(Fanart by Daniel Fu)
Waypoint is the gaming division of Vice, headed up by ex-Giant Bomb duder Austin Walker. While articles are obviously going to be a big part of the site, they also plan on doing weekly streams, podcasts, videos and all that good stuff too.
- Austin Walker, Why Vice Gaming is now Waypoint
We aim to be a guide to games culture. We want to investigate how and why people play games through a combination of articles, live streams, podcasts, and videos. We want to make you think, laugh, and ask new questions. Waypoint isn't just our name, it's a guide for us at the site, too, something we can orient ourselves with as we step forward into whatever comes next.
- Austin Walker, A Note on Trump, Waypoint and why we play
Our aim at Waypoint is to cover games with criticality and humanity. It is to give as much attention to the people, passion, and politics of gaming as we have been giving to the products. It is to explore how and why we play, not only because trying to answer those questions will lead us to tell great stories, but because we fundamentally believe that this will offer insight into the wider "state of play," into the culture that games emerge from and that people play in.
It is also our goal to build a new lexicon inside of the gaming community. One that isn't about reaching wider audiences with new stories, but one that will help us address our own failures, systemic and personal. I want you to help us do that, and to hold us to it, too.
We want to learn (together) how to move with compassion and with interest. We want to find and share our own methods of inquiry, so that we can find ways to understand how others differ from us, why they think, act, and play differently—instead of only dismissing them as outsiders.
This will not only help us build common ground to form new, important coalitions, but will also teach us how to address the actual, meaningful differences that have lead us into dramatic and upsetting conflict.
Waypoint has two podcasts.
Waypoint Radio is a show hosted by Patrick, Austin, Danielle and Rob every Monday and Friday. It's usually between 40 - 60 minutes long, and consists of the hosts talking about what they're playing, gaming news and listener emails. You can find it on itunes, Google Play, Sticher and through this RSS Feed
They also have The Waypoint UK Podcast, hosted by Mike Diver. It's a monthly show with guests and general gaming talk. Don't sleep on it! itunes
Waypoint boasts a variety of articles both from the core staff and talented freelancers. These can be anything from investigative journalism to videogame critiques. Here's a few articles to give you taste of what they're all about.
How 'Dark Souls II' Reflects Our Historical and Political Anxieties by Brendan Vance
The Wii U Deserved Better by Danielle Riendeau
How Games, Piracy, and Religion Come Together in Saudi Arabia by Hussian Almahr
It Took One Player 750 Hours To Explore Every Location In ‘Fallout 4’ by Patrick Klepek
Dragons in the Department of Corrections by Elisabeth de Kleer
Meet the Hackers Breathing New Life Into Sony's Abandoned PlayStation Vita by Wesley Copeland
Waypoint is going to be doing streams and videos with the regular crew. The streams are on their Twitch channel, and their videos on Youtube and Vice. So far they've done a pretty fantastic 72 hour stream with a whole bunch of guests. Here's some highlights from that.
Austin and Patrick play Revenge of Shinobi with Just Blaze
Giant Bomb and Waypoint play "Who Wants to Beat Up a Millionaire
Patrick, Danika and Victoria (Sailorbee) from Crunchyroll voice over an anime game
'Gears of War 4' with Desus and Mero from VICELAND
Waypoint plays Drawful with Griffin McElroy
Waypoint plays Dungeon World, a tabletop rpg
They also produce documentary style videos in a series they call Pixel By Pixel
SuperHyperCube: The Retro-Futurist VR Game 7 Years in the Making
Hyper Light Drifter’ - Inside the Video Game Inspired by a Life-Threatening Illness
Waypoint has their own forums now! If you have room in your life for another non-Neogaf web forum it seems like a pretty chill place to talk about games, music, anime, or pretty much anything you can think of.
Austin Walker, Editor-In-Chief
Friends at the Table podcast
Patrick "Scoops" Klepek, Senior Reporter
Danielle Riendeau, Managing Editor
Idle Weekend Podcast
Danika Harrod, Social Editor
Mike Diver, Senior Editior
Rob Zacny, Senior Editor
Joel Fowler, Publisher
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