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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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Sep 23, 2019

Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego? was one of the best edutainment games of the eighties. Join me to discuss my memories of the game and how it stands up in 2019.

Also during this episode we induct the seventh game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list: Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past. ALTTP joins Streets of Rage 2, Alien Storm, Castlevania Rondo of Blood, River City Ransom, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Gunstar Heroes.

Our mailbag question discusses Grand Theft's relationship to the recent discussions of video game censorship in the mainstream media and whether we will ever do an episode about the series.

I am streaming Wednesday evenings on Twitch. Check out our events page or follow us on social media for announcements about what games I will playing on streams.

We streamed Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego? back in late 2018 and early 2019.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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

Please consider becoming a Patron of the podcast. We recently updated our rewards page.

Jul 14, 2019

North & South was a game that, probably, introduced me to turn based gaming and also the first game I remember being based around the Civil War. Join me as we kick some Confederate ass and discuss North & South. 

Also during this episode we induct the sixth game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list: Final Fantasy Tactics. FFT joins Streets of Rage 2, Alien Storm, Castlevania Rondo of Blood, River City Ransom, and Gunstar Heroes.

I am streaming Wednesday evenings on Twitch.  Check out our events page or follow us on social media for announcements about what games I will playing on streams.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Jul 8, 2019

Before heading into its more modern era, Square takes one last retro dive with Final Fantasy IX, a game with considerable homages to previous series games and, in general, is one of the best games in the series. 

Also during this episode we induct the fifth game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list: Streets of Rage 2, which joins Alien Storm, Castlevania Rondo of Blood, River City Ransom, and Gunstar Heroes.

I am streaming Wednesday evenings on Twitch.  Check out our events page or follow us on social media for announcements about what games I will playing on streams.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Jun 24, 2019

I am not a big fan of the Sonic series, but it is such a massive part of gaming history that an episode was definitely in order. This episode ends up focusing on Sonic 2, but also covers the first game on both the Genesis and Master System. 

Also during this episode we induct the forth game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list: Alien Storm, which joins Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, River City Ransom, and Gunstar Heroes.

I am streaming Wednesday evenings on Twitch.  Check out our events page or follow us on social media for announcements about what games I will playing on streams. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

May 4, 2019

Alien Storm is yet another in a long line of side scrollers on the Genesis that have held up to the test of time. Join me to discuss this really cool game. 

Also during this episode we induct the third game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list: River City Ransom, which joins Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and Gunstar Heroes. 

I am streaming Monday, Thursday, and on the weekend on Twitch.  Monday is RPG Night. Thursday is Retro Night. On the weekend I normally stream newer games.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Apr 15, 2019

Super Pitfall might have been the first ever NES game I actually played, but it is also one of the worst video games ever. Join me as I try to parse my memories of the game with its hideous reality. 

Also during this episode we induct the second game on the Giraffe Feels Podcast Top 50 games of the 1990s list onto the list. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Lunar The Silver Star. The break music is from Suikoden II.

I am streaming Monday, Thursday, and on the weekend on Twitch.  Monday is RPG Night. Thursday is Retro Night. On the weekend I normally stream newer games. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Mar 23, 2019

Gunstar Heroes is one of the best platformers ever and might be the best game on the Genesis. Join me as I look back at the game and its place in history. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen. The break music is from Suikoden II.

I am streaming Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday on Twitch.  Monday is RPG Night. Tuesday is normally a newer game. Thursday is Retro Night. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Feb 17, 2019

Our 50th episode! For this episode, we take some time to look back at some of my favorite moments from our first 49 episodes. Clips from episodes about the following games are included...

  • Castlevania III
  • Mega Man II
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Legend Of Zelda
  • Baseball Stars
  • Sim City
  • Super Ghouls N Ghosts

I am streaming Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday on Twitch.  This week we will be streaming Super Mario USA. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our goal for 2019 is $200. 

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Dec 25, 2018

Our final episode of 2018! In our annual holiday episode, we discuss the fall and winter of 1997, getting a Playstation, and how Final Fantasy VII helped me deal with not starting college out so well. The second half of the episode discusses some of our plans for 2019 and a big announcement about a new project.

Consult the end of this episode as well for an update about our streaming plans for 2019.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So far we have raised $175 during 2018.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Dec 23, 2018

If Streets of Rage 2 came out today, it would be a game of the year candidate. In this episode we discuss the game, its legacy, and how well it holds up against other games of the genre and era.

I am streaming Monday through Thursday and sometimes other days on Twitch.  Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II.  Tuesday we are streaming Final Fantasy IV. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego. Thursday is currently TBA.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So far we have raised $175 during 2018.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

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Dec 1, 2018

As promised during our holiday season of 1991 episode, we have gotten to Castlevania IV. In this episode, we discuss how well this game showed off the SUPER technology of the SNES, whether it is a prequel or sequel or maybe neither, and how it improves upon Castlevania III. Join me, won' you, as we go THROUGH A ROOM. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom. The break music is from Final Fantasy IV.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and sometimes other days on Twitch.  Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II.  Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming  Super Mario Brothers 2 (Lost Levels). Friday I sometimes stream newer games in the  afternoon. Currently we are streaming Octopath Traveler.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So far we have raised $175 during 2018. 

