Join us as we plunge head-first into the world of videogames. Amusing, informative and a little goaty.


  • Episode 140 - Average

    Episode 140 - Average

    04/03/2019 Duración: 02h03min

    If it's 'OK' is it any good? Can you wring excitement from a 5/10 or are you just passing the time? How much stock do we put into reviews and review aggregates? It's time to find out on this perfectly acceptable, middle of the road episode...

  • Episode 139 - At The Apex Of Twitch

    Episode 139 - At The Apex Of Twitch

    18/02/2019 Duración: 01h37min

    Today's popular games are tomorrow's fish and chip wrappings (does that analogy mean anything to anyone these days?). That's not entirely fair, but we do seem to be seeing games that hit BIG for short amounts of time. What gives? Who makes it happen? Are we now seeing the gaming equivalent of fidget spinners and loom bands? Yes, basically.

  • Episode 138 - RE2 KH3 etc

    Episode 138 - RE2 KH3 etc

    11/02/2019 Duración: 01h49min

    Lots to catch up this week! Our thoughts on RE2 now that we've both done it, Harry has a moment on KH3, everyone plays Apex, the Metro/Epic situation, Pete might be back, Inside Xbox, dull Super Bowl trailers and McNuggets. So very many McNuggets. Pull up a bucket and let's get stuck in...

  • Episode 137 - Science Fiction

    Episode 137 - Science Fiction

    25/01/2019 Duración: 01h44min

    Think you know what 'Science Fiction' is? We did. Turns out we absolutely don't, but there are certainly plenty of video games it. Or maybe there aren't. Anyway, we more or less have it cracked by the end of it. Or maybe we don't.

  • Episode 136 - Mods

    Episode 136 - Mods

    20/01/2019 Duración: 02h01min

    The title does exactly what it says on the tin. This week it's all about mods. From tiny little cosmetic tweaks, brand new games, new modes, levels, characters even jobs! And, of course, big, jiggly... jiggly bits. So it's out with the old and in with the new. Or, at the very least, the new old thing.

  • Episode 135: 2019 The Year Ahead

    Episode 135: 2019 The Year Ahead

    13/01/2019 Duración: 02h11min

    Holy Moly 2019 starts a bit strong, doesn't it? Even if we end up in a barren desert of releases after the first 3 months this year is already an embarrassment of riches! AND Shenmue 3!! Oh, sorry, there's a bit more: ...and Shenmue 3 is not coming out in 2019.

  • Episode 134 - 2018 in review

    Episode 134 - 2018 in review

    24/12/2018 Duración: 02h47min

    2018. It certainly was a 12 month period, wasn't it? We take a look back over the year in gaming and see if it was really all it was cracked up to be. Time to exclaim repeatedly "Jesus! That was THIS year??" a lot.

  • Episode 133 - The VGATGAs and the Sockbulge Incident

    Episode 133 - The VGATGAs and the Sockbulge Incident

    17/12/2018 Duración: 02h07min

    What's 3 hours long and is kinda disappointing despite the hype? Watching Batman & Robin one and a half times? The Eurovision song contest? Yep. And also the Video Game Awards. As Harry so eloquently put it it's the video game equivalent of a rolled up sock temptingly tucked into your paramour's boxers... you can have fun, but not as much as you were expecting.

  • Episode 132 - Left Turn  VGATGA

    Episode 132 - Left Turn & VGATGA

    10/12/2018 Duración: 01h52min

    "We were so wrong" to quote from Prometheus (ironically, almost, as we didn't get a whisper of Aliens)... By the time you listen to this the VGATGAs will have been and gone and all our predictions will have been for nothing. The good news is that we barely got anything right. Still good news; the awards didn't get in the way of us discussing games and series that change on a dime.

  • Episode 132 - Left Turn  VGATGA

    Episode 132 - Left Turn & VGATGA

    10/12/2018 Duración: 01h52min

    "We were so wrong..." to quote Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (ironic, given that we didn't get a lick of Aliens during the night) regarding the TGAVGAs. But hey-ho. We may be well out of date and waaaaaay off target with our TGA predictions but we had fun. And that's the important thing! We also shot the breeze about games and series that suddenly change on a dime, so the evening wasn't a total waste!

