Everyone's got a bunch of Game of the Year award shows starting around this time, but how many can say they are celebrating the titles that came out 20 years ago. Fred and Jam take a bunch of retro games, a bunch of retro categories, and make the award show we should have gotten in 1996 but never did.
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It's about two weeks late, but the original Xbox is 15 years old now and we figured it was high time to celebrate. As the first attempted console/PC hybrid, there's a lot to say and talk about surrounding the history, development, and release of the original Xbox. Fred and Jam go through all of it, including the launch titles and gaming enthusiast opinions, before finishing strong with a slew of notable games for Microsoft's first console.
Two notable racers on the Nintendo 64 are always compared: Mario Kart 64 and Diddy Kong Racing. While more than 6 months separated the games in the US (and even more in Japan), they basically came out together in Europe and have always been compared. Jam and Fred discuss the development and gameplay of each before jumping into the dangerous waters of comparing the two.
As is per usual for us here at GH101, 40 games enter (20 from each host), and 10 leave. It's nostalgic, it's arbitrary, we may annoy due to the lack of Pokemon, but it's our official Top 10 Gameboy games.
There's just not much like the game E.V.O. Search for Eden. On top of its ultra rarity that forces most players to use nefarious means, it is a unique title by any definition for the SNES. Fred and Jam delve into a game that is much more action RPG than the creature creator it's often associated with.
This week Jam and Fred do the game club thing with Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse for the NES. This title was popularized due to its technological leap, overall quality, and the fact that it's really hard to get to work properly on third party hardware. In this episode they dissect the development, concept, and branching campaign.
Another Silent Evil, another set of games. This time it's the reinvention of both franchises. First up is Climax's take on the original game with Silent Hill Shattered Memories followed by the powerhouse horror action hybrid Resident Evil 4.
There is no writer quite like H.P. Lovecraft and there's definitely not a whole lot of games like Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth. A divisive title that is seen by some a tiresome game of pointless challenges while others revere it as the quintessential horror video game. Fred and Jam delve into the design, development, and campaign of this unique horror title.
What is Horror 101? Why it's the new horror movie podcast from Fred and Jam of Gaming History 101. This show will be a separate format, topic, and feed from the traditional show, but what better way to give a sneak peek than a brief introduction on the main feed? In this first episode Fred introduces you to the format, why the show is happening, what you can expect, and a brief history on the types of horror that existed each decade until the flood gates opened in the late 70s/early 80s.
Horror video games are definitely abundant, but in the grand scheme they can be seen as somewhat niche. As a child we used to think licenses would enhance games, which most of the time didn't work out. Fortunately it's not all bad news for licensed horror games so Fred and Jam tackle the different titles that came out.
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