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Back From The Summer Vaca!

We’re back from the Sparks’ summer vacation and on the hottest day so far in the UK Steve, James and Antony lock themselves away in their lofts to record the latest Lost Spark Podcast.  

On the podcast this week we talk about the Xbox Scarlet rumours and discuss if in fact these rumours are true, what they could mean for Xbox gaming and streaming with the enhanced power of the cloud. Also in the news section we have an update on Fallout 76, Fortnite is raking in all the cash and we have the latest ‘Games with Gold’ for August.

Hands-on impressions this week include Octopath Traveller, Captain Toad, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and James takes a deep dive into Jurassic World Evolution.

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Overcooked trailer

Sugar Rush Netflix

Come Hear, Boy

This week on the Lost Spark Podcast a very sleepy, post Infinity War midnight showing Antony is joined by Stuart from JustAddPopcorn to chat about the latest gaming news including the team-up between Microsoft and Discord, the NPD numbers for March and new games coming to both PS Plus and Games with Gold for May.

Also on this week’s podcast you can hear Stuart and Antony’s hands-on impressions with God of War, Detroit: Become Human, and Oxenfree on the Nintendo Switch.

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Microsoft and Discord team up

Xbox April Update

IGN’s God of War in 7 Minutes

Spidey Swings Into September

We’re back!  After a 3 week break the Lost Spark Podcast is back and this week we introduce another new Spark to the every growing podcast family; Stuart from JustAddPopcorn.

This week Stuart joins Antony to discuss the week’s gaming news including the PSVR price drop, the new games for April via Games with Gold and PS Plus, and Spider-Man finally gets a release date.  So listen in to this week’s Lost Spark Podcast for details of the game, the deluxe edition and those spidey costumes.

Also this week Antony and Stuart deep dive into Hope County, Montana and go hands-on with Far Cry 5 and Antony takes to the Sea of Thieves and enjoys every minutes of his piratey adventures.

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Alex Ross Artwork

Spider-Man Special Edition

Sea of Thieves Controller

Home Tech Gallery

Luigi’s Mansion Arcade Love In

It’s Episode 119 of the Lost Spark Podcast and this week it’s the James and Antony show.

Join the guys as they chat about the latest in gaming news including DC Super Heroes invading Rocket League via the latest DC themed DLC.  Nintendo are in trouble with Norway about their refund policies and the biggest news of all, Burnout Paradise Remastered is a thing and it’s coming to Xbox One and PS4 in glorious 4K/60FPS.

Hands on impressions this week include Luigi’s Mansion Arcade, hear two grown men get over excited about their latest find in the arcades! We also go hands on with Monster Hunter on Xbox One and Fe on Nintendo Switch.

Plus, in what could be the ultimate hands on impressions, Antony recalls his time with a Tesla Model X.

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Rocket League’s DC DLC Trailer

Burnout Paradise Remastered Trailer

Games with Gold for March

The John Master Chief Memorial Episode

It’s episode 117 (One One Seven) of the Lost Spark Podcast; join James, Manny, and Antony as they discuss all the latest gaming news from the past 7 days.  This week we have a confirmed release date for God of War, Anthem unfortunately gets pushed back to 2019, and Ubisoft have released a strange Siri-like app.

Also in the news section we have the rundown of the Games with Gold for February on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

All that and our hands-on impressions this week include Full Metal Furies, the gorgeous Gorogoa, Oxenfree, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Sea of Thieves and more.

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Gamasutra

Cap, Crackle and Pop

It’s episode 112 of the Lost Spark Podcast and this week Antony (@ChessmanUK) is joined by ‘The Gaming Yorkshire Pudding’ Steve (@Ste_Carter91).

On this week’s show Steve and Antony discuss a bunch of gaming news stories include the release of a Super Mario cereal!?!? More woes for both EA with Star Wars Battlefront 2 and Activision with Destiny 2.

Also on this week’s podcast we have a breakdown of the less than impressive bonus games for December on both Games with Gold and PS Plus.

And if that’s not enough Steve and Antony have hands-on impressions of DOOM on the Switch, the full Star Wars Battlefront 2 campaign and, of course Animal Crossing Pocket Camp.

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Avengers Infinity War Trailer

Mega Ran’s Strangers (Full Album on YouTube)

The Gourmet Gaming Edition

Welcome to this week’s podcast as the guys get over excited about food to game with, gushing  forth about pizza’s of both the savoury and sweet persuasion, using the sous vide style to make the best steak ever to feed you up before a gaming session and top it all of with a hearty swirl of biscuit syrup! It’s gastro-gaming fusion! A combination that can’t be beaten! Or have they just played too much Overcooked!

The one and only, James ‘The Brand’ Thomas (@BIGSheep) joins us this week fresh from EGX and gives us the lowdown (along with Antony) on this fine UK event.

