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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