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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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Podcast: U R Not [RED] e

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This week Fred and Jam are joined by Andy from 42 Level One to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Sony Playstation.  This CD based console is responsible for so much ushering into the next iteration of game development, hardware, media, and game libraries.  It touched each host in his own way and deserves to be celebrated on its second decade of existence.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Top Scores, Volume 2

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Video game soundtracks are as varied and nostalgic as the games themselves.  Sometimes just hearing a few bars from a classic tune brings the memories of playing that game rushing back.  Thanks to the community and a handful of personal selections, Fred and Jam present a collection of nostalgic favorites.


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Top Scores Vol. 2 Setlist (with intro/outro from Fred/Jam between each song)

1.) Intro (static of GH101 theme song into “Sonic Boom” from Sonic CD, Sega/Mega CD)

Part I – Eastern Flare

2.) Nova’s Theme – Marvel vs. Capcom 3, PS3 (Fortengard Choice)
3.) Sure Imagination – Ai Choaniki, PC Engine CD (Fred choice)
4.) Main Theme – Jade Empire, PC/Xbox (Jam choice)

Part II – Terror About

5.) Boss and Ending Themes – Jaws, NES (Vos request)
6.) Main Theme – Alien 3, Mega Drive (Jam choice)
7.) Main Theme/Level 1 – Quake 2, PS1 (Jam Choice)
8.) The Unexpected Enemy – Panzer Dragoon Zwei, Saturn (Fred choice)
9.) First/Last Boss – Splatterhouse 2, Mega Drive (50hz Pal Version) (Jam choice)
10.) Moment of Relief (Safe Room) – Resident Evil: Code veronica, Dreamcast (Jam choice)

Part III – Chip Tune-Up

11.) Pause Theme – BattleToads, NES (Blake Request)
12.) Main Theme – Great Gianna Sisters, C64 (Jam choice)
13.) Main Theme – Todd’s Adventure in Slime World, Lynx (Fred choice)
14.) Lavender Town – Pokemon Red/Blue, Gameboy (Fortengard Choice)
15.) Leona Theme – SNK vs. Capcom: Battle of the Millenium, Neo Geo Pocket Color (Fred choice)
16.) Main Theme – Robocop, ZX Spectrum (SieOne choice)
17.) Flower Garden – Little Nemo in Dream World, NES (Fred Choice)
18.) Jogging Theme – Punch-Out!!, NES (Fred Choice)

Part IV – Classics

19.) Main Theme – Golden Axe, Amstrad CPC (Jam Choice)
20.) Main Theme – Wonderboy, Sega Master System (Fred choice)
21.) Scars of Time – Chrono Cross, PS1 (Vos choice)
22.) Level One – Rocket Knight Adventures, Mega Drive (Jam Choice)
23.) Secret of Arid Sands – Secret of Mana, SNES (Fred choice)
24.) Main Theme – Syphon Filter, PS1 (Jam Choice)
25.) Intro – Ecco the Dolphin, Sega CD (Fred Choice)
26.) Level One – Castlevania Bloodlines, Genesis (Jam Choice)

Part V – Leftovers

27.) Title Theme – Jet Force Gemini, N64 (Jam choice)
28.) Walk in the Park – Final Fight, Arcade (Fred Choice)
29.) You’ve Come Far, Ness – Earthbound, SNES (Fred Choice)
30.) Super Sonic Racing (Main theme) – Sonic R, Saturn (Andy Choice)
31.) Fly Me to the Moon – Bayonetta, 360 (Fred Choice)

Secret Track: Head Radio FM – Grand Theft Auto, PC (PhunkJunkie Choice)

Written by Fred Rojas

November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Releasing Vaporware

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This week Fred and Jam chit chat about vaporware (ie: games stuck in development hell) that actually came out.  The most obvious example is Duke Nukem Forever, but as the guys prove there are no lack of “is it coming out?” games, some of which are still in the void today.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 19, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Ah Ah Ahhhhh

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This week Fred and Jam are discussing the misadventures of Master Chief, at least in terms of the Bungie developed ones.  What started out as a Real Time Strategy (RTS) title for the Mac ended up ironically being the launch title for the Microsoft Xbox that has withstood the test of time and is to this day one of the strongest properties in gaming.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 12, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Ripto – Trilogy of the Dragon

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In a widely requested topic, this week Jam and Fred discuss the Spyro the Dragon trilogy on PS1.  After briefly telling the story of the origins of developer Insomniac, the guys delve deep into the young dragon that played one of the only open world 3D competitors to Nintendo’s Super Mario 64.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Podcast: Silent Hill 3 Revisited

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Ever since the 10/01 episode “Silent 3vil” released, we felt one thing was severely missing: everyone’s impressions on Silent Hill 3.  In honor of Halloween Fred, Jam, and Vos all got together 30 days later and had a little round table discussion about what we appreciate about the third and final Team Silent installment in the series.

Please Note: This episode is a follow-up to an earlier episode this month (Silent 3vil).


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 31, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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Podcast: Crimson Butterfly

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This week Fred and Jam tackle a horror game that is often mentioned as one of the scariest and best horror games to ever release.  Oddly enough, neither of the guys have played it despite being self-proclaimed survival horror fans.  Regardless, they tackle this popular title about a pair of twin girls who descend upon the spirit-infested Lost Village and uncover the tragedies that happened there.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 29, 2014 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Zombies Ate My Podcast

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Traditionally horror and comedy are entwined, faithfully representing a laughable moment of relief to accompany the graphic depictions of death that follow.  Although more rare, there is also room for comedy with horror elements and this week Fred and Jam are celebrating the games that get it right.  From some of LucasArts classic hybrids to bikini clad samurai warriors, there’s no lack of hilarity in gaming for those not looking for a scare.


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