PAL Keys

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I talk to Guests with their Favourite Games & Bosses.


50: ‘Bring on the Wall!’ with Ryan Lambie.
Dec 5 • 70 min
Ryan is the Editor of Wireframe Magazine, an outlet that only began in November of last year. We talk about his history, his career at Den of Geek, Wireframe, and even a game about the Berlin Wall. Wireframe Magazine Wireframe on Twitter Ryan on Twitter…
49: ‘Ultra Delta 64’ with Riley Testut.
Nov 29 • 71 min
I’ve always loved the idea of emulators, from playing a game on a system you didn’t think would be possible, to how one could improve a game from long ago. Riley has been making ‘Delta‘ the last few years, the successor to his previous emulator,…
48: ‘Sonic Boom’ with Wesley Yin-Poole.
Nov 21 • 89 min
Wes has been the Deputy Editor of Eurogamer since 2010, and before that, was the Deputy Editor for ‘Videogamer.com’. I first came across his work when I read his article speaking of the history of Tomb Raider way back in 2016. You can probably guess we…
47: ‘I Am The Eggman’ with Phil Hayton.
Nov 15 • 89 min
We began with Irn Bru, and from then on, a good chat was had. Phil is a freelance writer residing in Scotland, and we talk about his history in the freelance game so far, alongside mental health, writing, MediEvil and the current remaster/remake releases,…
46: ‘An Umbrella Tale’ with Luke Kemp.
Nov 8 • 63 min
Luke is a freelance writer who currently contributes to Official PlayStation Magazine & Eurogamer. From issue 318 until its last edition last year, he was also a contributor to GamesMaster magazine. We talk about how he manages his writing career with a…
45: ‘Extractor Fan’ with Rob Leane.
Nov 1 • 86 min
Rob is the Gaming Editor of Den of Geek, who has headed up the position since the beginning of the year. He’s managed to curate many interesting pieces to the section across the year so far, some examples of which are below. We talk about his career…
44: ‘Urban Fragments’ with Adam Ismail.
Oct 25 • 82 min
After guesting on Time Extend in July, the plan was always for both hosts to come on the show, and this week it’s now fully occurred. Adam is a full-time journalist for Tom’s Guide, a tech site I’ve been following for years, and without realizing, reading…
43: ‘The Blue Man’ with Jennifer.
Oct 20 • 93 min
Jennifer is a freelance writer who currently resides in Hamburg. She is one of the hosts of the ‘Caffeinated Bantercast’ podcast, a weekly show all about games that began over a year ago and has been going from strength to strength. We talk about her…
42: ‘NGP’ with Lewis White.
Oct 11 • 79 min
Lewis has been writing on and off for the last 5 years, and since then he’s ascended to be the Gaming Editor at MSPoweruser and killing it, smartly reformatting the section to be a one-stop place for all the best gaming articles he finds and curates. But…
41: ‘A Gaiages Quest’ with Elizabeth Henges.
Oct 5 • 55 min
I first met Liz through the fantastic ‘Into the Spine‘ earlier this year, and through Twitter, I’ve been trying to keep up with the articles she has been publishing through so many outlets. We talk through her writing history, freelancing in general, and…
40: ‘The Akēdo Curator’ with Toby Rovezzano.
Sep 27 • 63 min
Since 2016 Toby has been creating and managing his own gaming bar in Lincoln; Akēdo. Based at 13 Corporation Street, it’s a place where anyone can just walk in, have a drink, and pick a favourite game to play on for the evening. After traveling for eight…
39: ‘A Work of Box Art’ with Elijah Beahm.
Sep 21 • 63 min
Elijah is a writer, but also a YouTuber, where he takes on the form of the ‘Unabridged Gamer‘, where it was his Star Wars videos that caught my eye, and I found myself watching them all over a weekend. His work has been on Escapist, Unwinnable,…
38: ‘A Warr in the Freezer’ with Steve Warr.
