The Unlimited Hyperbole Christmas Special

[ download this episode ] This Christmas I’ve bought Unlimited Hyperbole back for a special episode, during which I threw the microphone into the crowd and asked you, the listeners, to send in submissions telling me the answer to one question. If you could change one thing about your involvement with games, what would it be? I was astonished by the responses which came back and I’ve presented them all here as straightforwardly as I can, with as little droning and editing from me as possible. Settle in for a longer, rougher and more optimistic episode of Unlimited Hyperbole than ever before,…

Limited Hyperbole…

Last year, I had an idea. Like most of my ideas it was borne out of frustration and dissatisfaction; it was arrogant and melodramatic and took itself too seriously. Eventually it became Unlimited Hyperbole, a podcast which is still best described in those three terms. Now, after four seasons and twenty episodes, Unlimited Hyperbole is finished. I set myself the goal of being nominated for Best Podcast in the Games Media Awards and I said I’d stop if I didn’t make it. I didn’t, so the show’s over. A few people have asked why I set that goal and why…

Unlimited Hypocrisy…

The Games Media Awards are back. Last year’s awards were cloaked in scandal, but they say the event has been overhauled this year. I’ll still frown at it no matter what, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First, I’ll say that I’m asking you to vote for Unlimited Hyperbole as Best Podcast. Anyone can vote and all you have to do is send an email, so vote for Unlimited Hyperbole here. Why ask for votes? Because Harriet and I think the show is genuinely not awful and deserves a shot. Because it costs us money to run and this would…

Unlimited Hyperbole #20

        Update: Unlimited Hyperbole is no longer available. There are two episodes preserved by the Thief community on Youtube which are linked in the episode index, however other episodes have since been lost to time. When you’re talking about a theme such as ‘The One That Got Away’ then it’s easy to get stuck thinking on the small scale, such as cancelled games and personal losses. But what about the bigger picture – what about the larger ideas which have escaped us all? Mike Cook is the researcher responsible for creating ANGELINA, the game-making AI. In this episode…

Unlimited Hyperbole #19

      Update: Unlimited Hyperbole is no longer available. There are two episodes preserved by the Thief community on Youtube which are linked in the episode index, however other episodes have since been lost to time. These days, publishers and journalists love to talk about how big a business games are. Just a single big title can bring in millions of pounds and keep thousands of employed, for example, while even indie developers can succeed admirably. The less talked-about side effect of all this though is that when games do fail, they fail hard. Our guest this episode knows this…

Unlimited Hyperbole #18

      Update: Unlimited Hyperbole is no longer available. There are two episodes preserved by the Thief community on Youtube which are linked in the episode index, however other episodes have since been lost to time. There’s a temptation when you ask someone about a cancelled game to delve into the details of the idea itself. What was the game like and is there any way I can play it? This episode isn’t about that. Instead, Introversion’s Mark Morris talks openly about Introversion’s only cancelled game – the futuristic heist simulator called Subversion. Rather than delving into the potential mechanics…

Unlimited Hyperbole #17

Update: Unlimited Hyperbole is no longer available. There are two episodes preserved by the Thief community on Youtube which are linked in the episode index, however other episodes have since been lost to time. They say there’s more than one way to skin a cat and, likewise, I say there’s more than one way things can get away from people too. They can slip away slowly and quietly, for example, or they can be taken in a sudden tragedy – and this episode covers a bit of both. This week journalist David Brown talks about the closure of PC Zone Magazine….