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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.


Apr 10, 2018

In this bonus episode Garron, Kingy and The Drisk discuss all about the new film by Steven Spielberg.   Written by Ernest Cline a fellow retro geek, the film and book celebrates all of popular culture of our childhood.

So come and listen as we talk about the film and tread lightly around the book.


Show Notes:

In the book Wade writes his own Atari VCS game called the Stacks.  Someone has turned that into a real game than is emulated here...

Ernest Cline explains every game referenced in the book (Please note only watch this if you have read the book:


Apr 6, 2018

In this episode, Garron, Paul and Gordon chat about their love for Tabletop and Handheld gaming. This includes all the classics such as Nintendo Game & Watch, Casio gaming watches and a lorry load of LCD & VFD gems. Grandstand, Epoch & Tomy are but a few names we will all be familiar with.

As said in the show, there are some really brilliant simulated versions of the games discussed. Here are the links:

Hipopotam's digitalised collection of handheld and electronic games

Madrigal's Simulator's

BMX Flyer (Web based simulator)

Mini Munchman

Other links of interest:-

Pocketeers information
Merry Go Zoo (Not Merigozu as Kingy misheard)

Follow us on Twitter...
Garron - @retroshmuper
Paul - @TheDrisk
Gordon - @UVTkingy



Mar 23, 2018

In this episode of RGDS, it’s less talk about games, and more talk about how we play them!

Andy hosts a fatal 4-way with Garron, Matt & Ric to discuss their gaming collections at large, how they setup their multiple gaming systems for use at home and what specialist equipment they use to get the job done.

From real hardware, emulation, imports and Sony Trinitrons, this episode has it all and is well worth a listen for hints and tips on how to arrange the Ultimate Retro Gaming Setup.







In episode music - 


Title track - “It doesn’t matter” (Sonic Adventure 2)


13:00 - “Iron Blue Intention” Castlevania: The New Generation)


44:40 - “My Earth’  (GROWL aka Runark)


1:14:10 - Title Theme (MUSHA Aleste)


1:33:30 - “After Burner” (After Burner 2)


1:43:10 “Top Gear Remix (Snes) - Track 1 Synthwave / Retrowave Remix” -

Mar 9, 2018


In this episode, Gordon and Andy chat about "new" Zx Spectrum Games, in which a snapshot selection of titles are chosen since the Spectrum's demise in 1992.  The homebrew scene is very much alive and hundreds of games have been released since the 8-bit system ceased in its production.


The featured games are:


Crystal Kingdom Dizzy Remake


Cannon Bubble


Alter Ego


Speccy Bros


Xelda - Quest for the Golden Apple


Mighty Final Fight


Metal Man Remixed

Paul's Metal Man YouTube review -


Castlevania - A Spectral Interlude

Official soundtrack


Los Amores de Brunilda


Gordon on Twitter - @UVTkingy

Andy on Twitter - @gettwodachoppa


Feb 23, 2018

Gordon and Garron take a trip memory down lane to the seaside arcades of their youth, chatting about their early arcade experiences as they were growing up. 

Why not take a look at our gaming series where we discuss what we feel are the best games of that year.



Arcade Club

If you like arcade games then you will love this


Ten Pence Arcade Podcast


Japanese Arcade Rhythm Games

Check out some of the games Garron mentions  on the show 


Revival Generation X 2018

This great event takes place on the 19-20 May

Feb 9, 2018

 Hello and welcome to another fantastic episode of RGDS.  This time we interview a true legend, with the brilliant Jon Ritman.

Jon, the man behind such classics as Head Over Heels, Batman and Match Day games gives us an in-depth interview spanning across his full career.  He is a true gent and I guarantee you will adore this in-depth interview. 

Show Notes:

The ZX81 book that taught Ritman Basic in 1 week was Sinclair ZX81 BASIC Programming written by Steven Vickers

 The book that finally taught Ritman how to write Machine Code was Mastering Machine Code by Tony Baker

 Ritman Raiders (1982) On the ZX81

 A competent shooter on the ZX81 based on an obscure arcade game Jon stumbled across whilst camping with some mates.

 Play the Game Online Here:

 The Inspiration for Ritman Raiders we believe was an obscure 1980 Irem game called Uniwar S.  Ritman would have played the bootleg version called Sky Raiders.  The game is playable in MAME but here is a video of the game running

 Cosmic Debris (1983) On the ZX Spectrum

 Jon next turned his sites to a great Asteroids clone.

 Download the game here

 Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

 3D Combat Zone (1983) On the ZX Spectrum

Always looking to push himself, Jon next tried to tackle 3D graphics on the Spectrum, taking on the Atari game Battlezone.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Dimension Destructors (1983) On the ZX Spectrum

Jon's next game was his first original game, being a 3D space shooter.  It is great fun and is similar to how Star Raiders played.