Sep 12 • 78 min
I first came across Steve’s YouTube channel when I spotted a retweet of his ‘Last Revelation: Part 1‘ video. He is currently in the midsts of a ‘Tomb Raider Retrospective‘ series, of which I’ve watched each one, at least three times over, and some just as…
37: ‘Blue Swirl’ with Andrew Dickinson.
Sep 5 • 68 min
We are a few days from the twentieth anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast (9/9/1999), a console that’s still fondly remembered, from its history to what could have been. Andrew knows all about this, as he’s in the middle of completing a book about it;…
36: ‘Sonic & Moonwalker’ with Brendan Rorrison.
Aug 29 • 77 min
I first came across the ‘Time Extend‘ podcast when it appeared in my ‘Recommended‘ section in Overcast, and since then I’ve listened whenever a new episode appeared in my feed. Brendan and Adam co-host the show, and after guesting on it, I thought it only…
35: ‘The Suit’ with Andrew Elmore.
Aug 22 • 67 min
Andrew is a very talented graphic designer who currently works at Bungie, a company responsible for Destiny 2 and before that, the Halo series and much more. We talk about his fantastic album inspired by Ridge Racer 4, alongside his graphic designs, and…
34: ‘Starboard’ with Elliot Gardner.
Aug 16 • 66 min
A talented freelance writer who has found his voice on many outlets in the last few years. We talk about his beginnings, an article he’s been proud of the most so far, alongside much more. Elliot’s Portfolio. Elliot on Twitter. Support the podcasts on…
33: ‘Out of Office’ with Andi Hamilton.
Aug 9 • 84 min
Andi has been freelancing for roughly 15 years, writing reviews, features and much more. But for now he’s currently taking a break from it all to work a steady wage, and we get right into why. From Resident Evil, to Street Fighter and Dark Souls, we go…
32: ‘The Hall of Heroes’ with Olly Smith.
Aug 2 • 67 min
Olly is a talented freelance writer who only started his career last year. But when he has an idea that just doesn’t fit for an outlet, he writes it on his own site; ‘Olly Writes‘. We talk about his writing, the fantastic pieces he’s written so far, and a…
31: ‘A Hope of Threeie’ with Mitchell Wolfe.
Jul 26 • 67 min
After guesting on the Super Jump podcast and James guesting a fortnight ago, it only made sense to bring on Mitchell, the producer of the podcast to Super Jump Magazine. A soon-to-be masters-graduate in Games Design, on the side he completely manages the…
30: ‘The Hum in the Fridge’ with Brett Claxton.
Jul 19 • 82 min
Brett is the partnership & creative manager for GameByte, a site that is blazing past long-established sites in terms of views, and as the site is mainly based in Manchester, it only made sense for him to come and visit me, to record this episode in…
29: ‘Evergreen Library’ with James Burns.
Jul 14 • 74 min
By day James is a product manager but by night and weekends, he is the Editor-in-Chief of Super Jump Magazine, a fantastic outlet hosted on Medium. We talk about its 3-year history so far, alongside James’ gaming history, and we also talk about Nintendo…
28: ‘Threens on Switch’ with Dave Aubrey.
Jul 5 • 60 min
Dave is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, where for the last six years, has been freelancing for a fair few outlets, most recently WccfTech & Pocket Gamer. Throughout the hour we go into his history with games, the elusive rumors that we used to…
27: ‘Two Hearts Rapid’ with Doug Walsh.
Jun 28 • 68 min
I came across Doug and his book, ‘The Walkthrough’ when he was interviewed on Kotaku. Since then I’ve bought it and read it twice over, and asked if he’d like to come onto the show. Doug is a travelling author with his wife, and, without spoiling the…
26: ‘Infada Arts’ with Jason Chester.
