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Listen to Brits Jalada and Sefran discuss gaming, technology and more in short, easily digestible episodes.

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no Octal FM info+5a2b040cd97c54ea788d0f6d@pippa.io episodic http://assets.pippa.io/shows/5a2b040cd97c54ea788d0f6d/show-cover.png https://octal.fm/ <![CDATA[Octal FM]]> https://feed.pippa.io/public/shows/octalfm <![CDATA[033: MMOs in Disguise]]> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT 37:06 5a5d0b691afb29d07db864ec no full 33 In this episode we discuss the emerging trend of adding massively multiplayer features to games that otherwise might be single player. Is this something we want to see more? Or is it just a way of extracting more 'value' from gamers?

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we discuss the emerging trend of adding massively multiplayer features to games that otherwise might be single player. Is this something we want to see more? Or is it just a way of extracting more 'value' from gamers?

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[032: Games of 2018]]> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:00:00 GMT 42:41 5a4a4d445b8a226b774692b6 no full 32 Happy New Year everyone! In this episode we are joined again by Antonia, who last joined us to talk about Stardew Valley. This time, the three of us discuss some of the video games we're most looking forward to in 2018.


  • Sefran: Far Cry 5, Into the breach, and Wargroove.
  • Antonia: Monster Hunter World, Ni No Kuni 2, Kingdom Hearts III, and Bayonetta 3.
  • Jalada: Sea of Thieves, Last of Us Part 2, and Age of Empires 4.


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Happy New Year everyone! In this episode we are joined again by Antonia, who last joined us to talk about Stardew Valley. This time, the three of us discuss some of the video games we're most looking forward to in 2018.


  • Sefran: Far Cry 5, Into the breach, and Wargroove.
  • Antonia: Monster Hunter World, Ni No Kuni 2, Kingdom Hearts III, and Bayonetta 3.
  • Jalada: Sea of Thieves, Last of Us Part 2, and Age of Empires 4.


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<![CDATA[031: HCI and UX with Elizabeth Chesters]]> Tue, 19 Dec 2017 19:00:00 GMT 35:30 5a2d80f33f58b9fd6f51a5a4 yes full 31 In this episode we are joined by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience consultant, human-computer interaction student, and software developer. We ask her about her job, what HCI is, and what's in store in the future for how we interact with our devices.



Follow El:


Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we are joined by Elizabeth Chesters, a user experience consultant, human-computer interaction student, and software developer. We ask her about her job, what HCI is, and what's in store in the future for how we interact with our devices.



Follow El:


Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[030: An act of God]]> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 19:00:02 GMT 44:15 no full 30 In this episode we’re joined by our friend Tom, aka @x5315. Tom co-created Twitterfall with Jalada back in 2009.

To follow up from Episode 25 where Jalada talked about building Twitterfall, Tom is here to tell us the story from his point of view, and what he’s up to now.

The whiteboard of features in Tom’s university dorm room:

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we’re joined by our friend Tom, aka @x5315. Tom co-created Twitterfall with Jalada back in 2009.

To follow up from Episode 25 where Jalada talked about building Twitterfall, Tom is here to tell us the story from his point of view, and what he’s up to now.

The whiteboard of features in Tom’s university dorm room:

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[029: Homeworld, Zero Dawn]]> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:00:11 GMT 39:00 no full 29 In this episode of Octal FM, the two of us catch up and talk about what games we’ve been playing.

Jalada has been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn (affiliate link, proceeds go to Octal FM).

Sefran has been playing Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

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In this episode of Octal FM, the two of us catch up and talk about what games we’ve been playing.

Jalada has been playing Horizon: Zero Dawn (affiliate link, proceeds go to Octal FM).

Sefran has been playing Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

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<![CDATA[028: Konnichiwa!]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 19:00:10 GMT 42:30 no In this episode Sefran talks about visiting his favourite place in the world; Japan. We chat about what it’s like to visit, the things you should know before going, and what it was like when Sefran visited for the first time.

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In this episode Sefran talks about visiting his favourite place in the world; Japan. We chat about what it’s like to visit, the things you should know before going, and what it was like when Sefran visited for the first time.

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<![CDATA[027: Jump to it]]> Tue, 24 Oct 2017 18:00:25 GMT 41:30 no In this episode we return to the topic of platformers. All the things we love, some of the things we hate.

Not much in the way of notes for this episode; we really just sit back and have a bit of a chat. Enjoy!

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In this episode we return to the topic of platformers. All the things we love, some of the things we hate.

Not much in the way of notes for this episode; we really just sit back and have a bit of a chat. Enjoy!

