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Podcast: Who Hasn’t Pirated? Come On

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This week Fred and Jam are tackling the tricky subject of video game piracy.  It’s older than you would guess.  In fact, ever since there were video games it appears there were ways to pirate them.  They discuss the history behind piracy, ethical and practical considerations, and all of the best piracy and anti-piracy methods used.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 28, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Mini Podcast: The Pages of Myst

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For this special episode Fred flies solo to discuss Myst, it’s concept, and it’s rightful place as one of the “killer apps” for the CD-ROM format.  Logic puzzles not included.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 23, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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Mini Podcast: The Story of Tetris

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Tetris has probably one of the most sordid tales about rights management.  This so-called “first game from behind the iron curtain” was one of the most popular and addicting games of the late 1980s.  Even more interesting is the story about how Nintendo snuck in behind a handful of eager parties who got in at the ground floor and secured sole console rights to one of the most money-producing games of all time.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 18, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Podcast: On the Aughts

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This week Fred and Jam return to the classic new year tradition of celebrating half decades of video games based on the current year.  What that means is that because it’s 2015, we’re celebrating every year in gaming that either ends in a “5” or a “0”, starting all the way back at 1950 and going all the way to 2005!  It’s a great journey with lots of interesting facts on the evolution of gaming.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Tabletops and D20s

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Oh yeah and it's Fred's birthday and listener SieOne was kind enough to send a card.

Oh yeah and it’s Fred’s birthday and listener SieOne was kind enough to send a card.

This week we ring in the new year with guest Gary Butterfield from duckfeed.tv and the Watch Out For Fireballs podcast to discuss video games based on tabletop games.  Of course the big one, Dungeons & Dragons, takes up a chunk of the conversation but there are others that make their way in.  We also track the history and progression of taking earlier stat-based games and being able to integrate them properly onto the screen.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

Extra Credit: 2014 Game Clubs – A Year in Review

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Jam goes solo on this short show to round up all the Game Clubs we did over 2014

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Written by Fred Rojas

December 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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Podcast: Secret of Mana Game Club

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This week Fred and Jam re-live the adventures of Hero, Girl, and Sprite as they uncover the mana sword and take on a dark empire.  Originally developed as the first SNES Playstation CD game, business decisions obviously forced this back onto a cartridge with impressive results.  Oh yeah, and we never played it in full until now.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 31, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Twas the Night Before Xmas Pt. 3 (1994-1997)

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This week was supposed to feature tons of guests like Trees from EZMU, Yogi from Horseplay, and Shawn from Knuckleballer and Zombiecast, but of course Fred screwed up and lost the recording from the live show.  As a result Jam and Fred got back together to re-record and I must say we’re quite pleased with the outcome.  Doesn’t make up for the lack of guests, but we did manage to get in most of their comments along the way.

If you missed parts 1 and 2 in previous years, here are the links!

Tis the Season (1985-1989)

Twas the Night Before Xmas Pt. 2 (1990-1994)

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Written by Fred Rojas

December 28, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Ready, Aim, Fire!

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This week Fred and Jam tackle the wonderful world of light gun shooters.  What started as a mere carnival game evolved into one of the more interactive – and for some of us fun – genres that has not withstood the test of time.  With the advent of newer screens, the technology that made light guns possible is now ruined by delays of no more than a fraction of a second.  In this episode we discuss the history, technology behind, and our fondest memories of the games that utilized the light gun peripheral.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Test Your Might

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This week Fred and Jam are throwing around fighters of the 90s (that aren’t Street Fighter II or Tekken, we did a show for those already).  In the 1990s, the fighter genre was the most popular type of game available (like First Person Shooters today), and among those that have withstood the test of time there were plenty of others that played the field.  From Mortal Kombat to Soulcalibur you had plenty of arcades (and home ports) to drink your quarters in arcades.


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