It wasn't an hour after the announcement trailer hit online that I knew I had to talk to people behind Night Trap 25th Anniversary Edition. Tyler, owner of Screaming Villains (the developer behind this project), was kind enough to sit down and chat with me about the upcoming release.
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It's just Fred, Trees, and Jam this episode, but with a slew of great listener mail and plenty of solid topics the show most definitely goes on. Jam is looking back on console killer apps, Trees is reminiscing about Disney Infinity's legacy, and Fred is wondering if the Scorpio even has a chance.
Jam has officially returned and this week he and Fred are getting into the basics of retro gaming. It all starts with the best televisions, cables, and ways to hook up your retro consoles along with a good explanation as to why old systems look rough on HDTVs. Then the discussion moves on to hunting down games before concluding with questions from the community.
This week Fred is again solo, but fear not because he will have his faithful companion Jam back for the next episode. This week he's discussing the origins of the Japanese Role Playing Game or JRPG and the genre's eventual journey to the West. From humble roots in the early 80s to the powerhouse genres of the 90s, it's a wild and crazy road.
Fred and Trees welcome Jam on as the official third host and his triumphant return, and are also graced with the one and only Jen from the Future Monkeys podcast. Oh, it's also Jen's birthday so be sure to wish her a good one! This episode the discussions focus mostly around the generation gap and how it's quite nice to be a gamer in your 30s and 40s today.
Fred files solo to discuss the Blaster Master franchise. In a drastically different tale depending on whether you play in the East or the West, Sunsoft's genre-blending series that constantly tries to capture the magic of the original offers more than you may expect.
This week Fred and Trees have guest Andy from 42 Level One on to discuss yet another trio of topics, an enlightening "just stop" for Fred, and then some random talk to wrap things up.
This week Fred and guest Matt Bradford re-visit the Mass Effect trilogy. Although GH101 tackled this with a previous episode, it was time to go back to the well and delve a bit deeper into the mechanics, evolution, and critical opinions placed upon one of the most significant series of last generation.
Fred and Trees are joined by Jesus of the Horrible Gamers Podcast to discuss a bunch of things going on right now that, quite frankly, bug us. Instead of it being a whine fest the trio actually break down why these problems exist and how best to deal with them. Additionally there's reader mail and a "Just Stop" for good measure.
This week Fred sits down with Ali of 42 Level One to discuss the more popular 32-bit generation of CD-ROM consoles. What started as a disaster with the 3DO Interactive Player gave way to the big releases of the Sega Saturn and the Sony Playstation. While the Saturn may seem dead in the water for the West, it was a strong presence in the East. Finally everything wraps up with the beloved console that lacked sales: the Sega Dreamcast.
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