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<![CDATA[026: Junk food gaming]]> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:00:27 GMT 39:00 no In this episode of Octal FM we kick back and reminisce about all the MMOs we’ve played in the past.

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In this episode of Octal FM we kick back and reminisce about all the MMOs we’ve played in the past.

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<![CDATA[025: Building Twitterfall]]> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:00:44 GMT 39:00 no full In 2009 Jalada spent 2 hours building a website that would ultimately end up shaping his entire career. In this episode of Octal FM we tell you the story of that website.


Photo from Marcus Warren @ Telegraph

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In 2009 Jalada spent 2 hours building a website that would ultimately end up shaping his entire career. In this episode of Octal FM we tell you the story of that website.


Photo from Marcus Warren @ Telegraph

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<![CDATA[024: Gamers shaping games]]> Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:00:18 GMT 38:00 no In this episode Jalada and Sefran sit back and chat about how gamers shape games through coming up with challenges, speedruns, or rewriting the games themselves through modding.

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In this episode Jalada and Sefran sit back and chat about how gamers shape games through coming up with challenges, speedruns, or rewriting the games themselves through modding.

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<![CDATA[023: The Best Ever – Super Mario]]> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 18:00:06 GMT 38:30 no In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in the Super Mario series is the best; Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island?

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In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in the Super Mario series is the best; Super Mario Sunshine, or Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island?

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<![CDATA[022: Back this podcast today!]]> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:00:04 GMT 38:00 no In this episode we talk about early access games. Everything from their origins, where we think they’re going, and some of our favourite and least favourite games we’ve backed or bought before release.

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In this episode we talk about early access games. Everything from their origins, where we think they’re going, and some of our favourite and least favourite games we’ve backed or bought before release.

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<![CDATA[021: A wild Pokémon master appears!]]> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:00:09 GMT 43:30 no In this episode we are joined by the brilliant Marti Bennett. Marti kindly agreed to tell us all about playing Pokémon competitively and recount some of her own stories and experiences of the professional Pokémon scene.

Follow Marti:

Related reading/watching:

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: GlitchxCity – Champion Cynthia Battle Remix

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In this episode we are joined by the brilliant Marti Bennett. Marti kindly agreed to tell us all about playing Pokémon competitively and recount some of her own stories and experiences of the professional Pokémon scene.

Follow Marti:

Related reading/watching:

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: GlitchxCity – Champion Cynthia Battle Remix

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<![CDATA[020: Enter the Matrix]]> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 18:00:36 GMT 37:42 no We recently got the opportunity to go hands-on with an Oculus Rift, complete with Oculus Touch controllers and two sensors. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and impressions, and what we think is in store for the future.

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We recently got the opportunity to go hands-on with an Oculus Rift, complete with Oculus Touch controllers and two sensors. In this episode we discuss our thoughts and impressions, and what we think is in store for the future.

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<![CDATA[019: The ‘in-game’ illusion]]> Tue, 04 Jul 2017 18:00:40 GMT 39:42 no In this episode we discuss how video game advertising and trailers have changed, why ‘footage captured in game’ means nothing, and whether any of this matters at all.

  • Read Patch The Process, an article about ‘day one patches’ by indie game dev Rami Ismail.

There’s lots of videos you should watch to accompany this episode:

 

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In this episode we discuss how video game advertising and trailers have changed, why ‘footage captured in game’ means nothing, and whether any of this matters at all.

  • Read Patch The Process, an article about ‘day one patches’ by indie game dev Rami Ismail.

There’s lots of videos you should watch to accompany this episode:

 

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<![CDATA[018: Is the 3D platformer dead?]]> Tue, 20 Jun 2017 20:27:10 GMT 37:30 no In this episode of Octal FM we try to decide: Is the 3D platforming video game genre dead?

Games we discuss:

  • Arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros
  • Croc
  • Metroid and Castlevania
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Rogue-likes such as Spelunky and Rogue Legacy
  • Puzzle-platformers like Super Meat Boy and N+
  • Is Yooka-Laylee the return of 3D platformers?
  • Snake Pass

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: Juan Medrano – Mega Man 2 “Dokuta Wairi, Rival to the Light”

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In this episode of Octal FM we try to decide: Is the 3D platforming video game genre dead?

Games we discuss:

  • Arcade games such as Donkey Kong, Mario Bros
  • Croc
  • Metroid and Castlevania
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Rogue-likes such as Spelunky and Rogue Legacy
  • Puzzle-platformers like Super Meat Boy and N+
  • Is Yooka-Laylee the return of 3D platformers?
  • Snake Pass

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: Juan Medrano – Mega Man 2 “Dokuta Wairi, Rival to the Light”

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<![CDATA[017: Press play to continue]]> Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:00:30 GMT 35:40 no In this episode we talk all about the state of difficulty in video games. Are they too easy? Too hard? Does it matter?

