretchers, RDR2</em> on PC, fries, starter games and TONS more. Tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
60 min
182 - Now That's What I Call War Crimes
<p>This week we're talking Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, Death Stranding, Fallout 76 subscriptions, Blizzcon news and TONS more. So tune in already, ya jerks.</p>
100 min
181 - Ring Fitteds
<p>WE’RE BACK. SO many games to talk about. Ring Fit Adventure, Call of Duty Mobile, Gears 5, Apex Legends, Overwatch on Switch and so much more. Plus the past few weeks news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN.</p>
121 min
180 - Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam
<p><strong>We’re back with a jam-packed show talking Modern Warfare Crossplay Beta, Untitled Goose Game, Sayonara Wild Hearts, Overland, Red Dead Online and tons more. We’re also talking the week’s news, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week. TUNE IN ALREADY.</strong></p>
102 min
179 - Unmistakingly Duty
<p><strong>We’re back and talking </strong><em><strong>Modern Warfare</strong></em><strong> beta, </strong><em><strong>Borderlands 3</strong></em><strong>, Sega Genesis Mini, </strong><em><strong>Red Dead Redemption 2 Online</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>Lone Echo</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>VR Chat</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>P.T.</strong></em><strong>, </strong><em><strong>Ring Fit Adventure</strong></em><strong>, and how the hell is J Lo 50 years old? TUNE IN.</strong></p>
82 min
178 - Niche af
<p>This week we’re talking more Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Tetris 99, more VR, Nintendo Directs, heated problematic gamers, Carole &amp; Tuesday, Naked Director, SiR, and TONS more. Tune in!</p>
71 min
177 - Ancestral Plane
<p><strong>We’re back and this week we’re talking Control, Final Fantasy VIII, Ancestors, Forager, Creature in the Well, and Paul’s stupid impulse VR purchase. We’re also talking the week’s news about Yakuza 7, Telltale Games, gaming’s #metoo movement, listener questions, and our recommendations for the week with a superhero show and a rich greedy family. TUNE IN!</strong></p>
71 min
176 - Solo Dolo
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking No Man’s Sky Beyond, Apex Legends Solos Mode, the week’s news and tons more. TUNE IN!&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p>Support us on Anchor: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Talk with us on Discord: <a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>Please Review us on iTunes: <a href=""></a></p>
46 min
175 - Paul Forgot Which Title He Said He'd Use
<p>This week we're joined by our good friend Bo! Tune in to hear us talk video game vision quests, new Black Ops 4 modes, Ooblets backlash, Walmart, favorite speed runs and why Pokemon and Kingdom Hearts are trash (to Bo). Tune in!</p>
96 min
174 - Two-Hour Tech Demo
<p>This week we’re talking <em>Gundam Battle Gunpla Warfare</em>, <em>Wolfenstein: Youngblood</em>, <em>Fire Emblem</em>, <em>Black Desert Online</em>, ESA screwups, EVO, corny Twitch streamers, and tons more. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
89 min
173 - Indigenous Jiggyness with Jason Vega
<p>This week we’re joined by the one and only Jason Vega to talk about all things gaming and his upcoming Latinx Games Festival in LA this September. Tune in!</p> <p>Follow Jason and the LXGF on Twitter:</p> <p><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p><a href=""><u></u></a></p> <p>Get your tickets here: <a href=""><u></u></a>&nbsp;</p>
63 min
172 - Drift Kings
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking more <em>Fire Emblem: Three Houses</em>, <em>Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3</em>, <em>Apex Legends</em>, <em>Splatoon 2</em>’s last Splatfest, <em>Shadow of the Tomb Raider</em>, the week’s news, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. So tune in already!&nbsp;</p>
105 min
171 - Lite Work
<p>&nbsp;This week we’re talking Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Teppen, Dr. Mario, Super Mario Maker 2, Switch Lite, The Farewell, Midsommar and tons more. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
79 min
170 - Politically-Charged
<p>This week we’re talking Spider-Man: Far From Home, Outer Worlds’ politics, Super Mario Maker 2, Apex Legends Season 2, listener questions and our recommendations for the week. Tune in!&nbsp;</p>
75 min