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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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Podcast: eShop Retro

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This week Fred and Jam tackle the treasure trove of retro games that can be found in various digital marketplaces.


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 10, 2019 at 11:00 am

NGP: Next Gen Portable

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This week Fred and Jam perform a eulogy for the recently retired Playstation Vita.  At almost three hours it’s all covered from the development, release, games, evolution, and eventually retirement of Sony’s surprisingly strong portable that everyone incorrectly claimed “had no games.”


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: Re-Release, Remaster, Remake, and Reboot

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Fred and Jam have finally returned for a proper retro episode of Gaming History 101.  This time the topic is all about how to update a game: Re-Release, Remaster, Remake, and Reboot.

Closing Song: Never Return Alive – Streets of Rage Remake Soundtrack


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Written by Fred Rojas

February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am

Resident Evil 2: Original vs Remake

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Fred and Jam are reunited and ready to kick off more consistent retro content, albeit this one is only half retro.  In this spoileriffic comparison podcast, the two delve into the development and content of the scrapped version of Resident Evil 2, dubbed Resident Evil 1.5 by the Internet, as well as the original full blown release.  Then they move over to comparing the quality and content in this new remake.  It’s a long ride and it’s highly recommended that you play the games first, but sit back and enjoy a horrifying trip through the Raccoon City police department and beyond.


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