Giraffe Feels: A Retro Video Game Podcast

Giraffe Feels is a retro gaming podcast. Join me, won't you, as we discuss classic video games and the personal narrative that developed while I grew up.
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Jul 18, 2017

Metal Gear was an "okay" game that frustrated me in many places. In 1989, I would have never believed it would become such a popular gaming franchise to this very day. Before we start: Just wanted to warn that there is some discussion of PTSD and domestic violence near the middle of this episode.

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We will be on hiatus during August. There MIGHT be some content in the feed at some point during the month, but normal episodes will resume on September 1st.


Jul 2, 2017

Here is our first mix in a long time. This one covers some of my favorite end game themes plus an additional track that I threw in because I love it.

Games Covered:

  • Mega Man II
  • Super C
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Chrono Trigger
Jun 21, 2017

Back in the early nineties, I did not enjoy Mega Man 3 that much at all. For better or worse, it was following up one of the best video games ever made. Join me as I revisit the game 25 years later.

Jun 18, 2017

Here is a quick preview of our next episode, which is about Mega Man 3. Full episode will be posted on Tuesday June 20th.

Jun 5, 2017

This episode discusses how computer gaming led me to my academic research interest and teaching career.

Jun 3, 2017

Full episode out on Monday June 5th.

May 5, 2017

Simon's Quest was my first Castlevania game. I have a lot of fond memories. Join me as we finish up the first half of 2017. We will have one supplemental episode later in May and return early in June for new episodes.

Apr 13, 2017

Last summer, after hearing some praise for the game on a few podcasts, for Zelda II, I decided to give it another trying after not enjoying it growing up. Spoiler: I still do not really like it.

Mar 6, 2017

Final Fantasy 5 did not come into my gaming life until its reissue on the Playstation, but it is still quite a memorable game for reasons both good and bad. This episode will discuss the game and my frustrations with it over the years.

Feb 3, 2017

Sim City was one of the games that began my life long love of simulation games. The Super Nintendo version is rather unique in its adaptation of the series. This episode will talk about Sim City's importance to me growing up and how it is a game I return to in trying times.

Games Discussed

  • Sim City
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Stardew Valley
Jan 9, 2017

Christmas 1991 was the dawn of the Super Nintendo. Super Mario World is one of the greatest video games ever and is still so infinitely playable. Tune in as I discuss the Christmas of 1991 and Super Mario World launched what I would argue is the golden age of gaming.

Games Discussed:

  • Super Mario World
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super Ghouls N Ghosts
Dec 20, 2016

A trip to the video store in the middle of 1996 unearthed a new Castlevania game I did not know much about. Join me, won't you, to discuss both Dracula X and Rondo of Blood.

Games Discussed

  • Castlevania: Dracula X
  • Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood
Dec 13, 2016

8-Bit NES baseball games were often very imperfect until Baseball Stars came along. Join me, won't you, as we discuss my favorite baseball game.

Games Discussed:

  • Baseball Stars
  • Micro League Baseball
  • Major League Baseball
  • RBI Baseball
  • Bases Loaded
  • Bases Loaded II
  • River City Ransom
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Sports Talk Baseball
  • MVP Baseball 2005
  • Super Mega Baseball
Nov 20, 2016

When I first started doing research (by playing video games!) for this podcast, "great stage themes!" was a note I wrote down over and over. This episode explores some of my favorites of the 16 bit era.

Games Discussed:

  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Super Ghouls N Ghosts
  • Earthbound
  • Sword of Vermillion
  • Super Mario World
Oct 13, 2016

Legend of Zelda was an absolutely monumental part of my childhood. This episode explores how Link was my childhood hero and the importance of the game to me.

Sep 21, 2016

Final Fantasy IV is probably my favorite game of all time. I had waited a little bit to do this episode so I can finish a replay of the game, but here we are now. Now that the school year has begun again, regular posting at the beginning and middle of the month will resume.

Games Discussed:

Aug 18, 2016

I have been a bit under the weather, but we are finally getting this one out. This episode is inspired by my response to a Jane McGonigal post about using computer games to create narrative as children. Regular podcasting will resume in September with, tentatively, Final Fantasy IV and Legend Of Zelda.

Note: I tried a few different microphone settings during this episode, so the recording of my voice is going to vary a little bit at times.

Games Discussed:

  • Winter Games
  • Summer Games
  • Track & Field II
  • RC Pro AM
  • Tecmo Super Bowl
  • NHLPA 93
  • Baseball Stars
  • Nintendo World Cup
  • Super Play Action Football
Jul 19, 2016

Our first mixtape episode! In the third episode of the Giraffe Feels Podcast, we look at some of my favorite overworld themes.

Jul 1, 2016

In the second episode of the Giraffe Feels Podcast, we look at how Mega Man II was one of my favorite games growing up…

At the end of the podcast I offer some quick thoughts on Mighty No. 9

Jun 14, 2016

In the first episode of the Giraffe Feels podcast, we look at how Castlevania III was a part of a rather dark time in my childhood.