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Listen to Brits Jalada and Sefran discuss gaming, technology and more in short, easily digestible episodes.


085: Games of 2020
Jan 14 • 38 min
We share the games we’re most looking forward to in the year ahead in this continuation of our look back and forward at the games of last year and this year.
Sound-byte 043: Happy 2020!
Jan 7 • 13 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. We took a bit of a recording break over Christmas, so in this episode we catch up with each other on what we got up to.
084: Games of 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 41 min
In this episode we take a look back at the games we enjoyed playing in 2019.Jalada’s choices were Link’s Awakening, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna - The Golden Country.Sefran’s main choices were Persona 5, Death Stranding,…
Sound-byte 042: The fate of our 2019 hopefuls
Dec 24, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. We’ve been busy recording our 2019/20 episodes of Octal FM where we look back at our games of 2019, and games we’re looking forward to next year. In this Sound-byte, we take a look…
083: Should I Stadia or Should I Go?
Dec 17, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode we continue our dive into the world of streaming games and games-as-a-service. Jalada just got his Founder’s Edition Google Stadia and he gives us his thoughts and first experiences.You can add Jalada on Stadia. His username is…Jalada.
Sound-byte 041: Do I choose you, Sword?
Dec 10, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This time, Jalada gives his first impressions of Pokémon Sword, thirty or so hours in.
082: Games that Surprise
Dec 3, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we discuss three games each that surprised us in some way when we played them.Game discussed:Deep Rock GalacticLord of the Rings OnlineMindustrySimCopterCall of Duty: Modern WarfareYoshi’s Story
Sound-byte 040: Sefran Stranding
Nov 26, 2019 • 11 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This time, Sef gives his first impressions of Death Stranding.
081: Get in the robot, Jalada
Nov 19, 2019 • 41 min
This is the start of a new anime-themed Octal FM series! Sefran has watched anime for most of his life, but Jalada has watched almost none. We’re changing that.In particular, we’re going to focus on anime that Sefran may have watched a long time ago, to…
Sound-byte 039: Camden Stranding
Nov 12, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This week, we went to the Death Stranding launch event in London.
080: Games that Disappoint
Nov 5, 2019 • 42 min
In this episode we each pick out three games that we were so hyped about, but ultimately left us disappointed.
Sound-byte 038: Links Awakening Switch redux
Oct 30, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. A while ago we discussed the announcement of the Links Awakening remix on the Switch. Jalada picked it up, and has been playing it.
079: Game Club - Forager
Oct 22, 2019 • 34 min
In Game Club, we pick a game to both play seperately that we’ve never played before, and then come together on the show to discuss our thoughts. This time, it’s the turn of Forager.Forager is available on Steam, Humble Store, GOG, PS4 and Nintendo Switch.…
Sound-byte 037: Mindustry
Oct 15, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This week, Jalada has been playing Mindustry.
078: No Man’s Sky Beyond (Expectations)
Oct 8, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode we take another look at No Man’s Sky, in particular its rather unique development cycle, and how Hello Games have handled its infamy.
Sound-byte 036: Borderlands 3
Oct 1, 2019 • 10 min
Sound-bytes are our shorter episodes about what we’ve been up to recently. This week, Sefran has been playing Borderlands 3 co-op on the PS4.
077: Cambridge Analytica
Sep 24, 2019 • 43 min
In this episode we take a look back at the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in particular some of the details behind the underlying technology.Further reading/watching:Alexander Nix at Concordia Summit discussing their techThe Data That Turned the World…
Sound-byte 035: September Direct
Sep 17, 2019 • 11 min
076: Greatest Boss Battles
Sep 10, 2019 • 39 min
Sound-byte 034: Mario Maker 2 & ED Fleet Carriers
Sep 3, 2019 • 10 min
075: Game Club - Dragalia Lost
Aug 27, 2019 • 36 min
In this episode we thoroughly irritate every Dragalia Lost fan by mispronouncing it throughout.
Sound-byte 033: On a Quest
Aug 20, 2019 • 11 min
074: Gute Nacht Berlin Pt.2
Aug 13, 2019 • 32 min
Sound-byte 032: The Light Switch
Aug 6, 2019 • 9 min
073: Guten Morgen Berlin Pt.1
Jul 30, 2019 • 38 min
In this episode of Octal FM it’s time for another travel update. This time, it’s Sefran’s turn, as we discuss his short trip to Berlin.Stay tuned for episode 74 for a surprise part two…!
