Best of Waypoint

We’re at the end. The end days are in sight.

So let’s celebrate Waypoint for all it did through these six years of existance. Post your favorite articles, clips and moments here.

I’ll start by shouting out the incredible set of articles that Waypoint published as At Play in the Carceral State.

Amazing set of articles. One article that always stuck with me was prisoners using a sort of spinning top as a dice to play board games.

That plus Danielle’s ever deepening obsession with Into the Breach was formative for me and my view of Waypoint.

Also want to shout out ellaguro’s article on a Doom wad, got me back into that game and encouraged me to look deeper whenever I encounter something that I don’t quite get at once.

PS! Fuck VICE and capitalism, go home.


I will always remember the moment in the extended Pride and Prejudice more miniseries when everyone lost their shit over this video:

‘Best’ by a different metric, but still great.


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Sudden fond memory of Austin joking about how the team could probably get away with not doing any games crit work for a few months before upper management would notice, sometime in the Pride and Prejudice / Be Good and Rewatch it era.

Then a few months later that pod came to a halt and they had to refocus lol

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Me and my partner sing this roughly once a week


It’s really hard to pick from the smorgasbord of stuff Waypoint produced over the years, especially when so many of my favourite bits basically boil down to reactions on pods or streams or little in jokes that I’m not even sure I could explain any more.

That said, I always loved it when Austin Walker talked about Watch Dogs

And I’d be remiss in not celebrating the hundreds of thousands of dollars (!!!) raised during Waypoint charity streams for good causes like Trans Lifeline, National Network of Abortion Funds, and national bail out funds


do not give in to astonishment

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I don’t remember which E3 coverage it was from but that first bit about “LA Rob” was magical.

I also loved the Periscope(?) they did of a live stream of them just chilling and cooking at the AirBnB.


Some of my favorite Waypoint moments have been funny moments from pods and streams, but one of my favorite written things they’ve done is the guns and games series. Like where else do you find a major games crit site devote an entire week to stories tackling the topic of gaming’s obsession with guns?

Also that time they asked a bunch of game devs at E3 about crunch culture. Mad respect to them for that

Oh yeah, Austin shouted it out in a tweet, but the backstory to the name Waypoint is also a good read.


For me, one of the things that Waypoint has done so well, again and again is document someone getting into something new in games, and they way it changes they look at things (and consequently the way I, as a listener see those same things).

Danielle’s arc of “Baby Tactics Gamer” to “Zen Master of Into the Breach” in the space of a month. Patrick getting into VN’s via 13 Sentinels. Rob just going Full Rob with Demon’s Souls. Tactical Tuesday’s cross pollinating Austin’s narritivization of games with Rob’s tactical obsession. All of this is fun on the surface, but it’s such a nice in to “why we play.”


I’m positive there’s more, but these are what immediately come to mind. These few are probably my all time favorites. I think these few pieces changed how I read and thought about games dramatically and forever.


Some other good articles. I’ll edit this when I find/remember more.

There are a lot of really good videos (back when V*CE was “pivoting to video”) that I might share later, and some all-timer stream moments.


The “academic” streams:

Some fave stream moments:

And the entirety of the Savepoint charity streams!!! Shout outs to Big Boi!!!


Loved these streams


I forgot they were putting out these 2 minute perspectives on games for a while. It’s really challenging to be concise so it’s all the more impressive how they always managed to get their point across in that space.

(Timestamped @ 48:02) Danielle playing the Donkey Kong Country cartoon intro for the crew.

(@ 20:02) Joel defending his pop punk honors.

Hot mic mornings were good


I thought I’d share some of my favorite Waypoint stories over the years. It was hard to pick because they’re all so near and dear to my heart.

I mostly interacted with the site through the written articles and the podcast, since I’m not much of a livestream watcher, so please post your favorite livestream clips so I can see/remember them too. I also don’t have any podcast clips saved anywhere so that’s another big hole that needs filled.

And remember not to give into astonishment!


First up is this article from early in Waypoint’s existence that might have been the first time I thought hard about game development as a process. It was the start of my journey into labor rights and considering the material reality of how things actually get made in the real world.


Of course I need to include something from At Play in the Carceral State. My favorite is this one on Dungeons and Dragons, but the entire feature is magnificent work, especially the series from Muira McCammon reporting from Gitmo. It’s a real treat for people who may have started following this site later on.


Related is this piece from Duncan Fyfe on the Daryl Gates Police Quest game. This is a little cheating because Duncan’s writing is so consistently excellent anywhere it’s published. I also love his Oral History on Tim Curry’s role in Red Alert 3.


Cam’s writing is such a huge part of what I think of when I think of Waypoint. I was really bummed when his Postscript column ended in 2019, but thankfully he was able to continue to contribute to the site long after that. This piece sits at the nexus of a lot of my interests including urbanism, climate, and the ending of things.