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Links:

Nov 1, 2018

This episode goes through the best music of the first six Mega Man games and discusses some of the vast highs, and lows, of the series. This was really fun, but also grueling, to put together and I hope you enjoy it. At the end of this episode, we spend a few minutes discussing our Extra Life plans for November 3rd and announce the streaming schedule for November.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes other days on Twitch. Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Mega Man VII. Friday I sometimes stream newer games in the afternoon. Currently we are streaming Octopath Traveler.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Oct 2, 2018

It took a few tries to get this episode recorded, but here we are! There may be a few minor audio glitches because Audacity was very uncooperative while I was editing and recording. Mega Man VI is a solid improvement over the last few games in this series, but still not near the absolute heights of it. Join me, won't you, to discuss the game and my concerns about robotkind in the Mega Man universe. At the end of this episode, there is some discussion of our Extra Life campaign and some of the new, upcoming, Patreon goals I am going to introduce soon.

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Lunar: The Silver Star. The break music is from Final Fantasy IV.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes other days on Twitch. Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Castlevania Chronicles. Friday I sometimes stream newer games in the afternoon. Currently we are streaming Octopath Traveler.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Sep 9, 2018

Finally, a new episode! I apologize for the delay...the new school year got a bit out of hand and I kept putting off editing this episode. Deadly Towers is a frustrating, difficult, and mind numbing game I have been trying to figure out for the past 30 years. I still have not figured it out.

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Final Fantasy V. The break music is from Final Fantasy IV.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, and sometimes other days on Twitch. Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Alien Solder.

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Aug 15, 2018

There are other retro gaming podcasters who love Mega Man V, but I am not much of a fan. After trying to play through it a few times on our Twitch page, I put my thoughts together for the podcast. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Suikoden II. The break music is from Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Twitch. Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Super Mario Brothers III. Friday is a new game of my choice. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Aug 8, 2018

Super Mario Brothers is one of the most important video games ever made. Join us for a discussion of my early experiences with the game and how it plays today. 

The background music for this episode’s mailbag is from Final Fantasy VII. The break music is from Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood.

I am streaming Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on Twitch. Monday night is RPG Night. Currently we are streaming Suikoden II. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice. This week we will be streaming Streets of Rage III. Friday is a new game of my choice. Currently we are streaming Shadows of Adam. 

Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Jul 17, 2018

Originally this episode was going to be a mix of my favorite airship themes, but I ended up expanding it to "travel" in general. I had a lot of fun putting together this episode! Our next episode will be out at the beginning of the month.

In this episode we play music from...

  • Super Mario Brothers 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Final Fantasy 4
  • Chrono Cross
  • Cosmic Star Heroine

I am streaming Monday-Thursday on Twitch. Monday nights is New Game Night. I am currently streaming Shadows of Adam around 8pm. Tuesdays I am streaming Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom around 7pm. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice around 8pm. Thursday is Final Fantasy IX around 7pm. Consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

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. We recently updated our rewards page.

Jun 27, 2018

Castlevania Chronicles is a game you do not hear a lot about in this series, but it has some nice homages to previous games and a fantastic soundtrack. This episode also has some initial thoughts about Bloodstained: Curse Of The Moon.

I am streaming Monday-Thursday on Twitch. Monday nights is New Game Night. I am currently streaming Lost Sphear around 8pm. Tuesdays I am streaming Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom around 7pm. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice around 8pm. Thursday is Final Fantasy IX around 7pm.

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. We recently updated our rewards page. 

May 31, 2018

Thank you for your patience while I was moving and dealing with the end of the school year. We are back with our first mix tape in awhile. This one covers some of my favorite town themes from RPGs. Games covered include Final Fantasy Origins, Earthbound, Sword Of Vermillion, Sim City, and Phantasy Star III. Our intro music comes Shining Force. 

I am streaming Monday-Thursday on Twitch. Monday nights is New Game Night. I am currently streaming Lost Sphear around 8pm. Tuesdays I am streaming Phantasy Star III: Generations Of Doom around 7pm. Wednesday is a retro game of my choice around 8pm. Thursday is Final Fantasy IX around 7pm. 

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.

May 1, 2018

I had not thought about Legacy Of The Wizard for a really long time until a recent Retronauts episode discussed it. I know some people who are very high on this game, but, after giving it a shot again, I am not one of them. At the same time, let's also discuss why Legacy Of The Wizard is an important step for Metroidvania games. 

Wednesday I will be streaming Super Castlevania IV at 8pm on Twitch. On Tuesday and Thursday I will also be streaming a TBD game at 6pm, although Tuesday I may not make it home from a trip in time to do so. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website. Our May schedule will be up in a few days plus a big announcement about our summer streaming schedule.

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.

Apr 29, 2018

Duck Tales II is a good, not great, followup to the incredible Duck Tales. I had never played it before the Disney Afternoon Collection came out! Join me for a brief discussion of the game. 

On Monday I will be streaming Halo III (which I have never played before!) and Wednesday I will be streaming Super Castlevania IV at 8pm on Twitch. On Tuesday and Thursday I will also be streaming a TBD game at 6pm. You can find a schedule for upcoming streams on our website. Our May schedule will be up in a few days plus a big announcement about our summer streaming schedule. 

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.

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.

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