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Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.Two lost episodes, a sweary shotgun, Sony toasters, and questions to the community.All this and more, in "Something Something Hacker Edition" by The Waffling Taylors.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/10/12/double-barrel-australian-death/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.In this episode:Squidgey tried to convince Chief (who has never played a Sega Saturn) to try one of his top 5 (and one honerable mention) games for it Gamer confessions - and all three may shock you. This is the final part of a three part series, make sure to go back and listen to the other parts on order to get the full effect of this trifecta of Waffling Taylors.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/06/22/time-cast-pod-machine-part-3/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.In this episode:Chief decides to ask us what we've been playing recently, and the list might shock you. And not just because I mention some stuff that I'd talked about on an episode we'd recorded earlier, but isn't released yet. Squidgey talks about how he unlocked an extremely drop for one of his characters on Diabolo 3... completely by accident (check the full show notes for a picture of his character). GaProgMan talks us through another of his AAA game ideas, this time it's the RPG character creation wizard as a game. This is actually part two of a three part series, make sure to go back to part one (from last week), and to come back when part three drops (next week)Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/06/15/time-cast-pod-machine-part-2/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.This episode (which is part one of three) sees Chief return after his 6 month hiatus, and he worries about the length of our intros; I drop a knowledge bomb on how the writers of MASH got around the network censors; and Squidgey confesses his love for arcade sticks.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/06/08/time-cast-pod-machine-part-one/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.In this episode, we brought back White Mage and Red Mage. This time we talked about our favourite games ever, suggesting a lot of games along the way, but finally settling on three each (they weren't easy decisions at all, though). to find out which games, you'll have to listen to the episode.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/05/11/favourite-games-with-white-mage-and-red-mage/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.Unaffiliated Coke returns! Also, so does Squidgey!In his first podcast appearance since his recent super secret project, Squidgey gives us the run down of what he's been playing recently, drops some knowledge on the Resident Evil series, discusses Tekken 2, and we touch on the recent (unfortunate) news of UK independent retailer Grainger Games closing up shop (literally).Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/04/13/sega-wrist/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.In this episode, we talked with White Mage and Red Mage about The Sexy Brutale - which is a fantastic puzzle game. We also covered a bunch of stuff related to lore in games, art books and even a mention of Atlus.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/03/09/the-sexy-brutale-the-wobbly-doodah/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.This episode features an exclusive interview with Stephen Smith, who is a really chill dude. We talk a little about the history of the events he has organised; the reaction from folks who attend; and even blind dates.The audio in the interview portion is a little rough, so bear that in mind. I've done what I can to fix the audio, but that's included making it sound a little flat.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2018/02/11/interview-this/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.SquidgyFidget starts a conversation about the Switch not having a gamer score which leads us to a discussion on Xbox Live and the Playstation Network. Then B drops a knowledge bomb about Nintendo bringing a online play to the Switch very soon.I talk about the difficulty of being the first with some new technology, the death of the Saturn and Dreamcast; and B brings to our attention the fact that the consoles which win the wars are the ones which concede on certain aspects of their design and hardware for the mainstream, which takes us to a discussion on SegaNet.I also link what happened in the video games crash of the 80s to what happened recently with Playerunknown’s Battleground, and how Nintendo fixed gaming back then by adding (what was effectively) a DRM chip to each cartridge for the NES.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2017/12/28/switch-please-part-3/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.A couple of things that you need to know going into part two:Another J-BombAs with the first part, we have one J-bomb this time, so please listen responsibly.Resident Evil VII DLC SpoilersWe drop a few pretty big spoilers for the main game and the DLC in this episode. For your convenience, the Resident Evil VII discussion starts at 15 minutes and ends at 31 minutes.