[Drift #45]

This episode is the return of a quiz show I put together in the early days of Digital Gonzo. We recorded four episodes on Cartoons, Commercials, Music and Toys of the 1980s between February and October 2011. They are some of the funniest shows I've ever taken part in.

In early January 2014, after finishing Digital Gonzo but before starting Digital Drift I recorded this episode just for a bit of fun, without any direct plan on releasing it. Nearly a year later, here it is. What I didn't expect were several moments of weirdly portentous tangents that would thread through the episode. Backlogging your material can have that effect, hence my uncertainty as to whether or not to ever release the audio of Sharon and me reviewing Mrs Doubtfire. 

Either way, enjoy the show. 

My guests are Neil Taylor of GameBurst, Michael Fox of The Little Metal Dog Show, former Digital Cowboy Paul Shotton and from the Digital Drift community; Matt Whetter. 

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Direct download: 45._Never_Mind_the_BuzzGeeks_Vol._5.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:10 AM

[Drift #44]

This week, we tracked down some of the funniest reviews all over the internet for all kinds of products, not just movies and not just Amazon. 

The main reason was variety but we also had the pleasure of Joseph Grabinski the editor of the @AmznMovieRevws Twitter feed as a guest so we wanted to present him and his followers with something they might not have read yet. 

It was a packed show; as you might imagine this format has been insanely popular and everyone wanted a piece of the action. Our other guests included (returning from previous Volumes) Joshua Garrity and James Carter from Cane and Rinse, Jerome McIntosh of Gameburst (pitching up for his first go at B.R.A.H.) and for the first time on our show, from the Cartridge Bros. podcast it's the mysterious fellow known only as "Player 1"

WARNING!: Do not attempt to drive, lift weights or engage in sexual intercourse while listening to this episode. You may have a fatal mishap from laughing too hard. In fact this is the first podcast I'm putting a general health warning on: It may be the funniest thing you will ever hear and thus break funny bones everywhere, leaving life by comparison dull and grey. Jerome had to resort to his inhaler in the end, though he assures me this was worth it.

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Direct download: 44._Bad_Reviews_Against_Humanity_Vol._3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 3:23 PM

[Drift #43]

We're back for more incisive, scathing and occasionally insane critique from some strange people. 

The first installment was met with adulation from everyone. In fact this is an official warning not to listen while driving, your uncontrollable fits of hysterical laughter could result in catastrophic car pile-ups. 

Once again these mini-review snippets were gleaned from the Twitter feed @AmznMovieRevws who very kindly retweeted our show for us. 

For this episode Sharon and I recruited Neil Taylor of GameBurst, James Carter of Cane and Rinse and Lorin Grieve of the Digital Drift Community.Once again our reading is a cocktail of the shocking, competitive play of Cards Against Humanity with the theatrical performance of the much missed GameSpot YouTube show Feedbackula. 

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Direct download: 43._Bad_Reviews_Against_Humanity_Vol._2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:41 PM

[Drift #42]

Amazon has a long tradition of unreasonable, miserable and occasionally downright cretinous user reviews. The Twitter feed @AmznMovieRevws is a treasure trove of some of the silliest of these.

For this episode Sharon and I got together with former Digital Cowboy Paul Shotton and Cane and Rinse alumni Josh Garrity and we had a bit of a game. I passed out fifteen reviews each and we competed for fifteen rounds to see who could read the most facepalm-inducing nugget of critical appraisal. 

Prepare thy sides, for they shall split. Some of these reviewers come up with the most splutteringly random of reasons why they don't like movies that are largely agreed upon to be rather great. I shall definitely be revisiting this format. 

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Direct download: 42._Bad_Reviews_Against_Humanity.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:25 AM

[Drift #41]

This is the third and final of a series of podcasts about GamerGate; How it developed, what its effects have been and how we can move forwards.

In the previous two shows we heard perspectives from 17 different people from the gaming community

This week is a conversation between myself Alex Shaw and Leelee Scaldaferri. 

We start off with a brilliant presentation from The Idea Channel on five logical fallacies that frequently occur during arguments on the internet. If you've already heard this and don't want a refresher, jump to minute 14 for the main show. 

Next week my guests and co-hosts read through one star reviews of great movies. The results are genuinely hilarious. I think we all need that right now.

Direct download: 41._GamerGate_-_Vol._3.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:05 AM

[Drift #40]


This is the second of a series of podcasts about GamerGate; How it developed, what its effects have been and how we can move forwards.

Nine more contributions make up this episode. Some were in response to Volume 1, some elaborated on ideas laid down in that one, others were simply inspired to speak on hearing about this series. 

For this show only one man wished to remain anonymous, the other eight were; Jo Wike, Nick Gibson, Laura Kate Dale, Lorin Grieve, Rose Lynn, Jesse Ferguson, Laureta Sela and a man who goes only by the name of Chris.

Gamergate Volume 3 will be out next week and is a conversation between myself Alex Shaw and Leelee Scaldaferri. That will round out the series and as of today i am no longer taking submissions for this project. I'm proud of how it's turned out and the measured, intelligent response from pretty much every listener who has commented. 

Direct download: 40._GamerGate_-_Vol._2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:24 PM

Originally Published October 30th 2009.

Guest: James Portnow.

For this week's episode, while I collect and edit more of your MP3 contributions for GamerGate Vol. 2 I went back to an early episode of my first podcast, Digital Cowboys.

