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Mar 8, 2019

The RGDS boys sit down to chat about memories of PC gaming during the 90’s and the numerous Hardware upgrades they purchased to play the latest and greatest games.


Hear why Matt L can’t be trusted to buy a good Graphics card, why Drisky was king of the gaming world (for a while at least), why Kingy overpays for corporate junk and Matt A believes the PC’s time is now (as well as then…).


If you played PC games in the 90’s and know your RTS from FPS, your 3DFX from PhysX and your HBP from your AGP, you’ll have a blast dipping back in time with this episode.







Feb 22, 2019

Kingy is joined by special guest, Will Brooker to discuss the phenomena of "Filling in the Blanks" in gaming. Where the imagination takes over the experience suggested in the particular game.

This episode is based around the 8-bit era where the games were a lot more basic and the players own imagination took the game to a new level.

Will has submitted an academic paper on this very topic and discusses it in the show.

Twitter details

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Follow Kingy on @uvtkingy

Follow Will on @willbrooker


Show notes:-

Details of Will's Spectrum documentary (as discussed in the episode)

I’m currently filming my first round of interviews with Spectrum gamers - people local to me who can fund their own travel to the university - and I’m going to apply for funding to cover the costs of more distant interviews.

In the meantime I’m inviting Spectrum gamers to mail me their video memories. Here’s what I’ve sent my respondents so far.

We can ask your listeners to send in their videos, and they can check details in the show notes.



The end goal for this project is a short film about Spectrum fans which will be screened at the Centre for Computing History as part of their 2020 Spectrum anniversary celebrations. It may also be screened and hosted elsewhere -- I'll keep you informed if that happens. I'll be gathering material over a long period, with the aim of having the film edited in 2020-2021. I should be able to show you clips before that.


I'm currently interviewing fans who live close to me, and then I will be applying for funding to cover the cost of interviewing more distant fans. I hope I may also be able to interview you face to face.


Meanwhile, if you are willing, I'd like you to submit your responses to some questions by video. The questions are at the bottom of this email.


This can be as simple as you like -- no problem with using a phone, though if you have other camera equipment, please feel free to use it. The videos will be compiled into my documentary film as a montage of responses, so a mixture of different styles and quality will be fine.


Feel free to film your responses to them separately or all at once. There is no right or wrong way of doing this -- just please make sure that I can hear you clearly with no background noise, that you're well-lit and in focus.


If you want to include your own Spectrum and original cassettes in the video, please do.


Once you've filmed your responses, please upload them to

and send them to me at (My gmail account has more room than my work one).


Or you can attach them directly to an email and send them to me at


Thanks very much for taking part, and if you have any questions, do let me know.

I'll very much appreciate all contributions.

Questions for Spectrum fans

1. Your name, your age now, and where you’re from.

2. What Spectrum did you first have, and when? How old were you?

3. What did the Spectrum mean to you?

4. What were your favourite games?

5. Please read podcaster Gordon King’s review of Avalon here.  He talks about how he was entirely drawn into the world, experiencing fear and shivering in the cold dungeon.

Did you feel immersed like this in any games? Please say as much as you want.

6. What do you remember about the role the Spectrum played in your friendships and family relationships? (For instance, swapping games with friends, two-player mode with a brother or sister; your parents buying you games for Christmas; taking the Spectrum to a grandma’s house or on holiday...?) Say as much as you want.

7. Can you still experience the magic and wonder of the Spectrum in the 80s, or is it something of a specific time, which has now been lost?

Please feel free to send any photos of yourself from the time, and/or you at the Spectrum, your bedroom, Spectrum games from the time – or, even better, video from the time that you are happy for me to use.

Feb 8, 2019

In this episode Drisky and Kingy hark back to a time when the arcade was still king and we all coveted home ports of our favourite coin guzzlers. The lad’s champion what they think are some of the best arcade to home conversions on the Commodore Amiga.

