At a closing down sale for a retro video games store, Matt found the creepiest Superman figure you’ll ever see… and he wants to share his pain with you, the audience.
A closer look at Bittboy, the handheld NES emulator from the makers of the Revo K101.
What darkness lurks inside Bleak Falls Barrow – and more importantly, can it be punched? If there’s one shambling, mutant man that can find out it’s the legendary BUCK PUNCHINGTON!
Matt revisits the much-maligned Aliens: Colonial Marines using the Overhaul mod from TemplarGFX. Is it possible for a mod to salvage a promising game from the disappointing mess that was released?
Want to try the mod for yourself? Find it at http://www.moddb.com/mods/templargfxs-acm-overhaul
Buck’s back, baby! Matt continues his barely-clad, poorly-armed bumble around the province of Skyrim and dies. A lot. But hey, he finds some magic gloves!
Who’s the punchy slaphead dude who travels Skyrim in the nude?
You’re damned right.
Matt attempts to grab some useful supplies and survive the nuclear apocalypse with comedic survival sim 60 SECONDS!
Join Matt as he fails spectacularly at a game requiring skill, dexterity and élan: Tea Party Simulator 2015! Will Matt please the demanding and scathing Ted? Or will he find himself at the receiving end of a disapproving glare and Hulk-like rage?
A girl doesn’t want much from life; just good grades, loyal friends AND THE UNWAVERING, UNDYING LOVE OF HER SENPAI. Luckily for those of use who aren’t a psychotic, lovestruck anime character a game exists to simulate the experience – and Matt’s putting it through its paces! Kind of. If he could just stop stabbing…
The Cobbett returns for a new challenge – namely creating sprite-art for randomly generated video games in Minecraft! But rather than whistle while they work, the dynamic duo have one of their traditional rambling chats, taking the conversation from “highly trained snakes” to “terrible PC game mods”.
Whilst Richard is off doing important journalisty-type-things Matt is joined by the now-infamous indie developer Resulka to play Dead Island and drag the ongoing conversation from “puppets in abusive relationships” to “highly trained snakes”. Can her antipodal charm bring a touch of class to the proceedings? Or will it just be a mess of crude…
Thanks to a timely power cut this week’s Tangential Recreation is delayed until Tuesday. Never fear, however, because to tide you over Matt once again delves into his collection of video game oddities to spill the secrets of the inFamous 2 Hero Edition. Was it worth the RRP, or is it just a bunch of…
Megadrive co-op classic Toejam & Earl provides the backdrop as Matt & Rich pull the weighty corpse of conversation from “why we shouldn’t be taught Shakespeare” to “puppets in abusive relationships”. Along the way Richard manages to to inspire the episode title with his insistence on being libellous and topical, and Matt displays blind optimism…
After weeks of Rich cheating with another YouTuber and (for some reason) his own bathroom, Matt reunites with Rich for the late-night booty call that is Tangential Recreation! This week the pair make their way through the NES version of 1980s earworm Bubble Bobble as they drag the conversation kicking and screaming from “the oddest…
Matt straps on his special Jackanory hat, pours out the hot cocoa and boots up the PlayStation 4 for another interactive story. This time around it’s Square Enix’s twisted time-travelling tale – tumescent with teenage trauma! – Life Is Strange. Which is far more intelligent than our attempts at alliteration.
Richard gets creative with his cursing – as in literally “invoking an evil fate upon another” as opposed to harsh language – whilst Matt resorts to damning with faint praise as the duo tackle this week’s moving wallpaper – Francisco Téllez de Meneses’ platforming tabletop RPG simulator UnEpic – whilst dragging the ongoing conversation from…
Over on The Richard Perspective YouTube channel Matt guests on the Game & Watch show, providing (slightly bemused) commentary on painfully bad edutainment adventure game Mean City. Dive into Frank Miller’s Lazy Town! Learn English! Find out what the Weasley family does with their squibs! Avoid the chicken!
Matt has impressive tackle and a sturdy rod, but he always fails to impress with tiddlers. But enough about his personal life, because there are far more amusing ways to put his dignity on the line, like making him play the PC conversion of Sega Bass Fishing – an old Dreamcast game which required a motion sensor – using a standard controller. Hooray for Humble Bundles!
Three sheets to the wind and with no idea what’s going on, a very sweary and terrified Matt revisits a yolksy nightmare as, armed only with his diminished wits and a bottle of reasonably-priced tequila, he faces off against the twisty Flumpty Dumpty in spoof-sequel One Night At Flumpty’s 2.
This week’s tangent starts Matt and Rich at “Whingeing man-children on the internet” – which prompts discussion of the recent drama over at Reddit – before slouching, like a chimpanzee riding on a series of segues, towards “considering canon” by way of Shovel Knight praise, overlooked games, the Austrian Oak and a debate on the preservation of gaming history.
Matt attempts to shake off the memories of Sonic ’06 and delves into the nostalgia-fest of its follow-up, the fan-service heavy Sonic Generations. What will our born-and-raised Nintendoid make of Sega’s tribute to its glory days? And what’s that sparkly blue light in the dist… SWEET MINBARI JESUS NO.
Matt and Rich kick-start the conversation with “video games on the tip of your tongue” and end with “whingeing man-children on the internet”. Along the way the stumble over the likes of The Toxic Avenger, The Shitting Owl of Badon Hill, crude pre-teen game customisation and the idiocy of bigotry. 60 minutes on the clock; let the rambling begin!
Matt pops on his fedora (the official adventuring kind, not the OK Cupid douchebag kind), straps on his trusty whip and lights a torch to go exploring in some procedurally-generated catacombs. Riches (loose change), fame (everything’s trying to kill him) and an epic adventure (everything succeeds in killing him) are all for the taking as 15 Minutes of Pain encounters the instantly-classic Spelunky!
Matt and Rich return to the Realm of Tangents and get knee-deep in the dead! The original Doom provides the backdrop as the pair discuss (amongst other things) DLC nightmares, real-life Pip-Boys, the oeuvre of Mr. George Lucas, the unfortunate comedy of the Doom spin-off novels and why in retrospect Ghostbusters is a very dodgy movie indeed.
Matt is joined by The Black Dog Podcast’s Lee Medcalf and a returning Aaron Darlington to discuss some of the news and trailers coming out of the 2015 E3 show in Los Angeles. In this first episode the trio talk Fallout 4, the dangers of Excel spreadsheets, the perils of preordering from Game UK and…
Matt uncovers more revelations about the Greenbriar family as he continues to explore their creaking, dark, empty new home. What happened between Oscar Masan and his nephew? Where are Kaitlin’s parents? And where has her little sister Sam gone? Is the mansion really haunted? (WARNING! This is part two of a complete playthrough: spoilers are ahead!)
Matt explores a seemingly abandoned family mansion with darkened rooms and even darker secrets in Gone Home, an interactive story which uses a video game interface as its medium. Where is the Greenbriar family? Why is their new home empty, apparently ransacked? And just what is it that the protagonist’s little sister doesn’t want her to find? (WARNING! This is a complete playthrough: spoilers are ahead!)
The Unbreakable Kimmy Hallam returns from her sickbed – proving that females are indeed strong as hell – and rejoins Matt to talk about growing up with coin-op games. Nostalgia abounds as the pair discuss the cabinets, the games, the weird and wonderful hardware, the roar of the arcade and the smell of the crowd.