Sound-byte 031: KyotoAnimation attack
Jul 23, 2019 • 9 min
Content warning: In this episode we discuss the recent arson attack at KyotoAnimation in Japan, which may be distressing for some of our listeners, or people of a young age in earshot.
072: Nostalgia & Now - Final Fantasy IX
Jul 16, 2019 • 39 min
In this episode we look at Final Fantasy IX from two perspectives. Jalada, who has only just played it, and Sefran, who played it back in the day!
Sound-byte 030: Eva-ntually
Jul 9, 2019 • 11 min
071: E3 Chaff
Jul 2, 2019 • 35 min
If you’re interested in our breakdown on what ‘in-game footage’ means in the context of game trailers at E3, check out the ancient but very relevent episode 19.
Sound-byte 029: Leaf - Positive/Negative?
Jun 25, 2019 • 11 min
070: Nintendo FM
Jun 18, 2019 • 46 min
In this episode we dissect some of Nintendo’s announcements from E3 2019.
Sound-byte 028: Sign in with Apple
Jun 11, 2019 • 10 min
069: Infinite FM
Jun 4, 2019 • 35 min
In this episode of Octal FM we nerd out and discuss the 11 year saga that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Infinity War.
Sound-byte 027: Sony
May 28, 2019 • 10 min
068: Game Club - Metroid
May 21, 2019 • 37 min
In the second half of this episode there are some glitches on Sefran’s audio. Apologies, we’re investigating!In this episode of Octal FM we discuss the NES classic, Metroid.
Sound-byte 026: Microsoft
May 14, 2019 • 11 min
067: Charging down the road
May 7, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode of Octal FM we discuss the current state of electric vehicles, choices in cars, viability in the real world, and possible future.You’ll pick up some general knowledge about EV’s, how the infrastructure for them is forming, ups and downs of…
Sound-byte 025: Smash 3.0
Apr 30, 2019 • 11 min
066: Games under a tenner
Apr 23, 2019 • 38 min
Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!!Do Not Feed The MonkeysShellShock LiveVVVVVVAvailable on pretty much every platform.World of GooAvailable on PC, Mac, Switch, Android and iOS.BraidAvailable on PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Sound-byte 024: London Coffee Festival ‘19
Apr 16, 2019 • 10 min
065: Revisiting the Wilds
Apr 9, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, and to mark it turning two, we take a look back at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
Sound-byte 023: Stadia
Apr 2, 2019 • 10 min
064: Octal FM 2k19
Mar 26, 2019 • 39 min
Further reading:EA and Activision’s $79bn games-as-a-service growthEmerging Trends in Games-as-a-Service (video)Battle passes are replacing loot boxes, but they’re not necessarily a better dealWhat Fortnite’s Battle Pass gets rightHow GaaS are changing…
Sound-byte 022: Haggis and hooning
Mar 19, 2019 • 11 min
063: Story pROMpts (Game Club - 2064: Read Only Memories)
Mar 12, 2019 • 36 min
In this Game Club episode we discuss 2064: Ready Only Memories.2064 is available on pretty much every platform!
Sound-byte 021: Sword & Shield
Mar 5, 2019 • 11 min
062: January Nintendo Direct to you
Feb 26, 2019 • 31 min
In a slight break from tradition, this episode is somewhat more timeous. Toni rejoins us to discuss our thoughts on all the announcements in the January Nintendo Direct.
Sound-byte 020: Alita
Feb 19, 2019 • 10 min
061: Get Pokémon! (Trading Cards)
Feb 12, 2019 • 35 min
We’re joined by a special guest this episode! Tom last joined us back in Episode 10 to discuss MOBAs. We’ve talked about competitive Pokémon before too, with Marti Bennett back in episode 21. This time, we turn our attention to the trading card game.
