Fanwidth: The Fanbyte Podcast

Fanwidth: it’s a podcast… about fandom! Specifically, we’re here to dive deep on the big topics affecting passionate communities online and in the world.

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Episode 83: Pizza Molyneux
What's in your spherical pizza?
80 min
Paradise Killer Review
Love dies.
61 min
Episode 82: I'd Kill Sonic for a Grilled Cheese
Also featuring merritt's origin story!
79 min
Marvel's Avengers Review
How many spines can you fit in the Hulk?
66 min
Episode 81: Happy Birthday Jaxon
Oof, right in his footies.
106 min
Episode 80: Dick Blurry
Look at this weird dog:
88 min
Madden NFL 21 Review
Is Madden NFL 21 worth having all your rowdy friends over tonight?
48 min
Episode 79: Pauly Shore Got Trapped in the Joke...
Disregard the Nard!
73 min
Marvin's Asians of S.H.I.E.L.D.
105 min
Episode 77: It worked for Stadia!
Maybe Master Chief is less OK than we thought.
92 min
Episode 76: Sexy Frog Palpatine
This scorpion's actual name is Clu'plothklon.
96 min
Episode 75: Fully Jokerfied Cat
Feet are the funny version of the hand.
85 min
Episode 74 Gaiden: Xbox Games Showcase
We finally have confirmation that Master Chief is OK.
55 min
Episode 74: Big Nasty Dingers
Go Steaks!
113 min
Episode 73: Modern Warfare 3 Jeep Wrangler
Living life a quarter shit at a time.
95 min
Episode 72: Ambush Clown
What if Santa was also an EMT?
106 min
Episode 071: The Danny Phantom Incident
We talk about games eventually!
86 min
Episode 070: The Aggro Crag Illuminati
This is a totally normal episode.
89 min
Episode 069: You're Still the One
The Fanwidth crew celebrates an important milestone
0 min
The Last of Us Part II Spoilercast
Let's mosey on over and get ready to cry.
116 min
Humankind Preview: A New Kind of Civilization
We played an early build of Amplitude’s Civilization-style game.
31 min
Episode 068: Putting an End to Higher Education
Get ready to learn.
99 min
The Last of Us Part II Review
Don't worry about spoilers on this one!
81 min
Fanwidth: PS5 Reveal Special
Niki, Steven, and John dive into everything we saw today at Sony's PS5 reveal event
88 min
You Love to See It 28: Horror Noire
We watched the spectacular documentary about black folks in horror film.
75 min
Episode 067: Gary Larson's Skyrim
108 min
You Love to Scream It 2: Possession
We watch the 1981 horror/drama starring Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani
64 min
You Love To See It 27: Attack the Block
We watch the pre-Star Wars sci-fi flick starring John Boyega
43 min
Episode 066: A Four-Trick Pony
We discuss a couple of games, lots of music, and what we can do right now.
66 min
You Love To See It 26: Austin Powers: Internati...
It’s a very special episode on Austin Powers, with special guest Patrick Gill of Polygon!
96 min
Episode 065: Midwestern Chief
Video games do come up eventually.
118 min
Saints Row: The Third Remastered + Minecraft Du...
34 min
You Love To See It 25: Scoob!
We watch 2020's animated comedy Scoob! and go to hell with the Mystery Machine!
72 min
Episode 064: Raymond Trafficking
A smaller, tighter crew convenes to dive surprisingly deep this week!
94 min
You Love To See It 24: Stay Alive
We watch the 2006 thriller about a haunted video game.
56 min
Episode 063: Condensed and Protein Rich
Strap in for a wild ride down memory lane.
72 min
You Love To See It 23: Kingsglaive: Final Fanta...
We watch the Final Fantasy 15 tie-in feature.
69 min
Streets of Rage 4 Review
39 min
Episode 062: I Just Remember Yabbos
132 min
You Love To See It 22: Final Fantasy: The Spiri...
We watch the inexplicably expensive 2001 Final Fantasy movie.
