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Podcast: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night Game Club

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Fred is joined by Austin and guest John Learned to discuss what most consider to be the best game in the Castlevania franchise.  As usual the discussion begins with the development, then onto the main castle, the inverted castle, and final impressions.  After the end of the show there are also special announcements involving RetroActive Magazine, live shows, and June on the site.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 31, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Beyond Oasis/Story of Thor Game Club

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One of the latest Sega Genesis/Mega Drive releases is a top down action RPG and brawler from Ancient, the team also responsible for Streets of Rage 2.  It was known as Beyond Oasis in North America and The Story of Thor in all other regions, and it tells the tale of Prince Ali as he recruits elementals to assist him in defeating an ancient evil.  Jam and Fred delve deep into the development, gameplay elements, and main campaign of this late, but great, 16-bit Sega game.


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Podcast: P.N.03 Game Club

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It’s finally time to discuss the Gamecube title Fred didn’t even know existed.  The first of the “Capcom Five” titles, what starts off looking like a traditional third-person action shooter ends up being a bit lighter on content and much heavier on replayability.  With Jam on haitus, Fred is joined by special guest Strip Mahjong and they delve deep into the development, gameplay, and campaign.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Klonoa Door to Phantomile Game Club

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This week Fred and Jam discuss the action platformer Klonoa: Door to Phantomile.  Released by Namco in 1998, this was really a 2D side-scrolling title releasing when the industry had moved to 3D, but that doesn’t hinder its ability to be a fun and enchanting experience.  As always, our hosts (along with chat) delve into the development, concepts, and gameplay.


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Written by Fred Rojas

January 11, 2017 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Sleeping Dogs Game Club (Part 2)

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It’s time to wrap up the story of Wei Shin in our second half of the game club.  Fred and Jam pick up after “the wedding” and wrap up the main storyline along with side missions and impressions on the base game.  Then they delve into the relatively large bundle of DLC that released on the game (and is included in the Definitive Edition).


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Sleeping Dogs Game Club (Part 1)

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This week Fred and Jam delve into the Triad underworld as an undercover cop in Sleeping Dogs.  They go over the creation of developer United Front Games, the sordid tale of development and name changes, complete with a cancellation and resurrection under a new publisher.  Finally they tackle the first half of the campaign, complete with side quests.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 14, 2016 at 11:00 am

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: 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

Podcast: Call of Cthulhu Dark Corners of the Earth Game Club

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There is no writer quite like H.P. Lovecraft and there’s definitely not a whole lot of games like Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.  A divisive title that is seen by some a tiresome game of pointless challenges while others revere it as the quintessential horror video game.  Fred and Jam delve into the design, development, and campaign of this unique horror title.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 12, 2016 at 11:00 am