Games featured in this episode are:




Rainbow Islands


Saint Dragon


Super Hang On

Show notes:-

Heart of Neon documentary

Andrew Braybrook blog on Rainbow Islands

Afterburner Amiga (Activision)

Afterburner Amiga (sega)

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Jan 25, 2019

Welcome back to RGDS. We’ve deployed our R.G.D.S Bravo team of Matt A, Matt L and Jon back to the Spencer Mansion to battle the evil demons of destruction, in celebration of the newly released Resident Evil 2 Remake.

The boys discuss their favourite memories of the original Resident Evil, the 1996 seminal Survival Horror experience for PS1, Saturn and PC, memories of acquiring via slightly dodgy means on Import 6 months before a PAL release, and Matt A had a few nightmares he’d like to forget about.

We also give a quick run through some of the games that inspired the original RE, and a round-up of the immediate sequels.

If you like Shotguns, Tyrants, and a Jill Sandwich, this is the podcast for you.

Follow - 





Original BIOHAZARD Trailer that came on the disc for Street Fighter Zero (Alpha) in Japan -


Jan 11, 2019

In this episode Drisky and Kingy look at a whole host of clandestine espionage games, covering a multitude of genres and systems. Expect much cloak & dagger discussions and many games secrets passed back and forth between our RGDS secret agents.


Games covered in this episode are:-


Perfect Dark




Covert Action

Spy Vs Spy

Sly Spy

Show notes:-

Captain MaCaw game on Steam...

We have a competition to win a key for the upcoming game.

#RGDScompo on twitter and tell us why you'd like to win this key.

Winner will be chosen on Friday 18th January.


Tuckersoft pop up store -

Tuckersoft website -


Golden Eye easter egg ZX Spectrum Emulator -


Dec 21, 2018

Here in Retro RGDS towers, Jon, Kingy and Drisky chat through some of their favourite Christmassy games, fondly remembered toys and wonderful video gaming related movies to get us all in the Christmas cheer.  We then round out talking about two of our favourite xmas video game magazines of years past.

So merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at RGDS.

Show Notes:

Magazines of Xmas past, two our favourites are chatted about.

Your Sinclair - Issue 25

Amiga Power - Issue 20

Dec 14, 2018

Hello its another fab episode of RGDS, here the boys don their Fedoras and set on the case to find some of the best Retro detective games out there.

So come and join in on the hunt of these classic games.

Show Notes
Batman : The Caped Crusader (Spectrum / C64)

Broken Sword : Shadow of the Templars

Cruise For A Corpse (Amiga)

DiscWorld Noir (PC)

Gabriel Knight 2 : The Beast Within

MOVIE (Spectrum)

Sam & Max : Hit The Road (PC)

PDF of Sam & Max Surfin the highway:

Example of the Lucas Arts News Letter the Adventurer:  <-- All issues here

Sam & Max  Cartoon:
Season 1

Sherlock (Spectrum)

Creepy Watson Video

Tex Murphy : The Pandora Directive (PC)

Tex Murphy Radio Theater

Nov 30, 2018

Kingy is joined by friend of the show Daz from Arcade Perfect Podcast.

The lads flip their balls in a quest to find out if the transition of such a wonderful tactile game to video screen is achievable. They start at the early years and move through the decade in hope of finding pinball greatness in their own homes.


Follow RGDS on Twitter -  @rgdspodcast

Follow Kingy - @uvtkingy

Follow Daz - @dazau78

Follow Arcade Perfect - @arcade_perfect_


Show notes - Primus pinball table -






Nov 16, 2018

In this episode Richard, Paul and Aaron take a look at the Amiga's Fighting game library and discuss the best games in the genre for the platform.


To enter the competition, please send us your answer on twitter with #RGDSComp hashtag attached or leave us a message on our facebook.


Barbarian remake:
International Karate Plus Plus:
Fighting Warriors:


Richard Yaxley @RetroRic79

Pauls Driscoll @TheDrisk

Aaron White @aaronub4t

Nov 2, 2018

Kingy is joined by Drisk as they cover the topic of hidden gems on the ZX Spectrum.  

