The Instance Podcast-
Site – theinstance.net
“The #1 rated and award winning weekly podcast for lovers of World of Warcraft. Hosted by Scott Johnson & Randy Jordan, The Instance is home to the latest news, rumors, and people from the thriving WoW community.” – According to http://frogpants.com/podcasts/the-instance/ (owned by the Host, Scott Johnson).
I listened to the instance podcast for my review this week. I have been an infrequent listener of this one over the last 2 years. I will typically start listening again when I run out of podcasts to listen to or sometimes out of sheer curiosity of what is new with them. The Instance is one of 3 podcasts I listen to that Scott Johnson produces. I listen to App Slappy, Film Sack, and The Instance.
What I Liked-
The instance is one of the best podcasts to get someone that is new to the World of Warcraft podcast circuit. Most of the Wow podcasts out there will structure their format to one similar to the Instance. I think at heart most of the podcasts want to emulate the success of what Scott Johnson has done with this show. The information covered is very topical but not just a re-reading of what mmo-champion is reporting. There is obviously a huge community that follows The Instance and their contributions to the show add a lot of content. The production of the show is absolutely top notch. The general “Flow” of the podcast is seamless for the most part. It typically doesn’t hit awkward silences and the hosts stay on topic fairly well. If there was a speed bump or a show stopper I am sure it would be edited out. The length stays pretty consistent, so you surprise as to how long each one is from week to week.
What I Disliked-
I think this show has only 2 lingering bad things about it for the most part. The first is that Scott and his Co-Host Randy teeter on the edge of being Blizzard ass kissers. Sometimes I think they disagree with something and say they are cool with it just to stay in good standings with Blizzard in the hopes that some day they will be called upon to be a mouth piece for Blizzard. The second is really just a nagging annoyance I have with Randy Jordan. He talks about WoW like it is a thesis paper. It is the most annoying thing to listen to. I can’t tell if he likes to listen to himself talk or if he is mentally ill. The amount of thought he puts into a video game is ridiculous. The less he talks the better the show is. Other podcast he is in with Scott he doesn’t seem to lay it on so thick. Maybe he thinks he is so superior to the demographic that listens to the show he feels the need to flex his intellect to prove it to them every chance he gets. Either way it makes me turn it off early. I very rarely finish an episode for this reason. If Randy isn’t over thinking and talking he is forcing himself to laugh like an idiot at Scotts jokes whether he finds them funny or not.
Another thing that is a bit aggravating is the fact that if you want to get a “shout out” at the beginning its going to cost you 10 dollars to have Scott to say your name at the beginning. Or if you want to pay for the show you can donate 2 dollars a money to “help out”. For someone who is from a gaming community of people who just play the game he sure does operate like Blizzard. Micro-transaction anyone?
The Rating –
- Production – 5/5
- Frequency – 5/5
- Content- 3/5
- Length- 4/5
- Hosts (Scott Johnson) – 4/5
- Hosts (Randy Jordan) – 1/5
- Community Involvement – 3/5
- Overall – 3.5/5
- Either drop Randy Deluxe or shut him up more often, maybe even call him out on air – “It’s just a game, not your thesis, Dude!!!”
- Stop charging people just to say their names; this community shouldn’t be taxed by you, Scott, just because you have a podcast about the game. Isn’t the request for a 2 dollar a month donation enough?
- Stop kissing Blizzard’s ass and say what you really think, the call for you to be the official Blizzard/World of Warcraft isn’t coming.
**If you are ass hurt by this review or are about to have a shitty nerd-rage/fan-boy moment read this first. My response will always be a link to this disclaimer unless you actually want to debate this review.Tags: Podcast, WoW