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Podcast: Jam’s 2017 in Review

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Written by Fred Rojas

January 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

Top Scores Xmas Special

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Happy Holidays to all of you retro readers and listeners out there.  Jam here, with a special Xmas Top Scores I cooked up while enjoying the holiday.  We hope it enhances your enjoyment of the festivities.  Heck, play it at your holiday parties!


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December 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

Podcast: How Rude

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This week Fred and Jam talk about toilet humor in video games and eventually overall comedy in games.  There is an announcement at the end, so be sure to stay tuned all the way up to the conclusion.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 6, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The History of Visceral Games (aka EA Redwood)

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This week Fred and Jam discuss the surprisingly large library of games developed by Visceral Games, formerly EA Redwood.  Recently closed in the production of an unnamed Star Wars title, the studio was responsible for far more than the handful of titles everyone knows.


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Written by Fred Rojas

November 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Wolfenstein

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This week features a massive three hours dedicated largely to the Wolfenstein franchise.  Most are probably aware of the more recent shooters and the 90s game from id, but there’s a lot more to tell about this somewhat underappreciated series.  Fred and Jam start with the original title on the Apple II and move all the way to the upcoming sequel this Friday.  Segment 2 is all about community questions and segment 3 wraps things up with some neo-retro gaming from both hosts.


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Podcast: Psycho Break

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This week Fred and Jam finally reunite to get back to what they do best: talk old games.  There’s a brief intro, a new schedule for podcasts, and a slightly new format (don’t worry, topics are still the first section), but otherwise it’s back to basics.  In preparation for this week’s sequel, they are discussing The Evil Within, or Psycho Break as it’s known in Japan.  The incredible art design, sordid plot, and hodgepodge gameplay are all put under a microscope, as is the game’s origins.  After that it’s some discussions on community feedback and what the boys have been up to over the last month.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Top Scores, Volume 5

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Another year come and gone, a hiatus on the outs, and a co-host is now a husband.  Man, a lot has happened this year.  Oh, and we got a whole bunch of great video game tunes to share with you.  Come, relax, and enjoy over 2 and a half hours of our community’s favorite cuts.


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Written by Fred Rojas

October 4, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Podcast: It’s Always Better With A Partner

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This week Fred and Jam bid the show a brief goodbye with the beginning of their hiatus.  Discussions are a-plenty with talks on what they’ve been playing, the SNES Classic Edition, Raspberry Pi, and many more before eventually delving into the topic of Co-Operative (Co-Op) gaming.

Songs (in order of appearence):

  • Main Theme – Twisted Metal (PS1)
  • Funkotronic Beat – Toe Jam & Earl (Genesis/Mega Drive)
  • Rock On It – Jet Grind Radio/Jet Set Radio (Dreamcast)
  • Gourmet Race – Kirby Super Star (Super NES/Super Famicom)
  • Level 1 – Silver Surfer (NES)
  • Mountain Area – Project Justice/Rival Schools 2 (Dreamcast)
  • BCP HQ – Policenauts (PS1)


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Written by Fred Rojas

August 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm

Podcast: Back to the Future (Backward Compatibility Part 2)

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This week Jam and Fred are joined by Austin to discuss the more recent implementations of backward compatibility.  From the software-based 360 to the pure hardware based Wii and of course the Playstation 3 falling somewhere in between.  Then the group move on to this generation and the myriad of adapters that attempted to force back compat on consoles that were never designed for it.

Song List:

Break 1: Big Blue from F-Zero (SNES)

Break 2: The Boy’s Got Wings from Ys III: Wanderers From Ys (TG-CD)

Break 3: Splash Wave from Outrun (Arcade)

Closing: Main Theme from Odin Sphere (PS2)


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Written by Fred Rojas

August 16, 2017 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Eternal Darkness Game Club

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Fred and Jam sit down and dissect Silicon Knights’ 2002 Gamecube title Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem.  After discussing the lineage of Silicon Knights and it’s history, the two delve into the campaign of a game that literally messes with you.


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Written by Fred Rojas

August 9, 2017 at 11:00 am