Sound-byte 019: ‘Yachting’
Feb 5, 2019 • 12 min
060: Games of 2019
Jan 29, 2019 • 37 min
In this episode we discuss a mixture of AAA titles on our radar and what they mean for the industry, and our own personal choices for games we want to pick up this year.AAA titles on our radar:Yoshi’s Crafted WorldAnthemCyberpunk 2077Animal Crossing…
Sound-byte 018: Ireland tour
Jan 22, 2019 • 11 min
059: Our 2018 in video gaming
Jan 15, 2019 • 39 min
Some of the games we talk about include:FrostpunkBattleTechOkami HDHeroes of the StormBreath of the WildCelesteHollow Knight
Sound-byte 017: YouTube & Loot boxes
Jan 8, 2019 • 11 min
058: Game Club - Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
Jan 1, 2019 • 38 min
This episode is our third Game Club, where we pick a game that neither of us have played before, play it separately, and then come together with our own fresh thoughts to discuss it on Octal FM.This time, it’s Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, a…
057: California dreamin’ 2/2
Dec 18, 2018 • 33 min
In this concluding episode about Jalada’s trip to California we talk more about the Pacific Coast Highway, visiting LA, and how the trip turned from a sightseeing trip into something much more personal.Visit our website for some photos, or Jalada’s…
Sound-byte 016: Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Dec 11, 2018 • 10 min
056: California dreamin’ 1/2
Dec 4, 2018 • 33 min
It’s an Octal FM first for this two part special about Jalada’s trip to California.”Without a six figure salary, rent control, a trust fund, or a willingness to embrace poverty, you’re out of luck if you want to live here.”How to save San Francisco…
Sound-byte 015: Mirai of the Future
Nov 27, 2018 • 10 min
055: Blizzcon 2018
Nov 20, 2018 • 40 min
In this episode we dissect some of the announcements and coverage around Blizzcon this year. Not much in the way of show notes for this one!
Sound-byte 014: Lucky LAN number 13
Nov 13, 2018 • 11 min
054: Year of Gaming - 2007
Nov 6, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode we talk about why we think 2007 was one of the biggest, and one our favourite, years in gaming.Orange BoxYou can pick up Orange Box on Steam, or mostly second-hand on Xbox 360 and PS3. The Xbox 360 version is backwards compatible on Xbox…
053: Game Club - Hollow Knight
Oct 23, 2018 • 40 min
Toni joins us for this second Game Club episode where we discuss our experiences playing indie Metroidvania game Hollow Knight.Hollow Knight on Nintendo SwitchHollow Knight on Xbox OneHollow Knight on PS4Hollow Knight on SteamA physical version is also…
Sound-byte 013: Final Fantasy 8 on PC
Oct 16, 2018 • 10 min
052: Stay awhile and listen
Oct 9, 2018 • 42 min
In this episode we each discuss some of our favourite video game stories.Bioshock 1Vox: Bioshock proved that video games could be artBioshock 1 is available in a remastered collection of the first three games on Xbox One, PS4, and Steam, or you can still…
Sound-byte 012: Code First: Girls recap
Oct 2, 2018 • 10 min
051: Code First: Girls with Amali de Alwis and Lizzie Cullen Davison
Sep 25, 2018 • 42 min
In this special episode of Octal FM we’re joined by two guests to talk about alternative approaches to getting into the technology industry and software development. Specifically, we discuss what the organisation Code First: Girls is doing to increase the…
Sound-byte 011: Dungeons & Dragons
Sep 18, 2018 • 9 min
050: Great Teacher Sefran
Sep 11, 2018 • 45 min
In this episode we discuss how to get started watching anime.A lot of shows covered in this episode, as well as a few we didn’t get time to mention:Use your nostalgiaDragon Ball ZSailor MoonDigimonCardcaptor SakuraOne PieceThe classicsCowboy BebopDeath…
Sound-byte 010: Ōkami on Switch, Valkyria Chronicles 4 Demo
Sep 4, 2018 • 11 min
049: Patronise me
Aug 28, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode we discuss how (typically niche) video content creators are adapting to the thirst for consuming their (high quality) content, but have traditionally found it harder to earn money to do it. How is this affecting the consumer, the creator,…
Sound-byte 009: Nintendo repairs, World of Warcraft
Aug 21, 2018 • 11 min
048: Game Club - Slay the Spire
Aug 14, 2018 • 47 min
In this episode we kick off a new mini-series where we pick a game that neither of us have played before, play it separately, and then come together with our own fresh thoughts to discuss it on Octal FM.This time, it’s Slay the Spire by Mega Crit, an…
Sound-byte 008: Golf Story
Aug 7, 2018 • 9 min
047: Get lost
Jul 31, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode we discuss some of our favourite video game worlds to get lost in. We reminisce about some worlds we’ve not visited for a while, and we discuss what it means for a game world to be ‘immersive’.Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Sound-byte 007: Goodwood, Splatoon
Jul 24, 2018 • 13 min
046: Hello, computer
Jul 17, 2018 • 52 min
This episode takes more of a ‘resource’ form, as we share some tips & tricks for getting started building a PC for gaming. We cut through some of the aspects that we think are unimportant, and share some shortcuts for saving time and money.There’s a lot…
Sound-byte 006: Stardew Valley multiplayer
Jul 10, 2018 • 11 min
045: Generally available AI
Jul 3, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode of Octal FM we dive in to the state of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. We’ll explain what it is, what it isn’t, and why it seems to be such a big thing right now.There’s lots of reading material out there if you want to learn…
Sound-byte 005: E3 2018 round-up
Jun 26, 2018 • 12 min
We discuss announcements from this year’s E3 that we’re looking forward to.
