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Podcast: PvP or PvE? (Online Gaming Part 1)

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It sounds crazy, but online gaming has been around just about as long as video games themselves. The two technologies seemed to emerge from similar origins, despite games having a clear head start. Jam and Fred begin the journey of the history of online gaming starting with the educational PLATO network and ending this first part at the first dial-up modems for home consoles in the mid 90s.


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Extra Credit: Knights of the Old Republic

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Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR for short), is notable for many reasons.  Developers BioWare and Obsidian not only created a new plotline, in fact part of a new history, of Star Wars, but managed to also do so with RPG elements.  From the moment development began to the release of the sequel, KOTOR is definitely an influential part of the video game universe of Star Wars.  This episode delves into development, mechanics, and release of both titles in the series.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 24, 2015 at 11:00 am

Retrospective: Rebel Strike (Rogue Squadron III)

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In order to understand why Rebel Strike even exists and why reviewers were so harsh on certain aspects of it, it’s important to understand where the series roots begin in the Star Wars video game universe as well as the significance of developer Factor 5.  As most gamers are aware, the mid-late 90s was a rough time for video games as games went from sprite-based 2D experiences to polygonal 3D experiences with extremely varying degrees of success and failure.  During this time Star Wars was ramping up for some new content beginning with the 1995 announcement of the Special Edition Trilogy that would remaster the original films and bring them back to theaters.  At the time this was all good news.  My friends and I were mocking the transparent snowspeeders in Empire, laughing at some of the effects in A New Hope, and reveling over the cool new things that were teased in the trailer (like the ronto in Mos Eisley).  These days there are clearly sour grapes with the Special Edition Trilogy and far more edits have been made for the Blu-Ray releases of these films than what hit theaters in 1997, but again before those films had even come out it was time to ramp up on Star Wars console games.  Couple that with the announcement of the upcoming Prequel Trilogy set to release in 1999 and Star Wars fever hit.  It should be noted that Star Wars games would consistently release during most of console gaming’s life, but most of the variety was found only on PC and the more traditional action games were found on console.

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Written by Fred Rojas

December 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

The Phantom Podcast

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On the week of The Force Awakens release, we decided to go ahead and finish our Star Wars video game series with the most controversial and feared topic of all: the games based on or released around the time of the prequels.  It’s not so bad and it leads to a discussion on the impressions and impact of the prequel films before the Internet changed our minds.


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Written by Fred Rojas

December 16, 2015 at 11:00 am

Lost Treasures of Gaming: Rescue on Fractalus!

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This week’s episode featured David B. Fox in the interview chair and a discussion on the development of Rescue on Fractalus!  One of the earliest games from LucasFilm Games before they became LucasArts, this title featured fractal graphics and procedurally generated planets way before that was commonplace.

This was captured in conjunction with the Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast on OMG Nexus.  Lost Treasures of Gaming on Gaming History 101’s Twitch channel can be watched live every Friday night at 11:30 pm EST.

Written by Fred Rojas

August 8, 2015 at 11:00 am

May the Fourth Be With You: Super Empire Strikes Back (SNES)

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Here it is, the challenge that spawned from Fred’s mystery game 3-pack in March.  It was brutal, it was frustrating, it was on easy…but Fred has beaten Super Empire Strikes Back and what better time to reveal the video but May the Fourth.  Enjoy.

Written by Fred Rojas

May 4, 2015 at 11:00 am