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2017/12/27/switch-please-part-2/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.A couple of things that you need to know going in:One instance of “Hey Siri!” and one “Alexa”There’s one instance of someone saying “Hey Siri!”, so take care if you’re an iOS user or have Apple products laying about take care. There’s also one instance of an “Alexa!” so Echo owners will need headphones.There are a few J-BombsWe didn’t want to censor ourselves – although we always make a point of keeping any swears out of the podcast. But I wanted to give you a heads up that there is, at least, one J-Bomb in this episode. If these cause issues, then I’ll make a point of editing them out in the future. But please listen responsibly. Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2017/12/26/switch-please-part-1/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.The first (official) episode of the Waffling Taylors podcast is here!A couple of things that you need to know going in:We have the microphone!We have a Blue Yeti microphone and what's better is that I brought it with me this time. So the audio recording should be a much higher quality.Colds aboundI've done what I can to remove the few coughs and sniffles that ended up in the recording, but a few are still present. I'm sorry if the sound of Squidgey-Fidget sniffling a few times weirds you out.LanguageWhilst we don't swear on the podcast, we do use the words `boobs` and `sex`. These are in the context of defining actions or features of both Jurassic Park Tresspasser and The Sims.As such, we recommend that you give this episode a listen without the presence of little ones (or folks who might be offended by the uses of those words). Show Notes Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2017/12/08/banjoes-for-days/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page or on Twitter.This is the beta episode of a podcast we’re throwing together called “The Waffling Taylors Podcast”.A couple of things that you need to know going in:I forgot to bring the microphoneWe ended up having to use my laptop’s built in mic for this one, as such it sounds a bit weird I’ve cleaned up the audio as well as I can, but there are a few points were Chief Problem and I talk over each other.There are a few loud pointsWe had a few laughs making this podcast, as such we have a few laughs. Chief Problem and I were closer to the microphone than Djstump was, so you’ll hear us laughing louder than him.Chief ProblemChief Problem (or “Chief” as he became known) is a friend of ours and honorary waffler. He joined us for the beta and is willing to join us again.Full show notes can be found here: https://www.wafflingtaylors.rocks/2017/11/10/56-games-in-63-minutes/The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
This is a new type of shorter episode that we'll be putting out each month, called "THE LOOK BACK!". In these, we'll be looking back at the previous month's episodes and giving you a rundown of them. That way, if you somehow missed one, you can get the low down on what you missed. Pretty handy eh?We'd still recommend that you check out the podcast proper. And if you haven't already, then look for us on your podcatcher of choice and subscribe. It's 100% free to do so, you know.Episode 111 - Raw with Jay: Let's Ditch the GatekeepersThis past month - April 2021 - we put out four brand new episodes. The first episode was a Raw with Jay about gatekeepers. You can think of the Raw with Jay episodes as either a series of rants, or things that I want to cover outside of the rest of the show. There's nothing stopping us coming back to them, but I want to take a whack at them first.This episode was all about why I think gatekeepers exist in the gaming space, where I think they came from, and just how stupid the whole idea of gatekeeping really is. Pro tip: it all goes back to when we were kids. Also, who cares about how, where, or why you play. Let's just all play together. Right?Episode 112 - Wonderfully Dizzy With Philip OliverNext was an interview with Philip Oliver (one of the creators of Dizzy) and one half of The Oliver Twins - a legendary UK games development team. Both Philip and his twin brother have around 40 years of game development experience, EACH. And they were at the helm of some of the best games of each decade. A game about an egg, or so it may seem, from eventual success with games spanning decades to the humble beginnings in their childhood bedrooms. Philip takes us through his journey in game development from the 80s up to the 2020s.One of my favourite parts of the episode was when Philip dropped the bomb that, back in their peak, both he and his brother were creating new games at the breakneck speed of one per month.Episode 113 - Parasite Eve - Let's Learn About WiggliesThen we released another "Waffling Taylors goes to the Movies" episode; this time with a twist.WHAT A TWIST- RusselWe focussed on a movie of a book, which itself was the basis for a game (the book that is, not the movie) : Parasite Eve.We've done seven of these movie episodes now, and we're planning on doing a _lot_ more. We'll be slowly iterating towards what I think is the only good video game movie, but I'm keeping the name of that one close to my chest.Unlike when we recorded our Resident Evil Apocalypse episode, we didn't commit the cardinal sin for movie discussions - we kept the episode well under the length of the movie, coming in at 50-odd minutes shorter than the movie itself.But for the Parasite Eve episode, we managed to go into as much detail as the Resident Evil Apocalypse episode without going over the running time of the film - probably because there isn't that much happening in this film, to be fair. We even found the time to talk about the nu-wave of Japanese Horror of the 90s and early 2000s - which I expanded on in the show notes.Episode 114 - Alien vs Predator with Jane WhittakerAfter we had a lot of fun interviewing Jane Whittaker. Jane was one of the folks who worked on Alien vs Predator for the Atari Jaguar. We talked about what Jane had been playing, what they would take with them to the Thunder Plains.Wrapping UpSo that's what we put out in April. Keep an eye open for more of these retrospective episodes each month, that way you'll know about the episodes that you've missed.Music CreditsAll music included in this episode in licensed and remains copyright of their creators/publishers. The music used was (in order of appearance):Abstract Vision #6 by Muz Station Productions Casual Arcade Track #3 Muz Station Productions Among The Stars by Muz Station Productions Breath Deep Breath Clear (Wu Chi) by Siobhan Dakay I N e e d Y o u 私の側て by G.H (removed from BandCamp) Did you catch all of our episodes in April? Which was your favourite? Do you have any favourite moments? Do you think you know which Movie Jay is referring to as the "only good video game movie"? Did you stick around and listen to the bloopers? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or with our Contact page. Don't forget to check the chapters tab in your podcatcher. This is a thing we're doing now, so keep an eye open for those.We caught up with Jane Whittaker to talk about their remembrances of working on the Atari Jaguar's Alien vs Predator and ask questions about their upcoming projects.Here's a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click through and check them out.Show NotesWe were joined by Jane Whittaker for this episode. Some folks will know Jane by another name: Andy Whittaker. Jane had previously identified as Andy, but has left that name behind them. We didn't see that change in identity as relevant to our conversation, so we didn't bring it up.Why did we want to talk to Jane? Well, it's because they were part of the development team behind the Atari Jaguar's killer app: Alien vs Predator - which Jay has written about before.We'd asked Jane to come into this interview focusing on AvP and to bring a little silliness. And Jane did just that.Side note: Jane and MobyGamesFor those who don't know, MobyGames is a great resource for learning about who was behind some of your favourite titles, and it works a little like IMDB. As Jane has changed the way they identify, sites like Moby Games need a little time to update - as they aren't automated services.Recent GamesAs we do with all of our guests, we'd asked Jane to share with us what they had been playing recentlyYou've got to play games to make games- JaneAnd, of course, we shared ours too. Would we recommend the games that we've all been playing? Or course!Jane's Recent GamesValheimWhich is another great example of a wonderful game created by a small team - just like Minecraft and Super Meat Boy.It also lead to a short discussion on our episode with Philip Oliver (of The Oliver Twins) which was released a few weeks prior to this episode - here's a link to that - as they had also worked in the 8-bit era of video games development, and Philip talked about a one month turn around time. That was a turnaround time for a full game, however, and Jane had mentioned creating conversions - these days, we'd call that a port - in a week.Squidge's Recent GamesTorchlight 3Squidge had picked this title up on the day that we recorded with Jane, so he didn't have a huge amount to say about it; other than that he was enjoying it so far.Jay's Recent GamesAstral ChainWhilst it's a button basher -and there's a strange side quest involving a "Toilet Goblin" -it has a wonderful anime / futurism aesthetic.RetroMania WrestlingAnother button basher, but this time as a pro-wrestling game. Seriously, this game is a _lot_ of fun.The Thunder Plain GamesFor those who are new to the pod, we have a section called "Thunder Plain Games" which might be vaguely reminiscent of a [certain programme on