The Co-Optional Podcast, formerly known as the The Game Station Podcast (abbreviated as the TGS Podcast), is a gaming podcast originally hosted by John "TotalBiscuit" BainJesse Cox, and Dodger. While broadcasting under the name TGS, episodes aired on The Game Station channel, and later on the Polaris YouTube channel following the podcast rebranding. On 13th of November 2014, episodes moved to TotalBiscuit's channel instead, due to "disagreement on creative direction". Following the passing of John Bain in May 2018, hosting duties were taken up by his wife and fellow YouTube content creator Genna Bain and episodes continue to be released on her personal channel.


The podcast consists of one main host; traditionally TotalBiscuit, or in later episodes Genna, two side-hosts; typically Jesse Cox and Dodger, and a guest. On several occasions Jesse, Dodger, or another member of the Polaris network (such as WoWCrendor) has taken up the mantle of main host. Episodes typically consist of three segments and begin with the main host introducing the side hosts and guest(s) and allowing each to take their turn talking about what video games they have been playing in the past week, or since the last podcast was released. Following the first break they then move onto the week's video game news. After a second break the subject changes to the week's new releases and upcoming games, before signing off with announcements of what videos are coming up on their individual YouTube channels. On average, epsiodes vary in length between 2 and 3 hours; the shortest episode was Episode 49 (50 minutes) which was broadcast live from PAX East. Simon's guest appearance (Episode 6) was among the longest, at 3 hours 30 minutes. While there is a set structure, it is not rigid and is subject to change from episode to episode. They occasionally talk about video games.

Episode Guide & GuestsEdit

Almost every episode of the podcast has had a guest and the guests of each episode are as follows:

