Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots

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)


Written by Fred Rojas

January 9, 2020 at 11:00 am

Posted in Lectures, podcast

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  1. I am enjoying the new format. I would like to hear your thoughts on the amount of games you can download on the Internet Archive. I thought it was all Abandon-ware,but there is a lot of newer games. While I was looking to buy the first Prey the first place a search turned up was on the Internet Archive. Is this a gray area.


    February 16, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    • The lecture series project is continuing albeit not at the same pace I intended. Look for the first episode in the next week or two. As for internet archive, you want the verified collections. This is usually a “no intro” set for carts and a “redump” set for discs. I also recommend (although I know most won’t follow this) that you only download what you want to play at the time, even at the risk of everything disappearing from the site at any time. Also if you can buy a digital recent version it’s both good support and guarantees that efforts to release libraries like this may happen in the future. For example, if you want to play Rondo of Blood, buy a digital collection that includes it like the Castlevania Requiem collection on PS4. Doesn’t change the legalities, it just shows support.

      Fred Rojas

      February 20, 2020 at 10:19 pm

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