Archive for the ‘podcast’ Category
This week Fred and Jam are joined by special guest Vos from the Future Monkeys podcast to discuss the topic of LGBTQ (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered and Queer) characters and themes in video games. Some may be surprised to know that while not common, they have been around for just about as long as games have. Our panel identifies and discusses the instances that have occurred over history.
A lost art from the 80s, 90s, and the early 00s is the brick and mortar used game store. Before GameStop and Game took over US and UK respectively, cornering the market, there were plenty of independent owners offering up cash and trade for used games. Fred and Jam (along with members of the community) share their fond memories of those long lost local shops.
On July 11, 2015, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passed away suddenly at the age of 55. Many of us are familiar with Iwata-san thanks to the fantastic Iwata Asks series and his consistent appearances on Nintendo Direct videos, but there was a lot of legacy behind this man as well. This podcast honors Nintendo’s late leader with the story of his life and climb from an unpaid intern at Commodore Japan to the first non-family leader of a video game powerhouse.
Special guest Vos joins. Resident Evil and Silent Hill are known for the canonical tales in the numbered storylines, but amidst the biological warfare and haunted towns lies a lesser appreciated series of tales. Enter the “gaiden” or side story. These are the titles on the lesser known consoles, portables, and even mobile phones that surprisingly create unique gameplay and plotlines that, while not as appreciated, are welcome additions to the library.
To continue the discussion began in our previous episode In Games No One Can Hear You Scream Fred and Jam delve into the world of the Predator and Aliens vs. Predator games. While you may only think of a couple, there is a robust library of very different games from talented studios.
Microsoft’s big clunky box from 2001 may have been laughable at first, but whether you were aware or not it hit like a limited interest storm that holiday. From a certain shooter to the catalog of Sega and a myriad of PC ports, there’s no denying the Xbox started to bridge the gap between console and computer. Fred and Jam duke it out once again with 40 more of their favorite titles to see which 10 remain in this month’s Top 10 Xbox games.
It’s not quite a survival horror, but not quite an RPG. It’s not quite developed in Japan but hardly a sole USA product either. Needless to say whether you’ve played it or not, there aren’t really other games with the development history or style of Parasite Eve. Beloved by those who played it back in the late 90s, this Squaresoft RPG with action elements that hit during the PS1 JRPG boon has its place among Square’s robust catalog.
Not the most popular console among the GH101 community, but thanks to a handful of people we have a short, but delightful list of games beloved on Sony’s first portable. Be sure to give it a listen and find out what’s coming up for our July Top 10. We didn’t write out the top 10 because the podcast is so short (10 minutes) and it would spoil the fun. Go listen!
Gaming has always been embedded in the concept of more than one person playing at once. Whether it’s the past time’s roots in competitive arcade games like Pong or expanding out to couch co-op with a friend in Gears of War, the concept of multiplayer is as old as gaming itself. Fred and Jam explore the roots and evolution of multiplayer gaming and share of their favorite stories with games they didn’t play alone.