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Video Game Purists Ep 90: Barn Stuff

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This week is all about setting up for Christmas and oil-soaked food. On the gaming front Trees has finally 100 percent completed Maneater, DLC and all, as well as rounding out the end of Picross Sega. The real highlight is the new CMS 2021 DLC that includes Jaguars and Pugatis. Fred has been continuing to enjoy Final Fantasy VII Remake and taking his RPG interests to a whole new level with the tabletop game Hero Quest (yes, that one from the early 90s) and the PC indie darling Wildermyth.

Written by Fred Rojas

December 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 89: Turkey Day

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This week the show takes place on Thanksgiving and despite being tired and full of food, Fred and Trees manage a full episode. Along with various adventures, the recently released Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City are discussed (with no real spoilers). On the gaming front Trees is creating a new civilization in No Man’s Sky, decking out slick designs in Forza Horizon 5, and building rockets on social media with the game pass title Next Space Rebels. Fred is continuing to enjoy Final Fantasy VII Remake, went back to Treyarch’s first developed Call of Duty 3, and enjoying a listener suggested anime High Score Girl. In fact, that’s where this week’s closing song comes from!

Written by Fred Rojas

November 26, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 88: Turning 20

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This week is more topical than anything. After Trees and Fred discuss their brief outings, there are discussions on porn (crypto and gaming), movies, and the 20th Anniversaries of Xbox and Gamecube. On the gaming front Trees is sticking with Voice of Cards and enjoying more Forza Horizon 5 while Fred is playing the new Magic: The Gathering expansion and Ghostbusters Remastered.

Written by Fred Rojas

November 19, 2021 at 2:08 pm

Video Game Purists Ep 87: Fruit Cake Content

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This week it’s musicals, Halloween fun, and a dissection of the Marvel Cinematic Universe before moving onto games in this short, but simply packed episode. Trees has continued to explore No Man’s Sky, impulse played Yoko Taro’s newest title Voice of Cards: The Isle Dragon Roars and jumped into game pass title Moonglow Bay. Both hosts also spent some time in Forza Horizon 5 and enjoyed this truly fun and gorgeous title. Fred wrapped up Titanfall 2, The Suffering, and for grins got 120% completion in Spyro the Dragon (Re-ignited). He also tried out Marvel’s Avengers with mixed results.

Written by Fred Rojas

November 12, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 86: Mocking Skill Point

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This week Trees talks about his true current favorite game: the Peloton. Fred spends most of his time waiting for car repairs and watching movies. On the gaming front Trees continues to repair cars, play golf, and delve deeper into the original Spyro thanks to the facelift of the Re-Ignited trilogy. Trees also delves into the Series X version of one of his favorites, No Man’s Sky. Fred is chasing the Halloween dragon with varied success. Visage, a walking sim horror title on Game Pass, fails to keep his attention. Meanwhile hardcore action titles like The Suffering and Quake fill that gap nicely. He also took the time to look into N64 and Genesis titles released to Switch Online customers that have the Expansion Pack, and while there are clear flaws it’s not the disaster the Internet is harping on.

This episode’s closing song is the Halloween theme as remixed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 29, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 85: Sports Can Be Fun

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After a week off Trees tells tales of building offices and winderizing cabins while Fred sat around doing a whole lot of nothing much. On the gaming front, similarities are abound. Trees has delved into the Spyro Trilogy, continues to work through the Sega version of Picross, dove into Jaguar DLC in Car Mechanic Simlulator 2021, and wrapped up Maneater‘s DLC. He also has been doing pinata hunting under duress with Viva Pinata and enjoying some rounds on the course with PGA Tour 2K21. Fred has been working through Shocktober with Castlevania titles on the N64, returned to Agony, and finally picked up Returnal. His main focus was working through all of Alan Wake Remastered.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 22, 2021 at 11:04 am

RetroActive Episode 4: Star Wars: Obi-Wan (2001)

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The RetroActive podcast returns with Fred going solo to discuss the Xbox launch title Star Wars: Obi-Wan. Released at a time where the brand of Star Wars was wavering after Episode I and Microsoft’s new PC as a console concept was a big risk, it seems almost fitting that this title has remained exclusive to its original platform. Fred discusses the culture context, development history, and elements of this lackluster title that was a curiosity he couldn’t pass up.

Written by Fred Rojas

October 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Video Game Purists Ep 84: Aquatic Cannibalism

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This week is all about the weddings on the personal front, with Trees loving on the final Smash character and hating on Fred’s favorite Xbox controllers. On the gaming front, Trees has been exploring fish on fish crimes with Feed & Grow Fish and I am Fish. Of course he’s also still fixing up cars in Car Mechanic Simulator and journeying into a new Game Pass title with Sable. Fred has wrapped up some games and gone full Shocktober with the lackluster end of Tender Loving Care and replaying the DLC of Resident Evil 7. He also tried the demo of Stranger in Paradise: Final Fantasy and overthought the purchase of Alan Wake Remastered.

Video Game Purists Ep 83: Spot On Casting

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As always, we say “nothing happened” but yet we go on nearly an hour about this nothing. Then it’s time to go to the Switch where updates discover bluetooth, games were announced (and released), and we learn of the best casting ever for the 2022 Super Mario movie. On the gaming front, Trees continues with Car Mechanic Simulator, wraps Maneater and leaps into the Truth Quest DLC, customizes boats in AC Valhalla, and plays around with the perspective bending Superliminal. Fred has been going all arcade with Cruis’n Blast, engages heavy with Magic the Gathering Arena thanks to the Innestrad: Midnight Hunt set, and drags his way to the finish line of Sackboy. He also contemplates Halloween gaming and how his play habits may be in direct contradiction to his decision making on what to play.

Video Game Purists Ep. 82: We’re Falling Apart

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This week Fred and Trees acknowledge that injuries can happen and its a time for healing. Additionally birthdays continue as does renovations. On the gaming front Trees is continuing to fix cars, has gone solo in Luigi’s Mansion 3, and continues to play AC: Valhalla the “wrong way”. Fred dabbles in mods, Magic: The Gathering, goes back to his FMV teenage years with Tender Loving Care, and enjoyed the b-tier title Werewolf the Apocalypse: Earthblood.

Written by Fred Rojas

September 24, 2021 at 12:39 pm