Gaming History 101

Know Your Roots

Archive for the ‘Season 6 (2017)’ Category

Podcast: Geralt of Rivia

leave a comment »

There are plenty of RPGs in the world and there are plenty of worlds in the high fantasy genre, but few are as robust and diverse as The Witcher series.  Jam had to miss this week, but Fortengard takes his place to discuss not just the games, but the world of The Witcher and specifically its protagonist Geralt.  Discussions are had on the origins, influences, characters, and of course video games that all stem from a home base in Poland.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Join Our Discord: https://discord.gg/Vtqyfmj

Written by Fred Rojas

July 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man

leave a comment »

In celebration of Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving to theaters, Fred and Jam discuss the rocky road of Spider-Man video games.  With humble beginnings on the Atari 2600 as the first comic book video game ever released, ol’ web head would go on to star in games both good and bad.

Join Our Discord: https://discord.gg/Vtqyfmj


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Top 10 Super NES Games

with one comment

After months of people begging us to finally do it, the announcement of the SNES Classic Edition was the final straw.  We can’t very well let Nintendo be more punctual than we are.  Fred, Jam, and guest Andy get together to debate the top 10 SNES games in a very tough debate of games that takes almost 3 hours.  In the end, 10 final contestants are chosen and ranked.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

July 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Groovy!

leave a comment »

This week is the first part of our series on video game mascots.  Whether or not you feel games are made for kids, there’s no denying that in the 80s and 90s the key to marketing to kids was with mascots, and video games used a ton of them.  In this first part Fred and Jam take the bigger companies that have a series of mascots and talk about their effectiveness and the games attached to them.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

June 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The Writer (Alan Wake)

with one comment

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

May 25, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Arcade Top 10

leave a comment »

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Please subscribe to the RetroActive Magazine YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC21h3St-gJ0LH-ozTHe31Mw

Written by Fred Rojas

May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The Mystery of Wonder Boy

leave a comment »

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

May 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Beyond Oasis/Story of Thor Game Club

with 3 comments

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

April 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Podcast: Navigating Retro Gaming

with one comment

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

April 19, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The History of JRPGs Coming to the West

leave a comment »

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.


Download this episode (right click and save)

Written by Fred Rojas

April 12, 2017 at 11:00 am