[Drift #10]

For the first of our Spider-Man podcasts we travel back to 2002 and the film that not only started it all for the wall-crawler on the big screen, but arguably brought the superhero blockbuster to true legitimacy. 

Now this has long been considered a sacred cow, not quite as sacred as its sequel which you slight at your peril, but widely understood to be a superb superhero movie. Well here at Digital Drift we have a habit of holding the untouchable to higher account. We did it with Donner's Superman, Burton's Batman and very shortly we'll be doing it with Singer's X-Men. We've found while reviewing these that there is no perfect Spider-Man film yet, and just like Superman, maybe there never will be. What we can do, however is examine the flaws and celebrate the strengths of each of them (yes, even Spider-Man 3). 

Spidey is a hero defined by the events in his life and the enemies he faces. This is the one with the origin of Spider-Man... OK it's the one with the origin and the organic web-shooters. It's also the one with Green Goblin... OK it's the one with Norman Osborn... OK it's the one with Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn in more than just a delusional cameo. See our problem? 

The real question is, in a post-Avengers world can a lone Marvel hero in his own little world offer us the same level of engaging, epic adventure? Spidey swings, J.J. shouts, Aunt May Worries, MJ pouts, Kroeger croons, MJ swoons, and all the while Tobey Maguire's pallid, expressionless cow's flank of a face occupies the screen. There's no doubt about it, we're gonna get emails.

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Direct download: 10._Spider-Man.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:17 PM

[Drift #9]

This is the ninth of the Avengers podcasts, originally begun in the second volume of this show, Digital Gonzo. 

The second solo outing for Captain America has already proved immensely popular and we focus on what a strong, lean, politically charged action thriller it is. Far now from the Nazi-punching Indiana Jones style adventure of The First Avenger and separated from the volatile super team of which he had to make his mark as a significant member, this time Steve Rogers is left all alone in a world he's seven decades out of step with.

As well as welcome newcomers Falcon and Winter Soldier we talk Robert Redford's Alexander Pierce, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill and how this advances and changes the Marvel Cinematic Universe leading up to Avengers: Age of Ultron. 

Our returning Avengers reviewers include Joshua Garrity of Cane and Rinse and Neil Taylor and Jerome McIntosh of GameBurst. This episode features spoilerific discussions on all the previous Marvel movies, including Thor: The Dark World.

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Direct download: 09._Captin_America_-_The_Winter_Soldier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47 PM

[Drift #8]

For this episode we are very proud to interview writer Rhianna Pratchett. She has worked on some of our favourite games, and very specifically helped to craft some of the best female characters in the medium. Her experience includes Heavenly Sword, Overlord, Mirror's Edge, BioShock Infinite, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Prince of Persia, Risen, Thief and perhaps most notably she was instrumental in transforming Lara Croft from Mary-Sue, gun-toting tit-machine to the far more real person she represents today in 2013's Tomb Raider.

We talk at length about her past experiences and connections, the requirements for a writer in the world of gaming, female/female relationships in narrative, Conan the Barbarian, and of course Time Bandits. 

Her website can be found here: http://www.rhiannapratchett.com/

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Direct download: 08._Rihanna_Pratchett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03 AM

[Drift #7]

This episode we delve into the video gaming market crashes of the early 80s and 90s and ask the questions: Are we already in the middle of another, and if so, what does that mean and is there possibly a bright side?

To lend maturity, research and acumen to these debates we have recruited Mr Gary Blower of the GameBurst podcast and Mr Chris O'Regan of The Sausage Factory. 

Gary asserts that we've been crashing since 2009 and there is some very compelling evidence in favour of this. We also find out about how the earlier declines occurred, what caused them and crucially what pulled us back into a thriving games economy. Will everyone learn from their past mistakes or do they seem destined to repeat them?

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Direct download: 07._The_Video_Gaming_Crashes.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:36 PM

[Drift #6]

It's taken over a year, but Sharon has finally completed her read through of E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy. This episode is a compilation of material from different shows to give you a full review series. In principle it's a two and a half hour rant on her part about this skewed, uninformed and often just plain wrongheaded view of women, men, sex, relationships, hetero-normativity, wealth, worth and abuse, both physical and psychological. In execution it's a blistering hellstorm of righteous indignation and high-pitched shrieking. You have been warned.

