At Second Player, we’re here to help you find new, interesting, and positive-leaning video game content in two simple categories—podcasts and videos. At the bottom of each post here we link directly to that show or creator’s channel, podcast, Twitter, Patreon and more so that when you do find something you like you can dive deeper into their catalog, support their show, or communicate with them directly.
We also want to help independent producers get the word out about their show or series. If you’re a podcast or video host/producer—you can make sure we know about your content! Please submit links to your show or channel. It does not matter if it’s your first episode or hundredth. It does not matter if you have zero followers or thousands. (Note that submitting a link does not guarantee any kind of feature placement on the site.)
If you’re a fan of a podcast or a particular YouTuber’s content (and maybe they don’t know about our site)—you, too, can submit links to work you think we should know about or should check out. We welcome your suggestions!
About The Editor-In-Chief
Hi! I’m Chris, but friends and co-workers call me CJ.
I’ve loved video games for as long as I can remember. And I love listening to podcasts and watching videos about games. I am always searching for new shows or content, but found it difficult and frustrating to sift through podcast directories or YouTube to find good, positive-leaning content I could just hit “play” on. That’s why I started this site.
I spent years working as a News Editor and game reviewer for professional outlets like Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM—when it was a print magazine) and GameSpot. I helped start Adult Swim Games and worked with many great indie devs on some of their first paid projects. I’ve hosted and produced a weekly podcast about games for over 14 years—the Player One Podcast.
Before all that, when I was 14 years old, I started writing and editing Paradox, a fanzine (“‘zine,” a fan-magazine) about games that I handed out to friends, sold issues (for $1!) to interested readers, gave out at video game rental stores, and sent to the magazines that I read and respected so much. It was…rudimentary, badly written, and extremely embarrassing to look back on now, but without that first step nothing that came after would have happened. I wouldn’t have gotten the job at EGM, wouldn’t have joined Adult Swim…who knows what I’d be doing now. I am very thankful for those opportunities and know they wouldn’t have happened without that first step as an amateur publisher.
That first step is where this site comes in. Back in 1991, towards the back of most (but not all) issues of Video Games & Computer Entertainment magazine, there was a single-page column called “Fandom Central,” written by Arnie Katz. It highlighted video game ‘zines made by fans. It offered tips on how to become a fanzine editor and producer. And there was even a fanzine directory you could mail away for to find other creators and ‘zines you might like.
Upon reading this column for the first time, my head was swimming. There were gamers, just like me, who were making their own MAGAZINES/NEWSLETTERS and distributing them to other fans. And Katz featured some of them in VG&CE! What! I became an avid ‘zine reader and then started to produce my own. Eventually, Paradox did get featured in one of Katz’s ‘zine columns (though the column had migrated to Electronic Games magazine by then), and the writing practice and confidence in my own work that I got from publishing it helped lead to the rest of my career.
I’m a lot older now. Hopefully…wiser? And Second Player is an attempt in whatever I way I can to help other independent creators in the way that Arnie Katz’s column did for me.