  • Episode 131 - VGA or TGA  Fallout76

    Episode 131 - VGA or TGA & Fallout76

    03/12/2018 Duración: 02h03min

    We're back! Harry has enjoyed a bottle of Jack and Simon is ruing the possibility of the Criterion Edition of 'Fast & Furious 8' but we're back!! On to the mess that is Fallout 76, the stupidity of what's missing from Spyro, why awards don't matter but why award show do matter (whatever they're called). Welcome to the On The Level: Blackout podcast...

  • Episode 130 - XO18  VGA noms

    Episode 130 - XO18 & VGA noms

    19/11/2018 Duración: 26min

    We sauntered just south of the border this week as we looked back on the madness (and loudness) that was Microsoft's XO18 before leaping over the wall to discuss some of the VGA nominees. Who knew that Mexican Xbox fans loved Shinji Hashimoto so much? We didn't. In fact we didn't know who Shinji Hashimoto was and Harry plays ALOT of Kingdom Hearts.

  • Episode 129 - Serious Issues

    Episode 129 - Serious Issues

    12/11/2018 Duración: 01h57min

    Sometimes a video game is a little more than pointing and either clicking or shooting and this week we take a look at some of those games that took on a serious subject or dealt with more adult issues. It got a little emotional. (Also, apologies for the barrage of fireworks! They've been muffled as best they could!)

  • Episode 128 - Red Dead 2  Scares

    Episode 128 - Red Dead 2 & Scares

    05/11/2018 Duración: 01h53min

    We're back in the saddle and broke-backing again and this week it's about that teeny tiny Rockstar release amongst a 10-gallon hats worth of news: The PS Classic looks a bit pants, Call of Cthulhu manages the impossible, MediEvil will be the PS4 swansong and Nintendo manage ANOTHER round of Smash Bros news... And as it was Halloween we give each other the willies by discussing some of our more memorable scary moments.

  • Mini Bonus Episode - Halloween Review

    Mini Bonus Episode - Halloween Review

    29/10/2018 Duración: 12min

    I went to see Halloween this week - was it worth sitting through 20 mins of trailers in a moderately comfortable chair for? SPOILER ALERT - yes. Also, there are no spoilers in the review. (Normal service will resume next week...)

  • Episode 127 - Completion

    Episode 127 - Completion

    22/10/2018 Duración: 01h45min

    When was the last time you finished a game? Statistically speaking it was probably a long time ago. We buy more and more games but finish fewer and fewer of them - why? Is it length? Is it choice? Are they too big? And does it have anything to do with Jason Statham falling in love with a shark?

  • Episode 126 - Call of Duty 18

    Episode 126 - Call of Duty 18

    15/10/2018 Duración: 02h02min

    Imagine that; another Call of Duty game! These things must be quite popular, so popular that we thought we'd better spend some time going through a bit of it's history. From it's Medal of Honour beginnings to it's,,, well, is it going to ever have an ending? Harry says yes, Simon says no(possibility of a naked death match stream on Twitch to determine the winner is now under discussion).

  • Episode 125 - Influence

    Episode 125 - Influence

    08/10/2018 Duración: 02h03min

    Mmmmmmm... that cool, refreshing taste; nothing else hits that spot quite like a chilled glass of Coca Cola. Anyway, this week it's all about the move from print-to-pimp media and the world of influencers and the like. So settle in and try pouring yourself a serving of the first, non alcoholic beverage that springs to mind. All glory to the HYPNOTOAD!

  • Episode 124 - TGS  News

    Episode 124 - TGS & News

    01/10/2018 Duración: 01h43min

    Telltale goes and Bowsette explodes were clearly the big stories of last week but there was also TGS and EGX to generate a headline or two. How much merch can Kojima shift before his game actually launches? How many hats can your horse wear in RDR2? Who is V from DMC5? And could Harry really be on course to finish 2 whole games in 2019??

  • Episode 123 - Rip Offs

    Episode 123 - Rip Offs

    24/09/2018 Duración: 01h51min

    It's not quite Grand Theft Video game, but it's pretty darn close. This week it's all about celebrating the pioneers and shining a light on the mildly dubious practices of certain companies who couldn't be bothered to think for themselves. Or those businesses who saw a good opportunity languishing in obscurity and decided to do something about it. Cheeky? Dumb? Genius? Let's get into it...

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