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Episode 23.5 – Darren


Today’s special guest on the UK’s No.1 Retro Gaming Podcast, the Retro Asylum Podcast, is none other than the man, the myth, the legend that is Darren – aka our very own forum moderator.

  • Find out how Darren first got into Retro Gaming.
  • How he first came across our amazing website and podcast.
  • His three desert island games and who he would have on this island to play the games with.
  • His fave machine.
  • What game Darren would choose to be his WTF game.
  • And of course Name the Game!

Big thanks to Darren for being a superb guest on the show and for doing a great job as forum moderator.

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Episode 23.5 – Darren

11 thoughts on “Episode 23.5 – Darren

  1. Dean Swain says:

    Top show guys, I really enjoyed that one. Great to hear Darren and very interesting too!!!

    • darren says:

      Cheers Swainy. I’ve got to say, I love the artwork. Definitely my favourite (but I’m definitely a bit biased)

      I think the nerves got to me a bit. I had so much I wanted to say but I had trouble articulating it into coherent sentences. Still, lots of fun though.

      Also, I failed miserably at the name the game. Very different when you are in the hot seat 🙂

      • Dean Swain says:

        To be totally honest Darren it’s one of my favorite covers too. It’s the first half episode that I’ve done the cover for and I had it planned in my head as soon as Andy told me that you were this weeks guest 🙂

        You didn’t come across nervous at all and I’m sure that you will get another chance to appear on the show. Well done mate!

      • Andy says:

        Not at all Darren, I though you were a superb guest.

        Your gaming past was very similar to mine.

        Was glad to have you on the show and would be glad to have you back anytime mate.

        The podcast cover was top work by Swainy:-)

        Thanks again Darren for being a great guest
        And thanks to Swainy for doing a great cover art.

  2. scopie says:

    Great Podcast, excellent job Darren. Agreed it’s quite a strange & surreal experience after years of listening to actually be part of an episode! Hey cool cover by the way, is that a Photoshop filter effect? Smoke or fire?

    • Dean Swain says:

      I actually use Paint Shop Pro (I’m oldschool after all) with a poster effect plus a lot of messing about to get that effect 🙂

      • Damien says:

        Swainy, PSP rocks, I’m still using 7.04 for most of my Starquake graphics, coupled with RealDraw. Photoshop makes some of the easier tasks a real bind and I find that it can take ages to work out how to do the simplest of things! PSP on the other hand, (especially the earlier versions) is more basic which makes it better suited I think for retro game graphics! As long as it can handle alpha then I’m happy!

  3. Damien says:

    Great show guys, really enjoyed it and Andy thank you for the plug, it’s really appreciated!

    Darren, unusually when I was at school there were several Amstrad owners though the majority did have the Speccy. Andy, I think you’re quite right in saying that it was probably the Amstrad’s extra expense that limited its popularity. I think the CPC cost around £299 with green screen and £399 with a colour monitor which is quite a lot more than either the Speccy or C64.

    Darren I also knew no-one with a SNES but plenty of people with a Megadrive. I’m not really sure why that was, but I do remember the SNES always being the dream machine mainly due to the almost perfect Street Fighter 2 conversion! It may just be that the SNES was less popular in the countryside…

    • Andy says:

      i think it was pretty even where i grew up in south london with Snes and megadrives.

      My friends had megadrives before me so we would swap machines for a weekend.

      i think that was my fave gen of consoles the 16bit era.

      my cousin had his amstrad and it cost him loads but luckily as the younger member in my family i got given me the hand me downs which i was always happy to accept.
      Didnt like it though when my mum gave away my atari jnr to my little cousins though ll

  4. TEOL says:

    50 minutes of awesomeness pocket full of potassium nitrate.

  5. ZXSpecstar says:

    Great episode to you Darren it was great hearing your views and opinions and your memories as they are very similar to mine, and def want hear you again on the podcast mate. be back soon please

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