GHX Ep 32: Casino Predator

• September 12th, 2018

After some initial tech issues, our heroes speak of upcoming adventures raiding tombs and partying in casinos before eventually getting to video games.  Austin sparks a conversation on the myriad of titles on xbox game pass, Fred vents about media personalities that have no idea what they're talking about, Trees gives what he's been playing, and it all closes on some Spyro 4 fan creation demos.  

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GHX Ep 31: Random Strange at the Moose Lodge

• August 29th, 2018

Fred and Trees are back!  There's a lot to catch up on, but they do manage to remain mostly on games including God of War (2018)No Man's Sky, Trees gets a Switch, Dead Cells, and the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection.  All that along with discussions of the Analogue Super NT, gamers as game designers, and some recent news.

Also Fred is doing Extra Life this year!  He'll be set up with prizes and dates soon, but if you're game feel free to donate early here: https://www.extra-life.org/participant/316569  Donating early does not disqualify you from any prizes.

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Co-Operative Episode 3: Gears of War Ultimate Edition

• August 22nd, 2018

Fred and Gren get together to discuss the co-op experience of Gears of War, which quickly becomes a discussion about the changes of the 360 original and the extra content of this edition from a 2 player standpoint.  

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Screen Splitters: Episode 2

• July 17th, 2018

Intro Track: Credits - Soleil/Crusader of Centy

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E3 catch up

Me10dys E3 thoughts

Co-op games from E3

15:46

Unravel Two general discussion

36:22

Life is Strange - Me10dys thoughts and discussion (NO SPOILERS)

44:20

The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (Contains Plot Spoilers)

59:28

BIG News

Closing Track: Credits - Unravel

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We Are Changing and Here’s What You Can Expect

• July 11th, 2018

Gaming History 101 was purchased by Fred in October of 2011 with the dream of a comprehensive blog that looked back at the history of gaming, but also remained cognoscente of the present and future gaming could provide.  We always knew that that as time went on the discussion would change, the context of history would be affected, and the longer we created content the more surgical these topics would have to be.  We didn't count on a teenager squatting all of the social media accounts and YouTube, lesson learned, but overall that dream has remained consistent.

Fred had been podcasts since April of 2004 and although he was a regular co-host on The B-Team Podcast eventually the decision was made to start podcasting on retro topics.  This was mostly stemmed  by the ending of Retronauts along with the entire 1UP empire.  As is often the case, less than a year after the establishment of the Gaming History 101 podcast, Retronauts returned albeit transformed.  After several discussions with then regular guests and co-hosts, Fred decided to keep the podcast going and run in tangent despite having no true press credentials and none of the access that Retronauts and other competitors had.  The audience grew and there was a ton of interest, amassing an amazing 50,000+ subscribers each month and download numbers that in some months neared half a million.  Things were looking up, the podcast was stronger than ever, and in March of 2014 - after several guest appearances - Jamalais (Jam) joined the podcast as a permanent co-host to the show.  That episode also happened to be a Gaming History X where we took a good long look at modern gaming with a retro perspective.

In the short four years since our highest point, things have changed drastically.  Retro video games became a mainstream topic, the niche became the cliche, and now there are literally hundreds of podcasts doing this same thing.  Granted, some offer great content, but for a lot of them it's all nostalgia hits to attempt to cash in on the trend.  In addition Fred's career and family life have begun to tap into his ability to create shows and Jam has gotten married, moved around, and is now on a completely different schedule than before.  Not only that, but after 375 episodes, the topics are thinning slightly and while there's plenty to talk about, Fred and Jam are nearing the apex of their expertise on certain topics and/or games.  The community has also thinned, but from what we can tell from feedback this is more based on people growing up or having similar life changes and less on the podcast topics themselves.  With all of this change afoot, it's finally time to switch gears and change what Gaming History 101 means.  Don't fret, we aren't going anywhere.

This web site was founded on the concept of a multimedia blog where endless topics could be discussed and the media of each post would be defined by the topic.  That meant that some topics are better suited for text, photos, videos, audio, livestreams, podcasts, etc.  It all depends on the topic at hand.  With the boom of the podcast, that direction changed and this web site became more of a haven for side projects and boost to the already thriving podcast.  We became a podcast first and a blog second.  After much discussion, it's time to return to the beginning, it's time to become a blog again. The slogan for this site is, "Know Your Roots" and it's high time we took that seriously.  We know some of you may not like this change and others may very well be excited by it, but this is the new form of Gaming History 101 as decided by its staff.  Hopefully all of you will stay around, join our Discord for community engagement, and enjoy the content we provide.  As always you can send requests, comments, questions, and complaints to contact@gaminghistory101.com.  Fred and Jam have prepared personal statements for everyone, which you can read at: https://gaminghistory101.com/2018/07/11/we-are-changing-and-heres-what-you-can-expect.

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Gaming Tech 101: Getting The Best Out Of Your Console

• July 10th, 2018

Fred gives a run down of all of the cables, video signals, and ways to get the best signal out of each and every console in a roughly 90 minute podcast.

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GHX Ep 30: The Tale of Two Chases

• June 21st, 2018

E3 2018 has come and gone, but that doesn't stop us from still talking about it.  Joining as guests are Chase (Learned From Gaming) and Chase (Scarcasm Live) alongside Trees and Fred to chat about the ups and downs of gaming's hottest US-based convention.  There's a lot of bunny trail discussion, but it's all in good fun.

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E3 2018: Nintendo Direct Impressions

• June 12th, 2018

Coming in last, but not least, is Nintendo's direct.  Jam, Andy, and Fred discuss this positive, game-heavy presentation that focused largely on Smash Bros. 

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E3 2018: Playstation Showcase Impressions

• June 11th, 2018

Sony did something, shall we say "unique", this year?   Andy, Fred, Chip, Chase, and Ryan tackle the balance of some impressive titles in a chaotic presentation.  

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E3 2018: Ubisoft Impressions

• June 11th, 2018

It's down to three: Andy (42 Level One), Chase (Scarcasm), and Fred (Gaming History 101/B-Team).  The three manage to talk at lengths about Ubisoft's many announcements and the positive impressions that came from it.

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