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Video Game Purists Ep 71: Within 30 Seconds

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This week Trees is having a blast on vacation while Fred enjoys a relaxed 4th of July weekend. Listener mail leads the discussion to the PS1 days before moving onto games. Trees has been playing more Car Mechanic Simulator and Mario Golf: Super Rush, plus early exploration into Lego Builder’s Journey. Fred played through Doom (1993), a good chunk of Far Cry Primal, and dipped his toe into the run-based PS5 exclusive Returnal.

Written by Fred Rojas

July 9, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep. 70: Sega Wall Art

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This week starts off with a very Sega discussion about the classic Genesis (or Mega Drive) days. We also hear about block parties and the joy of Best Buy employees before jumping into games. Trees traded in his XB1, took the plunge into the so-so Mario Golf and continues to dominate in Car Mechanic Simulator to the point that he’s almost out of things to do. The highlight this week for him was still Yakuza: Like a Dragon where the story is enticing but it’s main protagonist Ichiban that may be Trees’ favorite gaming character of all time. Fred wrapped Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, had a horrid time with Sea of Thieves, continues to enjoy Far Cry: Primal, and delved into getting gaming deals via Gamefly. He’s also going a bit retro with the newest re-release of Doom on Xbox and replaying Psychonauts.

Video Game Purists Ep 69: Cold Series X

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This week there’s little time for personal life, so even these two dads give little attention to Father’s Day like the rest of the world. Trees finally has his new 4K TV set up and got to dazzle at his first Series X games, but he had to return quickly to his day job of full time mechanic in Car Mechanic Simulator on PS4. Fred dove into Dark Alliance thanks to a day one release on Game Pass and his impressions on both console and PC were disappointing. Despite this, he’s having nothing but a blast with both Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart and Far Cry Primal.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 25, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 68: Making Games is Hard

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This week Trees had a date night and Fred turned the weekend into a full-time job. E3 happened and Fred watched less than normal while Trees watched more than normal and it all worked out to a fun rundown. On the games front Trees has become an official brake pads inspector with Car Mechanic Simulator (CMS) and he’s been dabbling in development with Game Builder Garage. Fred completed Mass Effect, toyed around with the Tunic demo, and has been enjoying Ratchet & Clank: A Rift Apart.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 18, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 67: Predict Nothing

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This week is a bit frantic, but there’s still time for ER visits, credit checks, and E3 2021. On the gaming front Trees is continuing with MiiTopia but largely enthralled by Car Mechanic Simulator. Fred is wrapping up Mass Effect and completed The Inpatient.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

RetroActive Episode 3: Mega Man X (1993)

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Mega Man (or Rockman as he’s known in Japan) was a significant franchise for Capcom in the NES era spanning 6 titles and just about as many on the Game Boy. On the Super NES, however, things were shaken up with the arrival of Mega Man X. Fred and Chase (from Learned From Gaming) team up to discuss a refreshing update to the classic formula. Also included is the announcement of the show going weekly and a breakdown of the heavy similarities between Sega’s Master System and Game Gear. Cover art from Rockman X, all songs from Mega Man X.

0:00 – Intro (Title)
0:30 – Editorial: RetroActive goes weekly
9:15 – Opening Stage (Highway)
9:45 – Mega Man X (1993)
1:38:50 – Stage Select
1:39:19 – Tech: Sega Master System vs. Sega Game Gear
2:03:43 – Ending
2:04:13 – Outro/Next Time
2:05:15 – Cast Roll

Written by Fred Rojas

June 7, 2021 at 10:00 am

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Video Game Purists Ep 66: Celebrity Miis

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This week kicks off with Trees getting an Xbox Series X! Turns out the All Access program he always wanted to use was finally available a whopping 8 months later and seems to be a relatively rare find on top of that. Then it’s on to Memorial Day weekends and listener mail before delving into games. Trees has been playing MiiTopia and Car Mechanic Simulator (PS4) while Fred dove deep into Mass Effect Legendary Edition on top of VR titles Psychonauts and the Rhombus of Ruin and The Inpatient.

Written by Fred Rojas

June 4, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 65: Disappointed

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This week Trees makes another trek to the casino while Fred is dealing with furniture and odd balls at the grocery store. On the gaming front, Trees continues with Mass Effect Legendary Edition and a bunch of Dead Cells (including DLC), but the hot topics are MiiTopia arriving and the joy of Snowrunners. Fred is still enchanted by Spider-Man Remastered (although he had played the original version on PS4), not quite feeling Disco Elysium: Final Cut, and being gutted by the state of PS VR’s port of Vader Immortal (all 3 eps).

Written by Fred Rojas

May 28, 2021 at 11:00 am

Video Game Purists Ep 64: Is There A Rogue?

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This week we have some politically discussions about social politics and inappropriate media. On the gaming front Trees is continuing with his Dead Cells crusade, even branching out to Void Bastards, but also re-living one of his favorite titles with Mass Effect Legendary Edition. Fred is giving up on Moss, giving his final impressions on Resident Evil Village, and enjoying the incredibly enhanced Spider-Man Remastered.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 21, 2021 at 11:00 am

RetroActive Episode 2: Half-Life (1998)

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For the second episode of RetroActive, we decided to tackle something light: Half-Life. Quite possibly one of the biggest and most influential first-person shooters ever released, Valve not only used the franchise to evolve the genre, but the sequel is also how they made the service Steam a household name. Jamalais (yes, Jam!) returns to discuss this powerhouse title. Also on this episode: hardware guide to the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and the real deal on framerate analysis. All songs featured in this episode are from the official Half-Life soundtrack.

0:00 – Intro – Closing Theme
0:54 – Editorial: Toxic Behavior
5:52 – Klaxton Beat
6:50 – Hardware: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive
32:10 – Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar
33:10 – Half-Life (1998) Discussion with Guest Jamalais
2:03:03 – Traveling Through Limbo
2:04:03 – Framerate Analysis and Next Episode
2:15:14 – Valve Theme

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Written by Fred Rojas

May 17, 2021 at 10:00 am