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: The OneUps – Funky Mario Circut (Radio Edit)

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In this episode we talk all about the state of difficulty in video games. Are they too easy? Too hard? Does it matter?

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

Outro music: The OneUps – Funky Mario Circut (Radio Edit)

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<![CDATA[016: Our favourite video game music]]> Tue, 23 May 2017 18:00:18 GMT 45:32 no In this episode we continue our discussion theme of video game music. Instead of picking out examples we think are ‘good use’ of video game music, we just pick out games that have soundtracks that we think are awesome.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we continue our discussion theme of video game music. Instead of picking out examples we think are ‘good use’ of video game music, we just pick out games that have soundtracks that we think are awesome.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[015: The art of video game music]]> Tue, 09 May 2017 21:38:27 GMT 42:00 no In this episode we pick out some of our favourite uses of music in video games.

Some other games that we were considering include: Banjo-Kazooie, Journey and Audiosurf. There are many more great examples of the use of music in video games, get in touch and let us know yours!

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we pick out some of our favourite uses of music in video games.

Some other games that we were considering include: Banjo-Kazooie, Journey and Audiosurf. There are many more great examples of the use of music in video games, get in touch and let us know yours!

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[014: Internet all the Things!]]> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:00:30 GMT 32:00 no We discuss how lives are becoming more internet connected, the history and hype around ‘smart homes’, and generally demystify the Internet of Things.

Further reading:

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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We discuss how lives are becoming more internet connected, the history and hype around ‘smart homes’, and generally demystify the Internet of Things.

Further reading:

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[013: Video games; the new spectator sport?]]> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:30:21 GMT 41:00 no In this episode we take a deeper look at eSports and how it compares to more traditional sporting events.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this episode we take a deeper look at eSports and how it compares to more traditional sporting events.

Intro/outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[012: Why are mobile games so rubbish?]]> Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:59:32 GMT 42:18 no In their most click-bait episode ever, Jalada and Sefran discuss the state of mobile phone games, where they think the industry is going, and some games that perhaps aren’t so bad after all.

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: OC/DC – Rise of the Piggies 

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In their most click-bait episode ever, Jalada and Sefran discuss the state of mobile phone games, where they think the industry is going, and some games that perhaps aren’t so bad after all.

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: OC/DC – Rise of the Piggies 

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<![CDATA[011: Playing favourites]]> Tue, 14 Mar 2017 21:06:32 GMT 53:54 no In another case of ‘Jalada and Sefran weren’t paying attention to the episode timer’, this bonus-length episode is all about our favourite video game consoles.

  • Nintendo GameBoy
  • Sega GameGear
  • Nintendo 64
  • PlayStation 4
  • Joint favourite: Nintendo GameCube
    • In the episode we say that the Wavebird was the first wireless controller. Of course, there were others before it, but it was pretty much the first to use radio-frequency (which was great) instead of infrared (which was terrible).

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: Nostalvania – Seven Pipes to Heaven

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In another case of ‘Jalada and Sefran weren’t paying attention to the episode timer’, this bonus-length episode is all about our favourite video game consoles.

  • Nintendo GameBoy
  • Sega GameGear
  • Nintendo 64
  • PlayStation 4
  • Joint favourite: Nintendo GameCube
    • In the episode we say that the Wavebird was the first wireless controller. Of course, there were others before it, but it was pretty much the first to use radio-frequency (which was great) instead of infrared (which was terrible).

Intro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion
Outro music: Nostalvania – Seven Pipes to Heaven

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<![CDATA[010: Let’s talk MOBAs]]> Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:00:37 GMT 35:42 no full Tom (‘modest’ on Summoner’s Rift) joins Jalada and Sefran to talk about MOBAs; what they are, where they came from, and why they’re so much fun.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion.

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Tom (‘modest’ on Summoner’s Rift) joins Jalada and Sefran to talk about MOBAs; what they are, where they came from, and why they’re so much fun.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion.

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<![CDATA[009: Molyneux management]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:33:24 GMT 40:28 no Jalada and Sefran explain why community management is so important in the development and maintaining of video games, from the perspective of video gamers.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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Jalada and Sefran explain why community management is so important in the development and maintaining of video games, from the perspective of video gamers.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[008: Tending our turnips]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 21:21:56 GMT 34:46 no Antonia joins us for this episode where we discuss what makes life-sim games appealing, and why Stardew Valley is such a great example of one.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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Antonia joins us for this episode where we discuss what makes life-sim games appealing, and why Stardew Valley is such a great example of one.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[007: From Pandemics to Werewolves]]> Tue, 17 Jan 2017 21:45:48 GMT 53:01 no full Episode seven is a bonus length episode all about board gaming. From traditional co-operative games like Pandemic, to fast-paced social games like One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Jalada and Sefran break into this huge topic with a summary overview of some of the main types of board games, with a selection of ones to try yourself.

