Maximum Power Up



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 97: 1998 Part 2

    Episode 97: 1998 Part 2

    12/05/2020 Duração: 01h41min

    Following on from episode 94 we continue our walk down memory lane looking at July to December 1998. Many gamers see 1998 as one of the greatest years in gaming. All the main machines had several must own titles that were released. We share our experiences and memories playing Banjo Kazooie, Half-Life, Tekken 3 and many more. We also discuss some of the major gaming news stories from each month and Chris shares his experiences of importing a Sega Dreamcast to end the year. We hope you enjoy the show and where possible please leave an iTunes review.  

  • Episode 96: Glen OConnell Interview

    Episode 96: Glen O'Connell Interview

    16/04/2020 Duração: 02h33min

    In this episode we speak to Glen O'Connell about his career in the games industry as well as sports PR. Starting out at Psygnosis  he shares some great experiences of visiting games magazines helping promote new titles and his early thoughts working in the industry. However when Sony were ready to launch the PlayStation things soon changed. Titles such as Wipeout had everyone wanting a piece of the Playstation. Glen discusses taking along import consoles to HMV etc to help create buzz.   As well as this we discuss his time in PR roles for EA and Rage Software where he met David Beckham, Wayne Rooney, Mr.T and many more well known sports stars.   Staying in PR with other companies he shares so many stories and some of the key moments in his career so far.    We hope you enjoy the show and if possible leave us an iTunes review.

  • Bonus Episode - Pandemic Pod

    Bonus Episode - Pandemic Pod

    03/04/2020 Duração: 01h47min

    For this special bonus episode of the Maximum Power Up podcast, we have an almost full house* as the team gather to keep each other sane during Lockdown 2020. What games do the team reach for in times of trouble? What games will they play over the coming weeks as they're "staying home" like responsible adults? What tips do they have for you, the listener, to help you get through this time? Does Paul even like videogames? Find out the answers to all this and more, in the Pandemic Pod. As ever, if you like the episode or have any feedback, we'd love it if you'd hit us up on the socials and leave reviews. However, self-care is more important. Look after yourselves and each other first. We'll be okay. *Jake and Tommy would have made it if kayjoon had his act together and invited them in time. Although editing six people was hard enough.

  • Episode 95: David Wilson Interview

    Episode 95: David Wilson Interview

    26/03/2020 Duração: 02h01min

    We are very happy to welcome David Wilson on the show for this new episode. David recently left Sony after almost 20 years as Head of UK PR and Director of Communications.   Starting in the games industry on classic gaming mags Your Sinclair and Zero, he shares some of his early memories playing and reviewing key games and the challenges faced working on games mags at that time.    Moving on from magazines we cover his time at EA as Head of European PR for almost a decade including how he met Buzz Aldrin. Obviously discussing the Sony PlayStation brand gave us lots to discuss including the PS2, Vita, PSP and more.   We hope you enjoy the show and if possible please leave us an iTunes review as every one helps.

  • Episode 94: 1998 Part 1

    Episode 94: 1998 Part 1

    15/02/2020 Duração: 01h41min

    Is this one of the greatest years for games releases? Paul, Chris, Arron and Chris sit down to discuss if it truly is. The major players in the industry were still battling it out to be number one with each of the major consoles hitting their stride. The Nintendo 64 had 1080 Snowboarding and Banjo Kazooie. The Sega Saturn had Panzer Dragoon Saga and Burning Rangers, and finally the Sony PlayStation had Resident Evil 2 and Alundra.   So over 20 years ago what were we playing and buying? We look back on the news and reviews of the first half of 1998 and share our memories.    Remember to look out for 1998 part 2 as we had to split up such a momentous year. Finally if you can spare a moment please leave us an iTunes review as everyone helps. Enjoy the show.

  • 2020 - New Year Special

    2020 - New Year Special

    16/01/2020 Duração: 02h36min

    Once again Chris Smith mark 2 is joined by Paul & the other Chris Smith, with Arron coming along for the ride too. After the fairly well received Christmas episode, the boys are back with their highlights from 2019, and the old and new games they’re planning to play during 2020. They even manage to commit themselves to a few gaming resolutions that’ll probably be forgotten come February. Please take the time to leave us a review on your podcast service of choice, and drop us any feedback via the usual socials.

