Good point! And no, there's no reason we have to stick to one format; I simply limited the poll to "pick your favourite" to see if there was an overwhelming majority in favour of one format or another. Perhaps "A mixture" should have been an option -- although one could argue that is covered by the "Something else" choice
The advantage of doing a mixture is that it potentially allows more time to prepare the more time-consuming formats (which I primarily see as being the "main mission" type things, which demand that at least a couple of people have played the damn thing through to completion) while providing something meaningful and interesting in the times between.
I am also in favour of cutting its length, if only so I no longer have to spend a whole day editing the damn thing -- something which I don't mind
doing, but which I also certainly wouldn't complain about if it became a much less time-consuming commitment. My commute, as it happens, is also around the 45-minute mark, or "just slightly longer than a single episode of the Exploding Barrel Podcast" if you want to put it another way. In order to cut the duration, however, we'd have to take a close look at our format, such as it is, and perhaps put some more rigid structure in place -- at least for the less "deep divey" episodes.
I'm also generally not in favour of video because it's a pain in the arse on mobile and it's not something you can enjoy while driving -- and also I simply don't enjoy it as a format that much. I am not averse to the idea of experimenting with streaming (or prerecording), however, and I feel the format of "newcomer drives the game while experienced veteran watches, laughs and/or explains why everyone should try this game" has potential for occasional exploration. I keep meaning to get together with Beige to do this with La-Mulana but we haven't been able to make it happen yet.
Extra Credits is a good comparison, since in many respects they court a similar audience to us. I actually quite like the idea of having several different regular (note: REGULAR) features on the go and would happily commit to making at least some of them happen. But I will defer to the rest of the community before we make any big sweeping decisions about What Happens Next.
Final note: After listening to a few Exploding Barrel podcasts recently, I am hungry as fuck
to do a JRPG show. I know we've already done one, but that was a long time ago now and certainly my
views have changed since we recorded that.