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Retro Asylum - The UK’s No.1 Retro Gaming Podcast

The Retro Asylum is the UK’s number one retro gaming podcast show that looks at gaming culture from a UK perspective. The site regularly features at top of the iTunes chart and sits among some of the industry's biggest names.
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Jul 4, 2017

Mads Kristensen and Chris O'Regan take a retrospective look at the Discworld games from the mid 1990's and discuss point & click adventures in general.

Show links:

Hipolito Pichardo Twitch Channel: https://m.twitch.tv/hipolitopichardo?desktop-redirect=true

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:

Richard Pipes
Nick Lees
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Duncan Bell
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Jun 20, 2017

After a short break following our Revival 2017 specials, Dean Swain & Chris O'Regan return to take a fascinating look back at Atari's much maligned range of 16 bit computers. 

The guys also discuss all of the latest news of the retro gaming scene including the reveal of Nintendo's lost arcade game "Sky Skipper" and much much more!

Show Links:

For more information on the SkySkipper project, please visit: https://www.skyskipperproject.com/

For the latest news on the Atari Box, checkout https://www.ataribox.com/

For more information on the Retron 77 console, please visit: https://www.hyperkin.com/

For more information on the SNES30 control pad, please visit: http://www.8bitdo.com/

To order a Spectrum Next, please visit: http://www.specnext.com/

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:

Nick Lees
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Duncan Bell
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

Jun 2, 2017

So here it is, the grand finale of our Revival 2017 panels is here and it’s time for our talk with Paul Rose aka your friend and ours Mr Biffo.

Paul Davies finally got his childhood dream of chatting on stage with the man behind the Teletext screen to not only get some great Digi stories, but also chat about Paul’s new video project Found Footage. So if you want to know about the Digitiser ‘French Book’ that was never aired or learn about new characters ‘Manorak’ and ‘Manbag’ then you’ve come to the right place!


Find out all about Digitiser 2000 here: http://www.digitiser2000.com/
and Found Footage here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdMWnD7qCz4Y7FbbbfyDq5g

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events visit: http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 30, 2017

Our penultimate Revival 2017 audio podcast is our much-anticipated Rare panel featuring Kev Bayliss, Chris Marlow and Sean Pile talking about their work at the legendary development house.

The panel was hosted by former Rare staffer and host of the Cane and Rinse podcast, Darren Gargette. Being such a Rare fan we knew that Darren was the perfect host to get the best from the guys and boy were we right!

This is an absolute treasure for fans of Rare’s canon of work.

Find out all about Cane and Rinse here: https://caneandrinse.com

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events visit: http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 28, 2017

Almost a year to the day since Henrique Olifiers brought the Spectrum Next prototype and his grand idea to our 2016 panel, Jim Bagley joins Dean Swain and Paul Jenkinson (from The Spectrum Show) to talk about the Spectrum Next, Jim’s ideas that are now part of the project and its phenomenal Kickstarter campaign.

Be sure to check out The Spectrum Show: http://www.thespectrumshow.co.uk/

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events visit: http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 26, 2017

Our Gremlin panel at Revival 2017 sees Mark Hardisty talking with Mike Lister and Rich Stevenson about their development careers at Gremlin and their journey to the software house via Alligator, Hi Tech and Bizarre Developments among others.

If you ever wanted to hear the origin story for BMX Ninja’s then this is the podcast for you! ;)

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events check out: 

http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:
Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 24, 2017

After an 18 year hiatus Dave Perry roared back to the retro gaming scene at Revival 2017. Join Paul Davies as he and the Revival audience hear all about Dave’s career and adventures as a true icon of a UK video gaming generation.

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events check out: http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/

Huge thanks and a name check as ever to our Patreon supporters:

Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

 

May 22, 2017

With the dust settling on an incredible Revival 2017, the team sit down with Craig Turner and Jim Bagley to chat about all the fun that was had by all of us who attended the two-day retro gaming blowout.

For the lowdown on Revival Retro Events check out:

http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk

Huge thanks and a name check to our Patreon supporters:

Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 18, 2017

Mads Kristensen & Steve Erickson take a look at some of the early games by Activision on the Commodore 64 and where possible, compare them to their Atari 2600 counterparts.

Games discussed in this episode:

Park Patrol
H.E.R.O
Ghostbusters
Pitfall
Pitfall II
Little Computer People

Huge thanks and a name check to our Patreon supporters:

Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash
Garry Heather

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

May 4, 2017

In this jam-packed show Paul, Mads and Chris take a slight detour and showcase modern games which take a significant influence from the classic gaming retro era through either their aesthetic, gameplay or themes.
In addition to the main topic, the gang fill us in on the latest on the Spectrum Next and also provide plenty of further information about our newly launched Patreon campaign and much more!
Games featured:

Shovel Knight
Axiom Verge
Rock Boshers
Downwell
Life of Pixel
Thomas Was Alone
Lumo
Pirate Pop Plus

Huge thanks and a name check to our Patreon supporters:

Edward Fitzpatrick
Chris Worthington
Alistair Downs
Nick Lees
Retromash

Help support the Retro Asylum by becoming a patron: https://www.patreon.com/retroasylum

 

Apr 1, 2017

GMA Award nominated "The Sausage Factory" host Chris O'Regan joins the Retro Asylum team for the ultimate 8 bit wars showdown as we add the Atari 8 bit computer range into the mix.

The games covered this time around are: Head over Heels, The Eidolon, Boulderdash, Bruce Lee, Star wars, Spy vs spy, Trailblazer & Summer Games.

