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The Upper Memory Block podcast is all about DOS and pre-Windows XP gaming. Every two weeks we talk in-depth about a game, game series, company and/or technology from this era. Enjoy!

The Upper Memory Block Joe Mastroianni

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The Upper Memory Block podcast is all about DOS and pre-Windows XP gaming. Every two weeks we talk in-depth about a game, game series, company and/or technology from this era. Enjoy!

    UMBCast 114 - Links

    UMBCast 114 - Links

    Welcome to episode 114, where I dive into the prolific Access Software golf sim series, Links.

    My video research sessions:


    French PC game magazine archive:


    Buy Links online:


    • 1 hr 11 min
    UMBCast 113 - Unreal

    UMBCast 113 - Unreal

    In episode 113, we take on the massively popular and genre-defining Unreal series.


    My video research sessions:

    X-Wing Soundtrack (redone):

    TIE Fighter Soundtrack (redone):

    Buy Unreal Gold
    GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_gold?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f
    Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13250/Unreal_Gold/

    Buy Unreal 2: The Awakening
    GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_2_the_awakening_se?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f
    Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13200/Unreal_2_The_Awakening/

    Buy Unreal Tournament
    GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_goty?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f
    Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13240/Unreal_Tournament_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/

    Buy Unreal Tournament 2004
    GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_2004_ece?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f
    Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13230/Unreal_Tournament_2004_Editors_Choice_Edition/

    Next Episode:

    Next time, get into our first sports game with the Links series from Access Software.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    UMBCast 112 - Heart of China

    UMBCast 112 - Heart of China

    Time for episode 112, in which we explore the mysterious world of 1930's Hong Kong in the 1991 Dynamix adventure, Heart of China.


    My video research sessions:

    Buy Heart of China on GoG:

    Next Episode:

    Next time, we jump forward to 1998 with the Unreal series from Epic games.

    • 56 min
    UMBCast 111 - One Must Fall

    UMBCast 111 - One Must Fall

    In episode 111, we hit our first fighting game, 1994's One Must Fall 2097 by Diversions Entertainment.


    My video research sessions:

    One Must Fall 2097 on archive.org:

    One Must Fall 1.0 (Demo) on archive.org:

    Tomer's interview with Rob Elam on Mobygames:
    Part 1 http://www.mobygames.com/featured_article/feature,8/
    Part 2 http://www.mobygames.com/featured_article/feature,8/section,31/

    Next Episode:

    Next time, we'll be covering the 1991 Dynamix adventure, Heart of China.

    • 1 hr 26 min
    UMBCast 110 - Wing Commander Roundup

    UMBCast 110 - Wing Commander Roundup

    In a very special UMBCast, for the second time ever I have a live guest! I dragged my friend and fellow podcaster Brian "Space Game Junkie" Rubin to sit with me and talk Wing Commander.

    Specifically, in light of my recent complete playthrough of Wing Commander 2 on the YouTube channel, I wanted to sit down with someone to discuss that game in particular. Of course, we couldn't just limit ourselves to JUST WC2 so of course we discuss the entire series with a bit more of a focus on the second game then on the others. We also get into a discussion about successors to Wing Commander, what made it special compared to other famous space combat sims and of course, we couldn't avoid talking a bit about Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous.


    Find Brian and all his content at https://www.spacegamejunkie.com/

    My YouTube "UMB Plays" of Wing Commander 2:

    Digital Antiquarian article on Wing Commander II:

    Buy Wing Commander 1 and 2 on GoG:

    Wing Commander CCG:

    Next Episode:

    Next time, we'll be covering the 1994 Diversions Entertainment fighting game, One Must Fall: 2097.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    UMBCast 109 - We'll Miss You Akago (The Neverhood repost)

    UMBCast 109 - We'll Miss You Akago (The Neverhood repost)

    Earlier today, I received word that long time friend of the show, Amayirot Akago (aka Maarten Amkreutz), took his own life. As a very small, very insignificant gesture, I'm reposting his guest show from mere days before the arrival of the UMBaby covering The Neverhood.

    Akago was one of the first to step up when I put out the call for guest shows and has been a constant and welcome fixture of the show since its earliest days.

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmayirotAkago

    Postman's Quest: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2073/

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Cryoboy73 ,

Deep dive into computer history

Wonderful in-depth overviews of some classic games. I love hearing the stories of how these games were developed and the developers themselves. Great stuff!

JPC76 ,


If you want to relive your best memories from the DOS era of PC gaming, the UMB podcast is what you are looking for. Joe brings a mature, down to earth style that really compliments the content well. Every episode is dedicated to one game from the past. Joe does an overview of the game, talks tech, and gives the dev story behind the game. It really shows how much research and prep work goes into each episode. I would say he works hard, but it's obvious Joe truly enjoys doing this so I'm not sure if it really qualifies as "work". Very highly recommended!!

DrydenDon ,

Retro and Loving It!

Really enjoying this podcast! Your Tex Murphy episode really sold it for me!

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