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What Have We Been Playing? Ratchet And Clank, Fire Emblem, Rocket Slime, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Ratchet And Clank, Fire Emblem, Rocket Slime, and more!

February 18, 2021

Today, Geoff, Arnaldo, and Paul talk about what video games they've been playing lately! Paul starts things off with Oxygen Not Included (8:15) and bizarre DS cult favourite, Rocket Slime (28:30). Geoff is up next with a few quick hits including Hades and Dark Souls 3 (41:00) followed by Fire Emblem: Three Houses (47:00) and Mario and Rabbids: Kingdom Battle (1:01:20). Arnie wraps things up with a bucketful of Ratchet And Clank games (1:12:40) and one of the more surprising franchise resurrections we've seen, Rygar (1:32:45). 

 

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Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime - Cutscenes

Hades - Out Of Tartarus

The Bad Video Games We Adore, Part 2: Adore Harder!

The Bad Video Games We Adore, Part 2: Adore Harder!

February 4, 2021

Today it's Paul, Arnaldo, and Geoff on deck with another choice selection of the best/worst video games ever offered! After some catching up with dogs and horrible house odors, Geoff starts us off with the classic Die Hard Trilogy for the PS1 and Saturn (13:00). Paul is up next with Die Hard Trilogy's video game spirit animal, Technocop on the Genesis (28:15) followed by Arnie with a mouthful of Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries Of Fujisawa (45:45). The parade of delightful mediocrity continues with Jurassic Park on the Sega Master System (58:30), Double Dungeons for the Turbografx-16 (1:12:15) and finally, last but not least, Xbox 360 masterpiece, Bullet Witch (1:22:35).

 

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Kotodama The 7 Mysteries Of Fujisawa - Story

Double Dungeons - Field 1

Bullet Witch - Ferocious Cheer From Voice Extras

How Team 17 Revolutionized The Indie Genre

How Team 17 Revolutionized The Indie Genre

January 21, 2021

Today Geoff and Paul are joined by special guest and artist extraordinaire, Ryan Medlock (@videogamebear on Instagram) to talk about arguably the most successful British gaming developer and publisher, Team 17! First we catch up with Ryan and get some of his favourite platforming picks before heading into the Amiga era (of course!) and the birth of Team 17 (15:00). We talk about Alien Breed and some of their other earlier efforts (31:00) before moving on to the game that launched a thousand sequels, Worms! (45:30). Then we wrap up the show talking about Team 17's brilliant pivot to indie games with hits like Overcooked and Blasphemous (1:02:00)

 

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Alien Breed - Menu

Overcooked - Restaurant

 

2020 Year In Video Games!

2020 Year In Video Games!

January 7, 2021

Today Arnaldo, Ozzy, Anthony, and Paul are here to celebrate the end of a miserable year in general, but a pretty good year for video games! The guys start the show catching up and talking about a bizarre year before getting on to the never confusing favourite non-2020 video game of 2020 including classics like Dark Souls and wish-they-were-classics like Chibi Robo (32:30). Some of our video game disappointments of 2020 are up next (54:00) followed by our picks for 2020 video game of the year! (1:25:00)

 

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Chibi Robo - So dododo

Sakuna: Of Rice And Ruin - Winding Roots

Streets Of Rage 4 - Mrs. Y

WCW/nWo/RFG Revenge! An Early History Of Wrestling Games

WCW/nWo/RFG Revenge! An Early History Of Wrestling Games

December 24, 2020

In our most personally anticipated episode of the year, Arnaldo, Ozzy, Geoff, and Paul talk about the wrestling video games they grew up with and which ones managed to climb the ladder and grab the championship belt! We start off talking about our early experiences watching wrestling (04:30) followed by the earliest 8-bit wrestling games featuring King Slender and Doctor Guildo (15:00). A discussion of our favourite wrestlers comes next (The Rock may or may not be mentioned) (40:30) followed by the 16-bit and arcade wrestling games of the era (58:30). The crowning achievements of the 32bit era, WCW/nWo Revenge and their ilk are up for discussion next (1:04:30) and we close out with the PS2 generation of wrestling games (1:36:00) and our favourite wrestling moments! (1:55:30)

 

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Tecmo World Wrestling - Fight Music 1

Pomp And Circumstance (Macho Madness!!)

