The Co-Optional Podcast, formerly known as the The Gamestation Podcast (abbreviated as the TGS Podcast), is a gaming podcast hosted by TotalBiscuitJesse Cox, and Dodger. Whilst originally airing on the TGS channel, The Co-Optional Podcast was moved to the Polaris YouTube channel. However, as of the 13th of November 2014, it was moved to TotalBiscuit's channel instead, due to "disagreement on creative direction".


The show starts with the main host, TotalBiscuit, introducing his side hosts and that episode's guest and then (one at a time) everyone talks about what games they have been playing since the last episode of the podcast. They then go to their first break and afterwards talk about that week's news or that week's releases if the news has been very slow. They then take their last break and talk about that week's releases if they haven't done so already and afterwards talk about what videos are going to be uploaded to their channels (varies if they guest isn't on YouTube) and then they say their goodbyes.

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


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  • The show usually lasts from around 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes.
  • The shortest Podcast episode was episode 49 which was around 50 minutes because it was the PAX East TGS Panel and they were only allowed an hour of their panel. That podcast panel was also the first time that Criken showed his face in public.
  • The longest episode was episode 18 of The Co-Optional Podcast which last 3 hours and 39 Minutes with Simon's episode (episode 6 of the TGS podcast) close behind with 3 Hours and 30 minutes.
  • Episode 59 of the TGS Podcast had the only guest to be kicked off the show; Justin of Silvermania, who was kicked off due to him not contributing towards the ongoing discussions and his roommate and Justin himself insulting the hosts numerous times. He finally got kicked from the podcast after his roommate called TotalBiscuit an asshole. After being kicked off the show, Justin posted to his Facebook fans: "They (the hosts) couldn't handle our awesomeness".
  • SimonMartyn, DaveChaos, Sips, Strippin and Pyrion Flax have all been on the show.
  • From episode 63 onwards, the show was renamed The Co-Optional Podcast.
  • From Co-optional Episode 27, each show begins 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.
  • After the show was renamed to the Co-Optional podcast, TB stopped caring about the guests being from the Polaris network, as mentioned on episode 69 when NorthernLion (who is part of the Machinima network) was on the show.
  • On the 14th episode of The TGS Podcast, Dodger ate a pack of Jaffa Cakes with the best before date being the year 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 before it was quickly taken down after this was remarked at by the hosts on the next show a week later.
  • With a total of 24 appearances to date, WoWCrendor is the most frequent guest on the Podcast and is joked to be the "like the fifth beetle" or "the third wheel" of the show.
  • Jesse had previously been the only host to be present for every episode of the podcast up until episode 37 of the Co-Optional Podcast where he missed the podcast due to being on holiday in Peru with his dad.
  • The Co-Optional Podcast is live every Tuesday at 3 PM EST / 12PM PST / 8pm GMT /¸9pm CET on  Totalbiscuit's Twitch channel - If TotalBiscuit's twitch is not live by 3:15 EST, check TotalBiscuit's, Jesse's and/or Dodger's Twitter pages for information.
  • 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 on the 24th episode of the TGS Podcast.
  • It was originally thought that the name change from the TGS Podcast to The Co-Optional Podcast. The change came about due to copyright issues with Gamestation, a line of video gaming shops in the UK, however it was later clarified that the change of name was due to the change of the Network's name from being The Game Station to Polaris.
  • Jesse, one of the show's hosts, broke the law live on air on the 39th episode of The TGS Podcast when he illegally got sent a case of cans and a 1L bottle of Irn-Bru, a fizzy drink which is banned in the US due to a certain chemical in it, by a fan and drunk a can live on air. Needless to say, the mass amount of sugar made Jesse hyperactive which made him rage at TB and Dodger which is still to this day, one of the most memorable moments in the podcast's history.
  • If any of the hosts are not available, Dodger or Jesse Cox (depending on who is missing) takes over as the main host and they either replace the missing host(s) with more guests or a picture/gif of something.
  • 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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