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  1. Ability is pretty great. It’s a very trad sitcom but with a unique central character. It could so easily be mawkish and worthy but it’s done really well. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b2nh1n/episodes/guide
  2. Cheers chaps! I’m surprised (& delighted) how many people keep discovering the show despite finishing up back in April. Also It shouldn’t bother me because but i feel compelled to point out I’m actually welsh/Irish and I live in Scotland. No idea why I have the accent I do. Too much TV probably.
  3. Thanks guys! It’s a m purposeful ending as I’m not going to be able to maintain the regularity I have for the past three years, but I may still do the odd one if the opportunity presents. Next week’s episode should be fun, though I don’t know if I can beat listening to it. I never thought being interviewed would be so nerve wracking.
  4. Mel was a highlight, and similarly people like Chris Crawford, Richard Garriott, Rod Humble and Tim Schafer were all around from the jump and helped shape the medium, so their stories were amazing. Steven Bailey and Mike Cook were, to me, the best examples of what I imagined the show would be when I first started. They hit that sweet spot of the cultural and social impact that games had on their lives, and also they're both really smart and engaging. I enjoyed needing out about Tony Hawk with Erica LaHaie. Ellie Gibson made me laugh more than anyone. It's going to be interesting listening back when I start running them again. Like, there was an ep with Tim Kinzy & Andrew Seklir who made a documentary about Nibbler called Man vs. Snake. Aside from the documentary, both of them work as editors and when I interviewed them they were telling me all about the show they were currently working on called Westworld, which at the time I assumed would just be a cheesy cash in.
  5. There is definitely an episode in the works. Might just be a one off, but he is actively working on it.
  6. The latest and last (!) Checkpoints just went live today, ep #128. For the final show I managed to pull Robert Ashley from video game retirement and we have a brilliant chat about his life in games. There are a bunch of reasons I'm finishing up the show - which if you're interested I talk about in next week's epilogue episode where I'm interviewed by Violet Berlin - suffice to say it's for good reasons. I'm sticking the landing. It's been a brilliant time! Thanks to everyone who has listened. If you never listened I'm going to start repeating the show from the start in the next few weeks. The content is evergreen, iTunes only archives the last 100 eps and there are WAY more people listening to the show now than there were at the start so it seems appropriate. declandineen.com/checkpoints
  7. Checkpoints is 100 episodes old today! This forum has always been super supportive, especially back in the beginning, so thanks! My guest for 100 is Tim Schafer, so it's a hell of an episode too - declandineen.com/checkpoints
  8. I've actually reached out to Jeff a bunch of times but never had a response. He seems very much like a man who lives to his own schedule but I'll keep at it. Thanks for listening!
  9. We're talking proper pie in the sky dream guests here, but it's Sid Meier, Peter Molyneux, Will Wright & Shigeru Miyamoto. I have no idea idea how to get in touch with any of them but you never know. I didn't think I'd ever speak to Ken and yet here we are!
  10. I haven't posted about my show here for ages but Ken Levine was on today which was very exciting so I'm keen to share. When I first started the podcast he was one of my top five guests so it was a real thrill to chat. It helps that he was super engaging and we ended up with a really interesting interview too I think. You can listen here: declandineen.com/checkpoints
  11. 90% of people's best themes in this thread were written by the same dude. The Mozart of Saturday morning kids TV, Shuki Levy. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuki_Levy
  12. The Biffo episode is up btw in case anyone missed it - http://declandineen.com/checkpoints/lyhclke95khxfb5nydn3td2t68mnnb It was one of the most technically fraught interviews I've done, but hopefully most of it is smoothed out in the edit. Good talk!
  13. Ashley, though Zacney is a good shout too! Thanks for listening,hope you enjoy them, tell your friends etc. After Biffo all the December episodes are all people who have made some of my favourite 2016 games, Zach Gage (really bad chess) AP Thompson (Beglitched) Alex Preston (Hyper Light Drifter) and Jonathan Burroughs (Virginia)
  14. Being somebody who first got into podcasts through the 1up shows I've had Jeff and John on my show, and am hoping to get Shawn and Robert in the New Year. Jeff - http://declandineen.com/checkpoints/lfxykybyyb5h2k2phzxh9938x33f73 John - http://declandineen.com/checkpoints/ygaxeks8rppbwnwpt87cx8ybdf6tfd I haven't plugged Checkpoints here in a while, but I've been on a tear of great guests recently if you haven't been listening. The latest episode with Meat Boy creator Edmund McMillen has been one of the most well received episodes I've done. Mr. Biffo on Monday too!
