The Explosive Alan Podcast
Join Dan, Ash, Gareth and Nick as they talk games, films and TV, answer the community's questions and attempt to outdo each other in weekly challenges.

Edited down from what felt like forever's worth of increasingly slurred ranting comes the festive Explosive Alan Drunkcast, featuring:

-Our four-part Nativity play!

-A full review of the year where we manage to forget about Rayman Legends!

-Special guest stars including (and limited to) OXM/Regular Features laugh factory Jon Blyth and man of many jobs Matt Frost

-Mid-episode presenter departures!

-And much, much more*!

*There is nothing else

Direct download: ExAl_Ep18_TheNativity.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:30pm UTC

There was a lot of booze left over from our office Christmas do, so we thought it best to attempt consume it all - for the purposes of clearing some room in the communal fridge, you understand - while recording our latest podecaste (the 'e's are silent). The funny thing is, this isn't even the Drunkcast we have planned for next week's actual Christmas special. Consider it a rehearsal. Some good stuff this time, though - we introduce the new joker card system to our 60-Second News Gong, Gareth has a great new challenge and we go ten rounds with microtransactions in full-priced games before winning by TKO.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep17_YouKnowNothingJohnSnow.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:58am UTC

...And that's what you get when you democratise the episode naming process. We're sorry. In this episode we ditch a couple of regular features to share our games - best and worst - of the generation. And if you disagree with our choices well, to quote Jeffrey Lebowski, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep16_XboxOneIsAC__tBucket.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:42am UTC

Put your ear to the ground. Hear that distant rumbling? That's a stampede of wild next-gen consoles charging towards us in a state of blind panic and confusion. Who can tame them? We don't know, and we're not sticking around to find out. No surprise then, that this episode clings onto the current generation as tenaciously as you would Powdered Toast Man's buttocks. It also features our very first, hopefully not last, listener challenge.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep15_MakeLoveNotConsoleWars.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:18pm UTC

Should Sonic be humanely put down? Can you identify a game character when they're talking backwards? Can the mysteries of cloud computing be unravelled in a minute? What does Dan talk about in his sleep? Will Gareth ever play Pokemon? Get all the answers to questions you'd never have otherwise asked right here.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep14_GhostInTheHDMachine.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 9:30pm UTC

We're one Simon down for our frightful/fright-full 13th episode, which was unlucky for Dan because it meant he had to do the actual hard work for once. Fortunately, Dan also writes these descriptions, and he can confirm that it's actually the most well-edited podcast yet. We've got a suitably horror-themed challenge, a Great Debate dedicated to Resident Evil and a bit about (Call of Duty) Ghosts. Oh, do enjoy it!

Direct download: ExAl_Ep13_Alanormal_Activity_v2.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:14am UTC

Our four half-baked heroes return for more news, challenges and '#Bantz'. GTA and Pokemon feature (again), as does the latest on Mass Effect 4, Star Wars Battlefront 3, a Zelda film, Watch_Dogs delays and the team attempting to recreate famous gaming sound effects from memory.

This week's intro lyrics:

Explosive Alan Podcast x 3 / Games talk and challenges / In an hour / It’s four men who act like they’re fifteen (We’re really rad!) / They’re fully-grown adults it’s obscene (Hey – not that bad!) / If you want some inane chat / These grown up boys are here for that / Explosive Alan Podcast x 2 / They use language that is far from clean (You’re a fucking twat) / Dan’s a challenge cheat, Simon Chong’s a Sonic geek (I even like Unleashed) / Gareth Wild is frequently rude (Tell your mum) / Ash Denton’s got a grumpy attitude (Can I go home now?) / Explosive Alan Podcast x 3 / Games talk and challenges / In an hour

Direct download: ExAl_Ep12_Botch_Dogs.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:43pm UTC

