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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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Jun 23, 2016

In this episode of Bytesize Matt and Steve talk to long-time friend of the show and ex-host Sam Dyer of Bitmap books about his latest Kickstarter for the NES Compendium Book. The guys also discuss Swainy's high score challenge on the arcade version of Renegade and the latest retro gaming news.

Links:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2146199819/nintendo-entertainment-system-famicom-a-visual-com

Jun 20, 2016

The New Media Europe Awards took place on Saturday 18th of June where the podcast community celebrated the most prominent podcasts of 2016. Retro Asylum was nominated for the Worlds Best Podcast of 2016 among many other great shows out there. Much to our surprise, we won!

Jun 9, 2016

In our latest Bytesize show we talk with author and retro game Katie da Silva about her passion for retro gaming and how it inspires her writing. We talk Sega v Nintendo, Zelda v Sonic and how you should keep your money in your pocket if Katie offers you a game of SoulCalibur!

Links and Show Notes:

www.katiedasilva.com/ Katie da Silva's website

@KatiedaSilva1 on Twitter

www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFQNFTeRjWc Sonic the Hedgehog and Right Said Fred- Wonderman

https://youtu.be/Ej6oRsKv6cY?t=1m42s The Starfox crew's metal legs- Did You Know Gaming?

 

Jun 1, 2016

The Retro Asylum gang catch up to discuss their nomination in the UK Podcasters Awards of 2016 and also make some announcements regarding the forthcoming Revival Solstice event that takes place 30-31 July in Walsall.

If you want to vote for the Retro Asylum podcast for the UK Podcasters awards then please visit http://newmediaeurope.com/awards 

and select the Worlds Best Podcast section and there you will see Retro Asylum among the other nominated shows.

May 28, 2016

Paul Davies talks with Walter Day, a renaissance man who single-handedly
founded e-sports movement and established the centre of the video game
universe in a small town in Iowa. We not only talk about Walter’s love
for video game and how he founded Twin Galaxies but we also explore his
passions away from the arcade.

If you’ve ever wanted to find an episode of Retro Asylum which contains
arcades, high score tables and transcendental meditation then this is
the show for you.


Links and show notes:

Revival Solstice 2016
http://www.revivalretroevents.co.uk/index.php/news1/68-revival-solstice-2017

Twin Galaxies http://www.twingalaxies.com/

The Walter Day Collection http://thewalterdaycollection.com/

Arcade Raid- The Duke of Lancaster Ship
https://arcadeblogger.com/2016/05/06/arcade-raid-the-duke-of-lancaster-ship/

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/king_of_kong/

Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade
http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/chasing_ghosts_beyond_the_arcade/

May 22, 2016

In this episode we celebrate the 25th birthday/anniversary of the first Lemmings game by taking a look at the first five games in the series. Games covered are Lemmings, Oh-No! More Lemmings, Lemmings 2 The Tribes, All New World of Lemmings, and 3D Lemmings.

To vote for Retro Asylum in the UK Podcasters Awards 2016, please visit https://m.facebook.com/questions.php?question_id=474661226072773 and click the Retro Asylum tick box. Thanks for your support!

May 11, 2016

In this episode of Retro Asylum Dean Swain, Matt Wilsher & Steve Erickson discuss the newly announced ZX Spectrum Next, THE 64 & SEGA Megadrive Hub. Meanwhile Paul Davies talks to Henrique Olifiers, co-founder of Bossa Studios and co developer of the ZX Spectrum Next in our exclusive interview.

Apr 29, 2016

In the 6th episode of Retro Asylum Bytesize, Matt Lambourne & Mads Kristensen team up to talk about their favorite failed systems. Namely the 3DO & Amiga CD32!

Games discussed include Canon Fodder, Space Hulk, Angels, Return Fire, Bubble & Squeak, Twisted: The Game Show & Banshee.

Apr 18, 2016

Episode 141 of the award winning Retro Asylum see's the return of Dean Swain & Paul Davies as they finally dodge the demons of time as they cover the latest goings on of the retro scene.

Topics covered include the unveiling of THE 64 computer & handheld systems, the resignation of key ZX Spectrum Vega staff at Retro Computers Ltd and the latest in the ever continuing drama of the Colleco Chameleon story plus lots lots more!

 

Apr 1, 2016

Come join Metz and Drisk, as they air their gaming skeletons and go through some of those terrible games they all quite like. Games covered are: 1. Last Battle (MDrive) 2. Night Breed : The interactive Movie (Amiga) 3. Colin The Cleaner (Spectrum) 4. Krazy Ivan (PS1 / Sat) 5. KikStart 2 (Spectrum) 6. Pacman (2600) 7. Cruisin' USA (N64) 8. Last Action Hero (Amiga)

Mar 19, 2016

Matt Wilsher and Steve Erickson take a look at the music, art and design software of the past, and how it inspired today's creative applications.

 

Mar 4, 2016

Paul Driscoll and new presenter Mads Darø Kristensen take a look at some of the greatest shooters on the Mega Drive. Hopefully people will discover some hidden gem shooters to sit down and play and enjoy. Games covered include: MUSHA Gaiares Thunderforce 3 Trouble Shooter (Battle Mania) Gley Lancer Empire of Steel (Or Steel Empire) Battle Mania 2

Feb 19, 2016

Can you believe that the Legend of Zelda is 30 years old?! Paul Driscoll (AKA The Drisk) and Matt Lambourne (AKA Metz) can't and are feeling very old. Still, we put on our best Peter Pan outfits and celebrate, by taking a look at the early Zelda gaming gems – or should that be rupees?! Legend of Zelda 30 years

Feb 5, 2016

In this episode of Retro Asylum Matt Lambourne (aka Metz) and special guest Matt Aguilera run through the pre-history and legacy of The Street Fighter II series, covering the games that preceded it, all the home conversions and the games that wanted to cash in on its success. We also have a special guest contribution from forum member 'RetroRic' who gives us an expert insight into the very much thriving SF II arcade competitive scene. Smash your Shoryuken into the play button and prepare for battle!’