It's all to common to chat about the top 50 titles. What about the underdogs which are every bit as good?  This episode is dedicated to them.

Games covered in the episode are:-


Mighty Magus

Tornado Low Level


Worse Things Happen at Sea


Roller Coaster

Strike Force Cobra

Contact Sam Cruise

Mutant Monty


As some bonus content, there is also a review of Andy Remic's sequel to Memoirs of a Spectrum Addict called "Load 2".  Stay tuned after the main episode to listen to Kingy share his views on it.

Check out the movie site here -


Links mentioned in the show:-

Dragons Lair: Legend

Captain MaCaw by Auld Games

Kingy's Remake of Brainstorm for Windows

Kingy's words on Rapscallion


Follow RGDS on Twitter @RGDSpodcast

Follow Kingy on Twitter @UVTkingy

Follow Drisk on Twitter @TheDrisk

Oct 19, 2018



In this episode, Kingy is joined by Vic from Ten Pence Arcade Podcast to go over this loved but less spoken about 8-bit home computer.

The lads go over their own personal experiences of the system and go through their chosen list of favourite games.


Show notes:-

Play a vast collection of BBC games in your browser at :- - this is an awesome site.  Also check out Richard Broadhurst's  amazing arcade ports by typing his name in the search.


Granny's Garden for PC link -

If you fancy a Windows remake of Imogen - check out for their brilliant version of it.

Vic recommended any BBC enthusiasts to visit  for a great community keeping the spirit of the system alive.

Drisky recommended for everything Elite.

Kingy mentioned the Exile Novella for those who never got a chance to read it back in the day -

The tank/helicopter game on the Archimedes that was like Virus was called Conqueror -


Follow RGDS on Twitter on @RGDSpodcast

Follow Kingy on Twitter @ UVTkingy

Follow Vic/Ten Pence Arcade on Twitter @tenpencearcade




Oct 5, 2018

The Drisk and Kingy return for an epic second part of this series. We enter the 90's, we enter the age of 3D racing. Be sure to listen to our previous episode (part 1) to get the full appreciated of this series.  It's been a long journey, but we @RGDSpodcast think the lads have included a killer list of games in this discussion.


The games included are:-

Indy 500

Hard Drivin'

Stunt Car Racer


Lotus Turbo Esprit 1 & 2

Road Rash

Virtua Racing

Mario Kart



Ridge Racer

Sega Rally

Need for Speed

Gran Turismo

Crazy Taxi


Burnout 1&2

Project Gotham 2

Outrun 2


Show note links:-

Info on Stunt Car Racer TNT mod:-

Take That playing Virtua Racing:-




Follow us on Twitter @RGDSpodcast

Follow Drisk - @thedrisk

Follow Kingy - @uvtkingy






Sep 24, 2018

SEGA Megadrive at 30 


Paul, Aaron, Ric and Garron talk about their memories of the SEGA Megadrive as this mighty console turns 30, from their introductions to the console and it’s various add ons to the games they remember the most. 


This is the third of our Megadrive trilogy, take a listen to the previous two shows if you have missed them. 


Follow the team on twitter at







And on Facebook at


Some links mentioned in the show. 

Ric’s Megadrive youtube mods


Our chums over at maximum power up have a great show about SEGA power magazine check it out here 

Aug 31, 2018

Continuing on with our celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive, Matt Lambourne is joined by our very own Richard Yaxley and with very special guest Darren Browne aka King Monkey.


Follow the lads on twitter -





The games discussed in this episode are:-



Battle Mania Daiginjo


Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse


Devilish: The Next Possession


EA Hockey




Gunstar Heroes




Insector X


Jordan vs Bird: One on One


Kid Chameleon


The Lost World: Jurassic Park


Magical Flying Turbo Hat Adventure!_Daibouken


The NewZealand Story


Olympic Gold


Panorama Cotton


Quackshot Starring Donald Duck


Red Zone


Sonic the Hedgehog 2








WWF Super Wrestlemania


X-Men 2: Clone Wars


Ys III: Wanderers from Ys



Grumpy Retro Gamers (Olympic Gold Video)


Aug 13, 2018

Welcome to the first of several episodes that RGDS will be releasing to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Sega Mega Drive in Japan, hosted by our very own Matt L.