We want to be the very best / Podcast of all time / To make them is our real test / And making these words rhyme
We will blather on and on / Talking constant shit / About games and how our name's / Too big for this next bit
(ExAlPod! Don't make no sense) / See what we mean? / Our name is a travesty / (ExAlPod!) / Oh, it's our podcast / With a name we must extend / (ExAlPod! Still makes no sense) / We know it's wrong / The full name is far too long / It's The Explosive Alan / Podcast! / (Gotta cram it in) / Gotta cram it in!
Direct download: ExAl_Ep11_BeyondOurSouls.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:27am UTC

Valve made three announcements, none of which were the one anyone actually wanted. Still, Steam Box, Steam OS and its peculiar controller are all big news, so we decided to mull over their potential for success in our already crowded living rooms. Before that, however, we've got a special report from the Eurogamer Expo featuring Joe and Scott from BitSocket, more rapid-fire news and yet another fruit-based challenge.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep10_SteamyWindows.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

It's the episode that wasn't supposed to be - and yet, here it is, against all odds. We manage to pull ourselves away from GTA V (and, in Si's case Kingdom Hearts HD) long enough to parody the parody song du jour 'The Fox', rake over the news, guess the name of fruit (harder than it sounds) and explore whether controversial scenes in games should be optional. "It's a good listen." - Our mums.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep9_GrandTheftAlan_REVOLUMEIZED.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:26am UTC

Buttery spread. (PS) Vita-lite. Geddit? Yeah, it's pretty tenuous. Anyway, Gareth's away filming fancy cars in Frankfurt so he's replaced by our friend Chris Slight from, who's nowhere near as sweary but actually has time to play games. In this episode we cover Sony's new additions to the Vita range, GTAV and Metal Gear Solid V; Simon tests our ability to differentiate between obscure game character names and foreign swear words; and we decide whether Nintendo should pack the whole home console thing in.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep8_ButterySpread.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:11pm UTC

You wouldn’t know it to listen to us, but we’re all vigorously vibrating our bum cheeks for the duration of this podcast. Just call us hard twerking folk. Also, if you’re too young to remember The Littlest Hobo, the intro might confuse you.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep7_Twerkaholics_Anonymous.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:52pm UTC

We may have had a week’s break, but we certainly didn’t have a week’s break, if you catch our drift. Gamescom got in the way is what we’re getting at. Yeah. If you want all the hot goss from the world’s biggest games convention you’re probably better off listening to a different podcast because we played a massive ONE game between the four of us (though, to be fair, Si wasn’t actually there). Still, this podcast is good at other stuff!

Direct download: ExAl_Ep6_TheGamescomEscape-TheWurstcast.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 8:05pm UTC

Breaking Bad's return to our tellies not only inspires the title of this episode, but also a discussion about gaming's ability to produce storylines and characters as nuanced and memorable as the best TV and film has to offer. Before all that though, there's the usual topical jibber-jabber and another fiendish challenge to contend with. Go podcast!

Direct download: ExAl_Ep5_BreakingAlan.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:00pm UTC

The Explosive Alan Podcast doesn't have any censors to answer to, hence this episode is absolutely riddled with graphic descriptions of mucky sex, actual murder and gratuitous swearing. Well, it could be if we wanted it to, but we're above that sort of thing. Well, the first two, anyway.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep4_TheExtraGoryPALVersion.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Goodbye Fez II, we hardly knew ye. The gang (think The Get Along Gang rather than The Crips) briefly mourn Phil Fish's melodramatic exit from game development before moving onto the usual heady cocktail of chit-chat, succinct news, tricksy challenges and topical debate. All in under an hour. Just call us the Vision Express of the podcasting scene.

Direct download: ExAl_Ep3_SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFez.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

It's all here, kids - Oculus Rift, The Videogame Video Game and Horticultural Query Moment. What are you waiting for? The entire team to kiss you? Oh, go on then. No tongues.

Direct download: ExAl_Pod_Ep_2_Ocular_Cochlea_V2.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

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.

Direct download: ExAl_Pod_Ep_1_TheSuperMassiveAdventureFunPodcast.mp3
Category:Gaming -- posted at: 4:59pm UTC