00.01.10: Fifty Shades of Grey (From DorkCast #5)
00.49.00: Fifty Shades Darker (From the DorkCast Fifty Shades Special)
01.25.00: Fifty Shades Freed (Digital Drift #6)

You will also hear Tony Atkins of Cane and Rinse with a reading from the first book at 37.40 which was originally on The Same Coin podcast episode #11. The DorkCast episodes were produced by and hosted by Leah Haydu and you will also hear a little of Matt Ramsey.

It goes without saying; very very obscene content!

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Direct download: 06._Fifty_Shades_Trilogy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21 AM

[Drift #5]

This week we talk to two of the hosts of one of the funniest, most insightful movie podcasts we've yet heard; Andrew Jupin and Eric Szyszka of We Hate Movies. 

As is discussed on the show, don't let the name fool you. You'd be hard pressed to find a bunch of chaps who love movies more than these guys, and while they often cover well-known stinkers they most frequently mine comedy value from films nobody ever seems to talk about, which tend to be the obscure, the ridiculous and/or the terrible. For many years they have accumulated a vast archive of reviews and experimental tangent shows, so once you've heard this episode go ahead and mosey on over to www.whmpodcast.com and check out what's on offer in the full collection. Then subscribe on iTunes and you'll find a generous helping of their shows on there.  

I'll confess to being a little excited at getting these guys on our show as we take the opportunity to ask all about how they started out, their review style, why they focus on these forgotten, dubious gems and we get to showcase some of the funniest moments of the past few years, including...

Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, Jaws: The Revenge, Casper, After Earth, Star Trek: Insurrection and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.

We also talk a little about my show for the benefit of newcomers, and why I haven't yet covered the Transformers franchise. Five more episodes of We Hate Movies, I heartily recommend for my listeners

Bad Boys II, Batman Forever, Godzilla, Mrs Doubtfire and A Good Day to Die Hard (Because we sure as shit will not be covering that last one).

And for We Hate Movies listeners who want a nice selection of Digital Drift shows to catch up on, try our reviews of...

Alien Resurrection, The Last Airbender, Star Trek, and The Phantom Menace, Batman Returns and The Lord of the Rings.

Next week: The Fifty Shades Trilogy.

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Direct download: 05._We_Hate_Movies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:59 AM

[Drift #4]

This week we talk to Chris & Kelly Brown of The Married Gamers. Since they've been a husband and wife podcasting team for many many years we have obvious reasons to want to pick their brains about how they have kept their show going so long. We also reveal the meaning behind the name Digital Drift. 

This episode also marks the return of The Five Questions. We will be asking these of all our guests, moving forward and we want to hear yours too. You can log your answers in the relevant thread on our forum.

1. What would your last meal and movie be?
2. Doc Brown turns up in the DeLorean, where and when do you go and how long do you stay?
3. Who in the world would you give a superpower of your choice?
4. Which recurring theme can you not seem to get enough of in your entertainment?
5. Which technological development do you most want to occur within your lifetime?  

Next week we talk to the guys from the We Hate Movies podcast and the week after that Sharon tackles the Fifty Shades Trilogy, with explosive, hilarious results.

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Direct download: 04._The_Married_Gamers.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 10:20 AM

What you have here is the entirety of the audio drama for my first novel; The Cartographer’s Handbook. This will be up on the Digital Drift feed for four weeks, before being removed from both here and from the website and going up onto iTunes at a set price. This gives the greater majority of our audience who haven’t yet had the pleasure the opportunity to listen to it. It will expand the fanbase and generate a buzz for the ongoing book series that this introduces; New Century. In other words, you get this great story, I get to hear you talking about this great story to everybody who may be interested on Twitter and Facebook. 

As an extra incentive, everyone who has paid something for the audio so far will have their names printed in the first season of New Century as a thank you for supporting this project. If you would like to do the same you can go to www.digitaldrift.co.uk and click the Paypal donate button. The suggested amount is £4.99 / $7.99 but you can set your own price. 

This alternate history science fiction story has some distressing moments and language many will find offensive.

