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.

Merry Christmas, everyone! You’ve unwrapped all your presents we imagine by this point, but hey, guess what, Santa has brought you one more to open! Simon has chucked together this very short Christmas special where we cover off what you guys will be playing, eating and watching over the festive period. It’s not much, but it’s something! Have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Year, and we’ll see you all in 2017!

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We’d planned to pull out all the stops for our 90th episode, but all that pulling required far too much effort so Simon and Dan just did the usual (albeit over Skype, so slightly unusual). What we’ve made is still wonderful, obviously, so snuggle into your favourite podcast-listening chair, cuddle up to your pod-blanket, warm yourself with a hot poddy, and enjoy the show.

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It’s the Halloween episode that never was! We’re back to our old podcast procrastinating (podcrastinating) tricks, but with good reason because we’ve been… well, you’ll just have to listen and find out. Like dwarves in a barrel, we ride the rocky current of gaming news, views and Getting To Know Youse until we’re dragged under and drown in a river of information. Trump, Switch and a fleeting mention of Thomas Middleditch – it’s all here on the not-yet-90th episode of this podcast we call Explosive Alan.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

We waited until just after the Nintendo Switch and Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal trailers to bring you this most topical of ExAlPods. Well, unless you're listening to this any time after 21st October, in which case it's practically an historical artefact. Adding to that tasty zeitgeistiness is a chat about Palmer Luckey's political contributions, and our reactions to Westworld, the first Logan trailer and the Pokemon Sun & Moon demo. If it was any more current, it'd be a sultana.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Demo:


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The Fabbest Four are reunited after a staggering 22-episode gap, in which time three of them have had children, and one of them has successfully avoided having children. Have our new lifestyles transformed ExAlPod into a preachy parentcast full of nappy-changing advice and weaning tips? Only partially! There’s still a little bit of time set aside to discuss the No Man’s Sky advertising controversy and Resident Evil’s new direction, and for Gareth to viciously dissect KSI’s foray into mobile gaming.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:42pm UTC

HOLA! Welcome to this week’s #ExAlPod coming at you directly from Sitges (that’s in Spain, don’t you know!). This week we’ve got returning LGBT episode guest Andy Grier. He was lead audio designer on Guitar Hero Live! That’s pretty cool, right? So, join Simon and Andy as they recap this week’s news, what they’ve been playing, as well as a lovely challenge about video game holiday destinations! We’ve really got it all this week, WE REALLY HAVE! Enjoy it, friends!

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Russian Subway Dogs:

What Makes Us Happy

Mr. Robot:

Mr. Robot Game:

Insert Coin Pokémon Store:

Cattle Auctioneer, The New Rap God:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC

Didn't manage to make it to Gamescom? Neither did we, so we replicated the atmosphere by filling the office with strangers and queuing for three hours to use our own computers while eating overpriced currywurst. You won't hear any of that in this week's podcast (illegal fire hazard my arse), but you will hear two attractive-sounding men discussing their reignited love affair with GoldenEye, the new Metal Gear game that nobody asked for, fantasy sports and the possible (mis?)fortunes of Nintendo's NX. 


Kitty Horrorshow

Too Good To Go

Suicide Squad Sales Pitch by Jenny Nicholson

Trump Quotes by Zapp Brannigan

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:12pm UTC

Daaaaaaamn, Alan! Back at it again with the weekly episodes! That’s right, current youth people, Dan and Simon return to guide you through all things gaming and royalty-free music related. We’ve also got ourselves a wonderful guest this week in the form of one Laurie Blake. He’s a member of T.H.R.O.B, don’t you know! (You probably don't know. Now you do.)

So sit back, relax, and let 10 year-old Dan tell you all about Bubble Bobble! It’s episode 83 of The Explosive Alan Podcast!

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A particularly feature-rich show this week, with Dan & Simon discussing sexy cartoon characters, sharing their games du jour, analysing major gaming news, talking over the great TV that turned their frowns upside down, highlighting an incredibly interesting new game on Kickstarter and debating the merits and drawbacks of console game modding. We have opinions, and we ain’t afraid to use ‘em (irresponsibly).

