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Podcast: The First Annual GH101 Game of the Year Awards (1996)

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Everyone’s got a bunch of Game of the Year award shows starting around this time, but how many can say they are celebrating the titles that came out 20 years ago. Fred and Jam take a bunch of retro games, a bunch of retro categories, and make the award show we should have gotten in 1996 but never did.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 7, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Celebrating 15 Years of Xbox

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It’s about two weeks late, but the original Xbox is 15 years old now and we figured it was high time to celebrate.  As the first attempted console/PC hybrid, there’s a lot to say and talk about surrounding the history, development, and release of the original Xbox.  Fred and Jam go through all of it, including the launch titles and gaming enthusiast opinions, before finishing strong with a slew of notable games for Microsoft’s first console.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

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Horror 101 Episode 5: Thankskilling (2009)

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This week Fred and Jam forego knowledge, class, and anything else to watch the trashy horror film Thankskilling.  If you’ve never seen it, you should.  If you’re feeling lucky, go ahead and give this approx hour long episode a listen as Fred filtered in plenty of the movie’s dialogue.  It’s a blast, but one you should probably watch along with the film.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 28, 2016 at 5:00 pm

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Podcast: Mario Kart 64 vs. Diddy Kong Racing Game Club

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Two notable racers on the Nintendo 64 are always compared: Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing.  While more than 6 months separated the games in the US (and even more in Japan), they basically came out together in Europe and have always been compared.  Jam and Fred discuss the development and gameplay of each before jumping into the dangerous waters of comparing the two.

Click here to read Drew’s original post comparing the two.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 23, 2016 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Gameboy Top 10

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As is per usual for us here at GH101, 40 games enter (20 from each host), and 10 leave.  It’s nostalgic, it’s arbitrary, we may annoy due to the lack of Pokemon, but it’s our official Top 10 Gameboy games.


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Horror 101 Episode 4: Halloween II (1981)

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As is often the case with horror movies, there are sequential movies that are all related to one another and we think it’s best to keep them together.  In the case of Halloween, the sequel is so connected that it literally begins where the first movie ends.  Jam and Fred discuss the sordid tale of why this film does not quite live up to the original, but why it is worthwhile nonetheless.  Queue up your copy and join us for our running commentary of Halloween II.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

Podcast: E.V.O. Search for Eden Game Club

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There’s just not much like the game E.V.O. Search for Eden.  On top of its ultra rarity that forces most players to use nefarious means, it is a unique title by any definition for the SNES.  Fred and Jam delve into a game that is much more action RPG than the creature creator it’s often associated with.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 9, 2016 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Castlevania III Dracula’s Curse Game Club

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This week Jam and Fred do the game club thing with Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse for the NES. This title was popularized due to its technological leap, overall quality, and the fact that it’s really hard to get to work properly on third party hardware. In this episode they dissect the development, concept, and branching campaign.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

Horror 101 Episode 3: Halloween (1978)

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For this very special day Jam and Fred have a very special episode of Horror 101 featuring the original Halloween from 1978 and directed by John Carpenter.  Our final format has been decided as a commentary to the movie itself, though you definitely don’t have to be watching it to enjoy this episode.  If you do wish to watch as a running commentary, queue up your version to the very beginning and put it on pause, we’ll tell you when to start.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 31, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Horror 101 Episode 2: The Evil Dead (1982)

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For our second episode Jam and Fred dive deep into the woods with Sam Raimi’s 1982 horror cult classic The Evil Dead.  Whether it was edited, banned, or hated upon, this is one of the earliest instances of a movie too gory and brutal for many audiences.  The original “cabin in the woods” tale about 5 friends who awaken evil spirits and are unable to leave is horror at its best.  Listen to the two discuss the film, and its finer points, for nearly the length of the work itself.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm