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New Episode: What Have We Been Playing? Final Fantasy, Bloodstained, Zelda, Gears and more!

New Episode: What Have We Been Playing? Final Fantasy, Bloodstained, Zelda, Gears and more!

The crew welcomes Anthony Arriaga a/k/a Polybits into the permanent rotation of hosts, making the podcast 20% more Puerto Rican. And what better way to start it off than by chatting about what the crew has been playing lately. The crew first starts chatting about the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo, which Arnie, Anthony and Ozzy recently attended. Arnie then talks about his quest to complete all the mainline Final Fantasy games, starting with the very first one and then…

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New Episode: Interviewing Cult Game Developers: A Q&A with Patrick Hickey Jr.

New Episode: Interviewing Cult Game Developers: A Q&A with Patrick Hickey Jr.

This is a very different episode from our usual format. For the most part, we tend to focus on a particular game or series and explore it to the best extent possible through research and a recollection of our experiences. That format allows us all to provide insight into a topic we love. This episode tries something new by interviewing Patrick Hickey Jr., a writer and lifelong gamer that has taken it upon himself to dig into the corners of…

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The Sega Dreamcast’s 20th Birthday!

The Sega Dreamcast’s 20th Birthday!

Typing up the title of this episode makes us feel old, but talking Sega Dreamcast instantly makes us feel twenty years younger! The guys start off talking about the Sega Saturn’s demise leading up to the Dreamcast launch, and Paul’s perhaps unhealthy obsession with former Sega president Bernie Stolar (4:00). Our first experiences with the Dreamcast are up next as well as a chat about the corporate politics at Sega at the time (8:20). We discuss the memorable launch (31:00)…

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New Episode: What Have We Been Playing? Tetris 99, Blazing Chrome, Persona 5 Dancing, and more!

New Episode: What Have We Been Playing? Tetris 99, Blazing Chrome, Persona 5 Dancing, and more!

Arnaldo, Ozzy, and Paul get together for a rare evening recording that sees strange, sleep deprived ramblings from Ozzy about Chinese surveillance before moving on to the video games, starting with a look back at the entire Persona Dancing series from someone who fell while playing Dance Dance Revolution (10:00). Ozzy is up next with Front Mission DS (36:30) and scratching that retro video game itch with Blazing Chrome on the Switch (54:30). Paul finishes up by redeeming a previous…

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New Episode: Boom Shakalaka!! What Happened to NBA Jam?

New Episode: Boom Shakalaka!! What Happened to NBA Jam?

Arnaldo, Ozzy, and Paul are joined on this episode by special guest Cam Lasby (@sixteen_bit on Instagram) to talk about the genre defining video game that was NBA Jam and its various spinoffs and clones. The guys start off introducing Cam before moving on to some of NBA Jam’s weird sports game predecessors like Cyberball, Arch Rivals, and Base Wars (13:00). The 16-bit era and how it led to NBA Jam is next, but not before discussing the evil Bill…

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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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