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LOOT CRATE: Exclusive Interview with Keith Kingbay and Jesse Neil of “New Player Has Joined”!

As many of you may know, I’m a big-time fan of video games.  I pretty much get down on any genre, any style, and any console.  Heck, I started learning to read playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and it was a beautiful friendship between me and gaming from there.  What some of you may not know, though, is I’m also a big fan of podcasts, too!

So when I found out two passionate gamers, such as myself, were putting together a new podcast exploring video games and why people love them, how they connect with them, how they make them feel, etc, I was pumped.  The new podcast, which premiered last week, is called “New Player Has Joined”, and is hosted by Keith Kingbay and Jesse Neil.  I had a chance to sit down for an interview with these two cool cats and get a closer look at what inspired them to put together this new gaming podcast.  Give it a look!

First off, Keith and Jesse, thank you both so much for taking the time to have this interview with us.  Before we kick things off, why don’t you both give our Daily Crate fans a little background on the two of you (who you are, where you’re from, past experiences, etc)?

Jesse:  Thank you so much for talking with us! Some quick background: Keith is from Denver where he learned to play hockey – he got an offer to play professionally in Finland when he was 18. And I grew up outside of Boston and I used to be a jazz musician. Then we both moved to NYC to do comedy, and that’s where we met and decided to start performing together. Interesting facts outside of that? Keith’s grandfather is responsible for most of America’s bike trails and I strangled a goose when I was 5 because he took my bread.


I think we’re most looking forward to (or maybe hoping for) that random connection with someone listening out there who has that same love for that same game, and we can feel like the podcast is doing what games themselves can do. Unrelated, Jesse hates puppies, probably.
— Keith Kingbay