The Explosive Alan Podcast
Join Dan, Ash, Gareth and Simon as they jabber through the games they're playing, tear through the week's most interesting news stories, attempt to outdo each other in weekly challenges, and invite the community to share their opinions on heavyweight gaming issues.

Last year's Drunkcast had a terrible baby. Enjoy our shambolic recollections of the gaming year gone by, as well as an awful Christmas play that could do actual mental harm to infants. Have a wonderful birthday, Jesus!

Direct download: ExAl_Ep45_Drunkast2.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:25pm UTC
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Everything's slightly different this week, from the incredibly suspect listener-generated episode names and transformed news section, to a Great Debate that features very little in the way of debating and a challenge that, for the first time, is provided by our special guest. We're not really sure what's going on, to be honest. We're scared. Hold us.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep44_HyruleAtMarioKart.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:51pm UTC
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Prepare to listen in awe to the wise words of amateur Amazon reviewer 'Freedom Of Speech', who could teach the professional critical community a thing or two. There's other stuff about Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed Unity, Halo 5, Overwatch and sausage roll-inspired homicide, but really it's Mr. Speech's show.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep43_TheGoodTheBadAndTheGlitchy.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:53pm UTC
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Regular listeners might spot that this week's intro theme is the first to be inspired by a listener suggested episode title (Ep33's in fact) - we're open to suggestions for future songs, so start sending them in! Episode 42 doesn't answer the ultimate question to life, the universe and everything, but we do find out who the gang would team up with to blow up Parliament, and discover what game Simon would make featuring a drunken toddler and a Fleshlight. Spoiler: it ain't pretty. Also! Chat of first-person GTA, the return of Denis Dyack and the future of mobile gaming.

(And if you'd like to join the Explosive Alan Minecraft server, Tweet @chongster62! Make sure you're running version 1.7.10.)

Direct download: ExAl_Ep42_ThePressXFactor.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:58am UTC
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Look! It's a blue moon! Must be time for another Explosive Alan Podcast! Apologies for our ongoing sporadic release schedule but, y'know, work and stuff. In this episode, we answer more of your pressing personal questions, celebrate news of the return of Micro Machines and LucasArts classics, create an unholy fusion of EGX and Blankety Blank, and hear what you have to say about Nintendo’s reliance on nostalgia. And here's a link to that survey we chat about: bit.ly/1tAwTTG

Direct download: ExAl_Ep41_WhyCantWeAllJustHaveABigHug.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00pm UTC
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We've discovered the secret to making podcasts the easy way: just get other people to do all the talking. We ventured all the way to a slightly different part of London to attend gaming expo thing EGX AKA TEFKA Eurogamer Expo, and asked a whole bunch of listeners and developers to chat away about the games they're playing and the games they're making. We still do a bit of podchat, including news of a Tetris movie (A TETRIS MOVIE), an on-off-then-on-again challenge and an extensive Great Debate about the confusing Destiny.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep40_EGXplosiveAlan.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:24pm UTC
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Despite the title, we don't actually cover Microsoft's potential buyout of Mojang in any meaningful detail. Misleading, us? We do, however, let our tongues wag over Destiny, surprising Sherlock cameos, and the uneasy relationship between the gaming media and its audience. We're kindly assisted by the seemingly omnipotent Matt Lees. Seriously, he manage to post seven Tweets, publish a 2,000 word blog post and produce three YouTube videos while we recorded AND WE DIDN'T EVEN SEE HIM MOVE.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep39_MicrosoftAnotherNotchOnTheBedpost.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 3:20pm UTC
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Sorry we're so late on this one, but we were busy figuring out how to melt down Gareth and Ash into a single uber-presenter. Unfortunately we just plain melted them (apologies to their families) so we got Julia Hardy to step in until we figure out a way to reconstruct them from the gloop that remains. We've all been there. We mask our sadness pretty well while chitting the chat out of news of new/New 3DS-s, hellish Saints Row expansions, Rise of the Tomb Raider's faux-exclusivity and celebrity gaming voiceovers.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep38_EverybodyWasPikaFuFighting.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:48am UTC
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After all that exercise in Simon's takeover episode, normal service resumes as three-quarters of Team ExAl stay firmly on their behinds. And oh! The things we talk about. Destiny's friends-only raid policy, some fool trying to sue Sony, the re-return of Resident Evil, Yogsventures controversies, Simon not knowing who Dominik Diamond is (at least we do if he hasn't edited it out) and 'TV's' Dan Maher actually appearing on TV.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep37_TheReissuedRemasteredRemixedRemakeRe-Release.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:26pm UTC
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And now for something completely different: our very first Takeover episode! Simon takes control of the show for an episode so special that we didn't think that audio alone would do it justice. So, prepare to see our mugs for slightly longer than you'd properly care to as we embark on a chaotic geocaching adventure (and probably break all the rules of geocaching in the process). Normal service will resume next week!

Direct download: Explosive_Alan_Podcast_Ep_36_Chong_Takeover_v2.mp4
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 3:47pm UTC
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