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Best podcasts to listen to while gaming



So many podcasts and games, not enough time.
So many podcasts and games, not enough time.

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If you’re the type of person who needs to constantly keep your brain and your hands busy, then you probably understand the strange urge to play video games and listen to podcasts at the same time.

The part of our brains that loves to feel productive also loves to multitask. Nevermind that multitasking is actually probably actively making us less productive in the end. Unfortunately, we live in a world with constant and often simultaneous stimulation. So go ahead, fulfill your sick, twisted need to play games and listen to podcasts together.

Games and podcasts can make ideal bedfellows if you have the right pairing. Of course, the game can’t be too narrative-focused. Or, if it does have a narrative, it should be one that’s either of negligible quality (sorry Assassin’s Creed) or doled out in between long stretches of time with no cutscenes. Meanwhile with the right kind of podcast, your gaming session can transform from a mindless time-sink into an edifying experience.

A wide variety of video games fit the bill. So we’ve gone ahead and picked out some of the best across a wide array of genres — from stressful shoot-em-ups to chill life simulators — alongside which podcasts they pair best with.

Doom Eternal

Animal Crossing

Tetris 99

Destiny 2

The Outer Worlds

Super Mario Odyssey

Alto’s Adventure

  • Why it’s perfect: Easily accessed on your phone, this beautiful endless runner snowboarding mobile game keeps your thumbs busy while delivering calm and joy.

  • Pairs well with: 1) Binge-worthy limited series that you can consume in a couple sittings like Root of Evil, S-Town, Serial, and The Habitat. 2) Engrossing and informative podcasts like , , , , Imaginary Worlds, , and . 3) Making the crushing but necessary news from The Daily or Up First more digestible.

  • Platforms: iOS, Android, Mac

  • Price: $4.99 – $9.99 (depending on platform)

  • See also: Dots, Monument Valley

Read Dead Redemption 2

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 

Yakuza 0

Rocket League

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

The Sims 4

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