Doofy’s Podcast Reviews: The Instance

What to do when I want to write but can’t write about playing World of Warcraft? Write about people who talk about playing World of Warcraft!

In a new series (brought about by the fact that I’d like to keep active with writing here, and also by the fact that my iPod doesn’t want to play about half of my music collection*), I’ll be giving my completely unsolicited opinions on the numerous WoW podcasts that are out there. Let me know what you guys think of my opinions and of the idea of these posts.

Podcast: The Instance
Website: http://www.myextralife.com/wow/
Podcasting since: January 2006
Frequency: Weekly

Doofy’s Review: The most popular WoW podcast according to iTunes recently celebrated its 100th episode (congrats!), but I’m not that big a fan of it. Hosts Scott Johnson and Randydeluxe review the week in World of Warcraft news, both within the game (patch notes, world events) and out of the game (stuff about the WoW TCG). The analysis (largely provided by Randydeluxe) isn’t bad, but I feel they could get a little more in depth. I do have to say I very much enjoyed the interview with the creator and cast of The Guild. More like that, please!

The podcast is heavily dependent on listener input as heard in their Town Crier segment. Listener e-mails and phone calls are played/read and answered here and it’s the weakest part of the show. The show has clearly attracted a large following, but the questions asked are so basic and so puzzling you wonder why people felt the need to write in and ask rather than do a Google search, as a guildie, or heck, even ask some other random player on their server before e-mailing this podcast. This segment is complimented by an Addon of the Week, which is a good idea, but it’s followed by a PVP Tip of the Week, which often isn’t. Unless you’ve never done it before, in which case you might get something out of it. The show also closes with listener submissions, ranging from more questions to in-game lore.

The Instance probably has the highest production values of any WoW podcast that’s not part of the WoW Radio network. I can completely understand why it’s so popular, but if you’re an experienced WoW player, it’s just not the podcast for you. I’d like to see them embrace the fact that they’re quite popular with the *very* newer, casual player.

Doofy’s Rating:

3 Shards of the Virtuous (out of a possible 5)

(*This probably has something to do with me dropping it.)

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