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The Quest For Video Game Collectibles

The Quest For Video Game Collectibles

September 17, 2020

Today, Arnaldo and Ozzy are joined by special guest and Nintendo Power art collector, Stephan Reese, of the Collector's Quest podcast, to talk about collecting all things video games! After talking a little about about Stephan's collection, the crew talks about his first days of gaming and getting into the video game industry (21:00) followed by how he got into collecting video game collectibles (25:00). The nitty gritty of Nintendo Power specific collecting is next (38:30) and why going from collecting games to other items happened at all (52:00). The guys wrap things up talking about the old Nintendo Game Counsellors and what kind of collectibles come from that world (1:16:00) and finding artwork that readers submitted to Nintendo Power (1:36:30).

 

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Music:

Super Mario World - Overworld Theme

Mega Man 2 - Flash Man

What Have We Been Playing? Disco Elysium, Blade Runner, Out Run 2 and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Disco Elysium, Blade Runner, Out Run 2 and more!

September 3, 2020

It's Geoff, Ozzy, and Paul today talking about what video games they've been playing! After talking about empty airports and crowded airplanes, Geoff starts us off with a trip down memory lane into City 17 and Half Life 2 (10:30), followed by embarrassing Paul over his lack of pop culture acumen with point and click classic Blade Runner (24:00). Ozzy is up next with stories about peeing (literally) thanks to PSVR (37:00), drifting terribly in Out Run 2 (53:00), and going back to basics with Samurai Shodown for the PS4 (1:03:31). Paul wraps things up trying avoid depressing thoughts in Disco Elysium (1:12:30) and the video game that is the opposite of depressing, Shovel Knight! (1:26:00)

 

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Out Run 2 - Magical Sound Shower

Shovel Knight - Strike The Earth! (Plains Of Passage)

Let’s Get ReadyTo Punch Oooouuuut!!

Let’s Get ReadyTo Punch Oooouuuut!!

August 20, 2020

Arnaldo and Paul are both surprised to learn that each wanted to do an episode on old video game favourite, Punch Out!! (even if nobody else did!). Too bad for them though, because this episode is a great time, starting off with our experiences with the game and boxing in general (1:00) followed by a look at the original Nintendo arcade cabinet, Punch Out!! featuring Italy's pride, Pizza Pasta and his origin story (14:00). The arcade version of Super Punch Out!! is up next featuring Paul's doppelganger, Canadian Bear Hugger (40:00), unlicensed knockoff Frank Bruno's boxing (49:30) and, of course, the video game that truly started it all, Mike Tyson's Punch Out!! for the NES (55:00). Next we discuss the SNES version of Super Punch Out!! and its shameless subversion of sacred boxing rules (1:22:30) followed by the triumphant Punch Out!! for the Nintendo Wii (1:41:30).

 

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Music:

Medley - Mike Tyson's Punch Out - Main Theme / Gilette Cavalcade Of Sports Theme

Punch Out!! (Wii) - Main Theme

 

The King Of Games 98:The Finals

The King Of Games 98:The Finals

August 13, 2020

Finally! It’s the FINALS of The King Of Games 98! Today the whole crew is here to select the greatest video game of 1998, and it’s all very, very official. Before we get to the picks, first we talk about some of our favourite moments in the series (9:00) and some of the games we wish had made it past the first round (28:00). The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time is up against Gran Turismo next for the bronze medal (34:30) followed by the long awaited gold medal matchup between FPS pioneer Half Life and Kojima’s breakout hit, Metal Gear Solid (55:00).

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Pokemon Red/Blue - Gym Theme

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time - Zelda's Theme

PlayStation: How Important Is A Launch Lineup?

PlayStation: How Important Is A Launch Lineup?

August 6, 2020

Today Anthony, Arnaldo, Geoff, and Paul talk about the launch lineups for Sony's video game consoles over the last four generations and what has changed over the years. How much does a launch lineup matter? The show starts off with a warm message for Montreal Canadiens fans before moving on the original PlayStation launch lineup (6:00) and just how important it was to the console's success. The juggernaut PS2 is up next (29:00) with some light poking at Fantavision. How bad was the PS3's launch? (53:00) We discuss this before moving on to the redemption story, the PS4 (1:13:00) and a chat about whether launch lineups even matter anymore.

