052: Stay awhile and listen

In this episode we each discuss some of our favourite video game stories.

Intro/Outro music: CJACKS – Runaway fashion

049: Patronise me

In this episode we discuss how (typically niche) video content creators are adapting to the thirst for consuming their (high quality) content, but have traditionally found it harder to earn money to do it. How is this affecting the consumer, the creator, and the platform?

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Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

047: Get lost

In this episode we discuss some of our favourite video game worlds to get lost in. We reminisce about some worlds we’ve not visited for a while, and we discuss what it means for a game world to be ‘immersive’.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

043: Nintendo vs. The Internet

In another ‘Octal FM are Nintendo fanboys’ episode, we take a look back at the often overlooked history of Nintendo and the Internet. It involves satellites beaming games down to a virtual village on your SNES.

Photo by Muband for Wikipedia

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion & an old modem

042: A Mostly Harmless Episode

In this episode we tell the story of the Elite game series and our story of playing the original together back at school, and some bits about the space-sim genre as a whole.

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: Strauss – Blue Danube

033: MMOs in Disguise

In this episode we discuss the emerging trend of adding massively multiplayer features to games that otherwise might be single player. Is this something we want to see more? Or is it just a way of extracting more ‘value’ from gamers?

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

024: Gamers shaping games

In this episode Jalada and Sefran sit back and chat about how gamers shape games through coming up with challenges, speedruns, or rewriting the games themselves through modding.

022: Back this podcast today!

In this episode we talk about early access games. Everything from their origins, where we think they’re going, and some of our favourite and least favourite games we’ve backed or bought before release.

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