BBC Radio 4 - but for copyright reasons, it is completely different.The usual rules of the Thunder Plain Games are:You have been trapped in the Thunder Plains You will get help, at some point in the future Before you are sent there, you can pick a number of video games to take with youYou can have an Internet-connected game if you wish But you cannot tell anyone that you are stuck in the Thunder Plains or ask for help We challenge all of our guests to come up with a short list of games that they would take with them, in order to keep themselves busy whilst waiting for help to arrive.Jane's ChoicesThe Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim A Legend of Zelda title Tempest 2000 Microsoft Flight Simulator Train Simulator If it brings you joy, and it makes you happy, what's the problem?- JayFull Show NotesMake sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, and some links to related things.Have you ever played Alien vs Predator on the Jaguar? If so, did the first time that a facehugger "got" you cause you to jump out of your skin?Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, leave a comment on the show notes or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or with our Contact page.Don't forget to check the chapters tab in your podcatcher. This is a thing we're doing now, so keep an eye open for those.We finally wanted to tackle a video game film which is considered an outlier; one which doesn't seem to be that well known outside of the Venn diagram of people who like video games, people who like Japanese horror, and people who have watched the Parasite Eve movie. That's right, we decided to watch the movie version of Parasite Eve from 1997.The following is a reduced version of the full show notes, which you can find here.Content WarningDue to the nature of the movie we talk about in this episode, we'd recommend that you don't listen to this one with little ones around. Whilst we don't go into the detail, this movie does hit you in the feels hard. So be prepared for that, as we talk about the movie.There's also talk about nudity-without-any-actual-nudity (you'll understand why when we get to it) towards the end of the discussion on the film; just to prepare you for that.Please listen responsiblyShow NotesWe're backAND WITH A SPECIAL INTRODUCTION FROM ME: RUSSELL COMPUTECH RODRIGUEZ GENERATION SIX POINT FOUR... indeed.And this time we wanted to cover the movie version of Parasite Eve. One thing to note about this movie is that the relationship it has with the games - as of right now: Parasite Eve, Parasite Eve II, and The 3rd Birthday.The relationship is has is that it's based on a book by Hideaki Sena, and so are the games. Except that the games are more of a "what if" continuation from about the halfway point of the book. And that the movie only has the basic plot from the book.So all three things (book, movie, and games) can be thought of as three separate universes.In fact, we've already covered the book on this website way back in 2017. So we'd recommend giving that post a quick look-see, too.The mitochondria take control and become Instagram influencers - that's the modern day equivalent"- SquidgeThoughts Going InSquidge is a big fan of the action RPG PlayStation title which was made, based on the book. The movie and the game entered pre-production at roughly the same time, and the teams behind both were unaware of each other. Indeed, Hideaki Sena was unaware of the game series until the early 2000s.The production company behind the movie (Fuji TV) started production of the movie in January 1997, and was done 8 weeks later. The entire movie had a total cost of (in 1997 money) $900,000 - for context, Titanic had a budge of $200 million (again in 1997 money).Interestingly, considering that it had a sizable budget, it was only released to Japanese theatres for one week. After which it went to VHS, and was exported to the West - starting the J-Horror craze of the late 90s and early 2000s - alongside Ringu and Ju-On: The Grudge.And it was just under a year after the movie came out that the first game was released. 1998's Parasite Eve for PlayStation must have been in development from shortly before the movie started pre-production, which bears out quite well because a demo was shown off at E3 in 1997.As mentioned above, the movie and the games take two slightly different paths: where the movie is an attempt at retelling the story.The video game was a direct sequel to the book, with the main character (Aya Brea) being the daughter of Mariko Anzai - who is a junior high schooler in both the book and the movie.And Hidekai Sena - the author of the book - didn't know about the games until the early 2000s.The CastBecause it might prove difficult to keep tabs on who is who, here is a list of the most important characters: Dr. Toshiaki Nagashima; he is the protagonist  Kiyomi Nagashima; this is Toshiaki's wife  Sachiko Asakura; Toshiaki's lab assistant  Mariko Anzai; a junior high school girl who needs a kidney transplant  Takatsugu Yoshizumi (aka Dr. Curtains) is the surgeon who will perform the kidney transplant  Whilst not a character, per se, Mitochondrial Eve will feature heavily in this movie The PlotHere's a 10,000 ft view of the "plot", as we see it: A strange collage and a console boot sound  Bad CGI bird, is bad  Some science in the form of a lecture, all about Mitochondria  Meanwhile it's laundry day  A lesson on bacteria, for children who think that bacteria are yucky But they love snails, which are equally as yucky And Mariko flings herself into a swimming pool Dark synth and snail beheading Playboy style candid images of Mitochondria Kiyomi plays "chase me" and a faraway kiss because reasons And Toshiaki forgets their first anniversary Ominous line is ominous Meanwhile there is science happening in the Bat Cave  But that's not how you use a microscope  Sensei and wise older person stroke's his beard- SquidgeKiyomi drives home "Do you think the Mitochondria have their own agenda"  Something terrible happens  There's a Bunsen burner and everything  STAHP! The science that you're doing is killing her via remote control- Jay Kiyomi has a horrific traffic accident, and it hits you in the feels  The transplant committee break every rule in the book  "I'll give you the kidney, if you give me her liver"  Hollywood cliche 437: it only rains when it's sad  Flashback: it's Christmas, yo!  "Kiyomi" can be read "Christmas eve", and they meet on Christmas Eve! See the full show notes for a description of how this is possible.Dr. Curtains gets the kidney  There's an awful tie  Toshiaki goes full mad scientist  Resident Evil-like music  Mariko is uphappy  A bloodied handprint We are the snails There's so much water around in this hospital  Tummy bulges "Simba!" in the samples Asakura is possessed by the Mitochondrial goop Shenanigans are afoot Eve is all over the floor Suddenly Kiyomi is back... from the dead Nudity-without-any-actual-nudity Tea and cake... and revelations!  Asakura gives a TED talk Western actors with AMAZING. ACTING. TALENT. It starts raining on the stage An old man is set on fire  Mariko is flung about by some unspoken force Everyone rushes to the hospital Is it The Blob or is it Eve? Nurse flambé and Morticia Addams'ing their way through a hospital A security system from the 1960s  It's curtains for Dr. Curtains"- JayRoof party! Divergence from the book Love saves the day The roof, the roof. The roof is having an abnormal atmospheric chemical reaction- SquidgeMake sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, some out-of-context screen grabs from the movie, and some links to related things.Are you a fan of the Parasite Eve games? Have you read the book that they're based on? Had you seen this film before? If so, what did you think to it? If not, are you likely to watch it now?psst. we've actually done a bunch of these "goes to the movies" episodes. Check this page to see all of the released specials.What other movies would you like us to cover? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, leave a comment on the show notes or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or with our Contact page. Don't forget to check the chapters tab in your podcatcher. This is a thing we're doing now, so keep an eye open for those.We had the incredibly rare privilege of talking with Philip Oliver - one half of The Oliver Twins - about their history in the British Game Development scene; from the early 80s all the way up to now. We talked about Dizzy, the EverCade, BitlzGames, and everything in between.Here's a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click through and check them out.Show NotesI honestly don't know how we pulled this one off - to be fair The Oliver Twins are really nice people - we had Philip Oliver on this episode of the show. Philip Oliver is one half of the Oliver Twins, whose work includes (among many, many things) the Dizzy series of games.Grab your popcorn, we're gonna hit you with nostalgia- SquidgeSeriously both Andrew and Philip have been involved in so many games over the years, their official website lists 55 of them and that's just the earlier titles. And this is something that Philip mentions in the episode:30 games on the PC; 10 games on the PS1; one game on the N64: Glover; 19 PS2 games; 10 Xbox games; 11 GameCube games; 13 Wii games; 9 PS3; 21 Xbox 360; and 30 handheld games... and that's just the Blitz Games ones- Philip OliverSo combining that total (154) with the 55 "Oliver Twins" games from their website - source; I've not included the collections titles - we get 209 games.That's a lot of games, and not a duffer among them.Let's Talk About DizzyFor those who don't know, Dizzy is a super cute egg character who goes on platforming and puzzle based adventures.Although Dizzy started out on the 8-bit consoles, there was a brand new game - Wonderful Dizzy - launched a few months before we recorded this interview. We'd always wanted to interview both Andrew and Philip, so the launch of the new game drove us to reach out proper.But one