The D-Pad is a weekly hour-long video game web radio show (formerly a podcast) starring RickDesilets, JohnSelig, and CJHaley. NickBebel was the original "Player 3" until an unexpected hiatus in the summer of 2013, and IanSelig was briefly added during this time. Recurring guests have included Holly Fletcher, Meghan Zaremba, and Dan Suitor.It first debuted in April 2011 as a spinoff of the Open Lounge podcast, and produced semi-regular weekly episodes until joining with UNregular Radio in September 2012, airing live Thursday nights at 10pm EST and posting the recorded episodes on their website three days later. In September 2013, The D-Pad went independent, producing their show at The Dojo as a part of an umbrella known as dpadFM. It currently continues to air Thursday nights at 10pm EST on Mixlr, while a new website is in the works. A recap page is also in progress.While the show is primarily geared toward video games, it also spends time on movies, television, music, and pop culture in general. Considered a complete reboot, the original podcast is rarely mentioned at all on-air. Original fans of the show are often referred to as "The Threes", while fans of the live show are referred to as "The Goombas".There have been several segments on both the website and the show, including:
Live from the Brown Carpet: live blogging of awards shows
Good News, Bad News: big announcements with significant pros and cons
Game Over: articles calling out individuals or groups
Putting Our Guests to the Test: subjecting guests to setting track times in Super Mario Kart
A special event called Sonic Week was held the week of June 19-26, 2011 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. The June 19 and 26 episodes of the show were Sonic-focused, and the team released Let's Plays of six Sonic games on their website, making 12 hours of content over eight days. Afterwards, they decided to get into Let's Plays outside of events, playing 5 Days a Stranger, Kirby's Return to Dream Land, and more. In August 2013, they began a long-term video series called The Legendary Let's Play, pledging to play every Legend of Zelda game. The team has put out over 230 videos totaling 65 hours of playtime, and a Let's Play page is in progress.The D-Pad is on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, and episodes are available for download on iTunes.
Ad Bumpers: The podcast featured bumpers for Open Lounge, while from 2012-2013 it featured ads for UNregular Radio instead.
As You Know: Turns up anytime the hosts want to convey news to the audience which they already know themselves.
Beginner's Luck: Rick had never put together a March Madness bracket before 2011, then proceeds to beat the rest of the pack by a mile. Naturally, when it came time for Fantasy Football, he took dead last.
Intermission: Every episode features a few-minute "pause break" with musical interlude.
Let's Play: Originally just a bonus while the podcast celebrated Sonic Week in June 2011, it soon became a staple of the group's online presence. Over 230 videos and 65 hours have been produced so far.
Live Episode: Every episode since its reboot in September 2012, but the podcast also had "We're Doing It Live!", a half-hour episode recorded with a live audience at ImprovBoston's Geek Week Festival.
Mascot: For a brief time Nick's chinchilla, Zooey, was an unofficial mascot of the podcast.
Chromatic Arrangement: Rick is green, John is red, Nick (and later CJ) is blue. A subtle Shout-Out to Something Remote, a movie/webseries featuring Rick, John, and CJ as a chromatically-arranged Comic Trio.
Right on the Tick: Every new episode is online at exactly 12 noon. Even when it didn't.