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Month: July 2019

New Region Free Radio Episode: Unsung Soundtracks

New Region Free Radio Episode: Unsung Soundtracks

In celebration of the Instagram retro community’s #RCEweekofsound, Ozzy takes a look at soundtracks that have gone unnoticed for far too long. These are soundtracks connected to games that were not well-received at the time or that just seem to have been forgotten by time. More importantly, we will consider composers like the Follin Brothers, Dean Evans and Kota Hoshino, who remain fairly unknown, but have made great contributions to the world of video game soundtracks. This is a particularly…

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New Episode: Fire Emblem’s Collapse and Awakening

New Episode: Fire Emblem’s Collapse and Awakening

Join Arnaldo and Paul as they follow the rise, fall, and rise again of the Great Lord of Strategy RPG games, Fire Emblem! The guys start by talking about the core game play mechanics of the series and the key minds behind it (amid some horribly dated Toronto Raptors references) before moving on to the Famicom Fire Emblem games (24:00). After the break, we get into the Super Famicom era and the amusing way Thracia 776 compares to Final Fantasy…

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Mind the Gap: On the Perils of a New Console Generation

Mind the Gap: On the Perils of a New Console Generation

The jump to a new generation of video game consoles is an exciting time for the industry and its many fans. Speculation abounds as those in the video games media wonder about what technology will be housed under the plastic box that will sit on your entertainment center for the next five years. There is always the push and pull of whether a company will choose to take the audacious approach of inserting every possible technological innovation into the system,…

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What Have We Been Playing? Persona Q2, Lapis X Labyrinth, Paper Mario and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Persona Q2, Lapis X Labyrinth, Paper Mario and more!

Arnaldo and Paul are on deck today talking about what video games they’ve been playing, but not before talking about the Toronto Raptors winning the NBA title, followed by some Canadian beat poetry by Arnaldo, because this is a video game show, right? It doesn’t take long to get back on track with Paper Mario on the Gamecube (14:00), followed by Persona Q2 (33:00). Paul then mangles the pronounciation of Lapis X Labyrinth, but barely redeems himself before talking about…

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Genesis Mini – What Would We Have Added?

Genesis Mini – What Would We Have Added?

Arnaldo, Ozzy, and Paul are joined by good buddy Mike and start off the show talking about Mike’s unusual road to developing video games at Ubisoft before talking about their favourite entries on the Genesis/Mega Drive Mini (33:00). Ozzy then takes the reins and talks about which games he would cut and which ones he would add in their place (1:08:30) followed by Mike doing the same (1:24:30). Arnaldo starts a heated video game controversy with his cuts (1:39:00) while…

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The Rise and Fall of Technosoft

The Rise and Fall of Technosoft

Ozzy, Arnaldo, and Paul are joined by good buddy Anthony (@polybits_ on Instagram) to talk about one of their favourite long lost video game developers, Technosoft! The guys start off talking about Technosoft’s early days working out of a computer store before moving on to hitting their stride on the Genesis/Mega Drive (43:00). Ozzy then apologizes for being terrible at pricing games before moving on to Technosoft’s 16-bit masterpieces, Thunder Force III and Thunder Force IV (1:13:00). The show is…

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What Have We Been Playing? Resident Evil 2, Astro Bot, Trails of Cold Steel and more!

What Have We Been Playing? Resident Evil 2, Astro Bot, Trails of Cold Steel and more!

Arnaldo, Masa, Paul, and good friend and Resident Evil fanatic Dennis (@strillivanilli on Instagram) chat about what games they’ve been playing lately, starting with Masa staying true to form with Judge Eyes and its cocaine related difficulties, followed by the Trails of Cold Steel remake for the PS4. Dennis takes the reins next with Resident Evil 2, Overcooked 2 and is railroaded into talking about Rub Rabbits way more than he expected to (25:00). Paul is next with Astro Bot…

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Phantasy Star – Why It’s The Undisputed Queen of 8-bit RPGs

Phantasy Star – Why It’s The Undisputed Queen of 8-bit RPGs

Arnaldo and Paul are joined by good friend and AAA video game producer, Mike, to talk about Sega’s 8-bit video game masterpiece, Phantasy Star! The guys start off introducing Mike and arguing over which cover of Heroes Of The Lance is correct (turns out Paul was right) before moving on to introducing Phantasy Star and their experiences with the game and its in-game cake purchasing model (20:00). The production history of the game and its credits come next (1:03:30) followed…

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