Digitally Uploaded


Retro-riffic! JRPGs, horror and platformers galore! (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #30)

We're all about the retro this week on the DDNet podcast, as we chat about our favourite JRPGs, horror games, and platformers from yesteryear.

Which Final Fantasy is the best, are there any good modern platformers that compare to the classic Mario games from yesteryear, and why has modern horror so lost the plot when it comes to being scary? We talk about this and more!

As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to tell us what you think of the podcast!

Catch us on our social media:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Alan M: @ironshroom

And if you liked any of the music on this week's show, here's the tracklist:

Lots of Laugh - Hatsune Miku
Theme - Wild Arms
Xnaut Fortress - Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
Machine Village - NieR: Automata



Hellblade, Unity, and rhythm games (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #29)

Last week Hellblade was released, and it absolutely blew us away with the way it treated mental illness, and various other themes within the game. We kick off this week's podcast exploring just how that game impacted on us, and how incredibly different it is to almost anything else we've played before.

Then we talk about game engines, briefly, and the nonsense reputation that Unity has at the moment. Too many people see the Unity logo and immediately assume that the game is poor quality, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

Finally we chat about rhythm games; what we like in a good rhythm game, and why we like it. And wow do we like a bunch of different rhythm games.

As always thanks for listening in! Catch us on our social media accounts here:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Harvard L: @harvardliu
Matt C: @MC_Odd

And if you liked any of the music this week, here's the tracklist:

1925 - Hatsune Miku
The Copied City - NieR: Automata
Main Theme - Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
Leaving Earth - Mass Effect 3



JRPGs, JRPGs, and yet more JRPGs (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #28)

It's all about JRPGs this week! What got us into JRPGs, what we love about the genre, and all that good stuff. From the classics, right through to the modern examples of the genre. We also discuss what might be driving the renaissance for JRPGs today - because between the likes of Final Fantasy XV, Persona 5, Yakuza 0 and NieR: Automata, there has been an absolute surge for the genre in recent years. So why are we talking all about JRPGs this week? Because we all love the genre, of course!

What are your favourite JRPGs, and what got you into the genre? Let us know - we're always keen to hear from fellow fans of the genre!

Thanks for listening, and if you'd like to catch us on our social media accounts, here you go:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Tyler Treese: @tylertreese
Ginny W: @ginnywoes

And if you liked any of the music on the podcast this week, here's the track list for you:

Dye - Megurine Luka
Prologue - Lost Odyssey
Theme - Fire Emblem 7
Opera Theme - Final Fantasy VI



The games of August, dream cross-overs, and we love Dragon Quest (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #27)

August is one very busy month for games. The entire month sees an unending stream of really exciting titles to look forward to, so this week on the Digitally Uploaded podcast, we chat about the title's we're most looking forward to.

We also take a look at Dragon Quest, following the wonderful news that Dragon Quest XI will be localised into English. It's a brilliant franchise, and we love it at DDNet, so you can expect a lot of gushing there.

Finally, with Warriors All Stars being one of the big releases this month, we also get to chatting about what character crossover games we'd like the most. And, yes, Hatsune Miku would be perfect in all of them.

Thanks as always for listening! Here are the social media accounts of everyone on this week's podcast, if you'd like to jump on and chat with us:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Matt C: @MC_Odd
Ginny W: @ginnywoes

And if you liked any of the music on the show, here's the tracklist:

Tricolore Airlines - Hatsune Miku
The Eigth Canticle - Masquerada
Final Fantasy 2 - Battle Theme
Flower Garden - Yoshi's Island




Non-violent games! Boxes under the TV! Beers and gaming! (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #26)

This week on Digitally Uploaded kicks off with a discussion about violence in games, or, more specifically, non-violent games. Since last week we have been utterly in love with a little Aussie game called Yonder, and it's very much like how Zelda: Breath of the Wild would be if Zelda had no violence in it... yes, that's right, Zelda is a violent game, not that we ever think of it that way.

From there we have a chat about the number of boxes that we have under the TV, which is frankly getting ridiculous. What was once a couple of consoles is now an endless series of these things... are they really necessary?

Finally, we talk about what we eat and drink while we play video games. Not Moutain Dew and Doritos. We won't be consuming them until the latest cheque clears...

Enjoy the podcast! Here's our social media accounts if you want to follow us on Twitter:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Alan M: @Ironshroom

And if you liked the music on the show, here's the YouTube links:

Rollin' Girl - Hatsune Miku
Theme Track - Mario Kart 8
Ordeal Boss - Team Kirby Clash Deluxe
Infinite Azure Round One - Tekken 7

Thanks as always for listening in!