  • Christmas Special

    Christmas Special

    22/12/2019 Duração: 01h50min

    Chris Smith mark 2 is joined by Paul & the other Chris Smith for a bit of Christmas chatter. Somehow Maximum Power Up hasn’t done this before. Tune in as your hosts compare Christmas memories. Some of them are bleaker than others.  As per Paul’s Christmas wish, please take the time to leave us a review on iTunes, or wherever you listen to podcasts, and hit us up on the socials below.

  • Episode 91: Jason Brookes Tribute

    Episode 91: Jason Brookes Tribute

    05/12/2019 Duração: 01h20min

    This is a special one off episode celebrating the games writing of Jason Brookes who sadly passed away recently. In 2016 and 2019 Paul had the pleasure of interviewing Jason to discuss his time on Super Play and Edge. These interviews have been taken from episodes 33 and 86 so we understand some listeners will have already heard them but we felt they make a great tribute to Jason's work. We hope you enjoy the interviews and from everyone at Maximum Power Up we send our love to Jason's family and friends.

  • Episode 90: Disneys Aladdin

    Episode 90: Disney's Aladdin

    18/11/2019 Duração: 01h17min

    In this episode we take a look at one of the most loved 16bit game tie ins. Released in 1993 for the Sega Megadrive and Super Nintendo, gamers were treated to two very nice looking but very different games based on the hit Disney movie. Chris, Paul and Arron sit down to discuss the two versions and their experiences playing them. The pros and cons are covered of each but which game is the king, Capcom's or Virgin's? We also discuss the amazing Disney film as well as what three wishes would eack of us make if we had a magic lamp?   We hope you enjoy the show.

  • Maximum Power Up Presents: The Lost RetroCollect FM Chronicles Part 1

    Maximum Power Up Presents: The Lost RetroCollect FM Chronicles Part 1

    30/09/2019 Duração: 02h27min
  • Episode 89: Amiga Power With Cam Winstanley

    Episode 89: Amiga Power With Cam Winstanley

    15/08/2019 Duração: 01h24min

    Paul sits down with Cam Winstanley to discuss one of the most popular Amiga magazines, Amiga Power.  Lasting over 5 years Amiga Power built up a passionate readership that Cam was there to witness for several years starting as a writer and later becoming editor. We discuss some of his favourite memories and games from his time on the magazine. As well as this he tells us why he feels Amiga Power is still fondly remembered even now.  We hope you enjoy the interview and please leave an iTunes review if possible.

  • Episode 88: Microsoft XBox

    Episode 88: Microsoft XBox

    10/06/2019 Duração: 02h33min

    In November 2001 Microsoft released their first console into a market that was changing. Sega's Dreamcast had failed so they left the market. However Microsoft knew how to make an entrance! From the off they set out to do things differently. With a several must own exclusive games, a built in hard drive, some amazing arcade style games from Sega of all people and more, gamers had to take notice. In this episode Paul, Tom and Chris Smith Mk2 discuss their early memories of the machine, what led to them buying the console, which games they feel should be played and more. Going up against the Nintendo Gamecube and Sony Playstation 2 was a bold move for the Xbox but with games such as Halo, Fable, House Of The Dead 3, Project Gotham Racing etc  there was plenty for all gamers to get excited about. We hope by the end of this episode you agree.

  • Episode 87: Super Mario Brothers The Movie

    Episode 87: Super Mario Brothers The Movie

    07/05/2019 Duração: 01h14min

    Join Chris, Phil and Aaron as they take a trip to the movies. In what’s hopefully a first of many movies based on games episodes the crew take a look at 1993’s Super Mario Bros The Movie. We take you through the movie, offer our thoughts and what we want from a future Mario Movie. 

  • Episode 86: Top Ten Games Magazines Part 2

    Episode 86: Top Ten Games Magazines Part 2

    09/04/2019 Duração: 02h50min

    Welcome to part 2 of the Top 10 Games Mags. These are the final 5 magazines that have been voted by our listeners on Twitter, Facebook and more. Paul sits down with a guest from each magazine again to discuss their memories and thoughts of each magazine in the list. With over 100 magazines voted for a lot didn't make the final 10 and we give a quick shout out to some of these right at the end of the show. So if you are a fan of Sega, Nintendo, PlayStation and more we hope you enjoy the episode. Please check out our past episodes for much more magazine related chat and many other topics.

