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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

Video Game Purists Ep 81: Cool Yeti

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This week Fred and Trees are just getting back into the swing of things and reminiscing on standard fair. On the gaming front Trees is of course working some Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 and giving a go to Game Pass title Breathedge. The highlight of the week is Luigi’s Mansion 3. Fred continues his journey of It Takes Two with his daughter, feels the sting of Demon’s Souls, and wrapped up Psychonauts 2. He also completed Sonic Adventure on the Dreamcast for the first time. Although there’s not much nice to say, he forgot to mention the soundtrack is dope, which has a track featured at the end of the show!

Written by Fred Rojas

September 17, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 80: Adulting is Hard

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This week was a bit tough on both the guys and there are stories to tell of the whole ordeal. It’s not all bad though because there were some important gaming anniversaries and Sony did it’s pseudo-E3 showcase! Trees has been busy repairing cards in Car Mechanic Simulator 2021 and completed Minecraft Dungeons with his boy. Fred got in some Vita time and is nearing the end of Psychonauts 2. He also got a chance to try out Aliens Fireteam Elite and continues to enjoy Demons Souls on PS5.

Written by Fred Rojas

September 10, 2021 at 11:12 am

Video Game Purists Ep 79: SUP

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This week it’s birthday’s for Trees and dog bars for Fred. Much on the gaming front as well, starting with Maneater, which Trees is still working through with his son and Fred has completed 100 percent. Additionally Trees was getting very Playstation Home-like with Riders Republic (the beta) and…Car Mechanic Simulator 2021! Fred waved goodbye to 12 Minutes and Doom II while continuing through Psychonauts 2 and having some GameStop shenanigans. His highlight this week, however, is that he’s really enjoying the life (and death) of Demon’s Souls.

Written by Fred Rojas

September 3, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 78: Spring 2022?

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This week Trees makes the most of the weekend while Fred…doesn’t. After a brief discussion on Gamescom announcements things quickly move to the games they’ve played. Trees has his staples: Car Mechanic Simulator, Maneater, and AC Valhalla. He also got to experience the 4K upres version of Crimson Skies, gave an indie title Islanders shot, and wrapped up with Slime Rancher (Plortable Edition). Fred tries to figure out why he struggles with the PS2 era in particular after reflecting on his recent MGS2 playthrough. Then it’s all new stuff with 12 Minutes, Psychonauts 2, and Demons Souls (PS5).

Written by Fred Rojas

August 27, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 77: This is Fine

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This week is rather uneventful for Trees but Fred triggers an incidental 30+ minute conversation regarding masks and schools. A topic spreading through the country, there is some perspective on both arguments. Moving over to games there’s more Car Mechanic Simulator talk that includes both the 2021 console release and a PSN sale on 2018. Both hosts have been playing Maneater and are ironically stuck in a very common bug. Trees continues on with AC Valhalla and having fun with it as well as starting Hades. Fred did a lot of reading, watching, and buying before finishing with some critical views on Metal Gear Solid 2 HD.

Written by Fred Rojas

August 20, 2021 at 11:45 am

Video Game Purists Ep 76: Boat Stuff

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This week Fred returns from vacation to talk about the wonders of the Ozarks while Trees is living up kids parties and beach life. On the video game front Trees has been enjoying a new game called Car Mechanic Simulator, enjoying the levels of Maneater, and trying out the new Picross: Sega Edition. He also started Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Fred tried to like Ivy the Kiwi? and ended up in a deep hole (temporarily) with match 3 games. Finally in honor of the 20th anniversary, he’s giving a second go to Metal Gear Solid 2 HD (this time on PS3).

Written by Fred Rojas

August 13, 2021 at 11:00 am