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    Nice one, thanks! Gonna try that later. I'm currently stuck on the boss of level 6 but I'll get through it. I kind of love that I'm stuck, because it's not because I'm confused or under levelled or don't have the right gear, I'm stuck because I'm just not good enough at the game yet. Feels good.
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    What is the technique you're using to fly through the corners? I'm guessing that also gives you a boost for how long you stay airborne? Is it just holding the stick up and to the left/right? That's the one mechanic I've been struggling to hit consistently.
  17. Really enjoying it so far, new mechanics seem neat and don't change the fundamentals too much. The decision to have so many different levels for score attack completely baffles me though. It should just be one map, five minutes, best score wins.
  18. I don't know, and I'm not even sure how to check, but I think breaking the top ten or hitting new and noteworthy is a big deal in the same way that a game being featured is a big deal, iTunes is still the biggest marketplace. If people tweet at me or tweet about the show, I always try and ask how they discovered it. 90% of the time it's through Overcast, the Marco Arment podcast app. Checkpoints is regularly one of the most recommended games and hobbies shows, and that has absolutely helped new people find it. Since iTunes is still the biggest podcast store, so to speak, I think being reviewed well can only help. It's partly an image thing too. The iTunes page for a podcast will generally be one of the top hits when you search for it on google, so is always nice to have more stars. In my experience, I've got most of my listeners through forums like this and word of mouth, but mainly from people on the show tweeting about it. There is a gradual uptick in listeners and subscribers with every new guest exposing the show to a new audience, which is one of the benefits of doing an interview show. I'm genuinely not sure though. Podcast stats are incredibly wooly and unreliable in general, unless anyone here can point me in the direction of anything better than feedburner?
  19. I hate doing the back to back posting, I may actually hold off for a while since I'm sure everyone who was going to listen has listened, but Checkpoints is fifty episodes old today. I celebrated by releasing an episode with Bennett Foddy - the creator of QWOP, philosopher, professor and some time bass player in Cut Copy - and launching a Patreon. declandineen.com/checkpoints patreon.com/checkpoints Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who's checked out the show. Rllmuk has been good to me.
  20. Cheers for the shout out! I didn't like the stage revolving bit but otherwise thought it was pretty great. It's a tricky proposition to keep gamers happy and appeal to a broad audience and I think they did a fine job of it. Certainly seems to have gone down well. One of the things I found most interesting about getting clearance was how difficult it was to figure out who owns what. Especially with older games, because companies have been bought and sold and dismantled so many times, tracking who owned the copyright was a nightmare. For instance, somebody might own the rights to the character, but another company might own the rights to the code, and somebody else might own the rights to the IP. There were some instances where companies would have to tell them honestly that they think it'd be OK, but even they couldn't be sure they actually owned the rights. My favourite trivia was that Steve's first comedy job was as the guy in the audience for this infamous Brendon Burns bit:
  21. Checkpoints #49 is out. My guest is Steve McNeil, one of the creators of Go 8 Bit which starts tonight at 10pm on Dave. Really good chat, a lot of deep videogame love, some comedy history and the challenge of translating Go 8 Bit from a fringe show to a TV show. All the links etc. declandineen.com/checkpoints
  22. Haha! I know, I know. It's a bad joke/habit I picked up from listening to Idle Thumbs. I think I only say it once so I hope it doesn't detract too much.
  23. Thanks guys! Glad you liked it. Why not leave a review and rating on iTunes? The latest episode is well self indulgent but I really liked it. The autosave episodes are basically my love letter to a life well wasted.
  24. Belter of a Checkpoints this week with Ellie Gibson, formerly of Eurogamer, now one half of Scummy Mummies and soon to be seen in Dara O'Briain's Go 8 Bit on Dave. Probably the most I've ever laughed in an episode. All the iTunes, RSS links etc are here: declandineen.com/checkpoints Cheers!
  25. Checkpoints #45 is up, and as a huge fan of Idle Thumbs it was a real thrill to welcome Chris Remo to the show. Great talk! We talk early obsessions with Civilization, first discovering Star Wars via the PC X-Wing games, college dorm Starcraft battles, playing through the videogame canon in a matter of months, the history of Idle Thumbs and why his love of Lucasarts adventure games have played such a pivotal role in his life. declandineen.com/checkpoints
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