 

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Music:

Ridge Racer - Main Menu

Fantavision - Into Space

 

 

The King of Games 98: Semi-Finals

The King of Games 98: Semi-Finals

July 30, 2020

We are into the semi-finals portion of The King of Games 98 tournament. These games are the cream of the crop with two match-ups of titanic proportions.

 

The first match-up is PC heavyweight, Half-Life, going up against the real driving simulator, Gran Turismo. The second match-up (51:04) is a finals match-up in and of itself, with Hideo Kojima's masterpiece, Metal Gear Solid, going up against Shigeru Miyamoto's swan song, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

 

Only two of these games will advance to the finals. Who will it be? Find out on our latest episode of The King of Games 98!

 

Music:

Gran Turismo 2 - Moon Over the Castle

 

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Xbox Modding And The Best Japan-Only Xbox Games

Xbox Modding And The Best Japan-Only Xbox Games

July 23, 2020

We're neck deep in niche today as Arnaldo, Ozzy, Paul, and special guest Rick Girton (@ashevent on Instagram) talk about the Xbox games that didn't make it out of Japan. The crew starts off with a discussion on the basics of Xbox modding in order to make the machine truly Region Free (7:45) followed by a look at the best Xbox games that didn't make it out of Japan, starting with Magatama (14:00). The insane experience that is Metal Wolf Chaos is up next (33:45) followed by the forgotten SMT game, Shin Megami Tensei: Nine (57:15). We bust out the tranquilizer guns for some Dinosaur Hunting (1:10:35), show a complete disregard for pedestrians in Double S.T.E.A.L (1:19:15), and get a camera full of Japanese robo-butt in N.U.D.E (1:28:45). The show wraps up with rapid fire looks at the remainder of the lineup, including Petit Copter and wrestling extravaganza, The Wild Rings (1:37:15).

 

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Music

Magatama - Track 03

Shin Megami Tensei: Nine - Shinjuku

Double S.T.E.A.L - hilariously bad dialogue

What Have We Been Playing? Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Streets of Rage 4, Slay the Spire and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Streets of Rage 4, Slay the Spire and more!

July 9, 2020

Arnie is joined by Paul and Geoff to discuss what they have been playing recently. Geoff starts the discussion by finally getting to unload all of his feelings about the remake to his much beloved Final Fantasy 7. Paul then beats up fools in Streets of Rage 4 (38:12) and goes full anime in Trails of Cold Steel 2 (53:21). Arnie closes it out by opening up about his dangerous addiction to Slay the Spire (1:11:26) and then chatting about Moonlighter and Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa (1:21:57).

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Are We Excited For The PS5?

Are We Excited For The PS5?

June 25, 2020

Today it's Arnaldo, Geoff, Anthony, and Paul talking about the upcoming Playstation 5, and we've got a lot of questions! What do we think of the new, avant garde design? Will Geoff be able to sneak it past his wife into his apartment? Are we finally done with physical media? Will Microsoft not shoot themselves in both feet like last gen? Do we even care about backwards compatibility? And which of the revealed video games are we most looking forward to? Tune in and find out! But seriously, we're not optimistic for Geoff's chances.

 

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The Video Games Of Our Childhood

The Video Games Of Our Childhood

June 11, 2020

Today the.. what's the opposite of dynamic? - duo of Arnaldo and Paul talk about some of their favourite video games from childhood! After reliving the Dennis Rodman chairshot that sent DDP to the yoga studio, Arnie starts things off with a video game that probably deserves its own episode, Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic (6:30) followed by Paul doing everything to avoid talking about Kung Fu Kid for the Sega Master System (26:00). Arnie then reaches deep into the N64 catalog and unleashes Flying Dragon! (52:00) Paul is up next with Willow for the NES (1:03:00) and the guys finish up with some quick hits including the likes of Road Rash and Golden Sun (1:16:30).

 

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Music:

Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic - The Old Republic Theme

Kung Fu Kid - Stage 3 & 5

Flying Dragon - Ryuhi

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