  • Episode 85: Top 10 Games Magazines Part 1

    Episode 85: Top 10 Games Magazines Part 1

    24/03/2019 Duração: 02h37min

    Games magazines have always been a popular part of gaming. Although there aren't too many around these days, in the 80's & 90's there were loads to choose from. In January we asked our listener's to tell us their 5 fave games mags. Obviously there were many suggested but over the next 2 episodes we cover the top 10 that made the list. In this part we discuss places 10-6 alongside a guest from each magazine featured. They share some of their experiences from the magazine and what made it so special. We hope you enjoy the show and thanks to our guests and everyone that voted.

  • Episode 84: Video Pinball

    Episode 84: Video Pinball

    07/02/2019 Duração: 01h43min

    Chris Smith Mk. 2 takes the reins for this episode looking at some highlights from the history of bringing pinball to the world of video games. Chris is joined by Phil, and our hosts discuss their favourite pinball games and some notable not-so-favourites. Links from the show: Demon’s Tilt Steam Page: Soundcloud link for Demon’s Tilt OST: As always, please take the time to leave us a review on iTunes, or your podcast supplier of choice. They all help us reach new people.

  • Episode 83: Dave Upchurch Interview

    Episode 83: Dave Upchurch Interview

    21/01/2019 Duração: 03h17min

    In this episode Paul interviews Dave Upchurch. Starting his career at EMAP on popular 90's magazine ACE he soon was moved to The One Amiga where he became the magazines editor. At the time the Amiga was going from strength to strength with games such as The Secret Of Monkey Island 2, Chaos Engine. In 1996 following his success at The One Amiga he went on to work on Nintendo Magazine System up until the official UK launch of the Nintendo 64 in 1997. Dave tells us a few tales of his good and bad experiences in games journalism before we move discuss his career away from the magazines. We look at his time working for LEGO who wanted to break into the video games market, his time making educational software for Mangahigh which received a lot of accolades and much more. Dave currently works for Curve Digital that have released games for the PC, PS4, Switch such as Human Fall Flat, Smoke and Velocity 2X. With almost 30 years in the games industry now there was plenty to discuss in this 3 hour interview.

  • Episode 82: Batman

    Episode 82: Batman

    23/12/2018 Duração: 01h22min

    Witness Phil using powers that rival those of the World’s Greatest Detective, as he supervises the first joint appearance of Chris Smith original and Chris Smith redux on a journey through the highs and lows of the caped-crusader’s video game career. Which Chris Smith has the controversial favourite Batman? (Don’t worry, no one picked Clooney), and who had made it until now, oblivious of the delights of Batman Forever Arcade Game? Find out all this and more, as we ask “Dark Knight, or Dark Shite?” If you enjoy our show, please do throw us an iTunes review as they always help.

  • Episode 81: Farewell GamesMaster Magazine

    Episode 81: Farewell GamesMaster Magazine

    04/12/2018 Duração: 01h20min

    In October this year it was announced that after almost 26 years GamesMaster magazine would be ending. A mainstay on magazine racks for so long the mag had many great writers over the years. From the SNES, Mega Drive and Amiga in the early days, it covered all the major consoles up until present day with the PlayStation 4, X Box One, Nintendo Switch, PC. In this episode Paul speaks to final editor Robin Valentine as well as another previous editor Matt Gilman. They discuss some of their favourite moments of working on the magazine, why they think it lasted so long and more. If you enjoy this episode check out episode 40 which covered issue 1 interviewing several staff that helped make the 1st issue of GamesMaster way back in 1992.

  • Episode 80: Geoff Glendenning Interview

    Episode 80: Geoff Glendenning Interview

    13/11/2018 Duração: 01h57min

    In this episode Paul sits down with Geoff Glendenning to discuss his career in games marketing. Spending over a decade working in advertising and then onto marketing for companies such as Commodore, Acclaim but most importantly Sony gave us a lot to discuss. As Head Of Marketing for the Sony PlayStation, Geoff had a lot of great ideas to help build the PlayStation brand. He shares some great stories from his time at Sony but also the days working on adverts for Commodore Amiga 600 and CD32 beforehand. Even after leaving Sony he has some fantastic experiences to share for Tony Hawk, Apocalypse and more. We hope you enjoy the show and please leave us an iTunes review if you can. 

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