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Episode 83: Dave Upchurch Interview

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Release Date: 01/21/2019

Episode 89: Amiga Power With Cam Winstanley show art Episode 89: Amiga Power With Cam Winstanley

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Paul sits down with Cam Winstanley to discuss one of the most popular Amiga magazines, Amiga Power.  Lasting over 5 years Amiga Power built up a passionate readership that Cam was there to witness for several years starting as a writer and later becoming editor. We discuss some of his favourite memories and games from his time on the magazine. As well as this he tells us why he feels Amiga Power is still fondly remembered even now.  We hope you enjoy the interview and please leave an iTunes review if possible.

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In November 2001 Microsoft released their first console into a market that was changing. Sega's Dreamcast had failed so they left the market. However Microsoft knew how to make an entrance! From the off they set out to do things differently. With a several must own exclusive games, a built in hard drive, some amazing arcade style games from Sega of all people and more, gamers had to take notice. In this episode Paul, Tom and Chris Smith Mk2 discuss their early memories of the machine, what led to them buying the console, which games they feel should be played and more. Going up against the...

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Episode 88: Xbox Original show art Episode 88: Xbox Original

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For this episode we finally discuss some of our favourite games and memories from Microsoft's first games console. Released in November 2001 in America and a few months later in the Uk, gamers waited to see what all the fuss was about. Going up against the PlayStation 2 and Gamecube could have been seen as a bold move but Microsoft went after them. With a strong lineup of exclusive games like Halo, Project Gotham Racing, as well as some much loved Sega franchises, it didn't take long for the Xbox to make an impact. We hope you enjoy the episode and by the end of it agree with us that the Xbox...

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Episode 87: Super Mario Brothers The Movie show art Episode 87: Super Mario Brothers The Movie

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Join Chris, Phil and Aaron as they take a trip to the movies. In what’s hopefully a first of many movies based on games episodes the crew take a look at 1993’s Super Mario Bros The Movie. We take you through the movie, offer our thoughts and what we want from a future Mario Movie. 

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Episode 86: Top Ten Games Magazines Part 2 show art Episode 86: Top Ten Games Magazines Part 2

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Welcome to part 2 of the Top 10 Games Mags. These are the final 5 magazines that have been voted by our listeners on Twitter, Facebook and more. Paul sits down with a guest from each magazine again to discuss their memories and thoughts of each magazine in the list. With over 100 magazines voted for a lot didn't make the final 10 and we give a quick shout out to some of these right at the end of the show. So if you are a fan of Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation and more we hope you enjoy the episode. Please check out our past episodes for much more magazine related chat and many other topics.

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Episode 85: Top 10 Games Magazines Part 1 show art Episode 85: Top 10 Games Magazines Part 1

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Games magazines have always been a popular part of gaming. Although there aren't too many around these days, in the 80's & 90's there were loads to choose from. In January we asked our listener's to tell us their 5 fave games mags. Obviously there were many suggested but over the next 2 episodes we cover the top 10 that made the list. In this part we discuss places 10-6 alongside a guest from each magazine featured. They share some of their experiences from the magazine and what made it so special. We hope you enjoy the show and thanks to our guests and everyone that voted.

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Chris Smith Mk. 2 takes the reins for this episode looking at some highlights from the history of bringing pinball to the world of video games. Chris is joined by Phil, and our hosts discuss their favourite pinball games and some notable not-so-favourites. Links from the show: Demon’s Tilt Steam Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/422510/DEMONS_TILT/ Soundcloud link for Demon’s Tilt OST: https://soundcloud.com/ec2151/sets/demons-tilt-sample-fm As always, please take the time to leave us a review on iTunes, or your podcast supplier of choice. They all help us reach new people.

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Episode 83: Dave Upchurch Interview show art Episode 83: Dave Upchurch Interview

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In this episode Paul interviews Dave Upchurch. Starting his career at EMAP on popular 90's magazine ACE he soon was moved to The One Amiga where he became the magazines editor. At the time the Amiga was going from strength to strength with games such as The Secret Of Monkey Island 2, Chaos Engine. In 1996 following his success at The One Amiga he went on to work on Nintendo Magazine System up until the official UK launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1997. Dave tells us a few tales of his good and bad experiences in games journalism before we move discuss his career away from the magazines. We...

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Episode 82: Batman show art Episode 82: Batman

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Witness Phil using powers that rival those of the World’s Greatest Detective, as he supervises the first joint appearance of Chris Smith original and Chris Smith redux on a journey through the highs and lows of the caped-crusader’s video game career. Which Chris Smith has the controversial favourite Batman? (Don’t worry, no one picked Clooney), and who had made it until now, oblivious of the delights of Batman Forever Arcade Game? Find out all this and more, as we ask “Dark Knight, or Dark Shite?” If you enjoy our show, please do throw us an iTunes review as they always help.

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Episode 81: Farewell GamesMaster Magazine show art Episode 81: Farewell GamesMaster Magazine

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In October this year it was announced that after almost 26 years GamesMaster magazine would be ending. A mainstay on magazine racks for so long the mag had many great writers over the years. From the SNES, Mega Drive and Amiga in the early days, it covered all the major consoles up until present day with the PlayStation 4, X Box One, Nintendo Switch, PC. In this episode Paul speaks to final editor Robin Valentine as well as another previous editor Matt Gilman. They discuss some of their favourite moments of working on the magazine, why they think it lasted so long and more. If you enjoy this...

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In this episode Paul interviews Dave Upchurch. Starting his career at EMAP on popular 90's magazine ACE he soon was moved to The One Amiga where he became the magazines editor. At the time the Amiga was going from strength to strength with games such as The Secret Of Monkey Island 2, Chaos Engine.

In 1996 following his success at The One Amiga he went on to work on Nintendo Magazine System up until the official UK launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1997.

Dave tells us a few tales of his good and bad experiences in games journalism before we move discuss his career away from the magazines. We look at his time working for LEGO who wanted to break into the video games market, his time making educational software for Mangahigh which received a lot of accolades and much more.

Dave currently works for Curve Digital that have released games for the PC, PS4, Switch such as Human Fall Flat, Smoke and Velocity 2X.

With almost 30 years in the games industry now there was plenty to discuss in this 3 hour interview.