044: Inclusive design with Elizabeth Chesters
Jun 19, 2018 • 35 min
In this episode we’re joined again by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience, accesibility, and inclusive design extraordinaire. We continue our discussion from episode 31, and talk more about what it means to design a product or service in an ‘inclusive’…
Sound-byte 004: Spring LAN games
Jun 12, 2018 • 11 min
What games were we playing at our LAN last weekend?
043: Nintendo vs. The Internet
Jun 5, 2018 • 37 min
In another ‘Octal FM are Nintendo fanboys’ episode, we take a look back at the often overlooked history of Nintendo and the Internet. It involves satellites beaming games down to a virtual village on your SNES.
Sound-byte 003: Avengers: Infinity War
May 29, 2018 • 11 min
We’ve been to the cinema again, but this time we’ve seen the same film.
042: A Mostly Harmless Episode
May 22, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode we tell the story of the Elite game series and our story of playing the original together back at school, and some bits about the space-sim genre as a whole.The Guardian excerpt from Backroom Boys about David Braben and Ian Bell.Elite…
Sound-byte 002: Pacific Rim Uprising, Ready Player One
May 15, 2018 • 12 min
We’ve both been to the cinema. Sefran saw Pacific Rim Uprising, Jalada saw Ready Player One.
041: Once more, Into the Breach
May 8, 2018 • 36 min
Back again with another indie review, we discuss one of Sefran’s most anticipated games of 2018; Into the Breach.Into the Breach is by Subset Games.Their previous game is FTL: Faster Than Light.In the show we compare it to Advance Wars.The music was…
Sound-byte 001: Pyre, Code Geass
May 1, 2018 • 9 min
Jalada’s been playing Pyre. Sefran went to the cinema to see Code Geass.
040: Putting our corporate hats on
Apr 24, 2018 • 32 min
In this episode we take a moment to be introspective and set ourselves some goals for the podcast for the next three months. Listen along, and hold us accountable!Increase our social presence by posting regular content, posting snippets of the show, and…
039: Octal FM B-side
Apr 10, 2018 • 38 min
In this episode of Octal FM we discuss and review Celeste, a game about climbing a mountain.Celeste is made by Matt Makes Games and is on Twitter at @celeste_game.Their previous game was Towerfall Ascension.The music is by Lena Raine, @kuraine on…
038: こんにちは!
Mar 27, 2018 • 38 min
We’re back to discussing Japan in this episode; this time it’s Jalada’s turn as he has just come back from a two week trip to Tokyo and Kyoto.Links from the episode:Thermae-Yu: Onsen in Shinjuku. Google Maps.Akihabara UDX parking.Jalada on InstagramWe…
037: Caffeinated
Mar 13, 2018 • 39 min
In this episode we try to be as un-snobby as possible, whilst talking about how to get into coffee as a hobby.Live in the UK and want to get coffee delivered to your house? Sign up at Taylor St Roasted using the promo code OCTALFM to get your first bag…
036: Hey, Listen!
Feb 27, 2018 • 41 min
In this episode of Octal FM, we discuss our two favourite games from one of our favourite series of all time; The Legend of Zelda.The best way to play Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask is the 3DS remakes:Buy Ocarina of Time 3DS*Buy Majora’s Mask 3DS*Intro…
035: Kimi no na wa.
Feb 13, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode we discuss the hit anime film Your Name*.Your Name was released in 2016.It earned over $300m at the box office.The film Sefran saw in the cinema after Your Name was Napping Princess.