Jun 21 • 52 min
We first met at the ‘Tomb Raider Suite’ Reception in 2016 with his partner in crime, and the first guest of the show; Phease! Ever since then we’ve had a lot of great chats about the series and just, life in general. I also guested on their ‘The Vault‘…
25: ‘PSG-1’ with Zac Cichy.
Jun 13 • 71 min
After appearing on #32 of The Outpost Show last year, Zac comes back on to PAL Keys to essentially carry on the conversation of games that we began at the end of that episode. We cover his San Jose visit to WWDC last week, while we also give our thoughts…
24: ‘Cetus Amicus’ with James Batchelor.
Jun 6 • 115 min
James is the UK Editor for ‘Gamesindustry.biz’, and before that was at Develop, MCV, and even an intern at PC Gamer back in 2006. On the side, he also has a podcast called ‘Bond and Beyond’ which he hosts with his friend Alex, alongside his ‘Non-Violent…
23: ‘Whether Tetchier’ with Lauren Aitken.
May 31 • 69 min
Lauren is mainly the ambassador for The Witcher 3. Also, she is the ‘guides writer’ for VG247, a gaming site that I’ve been reading up on for a fair few years now. Lauren went from freelancing on the side, to going for it and landing the job at VG247 just…
22: ‘Tangents’ with Richie Morgan.
May 24 • 147 min
Richie is a fantastic freelance videographer in Scotland where he’s created footage for the Glasgow Film Festival, Drygate, Channel 4, and most recently a music video for Broken Charter. In this longest episode yet of the show, we go all into his gaming…
21: ‘Tuna & Smarties’ with Daley Kong.
May 17 • 86 min
In the space of five years, Daley went from bartending and writing for websites, to becoming the Engagement Director for Playtonic Games. We talk all about her history so far, her time at Rare, her time at Playtonic now, and what we would like to see from…
20: ‘Mount Ebott’ with Vicky / MokkaQuill.
May 10 • 53 min
GameByte is a site I’ve been following over the last year, alongside their YouTube channel. Since subscribing to their podcast I’ve been wanting to invite Vicky onto the show, mainly due to her great talents as an artist and how she has been managing the…
19: ‘Super Spence Land’ with Gavin Spence.
May 2 • 88 min
It all began last year when he appeared on Chris Scullion’s ‘Tired Old Hack Podcast‘ with previous PAL Keys guest Simon Marshall. At the old day job soon after listening to the above, I spent an entire week listening to multiple past ‘Geshcast‘ episodes,…
18: ‘Castle of Gippli’ with Stuart Gipp.
Apr 25 • 82 min
We first started talking when Stuart asked for ideas for games to put on his new PS Classic. Since then I’ve discovered how Stuart has been heavily involved in Sonic the Comic Online, Retronauts, and lots more with his great talents in art and writing. We…
17: ‘Tartarus’ with Charlotte Cutts.
Apr 19 • 60 min
Charlotte has written for VG47, Destructoid and many more, and is a talking head on the Cane and Rinse podcast. This is an episode where we talk all about writing for sites when in a totally different country, alongside working a full-time job. I also get…
16: ‘Sherlock Snake’ with Ben McCarthy.
Apr 12 • 73 min
Ben is the developer of Obscura, a fantastic camera app which I use much more than the stock camera app from Apple these days. We, shockingly, go all into Ben’s history with Metal Gear, his favourite moments of the series, what he would like to see next…
15: ‘Shuriken’ with Vic Hood.
Apr 7 • 81 min
Now that EGX Rezzed 2019 is over, it’s time for a chat with the ‘Possum Leader‘, the constant rising star of Games Journalism in the UK, and someone who’s always been willing to listen for when times have been challenging to many of us freelance writers.…
14: ‘Great King of Evil’, with Matt Gemmell.
Mar 29 • 100 min
Another returnee appears on the show, previously appearing on #17 of Outpost Show. A talented writer and novelist, with his latest novel in his ‘KESTREL‘ series; ‘TOLL‘, being released last December with book 3 already in the works. We talk about our love…
13: ‘Compendium’, with Chris Scullion.