WWF No Mercy - Intro

How Final Fantasy IV Changed RPGs Forever

How Final Fantasy IV Changed RPGs Forever

December 10, 2020

Today Arnaldo, Geoff, and Paul are joined by special guest Chris Coplien of the Retro Hangover Podcast to talk about our (mostly!) favourite RPG of the 16-bit era, Final Fantasy IV! We start off the show getting to know Chris and discuss his time flying in airplanes for a living and sneaking around on the Big Shell (2:30), followed by an intro to Final Fantasy IV and our experiences with this superlative video game (15:30). The all-star team of developers is up next along with their stories and a deep dive into the game and characters (33:30) and the show is wrapped up with some of the weird quirks from the game and a discussion of the legacy Final Fantasy IV has left behind (1:31:00)

 

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Final Fantasy IV - Red Wings

Final Fantasy IV - Main Theme

Final Fantasy IV - Battle 2

The Next Generation Of Gaming Is Here!

The Next Generation Of Gaming Is Here!

November 26, 2020

Today Arnaldo, Geoff, Anthony and Paul talk about the release of the next generation of video game consoles, including the Xbox Series X, the Playstation 5, and the Nintendo Game & Watch! We really did actually get immediately distracted by the Game & Watch before getting to business with Anthony's hatred of UPS, our experiences trying to purchase these systems, and Anthony's surprising experience with the improved performance of the XBSX (04:00). Next we talk about what Microsoft will have to do this generation to get a foothold against Sony (31:00) followed by the next generation of controllers (1:06:00) and whether this will be the last generation of consoles (1:24:00). We close out the show with the most important thing: what next generation video games are we most looking forward to? (1:37:00)

 

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Yakuza: Like A Dragon - Hei An Ru Encounter

Sackboy: A Big Adventure - The Journey... Begins!

Astro's Playroom - SSD Speedway Music 2

What Have We Been Playing? Star Wars: Squadrons, 13 Sentinels, Firewatch and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Star Wars: Squadrons, 13 Sentinels, Firewatch and more!

November 12, 2020

Today Arnaldo and Paul are joined by special guest James Moller (@pintsandplatformers on instagram) to chat about what video games we have been playing lately! Arnaldo starts us off with the terrified teenagers of Until Dawn (16:30), followed by Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons (24:30), and the toothbrush wielding Chibi Robo (30:30). James is up next with the stress of Darkest Dungeon (43:00), Supergiant's artful gem Transistor (47:30), and not-a-peeing-simulator Firewatch (55:00). Paul closes out the show with Vanillaware masterpiece 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim (1:08:00), dream fulfiller Star Wars: Squadrons (1:23:00) and Slay The Spire-like, Monster Train (1:34:30).

 

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Music:

Transistor - Apex Beat

13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim -DEOXYRIBOSE

Dark Souls - Miyazaki’s Beautiful Twisted Masterpiece

Dark Souls - Miyazaki’s Beautiful Twisted Masterpiece

October 29, 2020

For this Halloween-centric episode, Ozzy is joined by Geoff and Arnie, with special guest Josh (a/k/a @NinjaArtorias on Instagram) to discuss the game of the decade that was Dark Souls. The crew goes for a deep dive on FromSoftware's beloved title, exploring its story and lore, the beauty of its gameplay loop and the type of imprint they believe the game will leave behind. It is a super fun episode with knights, dragons and more souls talk than you can shake your hilt at. 

 

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Firelink Shrine (30:00)

Prologue (51:25)

Great Grey Wolf Sif  (1:05:03)

Gwyn, Lord of Cinder (1:46:35)

Psygnosis: The Second Coolest Band From Liverpool

Psygnosis: The Second Coolest Band From Liverpool

October 15, 2020

Today Geoff, Arnaldo, and Paul talk about one of the great British video game development houses of the 90's, Psygnosis! We can't stop ourselves from immediately getting into the logo and iconic artwork for Psygnosis' games (8:00) and continue with Psygnosis in the Amiga era and hits like Shadow Of The Beast and Lemmings (24:00). The 32-bit era is up next with system seller and spelling mystery WipEout (55:30), followed by Psygnosis' space based games G-Police and Colony Wars (1:21:00). Alas nothing good lasts forever, and we close with the interesting story behind Psygnosis' demise (1:40:00).

 

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Shadow Of The Beast - The Cavern

Formula-1 - Stateside

Colony Wars - Track 03

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