The Mega Drive was a big hit amongst fans of the early grey import scene, and we thought there was nobody better to guest on the show than Colin Dimond, the former co-owner of the infamous Console Concepts import store, based in Stoke-on-Trent during the late 80’s and early 90s.


Colin gives his expert insight into the impact the MD had on the import scene, where the MD lays amongst its competitors of the time and the legacy it left on the industry.


This is a fascinating conversation, and if you enjoyed Colin’s last appearance on RGDS in EP 197 (The Golden Age of Imports), you’ll simply love this one too.







All music on this episode is sourced from YouTube channel - Savaged Regime.


The author reproduces famous video game tracks (particularly Mega Drive) using the MD’s own Yamaha 2616 sound processor, but vastly more detailed. Some of the tracks you will recognise, but will never have heard them so good!


Title music - Solar Modulation - original piece


16:10 - Track 2 - MUSHA Aleste - For the love of (YM2612 rearrangement)


30:17 - Track 3 - Mortal Kombat II - Title/Character Select (YM2612 arrangement)


43:15 - Track 4 - Sonic - Spring Yard Zone (YM2612 arrangement)


55:24 - Track 5 - Castlevania: Bloodlines - Reincarnated Soul (YM2612 arrangement)


Closing track - Vectorman - Oshin Thing/Tidal Surge (YM2612 arrangement)


Savaged Regime URL -


Aug 8, 2018

Play Expo London - Bonus Show 

Garron is  joined by Andy Brown MD of Play Expo and they chat about the London Expo on 11-12 August including a couple of reveals.  

Take a look at the website for more information. 



Print works 

Canada Water

Surrey Quays Road 

SE16 7PJ 

Jul 27, 2018

In this episode, Drisk and Kingy chat about the lesser spoken titles in the genre of platform games on the Commodore Amiga. It may have been an over-saturated category, but there were some of the best games on the system contained within.

The chosen games were (hyperlinks are within title):













Follow the show on Twitter @RGDSpodcast

Follow Drisk on Twitter @thedrisk

Follow Kingy on Twitter @UVTkingy




Jul 13, 2018

Welcome to episode 224 of RGDS Podcast, and in this episode we sit down to discuss the import war of the 32-bit era, Sega Saturn vs Sony PlayStation.


In a modern day top-trumps, Matt Aguilera sides as champion of PS1 and Aaron White puts up his dukes to protect the honour of the Sega Saturn. Popular opinion during their heyday would see PS1 win this battle hands down, particularly if sales figures have anything to do with it. However as more and more have sample the delights of each machine over the years, we feel the debate is once again wide-open.


Host of the show Matt Lambourne plays the role of independent adjudicator as the champion of each console choose their favourite titles from 11 different game genres to determine which is the greatest machine of the 32-bit age.


Stay tuned to this one, hilarity ensures as two grown men reignite playground style petty squabbles and we re-visit some amazing games of one of gaming’s greatest generations.


Contact us -







Jun 29, 2018

Hello and welcome to another episode of RGDS.   This time Kingy and The Drisk look at how the video game racing genre has evolved over its 45 year history.

This is part one that looks at the racing genre from it humble beginnings through to the end of the 1980's

Ways to Contact Us:

RGDS Podcast - @RGDSPodcast


Gordon King - @UKTKingy

Paul Driscoll - @THeDrisk


Jun 15, 2018

Hello Retro Gamers and welcome to episode 222 of RGDS.

This episode is dedicated to discussion the many Mental Health problems experience by many of us within the Retro Gaming community. From addiction, to depression and dealing with the difficulties that every day life can bare upon us, we discuss it all and leave no topic off the table.

If you believe you that your mental well being has been impacted by one of the subjects on today’s show, please reach out to some you trust. Discussing the matter is the first step towards making it better.