Jan 23, 2016

Dean Swain (AKA Swainy), Steve Erickson (AKA Press Play On Tape) and Paul Driscoll (AKA The Drisk) takes a look at some of the forgotten gaming heroes of yesteryear. We have tried to concentrate on the more computer based platformer from days gone by. So come and join in as Retro Asylum reminisces about some of our favourite platform heroes, including Pitfall Harry, Monty Mole, Rick Dangerous, Bonk, James Pond, Chuck Rock and Zool. Also in this episode we announce the winner of our ZX Spectrum Visual Compendium competition, so if you entered, make sure you listen to see if you're the lucky winner. Also come join the Retro Asylum Club, and get a totally free digital quarterly magazine. To join just email us at club@retroasylum.com and enjoy the fun.

Jan 15, 2016

In the first episode of Indie Asylum Paul Davies chats with the gaming industry’s ‘Indie Champion’ Shahid Ahmad. During his ten years heading up Sony’s Strategic Content division in the UK Shahid has played a pivotal role in enabling independent developers to launch games across Sony’s platforms. We not only talk about how Shahid fostered relationships with developers during his time at Sony but we also touch on his game making track record, and his new career jumping back over the fence to become a game developer once again. If you’ve ever heard Shahid talk before you’ll know that he’s a hugely entertaining and engaging guy and he’s the one person we were determined to appear on our debut episode.

Jan 8, 2016

Welcome to episode 134, where Paul Driscoll AKA The Drisk and Matt Lamborne AKA Metz look through some hidden arcade, obscure gems for our listeners to track down and play. So come and have a listen, and let us know your views on our suggested game titles.

Jan 4, 2016

In the fifth Bytesize episode of Retro Asylum, Steve chats to old friends of the show Sam Dyer and Matt Wilsher. Discussing everything from Matt’s leaving the show to Sam’s books to singing some praise for the ZX Spectrum, they even manage to throw in a little announcement and a chance to win a ZX Spectrum Visual Compendium.

 

Dec 23, 2015

*WARNING- This is a Spoiler Cast. Don't go near this episode if you haven't seen The Force Awakens* The Movie Asylum is back for one time only to discuss 2015's biggest film release, Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens. We share our impressions, discuss the reveals and delve to all the secrets and crazy theories that are now spinning around our heads. Chris O'Regan and James Clifford Kent join Paul Davies, Dean Swain and Paul Driscoll for a show full to the brim with Star Wars geekery.

Dec 18, 2015

The Retro Asylum team get together for secret Santa and some festive retro gaming banter plus Dean Swain talks to games developer Gary Plowman about his book "ZX Spectrum Games Code Club".

 

Dec 4, 2015

After lengthy discussion, lawyers and C15 cassettes changing hands the second installment of 8 Bit Wars is finally upon us. Join Paul Davies as he looks to wrangle Dean Swain, Steve Erickson and Chris O'Regan into agreeing whether the Commodore 64, Amstrad or ZX Spectrum came out top from a specially-selected list of 10 classic retro games. Expect plenty of heated discussion and laughter along the way as we decide which 8 Bit system comes out on top this time round. Including: Cobra, Jack the Nipper 2, The Trap Door, Turbo Esprit, Wizball, Nebulus, Spy Hunter, Shadowfire, Green Beret and Salamander. Also, be sure to check out Chris O'Regan's podcast The Sausage Factory which is a current gen gaming show that lifts the lid on video game making through interviews with the creators of the titles we all love to play - find it here.

 

Nov 30, 2015

Join the team as they get together for a post-event Currycast to talk about their time at the Revival 2015 Winter Warmer. As always expect cracking poppadoms and mango chutney as the boys talk about the games played, retro items bought and the people we caught up with over the weekend. Including: Ridge Racer, Donkey Kong, Sega Rally, Robocop 2, CD-i Zelda, Bill and Ted, the Turbografx and Star Wars.

Nov 20, 2015

Matt and Paul are fuel injected suicide machines, rocking and rolling, and out of controlling, in this awesome hi-octane, explosive episode as we take us through some vehicular explosive combat action. Including: Wipeout, Road rash, Road blasters, Twisted Metal, Carmageddon and more.

Nov 6, 2015

The Bitmap Brothers were UK gaming’s first Rockstars. They appeared in our computer magazines looking more suited to the cover of NME rather than the bedroom coders we’d become accustomed to. Their video games had a look and style all of their own that when combined with their cutting edge dance music collaborations and savvy marketing created not only a loyal following among gamers but also influenced future generations of game makers. In this episode we focus on their 16-bit era and the games which dominated not only our gaming memories but also the charts and award ceremonies of the time. We couldn’t let such legendary game makers go by without marking the occasion as best we could. So, the Drisk has been at it again created another huge 222 page companion book which goes into even deeper detail about the games, stories and images around the Bitmap Brothers’ canon. You can download the book for free from castaway.media/retroasylum

Oct 29, 2015

This episode of Bytesize has a real pick and mix flavour about it. In summary just think of a mash-up of Dizzy driving a Ferrari down the freeway being chased by zombie dogs full to the brim with t-Virus. In more detail this means we have Paul Davies talking on the Oliver Twins’ Kickstarter book launch, the Drisk gets into his favourite game of all time Out Run and James Kent talks spooky goings on in his gaming past. Sound good? Of course it does. So sit down and get comfy as we blast this pod squarely in your face.

 

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