The Frame Savers – Podcast Review

In this Episode I talk about my experience with The Frame Savers Podcast. The podcast has a huge backlog of episodes that cover the history and speed run related aspects of some amazing games.

PodApplaud-The Frame Savers

Welcome to PodApplaud, the Monday through Friday podcast that aims to enable your Podcast habit. I’m your host Seb, and today we are going to talk about the: The Frame Savers.

The Frame Savers is a podcast focused on examining, rating, and discussing the practice of speedrunning retro video games hosted by John Carls and authorblues. The show alternates between a full episodes that often approach 2 hours in length and pocket episodes that fall between 20 minutes and an hour depending on topic. There is a large backlog nearing 150 episodes combining full and pocket episodes.

The Frame Savers talk about a particular video game or sometimes a small cluster of games each episode. They mostly claim to cover three things for their show, 1) History, 2) Review, and 3) Speedrunning discussion. They accomplish all of this very well even if the episode slowly becomes a sega. There is not too much off topic discussion, but covering all three of the topics as well as the hosts do just ends up taking time leading to the episode length. The hosts are diligent in their researching and playing through the games they cover, this combined with a speedrunner guest who is entirely attuned to the game leads to expertise level knowledge each episode. Real quick, If you got this far into this episode of Pod Applaud despite a lack of video game interest, let me just say I admire your curiosity. And let me just clarify, speedrunning is an odd mixture of the art and sport of beating a video game as quickly as possible by honing  your skill at the game, exploiting glitches, loopholes in the game’s logic, and all sorts of fun trickery.

Ok, as I was saying the information is top notch, and they cover each game inside and out. In addition to this the hosts are personable, have funny moments, and are genuinely talented at both presenting and entertaining. I would also like to congratulate The Frame savers on their audio quality, their show is live streamed on Twitch while it is recorded, sometimes these types of shows can have all sorts of audio issues. Yet, here the audio is especially good. Live streamers are quite intimate with their audience which means these podcasts often start off with some meandering banter between hosts to cater to the fans who are so invested in the personalities. The Frame Savers do uphold this particular trend, which is a matter of taste and not necessarily good or bad. In addition there is a Q&A segment with the live chat near the end of each episode as well. So suffice to say the full episodes are jam packed.  

I do think this leads to my main suggestion for how the show might be improved. TIMESTAMPS, I think timestamps would in their episode descriptions would really help. The episodes often approach the 2 hour mark and cover many different aspects. With time stamps people who want just the review could pop in to hear that, people who want to know when the speedrunning discussion starts would be able to find it without wading through a very long episode, and people who may be fine with skipping the opening banter or live Q&A would likely be quite thankful.

Ok so here on PodApplaud I rate shows on a 1-5 scale, 1 is silence, 2 is a slow clap, 3 is applause, 4 is a round of applause, and 5 of course is a standing ovation! I’m going to break the rules a bit and give The Frame Savers a 3 on their full sized episodes, and a 4 on their pocket episodes!

It is a bit ironic that this podcast about speedrunning ends up not shaving anytime itself. I try not to knock off points just for being long, there are situations in which the longer the podcast, the better. However, the content of the show is really good but really spread out, timestamps wouldn’t just make the show more approachable, but I honestly believe the show is good enough that fans may want to revisit parts of the show. I recommend the full episodes to people who have a big lump of time to binge or don’t mind pausing halfway. The pocket episodes are great for people not fully engrossed in the niche but interested and willing to learn more.  
So that’s been the show for today I hope you found it valuable If you wish to reach out to me you can find me on twitter @podapplaud or send an email to podapplaud@gmail.com Thank you for listening, and please tune in again.