Mar 27 • 98 min
We previously spoke on an episode of Outpost Show last year in May, and since then he’s seen his daughter come into the world, move house, revamp his ‘Tired Old Hack‘ site, and complete his first book, the ‘NES Encyclopedia‘ guide which comes out on the…
12: ‘Taxman’, with Jason Coles.
Mar 22 • 61 min
Jason is someone who I met through the infamous ‘Into the Spine‘ group, and since then we’ve been talking about the writing, pitching, and everything else to do with freelancing since. Juggling many pies with being a personal trainer, a recent father, and…
11: ‘Tappy Toyts’, with Kieran McClung.
Mar 15 • 92 min
A different one this time, due to the fact we’ve known each other since College twelve years ago, have lived together, and I also attended his wedding last year. A talented graphic & web designer and emerging writer for his recent work on Next Gen Base,…
10: ‘Chaos Canon’, with Simon Thomley.
Mar 7 • 101 min
Simon (Stealth) is a gentleman who, like me, grew up with Sonic. Through his talents at programming, it led to creating an incredible amount of hacks with Sonic, from Knuckles in Sonic 1 to much-improved ports to what was originally released at retail.…
9: ‘DDR Dance Mats’, with Alonzorion.
Feb 28
Alonzorion is a YouTuber who I found while I was procrastinating from finishing an assignment at University back in 2013. A fantastic individual with a great drive for this, he’s been on the site for nearly a decade, always putting on a good show for his…
8: ‘Ducking & Pitching’, with Jordan Oloman.
Feb 22
Jordan is someone who has been killing it with the freelance writing these last twelve months. Having recently graduated with a Masters in Journalism, he’s written for the Daily Star, IGN, Rock Paper Shotgun, and many more so far. He also runs a site…
7: ‘An Awakening’, with Matt Birchler.
Feb 14
Previously! This week a Nintendo Direct was announced and shown, and it wasn’t until the end that a remake of Link’s Awakening was announced for the Nintendo Switch. With that, Matt joins me to also gush over the original on the Game Boy, alongside…
6: ‘A Crash Course’, with Natasha Radmehr.
Feb 7 • 81 min
Previously! The long-awaited follow-up where Natasha returns, and after her spending the last month with a remade trilogy, we break it all down and find out just why the first entry is her favourite game. We go into the topics of remakes, nostalgia,…
5: ‘Shadow Foundry’, with John Linneman.
Jan 31 • 70 min
John is a writer and videographer for Eurogamer and Digital Foundry, based in Germany. I’ve been a fan of John’s ‘DF Retro‘ series since it began in July of 2016, and subsequently it was great to have him on to chat about his history with Digital Foundry,…
4: ‘Grand Theft FighterZ’, with Simon Marshall.
Jan 24 • 63 min
Simon is someone I met through Dragon Ball FighterZ mainly, and before that, his appearance on Chris Scullon’s Tired Old Hack podcast. We go though his favourite game first and foremost, where I mentioned about my favourite mods for it and its previous…
3: ‘Rogue Agents’, with Liam Robertson.
Jan 17 • 63 min
Liam has been someone I’ve been following for the last few years, ever since I spotted his video about Rogue Squadron and the cancelled plans for a Wii release. Even though he has a day-job, he’s been killing it by publishing videos on YouTube that have…
2: ‘Pringles’, with Victoria Pheasey.
Jan 10 • 64 min
We start the series properly with someone I met through Tomb Raider! We chat for the first twenty minutes about how we met, and our experiences with writing in general. It culminates in what Vic’s favourite game and boss stage is, alongside some thoughts…
1: Introduction.
Jan 6 • 8 min
Welcome to PAL Keys! The second podcast has arrived, and I explain just what this show will entail in this introductory episode. *The feed is yet to appear on iTunes, but for now you can use the below URL to subscribe in your podcast app of choice.*…