The perv-cast! All about sex in games. Also Shephy and talking about *really different* games! (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #25)

After a certain games journalist came out last week to attack anyone who likes a certain kind of Japanese game by calling them a "pervert" we decided to embrace our inner perviness this week and talk about sex in games.

Yes, that's right, it's okay to enjoy sexy games, and that doesn't make you a pervert any more than liking FPSers makes you a gun killer. After also talking about the difference between games with sexualised content that aren't sexy at all (because they're just too nonsense) and games that are genuinely erotic, we then also change tone completely to talk about Shephy, and the difficulty in reviewing games that are so different they're quite broken in some ways, but so utterly interesting in others.

Thanks as always for listening! If you liked any of the music in this week's podcast, here's the track list for you:

Blackjack - Megurine Luka
Machine Village - Nier Automata
Fields of Ard Skellige - Witcher 3
Dracula's Castle - Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

And you can catch us on our social media:

Matt S - @digitallydownld
Ginny W - @ginnywoes
Harvard L - @harvardliu


The music episode! Our favourite soundtracks, Final Fantasy concerts, and more! (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #24)

We have a special episode of the Digitally Uploaded podcast this week; we're talking all about all things music!

Music is often the unappreciated part of a game, but without amazing soundtracks, our favourite video games would just not have the same emotional resonance and power. In celebration of that, this week we talk about what we like in our video game soundtracks, whether we'd go to a symphony for game music (and what we think about the ones that we have been to), and we play the old "if you were stranded on an island with just three game soundtracks to listen to, what would you have with you" game.

We've also picked personal favourite songs to play through the show! If you like any of them yourself, here's the playlist:

Cinco De Chocobo - Final Fantasy VII
Theme from Yoshi's Story
Theme from Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Sera Was Never: Dragon Age Inquisition

You can catch us on our social media too, of course:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Alan M: @ironshroom
Ginny W: @ginnywoes
James S: @j_swinbanks

Thanks as always for listening, and see you next week!



Are games ever really boring? Also what we’ll be playing in July and having fun with RPG Maker (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #23)

After a week's hiatus (down here in Australia it's winter and that means sickness season), we're back! This week on the podcast we look at a wide range of different topics.

First up, are games ever really "boring?" It's a word that often gets thrown around, but you have to wonder if it's really boredom or a lack of understanding that's driving the criticism - we talk about that in the context of Valkyria Revolution a lot this week.

We also look at the game releases in July (finally! A relatively quite month for releases), and then chat about RPG Maker; a series of accessible game development tools that we've all been using for many years, and there's a new one just released on Nintendo 3DS.

Thanks as always for listening, and catch us on our social media if you'd like!

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Matt C: @MC_Odd
Ginny W: @ginnywoes

And if you liked the music in this week's episode, here's the track list for you:

Nostalogic - MEIKO
Tawna Bonus Round Music - Crash Bandicoot
Spread the Wings - Garou Mark of the Wolves
Marching - Valkyria Revolution



The Nintendo wrap! Also all things E3 and getting back into Final Fantasy XIV (Digitally Uploaded 2017, Episode #22)

It's time for the final podcast on this year's E3 show. This week we talk about what we liked (and didn't), and talk in-depth about Nintendo, which we were particularly impressed with this year.

Also this week we talk about Final Fantasy XIV, which has a new expansion just out, and we're enjoying that a great deal.

Thanks as always for listening in, and you can follow us on our social medias here:

Matt S: @digitallydownld
Ginny W: @ginnywoes
Matt C: @MC_Odd
Trent P: @trinest

And if you liked any of the music on the podcast this week, here's the tracklist:

Ray: Hatsune Miku and Bump of Chicken
Good King Moggle Mog: Final Fantasy XIV
A Light In The Storm: Final Fantasy XIV
Stormblood Theme: Final Fantasy XIV



Sony’s E3 2017 conference was a real disappointment, unfortunately

The last major show of E3 has come and gone (remembering that Nintendo's is technically a Web show and not a live experience), and... well, Sony was underwhelming, to say the least.

The company came out with the intention to show off all its blockbuster development. That much was clear. But the lack of indie and Japanese games on display through the show was disappointing, given what we had enjoyed in previous years. A lot of that stuff was displayed in the event pre-show, for whatever reason.

There were some highlights - Spider-man, Shadow of the Colossus Remake and Detroit among those, but sadly it looks like TGS will be the event to get us really excited about Sony this year.

And it ended so abruptly, too. The PlayStation 4 has so much stuff coming out on it that it was surprising that Sony was done and dusted within an hour. The entire DDNet team was caught waiting for the show to continue.

This is our last live response podcast, but next week we'll be back to the normal podcast formula, where we'll talk about E3 in general and Nintendo. Thanks for listening, and we hope you've enjoyed these little podcasts this week!