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.

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

020: Enter the Matrix

We recently got the opportunity to go hands-on with an Oculus Rift, complete with Oculus Touch controllers and two sensors. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and impressions, and what we think is in store for the future.

019: The ‘in-game’ illusion

In this episode we discuss how video game advertising and trailers have changed, why ‘footage captured in game’ means nothing, and whether any of this matters at all.

  • Read Patch The Process, an article about ‘day one patches’ by indie game dev Rami Ismail.

There’s lots of videos you should watch to accompany this episode:

 

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”

016: Our favourite video game music

In this episode we continue our discussion theme of video game music. Instead of picking out examples we think are ‘good use’ of video game music, we just pick out games that have soundtracks that we think are awesome.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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