You might think you know the full story about how Michael Jackson created the soundtrack for Sonic 3... but you don't know it all. Digitiser presents the dark, disturbing conspiracy at the heart of The King Of "Pop"'s association with Sega - and reveals the OTHER games affected by the allegations made against him.
Biffo and Gannon attempt to get to grips with another obscure old games system, Waddingtons' 2001: The Game Machine console. Whoop with excitement as they get to grips with Grand Prix, Shooting Gallery, and the thrilling calculator mode!
Before and after the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum, Sir Clive Sinclair invented a whole ton of other stuff... and not all of it was a hit. Digitiser presents a brief history of Sir Clive's less-remembered creations...
Sega Toys released a number of quirky products in the 1990s. This week, Mr Biffo and Paul Gannon get to grips with one of them - plus A CAT JUMPS ON THE DESK!!!!!
Some of you may have noticed that Episode 1 of Digitiser The Show disappeared from YouTube late last year.
Contrary to some speculation, it wasn't due to a copyright strike - but chiefly that I'd taken the ep down to address some issues with the sound, picture and frame rate quality. Thanks to the hard work of Chris Bullock and Scott MacDonald, Ep 1 has been given an overhaul and is now as good as it's ever going to be.
Which means... it's back up, and now you can watch the entire series from start to finish - from those first, tentative, steps, to where it ended up. Of course, it does mean we've lost the 27,000+ viewers we had on that first episode, but given that most of them were just gawping in the hope that we'd fail, who needs 'em?
As I've said already, there are some rather lovely new mini eps appearing every Friday for the foreseeable, though we are also planning a proper second series.
More details on that once we have them. For now... watch or re-watch, and then watch again, Digitiser The Show - complete at last!
Biffo takes on Gannon's Play Your Carts Right challenge - how many Game Boy and Game Boy Color games will he correctly evaluate as good or bad?!?
You think video games began in the 1970s with Atari and Pong? WRONG! Gaming actually began decades before. Digitiser presents a whistle-stop tour through the industry's forgotten pre-history.
Belated happy new ones to ye! Hope you all had a decent festive break, and it wasn't too mired in finally-stopped-work illness and family tantrums. I thought now would be as good a time as any to check in with happenings in the Digiverse, and what is being planned for 2019 - as well as inviting some feedback (always a dangerous game, I know).
If you're a Patreon or Kickstarter backer you've been getting regular insights, but not everyone is - so I figured it was worth opening this up to everyone.
Here's a vague timeline for (some of) what I have on my plate - aside from the need to also earn a living - and the order I intend to get it done in:
Continue daily Digitiser2000 updates.
Finish sending out the Found Footage backer rewards, and upload the missing footage, bringing that project to a long-overdue end.
Get Digitiser The Show Episode 1 re-uploaded.
Edit the backer exclusive episode.
Continue with ongoing Digitiser mini episodes - including filming some videos with my co-hosts.
Fulfil Digitiser The Show backer rewards.
Digitiser The Show Series 2...
And it's on that final point that I would like your input.
I feel the need to say something sincere and gushing about this final episode - and I'll try at the end here - but Digitiser has consumed my life for the past four months, editing day in day out, and I'm just... I'm ready to stop.
It's a weird thing, but writing affects me in a completely different way to editing. With scripts, when I've finished a first draft, say, my brain feels compressed, and like it's overheating, but with editing... I just get tired. So, so tired.
Without wanting to tempt fate, I'm hopeful that now we know what the format is, series 2 is going to be a little easier. Certainly, I'm not sure I'd take on all of the editing myself again. Aside from anything, I didn't get paid for doing that, and I still need to cover the bills. So, that's something we're going to have to budget for as and when we do more.
When will we do more? Well, we've promised two more specials next year and a live show, so there are those to think about, but the sensible thing to do would be to try and get everything to coincide with a longer filming block for a series 2. How quickly we're able to do that does depend on the sort of budget we have to play with. If I can get paid for doing the show, I can take on less of my day job over the coming year. That would be ideal.
You can help though by backing me on Patreon; from now on Patreon will not only fund this site, but further videos on the channel, on a regular basis.
Anyhow, for now... here's my behind-the-scenes commentary on the final ep of Series 1. Beware: SPOILERS!
We're into the final stretch now. Next Sunday, Digitiser the Show comes to the end of its first run, and I think it's fair to say that over the course of the past five episodes we've come a long way. We've definitely established what the show is, won many of you over who weren't convinced by the first episode, and talked about old games - a lot.
I'm immensely proud of this series. The amount of work it has taken is above and beyond what I could've predicted, but we delivered exactly what we promised. I'll save the real thankyous for next week, but a quick shout-out to Paul, Jenny, Octav1us and Larry, who are the glue which hold it all together on-screen.
You can't underestimate what a daunting prospect this must've been for them - to walk into a studio of people they barely knew, with immense pressure on them to be informative, funny, and professional. Jenny and Octav1us had never done anything remotely like this before, but you simply wouldn't know.
You're extremely exposed in a situation like that - especially in this day and age - where it's your face on screen. Putting yourself out there takes a huge amount of bravery. The fact that they overcame all that and performed not just adequately, but brilliantly, is genuinely humbling. I don't take it for granted.
Anyway... let's take a look behind-the-scenes of Episode 5.... BEWARE: SPOILERS!
Oh, and incidentally, if you're wondering where Episode 1 has gone to, I've taken it down temporarily so that we can fix the sound and frame-rate issues. It does mean we'll lose all those lovely views, but - let's face it - half of them were from wankers anyway.
It's getting better and better isn't it? For me, last night's ep of Digitiser is the best one yet. In terms of balance between all-out stupid stuff, chemistry between the hosts, and talking about games, it absolutely nails it.
We know we've already won back a few people who buggered off after ep 1, but the general consensus seems to be that, well, people just want more. In all honesty, I don't know what happens after the series ends.
At the moment all I can think about is the next couple of episodes, and then taking a break, but just know that we would love to build on what we've achieved, and we're open to suggestions as to how we fund it. I'm a bit off the notion of doing another Kickstarter at the minute...
For now, the best thing you can do is tell people about this show. We've found a core, passionate, audience - but there have to be more people out there who'd love this. We're well aware that we've made something very special here.
Anyhow. Time to reveal some of these: secrets.
If you've yet to see the episode, be aware that this article contains spoilers...
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