The Game Station Podcast
  1. Gunns4Hire
  2. HuskyStarcraft
  3. Myndflame
  4. MuzzaFuzza
  5. Maru the Cat (GIF)
  6. Simon
  7. ZAMoffical
  8. Davis/The Warp Zone
  9. (No Guests)
  10. JonTron
  11. PeanutButterGamer
  12. AngryJoe
  13. HuskyStarcraft and Rosanna Pansino (Dodger as Main Host) (No TotalBiscuit)
  14. (No Guests) (TotalBiscuit, Jesse Cox, and Dodger live from Jesse's Kitchen, first time all 3 in same place)
  15. The Completionist
  16. Layne Pavoggi
  17. WoWCrendor
  18. Josh/Indiestatik (No Dodger)
  19. JonTron and PeanutButterGamer (No TotalBiscuit)
  20. KnightWing01
  21. ZoocDoesStuff
  22. DaveChaos (No TotalBiscuit)
  23. (No Guest)
  24. Martyn and WoWCrendor (No Dodger)
  25. StephenPlays and IndieStatik (No Dodger)
  26. PurpleRodri
  27. Felicia Day/Geek and Sundry
  28. Myndflame, WoWCrendor, and MunchingOrange (No TotalBiscuit and Dodger)
  29. ChuggaConroy (No Jesse Cox)
  30. Jarrett Cale/Pure Pwnage
  31. JP McDaniel
  32. Yamimash
  33. Lucahjin
  34. BlameTheController
  35. SideStrafe (No TotalBiscuit)
  36. KnightWing01
  37. (No Guest)
  38. (No Guest)
  39. Randy/ElderGeekDotCom
  40. ImAnderZEL
  41. CinnamonToastKen
  42. The Completionist (No Dodger)
  43. ChuggaConroy (No Dodger)
  44. Criken
  45. ForceSC2Strategy
  46. TalesOfLumin
  47. TradeChat
  48. Markiplier, Myndflame, and WoWCrendor (No TotalBiscuit and Dodger)
  49. The Game Station Podcast Panel Live at PAX East 2013 (Criken joins half way through)
  50. DMJared and WoWCrendor (No TotalBiscuit)
  51. Angry Joe and Lisa Foiles (No Jesse Cox and Dodger)
  52. ZeitgeistReview
  53. Jwittz
  54. Rurikhan
  55. AzuriteReaction
  56. Caddicarus
  57. DissidiusWasTaken and WoWCrendor (as guest host due to no TotalBiscuit)
  58. ItMeJP
  59. Justin of Silvermania (Was kicked off half way through the show, see trivia for more info)
  60. SmoothMcGroove
  61. WoWCrendor
  62. ThatOneVideoGamer
The Co-Optional Podcast
  1. James Portnow
  2. JonTron
  3. Pusheen the Cat (No Guest)
  4. AngryJoeShow
  5. WoWCrendor (as Main Host) and Dracula Cat (PIC) (No TotalBiscuit)
  6. The Co-Optional Podcast Panel Live at PAX Prime 2013 (No Guest)
  7. NorthernLion
  8. IndieStatik
  9. Larry Bundy Jr.
  10. ItMeJP
  11. Sips
  12. Jim Sterling
  13. Boogie2988
  14. PeanutButterGamer
  15. Kyle Bosman
  16. Smooth McGroove
  17. Matt Lees
  18. WoWCrendor
  19. (No Guest)
  20. Cryaotic
  21. Nika Harper and IamChiib (No Dodger)
  22. Strippin
  23. WoWCrendor and ThatOneVideoGamer
  24. Nick of ContinueShow
  25. Yungtown
  26. (No Guest)
  27. (No Guest)
  28. ItMeJP
  29. Jim Sterling (No Dodger)
  30. CinnamonToastKen
  31. Super BunnyHop
  32. NorthernLion
  33. WoWCrendor (No TotalBiscuit)
  34. ProJared
  35. xXSlyFoxHoundXx
  36. UnitLost (No Dodger)
  37. iNcontrol (No Jesse Cox)
  38. Larry Bundy Jr. (No Jesse Cox)
  39. Criken (No TotalBiscuit)
  40. Birgirpall
  41. WoWCrendor (No Dodger)
  42. MathasGames and Cryaotic (No TotalBiscuit)
  43. Paul and Josh of ContinueShow (No TotalBiscuit)
  44. Aphmau/ChallengeAcceptedInc and iDubbbzTV (No TotalBiscuit)
  45. Jim Sterling and Matt Lees (No Jesse Cox or Dodger)
  46. (No Guest)
  47. Jontron
  48. ItMeJP
  49. Sty and Kiri of Unit Lost (No Jesse Cox)
  50. WoWCrendor
  51. Woolie of TheSw1chter (Two Best Friends Play)
  52. ProtonJon
  53. ThatOneVideoGamer and TheNationalDex
  54. WoWCrendor and ItmeJP
  55. (No Guest)
  56. Nick Robinson/Babylonian (Formerly of Rev3Games)
  57. Miracle Of Sound
  58. WoWCrendor (No Dodger)
  59. NorthernLion
  60. ForceStrategy (Formerly ForceSC2Strategy)
  61. Pyrion Flax (No Dodger)
  62. Nerd³
  63. Margaret Krohn
  64. Quill18
  65. WoWCrendor
  66. Jason Schrier
  67. Danny O'Dwyer
  68. CohhCarnage
  69. Laura K.
  70. Adam Kovic (No Jesse Cox)
  71. Erik Kain
  72. Alanah Pearce
  73. PeanutButterGamer
  74. Julia Hardy
  75. Sips (Moved to Thursday, the 9th of April instead of Tuesday, the 7th of April)
  76. Greg Miller
  77. ItMeJP
  78. Gophermods (No Jesse Cox - Moved to Saturday, the 2nd of May instead of Tuesday, the 28th of April)
  79. The Completionist
  80. Boogie2988
  81. Strippin
  82. ChaoticMonki
  83. WoWCrendor
  84. ForceSC2Strategy
  85. (No Guest)
  86. Margaret Krohn
  87. (No Guest)
  88. BunnyHopShow
  89. LauraKBuzz
  90. Jim Sterling
  91. Genna Bain (At Dragoncon)
  92. Slowbeef
  93. WoWCrendor
  94. Veronica Belmont
  95. (No Guest)
  96. Octopimp
  97. (No Guest)
  98. WoWCrendor
  99. Strippin, Sacriel42, and Martyn (No Jesse Cox and Dodger)
  100. Strippin and Dan Bull (No Dodger)
  101. Geoff Robinson
  102. ProJared
  103. Danny O'Dwyer
  104. KiteTales and WoWCrendor
  105. JonTron
  106. Anna Prosser Robinson
  107. Idiotech
  108. Xavier Woods
  109. Ross Scott
  110. akaMikeB
  111. Kyle Bosman
  112. Bran Jones
  113. Nika Harper
  114. The Completionist
  115. Julia Hardy
  116. Ashens and Strippin (No Dodger)
  117. BaerTaffy, RockLeeSmile, MathasGames and NorthernLion (No Jesse or Dodger)
  118. CinnamonToastKen
  119. WoWCrendor
  120. Margaret Krohn & WoWCrendor
  121. (No Guest)
  122. MathasGames
  123. iNcontroL
  124. Octopimp
  125. WoWCrendor & Strippin
  126. ForceSC2Strategy
  127. NerdCubed
  128. SkyWilliams
  129. TheNationalDex
  130. LevelCapGaming
  131. DansGaming
  132. Mike Futter
  133. MathasGames
  134. WoWCrendor
  135. Matt of Super Best Friends
  136. iNcontrol & Crendor (No Jesse)
  137. (No Guest)
  138. Danny O'Dwyer
  139. Yahtzee
  140. NerdCubed
  141. VideoGameDunkey
  142. Cryaotic
  143. Nathanias
  144. Quill18