034: Unity Whispering
Jan 30, 2018 • 46 min
In this episode of Octal FM we’re joined by Louise Swift, a software developer & fellow nerd who recently worked on a project using the Unity game engine.Louise works for No Mayo DigitalFollow Louise on the interwebs:TwitterMediumlouiseswift.com
033: MMOs in Disguise
Jan 16, 2018 • 37 min
In this episode we discuss the emerging trend of adding massively multiplayer features to games that otherwise might be single player. Is this something we want to see more? Or is it just a way of extracting more ‘value’ from gamers?GTA 5 has sold-in over…
032: Games of 2018
Jan 2, 2018 • 42 min
Happy New Year everyone! In this episode we are joined again by Antonia, who last joined us to talk about Stardew Valley. This time, the three of us discuss some of the video games we’re most looking forward to in 2018.Sefran: Far Cry 5, Into the breach,…
031: HCI and UX with Elizabeth Chesters
Dec 19, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we are joined by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience consultant, human-computer interaction student, and software developer. We ask her about her job, what HCI is, and what’s in store in the future for how we interact with our…
030: An act of God
Dec 5, 2017 • 44 min
In this episode we’re joined by our friend Tom, aka @x5315. Tom co-created Twitterfall with Jalada back in 2009.To follow up from Episode 25 where Jalada talked about building Twitterfall, Tom is here to tell us the story from his point of view, and what…
029: Homeworld, Zero Dawn
Nov 21, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode of Octal FM, the two of us catch up and talk about what games we’ve been playing.Jalada has been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn (affiliate link, proceeds go to Octal FM).Horizon is powered by Guerilla’s own game engine, Decima.Sefran has been…
028: Konnichiwa!
Nov 7, 2017 • 42 min
In this episode Sefran talks about visiting his favourite place in the world; Japan. We chat about what it’s like to visit, the things you should know before going, and what it was like when Sefran visited for the first time.
027: Jump to it
Oct 24, 2017 • 41 min
In this episode we return to the topic of platformers. All the things we love, some of the things we hate.Not much in the way of notes for this episode; we really just sit back and have a bit of a chat. Enjoy!
026: Junk food gaming
Oct 10, 2017 • 38 min
In this episode of Octal FM we kick back and reminisce about all the MMOs we’ve played in the past.Earth & BeyondReview from IGN in 2002Ragnarok OnlineEVE OnlineEVE Online is F2PLord of the Rings OnlineAionFinal Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
025: Building Twitterfall
Sep 26, 2017 • 38 min
In 2009 Jalada spent 2 hours building a website that would ultimately end up shaping his entire career. In this episode of Octal FM we tell you the story of that website.Twitterfall on WikipediaTwitterfall co-founder Tom Brearley on TwitterTwitterfall…
024: Gamers shaping games
Sep 12, 2017 • 37 min
In this episode Jalada and Sefran sit back and chat about how gamers shape games through coming up with challenges, speedruns, or rewriting the games themselves through modding.Playtonic games announcing tweaks to Yooka Laylee for speedrunners.Super Mario…
023: The Best Ever – Super Mario
Aug 29, 2017 • 38 min
In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in the Super Mario series is the best; Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island?
022: Back this podcast today!
Aug 15, 2017 • 37 min
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.“Early Access popularity growing, but only 25% have…
021: A wild Pokémon master appears!
Aug 1, 2017 • 43 min
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.Follow Marti:YouTube – Virtual…
020: Enter the Matrix
Jul 18, 2017 • 36 min
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.Oculus RiftHTC…
019: The ‘in-game’ illusion
Jul 4, 2017 • 39 min
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…
018: Is the 3D platformer dead?
Jun 20, 2017 • 37 min
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 BrosCrocMetroid and CastlevaniaCrash BandicootRogue-likes such as Spelunky and Rogue…
017: Press play to continue
Jun 6, 2017 • 35 min
In this episode we talk all about the state of difficulty in video games. Are they too easy? Too hard? Does it matter?Rubber banding.“The Noobification of games”, a clip from Pure Pwnage: Teh Movie.Super Guide.Intro music: JACKS – Runaway FashionOutro…
016: Our favourite video game music
May 23, 2017 • 45 min
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.Mario GalaxyListen: Gusty Garden…
015: The art of video game music
May 9, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode we pick out some of our favourite uses of music in video games.The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker combatVideo of an example of combat with audio ‘accents’ (minor Wind Waker spoilers)Listen: Middle Boss BattleFinal Fantasy VIComposed by Nobuo…
014: Internet all the Things!
