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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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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!

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.

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

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.

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