Download the game here

 Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Bear Bovver (1983) On the ZX Spectrum

After someone brought in the Mattel Intellivision and the game Burger Time,  Jon felt inspired to take on a clone that could rival his heroes at Ultimate Play The Game.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Match Day (1984) On the Various

Always looking for what was popular, at a computer show he realised there was a desperate need for a Spectrum version on International Soccer on the C64.  So despite having no personal interest in the sport, Jon set about making the best football series on the Spectrum.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Batman (1986) On the Various

Jon next set his sights on a licensed game.  Being the honour of the first Batman video game ever released.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Head Over Heels (1987)

Jon would build on what he had learned from the Batman game, to make the second best Isometric game ever released.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

Match Day 2 (1987)

Jon would return to football for an amazing sequel.

Download the game here

Play the game using the Speculator emulator or the free online emulator here

GLAM (1988 - 1992)

Jon would look to write development tools behind the scenes.  This was the tool Rare used, so if you played Donkey Kong Country or any of their Gameboy or SNES classics, then chances are it was written using Jon's development tool.

Monster Max (1994)

Jon would use the GLAM tool for a new isometic game for the Gameboy.  Called Monster Max it truely is the best isometric game ever released.

To watch the game:

Super Match Soccer (Match Day 3) (1998)

 Demo of game:


Connect with us on

Twitter @RDGSpodcast 

Paul Driscoll @TheDrisk

Gordon @UVTKingy


Jan 26, 2018

Garron, Matt L and Gordon chat about their retro gaming experiences and highlights from 2017 and look forward to the year ahead, chatting about some games and events that they are looking forward to. 

Also there is an interview with Andy Brown from @ReplayEvents who reflects on his Year. 

Take a look at our facebook for some dates of the events and some key gaming anniversaries. 

Connect with us on

Twitter @RDGSpodcast 

Garron @retroshumper

Matt @LamboMat

Gordon @UVTKingy 


Jan 12, 2018

Hello and welcome to another episode of RGDS.   This time we look at the early days if Ocean, with Ocean employee Mark R Jones.

So come and join Gordon King,  Paul Driscoll and Mark R. Jones as we take you through some of the seldom talked about classic games.

Ways to Contact Us:

RGDS Podcast - @RGDSPodcast

Gordon King - @UKTKingy

Paul Driscoll - @THeDrisk

Mark R Jones - @MarkRJones1970

Or join us on Facebook at


Dec 24, 2017

Welcome to the 2nd annual RGDS Drunkcast Xmas Party! As with last year’s show, this episode will contain some highly offensive content (at least for the first hour or so), so please do not listen with children present, or if you’re easily offended.


If you decide to listen and then wish to complain, we don’t wanna hear it to be honest.


The boys get to together for end of year Christmas drinks to discuss the year of great podcasts and tell funny stories. If you listened to it last year, you’re bound to enjoy this one, and we even squeeze in some fairly serious gaming chatter in the final hour.


All of us at RGDS would like to wish our listeners a very Merry Christmas and hope you can enjoy listening to this show over the holiday period.


We’ll catch you next year!



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.

It's an amazing year chock full of all time classics..  So put on your warmest dressing gown, get a steaming hot chocolate and some Chocolate Digestives and listen, as we take you through this amazing year.

Ways to Contact Us:

RGDS Podcast - @RGDSPodcast

Garron - @RetroShumper

Ric - @RetroRic79

Gordon King - @UKTKingy

Paul Driscoll - @THeDrisk

Or join us on Facebook at


Show Notes:

Dec 1, 2017

Welcome to another episode of RGDS. Matt L hosts a 4-way roundtable with Ric, Garron and Matt A to discuss one of their favourite import consoles, the PC Engine.

As the Engine just celebrated it’s 30th anniversary we each breakdown 3 games each that we think are essential for newbies or hardened PC Engine gamers to check out. We also discuss the history of the console, it’s many variations and innovations and the legacy it left on the industry.

We are also joined by special guest, Paul McCaskie of the Game Music Gaiden podcast who shares with us his unique experiences of the PC Engine and how many of it’s games inspired his own Podcast.

We hope you enjoy this unique journey into one of Japan’s most mysterious but high quality gaming systems. Be sure to check out the links below

Game Music Gaiden by Paul McCaskie - @GameMusicGaiden

RGDS Podcast - @RGDSPodcast

Matt L - @Lambomat

Garron - @RetroShumper

Ric - @RetroRic79

Matt A - @Matt_Aguilera


Retro Towers - Everdrives


Tennokoe refurbishments


Reproduction games and limited editions

PC Engine Software Bible

Special PC Engine Gamer 30 Years Special

A comprehensive site to review hardware and software.

Caravan Tournament Footage

Nov 17, 2017

Kingy and Drisky talk about the Amiga's attempt to release a console with the CD32.   It may have been a short lived system, but it had a great line up of games for the system.  So come and listen as we take you through the best games for the system with our A to Z.

So give the system a try and reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter (@RgdsPocast).