Which system has the best versions of these games? Find out as our hosts battle it out once again!

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Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

If you’d like to sponsor the show please visit our website at retroasylum.com and click the donate button at the bottom of our homepage. Everything pledged goes straight back into maintaining the site, so if you enjoy the show please consider donating.

Any feedback is more than welcome and please leave us an iTunes review if you haven’t already.

Mar 13, 2017

Paul Davies, Steve Erickson & Dean Swain return for a 3 hour long episode of the UK's No.1 Retro Gaming Podcast. This time around, the guys take a look at nine original budget titles that were released on the 8 bit micro's in the UK. 

The team also discuss the ZX Spectrum Vega+ and the ZX Spectrum Next projects at length and also answer listener questions in the "Ask RA" section of the show.

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @theretroasylum

If you’d like to sponsor the show please visit our website at retroasylum.com and click the donate button at the bottom of our homepage. Everything pledged goes straight back into maintaining the site, so if you enjoy the show please consider donating.

Any feedback is more than welcome and please leave us an iTunes review if you haven’t already.

Feb 17, 2017

Steve Erickson & Mads Kristensen play the Amiga version Taito's classic 2 play romp and discuss the games various sequels and spin offs!

 

To view Steve & Mads playing the game visit https://youtu.be/RGOhvV1zmRQ

 

Feb 12, 2017

Paul Davies delves into the Retro Asylum vaults to discover golden moments from our past.

Paul & Sam Dyer discuss their top 5 footy games looking at titles such as Kick Off & Sensible Soccer.

Jan 24, 2017

Mads and Steve battle head to head in a live play of Magnetic Fields classic top down racer Super Cars 2 on the Amiga plus they discuss the latest
retro news!

The video that accompanies this podcast can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYBOGlWvfYE

Jan 16, 2017

Steve Erickson is joined by the legendary pixel pusher Simon Butler in a no holds barred chat about making a living as a graphic artist in the gaming industry.

Dec 23, 2016

It's time to gather around the Christmas fire as the Retro Asylum team reveal all in our festive Q & A special. We also discuss the games that give us a nostalgic Christmas feel and as an added Xmas bonus this episode also includes "Gaming Nostalgia" a documentary by Sean Allsop.

Dec 16, 2016

As part 2 of our 150th episode celebrations, the guys look at some of the early games produced by the legendary game development house Blizzard, or Silicon & Synapse as they were once known.

Nov 13, 2016

In part 1 of a 2 two part special, Retro Asylum celebrates reaching it's 150th episode with a music quiz hosted by our very own Mads Kristensen. Plus the guys discuss all of the current goings on in the retro scene.

 

Oct 7, 2016

Paul, Mads and Steve take a walk on the brutal side of retro gaming, playing five of the toughest games to ever grace floppies and cartridges. Will they succeed? More importantly can the guys still be friends after subjecting each other to these ultimate tests of gaming dexterity?

Interview with Megaman developer Akira “A.K” Kitamura: http://shmuplations.com/megaman/

Simon Phipps’ website featuring Rick Dangerous: http://simonphipps.com/

Retro Asylum on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/retroasylum/

Retro Asylum YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfCC9rIvCKoW3mdbuCsB7Ag

Twitter: @retroasylum1

Sep 17, 2016

A few weeks ago we asked our listeners what games they would like us to review on the show. A list was made and we pulled 4 of those titles out of a hat.

So Matt Wilsher, Mads Kristensen & Dean Swain play and review P.C Fuzz for the Commodore 64, Turtles 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Apidya for the Commodore Amiga and finally Road Rash 2 on the Sega Megadrive/Genesis.

Will Dean get over his phobia of wasps whilst playing Apidya? Can Matt get his head around frame rate of Road Rash 2 and will Mads confess to recording podcasts whilst naked? 

All is revealed in episode 148 of Retro Asylum!

 

Aug 25, 2016

In this episode Dean Swain, Mads Kristensen & Steve Erickson discuss the current trend of modernising popular 8 bit systems of yesteryear in which Steve goes off on one, Dean is level headed annoyed over colour clash backlash and Mads is the voice of reason. Plus there's a round up of the RA retro gaming club high score tables.

 

Links:

Paul Driscoll's book THE VIDEO GAME YEARS : PRESS START - The Birth of Video Game: Before the year 1977

Alexis Crowley's YouTube page: Nintendo Arcade

Aug 3, 2016

Legendary programmer Jim Bagley & the Sausage Factory's Chris O'Regan join the Retro Asylum team for a good old chin wag to discuss this year's Revival Solstice event and the unveiling of the Spectrum Next hardware which took place at Banks's Stadium, Walsall on the 30th of July.

Jul 28, 2016

In this episode, Paul Davies talks to Paul Rose (aka Mr Biffo) about his time running Teletext's Digitiser, how he originally got the gig, his gaming past and what he is up to in 2016.

Links:

digitiser2000.com

REVIVAL Solstice 30th & 31st July 2016

BetaGammaComputing.com

Jul 5, 2016

In this episode of the UK's award winning retro gaming podcast, Matt Wilsher & Mad's Kristensen are joined by Mark Hardisty (author of A Gremlin In The Works) to dig deep into Gremlin Graphic's past to tell the story of how Ian Stewart and Kevin Norburn formed a premier software house from recruiting customers of their retail store Just Micro.

Links:

A Gremlin In The Works book

Revival Solstice 30th & 31st July 2016

Beta Gamma Computing

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