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Podcast: The Writer (Alan Wake)

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It’s finally happened, Alan Wake has been taken off the digital marketplace (but you can still download it if you already own it).  This week Fred and Jam are joined by Eric to discuss Remedy’s homage to horror writing.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Ram Jam Ep. 1: Retro Game Hunter

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Jam goes solo in his own series, Ram Jam.  In this premiere episode he discusses Car Boots and hunting down retro titles.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Podcast: Arcade Top 10

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This week we have a special announcement as well as special guests Eric and Austin to help us debate the top 10 arcade games.  Contrary to what Fred says, send in those community top 10s, we want them all.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The Mystery of Wonder Boy

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Wonder Boy is one of those franchises that is probably better known in Europe than anywhere else.  It’s odd to think that a Japanese-developed game that was given wide distribution find a home there of all places.  Fred and Jam delve into the development, crazy naming conventions, and evolution of one of the most versatile franchises ever.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 3, 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: Navigating Retro Gaming

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Jam has officially returned and this week he and Fred are getting into the basics of retro gaming.  It all starts with the best televisions, cables, and ways to hook up your retro consoles along with a good explanation as to why old systems look rough on HDTVs.  Then the discussion moves on to hunting down games before concluding with questions from the community.


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The History of JRPGs Coming to the West

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This week Fred is again solo, but fear not because he will have his faithful companion Jam back for the next episode. This week he’s discussing the origins of the Japanese Role Playing Game or JRPG and the genre’s eventual journey to the West. From humble roots in the early 80s to the powerhouse genres of the 90s, it’s a wild and crazy road.


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The Legend of Fred the Frog (Blaster Master)

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Fred files solo to discuss the Blaster Master franchise.  In a drastically different tale depending on whether you play in the East or the West, Sunsoft’s genre-blending series that constantly tries to capture the magic of the original offers more than you may expect.


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Podcast: The Shepard Legacy (Mass Effect Trilogy)

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This week Fred and guest Matt Bradford re-visit the Mass Effect trilogy.  Although GH101 tackled this with a previous episode, it was time to go back to the well and delve a bit deeper into the mechanics, evolution, and critical opinions placed upon one of the most significant series of last generation.

The referenced Annotated Symphony of the Night can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFmpodGI3Jk 


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: U Didn’t Play Next

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The Wii U was Nintendo’s follow-up to the widely successful Wii, but amidst an overall lack of interest to gamers it was met with mostly resistance.  The slogan “How U Will Play Next” was far from accurate and thanks to a lack of consumer understading of what the console on top of the scruitiny leveled against the library it was never much of a success.  Still, Fred has fond memories and he takes you through the journey of the Wii U from announcement to today.


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 1, 2017 at 11:00 am