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Nindies and Nidhoggs

Welcome to another episode of the Lost Spark podcast. This week we have a bumper packed show with a bevy of all the latest news from this week in gaming. With thoughts on the Xbox One X Project Scorpio edition selling out pretty much everywhere worldwide and Microsoft’s elation and commitment to fulfill demand, all the games coming in September from PlayStation Plus and Games with Gold, right through to employees of KFC being trapped in a room by Colonel Sanders until they learn the hallowed Chicken Mastery in VR.

There’s also a good look at the latest Nintendo Nindies Summer Showcase that aired an hour before recording with a look at the highlights from the selection of over 20 titles for Switch that Nintendo packed into just 22 minutes.

Antony gets to grips with Nidhogg 2 and discovers, much to Dazza’s chagrin that he is in fact the lord and master of the game. Destined to forever wear the beloved Nidhogg Crown encrusted with jewels and claymation body parts and leaving Dazza shaking his head in fury at having Antony dance upon his face with his feet just one too many times. It really is some top notch non stop fun.

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Gamers of the Lost Sparks 100th Podcast EX Plus Ultra Evolved Edition

Welcome one and all; old listeners and new! Thank you all so much for joining us, make yourselves at home, get yourselves comfy, sort out your audio listening preferences and please jump in and join us on our 100th episode.

It’s been a thrilling journey since going live on May 15th 2015 and as much as the last 100 episodes are an amazing chronicle of our gaming habits, hypes, thrills and the odd let down over the last 2 years or more, we sincerely hope that you, our listeners have enjoyed Antony, Darren and occasionally James’ unique brand of gaming views, news and critique. The idea behind what we do has always been to stand by a positive outlook in an industry that can sometimes take those negative downturns and on the whole the guys hope you will agree and have enjoyed our little corner of the gaming world.

With no massive fanfare but more of a humble and enthusiastic nod to the time spent on their endeavor, Antony and Darren verbally fist bump their 100 podcast journey so far and dive straight on in to more of what’s been going on in the world of pixels.

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SNES Mini – A Piece Of Gaming History But Is It Worth The Hassle?

This week in the vacuum that the behemoth that is E3 has left, Antony and Darren talk about the official announcement of the SNES Mini from Nintendo. A console that has been snapped up and out of stock from retailers even before the pre-orders became available – yes, that’s how massively popular this retro piece of nostalgia is.

Learning lessons from the last iteration – the NES Mini, Nintendo have promised more supply this time, in order to meet the intense demand that this desirable console will garner. It looks as though, however that consumers have also learned lessons from the last versions’ popularity too with the SNES Mini being almost instantly completely wiped out of stock over the face of the earth.

It’s the same old story. Great coup for Nintendo and for the lucky few who manage to secure their pre-orders in those first precious seconds of the console going live on the web. After which, it’s the struggle for the majority of eager fans that would be owners of this dinky gem – the website crashes, the furious refreshing, the scouring stock at every store you can think of and then, finally, the reality kicks in as you finally give up and grudgingly admit that the only way to obtain your cherished Nintendo throwback is to succumb to the nefarious re-sellers that have somehow snapped most of them up and advertised them on Amazon or eBay explicitly to take advantage of the likes of you (and us).

‘What can be done though?’ cries the throng of frustrated customers as they struggle to attain this lovely little system and only silence and a temptation to pay two or more times the price through one of the re-sellers remains.

So, what can be done? And can this familiar situation ever be dealt with?

UK gaming chain GAME have tried to make a stand by increasing the deposit required on the SNES Mini to £50 instead of the usual £10 they require in order to presumably discourage this behavior. It’s a stance that can be appreciated but in the long run may do more harm than good as your profiteer type will no doubt think nothing of putting down the full £50 deposit to secure an item that they are sure to sell at a profit later – not phased at all. However there may well be plenty of gamers who haven’t got that kind of money to put down as a deposit and so they may miss their chance of securing one due to that policy, which is really sad.

The only way that this frustrating trend can be effectively dealt with is by Nintendo providing such healthy supply that eager consumers can pick one up without jumping through hoops for hours on end. Or, consumers rally, stay strong and make a decision. A decision that enough is enough and they won’t allow themselves to be exploited anymore and refuse to pay double or more RRP for these tempting toys.

If the profiteers efforts could be rendered useless and null with supply and/or consumer resistance leaving them stuck with their bulk buys that no one took off their hands then perhaps the practice could be quashed and the honest gamers would join hands and cheer as one in light of a new dawn of fairness.

Or is it unfair of us to resent people trying to earn a few pounds out of an almost sure thing? It’s not illegal after all, just really annoying for those that missed out.

All this is not even mentioning the dreaded fear that the fantastic games housed up inside the SNES Mini could mean a lack of them appearing on the virtual console when it becomes available for the Switch. Let’s hope that isn’t a thing that’s going to happen. We want our classic Nintendo games liberated and portable in these days of the Switch. Let them roam with us and keep us company during train journeys and plane trips.

So are you interested in the SNES Mini and if so, are you going to buy one (should that be try to buy one)? Or are you going to leave the queue and make a stand?

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