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.
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...
The background music for this episode’s introduction is from Final Fantasy V. The break music is from Super Castlevania.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To further discuss these games, there is also some discussion of:
The background music for this episode's mailbag is from Super Castlevania. The break music is from Shining Force II.
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.
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.
Here is a preview of our episode about Super Ghouls N Ghosts. The full episode will be out September 19th.
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.
Here is a preview of our next episode, which is about Castlevania III. The full episode will be out on September 1st.
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.
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.
Background music during this episode comes from...
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 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.
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.
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.
Here is a quick preview of our next episode, which is about Mega Man 3. Full episode will be posted on Tuesday June 20th.
This episode discusses how computer gaming led me to my academic research interest and teaching career.
Full episode out on Monday June 5th.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.