Last Tuesday, just like every Tuesday I turned on my phone and immediately opened my podcast app. I scrolled through the feed of recently uploaded podcasts, but PS I Love You XOXO wasn’t there. Since Colin Moriarty had announced his departure from Kinda Funny, it was obvious that the show was going to take a hiatus. However, it was just now that I realized that there will be a permanent hole in my Tuesday afternoon. For over a year now I had become spoiled by the rich insight that hosts Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty gave into the world of PlayStation. While I’m sure that Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty will no doubt collaborate again in the future, I want to reflect on the legacy that is PS I Love You XOXO the worlds #1 PlayStation podcast.
Beyond! The #1 PlayStation Podcast
As most know Greg and Colin made a name for themselves in their former IGN days as hosts of Podcast Beyond. In a time where game podcasts were still relatively new, they were able to carve out an audience in the hardcore PlayStation community. This is where I first came across the duo and consumed all the content I could find. At the time I had an Xbox 360, but because of the influence of Greg and Colin I made the jump to PlayStation. Through their reviews I would discover games such as Uncharted and Infamous. I slowly found myself caring about in game achievements because of their show Trophy Wars. And in the ultimate leap of faith I was convinced to buy a PlayStation Vita and join what the two would eventually refer to as “Vita Island”.
I wasn’t the only one however, throughout PlayStation message boards you could find fans shouting “Beyond” in the comments section. It was strange how every time I read that word and saw all the fans like myself, I knew I was among friends. Podcast Beyond had become more than a podcast, it had become a group of people from all walks of life across the world who all shared a common interest, PlayStation.
When Greg and Colin announced their departure from IGN, many people were excited and nervous. Were we going to get another PlayStation Show? Sure enough in September, 2015 it was announced. PS I Love You XOXO was the next step for not only Greg and Colin, but PlayStation fans in general. Though the show only ran for a little over a year before its indefinite hiatus, it is by far the twos best work.
A Baker’s Dozen
Greg and Colin had created something very special with this new show. They were able to talk with brutal honesty about PlayStation. If they didn’t like something they never tried to cover it up. They displayed a level of honesty that not many have shown in the industry. In some cases it even would become an on going gag on the show. Every episode featured a segment with the two begging Shuhei Yoshida to let people change their PSN names.
There are so many classic moments. From the great water man incident, to the episode where Colin and Greg’s hunger led to them ordering takeout during the show. Every week was surprising and fun in a way that kept the show fresh and entertaining. The two finally seemed comfortable being themselves and just having conversations about games with each other and the community. It felt less like a show and more like a conversation with friends about games.
Colin Was Right
PS I Love You XOXO offered a behind the scenes look at PlayStation. It was so refreshing to see game developers like David Jaffe and the President of PlayStation Shuhei Yoshida, just sit down and talk about games and the industry in a way that many fans discussed it themselves. The show bridged the gap between creators and fans. Often we see creators at Nintendo or Microsoft at press conferences and interviews, but now whenever I see Sony developers I know who they are and I feel like I have that connection to them. This is all because of the work of Greg an Colin. They were really able to break down that wall between the fans and the creators.
As much as the show was about building a community of PlayStation fans, it was also about educating them. Colin Moriarty’s knowledge of first party studios and PlayStation history is amazing. Often I wonder if people would even know about studios like Bend or Sucker Punch without Colin’s passion and enthusiasm. Thanks to Colin, I not only cared about the games I played, but who made them. Much like a band makes an album, a studio makes a game and now I appreciate the creator just as much as the product.
The Best Friends
For me PS I Love You XOXO was an escape. As often as I am consuming the latest news about games, I am not always surrounded by people to talk about it with. However, every Tuesday I had the ability to spend an hour with two friends who shared their thoughts on the news and releases of that week. I know that others must have felt the same as me, it’s the reason why the show was so popular. The PlayStation community will never be able to forget all the hard work Greg and Colin have put into molding the fan base we know and love. Sure this fan base would have existed without the two, but it never would have reached the heights it has without them. This coming Tuesday when I scroll through my list of podcasts, I will be thinking about all the great memories that PS I Love You XOXO has left me with.
-PS Thank you Greg Miller and Colin Moriarty