In this show, my co-host Tony Atkins and I asked James Portnow if there was perhaps a more appropriate word for games and indeed "Gamer" for what we currently know as video games and people who like them a whole lot. It's easy to say this needs to change and equally easy to say that the labels shouldn't matter/does no harm/isn't relevant. What followed was the kind of thing I love about our community and the people in it, a frank, honest and fascinating discussion about this concept that goes beyond these two open and shut responses.

That was five years ago, but it's detestably even more important now than it was then. By all means join the debate on the forum.

This was originally inspired by an article written on Gamasutra by Tynan Sylvester. 

Next week, more GamerGate and the week after, something fun that will make you laugh, I promise.

If you haven't seen James Portnow's Extra Credits yet, get yourself over there for some of the best lectures and lessons in video gaming design and culture that have ever been committed to the internet.

And if you haven't heard my former co-host's podcast; Cane and Rinse you equally need to go listen to that show for some of the most thought-provoking games discussion around. 

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Direct download: 128._The_Word_Gamer.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:40 AM

[Drift #39]

To kick off a discussion about "nanar"; that is movies that are so spectacularly bad that they wrap right the way round into great we bring you the podcast reviews of Troll and Troll 2. This also constitutes our Halloween Spooktacular and gives you all something fun to listen to while taking shelter from the GamerGate debate.

Troll was a daft fantasy horror movie made in 1986. It's hard to say who it's aimed at because it's too scary for small children and too silly for anyone over the age of nine. It has inflections of Gremlins and Poltergeist but none of the style or craftsmanship. There are plenty of surprising and appealing nuggets of fun to be had amongst the weird "troll-menaces-apartment-block" plot and some disarmingly canny performances to boot, but ultimately this was one of those films made to be forgotten.

Until Troll 2 came along in 1990 that is. This isn't a sequel of any sort. It was originally going to be called "Goblins" and the name was changed so as to purposefully be confused with the mildly successful Troll. Now that's the sort of creative pedigree that makes us sit up and take notice. Dig even further into this green gloop and you'll find it is one of the most incompetently constructed movies ever, with every single scene botched in some way and some world class overacting and delivery by the hysterical cast. The short of it is; Family goes on a house exchange to a town in Utah named "Nilbog" turns out it's full of goblins. They like to eat people after turning them partly into vegetable matter. Also the boy has the Shining or something. Clickety clack.  

It has in recent times been rediscovered and cherished by a select group of fans celebrating its sheer badness. A documentary by its now grown up child star; "Best Worst Movie" was made in 2010 and is available on Netflix UK. In it we re-acquaint ourselves with the oddball cast reflecting back on when they took part in this extraordinary project. The brilliant review podcast "We Hate Movies" won't cover Troll 2, because in their words, what are they going to say that's funnier than anything within this film? We had to at least try since in the UK this is not infamous and is barely even known. That's an injustice we'd like to redress.

Don't worry about seeing these first. Listen to the show to get a feel and then track down the R1 double DVD set if it sounds like your thing. 

It also leads to a discussion about nanar film and whether or not it is possible to make one on purpose, with a wonderful little inspirational piece on that subject from The Idea Channel, which you should be watching every week. 

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Direct download: 39._Troll__Troll_2.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:13 PM

[Drift #38]

This is the first of a series of podcasts about GamerGate; How it developed, what its effects have been and how we can move forwards.

Anyone is welcome to send in an MP3 of up to ten minutes for future shows. The one proviso is that this is not a platform for hate, it’s about generating discussion. Talk about your experiences, what you have seen and heard and how that makes you feel, how this affects the industry and the communities around it, and most importantly what we can do to move forwards. I'm deadly serious about this and it's going to require some brave people to speak up. I've listened to no podcasts cover this, certainly not in this format and there are obvious reasons why not, but a lot of people are feeling isolated, excluded, harassed, angry, exhausted and in some cases terrified. If that's not an important talking point I don't know what is.

Over the next few weeks I’ll hopefully be airing a wide variety of views. Get in touch via Twitter or the forum if you’d like in on this.  For the first show I had eight contributors, two of whom would like to remain anonymous, the other six were; M.P.J. Dillon, Holly Dotson, Gavin Greene, A. Reece England, Livio De La Cruz and Kevin Murphy. 

Gamergate Volume 2 will be out next week and composed of all the MP3s that you guys send to me over the next few days, along with some more extensive thoughts on my part. Many thanks to my contributors for sharing with all of us.   

Direct download: 38._GamerGate_-_Vol._1.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:21 PM

[Drift #37]

The Transformers road trip comes to a triumphant end as we close out our Prime conversation in unusual circumstances, discussing a group of characters who have struggled since 1984 to be expressed as anything other than thugs or buffoons, The Decepticons, Turns out all it took to portray them as a group of warriors with their own motivations, weaknesses, misgivings and strengths was decent writing, building upon both well-established characters finally given dimensions of personality and newcomers who swiftly became fan favourites. It's been a wild ride through the Transformers series, but I'm very happy we could end on such a high note.

Joining us once again are Mike Hearn of Walter the Wicked web-comic (I'm a patron of his webcomic http://www.patreon.com/Wicked?ty=a), Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst and Andrew Pidhajeckyk of the Digital Drift Community. 

Next week, we celebrate Halloween in style with a pair of notorious creature features; Troll & Troll 2, the latter of which is considered by many to be the best worst movie ever made. 

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Direct download: 37._Transformers_Prime_Part_2_-_Decepticons.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:24 AM



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