thing we didn't realise about the newer Dizzy titles (aside from the rights issue - technically Dizzy is owned by EA now) is that all of the profits went to charity. In the case of the Dizzy collection on the Evercade, the profits were given to the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield.Wonderful Dizzy & Looking BackBut why make a new Dizzy on a retro platform:It is so expensive to make a game on a modern platform- Philip OliverAnd at the time the Spectrum Next was starting to pick up steam; so why not combine that with a new Dizzy game?We suddenly realised that we can't make a game that is worse than any of the other games, and that was absolutely obvious... so we were thinking that whatever we create, now that it's some 25-30 years later, that everybody perceives it to be at least as good, if not better. And, really, we need to be aiming better.- Philip OliverFull Show NotesMake sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, and some links to related things.Have you ever played the Dizzy games? What about the other 200-odd games that The Oliver Twins have been involved with? Did you know that they used to have a turnaround time of one month per game? And no ("real") source control?LinksCatching up with The Oliver Twins is a doddle, here are some of the places you can find them: The Oliver Twins' websiteThe Oliver Twins on Twitter The Oliver Twins on Facebook The Game DragonsThis is being shut down soon, though The Oliver Twins book PanivoxThe new project that The Oliver Twins are involved in Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, leave a comment on the show notes or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or with our Contact page.Don't forget to check the chapters tab in your podcatcher. This is a thing we're doing now, so keep an eye open for those.Let's Ditch the Gatekeepers Who cares what you're playing, as long as it's fun to play. I hate gatekeepers, and see the behaviour all over the place. So let's talk a little about gatekeeping, and why it's all nonsense.Series IntroThis is The Waffling Taylors Raw with Jay, a series of shorter episodes of indefinite length. These episodes will cover shorter topics which don't really fit well within the scope of the show, or topics that I want to cover in my own way. That's not to say that we won't cover these topics in the main show, but I'd like to take a whack at them here, first.I can't guarantee that all of these shorter episodes will be as deep or technical as this one. But I wanted to start big.Anyway, let's get to it.GatekeepingHave you ever been mid-conversation with someone about some new thing - a game, an album, a book, movie, whatever -and they turn to you and say:You're not a real fan unless you...- A gatekeeperand they always emphasise the "real" bit, as if trying to disprove their pointIf so, they're attempting to dismiss your new-found enthusiasm by claiming that you don't qualify as a "real" fan of whatever it is - hopefully you can hear the bunny quotes around "real" there. Well, guess what? You are a "real" whatever. But you don't need me to tell you that.I remember being told by someone that I wasn't a "real" Star Wars fan because I hadn't read any of the (at the time) extended universe books - they've since been renamed "legends" or something. I don't knowI retorted with:Whatever dude. All I know is that I really like Empire, and the story of the original trilogy. While you're complaining about me not being a "real" fan, whatever that is, I'm going to head over here and eat some cookies. Best of luck to you- JayMaybe I'm a little more level headed when it comes to gatekeepers, or maybe I was just really hungry for cookies. The real answer is lost to the ages.ExclusionismAs a supportive community, somewhere along the way we've gotten lost.I can remember a time when I was bullied at school for playing video games. I can also remember the gamers at the school banding together for support, and swapping tips and techniques for beating whatever boss we were stuck on. Over time it's become more acceptable to spend some of our free time at play in virtual worlds. But somewhere along the way, parts of the communities we've started have turned on us.You're not a real gamer unless you..."- A gatekeeperI hate that phrase.One of the ways that I deal with criticism (constructive or not) is to deconstruct what was said so that I can apply something from it. So let's do that.First, this sentence is the opinion of the speaker. They are telling you that, in their opinion, they don't think that you are whatever whatever. Here's the great thing about opinions: we've all got one. And here's the bad thing about opinions: we've all got one.There's a comment here about opinions being like butts: we've all got one, and they all stink from time to time.But I won't make it.So what they are saying cannot ever be fact. Meaning that we've immediately debunked what they've said.Next, what does "real" mean? I'll be that if you asked them, they wouldn't be able to tell you without talking about themselves. That should tell you everything you need to know.I agree that gatekeeping is a form of bullying and exclusionism, and we need to stamp it out. I don't have any advice to give for dealing with this other than, "call them out and move on," which is way easier to say than to do.Full Show NotesA full transcript of this "raw with Jay" episode is available over in the full show notes - because there are loads of books you can read, and web resources.What are your key techniques for dealing with gatekeepers? Is there such a thing as a "real" gamer? If so, what does a "real" gamer look like?Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, leave a comment on the show notes or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
Season 2 episode 25 of Behind the Mic focusses on The Waffling Taylors - a pair of brothers who have transitioned from blogging into podcasting, and to music production for some of the biggest names in the business. With a bio-pic from Old Circle Cinema slated for release in 2027, we look back on the only true dynamic duo of podcasting: The Waffling Taylors.Since their first episode - "56 Games in 63 Minutes", released in November 2017 - Jay and Squidge have been steering both the podcasting and music industries from behind the scenes; but how did these two brothers, from the unknown town of "Cakeland" somewhere in the UK, rise to fame? This episode of "Behind the Mic" gives listeners unprecedented access to the brothers - one of whom is a cartoon wolf with a multi-coloured mane.We start with the genesis of their website - wafflingtaylors.rocks - and how they transitioned from blogging about video games to podcasting about them. Along the way, we present listeners with intimate interviews with people who were there during the brothers' rise to fame; including:Stoo Cambridge Andrew Dickinson Joe Zack Dr. Feelsbad (Jay's personal physician) and statements from Chief Problems Behind The Mic: The Waffling Taylors also includes exclusive tidbits as to how Squidge became one of the most sought after music producers in the 2020s - having worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Hank Truvton, and Japan's rising stars Orange Whip (a pop duo consisting of Hiroruki Mikami and Mr. Kite) - and how he wished he could give it all away for the simple life.Music in this episode comes from the following sources:"Dreams of Glory", "Hope", and "Go to success" by Muz Station Productions Funny Quirky Comedy by Redafs.com, Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License Paul Seal aka @paul_seal Copyright Ⓒ Nimby Productions 2026★ Support this podcast ★
Remember that you can always get in touch with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter, or with our Contact page.Don't forget to check the chapters tab in your podcatcher. This is a thing we're doing now, so keep an eye open for those.Andrew Dickinson (i.e. oddment84, aka "that guy who creates a bunch of podcasts" ) returns for a discussion on Resident Evil Apocalypse. We had that much to say about the 2004 action-horror (which is heavy on the over-the-top action, and incredibly light on the horror) that we've had to split it into two parts.The following is a reduced version of the full show notes, which you can find here.Content WarningDue to the nature of the movie we talk about in this episode, we’d recommend that you don’t listen to this one with little ones around.Please listen responsiblyShow NotesWe couldn't possibly cover everything in the 2004 zombie-a-thon Resident Evil Apocalypse in one episode, so we had AndrewD return to talk with us about this train wreck of a film. As this is part two of our discussion on this film - you can find part one here.The Plot So FarHere is a summary of the "plot" so far:Flashbacks to set up the backstory Is it Matt or Max? "2 Weeks earlier", opening the hive, and portable CD players Dr. Ashford loses his daughter because his car is hit, but she's alive Jill "Bad-Ass" Valentine murders a bunch of people in the middle of a police station, and no one bats an eyelid Captain Switzerland is sent by Umbrella to run the mop-up operation Running up several flights of stairs in heels Carlos saves the day... or not Leg fu for the win Bluetooth earpieces Totally not the Berlin Wall Surplus and more! Dr. Ashford has frowny-face glasses but hacks the system Recreating the intro from Resident Evil 3 Activating Nemesis through science and gratuitous bar charts Help me, Alice Kenobi. You're my only hope Fighting in a graveyard Entering the church That person I know... maybe they're not a zombie Jill's badassery makes her forget her training An action scene which Jay describes as: Alice dealing with the lickers is so far over the top, it's practically in lower orbit- JayLeg fu saves the day, and donkey kicks for the winThe Plot... continues?The helicopter drops its hip-gear Why does Nemesis need to kill STARS members? Alice is magic now? Superhero fights Alice is the Deus Ex Machina Bombs have yields, and Jill knows what that