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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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Oct 19, 2020

In our second Castlevania mix tape, we take a look at the sounds of the 16 bit era. This is an exceptional series with amazing soundtracks!

It looks like a lot of Castlevania soundtracks reissued in recent years are out of print again :(

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $311.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. On Sunday nights I also stream around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

Oct 2, 2020

In our third game ranking episode, we add Mega Man 3, Metal Gear, Super Ghouls N Ghosts, Mega Man 4, and NHL94 to the chart.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $163.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

Sep 15, 2020

I never played Cyber Lip back in the old days, but I remember seeing it in magazines. Join me, won't you, and take a look at this very odd side scroller.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $163.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

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Sep 2, 2020

In our second game rankings episode, we discuss and then rank Castlevania: Dracula X, Sim City, Final Fantasy V, Zelda II, and Castlevania II.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $130.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

Aug 20, 2020

One of the best games ever and we are finally covering it! Join me, won't you, to discuss why I didn't like SoTN when it came out and how I see it now as one of video gaming's true masterpieces.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $105.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

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Jul 14, 2020

In our nicest episode yet, it's time to discuss Phantasy Star III, a problematic game that is super ambitious but doesn't really hold up to it's lofty ambitions.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $105.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

Jul 11, 2020

I thought it would be fun to begin ranking the games we have covered on the podcast ala what Hardcore Gaming 101 does on their own podcast. We will do five an episode until we catch up. All new games covered will be ranked during the episode.

Games covered:

  • Castlevania 3
  • Mega Man 2
  • Final Fantasy 4
  • Legend of Zelda
  • Baseball Stars

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019. So far in 2020 we have raised $105.

On Thursday nights around 7pm I stream old and new games until around 9pm. Check out my Twitch page for more information and a tentative schedule.

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

You can view our game ranking list here.

May 16, 2020

Electronic Gaming Monthly's game of the year for 1990...this is not. Strider on the NES is absolutely not the classic version of the game from the arcade and Sega Genesis, but I played a lot of growing up so I figured it was worth covering in our "500 Words About" series of episodes.

I have not streamed Strider.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019.

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

May 16, 2020

Phantasy Star II is a bit of a chore to get through these days...but what about that ending!?!?!? Join me, won't you, for a brief discussion of the lofty aspirations of this game and the series in general.

I have not streamed Phantasy Star II, but have streamed its sequel.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019.

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

Apr 20, 2020

In the first of a multiple part series, I offer some memories of my mother when I was growing from the days before she became a gamer. I will be doing a few more of these over the next few weeks. Hang tight.

Apr 4, 2020

One of the best games of the nineties and one of my favorite Castlevania games. in this episode we take a look at Rondo of Blood and how much I will 2D platformer Castlevania games.

I have streamed Rondo of Blood before.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019.

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

Feb 3, 2020

To get more content in the feed, I have decided to break out out Top 50 of the Nineties list into separate episodes. The ones that are already done will begin going up soon with new ones to follow. Like the ones already done, these episodes will be pretty loose without much of a script, which is pretty fun. Our first game on the list is Alien Storm!

Since my comments on Alien Storm were fairly brief, I didn't know I would be doing this eventually, I also threw in the mailbag portion from this episode, which discussed whether a Playstation Vita is worth buying.

We have streamed Alien Storm a few years ago.

Instead of a Patreon, consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We raised $335 in 2019.

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

Dec 25, 2019

For our annual holiday episode, instead of picking a console and a year, we look back at 9-9-99 and the release of Final Fantasy VIII and the Sega Dreamcast. Primarily this episode is about Final Fantasy VIII, but the Dreamcast is also part of the story.

Our mailbag question discusses Super Mario games after Super Mario World.

We have not streamed Final Fantasy VIII. Maybe one day...

Later this month, I will be closing down out Patreon. Instead consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So far in 2019 we have raised $335.

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

Dec 4, 2019

Shadowgate was an excellent "MacVenture" game that recently had a revival and a reissue for modern console. Let's take a look back at this game and it's compelling narrative and fantastic soundtrack.

Our mailbag question discusses suggestions for RPGs to introduce gamers to the genre.

We streamed Shadowgate a few times last year.

Later this month, I will be closing down out Patreon. Instead consider donating to our Extra Life charity drive. We are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. So far in 2019 we have raised $335.

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

Nov 27, 2019

Just in time for your Thanksgiving commute or MST3K marathon pregaming, here is the first of two Castlevania mix tapes. The second one will be out soon.

Nov 25, 2019

I was always warded away from Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, but while it is certainly not a great game it is definitely a solid beginner RPG and made sense for the American market when it came out in 1992. Join me, won't you, for a brief episode about the game.

We are back to my trusty desktop computer for this issue, which means the sound issues from the past few podcasts should be gone.

Oct 18, 2019

Micro League Baseball is one of the best baseball games ever. I really wish this series was still around. Our latest installment of the "500 Words About..." series looks at the game and my memories of it.

Apologies for a few really loud vocal moments in this episode. I have recorded the last few episodes with my laptop and am going to go back to my old, trustworthy, desktop for future episodes.

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.

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