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What Have We Been Playing? Psychonauts 2, Contra Rogue Corps, Hong Kong ‘97, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Psychonauts 2, Contra Rogue Corps, Hong Kong ‘97, and more!

October 14, 2021

Today it's Arnaldo, Paul, Mike, and special guest Rick (@ashevent on instagram) talking about what video games we've been playing lately! The show begins on a high brow with a debate about Denny's vs. IHOP before we get into Mike's picks, Contra: Rogue Corps (10:50) and much better game, Psychron (23:50). Paul is up next talking about meeting up with some friends of the show in Toronto (38:30) and some of the tire fires they played, including Bible Adventures (45:45) and BAFTA award winning (not really.. but it also hasn't been nominated yet...) bootleg SNES classic, Hong Kong '97 (1:00:00). Rick moves us along touching on No More Heroes 2 and Catherine before a deep dive on Psychonauts 2 (1:25:30) and Arnie brings us home with Evan's Remains (1:50:00) and Learn Japanese To Survive: Hiragana Battle! (2:00:30).

 

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Psychron - Boss Fight

Hong Kong '97 - I Love Beijing Tiananmen

Psychonauts 2 - Noodle Bowl

Great Graphics, Jank Controls, Cringey Ads. Welcome To Kronos Digital!

Great Graphics, Jank Controls, Cringey Ads. Welcome To Kronos Digital!

September 30, 2021

Today it's Mike in the hosting chair for the first time, joined by Arnaldo and Paul as we talk about PlayStation video game developer, and creator of highly questionable ad campaigns, Kronos Digital! After some catching up including talking about the jankiest carnival rides (Zipper forever!), the crew talks about their favourite video game ad campaigns (18:00) before moving on to the first game Kronos helped develop, Phantasmagoria (27:00). Criticom, Dark Age and Cardinal Syn (the Trilogy Of Terror!) are up next (32:00) followed by little known PC one-of, Meat Puppet (51:30). We then talk about Kronos' biggest hit, Fear Effect and its sequel, Fear Effect 2 (1:00:00) which is conversation that can't be had without talking about Fear Effect 2's ad campaign (1:24:00). We close things out with Fear Effect's nearly complete but abandoned PlayStation 2 sequel, Fear Effect 3: Inferno and the reasons that led to the demise of Kronos Digital (1:44:30)

 

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Gaiares (Guy Are Us) - Mission 1

Cardinal Syn - Intro Movie

 

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The Highs And Lows Of Video Game Kickstarter

The Highs And Lows Of Video Game Kickstarter

September 16, 2021

Kelly, Kelly's cat, Arnaldo, and previous guest now full time host Mike Doucet (!) are talking about the queen of crowdfunding platforms, Kickstarter, and how it has contributed to the video game industry in ways both positive and negative. We start off talking about the beginning of Kickstarter and the ways it showed promise (4:00), and of course, the first big kickstarted video game, Broken Age (14:30). But it's not just games as we talk about as we delve into whether the OUYA was actually a successful console or not (32:30). We talk about one of the bigger successes, Pillars Of Eternity (51:00) and groan over the unending saga of Star Citizen (55:30). Nostalgia milkers Mighty No. 9, the Bloodstained series, Shenmue III and Yooka Laylee are up next (1:09:00) and we close out the show talking about which projects we've personally backed and whether they delivered (1:51:00).

 

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Broken Age - March In The Clouds

Towerfall - Flight

Shenmue III - Forklift Race (yesss!!!)

What Have We Been Playing? Axiom Verge 2, Metal Gear Solid V, Deedlit In Wonder Labyrinth, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Axiom Verge 2, Metal Gear Solid V, Deedlit In Wonder Labyrinth, and more!

September 2, 2021

Today it's Geoff, Arnie, Kelly, and Paul talking about what great (and merely ok) video games we've been playing lately! We open things up with some big news for the show that then devolves into Paul's apathy towards his PS5 (4:30). Arnie saves the day with 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors (25:30) and Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey (36:30) followed by Kelly breezing through Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth (51:00) and slogging through World's End Club (1:03:00). The show wraps up with Paul and Atelier Ayesha (1:13:30) and Geoff with Metal Gear Solid V (1:36:30) and Axiom Verge 2 (1:52:30).

 

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Music:

SMT Strange Journey Redux - Battle 2

Atelier Ayesha - Invitation Flower (Summer)

Are Motion Controls Actually Terrible?

Are Motion Controls Actually Terrible?

August 19, 2021

Today we're working up a sweat as Anthony, Kelly, Arnaldo, and Paul are here with a special Patron request episode to discuss video game motion controls! First, we dive into the biggest question: why do we want motion controls in video games? (10:30). Some of the first motion control concepts are up next with arcade classics like Hang On (19:00). With the arcade in the rear view mirror, we move to the home market, first with the Atari Mindlink (27:00) and then the inspiration for the Infinity Gauntlet (probably) and antagonist of lefties everywhere, the Power Glove! (35:00) Pathetic flailing simulator the Sega Activator is lovingly discussed next (57:00) followed by the Sony Eye Toy (1:07:00) and the first big motion control success, Babysitting Mama! On the Nintendo Wii! (1:12:00) For the last segment we try to capitalize on the success of the Wii with the Microsoft Kinect (1:30:00) and Playstation Move/PSVR and talk about what the future of motion controls will look like (1:59:00).