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Half the crew doesn't equate to half the fun on this week's show, as Dan & Simon (Daimon) open their mouths and let fly a golden gobful of podcasting magic. Si's still fawning over VR, Dan's obsessed with Monster Hunter AGAIN, we fantasise about miniaturised consoles, guess famous actors from Frankensteinised film titles and ask whether Pokemon GO legitimises augmented reality.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:27pm UTC

Apparently, 80 years of marriage is your Oak Anniversary, which fits our 80th anniversary of being married to this beautiful podcast perfectly because of all the inevitable Pokémon GO chat. (Professor Oak? Pokémon? No?)

We're fortunate enough to be joined by the incredibly prolific and very funny Gav Murphy, star of IGN, Regular Features, S4C and the From Jabba to Jedi podcast. Listen in as he tells us his tales of gatecrashing and body fat goal-smashing, alongside all your favourite features. Hear Dan's sordid HuniePop confessions, Gareth's secret bus exploits and Simon's discovery of a whole new way to say 'goodbye' in Welsh, and feel better about your own life in the process.

What Makes You Happy Links:
A Day With Mom:
The Attendant:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

So, here we are, then. 20 consecutive episodes! WE MADE IT, YOU GUYS! But don’t think we’re stopping any time soon, no sir! Dan and Simon are here this week to guide you through the past 7 days of the gaming world. We’ve got a lot of chat about the Steam Sale, as well as a selection of questions from you guys. A lovely debate about horror games and a challenge in which we bring back 1 star Amazon reviewer Freedom of Speech! So, sit back with a lovely glass of Apple and Alfonso Mango squash and enjoy episode 79, friends!

What Makes Us Happy Links
Instagram in the 80s:
Celebrity Masterchef:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:55am UTC

Isn’t hindsight a wonderful thing? Listen to Ash and Simon in this week’s podcast as they utterly fail at discussing anything to do with sports. On top of that, we’ve also got our usual questions, what makes us happy, as well as a challenge about whether celebrities are older than household inventions! This is a games podcast, we swear. Enjoy, friends!


Overwatch Transmedia Article:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:49pm UTC

This week’s episode sees Simon taking the reigns to do something a little bit different. In response to something Gareth asked him on the podcast a while ago, Simon went on a bit of a journey to find out the answer to a questions he’d rather stupidly never considered. Is the LGBT community being represented enough in video games? So, sit back, and enjoy this special hour of investigation, learning and some fantastic interviews with many LGBT people across the gaming community. If you enjoy it, please do share this around with others. We’re all about furthering the conversation here, and would love to spread this as far as possible. Enjoy, friends.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:15pm UTC

It’s E3 week! Did you catch it all? No? Well then worry not, Simon is here to guide you through the mess of information that came out during the week. Joining Simon is our L.A. games correspondent man Dan Maher, or, TV’s Dan Maher to you and me. So sit back, relax and let us tell you all about those three Es.

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This week’s #ExAlPod is special in many ways. One, it has Dan and Simon recording outside because it was too hot in the office. As as result, special guests this episode include many airplanes and an opera singer. For real! It’s also special because we’ve got a whole load E3 chat ahead of next week’s event. Enjoy, friends!

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 10:12am UTC

And we’re back in the room. After last week’s coin-tossing shenanigans, Gareth finds himself suspended from the show for podcast truancy, while Simon gets let off because he edits the show. In this altogether more conventional episode there’s talk of Doom, Starfox Zero, PKTball, Fallout 4 mods, Overwatch porn, Pikachu’s controversial name change, the return of Cinemaware, the sad fate of Videogame Nation and the difference between localisation and censorship. We also squeeze in a game of Heads Up!, video clips of which can be viewed on our Facebook page.




Fallout 4 Seasons:

Gay of Thrones (Spoilers!):

Dan’s Face Swaps:

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We may have planned an episode in our normal way, but when Gareth has himself and idea, and Simon is easily influenced, things often go awry. SO, we present to you our first on the road episode where a coin decides our fate. Sure we discuss what we've been playing, answer some questions and do some news, but now with added coin flipping! Will Simon have a smoothie? Will Gareth assault someone? Will we play in a bubble world? The fun never ends when a coin is involved!

