Console Shock podcast 84: Sharopolis

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast!

Its another Shockcast and its another awesome guest, as we welcome Matt from the Sharopolis YouTube channel!

Matt does amazing Digital Foundry-esque deep dives into retro gaming, showing us what makes them tick and how devs used all manner of tricks and hacks to squeeze every last drop of power from outdated hardware.

We chat about some of those stunning accomplishments achieved on classic systems, as well as:

– How Matt got into retro game technical deep dives.

– Which system had the biggest technical leap from its earliest games to the final ones?

– Using modern emulators to break down how classic games work.

– Original hardware vs modern recreations.

– What is the most impressive game to come out late in a consoles life?

– Games that were just too much for the hardware they released on.

– The games that pushed the older systems to the limits.

– What is Matt’s favourite console enhancement chip?

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Intro/Outro Music – Out to Lunch/Thunder – WCW Thunder Theme – TBS Television (1998) – Composer(s): Steve Everitt

Console Pocast 83: Magazine collecting with Maximum Power Up

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast! In a bumper episode, once again we are joined by fellow gaming podcaster, the awesome Paul AKA Maximum Power Up!

We do like a chinwag about retro gaming magazines on the shockcast, but Pauls magazine coverage on his show has become legendary. We talk with Paul about the world of retro gaming magazines and the people that created them.

– Paul’s tips on where to grab retro magazine bargains!

– Do the writer/editors of the retro mags collect them?

– The humble origins of Paul’s mammoth collection.

– Sampler issues, how rare are they?

– How do the old magazines compare to their modern equivalents that are still published?

– Pauls work on the new magazine Amiga Addict.

– Reading mags on a device vs print.

– When did the gaming print magazine market start to dry up?

– The explosion of new magazines that cover retro platforms.

Intro/Outro Music – Jeffry – Virtua Fighter (1994) – Sega Saturn – Composer(s): Akiko Hashimoto, Kazuhiko Kouchi, Takenobu Mitsuyoshi, Takayuki Nakamura