Apr 25, 2017 • 31 min
We discuss how lives are becoming more internet connected, the history and hype around ‘smart homes’, and generally demystify the Internet of Things.Further reading:X10 ProtocolSustainable Smart Home and Home Automation: Big Data Analytics…
013: Video games; the new spectator sport?
Apr 11, 2017 • 40 min
In this episode we take a deeper look at eSports and how it compares to more traditional sporting events.Inside Fnatic’s Bunkr, the World’s First eSports StoreeSports news on ESPNLoading BarIntro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
012: Why are mobile games so rubbish?
Mar 28, 2017 • 42 min
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.81% of the UK population own a smartphone according to…
011: Playing favourites
Mar 14, 2017 • 53 min
In another case of ‘Jalada and Sefran weren’t paying attention to the episode timer’, this bonus-length episode is all about our favourite video game consoles.Nintendo GameBoySega GameGearNintendo 64PlayStation 4Joint favourite: Nintendo GameCubeIn the…
010: Let’s talk MOBAs
Feb 28, 2017 • 35 min
Tom (‘modest’ on Summoner’s Rift) joins Jalada and Sefran to talk about MOBAs; what they are, where they came from, and why they’re so much fun.We touch on League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Defense of the Ancients, DOTA 2, and Smite.Feel free to be…
009: Molyneux management
Feb 14, 2017 • 40 min
Jalada and Sefran explain why community management is so important in the development and maintaining of video games, from the perspective of video gamers.7 Days to Die developer blogExamples of less-than-ideal pre-launch management: Spore, Fable, No…
008: Tending our turnips
Jan 31, 2017 • 34 min
Antonia joins us for this episode where we discuss what makes life-sim games appealing, and why Stardew Valley is such a great example of one.Steam best sellers of 2016.Other examples of life-sims: Animal Crossing, The Sims, Farming Simulator, and of…
007: From Pandemics to Werewolves
Jan 17, 2017 • 53 min
Episode seven is a bonus length episode all about board gaming. From traditional co-operative games like Pandemic, to fast-paced social games like One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Jalada and Sefran break into this huge topic with a summary overview of some of…
006: How do I LAN?!
Jan 3, 2017 • 35 min
Jalada and Sefran talk further about what you need to think about when running your own LAN, as well as discussing some of the history of LAN parties and events and the state of the community today.We cover a lot in the show, but there’s a lot more to it.…
005: What makes a good LAN party game?
Dec 20, 2016 • 37 min
Jalada and Sefran explain, with examples, some of the aspects of games that work well at LAN parties.We touch on a whole bunch of games in this show, but in particular we highlight:Borderlands and Borderlands 2.Heroes of the Storm.Towerfall.Team Fortress…
004: RTS for short
Dec 6, 2016 • 38 min
Jalada and Sefran chat about six of their favourite genre-defining real-time strategy games.Related reading from the show:Real-time strategy on WikipediaMetagamingAge of Empires 2How to play it: Try Age of Empires 2 HD, the 2013 remake.HomeworldHow to…
003: The Best Ever – The Elder Scrolls
Nov 22, 2016 • 35 min
In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in The Elder Scrolls series is the best; Oblivion or Skyrim?Related reading from the show:IMDB page for OblivionIMDB page for SkyrimProcedural terrain sculpting in…
002: How could we forget Cortana?
Nov 8, 2016 • 36 min
Jalada and Sefran discuss voice-activated home assistants. We have a chat about what they are, how they work, and where we think the technology is going in the future.The two main devices we talk about are Amazon Echo* and Google Home.We also reference…
001: Hero Mode activated
Oct 25, 2016 • 35 min
In this episode of Octal FM, Jalada tells Sefran what he thinks of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U.Spoiler warning: Contains minor spoilers about Twilight Princess and a general discussion of the Zelda timeline.Related reading from…
000: No Man’s Reboot
Oct 11, 2016 • 30 min
Welcome to Octal FM! After introducing your hosts, we dissect the PS4/PC game No Man’s Sky.Related reading from the show:FreelancerStar CitizenElite: DangerousJourneySporeProcedural generationNo Man’s Sky stats on SteamSpyDiablo 3Diablo 3’s loot 2.0 patch…