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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

Podcast: A Night At The Movies

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This week Fred and Jam are joined by special guest Me10dy to discuss 4 movies we deemed essential watching in the combination of film and video games.  Those movies are: Resident Evil, Doom, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.  In this ep you’ll learn fun facts, hear much discussion, and some great tunes.

Songs (in order of appearance):

  • My Plague – Slipknot (off Resident Evil soundtrack)
  • Don’t You Know Who You Are? – Nine Inch Nails (off Doom soundtrack)
  • We Are Sex Bob-Omb – Sex Bob-Omb (off Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)
  • You’re The Best (Around) – Joe Esposito (off King of Kong soundtrack)

Closing Song: Black Sheep – Metric (off Scott Pilgrim soundtrack)


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Written by Fred Rojas

July 13, 2019 at 10:00 am

Brutality: The History of Mortal Kombat 4 and Other Media

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Oops!  Last ep was posted stating that we talked about Mortal Kombat 4 and we didn’t get to it.  This time around it’s a shorter show, but Fred and Jam pack in the fourth and final arcade iteration along with MK’s transition into many other media including movies, television, and even music.  There are a bunch of audio clips so we’re going to give credit where credit’s due in order of appearance:

  • Goodbye (Demo Version) – Gravity Kills
  • Burn – Sister Machine Gun
  • Juke Joint Jezebel (Metropolis Mix) – KMFDM
  • Lover – Lords of Acid
  • Techno Syndrome (Mortal Kombat) – The Immortals
  • Utah Saints Take On The Theme From Mortal Kombat – Utah Saints
  • Halcyon and On and On – Orbital
  • Fire – Scooter
  • Meglomaniac – KMFDM
  • Encounter the Ultimate (Theme From Mortal Kombat Annihilation) – The Immortals

Written by Fred Rojas

June 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Mercy: The History of MK3, UMK3, MK Trilogy, and Spin-Offs

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Fred and Jam delve back into the history of Mortal Kombat with Mortal Kombat 3 and its many iterations including Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (UMK3) and Mortal Kombat Trilogy on consoles. Finally they reluctantly delve into the awful spin-offs of Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero and Mortal Kombat: Special Forces.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 12, 2019 at 11:00 am

The History of Mortal Kombat (Part 1)

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This week Fred and Jam are heading all the way back to 1992 when an intended Street Fighter II clone starring Jean-Claude Van Damme resulted in one of the most violent and popular fighters of all time.  In this episode we delve into the history, development, release, home console releases, and of course inevitable violence discussions spawned from the first title and it’s inevitable sequel.

This is part 1 of a multi-part series on the franchise.

Closing Song: Encounter the Ultimate (Mortal Kombat Theme) by The Immortals off the Mortal Kombat Annihilation Soundtrack


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

Game Boy: Play It Loud

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This week Fred and Jam celebrate 30 years of the Game Boy.  Probably the most prolific portable console of all time, it was more than just a device for delivering Tetris and getting adults into video games, it ushered in a new way to play and design games.  We cover the gaming environment Game Boy released into, the portable efforts before it, a large talk on the library, and of course the many companies that tried to compete.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 15, 2019 at 11:00 am

Konami’s Arcade Classics

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This week Fred and Jam discuss the eight highlighted arcade titles in the Konami Anniversary Arcade Classics Collection that recently released on all major platforms.  It’s mostly shooters with one odd action title and some glaring omissions.

Songs (in order of appearance):

  • Stage Start – Gradius (Arcade)
  • Cross Your Heart – Haunted Castle (Arcade)
  • First Attack – Thunder Cross (Arcade)
  • Poison of Snake – Salamander (Arcade)


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