Show Notes:

Drakan (PC)

Files to update game :

Virtual Boy Emulator for Oculus Rify - VBJin (VR)

Retro Game Challenge - DS

Retro Game Challenge 2 - Fan Translation

CD32 Advert

Games Covered:
Alien Breed Tower - Assault
Big 6
Chaos Engine
Emerald Mine
Fire and Ice
Hero Quest 2
James Pond 2 : Robocod
Kid Chaos
Lotus Trilogy
Myth (Retro Gamer Issue 120 making of)
Naughty Ones
Out to Lunch (inc Picture)
Project X
Quik The Thunder Rabbit
Road Kill
Simon The Sorceror
Ultimate Body Blows
Virtual Light
Zool 2

Honourable mentions:
Arabian Night
International Sensible Soccer
Lamborghini American Challenge

Tiny Launcher


Oct 17, 2017

Hello Boys & Ghouls and welcome to a Spooktacular episode of RGDS, where the Crypt Keepers  Paul Driscoll and Gordon King take you kicking and screaming through some ghoulish retro Halloween games to enjoy this this time of year.

So grab yourself a nice steaming Ghoulash stew and settle down for some monstrous podcast fun.

Don't forget we are all on Facebook: and
Twitter : @RGDSPodcast

So please reach out to us and let us know any other Spooky retro video games you recommend or discuss with us anything.

Show Notes:

Cup Head :
Betty Boop Halloween Special :

Games Covered:

Dark Seed (PC, Amiga, CD32, Saturn, PS1)

Eternal Darkness :  Sanity's Requiem  (Gamecube)

Dr Franken (Gameboy)

Mr Bones (Saturn)

Frank 'N' Stein (Spectrum)

Luigi Mansion (Gamecube)

Additional Info:

Way to Play Infocom text Adventures

Two great spooky Infocom games:

Zombie Ate My Neigbours 2 (Fan Made Sequel):

Level Editor for SNES to make your own levels:

Brental Floss  Luigi Mansion with Music:


Oct 6, 2017

In this episode of RGDS, Garron & Matt are joined by special guests Sam Dyer (Bitmap Books) and Frazer Rhodes (@NeoGeoCollector) to discuss their brand new book.


The boys have being dying for an excuse to discuss Neo Geo on RGDS and this was the perfect time. Sam & Frazer go into intimate detail on the Neo Geo project, including scouring the world for perfect condition box art to photo, a few tough negotiations with SNK Japan and of course… playing some awesome Neo Geo games!


If you’re a fan of this great console you’ll love this show, and even if it’s just a curiosity there is much to learn in this episode.


Bitmap Books have kindly made one of the Collector’s Editions of the book available as a prize to RGDS listeners, so please stay to the end for further details on this great competition.


Links - 








Sep 30, 2017

In this episode Gordon and Mark share their thoughts on the preservation of video games and the problems and issues around the matter. From degradation of magnetic cassettes to the grey areas around roms and the breakdowns of physical hardware, they lament the potential loss of our wonderful games and gamin systems in the distant future.

 Why not drop us a line on our social media pages and share your views on the topic.

 Show links:-

 Roger Tissyman artwork..

Interview  with Tissyman’s daughter

 Software Projects Fan page

 Bob Wakelin art

Sep 18, 2017

Welcome to a special bonus episode of RGDS, where regular stalwarts Matt & Garron are joined by Director of Replay Events - Andy Brown.


In this show we get a sneak preview from Andy about what the expect at Play Manchester, including an exclusive announcement, as well as the story of how Play Expo came to be and Andy’s plans for the future of the Expo.


We hope this will get you excited about coming along to Play Expo Manchester and that we’ll see you there for a great event!


Don’t forget to buy your tickets in advance to gain 1 hour early access, get these at

Links - 



@RetroShumper (Garron)

@LamboMat (Matt)



Sep 8, 2017

On this fantastic episode the team discuss their most anguished gaming recollections.

Expect tales of woe, misguided mistakes and in Matt A's case - spoiling the Aguilera family Christmas for evermore!


Matt Aguilera's Matrox Graphics Card


Gordon's crappy trackball:

Aug 25, 2017

Paul Gordon and their great guest Mark Jones chat about their  favourite Hewson Consultants games.

Which ones were your favourites? let us know by face book and twitter.

Dragontorc influence - The High Kings by Joy Chant

Kingy does some words on Avalon -


Paradroid Tutorial -

Ano Gaia - Zynaps vertical lookalike

Aug 21, 2017

In this special bonus episode of RGDS, Matt L hosts a roundtable discussion with Aaron & Ric about the newly released Sonic Mania, out now for PS4, PC , Switch & XBOX One.


The boys disuss their favourite Sonic series memories, why a guy of this old-school style hasn’t been released previously by SEGA and of course come clean with their review score for the game.


If you love the Blue Speedrunner, you’ll absolutely love this episode, so slip on your favourite pair of red sneakers, have your gold rings in tow… we’re going for a Super Sonic Ride!




Sonic Mania Vinyl/Digitial Soundtrack -


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