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:34pm UTC

Simon’s at it again! It’s another solo episode this week as the rest of the team are off being crazy busy, as a result, it’s a super short episode. But something is better than nothing, right? So, yes, join Simon as he talks about what he’s been playing, answers your questions a does a bit of news about Pokemon and Overwatch. Honestly, all that in 12 minutes? I can’t believe it either. Normal service will resume shortly!

What Makes You Happy:

Jabba To Jedi:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Welcome to the 71st episode of our weekly Uncharted 4 podcast! No wait, sorry, it’s a video games podcast in general, you just wouldn’t know it from all the Uncharted talk this week! What else, what else, well, you’ve got just Dan and Simon hosting this time round with a healthy dose of Getting To Know Us Questions, a Challenge, and also a debate about whether games should have an easy mode or not. ENJOY IT, or else!


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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:08pm UTC

What have learning Spanish, Star Wars, simulated sex, Rupaul's Drag Race, dislocated knees, Uncharted 4, nightmare-inducing audio and anal Rumble Pak insertion got in common? Absolutely nothing, until episode 70 of ExAlPod came along.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Are you ready for the sexiest episode yet of the Explosive Alan Podcast yet? Episode 69 is here for your sexy aural pleasure, and boy is it a good one. Sexy Dan and Simon are here to bring you up to speed on all this week’s sexy gaming nonsense, from thieving copies of sexy Uncharted 4 to sexier Zelda delays, we have it all. Sex.

Kickstarter Watch:

What Makes You Happy:
Jake and Amir: Lonely and Horny
Friends of Nintendo Humble Bundle:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Did we just hit ten episodes in as many weeks? I believe we only bloody well went and did. To celebrate, we thought we'd take our new (cheap) 360-degree camera for a test run, only it all seemed to go horribly wrong and right now we have literally no idea if you'll ever see the footage we shot or the clever things we did with it. We guess that's the price you pay for being podcasting pioneers. In our rush to meet the strict 45-minute limit of our unreliable new purchase, we hare through all manner of features and games, including the returning 60-Second News Gong, Dark Souls: The Board Game, Shakespeare Lyrics, Quantum Break, Dark Souls 3 and a Great Debate about sequel frequency. Sequency.

Kickstarter Watch Link:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

NINE WEEKS IN A ROW! Come on, double digits. We can do this! Anyway, welcome to this week's Explosive Alan podcast. It's a podcast first this week as Simon and Dan attempt their first Skype episode from their respective houses. Does it work? Can you tell? Do let us know! This week we have much chatter about Dark Souls 3, Zelda and Miitomo. Actually, we have a whole load of Nintendo chat over all because THOSE TWO aren't here to stop us! MAD WITH POWER, WE ARE!

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Deftones 'Gore' -

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Episode 66 is here! IT REALLY IS! Only 34 episodes until episode 100, will we make it? Who knows. Future us knows, but that’s some Quantum Break type stuff, right there. GOOD SEGWAY! Because this week we chat all things Quantum Break as well as the usual getting to know us nonsense, a lovely musical challenge and a debate about TV in gaming. Stick around, it’s worth it, we promise.*

*Not a guarantee.

What Makes Us Happy Links

The Alanimatrix:
Rogue One Trailer:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 11:20pm UTC

He’s back! The wanderer returns! Dan Maher makes his triumphant paternity return in the 65th episode of The Explosive Alan Podcast. Join the fab 4 as this week we discuss all things VR, Pokken, and how DC can save their film franchises (or whether they even should!) INTREST PIQUED? Well, check it out, it’s free after all.

What Makes You Happy Links

Slow Mo Guys

Batman: Bad Blood

The Lobster:

Batman V Superman Fails Article

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:00am UTC

Happy Easter weekend! For those of you who had your Friday yesterday, enjoy yourself a relaxing lay in with this week’s fresh off the presses Explosive Alan Podcast. This week we have two very special guests in the form of Double Jump and YouTube’s very own Cam and Seb! Join Simon and Gareth as we navigate this week’s world of gaming with some chat about what we’ve been playing, some Googly Boogly, and a lovely debate about modular consoles. Enjoy, and have yourself a very lazy weekend. You’ve earned it!

