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Podcast: E3 Revisited

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This week Fred (@spydersvenom) is joined by Rob “Trees” (@TreesLounge00) and special guest Chip Cella (@CaptinChaos) of the B-Team to discuss the summer gaming event that wraps Christmas and Birthday all into one package: E3.  We discuss the convention’s roots, establishment, and of course the wild and crazy happenings that accompanied each glorious year from 1995-1999.


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Written by Fred Rojas

June 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: 9/9/99

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This week Fred and Trees set out to talk about console launches and instead dedicate an entire show to the Dreamcast launch.  There were a shocking amount of great games that assisted the launch of Sega’s most successful, albeit final, console.


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May 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

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Podcast: It’s Pronounced La-Ra

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This week Fred and Trees are talking about the Tomb Raider series and its busty protagonist Lara Croft that shadowed the video game as a pop culture icon in the late 1990s.  We discuss development, creation, and production of both Core and recent Crystal Dynamics’ vision for Lara and her many adventures.


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Written by Fred Rojas

May 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: DC Bullet

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This week Fred and Trees celebrate the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us by discussing old games based on DC comics (which pretty much means Batman and Superman titles).  Also remember next week is our game club with Guardian Heroes (Saturn/XBLA).

Title reference: “DC Bullet” is the official logo used by the company from the 80s until recently.

Opening Song: “Superman Theme” from the Famicom title of the same name.

Closing Song: “Boss Theme” from Batman: Return of the Joker on the NES.

Cover Art: “Killing Joke”


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Written by Fred Rojas

April 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: There is no Try

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With the recent unfortunate closure of LucasArts by new owners Disney, we reflect this week with Fred, Trees, and Derrick H on the long standing library of titles that included point-and-click adventures, flight sims, platformers, and of course Star Wars games.

Opening Song: Star Wars Theme by John Williams

Closing Song: Maniac Mansion Theme from the NES version


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Podcast: Asinine Accessories

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Fred is joined by Rob “Trees” and Chip Cella to discuss the world of unnecessary console accessories.  Some good, some bad, and all overpriced.


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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Podcast: Luck O’ the Irish – Special Edition

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Rob “Trees” O’Connor joins us on the most Irish of days, St. Patrick’s Day.  To celebrate, we are discussing Irish video games of the past and because that only takes 5 minutes we’re also talking special edition consoles.  Yes, those $500 editions typically exclusive to Japan that make our inner fanboy reach for the wallet every time we see a new ridiculous logo on something we already own.

Opening song: The Blood of Cuchulainn by Michael Danna (popularized in the opening credits of the movie The Boondock Saints)

Closing song: Irish Drinking Song by Dropkick Murphys


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Written by Fred Rojas

March 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: The Treasure Box

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This week Trees returns and we are talking about the Japanese developer Treasure, best known for some of the most impressive games on Sega’s consoles (Gunstar Heroes, Radiant Silvergun, Guardian Heroes, and Ikaruga) as well as Nintendo’s later consoles (Bangai-O and Sin & Punishment).  We discuss the company origins, values, and of course the entire library of this impressive developer.


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Below is a video of an unreleased (canceled) title, Tiny Toons: Defenders of the Universe.  The beta that was presumably used as a trade show demo eventually leaked on the internet.  We have acquired it and played it on an original, modded, PS2.  Enjoy!

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Podcast: 1 Coin = 1 Credit

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Fred and Trees discuss the wonderful world of arcade games.  As this is a broad topic, all format is thrown out the window and discussions include what makes up an arcade, arcade title eras, arcade games vs. home consoles, atmosphere of arcades, MAME, and of course more games than can rightfully be named here.

Intro song is Pac-Man Fever by Buckner & Garcia

Outro song is 1980 by Dirt Nasty


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Written by Fred Rojas

February 20, 2013 at 11:00 am

Podcast: Snake? Snake! Snaaake!

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This week Fred and Trees celebrate the release of Metal Gear Rising Revengeance with a podcast about words that don’t exist… Er, scratch that.  Instead, we discuss Hideo Kojima’s classic stealth franchise Metal Gear.

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