Thanks Sean, appreciate it. Long reply coming up:seansthomas wrote:By the way, sure that certain games (eg. JRPGs) in the list are tricky to cover given their size, but also noticed you sometimes get guests from the forum on to help make up the numbers.
Should the only thing stopping you from tackling Xenoblade Chronicles / XC X be number of personnel, I'd happily volunteer my services! Scott White from Bit Socket is a huge fan too if you wanted a higher profile guest...
As you can see, with the entire Witcher trilogy, Skyward Sword, Tales of Vesperia, Final Fantasy I and II, Destiny and the like it's not as though we're shying away from covering a few epic games.
While I've opened up Sound of Play to community members (more of whom will feature in 2017), we don't usually tend to go blind into inviting community members and/or acquaintances onto the Cane and Rinse podcast.
Even if we know that someone can write/post articulately, unless they have been 'blooded' then we can't say for sure that they have basic microphone technique, a lack of nerves and are able to articulate verbally.
Further to that, some people simply have non-broadcast-compatible voices!
There's also a lot to learn and remember when joining the Cane and Rinse panel - we have a lot of 'house style' stipulations and that type of thing. It takes time to train people up which we don't really have.
A regular listener might get all that and slot in perfectly... but then again they might have missed the point of the show entirely and fall into (what I consider to be) the 'pitfalls' that many other games podcasts do - which we try very hard to avoid.
I'm not saying that you, or any number of our amazing posters and contributors couldn't do it brilliantly, it's just that without knowing in advance it would be a tremendous gamble on our part.
FYI, Ryan Hamann (no longer currently appearing - although still editing, bless him - on the Cane and Rinse podcast due to his exciting new job at Nintendo) to all intents and purposes - sent us an audition tape that was so impressive I had to get him involved immediately.
It's nothing about the 'profile' of the guest though - I favour expertise and passion over popularity any day (ideally the two come together of course).
The main factor as regards to whether we cover a particular game or not though is that there has to be the appetite among at the very least one (a host), and preferably two or three core Cane and Rinse team members.
The reason that certain games aren't there (yet) is because we have a list of 1500+ titles (30 years worth) and we can only do 50 per year so we do the ones - across a spread of generations and genres - that we most want to do.