64 min
Gears Tactics Review
44 min
Episode 061: A Coat Full of UMDs
106 min
Fanwidth Interviews: Edmund McMillen Wants to I...
The Binding of Isaac developer talks board games, weird body stuff, and art.
29 min
Final Fantasy VII Remake Spoilercast
120 min
Fanbyte Island Life 4: The Lone Bunman
63 min
You Love To See It 21: The Unauthorized Bash Br...
We watch The Lonely Island’s Sports Parody
54 min
Episode 060: How Many Points is a Dab?
133 min
You Love to See It 20: Final Fantasy VII: Adven...
We’re feeling Final Fantasy 7 fever, but this ain’t it!
64 min
Episode 059: A Monument to Ourselves
We've got an anime heavy episode this week for all you listeners. Although it doesn't take the form you might expect... Besides that, though, we've also got some hot, old games to talk about as Niki, merritt, Danielle, and Steven all four got into...
105 min
Final Fantasy VII Remake Review
Square Enix has returned to Midgar with Final Fantasy VII Remake: the first in a multi-part stab at the beloved game for a modern era. But is it any good? That's what we're here to ask with our FF7 Remake review. Steven and John sit down to discuss...
94 min
Fanbyte Island Life 3: Pietro, Our Prince
Featuring Fanbyte Weekend Writer Natalie Flores!
49 min
Resident Evil 3 Remake Review
Today we've got a couple of staaaaaaars in the studio (i.e. their bedrooms) to review Resident Evil 3! Steven Strom and Merritt K take to the streets of Raccoon City to find out just what is up with this Umbrella Corporation. Does Jill Valentine want...
44 min
You Love To See It: Tiger King
We fall a little bit in love with Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.
65 min
Episode 058: Back in Your Sack
We've got video games galore on this latest episode of Fanwidth, the Fanbyte podcast! You won't believe your ears when we regale you with news of Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil 3, and other PlayStation 1 games. In all seriousness, though, it's a...
103 min
Valorant Pre-Beta Impressions
Dillon, Niki, and John had the opportunity to play Valorant, Riot's new tactical shooter, and learn a ton about the team's philosophy when it comes to design. Come hear our thoughts about the game, learn a bit about the upcoming beta, and feel the...
35 min
Fanbyte Island Life 2: We’ll Give You $100 to G...
Wherein we discuss Animal Crossing’s terrifying rabbit, Zipper T Bunny
54 min
You Love To See It: Batman Forever
Never before has a movie had this much “gay chad” energy.
53 min
Episode 057: THE TIME OF DOUG
We'll give you five guesses to figure out which 90s Disney cartoons we talk about this week! Or maybe you want to know why it's raining ash in New York City? And should you, or should you not, want to fuck a cartoon? Find the answers to life's...
96 min
Fanbyte Island Life: The Wrong Way to Fish
Hello island villagers! The Fanbyte crew is fishing, rancho-hunting, and vibing through Animal Crossing New Horizons and we wanted to talk to each other about our experiences, fashions, and creations in the game. Join us every week for the foreseeable...
56 min
You Love To See It: Doom
It’s a bad movie full of good actors! And a BFG!
52 min
Episode 056: That Deep Nook Lore
The Fanbyte gang may be afraid to go outside, but the same can't be said of our Animal Crossing villagers! This week, while one of us recovers from a real-life illness, the rest took a virtual vacation to the island of Tom Nook. The latest and...
132 min
DOOM Eternal Review
Danielle and Steven convene to review DOOM Eternal: the latest, greatest demon killing simulation this side of Dante's Inferno. Earth has gone to Hell and it's up to the Doomguy to stop the invasion. But besides a fresh coat of paint, what makes this...
48 min
You Love to See It 16: Birds of Prey (and the F...
This week, our hosts actually went out and saw a somewhat recent movie in theaters, for a change! It's time to talk about Birds of Prey -- a Harley Quinn vehicle with a splash of other DC Comics characters in the mix. The film is a joyful, messy ride,...