 

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Terminator Theme - Arnaldo Perez

Daytona Match - Super Spike V'Ball

Mario Kart Wii - Luigi Circuit

Why Compile Is History’s Greatest Shmup Developer

Why Compile Is History’s Greatest Shmup Developer

August 5, 2021

Today Arnaldo and Paul are joined by Youtuber, Shmup Junkie, to talk about our favourite shmup video game developer, Compile! We start off the show getting to know Ilya and hear his recommendations for the best shmups for beginners (spoiler: not Battle Garegga) before moving on to the early history of Compile (23:00) and a chat about Caravan shooter competitions (29:30). Our first experiences with Compile games are up next (36:00) followed by talking about Compile's early efforts Zanac and The Guardian Legend (43:30). We cover Compile's bread and butter, Aleste, in detail (1:10:00) followed by fan favourites Blazing Lazers and Spriggan (1:41:30) and wrap things up with Compile's end as a shmup developer (2:03:00).

 

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Blazing Lazers - Intro and Area 1

Power Strike - The Challenger

GG Aleste 3 - Dogfighter

Our Unusual Top Picks For Couch Co-op!

Our Unusual Top Picks For Couch Co-op!

July 22, 2021

Kelly, Arnaldo, Anthony, and Paul are working together toward a common goal today: talking about our top picks for couch co-op video games! After discussing odds on Mario carrying the torch in the upcoming olympics and our preferred co-op gaming partners, Anthony gets the ball rolling with A Way Out (19:00). Paul is up next with oft ported arcade oddball Gain Ground (35:00) followed by wizard abuse simulator, Trine (57:00). Kelly keeps the party going with Children Of Morta (1:07:00) and divorce lubricator Overcooked 2 (1:21:30) before Arnie brings it home with action packed split-screen Stardew Valley (1:31:30) and Guncon killer app Vampire Night (1:45:30)

 

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Sega Ages: Gain Ground - Origin, Awaken, Theme Of Heroes

Children Of Morta - Soundtrack Of Love

Stardew Valley - Winter (The Wind Can Be Still)

What Have We Been Playing? Nier Replicant, Astro’s Playroom, Cat Quest, and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Nier Replicant, Astro’s Playroom, Cat Quest, and more!

July 8, 2021

Arnaldo, Kelly, and Paul are joined by special guest from the future, Luke (@lukelikesgames on Instagram!) to talk about what video games we've been playing lately. Kelly starts us off with Sayonara Wild Hearts (12:30) and Nier Replicant (27:00). Luke is up next with Astro's Playroom (37:00) and Maquette (49:30). Arnie chips in with Tearaway (1:04:30), Cat Quest (1:13:50) and Earthbound (1:26:15). Paul rounds things up with video game tire fire, Time And Eternity (1:34:00), and the conversation devolves into a chat about other bad games including Michigan: Report From Hell, Battle Construction Vehicles, and Fight Crab (1:48:30).

 

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Sayonara Wild Hearts - Fighting Hearts

Astro's Playroom - SSD

Spiderman: The Arcade Game - BGM2

The Best And Worst Of Video Games Based On Movies

The Best And Worst Of Video Games Based On Movies

June 24, 2021

Today it's Geoff, Arnaldo, and Paul bringing you the best and worst (there's a lot of worst!) video games based on movies. The guys start out talking about when and why movies largely translate into bad video games (13:00) before Arnie rescues us with some picks for actual good games based on movies, including The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Scarface, and The Warriors for PS2 (26:30). Paul is up next with Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves for the NES and Super Star Wars for the SNES (55:00) followed by Geoff with Rogue Leader on the Gamecube, Alien 3 on the SNES, and of course, Goldeneye 007 for the N64 (1:11:00). But we can't talk about movie based video games without our picks for some of the worst, including the likes of The Lion King, Jurassic Park: Trespasser, and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure! (1:29:00)

 

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Aladdin (SNES) - Magic Carpet Ride

Super Star Wars - Desert Journey

Rocky (SMS) - Fight

The Arcade 1up Takeover

The Arcade 1up Takeover

June 10, 2021

Live from ATgames headquarters, Paul, Anthony, and Arnaldo are here to talk about the home arcade revolution! After a little catching up we start out talking about our earliest memories of the arcade and all the weird places we played arcade games at (21:00). Of course, it would be odd to talk about arcades without talking about the titan of arcades worldwide for the better part of a decade, Street Fighter II (38:00), followed by the overall decline of the arcade (47:30). Arcade 1up and the reasons for their success in the home arcade market are up next (57:00), and we close out the episode talking about their main competitors and our own home arcade wishlists including a game that was announced shortly after we recorded the episode! (1:25:00)

 

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Virtual On - In The Blue Sky

Street Fighter II - Spain (Vega)

Out Run - Magical Sound Shower

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