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Podcast: Ghouls, Ghosts, ‘N Goblins

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This week Fred and Jam are discussing the Capcom series Ghosts’N Goblins (or Makaimura if you prefer).  Easily one of the most punishing franchises ever created, the boys tackle the trials and tribulations of Sir Arthur on a never ending quest to save his girlfriend.  Along the path he will traverse to various worlds, see terrible beings, and of course battle the many derivatives of the Devil.


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And just for fun, have a video of me cussing out the original for two hours:

Progressive Challenge: A History of Game Difficulties

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Zelda II: The Adventures of Link, Shin Megami Tensei Persona, IkarugaDark Souls.  All of these games have one thing in common: they are hard as hell.  Since the genesis of the video game difficulty has existed to be the barrier to entry and the extension of game experiences.  What is a video game if not a challenge?  Originally technology had not caught up with the goals of the medium so games had to use difficulty to bridge the gap of a good experience where visuals and storytelling failed.  Nowadays games are just as capable, if not more, than other media in being an interactive experience and therefore difficulty steps aside most times.  I consistently hear that the concept of difficulty is dead, that a hard game dictates a good game, and that today’s gamers are weak and catered to.  Frankly, I disagree with all of that.  Gaming is typically tech dependent and with that dependence comes the evolution of experience, which results in the evolution of difficulty.  Games haven’t gotten harder or easier, they have simply evolved.

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 31, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Retro Game Challenge: Ghosts’N Goblins (NES)

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Fred tackles one of the hardest NES titles of all time: Ghosts’N Goblins.

WARNING: Due to the difficulty and nature of this challenge, there is explicit language, viewer discretion is advised.

Written by Fred Rojas

November 29, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Podcast: The Final Countdown, Part 2

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We continue our Final Countdown series that swaps the wonderful stories associated with some of the most beloved games of all time.  Again, little discussion as to whether or not the ranking is valid and much more on the interesting stories and memories that came from them.  This time around Fred from Gaming History 101 is joined by Trees from EZ Mode Unlocked (Colm from the T4 Show couldn’t make it, but was present in spirit) as they tackle even less games than the first show but with equally fun stories.


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