Links to purchase any of these titles are affiliate links, proceeds go towards Octal FM and our general happiness.


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Episode seven is a bonus length episode all about board gaming. From traditional co-operative games like Pandemic, to fast-paced social games like One Night Ultimate Werewolf, Jalada and Sefran break into this huge topic with a summary overview of some of the main types of board games, with a selection of ones to try yourself.

Links to purchase any of these titles are affiliate links, proceeds go towards Octal FM and our general happiness.


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<![CDATA[006: How do I LAN?!]]> Tue, 03 Jan 2017 20:18:20 GMT 35:55 no Jalada and Sefran talk further about what you need to think about when running your own LAN, as well as discussing some of the history of LAN parties and events and the state of the community today.

We cover a lot in the show, but there’s a lot more to it. Here’s some related reading from what we covered, and some bits we didn’t:

Running your own LAN:

If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch and ask, and let us know about your successful LAN party!

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

*Links are affiliate links. Proceeds go towards helping us out.

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Jalada and Sefran talk further about what you need to think about when running your own LAN, as well as discussing some of the history of LAN parties and events and the state of the community today.

We cover a lot in the show, but there’s a lot more to it. Here’s some related reading from what we covered, and some bits we didn’t:

Running your own LAN:

If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch and ask, and let us know about your successful LAN party!

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

*Links are affiliate links. Proceeds go towards helping us out.

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<![CDATA[005: What makes a good LAN party game?]]> Tue, 20 Dec 2016 22:25:41 GMT 37:36 no Jalada and Sefran explain, with examples, some of the aspects of games that work well at LAN parties.

We touch on a whole bunch of games in this show, but in particular we highlight:

Other related reading:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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Jalada and Sefran explain, with examples, some of the aspects of games that work well at LAN parties.

We touch on a whole bunch of games in this show, but in particular we highlight:

Other related reading:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[004: RTS for short]]> Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:39:09 GMT 38:20 no Jalada and Sefran chat about six of their favourite genre-defining real-time strategy games.

Related reading from the show:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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Jalada and Sefran chat about six of their favourite genre-defining real-time strategy games.

Related reading from the show:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[003: The Best Ever – The Elder Scrolls]]> Tue, 22 Nov 2016 23:59:47 GMT 35:12 no In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in The Elder Scrolls series is the best; Oblivion or Skyrim?

Related reading from the show:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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In this ‘The Best Ever’ episode, Jalada and Sefran try to agree on which game in The Elder Scrolls series is the best; Oblivion or Skyrim?

Related reading from the show:

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

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<![CDATA[002: How could we forget Cortana?]]> Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:29:59 GMT 36:36 no Jalada and Sefran discuss voice-activated home assistants. We have a chat about what they are, how they work, and where we think the technology is going in the future.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

*Links are affiliate links. Proceeds go towards helping out OctalFM.

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Jalada and Sefran discuss voice-activated home assistants. We have a chat about what they are, how they work, and where we think the technology is going in the future.

Intro & outro music: JACKS – Runaway Fashion

*Links are affiliate links. Proceeds go towards helping out OctalFM.

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<![CDATA[001: Hero Mode activated]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:06:36 GMT 35:08 no full In this episode of Octal FM, Jalada tells Sefran what he thinks of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U.

Spoiler warning: Contains minor spoilers about Twilight Princess and a general discussion of the Zelda timeline.

Related reading from the show:


Music:

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In this episode of Octal FM, Jalada tells Sefran what he thinks of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U.

Spoiler warning: Contains minor spoilers about Twilight Princess and a general discussion of the Zelda timeline.

Related reading from the show:


Music:

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<![CDATA[000: No Man’s Reboot]]> Tue, 11 Oct 2016 22:28:55 GMT 30:59 no Welcome to Octal FM! After introducing your hosts, we dissect the PS4/PC game No Man’s Sky.

Related reading from the show:

Please let us know what you thought by Tweeting @octalfm, or using the email address in the show.

Intro & outro music: JACKS  – Runaway Fashion

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Welcome to Octal FM! After introducing your hosts, we dissect the PS4/PC game No Man’s Sky.

Related reading from the show:

Please let us know what you thought by Tweeting @octalfm, or using the email address in the show.

Intro & outro music: JACKS  – Runaway Fashion

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