Marsh, Tom Senior and Chris are joined by Hello Games’ Alex Wiltshire to discuss VR, Unreal Tournament, The Deer God, Homeworld and more.

Plus! A brief return to Evolve, a moment of appreciation for Notch’s fabulous money, far too many impressions of Half-Life sound effects than are reasonable, and the further adventures of both virtual and actual Kevin Spacey. Would you get Raph Koster’s face on a koala tattooed on your back? Would anybody? This and other questions, answered.

Show notes:

  • Valve’s VR announcement isn’t a Half-Life announcement, obviously. Here’s Graham’s glowing write-up.
  • Knightmare: VR’s future is British TV’s ancient past.
  • In the grim darkness of the far future, Unreal Tournament makes YOU.
  • The Deer God. All about them ruminant mammals.
  • Evolve. Again? Dunno, probably not.
  • Look at Notch’s magnificent money photo on the cover of Money Magazine, the magazine for money.
  • Homeworld. “It’s actually a really fucking sad story. About a giant boomerang.”
  • In space, no-one can hear you over the sound of Adagio for Strings.
  • Desktop Tower Defence, a standout example of acapella sound design.

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Tom Senior
Tom Francis
Marsh Davies
Chris Thursten
Graham Smith

Plus special guest Alex Wiltshire.

Our intro music is by The Mandibles from their track Clambake. Many of the band members now tour as Count Bobo And The Bullion.