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Video Game Purists Ep 38: Rough NPCs

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It’s time for all smiles at the trampoline park and the reality that the days of the theater are truly numbered as Fred waivers on the concept of going to the movies.  Trees has been diving into Far Cry Primal and is enjoying himself thoroughly.  Fred played some bite-sized experiences from Sega’s 60th Anniversary collection, cleared Tacoma on his day off, tested After Party and finally completed The Evil Within 2.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Boss Battle from Streets of Rage (Genesis)

Written by Fred Rojas

October 22, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 37: $10,000 Week

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This week there’s a lot of random talk about birthdays, Atari Jaguar’s library, and Fred “$10,000 week” splurge.  Once they finally get down to games Trees gave a shot to Metal Wolf Chaos XD, went deeper into Genshin Impact, and returned to Jurassic World Evolution.  Fred on the other hand is keeping with horror as he struggles through The Evil Within 2, realizes some retro classics don’t hold up with The 7th Guest, and finds surprising fun with Slayaway Camp: Butcher’s Cut.  It all wraps with a much appreciated listener mail.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Metal Fighter from Metal Wolf Chaos XD

Written by Fred Rojas

October 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 36: Don’t Try New Things

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This week Trees is off to the casino while Fred is off to the movies in two action packed stories.  The conversation then shifts to games where Trees tested out Greedfall and A Night in the Woods while Fred enjoyed a co-op night of Resident Evil 5 and started The Evil Within 2.  This all is wrapped in a tribute to the late, great, Eddie Van Halen.

Opening Song – Hot For Teacher by Van Halen

Closing Song – Mean Street by Van Halen

Written by Fred Rojas

October 8, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 35: School of Pig Fish

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This week Trees is going to HOA meetings while Fred is reading comics and watching bad horror movies like Midsommar.  Gaming talks a bit about twitter before Trees expands on yet more time with No Man’s Sky, but also Sega Marine Fishing, and the newly released (and very popular) Genshin Impact.  Fred is going mostly horror but manages to wrap Jak and Daxter before delving into the headache of the end of Resident Evil: Code Veronica, giving Condemned 2: Bloodshot a second chance after more than a decade, and big dumb fun with House of the Dead III.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Precursor Basin – Jak and Daxter

Video Game Purists Ep 34: Sandworm!

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This week it’s time to target Microsoft and the poor handling of pre-orders that happened earlier this week.  Then Trees gets down to discussing No Man’s SkyProminence Poker, and a handful of Dreamcast titles.  Fred is going all horror with the return of fall in The Sinking City and his first return to Resident Evil: Code Veronica X in over 10 years.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Chu-Chu Rocket! by Sega (from Chu-Chu Rocket!)

Written by Fred Rojas

September 25, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 33: Fred + PS5 = Hot Mess

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This week the PS5 has been announced and both pre-orders and Fred are a hot mess.  After a long discussion about the now fully informed next generation and the exciting titles on the horizon, the discussion moves to games Trees and Fred have been playing.  For Trees it’s wrapping up Man of Medan and starting Spiritfairer while Fred wrapped up Far Cry 4 and Shaq Fu (both the original and recent A Legend Reborn titles).

Written by Fred Rojas

September 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 32: Just the Cutscenes

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It’s Trees celebrating his birthday week along with some chat about movies Mulan (2020) and The New Mutants.  Fred can’t help himself and has to chat about the Xbox announcements and Mario’s 35th birthday releases from Nintendo.  It all wraps up with Trees talking Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan and Fred grinding through more Far Cry 4 and the entire Battletoads franchise.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Intro – Man of Medan

Written by Fred Rojas

September 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm

GH101 Lecture 3: What Games Cost To Make

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This episode Fred flies solo with listener request to discuss the actual cost of making games.  This means everything that goes into the budgeting for the publisher: development, marketing, and manufacturing.  Real world examples are used to explain the history and actuality of what a game costs and why that price tag you see at the store has a very complicated reasoning behind it.

Opening Song: Never Forget – Halo 3

Closing Song: Aerith’s Theme – Final Fantasy VII

Written by Fred Rojas

September 6, 2020 at 11:00 am

Posted in Lectures, podcast

Video Game Purists Ep 31: This is 60

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This week starts with some talk about movies including Bill & Ted Face the MusicTenet, and The Emperor’s New Groove.  Trees gave xCloud a go in addition to some PS VR and Hello Games’ new title The Last Campfire.  Fred got addicted to the original Ratchet & Clank for a weekend before diving into the checklist-a-thon that is Far Cry 4.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Lightning Strikes from Raiden III

Written by Fred Rojas

September 3, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 30: Where’s the Fast Forward Button?

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This week Fred has a personal tragedy, but the silver lining is good times were had in movies and shows.  Moving on to games, Trees is winding down No Man’s Sky but getting into Train Simulator as a way to have another reason to play mobile games.  Fred is struggling with Metal Gear Solid 2Yakuza 0, and Bio Evil (a Resident Evil isometric game developed for the Genesis), but finds plenty to enjoy with Dead Rising.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Gone Guru by Lifeseeker (Dead Rising Courtyard rap song)

Written by Fred Rojas

August 27, 2020 at 11:00 am