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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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Apr 18, 2018

We're back! A Link To The Past was an incredible return to form for the Zelda series and perhaps the best game in the series? Let's talk about that and other issues in the 36th episode of our podcast! 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Mega Man IV. The break music is from Super Castlevania.

Next Monday I will be streaming Gauntlet Slayer Edition and Next Wednesday I will be streaming River City Ransom at 8pm on Twitch. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website.

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive.

Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Mar 22, 2018

Our "500 Words About" series continues with a discussion of Sim City 2000, the busy nature of modern simulation games, the tyranny of choice, and why I love Sim City on the Super Nintendo. 

Next Monday I will be streaming Super Mega Baseball and Next Wednesday I will be streaming Castlevania: Dracula X at 8pm on Twitch. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website.

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive.

Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Mar 11, 2018

Final Fantasy Tactics just passed its 20th anniversary, which qualifies the game for the podcast! At times I have called Final Fantasy Tactics my favorite game of all time. I do not quite feel that way anymore, but join me to discuss the high and lows of this game, how I played it in both college and grad school, and how I feel about the game nowadays. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Lunar: Silver Star Story. The break music is from Super Castlevania.

This Wednesday at 8pm I will be streaming The Legend Of Zelda on Twitch. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website. 

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive.

Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Feb 21, 2018

(I just noticed the typo in the art for this episode...I'll fix it in a few days...)

Baseball Stars II was a very disappointing followup to the amazing Baseball Stars. This episode is our second "500 Words" episode and discusses where the game fell short. 

This Wednesday at 8pm I will be streaming Baseball Stars II on Twitch. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website. I will update our stream schedule for March over the weekend. 

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. 

Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Feb 10, 2018

In our first every "500 Words About" episode, which we will use to discuss games that don't need a longer episode, Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers is discussed. The release of the Disney Afternoon Collection pushed me to replay this game back in the fall. What I found was a decent platformer that has held up over the years. 

This Wednesday at 8pm I will be streaming Super Ghouls N Ghosts on Twitch. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website. 

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Feb 6, 2018

When we covered Mega Man II originally, I still didn't have good equipment to record with yet. I thought it would be a good idea to record a new version of this episode. I'm just getting over a cold, so I apologize if my voice still sounds a bit rough. 

This Wednesday at 8pm I will be streaming Mega Man III on Twitch. In a few days there will be a schedule for upcoming streams on the website. Future episodes will also have it listed in the notes for that episode. 

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Jan 24, 2018

This is a quick update announcing that I will be doing game streams on Wednesday nights at 8pm on Twitch. See you tonight for Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers and then next week for Mega Man 2 (Wily Wars Version). 

Dec 26, 2017

It turns out I don't have quite as profound a set of memories of getting a Sega Genesis as I did a Super Nintendo, but it was still a pretty neat day due to some inquisitive purchasing choices by my mother. This episode discusses Christmas Day 1992 and what I loved, and hated, about the Genesis. 

There is also some discussion of our plans for 2018. 

Games Discussed: 

  • Strider
  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Madden 1993
  • Phantasy Star III
  • NHL 94
Dec 17, 2017

This episode began as another thematic mix tape, but ended up being a bunch of interesting tracks I curated for this podcast. We will have one more episode this year, which will be our annual holiday episode. This years episode focused on the Sega Genesis and the Christmas of 1992. 

Tracks are from...

  • Batman (Genesis)
  • River City Ransom
  • Lunar Silver Star Story
  • Super Play Action Football
  • Sim City 2000
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Castlevania Chronicles

The background music for this episode’s introduction is from Final Fantasy V. The break music is from Super Castlevania.

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Dec 5, 2017

In one of our first episodes, I promised an episode about River City Ransom. This is one of the best games games I have every played and its combination of side scrolling beat em up and role playing game mechanics has held up really well. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Chrono Trigger. The break music is from Super Castlevania.

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Nov 23, 2017

Duck Tales is one of the best video games ever made. I was so happy when the Disney Afternoon Collection came out earlier this year and spent an evening replaying this wonderful game. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Final Fantasy IX. The break music is from Shining Force II.

We are also on iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Nov 7, 2017

NHL 94 is one of the best sports games ever. In this episode, we look at the early years of the series that made me want a Genesis.

Games Discussed:

  • NHL 92
  • NHLPA 93
  • NHL 94
  • NHL 95
  • NHL 2001
  • Ice Hockey
  • Blades Of Steel

There is also some additional music from the Sega CD version of NHL 94, which is so good!

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past. The break music is from Shining Force II.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Oct 20, 2017

Over the summer I spent some time playing through various games on the Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection for the PS3. This is a great anthology of a lot of cool Genesis games, but also some that are not that good. This episode discusses some of them. There is not much about Phantasy Star or Shining Force because we will do full length episodes about those series in the future.

Games Discussed:

  • Alex Kidd
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Columns
  • Shinobi III
  • Streets Of Rage

To further discuss these games, there is also some discussion of:

  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Tetris
  • Strider

The background music for this episode's mailbag is from Super Castlevania. The break music is from Shining Force II.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Oct 4, 2017

I never played Mega Man 4 back in the old days! Join me as I offer some thoughts on the game after playing through it on the Mega Man Legacy Collection.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Sep 19, 2017

On Christmas Day 1991 my focus was on Super Mario World, but my parents also got me Super Ghouls N Ghosts. I love this game and am so impressed with how well it has held up over the years.

The background music during the Tweets & Emails segment is from Earthbound.

NOTE: Whoops, around the 3:50 mark I meant to say Ghosts N Goblins, not Ghouls N Ghosts.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Sep 18, 2017

Here is a preview of our episode about Super Ghouls N Ghosts. The full episode will be out September 19th.

Sep 2, 2017

To celebrate our first anniversary, I went back and made a new version of the first episode of the podcast with updated content and significantly better audio quality. Thank you for supporting the first year of the podcast.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Aug 29, 2017

Here is a preview of our next episode, which is about Castlevania III. The full episode will be out on September 1st.

Aug 21, 2017

I gave a presentation about Valkyria Chronicles at an academic conference back in the fall. While it is pretty rough as it was an in progress work, I decided to make a recording of the presentation for the podcast. I love Valkyria Chronicles and hope you enjoy this episode.

Aug 4, 2017

We are on hiatus during August, but there will still be a few things coming out in the feed. First off is an update of the changes I have made to our Patreon recently. I also offer some notes on future episodes of the podcast and a few reflections of how our first year has gone so far.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

Background music during this episode comes from...

  • Duck Tales
  • River City Ransom
  • Super Ghouls N Ghosts
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Lunar: The Silver Star
  • Sim City 2000
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
  • Animal Crossing: New Leaf
  • Final Fantasy V
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.

We are also on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. You can also download episodes from the Internet Archive. Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast.

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.

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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.

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