52 min
Episode 055: Medieval Brian is Dead
We're all going just a little stir crazy this week, as the L.A. team moves to a work from home schedule during the outbreak of COVID-19. But that just means more mayhem in the usual Fanbyte way. Plus games are finally coming out, which is perfect...
94 min
Persona 5 Royal Review w/ Steven Strom & Kennet...
John sits down with Steven Strom (Fanbyte's official reviewer) and Kenneth Shepard (Fanbyte news reporter and reviewer for Gayming Magazine) to discuss Persona 5 Royal, the definitive edition of the 2017 social sim/JRPG. Check out our tips guides and...
64 min
Papal Bull Resurrection 10: The New Young Pope
Examining The New Pope as a whole.
54 min
You Love To See It 15: Hail Satan?
We discuss the 2019 documentary on the founding of the Satanic Temple.
59 min
Episode 054: Water Slides Across America
Horse crimes abound in this latest episode of Fanwidth. After that, though, the gang is ready to discuss some of the big news today: from the NFL license to Sega and VR games. Eventually we find the time to sneak in discussion of plenty of games, too!...
96 min
Nioh 2 Review
We've got a lot to say about Nioh 2 on this special episode... That's because it's our Nioh 2 review! John and Steven sit down to discuss the Souls-like prequel by Team Ninja. What does the game do different than its predecessor? What does it do the...
44 min
Papal Bull Resurrection 9: Pope Emeritus
We pull out all the stops for The New Pope finale
85 min
Fanfyte 3: Chaotic Good Babyface
With Darby Allin vs Sammy Guevara and Uriah Faber vs. Petr Yan
71 min
You Love To See It 14: Playing With Fire
We jump into John Cena’s comedy firefighting shenanigans.
62 min
Animal Crossing: New Horizons Preview
Danielle Riendeau and Nicholas Grayson sat down to chat about their time with Animal Crossing: New Horizons at PAX East 2020! The pair talks about new features, their hopes and dreams, and they ask a big question: What if Tim was one of us?
32 min
Episode 053: The Decompression Chamber
Your regular Fanwidth podcast crew is back again this week after a very, very long trip to PAX East. It's a short and pretty relaxed episode this week, as we let our brains recover from the absolute hell we put them through during the Boston show. As...
62 min
Papal Bull Resurrection 8: Papal Somersaults
Lenny comes back, Gutierrez is a king, Voiello is a boss.
62 min
Final Fantasy VII Remake Preview
Steven Strom sat down with John Warren to discuss Final Fantasy VII Remake, which John got to play for over three hours at a recent press event. This near-final build of the game has a lot the general public hasn't seen yet, so let's dive in!
40 min
Fanbyte Does PAX East 2020: Day Four
We played more Fuser, SoundSelf, Maneater and more!
42 min
Games and Great Performances with Sarah Elmaleh
The actor and advocate has starred in everything from Gears 5 to Anthem to Gone Home.
46 min
Fanbyte Does PAX East 2020: Day Three
We played Moncage, Everspace 2, Fuser, and more!
53 min
Fanbyte Does PAX East 2020: Day Two
We played Hardspace: Shipbreaker, Industries of Titan, Spongebob and much more!
64 min
Fanbyte Does PAX East 2020: Day One
We start the show with Spiritfarer, Fall Guys, Drake Hollow and more!
74 min
Baldur's Gate III Preview
Baldur has never looked so good.
43 min
You Love To See It 13: Heat
This week, the crime crew of Merritt k, Steven Strom and Danielle Riendeau watch and discuss Michael Mann’s macho 1995 classic, Heat. A crime drama with surprising ties to reality, unbelievable cinematography, and best-in-class performances from...
66 min
Episode 052: I’m Pickle Rick, Lois
Some of your favorite hosts couldn't make it this week, so we brought in the always amazing John Warren to make up for it! This inevitably leads to some... discussion... of California food, fashion, and beverages of choice. It gets worse when we...
26 min
Papal Bull Resurrection 7: God, We Need to Talk...
With writer Jorge Cotte!
76 min
You Love To See It Episode 012: THAT Episode of...
