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Podcast: Episode 100 Spectacular

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This week Fred and Jam are celebrating the 100th episode complete with top 5 lists, listener call-ins, guests, giveaways, and tons of talk about games from “back in the day”.  Join us to celebrate 100 episodes of GH101!


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July 30, 2014 at 11:37 am

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Podcast: Silent Evil 2: Resident Hill

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This week we are tackling quite possibly the two most popular titles of survival horror: Resident Evil 2 and Silent Hill 2.  Resident Evil 2 was scrapped only a few months before completion and completely redone, resulting in many of the staples that carried the franchise forward and stands as a fan favorite.  Meanwhile Silent Hill 2 waited until the Playstation 2 hit the market and with one of the creepiest atmospheres of all times redefined what horror gaming could be.  We openly discuss the notable aspects of both.


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July 16, 2014 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Sega Master System Brawl, Streets of Rage 2 hack, and Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic!

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This week we’re covering a lot of ground in a little bit of time.  Not to be outdone by the upcoming Wii U Smash Bros, Sega fans made a Genesis/Mega Drive homebrew of classic Master System characters and levels duking it out entitled Sega Master System Brawl and we check it out.  Then we move on to a color enhancing hack on Streets of Rage 2 that is said to bring it closer to SNES quality (and we put the original’s gameplay in the corner for comparison).  Finally we play the Famicom Disk System (FDS) title Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic! which you all probably know better as it released in the US as Super Mario Bros 2 on the NES.  Like Streets of Rage, we put the original gameplay in the corner for comparison.  This was played on original hardware with either original games or a flash cart for homebrew/hacks, no emulation.  To keep load times quick, the video is not embedded and can instead be linked by clicking on the graphic.

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July 12, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Podcast: GBA Forever

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This week the boys are talking all about the Gameboy Advance.  Nintendo’s successor to the extremely popular Gameboy was touted by many as the SNES in your hands.  Well it was a lot more than that and we’re talking all about the crazy library of games that reminded us how fond we were of the 16 bit era.


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July 9, 2014 at 11:27 am

Retro Game Night: Shadow of Rome

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This week’s Retro Game Night is all about the Romans.  For July’s game club we are playing Shadow of Rome for the Playstation 2 and we give it the usual first glance and initial impressions.  For load time optimization I have placed a graphic instead of an embedded video.  Click on it to watch.

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July 4, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Podcast: Dino Crisis 1 & 2 Game Club

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This week we are talking about Capcom’s survival horror titles in a dinosaur-infested facility, Dino Crisis and Dino Crisis 2.  A testing ground for new survival horror mechanics, it’s interesting to see the decisions made in what is one of the more interesting two titles of the original Playstation’s late titles.


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July 2, 2014 at 11:00 am

Video: Retro Game Night with Dino Crisis 2 and Dead Rising 3 DLC

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This week for Retro Game Night we are playing Dino Crisis 2 to wrap up the game club for June and trying out the fan service that is Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Edition Ex Plus Alpha (Dash).  Click on the pics below to be taken to the videos (we do not embed videos to improve site load times).

Podcast: Data Easy Meets West

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No it’s not a typo (just an inside joke), but we are actually talking about Data East and Data West.  This includes the games they developed, published, and even the pinball titles available.  It may not seem it, but Data East was a limited and significant developer of the mid-late 80s and just about all of the 90s.

Special thanks to Retronauts Episode 88 (1up Run), Brandon Sheffield (and his blog/podcast Insert Credit), as well as Topless Robot for your Data East and extensive Data West information.

Also be sure to check out the ASCII RPG/roguelike Sanctuary, for free, at the following address: http://blackshellgames.itch.io/srpg


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June 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Podcast: Unlicensed Cancellation

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This week we are talking about the world of games you didn’t play or weren’t supposed to.  A myriad of titles that either live in infamy through stories, developmental disasters, piracy, business decisions, and of course making games without permission from the console manufacturer.  Yup, it’s all about Unlicensed or Canceled games.


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June 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

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Podcast: GHX – E3 Hype Train

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This week we are foregoing the past and focusing on the future with Pixelated Pints co-host Heffe guesting on the show.  We discuss the Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo press events and what it means for the wonderful world of gaming.  Don’t worry, we’re back to retro next week.


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June 11, 2014 at 11:00 am

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