Ostensibly written by Thomas W. Arlington, director of the newly formed National Intelligence Agency, this book is given to scouts of the Reunified States Military, setting out to travel an America beset since 1872 by a lethal new plague.

The infected regress to an aggressive, feral state and it is up to what remains of a shattered government, operating out of the reclaimed Washington DC, to re-establish contact and form a total army of the people, if they are to stand a chance of retaking their land.

This is an unabridged, adaptation of the book, written, produced and edited by myself along with a full cast. It is performed rather than read and is accompanied by a fantastic score by musicians; Mark Tschanz and Marian Call.

Cast 
Director Thomas W. Arlington                     Alex Shaw
Lieutenant James Buckner                          Daniel Floyd
Private Lawton Sadler                                    Spencer Leeb
Captain Samuel Tudor                                   Spencer Leeb
Doctor Julius Kauffman                                Matt Wardle
Maggie Strother                                                Laureta Sela
Private Henry Jackson                                   Jacob Newburn
Sergeant Bo Travis                                           Matt Wardle
James Gregory                                                  Mark Ord
Katherine Holloway                                         Sharon Shaw
General Nathanial Curtis                                Alex Shaw
Tabitha Chorley                                                 Maureen Foley
Corporal Ryan Considine                              Jacob Newburn
Corporal Harriet Blaine                                  Sharon Shaw
Captain Annie Oakley                                      Laureta Sela
President Ulysses S. Grant                            Alex Shaw
Private Carmen Santos                                   Laureta Sela
Commander Calvin Wilson:                          Matt Ramsey

Direct download: The_Cartographers_Handbook_Limited_Edition.mp3
Category:Audio Drama -- posted at: 4:16 PM

[Drift #3]

This episode we’ll start with a word or two about this year’s community meet up, formerly the Gonzo Planetary Expo, or GPLEX, now rechristened as the first Digital Drift Convention, or 'Drift-Con'. This will take place at The Doubletree Hilton in Lincoln on Saturday 3rd and Sunday the 4th of May. Lots more details in the show. 

Following this we’re joined by Mark Saville and Gavin Tan from the video-gaming-related charity Special Effect. Longtime listeners may remember that this was the charity we sponsored last year at GPLEX, when we managed to raise £2,285 including Gift-Aid contributions. Today, we discuss what that money went towards and what this charity really is about.

In their own words, Special Effect use technology to enhance the quality of life of people with all kinds of needs, including stroke and road traffic accident patients, individuals with life-limiting conditions and injured soldiers returning from overseas. Their mission is to enable anyone, whatever their disability, to enjoy video games and leisure technology. But they’re not just doing it for the sake of fun. By giving disabled people the means to participate, they are kick-starting rehabilitation, self-esteem and, most importantly, inclusion.

Aside from the fact that it's fascinating hearing the lengths they go to and the solutions they come up with there's a very good reason why you need to listen to this one; These guys mitigate the knee-jerk public reaction and reveal the participating sectors of the gaming industry and extended community to be compassionate, progressive, inclusive and caring. This is thus the antithesis of Twitter-bullying and petulant rage over technical launch issues. 

This is something very worthwhile. You Can Find them here: www.specialeffect.org.uk

And for everyone coming to Drift-Con, see you in May. 

Direct download: 03._Special_Effect.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:14 AM

[Drift #2]

To coincide with the release of the 2014 remake, we bring you this journey into the flesh & metal heart of the 1987 original. 

We were planning to cover the trilogy but the sequel bored us more than expected and the third movie (aside from a lunatic robot ninja chap) didn't even have the decency to be amusingly terrible. Also if there's no through-story or the sequels don't even really observe the developments in the original is it not actually a trilogy at all, but a successful story and its licensed and incompetent copycats? A discussion for another time perhaps.

Joining Sharon and I to discuss Paul Verhoven's riotously watchable and riven with subtext, cyborg Frankenstein retelling is Neil Taylor of GameBurst.

Again we're going to push social networking this time round so be sure to find us, follow us, like us and email us. And of course be sure to jump onto one of the smartest, friendliest forums around and declare your membership in the Digital Drift community. 

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Direct download: 02._RoboCop.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:34 PM



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