One of my favorite past times is listening to podcasts. I usually listen to them on my daily commute, while I clean my room, before going to bed and when I wake up. But one of the problems with listening to podcasts is that you most people (myself included) find it uncomfortable to just sit there and listen to them, so I started using games as an excuse to listen to more of these audio show. Of course, you can’t play any game while doing something that requires your undivided attention, so below you’ll find some games that involve a lot of repetition and muscle memory or simply long games that have a lot of content. So what are some of your favorite games you play while you listen to podcasts? Also, what podcasts do you listen to?
Diablo II (PC, Mac)
There’s a combination of things that make Diablo II such a terrific game to play while you listen to podcasts: the action role-playing game is very repetitive, the story’s minimal and arguably, the music isn’t that good. Also, leveling up your characters, looking for better loot and exploring the sprawling environments can be tiring without something playing in the background.
You might also like: Torchlight
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Calling the province of Skyrim massive would be an understatement, but the best thing about the game is that the world isn’t just big, there’s also a lot to do in it. There are dozens of quests to find, there are both main missions and secondary ones and an unlimited number of options when it comes to developing your character. It can all be overwhelming the first time you see it in action, but when you have hours of podcasts to listen to, Skyrim suddenly becomes more appealing to a lot of people.
You might also like: Fallout 3
Minecraft (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Raspberry Pi, Wii U)
Building castles, towers or working computers sounds enticing at first (well, maybe not the latter,) but the amount of time you need to dedicate to Minecraft to build some of those constructions seems daunting without distractions. The game is constantly incorporating new appealing new features with new updates and you can play with other people, so there are definitely reasons to keep you coming back for more.
You might also like: Terraria
World of Warcraft (PC, Mac)
One of the defining characteristic of massively multiplayer online games is grinding. I can’t imagine the number of people who play World of Wacraft on a regular basis and listen to podcasts at the same time, since this makes some quests more enjoyable. Additionally, some of those people who really want to make the effort and level up their characters to some of the higher levels takes an incredible amount of time, so at some point, you need to use every resource you can to commit to it.
You might also like: Star Trek Online, Guild Wars 2
Borderlands (PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
It’s certainly not impressive to see Borderlands on this list. After all, Borderlands is basically Diablo with first-person shooter elements and cel-shaded graphics. So, as in most of the games included here, listening to people talk while you level up your character makes the process more enjoyable and soothing.
You might also like: Destiny, Dead Island
Civilization V (PC, Mac, Linux)
Civilization is one of those series that absorbs people. Once you’re familiar with the elements that come into play in this 4X strategy game (units, cities, the culture system, civilizations, combat and so on,) you don’t have to pay that much attention to them. Also, if you’re going to be up past your bed time, you might as well go all the way and kill two birds with one stone: play Civilization V and listen to a radio show from the internet.
You might also like Total War, Age of Empires
Just Cause 2 (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One)
This bombastic open-world action adventure game is so over-the-top and ridiculous that you don’t need to pay attention the story, but this sandbox shooter is fun to play nonetheless. Using your grappling hook, parachuting, driving vehicles, building your chaos meter and exploring the massive world is still fun while you listen to the latest episode of This American Life.
You might also like: Far Cry, Crysis, Saints Row
Sim City (PC, Mac, Linux, Wii, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, PSN, Nintendo DS, iOS, Android, Web Browser, Game Boy Advance)
After playing this game for years without sound, I finally learned how to capitalize on that. The open-ended nature of the gameplay, the simple mechanics and absorbing mechanics make Sim City, one of the best strategy games of all time, but you don’t have to listen to the game’s music all the time while playing.
You might also like Tropico 4
Doom (PC, Mac, Linux, Atari Jaguar, Sega 32x, SNES, PlayStation, 3DO, Sega Saturn, Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, iOS)
In Doom, you run, point and shoot. There are also some keycards scattered around the environments, but for the most part, this is a simplistic first person shooter that’s so raw, that you can play it to this day and still have a lot of fun. While I do like listening to the music when I play Doom (it helps me get in the rhythm,) some people will prefer podcasts.
You might also like Serious Sam, Quake
Pokémon: Heartgold and Soulsilver (Nintendo DS)
Don’t get me wrong, I like the Pokémon games, but they are long, repetitive and the formula seldom varies from game to game (though the developer has certainly improved several elements.) So instead to shake things up a bit, you can listen to a podcast. Take into account I chose the Heartgold and Soulsilver versions because those are the ones I play the most, but any Pokémon game would do.
You might also like: Monster Hunter
Other podcast games include: Persona 3, Dirt 3, Binding of Isaac, FTL, Hearthstone, Plants vs Zombies, Bejeweled 3 and Tetris.