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VGP Episode 8: Sega Falls

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This week is all about the system going wrong, the system going right, and plenty of video games. From Animal Crossing, Sonic: the HedgehogResident Evil 3 Remake DemoThe Last of Us: Left Behind, to finally Doom Eternal.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (check out his tunes at ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Doom Animal – Canela Aldeano (youtuber “leaving19”)

Written by Fred Rojas

March 26, 2020 at 11:00 am

VGP Episode 7: Shenanigans at the Lock-In

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This week Fred and Trees decided to stay indoors for no reason whatsoever.  Despite this they still managed to replace hot water heaters, dishwashers, attack birds in dryer vents, talk the new Xbox, shop for retro games and comics, not to mention wrap up Watch Dogs and enjoy some wholesome hours in “Warzone”, the new free-to-play game/mode for Modern Warfare.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (check out his amazing chiptunes at ozzed.net)

Closing Song: Praxis Palace – Josh Mancell

Lecture 1: The PC Engine/Turbografx-16

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In this first lecture Fred goes back to 1987 and the release of the PC Engine, one of the most “hybrid” consoles of all times.  Created by Hudson and NEC to be the versatility of a PC with a sole operation of gaming like a console. The PC engine utilized an 8-bit processor with 16-bit graphics, merging much of the stronger tech from the time without re-inventing the wheel for its developers.  It also gave way to the first CD-ROM add-on.  The talk wraps up with a discussion on the game library, what you can expect if beginning to collect, and of course the upcoming mini consoles.

Opening Song: Title Screen – The Kung-Fu (PC Engine)

TG-16 Intro Song: Title Screen – Keith Courage in Alpha Zones (Turbografx-16)

CD-ROM Intro Song: Theme of Adol – Ys Book I & II (Turbografx CD)

Library Intro Song: Vampire Killer (Stage 2b) – Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (PC Engine CD)

Closing Song: Boss Theme – Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (PC Engine CD)

Written by Fred Rojas

March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am

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VGP Ep 6: Crank Bait At Bass Pro

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This week it’s more discussion on outbreaks affecting conventions (with a late breaking story), Genesis collecting, reminiscing the Turbografx-16, Death StrandingFishing Sim World: ProResident Evil 3 (the original), and Watch Dogs.

Awesome Fishing Sim World: Pro Tour trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z-gwxHWWzs

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (ozzed.net, the home for good original chiptunes)

Closing Song: Paper Boats –  Transistor Original Soundtrack

Written by Fred Rojas

March 12, 2020 at 11:00 am

VGP Ep. 5: Footbag Action

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This week we largely hop in the way back machine with Fred talking the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Trees’ used game shop stories, and how it’s basically 1998 with the upcoming releases of a Doom sequel, Resident Evil 3, and of course our impressions of the Final Fantasy VII Remake demo.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed (find this and many other tunes at ozzed.net, don’t forget to donate!)

Closing Song: Those Who Fight – Final Fantasy VII Remake

Written by Fred Rojas

March 5, 2020 at 11:00 am

VGP Ep. 4: The DSi of Podcasting

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This week Fred and Trees chat about hitting goals, New Hammy, Ori and the Blind ForestRidge Racer Type 4, listener mail, and play a good old game of MFK.

Opening Song: Facehammer – Ozzed

Find this track and many other fantastic chiptunes at ozzed.net.

Closing Song: Eat ‘Em Up! – Ridge Racer Type 4

Written by Fred Rojas

February 27, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Episode 3: Snack Time!

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This week Fred finally gives up on Magic the Gathering: Arena while Trees scams grocery stores and gets back into Call of Duty.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed

Used with permission via creative commons, you can find this and many other excellent tracks at ozzed.net.

Closing Song: Main Theme – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

Written by Fred Rojas

February 20, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Episode 2: No, It Isn’t Monster Hunter

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This week Fred and Trees are talking about the next generation of consoles, Dauntless, and Best Buy’s subtle decline.

Opening Song: Facehammer by Ozzed

Used with permission via creative commons, you can find this and many other excellent tracks at ozzed.net.

Closing Song: Main Title Theme – Golden Axe (Arcade)

Written by Fred Rojas

February 13, 2020 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Episode 1: Kickin It Old School

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Fred and Trees return to discuss, um, the fact that this podcast feed keeps changing all the time.  Well this time it’s as permanent as a podcast gets.  Weekly shows, Fred and Trees, talking about video games new and old.  We may have other shows, we may have more GH101, and we may soon see the return of Jam but nothing is set in stone yet.  For now the two just get back into the old discussions with why Fred abandoned his lecture series, what Trees has been up to, and a few questions from the community.

Intro Song: Facehammer by Ozzed (ozzed.net)

Opening Song: Rock in a Hard Place – Halo Anniversary

Closing Song: Trilla Death – Jedi Fallen Order

Written by Fred Rojas

February 6, 2020 at 11:00 am

Lecture 0: Introduction

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Welcome to the second iteration of Gaming History 101.  Always intended to be a lecture series, this new version of the podcast will be a more comprehensive look at specific topics in gaming’s history, ideally covering those less documented arenas.  Fred Rojas is your solo host and in this introductory “episode zero” he lays out his background as well as the format for the new show.

Opening Song: Opening – Mega Man 2 (NES)

Closing Song: Beginning – Akumajo Densetsu/Castlevania III (Famicom)


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

Posted in Lectures, podcast