Kickstarter Watch:
The Pride Vol. 1 Hardover Collection

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Do you know the score? You’d don’t? Then you probably don’t know the truth! This week we have a very special guest in the form of The Miller Report’s Simon Miller, and he does NOT suffer chuffsters lightly. Join us as we chat games from Hitman to the Division, and have a right old debate about the possibility of episodic games on a broader scale. Welcome, friends!



Adore Delano - Hello, I Love You


Address is Approximate


Video Copilot Saber


The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness


WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair!-nation-with-ric-flair/id991930026?mt=2

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Back once again with the renegade master! Well, maybe not the renegade master as such, but you’ve got three quarters of the Explosive Alan Podcast team at least. This week, it’s lights, camera, ACTION as we ditch everything we’ve done for the last 61 episodes and do a film centric show. We’ve got all your recent films covered, the return of the challenge segment as well as a debate on reboots vs originals. We hope you enjoy it, friends! CUT!

The Katering Show:
Real Life Hitman:  
Watchtower of Turkey:  

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 12:06pm UTC

Happy Friday, everyone! You made it through another week, and as a present, here’s a SUPERHOT 61st episode of The Explosive Alan Podcast for your ears! Ash, Simon and Gareth are here to guide you through this week’s gaming nonsense including SUPERHOT, XCOM 2, Pinstripe and the delays to Uncharted 4. Also a chair incident. Enjoy!



Multitimbral FM Synthesizer Shield:




Wintergatan - Marble Machine:

Holi S**t:

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

Last week we were one, this week we are two! Join us, as Simon and Gareth round up the week’s nonsense in our 60th episode of The Explosive Alan Podcast. We’ve got sandwich chat, music talk, space travel and whether crumpets are a worthwhile breakfast. All the things you’d expect from an award winning games podcast. Welcome aboard, friends!

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 6:27pm UTC

In the wake of 3 busy weeks, a butt-load of work and a brand new baby Alan in the form of Orla Leathem Maher (Congrats to Dan and Helen), Simon takes it upon himself to do an episode ALL ON HIS OWN. Can he do it? Can he be the hero this city needs? Probably not, but he'll give it a damn good try.


No, seriously though, this is a shorter episode intentionally so we can get something out more regularly when we can't all get together to so a full episode. We hope you like it!


We've got Gravity Rush, Jackbox Party Pack 2, Miitomo, Sonic, ALL THE USUAL THINGS! Enjoy!

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The Witness. Oh, The Witness. We discuss our mutual obsession with Thekla's line-drawing masterpiece, as well as our love for Yakuza 5, Downwell, Guitar Hero Live, Westerados and Ash's early impressions of XCOM 2. There's also a new section dedicated to raising awareness of promising Kickstarters, HOT HOT NEWS, a challenge that in no way resembles popular quiz show Jeopardy! and talk of games doing more to help players give their characters personality.

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 2:19pm UTC

Another new episode? 3 weeks in a row? And all four of us are back together? We really are spoiling you, dear listeners!

Join us as we return to format and discuss everything from what shampoo we use to keep our hair lovely, to fatherly gaming advice. Damn, we really are getting old, aren't we? We've also got your news, a very silly lip reading based challenge and a debate about the recently priced Oculus Rift.

Also, as mentioned in the show, here's the link to the Doom game you can play in your browser!

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Category:Gaming -- posted at: 1:16pm UTC

Ooh, part two, your mother too (and your daddy). Our alphabetical rundown of our pick of 2015 continues, beginning with a frank confession (sorry, CD Projekt) and ending with our top tips for 2016. Lots of great music from the games in question, too!

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It's 2016, the year where everyone will finally stop yamping on about Back to the Future II, and people come to their senses and realise that hoverboards with wheels aren't hoverboards at all! But hey, before you worry about what misfortunes await you and which of the 392 superhero films coming out this year will be duffers, listen to yet another bunch of people telling you about their favourite games of 2015. The big difference with this group of people is that their opinions actually matter. So join us - that is, Dan, Simon and Gareth - as we list our personal picks in the only order that matters: alphabetical. And, as the title suggests, this is an epic two-parter, so keep an ear out next week for the second half, where we'll also tell you what we're looking forward to in the year ahead.

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