021: A wild Pokémon master appears!

In this episode we are joined by the brilliant Marti Bennett. Marti kindly agreed to tell us all about playing Pokémon competitively and recount some of her own stories and experiences of the professional Pokémon scene.

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Related reading/watching:

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: GlitchxCity – Champion Cynthia Battle Remix

018: Is the 3D platformer dead?

In this episode of Octal FM we try to decide: Is the 3D platforming video game genre dead?

Games we discuss:

  • Arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros
  • Croc
  • Metroid and Castlevania
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Rogue-likes such as Spelunky and Rogue Legacy
  • Puzzle-platformers like Super Meat Boy and N+
  • Is Yooka-Laylee the return of 3D platformers?
  • Snake Pass

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: Juan Medrano – Mega Man 2 “Dokuta Wairi, Rival to the Light”

015: The art of video game music

In this episode we pick out some of our favourite uses of music in video games.

Some other games that we were considering include: Banjo-Kazooie, Journey and Audiosurf. There are many more great examples of the use of music in video games, get in touch and let us know yours!

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

012: Why are mobile games so rubbish?

In their most click-bait episode ever, Jalada and Sefran discuss the state of mobile phone games, where they think the industry is going, and some games that perhaps aren’t so bad after all.

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: OC/DC – Rise of the Piggies 

011: Playing favourites

In another case of ‘Jalada and Sefran weren’t paying attention to the episode timer’, this bonus-length episode is all about our favourite video game consoles.

  • Nintendo GameBoy
  • Sega GameGear
  • Nintendo 64
  • PlayStation 4
  • Joint favourite: Nintendo GameCube
    • In the episode we say that the Wavebird was the first wireless controller. Of course, there were others before it, but it was pretty much the first to use radio-frequency (which was great) instead of infrared (which was terrible).

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: Nostalvania – Seven Pipes to Heaven

001: Hero Mode activated

In this episode of Octal FM, Jalada tells Sefran what he thinks of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U.

Spoiler warning: Contains minor spoilers about Twilight Princess and a general discussion of the Zelda timeline.

Related reading from the show:

And finally here’s a photo of Jalada’s Zelda poster with a MacBook Air for scale:

Zelda poster

Music: