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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

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Podcast: Our Games of 2019

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Fred and Jam wrap up the year with the games they played, old and new, in 2019.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

Posted in Gaming History 101

Podcast: Tis the Season (2019 Edition)

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Fred and Jam have joined forces again to bring you a collection of Christmas memories that lead into many conversations about gaming’s past.

Songs (in order of appearance)

Welcome to Christmas NiGHTS – Christmas NiGHTS (Saturn)

Ice Tower – Legend of Xanadu (PC-Engine CD)

People of the North Pole – Final Fantasy X (Playstation 2)

Snow Mountain – Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64)

Beyond the White Storm – Gradius Gaiden (Playstation)


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 22, 2019 at 11:00 am

The Wizard: 30th Anniversary Retrospective

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The Wizard released on December 15, 1989 and was unsuccessful with both critics and the general public.  Still, it rallied up a hype machine for a company almost synonymous with video games at the time: Nintendo.  Armed with child star Fred Savage from the extremely popular show The Wonder Years, this video game take on Tommy has become a cult favorite for those that were children of the late 80s.  Fred dives into the relevant content and culture surrounding the film that gets close to home if you were born within a very specific time period.

Opening Song: You Don’t Get Much by the Bo Deans

Send Me An Angel by Real Life

I Live by the Groove by Paul Kerrick

Closing Song: Portions for Foxes by Rilo Kiley


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Retro Turkey Day

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This week GH101 is celebrating Thanksgiving with guest Klaitu and a discussion on retro gaming today.  They discuss the different options from actual hardware to both software and hardware emulation.  It also delves into the cost involved in each option.

Opening Song: Forest Interlude – Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES)

Transition Song: Witchwood – Fable (Xbox)

Closing Song: The Four Orbs – Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (PS1)


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 28, 2019 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The History of Pokemon (Plus Sword and Shield)

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This week Fred was out of commission but the community (and a new podcast) teamed up to make some great content.  It starts off with the History of Pokemon as told by Chase from the Learned from Gaming podcast and it then flows to a much larger discussion on the legacy of Pokemon as it relates to the just releasing Pokemon Sword and Shield.  This discussion includes Chase as well but also involves community members Vos and Los.  In fact, this episode is a crossover with Los’ recently released The Talking Place podcast.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 14, 2019 at 11:00 am

And Now It’s Time For Some News

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This week is one of transition, but that doesn’t stop new content. At the start are several announcements to the future of the show followed by a cut news segment recorded by Fred and Austin for the Halloween Special. If you haven’t been keeping up with retro news, there’s a lot of good stuff here.

Opening Song: Main Menu Theme – Medievil (PS1)
Transition Song: City in the Storm – Panzer Dragoon Orta (Xbox)
Ending Song: End Theme – Cosmic Fantasy 2 (Turbografx CD)


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

Halloween Special 2019

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In a massive nearly 6 hour episode we get some friends, old and new, to join into some old school video game love. The schedule (in case you want to skip portions) is as follows:
0:00 – 20:20: Intro From Fred (including great custom music)
20:21 – 40:35: For the Love of the Ghostbusters by Los
40:36 – 01:24:36: The History of Splatterhouse by Fred
01:24:37 – 04:32:44: Top 10 Horror Video Games of All Time with Fred, Chase, and Austin
04:32:45 – 05:28:45: Good Horror Movies with Bad Video Game Adaptations by Fred
We will be having more consistent content in the future, thanks for your continued support.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 31, 2019 at 7:19 pm

The Minish Cap Game Club

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Fred and Jam close out the ongoing series GH101 (but leave room for one-offs) with a requested favorite from some of our listeners: The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap.  Released on Gameboy Advance in the mid 2000s, it’s an interesting blend of mechanics from both the Zelda series and a sprinkle of Mario as well.  It was also developed by Flagship and Capcom in conjunction with Nintendo.

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Written by Fred Rojas

August 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

Extra Credit: One Big Old Ramble

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Jam’s flying solo in a new extra credit episode!

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0:00 Intro
(Music: Rayman Legends Theme)
Life talk and the universe

4:36
Car Booting
Jams epic quest to find a table and chair for a gaming PC

24:51
Doom on Switch with a catch

28:31
Fire Emblem: Three Houses – very brief thoughts

29:43
Playstation Classic Talk – General thoughts

45:57
What Been Playin
Zelda Minish Cap (brief)
Final Fantasy V on a Hot Pink GBA and 4th time lucky

57:27
Close Out
(Music: Metal Gear Solid: The Best is yet to come 8 Bit)

Written by Fred Rojas

August 5, 2019 at 11:00 am

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