Saturday, July 31, 2010

Audio Noise: Giant Machines With Really Random Processors...That Breath Fire Even!

Hello everyone and welcome to a red hot and rebooted installment of Dispatch!

Of the podcasts that I've looked at so far in Audio Noise, almost all of them have been pretty straight forward as they tend to focus more or less on one aspect of the hobby. Then there are these guys and let me tell you they were a little harder to pin down. Kind of odd since they are the...

Giant Fire Breathing Robot

Focus: Anything "geek-related" that they decide to cover, from games to comics and more.
Audio Quality: four out of five giant robots
Content Quality: three and a half giant robots out of five
Average Length: Roughly 45 minutes
Language: Varies depending on the co-hosts but it definitely falls into the explicit category.

So just what is it about this podcast that makes them different from the others? There are two things that really stick out in my mind. First is their content. As you can see in the Focus above, the different episodes of Giant Fire Breathing Robot (or GFRB for short) cover a lot of ground. One show they are reviewing Warhammer Invasion, the next they are talking to Wendy Pini of Elfquest fame, with collectible toys the next. There is nothing wrong with this kind of variety but I think it's safe to say that depending on the listener's interests some shows will be hits while others will be misses.

The second is slightly more subtle but as you listen to their library of shows, it really starts to stick out more and more. They have rotated through several different co-hosts and this gives some of the episodes a very different feel. On one end you have Joel selling blow jobs on eBay and the other you have Rob and Andrew discussing the deeper psychological aspects of Cylons (yeah, these are extreme examples but I think you get the idea). Andrew is the constant in the show but as you slot in the various co-hosts, even his style seems to change to mesh with the different people. As with the wide range of topics, this kind of variety is not necessarily a bad thing but at times it almost seems like you are listening to different podcasts so I think it's good to be aware of before you jump in.

So the question is just how does the Giant Fire Breathing Robot stack up? Personally I think as long as you keep the somewhat eclectic nature of the 'cast in mind it's worth giving them a listen since there's a good chance that you're going to find something in there that you'll like. In addition, they also have a very extensive blog that covers even more of all things geek so if you have a minute, you should definitely check that out as well.

The Parting Shot

As always, thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to either leave them right here on the blog or you can email me at As for what's in store, the hobby updates will be returning! Not sure exactly when right now but the next Audio Noise will be going up in a week. Until then, remember don't walk when you can run... just put down the scissors first.

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