  • SimonMartyn, DaveChaos, Sips, Strippin and Pyrion Flax have all appeared as guests on the show.
  • Episodes from Co-Optional 27 onwards begin with an animated intro. The visuals were animated by Julian GD of sabertoontigers, and the introduction music was written and performed by Miracle of Sound.
  • Originally the show only included guests from within the Polaris network, however following the rebranding, TB began inviting guests from outside Polaris.
  • With a total of 24 appearances to date, WoWCrendor is the most frequent guest on the Podcast and is likened to "the fifth Beatle" or "the third wheel" of the show.
  • Only one guest has ever been kicked off the show; Justin of Silvermania (Episode 59), who was ejected after he and his roommate acted inappropriately and insulted the hosts numerous times. After being kicked off the show, Justin posted to his Facebook fans: "They couldn't handle our awesomeness". In the VOD of the infamous episode, the first hour of the podcast is omitted.
  • Kaeyi Dream is known to have watched the show and is most likely a fan of it due to the fact that she mentioned that she first saw Martyn during his guest appearance on the 24th episode.
  • A common misconception is that the rebranding of the podcast (and the parent network) was due to trademark issues with Gamestation, a now-defunct chain of retail video game stores in the UK, however this is untrue.
  • In one memorable moment (Episode 39), Jesse infamously broke the law live on air when he drank a can of Irn-Bru, which is banned in the US, live on the air.
  • On the 14th episode of The TGS Podcast, Dodger ate a pack of Jaffa Cakes that had a best before date of 1272, whether this was just a misprint or the box of Jaffa Cakes were actually from the medieval age, this goes down as one of the most memorable moments in the podcast's history. This information ended up on the Wikipedia page for the year 1272, though it was quickly taken down it this was remarked at by the hosts on the next episode.
  • Nerd3 was offered to be on the Co-Optional Podcast but declined at the time because he though he didn't have good enough internet. However, Dan did eventually appear on the Podcast on the 62nd episode of the Co-Optional Podcast.
  • As a result of the show being completely disassociated with Polaris, the show's animator no longer got paid by Polaris and set up a Patreon for payment per animation video. Currently, he is getting paid over $1,300 per video which according to TotalBiscuit, was "far more than what Polaris was paying him per video".


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