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In My Perfect Console, Simon Parkin, contributing writer for the New Yorker and The Observer newspaper's video game critic invites guests from the worlds of gaming, film and television, music, comedy and more to pick the five video games they would like to immortalise on their very own fictional games machine, and discuss what their choices mean to them.
"Thoroughly modern and ahead of its time...a gift." - NEW YORK'S VULTURE
"Charming, insightful." -- THE GUARDIAN.
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My Perfect Console with Simon Parkin Simon Parkin

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    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

In My Perfect Console, Simon Parkin, contributing writer for the New Yorker and The Observer newspaper's video game critic invites guests from the worlds of gaming, film and television, music, comedy and more to pick the five video games they would like to immortalise on their very own fictional games machine, and discuss what their choices mean to them.
"Thoroughly modern and ahead of its time...a gift." - NEW YORK'S VULTURE
"Charming, insightful." -- THE GUARDIAN.
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    Rod Fergusson, SVP Blizzard Entertainment (Gears of War, Bioshock Infinite, Diablo IV).

    Rod Fergusson, SVP Blizzard Entertainment (Gears of War, Bioshock Infinite, Diablo IV).

    My guest today is Senior Vice-President of Blizzard Entertainment and General Manager of the Diablo video game series. After attending the University of Ottawa for Computer Science, my guest joined Microsoft as a Microsoft Consultant, before he moved to the company’s games division to work titles including Microsoft Train Simulator, then the Xbox version of Counter-Strike.
    In 2005 he joined Epic Games where, as a producer, he helped steer the delayed Gears of War back on track. After working on the second and third games in that series, Bulletstorm and Infinity Blade, he soon gained a reputation as a “closer”, someone able to get a blockbuster out of the door.
    My guest then moved to Irrational Games to help finish the troubled BioShock Infinite. In 2020, he joined Blizzard to oversee development of the Diablo series, the fourth entry to which launched to widespread acclaim in 2023.
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Helen Macdonald & Sin Blaché (Writers, H is for Hawk, Prophet).

    Helen Macdonald & Sin Blaché (Writers, H is for Hawk, Prophet).

    My guests today are co-authors of the techno-thriller novel Prophet. Helen Macdonald is an English writer, naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the University of Cambridge. Their 2014 book “H is for Hawk” tells the true story of a year spent training a northern goshawk while grieving. The book won, among many other things, the Samuel Johnson Prize for literature.
    Sin Blaché is an American Irish musician and writer. The pair became friends on social media where they bonded over nerdish things. Then they arranged to meet in a remote Airbnb in rural Ireland, and began work on a collaborative novel. The result, Prophet, was released in late 2023 to widespread acclaim.
    A reviewer for The Guardian described it as “a work of exceptional storytelling skill and stylistic panache,” suggesting an alternative title might be ‘H Is for High-Octane Adventure.” 
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Iain Lee (broadcaster, comedian, counsellor).

    Iain Lee (broadcaster, comedian, counsellor).

    My guest today is an English broadcaster, writer, television presenter and stand-up comedian. Born in Slough, he began working as a comic in the early nineties, soon landing a gig as co-host of Channel 4’s The 11 O’clock Show, the satirical comedy programme that launched the careers of Sacha Baron Cohen and Ricky Gervais.
    A slew of high-profile TV and radio presenting gigs followed, including for Channel 4’s video game-related show Thumb Bandits. During that time my guest often used drugs to cope with the stress of his burgeoning career, before becoming sober in 2005. Since then he has openly talked about his ongoing struggles with substance abuse and mental health, including on the seventeenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, in which he came third.
    As well as writing a regular column for Retro Gamer magazine, and hosting the Random Access Memories podcast, all about 8-bit computers, my guest recently became a trained counsellor, drawing upon his first-hand experiences to help others.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Gary Whitta, screenwriter (The Book of Eli, Star Wars: Rogue One).

    Gary Whitta, screenwriter (The Book of Eli, Star Wars: Rogue One).

    My guest today is a British author and screenwriter for film and video games. Born in London, he began his career as a writer for the games magazine Commodore User, then joined the team that founded PC Gamer, of which he later became editor-in-chief.
    In 2010, my guest found success in Hollywood as the writer of The Book of Eli, a post-apocalyptic neo-Western film starring Denzel Washington. In 2013 he co-wrote After Earth with the director M. Night Shyamalan, then co-wrote the story for Star Wars: Rogue One.
    He has also contributed writing to blockbuster video games, including Duke Nukem: Forever, Prey, Gears of War and The Walking Dead, for which he won a BAFTA. Since becoming a US citizen, he now resides in California with his family.
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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Best of 2023 (Part 2).

    Best of 2023 (Part 2).

    Another selection of some of our favourite clips from My Perfect Console's amazing line-up of guests from 2023.
    Cast in Order of Appearance

    Henk RogersDylan CuthbertCharles CecilJörg TittelEllie GibsonDanny PudiJoseph MackertichJosh WardleDan VecchittoTarn AdamsKelsey LewinStella WisdomTetsuya MizuguchiNolan Bushnell
    Thanks for listening. Back soon with Year Two.
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Best of 2023 (Part 1).

    Best of 2023 (Part 1).

    It's been a thrilling first year for My Perfect Console. Here are some of our favourite clips from 2023.
    Cast in Order of Appearance

    Dara Ó BriainHeather Ann CampbellPierre NovelliAshly BurchJennifer HaleDominic ArmatoPhil WangJason SchreierLucas PopeMeghan JayanthPeter MolyneuxRonan FarrowNaomi AldermanMike RoseSusan CalmanJosh ScherrMarie Le ConteTom Bissell Be attitude for gains. https://plus.acast.com/s/my-perfect-console.



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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

CyberneticGorilla ,

Amazing Format

I love the format of asking people about their favorite games and actually learning about their lives as well. Interesting and unique, I highly recommend it!

T.Sandwich ,

Awesome podcast!

Such a great podcast! I love hearing people talk about their favorite games, super enjoyable

TomTheG ,

Great Interviews With Gaming/Etc People

Absolutely one of my new favorite podcasts, I was looking for something exactly like this and it’s extremely well done. Great job!

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