means Zombie kids are creepy You won't miss the dogs, they make a _huge_ point of showing you them Jill is Lara Croft, at this point Terry gets munched I'm pretty sure that it was in her contract that nobody can be more badass than Alice- AndrewDChair fu is not a valid self-defence mechanism Infected people can tell who else is infected?! Who needs gravity? Certainly not Alice I can suspend my disbelief enough to get that there are zombies. I can suspend it enough to get that there is a monster on the loose, with a rocket launcher and a gatling gun, who is also some kind of robot. But I draw the line at running down the face of a building, in an effort to get to the bottom... and she's not even running down it- JayCode Veronica references abound A fistfight with Nemesis... because that makes sense There's still 25 minutes of the film left?! Steady on Shang Tsung- Squidge"I can give you the world on a platter" Criminal underuse of LJ How does the virus actually work? Hubris? "I won't beg" also "WAIT!" More shakey fist logic than you could shake a fist at 1-800-555-JAIL Alice is reborn (a.k.a "Lets rip off Alien Resurrection") It's a step too far in a movie about the dead coming back to life- AndrewDAlice is Eve from Parasite Eve now? Wait, Alice is a robot now? An ending that makes no sense Make sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, some out-of-context screen grabs from the movie, and some links to related things.Did you listen to part one? What did you think to our recap at the start of this episode? When do they drop the nuke? Who asks for the nuke's yield!? Why did Mr. Fantastic make a young girl cry? And whose eyebrows offend Andrew?psst. we've actually done a bunch of these "goes to the movies" episodes. Check this page to see all of the released specials.What other movies would you like us to cover? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, leave a comment on the show notes or try our brand new contact page.And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media. If you like this episode, please consider supporting our Podcasting Network. One $3 donation provides a week of hosting for all of our shows. You can support this show, and the others like it, at https://ko-fi.com/jayandjaymedia★ Support this podcast ★
We interrupt your regularly scheduled episode programming to bring you a bonus interview with the folks behind lock-on Volume 1: Jon Doyle and Jason Maddison. We'll be right back with part two of our episode on Resident Evil Apocalypse very soon, but we were excited to release this discussion as soon as it was available - which is why it's seeing a weekend release.Jon and Jason are in the process of getting an impressive collection of content creators together. Why? Because they have a project which has the potential to be really quite amazing: lock-on Volume 1. This is going to be the first in a series of journals (hardcovers are only available for the Kickstarter backers) on gaming, by gamers.I want your story.- JonCheck out the Kickstarter campaign for this project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lost-in-cult/lock-on-volume-1About the PodcastFind out more about the podcast, and how to subscribe here. You can listen to the show anywhere that you consume audio content. Here are some examples:Podchaser Apple Podcasts Pocketcasts Spotify Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook. We're also on Twitch and YouTube.Music CreditsIntro music is Among The Stars, from the Cosmos Music Pack by Muz Station Productions Outro Music is I N e e d Y o u 私の側て by G.H (removed from BandCamp) Pallet Cleanser music is Breath Deep Breath Clear (Wu Chi) by Siobhan Dakay ★ Support this podcast ★
We interrupt your regularly scheduled episode programming to bring you a bonus interview with the folks behind lock-on Volume 1: Jon Doyle and Jason Maddison. We'll be right back with part two of our episode on Resident Evil Apocalypse very soon, but we were excited to release this discussion as soon as it was available - which is why it's seeing a weekend release.Jon and Jason are in the process of getting an impressive collection of content creators together. Why? Because they have a project which has the potential to be really quite amazing: lock-on Volume 1. This is going to be the first in a series of journals (hardcovers are only available for the Kickstarter backers) on gaming, by gamers.I want your story.- JonWhilst you're waiting on the episode to drop, consider checking out the Kickstarter campaign for this project here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lost-in-cult/lock-on-volume-1. The episode will be dropping in a few hours, so keep it locked.Find out more about the podcast, and how to subscribe here. You can listen to the show anywhere that you consume audio content. Here are some examples:Podchaser Apple Podcasts Pocketcasts Spotify Follow us on Twitter and find us on Facebook. We're also on Twitch and YouTube.★ Support this podcast ★
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