We're so excited... to bring you another episode of You Love to See It! As you can likely guess, this week we discussed the infamous and much meme'd episode of 90s childhood sitcom Saved by the Bell. It's titled "Jessie's Song," but most people...
63 min
Episode 051: Tinkling Toddler Liberation Front
Our guiding light is away this week, leaving Niki, merritt, and Steven to talk about their usual brands of bullshit. It's not all Sonic the Hedgehog lore and talk about dubious Satellaview games, though! The trio begins this week's episode with a very...
109 min
Papal Bull: Resurrection 6 - Introducing Pope H...
This week on our journey through The New Pope, usual hosts merritt k and Eric Thurm are joined by , writer and critic from New York Magazine. This episode has some high-key drama, high-stakes action, and some serious questions about the...
91 min
East Coast Office Hours 1: We Are In Session
A new podcast with merritt k and Danielle Riendeau
41 min
You Love To See It Episode 011: Bringing Up Baby
It's a short and sweet episode of You Love to See It this week! Steven and Danielle team up to produce a cozy, two-person episode about a "whip-smart" screwball comedy from 1938. Starring Katherine Hepburn and Carey Grant, the film nearly tanked...
44 min
Episode 050: Against All Odds
Somehow, some way, the gang has made it to 50 full episodes of Fanwidth! We celebrate with a "special guest," but are otherwise pretty low-key (partially thanks to some illnesses spreading through the editorial staff). Despite our flagging energy,...
108 min
Papal Bull: Resurrection 5 - The Taking of the...
This week on Papal Bull: Resurrection, hosts merritt k and Eric Thurm are joined by none other than Fanbyte Head of media and EIC John Warren! In looking at episode five, they discuss Marilyn Manson vs. Sharon Stone, celebrity Papal visits, and much,...
109 min
(Bonus) Papal Bull: Resurrection Interview with...
We have a special treat for all The Young/New Pope fans! It's an exclusive interview with Javier Cámara, who portrays Cardinal Bernardo Gutierrez on the show. Hosts merritt k and Eric Thurm (Fanbyte’s own Chief Liturgical Correspondent!) spoke with...
47 min
You Love To See It Episode 010: The Thing (1982)
You know what we truly love to see around these parts? A good horror movie! And this week merritt, Steven, and Danielle are discussing one of the best. The trio tackles John Carpenter's 1982 creature feature The Thing. It was critically derided at the...
74 min
Episode 049: Thank You Nort
You know things are off to a good start when we talk about candy bars, 90s sitcoms, and the Microsoft Zune for like 45 straight minutes before we even get to video game chat! That's exactly what happens on this week's episode, as EIC John Warren sits...
116 min
Papal Bull: Resurrection 4 - Four-Dimensional V...
As our special guest this week, writer , mentions, some episodes of a show move things forward, and some line things up. This was more of a line-up episode, but it certainly had some highlights, including the appearance of one Marilyn Manson, direct...
81 min
You Love To See It Episode 009: The Circle
It's our very first episode of You Love to See It featuring a TV show this week! Did we check out Watchmen? The Mandalorian? The Witcher? Nope! Niki and guides editor Dillon Skiffington brought the The Circle into our lives this week, for a discussion...
58 min
Episode 048: Fish Chicken and Other Chicken
The gang is watching Gargoyles, baby! Oh wait sorry no they're just reading the descriptions of every episode. They're also chatting about Skylanders, Pokemon, Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE, and Danielle's recent dive into Prey: Mooncrash. There is also an...
148 min
Papal Bull: Resurrection 3 - Social Linking Wit...
This week, we welcome Chris Wade and Molly O’Brien of the And Introducing, podcast to the Papal Bull, to talk John Malkovich’s Papality, Catholic backgrounds, Meghan Markle and much more. There’s finally… wait for it… a new pope in this...
89 min
You Love To See It Episode 008: Knives Out
The knives may be out, but the hosts are most assuredly in this week! On this episode of You Love to See It, the gang convenes to discuss the 2019 whodunnit Knives Out. The star-studded feature from director Rian Johnson (Looper, The Last Jedi) takes...
69 min