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Lecture: Sonic the Hedgehog (16-bit)

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Today’s lecture focuses on Sonic the Hedgehog, specifically the 16-bit releases.  Fred and Jam team up to discuss the business status of Sega in the 90s, the Mega Drive/Genesis, and the blue furry mascot that was designed to take on Nintendo’s Mario.

Songs (in order of appearance):

Opening Theme – Sonic the Hedgehog (MD/GEN)

Chemical Plant Zone – Sonic 2

Carnival Night Zone – Sonic 3

Sonic Boom – Sonic CD (NA Version)

Written by Fred Rojas

May 25, 2020 at 11:00 am

Lecture 1: The PC Engine/Turbografx-16

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In this first lecture Fred goes back to 1987 and the release of the PC Engine, one of the most “hybrid” consoles of all times.  Created by Hudson and NEC to be the versatility of a PC with a sole operation of gaming like a console. The PC engine utilized an 8-bit processor with 16-bit graphics, merging much of the stronger tech from the time without re-inventing the wheel for its developers.  It also gave way to the first CD-ROM add-on.  The talk wraps up with a discussion on the game library, what you can expect if beginning to collect, and of course the upcoming mini consoles.

Opening Song: Title Screen – The Kung-Fu (PC Engine)

TG-16 Intro Song: Title Screen – Keith Courage in Alpha Zones (Turbografx-16)

CD-ROM Intro Song: Theme of Adol – Ys Book I & II (Turbografx CD)

Library Intro Song: Vampire Killer (Stage 2b) – Dracula X: Chi no Rondo (PC Engine CD)

Closing Song: Boss Theme – Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire (PC Engine CD)

Written by Fred Rojas

March 15, 2020 at 11:00 am

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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

Posted in Lectures, podcast