The RPS Electronic Wireless Show Episode 4


We’ve done the impossible. We’ve worked out a way to make RPS’ podcast sound quality even worse. The following was recorded on the way back from the PC Gamer Showdown. On a Train. However, between the advice of Qt3’s Ryan Markel on the software processing front and the fact we’ve got our first special guests in the form of Warhammer: Age of Reckoning’s Paul Barnett and Electronic Arts’ Tom Mayo, we’ve somehow got something we think may be worth listening to. You can download it directly from here, the RSS feed is here and the Itunes link here. And the running order beneath the cut…

Running Order

00:00: Everyone Introduces themselves. Tom Mayo reveals his main job today. Paul Barnett goes “Woo!”.
01:00: Kieron quickly interjects explaining Paul wants to ask questions, which we’ll debate. He does his first. It’s about Beach, Cities or Mountains for Vacation. Wot? THIS IS A PC GAMING BLOG.
01:38: Three words which sum up computer games. Mocking commences, all around. Kieron reveals a rubbish word rate he works for.
02:37: A Good game is… it’s also cut short by some announcements on the train. Which I’ve cut out, as is totally unlistenable.
02:54: What is your platform of choice. No-one makes the train platform gag, which strikes me as a sign of weakness with hindsight. And I’ve deleted some of Tom’s answer too! Man! I suck! Don’t worry – Paul’s got a proper answer. Seriously, there’s no more cuts after this point, so I almost certainly won’t have fucked it up again.
06:52: What’s your dream game? As in, the game that comes to you as you’re about to go to sleep. Tom gives the world’s least exact answer. Kieron proves that he’s a weirdo. Paul gets all teary over Paradroid.
10:29: David Braben never got to Elite. Man!
10:45: What’s your favourite game? Kieron goes for retro cred. Tom goes for a pay rise. Paul bullies Tom a little before dissecting the immortal Lords of Midnight.
13:34: Kieron talks about the Hobbit. Again.
14:27: What RTS game would you recommend to a someone who’s never played one. Kieron goes for indie cred. Tom goes for another promotion.
15:13: And FPS? Which causes some hmm-ing and ahh-ing.
16:40: And Online games? Tom experiments with irony before going for another pay rise.
17:30: And Kieron has to recommend a strategy game. Kieron says Civ. Paul offers a white flag to Soren Johnson.
18:06: And Platform games? Kieron goes for indie cred. Again.
18:40: If you have to meet someone on their home turf, who would you meet? Kieron goes for the Wozster. Tom works the running gag as hard as he can. Paul tells a story about the french, then cheats atrociously with his real answer.
20:34: Tom likes all the bad Bitmap Brothers games. There’s general lust of Brutal Deluxe.
21:42: Paul decides it’s a good idea to do some of the questions we failed to do at previous night at the PC Gamer quiz at the showdown. The first one is to name a game, then to guess what the subtitle is. But really, make jokes.
22:13: It becomes clear that Paul has had time to prepare leads to many more gags. The dirty cheater.
24:01: Lots of confused mumbling here.
24:10: Paul segues into a debate about the confusing nomenclature of Star Wars films and general conversation.
25:25: Tom notes that this is totally unfair. You tell him, Tom.
26:00: Brainstorming over MMO quests.
27:19: Kieron remembers the funny thing from the previous night. It involves slurs on PC Gamer’s deputy Editor Tim Edward’s sexuality.
27:48: A little about Metal Gear Solid 4. Waitasec. Wrong blog again.
28:30: The second game works. Here we have to guess the screenshot from a game. You may see the problem with this game in a podcast.
29:40: This one actually works. Tom makes the best joke of the podcast. Kieron gets it wrong, despite having seen the answer.
30:39: Kieron makes a determined attempt to allow you to play along at home. Tom has a bit of a nervous breakdown.
31:19: Everyone joins in the nervous breakdown. We decide to stop.
31:36: A brief epilogue. Kieron makes an embarrassing confession.

Direct link here and stuff.

And, honestly, better sound soon.


  1. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    Yay! Shall listen to this in the gym tomorrow.

  2. The Archetype says:

    The quality isn’t actually this bad this time around. Still bad enough that when combined with your accents I have no idea what anyone said though.

  3. nabeel says:



  4. Gpig says:

    Keep us updated nabeel


  5. cyrenic says:

    Join us next week when we’ll be using a microphone placed in Kieron’s rectum.

  6. Theoban says:

    I bloody love these. Thanks people!

  7. Pod says:

    3rd person logs are fun.

  8. Pod says:

    ps; I actually got the monkey island screenshot! You should play this game more. I’m dead good at it.

  9. RedBrain says:

    Thanks for warning us on the sound quality this time around. You now have 1 life left before my forefinger hammers down the “unsubscribe” button in iTunes.
    You have been warned.

  10. DigitalSignalX says:

    Poor sound quality is just perfect for 1873. You guys sound fine on my I-Vitrola.

  11. Katsumoto says:

    I bet they’re quaking in their boots!

  12. Kieron Gillen says:

    RedBrain: If sound quality really is the big issue for you, you really should unsubscribe and only give it a shot when we actually say it’s any better.


  13. Thomas Lawrence says:

    Your shambolic, three-quarters-of-an-arse approach to “podcasting” is endlessly endearing, chaps. Keep it up, and long may the sound quality remain indifferent.

  14. Radiant says:

    Whilst very endearing that was the most self indulgent podcast I have ever heard.
    Come on fellas do better then that.

  15. Bobsy says:

    Okay, listen. There are ways around sound quality. Like, for instance, my old Creative Zen mp3 player has a microphone that records far clearer (and works excellently as a dictophone). Or just grab an old laptop and a microphone.

  16. The Sombrero Kid says:

    warren spector never worked for looking glass :P

  17. The Sombrero Kid says:

    actually i’m an idiot

  18. johnny_cuts says:

    Very very funny, splendid stuff.

    Also a contender for quite possibly the fastest podcast ever?

  19. Ginger Yellow says:

    That Bitmap Brothers discussion deserves further elaboration, if you ask me. Magic Pockets and Gods had their flaws, that’s for sure, but they were pretty good games if you ask me. Not Speedball II or Xenon II good, it’s true, but I spent many a happy hour playing them.

  20. Tom says:

    Thanks, Ginger Yellow, I feel vindicated. :)

    Also, Warhammer Online is awesome.

  21. Gap Gen says:

    Call of Duty 2 didn’t have a subtitle. The Big Red One was the console version.

  22. Lacobus says:

    Hey Kieron, thanks again for another free podcast, the others are all pretty good. I would say this one is as well but I couldn’t stand the train noise in my head. Sorry. I’m sure it was as witty as hell though.