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The best Polygon podcasts of 2018

A few of our favorite episodes

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We’re nearing the end of the year, which means we’re entering the holiday season. There are certain commonalities to the holidays: good food, an overabundance of self-reflection for the year’s past, the giving and / or receiving of presents, a totally-sincere-and-guaranteed-to-work plan for bettering yourself next year, and most of all, long commutes.

Let us help you with at least two of those — the commute and the and self-reflection thing — with a look back out a few of our favorite Polygon-made podcast ear candies for the year.

The Polygon Show

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Art19

Every week, hosts Simone de Rochefort, Allegra Frank, Chelsea Stark and Ashley Oh bring you a new hour of stories from both personal and listener experiences that celebrate video games and the culture around them.

Here are few of our favorite episodes this year, handpicked by Simone, Allegra, Chelsea, and Ashley:

Co-op games will kill us all

(Ed. note: true)

It’s co-op game week! Chelsea recounts the terrible tales of the mistakes she’s made in GTA5 and Halo ODST, while Allegra and Simone revisit the friends they played the most co-op games with. Tune in for stories about LittleBigPlanet, SingStar, and the terrible Mario Party.

Live at FlameCon 2018

A special bonus episode from our panel at FlameCon 2018! Presenting... Video games as the astrological signs.

If cartoons taught us one thing...

... it’s that Pikachu is a... well... you’ll have to listen to find out. Today’s episode is all about cartoon and animation. Dragon Prince! My Hero Academia! Your letters! And lots of implied exclamation marks! (I think I’ve lost the thread on this description.)

History of Fun

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Art19

The History of Fun explores the hidden backstories behind the things you enjoy. Join Polygon’s Russ Frushtick, Allegra Frank, and Chris Plante each week as they embark on a new quest to uncover these common-yet-mysterious customs.

Here are few of our favorite episodes this year, handpicked by the Russ, Allegra, and Chris:

Krampus, the Anti-Santa: A Brief History

You may have heard the name Krampus? But did you know that he was one of the greatest enemies of the Nazis? Our kinda guy! Meet Krampus and get to know all of his fun-loving ways in this episode, featuring Krampus expert Chris Plante.

Neopets: A Brief History

Neopets seem to be popping in the news lately, so we thought we’d shift this episode up a little bit in our schedule so y’all could learn the truth behind the craze that swept the internet. Allegra takes the wheel and fills us in on her penchant for pet theft, as well as the connections between Neopets and Scientology. Enjoy!

Early Roller Coasters: A Brief History

This week on The History of Fun, we’re diving into the origins of the roller coaster. We’re not talking about your grand pappy’s roller coaster! Well, actually we kinda are. And maybe your great great grandpappy’s. Suffice it to say, hella old roller coasters. Join Russ Frushtick as he LEAPS THOSE DIPS!

Quality Control

Listen here: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Art19

In each episode of Quality Control, a co-hosts Dave Tach and Charlie Hall talk to a critic after they review a new game, movie or piece of gear and allows them to add a little bit of extra context and insight. Why did they feel the way they did? What do they wish they had been able to discuss in more depth in their review?

Here are few of our favorite episodes this year, handpicked by Dave and Charlie:

Avengers: Infinity War

The unlikely resurrection of No Man’s Sky

In this week’s episode of Quality Control, Charlie and Dave are both on hand with Russ Frushtick to talk about Next, the massive new update for No Man’s Sky.

The best of E3 2018

In the best of E3 2018, we take a look back at some of the best and most interesting games of E3 2018. We discuss Cyberpunk 2077, Rage 2, The Last of Us Part 2, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice — plus a bit about what it’s like to be in the presence of Hideo Kojima.

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