A video gaming podcast that covers both retro gaming as well as modern systems. The show features discussion on various topics, reviews and more.
Episode 105: Better Call Paul(s)
In this episode Paul sits down to discuss CVG magazine and more with Paul Glancey and also another Paul, this time Davies! Yes three people on one call all called Paul (that's a mouthful).
Paul Glancey makes his MPU debut to take us through some key moments of his career. Starting on Zzap64, working with Jaz Rignall he soon got into the swing of things and followed Jaz to EMAP and CVG magazine. He tells us about learning the ropes, a few fave games as well as working on Megatech, Mean Machines and more.
Paul Davies returns to the show to speak more in depth about his time on Nintendo Magazine System and CVG. It was great to hear both Paul's share their experiences and crossed paths at EMAP.
We hope you enjoy the show and thanks to PG and PD for their time.
Episode 104: Chris Scullion Interview
Chris Scullion joins us this episode to discuss his career as a games writer. Starting on Official Nintendo Magazine in 2006, he has also written for the online versions of N Gamer and CVG as well as being a regular contributor to Nintendo Life.
When he joined ONM the Gamecube was on the way out but the Wii would go on to become one of Nintendo's most popular consoles. We discuss some key moments in his career, meeting some well known names, certain games reviews for Sonic titles and much more.
Chris shares some honest thoughts in our conversation especially how CVG ended! Finally we also discuss his work on the NES and SNES Encyclopedias and his future plans for follow up books.
We hope you enjoy the interview and thanks to Chris for his time.
Episode 103: Paul McNally Interview
In this episode Paul interviews Paul McNally about his career in videogames journalism and much more.
Paul started his career on ST Action under the guidance of previous guest Nick Clarkson. Working up-to editor he stayed there until the magazine began to wind down in a challenging market for the ST.
Staying at Europress publishing he also worked on Mega Action, Bad Influence (both the mag and show) before the company was bought by IDG Media.
We discuss some mags for the first time with a guest such as Playstation Pro (and it's laddish covers), GamePro UK and others. Paul shares some great stories about games events with the guys from Loaded magazine, an unplanned trip to Mexico and much more!
This interview has a lot so we hope you enjoy it.
Episode 102: Martyn Carroll Interview
In this latest interview, we speak to original Retro Gamer magazine editor Martyn Carroll. We cover several magazines for the first time on the podcast as Martyn shares his early experiences of the magazine industry.
It wasn't a games magazine he started on however. As a rabid horror fan his first published work was in long running horror magazine, Darkside. From here we discuss trying to get work on games magazines at Paragon Publishing before starting a job up North at Live Publishing in Macclesfield.
Martyn tells us about how Live attempted to grow their magazine output from just PC mags and into the world of PlayStation and more, however this eventually caused problems. We cover his time on Tipstation mag as well as PSG 24/7 - both magazines not previously covered on the show.
Retro Gamer magazine has been going for almost 17 years now from it's launch in 2004. We talk about how the idea of the magazine was pitched and those early days of having no staff to help write the mag. As it became more popular it soon became a monthly magazine but before long Live Publishing were in trouble....
We hope you enjoy the interview and a massive thanks to Martyn for his time.
Episode 101: Listeners Choice Mega Drive
This episode we revisit the "listener choice" format, previously used on our Dreamcast, Game Boy and Commodore 64 shows. Back before the world went mad, we asked our listeners to share their five favourite SEGA Mega Drive games with us, which we then got Paul to count up and combine to create a Top 10 of the most popular ones.
Join Chris Smith v2 and Tom Charnock as they tackle the listeners top 10 Mega Drive games, and try to find new things to say about a list that holds few surprises. They mostly seem to manage this by just going wildly off-topic. Enjoy!
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Episode 100: The Episode 100 Show
In this episode we celebrate 100 episodes of Maximum Power Up. Since the show started in 2015 we have covered a mixture of modern and retrogaming.
Most of the team share their experiences of making the podcast, fave episodes, games played etc. Even though it does take a lot of work we are very happy to have great listeners that have helped the show grow.
It has been brilliant to have had the chance to have on so many guests from the games industry and many well known games magazines. Hearing their stories has always been a highlight. We have become well known as the podcast for lovers of games magazines and there are more interviews to come.
We hope you enjoy the episode and here is to many more.
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Retro and modern fun
These guys are a great listen - brilliant mix of general chat, topics and genuinely interesting interviews from the world of gaming. Highly recommended
Good content and clear passion for gaming
I enjoy this podcast. The format changes a lot and being a generic American I have a hard time catching the accents on some of the guests sometimes— but that’s also part of the draw for me. I enjoy hearing the varied opinions from different backgrounds. Everyone seems passionate about gaming and it’s a genuinely informative but also casual discussion. If I could give one suggestion, I’d like to hear a more consistent audio quality from all guests and some work on the audio levels, sometimes the music is way louder than the talking. Small criticism— Keep it up!
Hello from way across the pond in Duchesne, Utah. I’m up to the Wii U episode, and I really enjoy hearing the crew waffle on about their gaming interests and experiences. I went out and purchased a Wii U after listening to the episode about the Wii U. I own a Switch and I think it’s an amazing piece of kit, but the Wii U is still a great console. Thanks!!