Resident RGDS host Matt Aguilera, who has dealt with a mental health issues for much of life has given the following book recommendation to people who wish to help themselves to improve their life.

We hope that this episode is a useful resource for people who don’t have someone to talk to about their issues, and realise that you are not alone.

Book recommendation - 

Lost Connections: Uncovering the real causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions - by Johann Hari -

Tom Charnock article - The Catharsis of selling off my games collection -

Hosts on the show;

Matt Aguilera - @matt_aguilera

Matt Lambourne - @Lambomat


Music used in this episode;

Intro music - Heart Shaped Box - Westworld season 2 soundtrack

Track 2 - Dire Dire Docks - Mario 64

Track 3 - Kakariko Village - Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Track 4 - Requiem of the Gods - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Track 5  - Paint it black - Westworld Season 1 Soundtrack

Track 6 - No Surprises - Westworld Season 1 Soundtrack

Track 7 - Intro theme - Wild Arms

Ending music - Main Theme - Metal Gear Solid 2

Jun 1, 2018

Crash, Your Spectrum/Sinclair & Sinclair User were 3 of the best selling and much loved ZX Spectrum magazines in the 80's. Rising from the emerging industry of home computer games, these giants wrote the rule book in video game journalism. 

Retro Gamer writer Graeme Mason joins Kingy and discusses the rise and fall of these publications and chat about their fond memories of them.

Follow RGDS on Twitter - @RGDSpodcast

Follow Kingy on Twitter - @UVTkingy

Follow Graeme on Twitter - @wizwords


Crash Magazine Scans

Your Spectrum Scans

Your Sinclair Scans

Sinclair User Scans


Grame's article on cover tape wars


Unclear User Parody


Knight Lore Map


Alien 8 Map


May 18, 2018
Dec 15, 2017

Hello and welcome to another episode of RGDS.   This time we battle out the best video game released in the year 1985.

Yes its another mega show, where we your humble hosts discuss and battle out the best game released in 1986.  It's an amazing year chock full of all time classics..  So come and join us to a  happier, simpler time where social networking meant going down the pub and fast food meant your Mum making you beans on toast.

Ways to Contact Us:

RGDS Podcast - @RGDSPodcast

Garron - @RetroShumper

Ric - @RetroRic79

Gordon King - @UKTKingy

Paul Driscoll - @THeDrisk


May 5, 2018

In this bonus episode Garron,  and The Drisk talk to Craig Turner all about the upcoming retro event Revival - Generation X on the 19th and 20th May in the Walsall Football Stadium (Near Birmingham UK) Post code WS1 4SA

So come and get your tickets at  before they sell out.

This event is going to be really special, so come and listen to the show, to hear the many reason why.


May 4, 2018

In this episode of RGDS, we discuss the often forgotten scene of the Amiga Public Domain and Shareware scene, that in many ways kick started the vibrant Indie scene we see today.

So come and join us as Kingy and Drisky take you through ten great examples of the day. 

We have also collected up these amazing games (and many other favourites that didn't me the show) as well for you to enjoy on an emulator.  See it as the ultimate coverdisk.  Please give these classics a try, we love to hear you memories or what you think of the games.

Also we discuss a favourite Disk magazine of the day Grapevine and have collected up every one.  This really was for many of us the internet of the day.

To play the games and disks you will need an emulator such as Win UAE.

You will also need the Kick Starters and Rom which you probably can fine... or if you want to cut out all the hassle then is a great legal emulator to use.

Show Notes:

Ultimate Guide to Amiga PD Games

Amiga 17-Bit PD Collection:

Games-X Scan Area:
As mentioned in the show, the scans are done every Saturday and can be found here...

Public Domain Games Today:

Try Kingy's own amazing public domain game When it Rains here:




Apr 20, 2018

In this episode of RGDS, we discuss the Gateway into any game its controller and how since its beginning it has evolved over time.

The Drisk hosts with Andy and Garron as we chat all about the many great (and not so great) controllers there has been over the years.







Show Notes:

We will try to link photos of many of them on our Facebook group area.


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