The Game-By-Game Podcast

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Welcome to the first installment of our new format: a weekly look at one video game at a time. We’re skipping news and virtual re-releases in favor of an in-depth review of an oft-overlooked classic. We’re sure you’ll find this episode informative!

 


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Episode 279 – Y’all Ready For This?

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This week we can’t remember if the creator of Space Invaders was born in the 90’s or the 40’s. We speculate about going back to relive history or personal memories and we lament about the greed pervading video games. You can either spike the V-ball or get ready to do the Tribal Dance in the Twilight Zone because this week the Retro League has No Limits.

This Week in Gaming History
March 31, 1944 – Birthday of Tomohiro Nishikado, the creator of Space Invaders

Hot Topics
What year would you like to go back to and relive?
Rarest game you found in the wild?
FINALLY bought a Gameboy!

Virtually Retro
Arcade Archives Mat Mania Exciting Hour (PS4)
Armored Core (PSOne Classic)
Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore (PS2 Classic)
Underground Chef Castle (Java)
Lakeview Cabin Collection (PC, Mac)
Namco Museum (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Retro Game Internals: Punch-Out Passwords
The Lost Boys Finally See Game Release on Nintendo Entertainment System
Boulder Dash Officially Released For Intellivision 30 Years Later

Random Links
Review a Great Game Day
7 Ways Modern Games Have Turned Into Scams

Games of The Week
Volleyball (NES)
Biometal (SNES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Momodora 1 & 2

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Episode 278 – Zombie Atari

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This week we hope that talking about Pac-Man games doesn’t cause Atari to file a frivolous lawsuit against us. Our dislike of Adam Sandler causes a tangent about movies but we come back to video games that we don’t know anything about other than the name of the main character. The future looks dark for playing or even emulating some retro games in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
March 21, 1959 – Nobuo Uematsu’s birthday

Hot Topics
Real Sports Baseball
Pixels Trailer
Games You Own For Systems You Don’t

Virtually Retro
KLONOA 2: Dream Champ Tournament (Wii U Virtual Console)
Echo Night (PSone Classic)

News
Atari blocks Jeff Minter from releasing new versions of TxK
Arcade in Swedish airport raises money for Red Cross
Kickstarter – Pythetron : A 2.5d Shoot’em Up for PC, Mac and Linux
How Sonic the Hedgehog Helped Me Beat Cancer
The Ketamine Secrets of ‘Ecco the Dolphin’
Doom ported to Vic-20
Translucent Jaguar Console Pre-Orders

Random Links
Why There Is No Future For Old Games

Games of The Week
Ms. Pac-Man (Atari 2600)
Pac-Man Arrangement (Arcade)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Momodora 1 & 2

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Episode 277 – Don’t sell that game!

Interview – Midwest Gaming Classic 2015

Check out our interview with the organizers of the Midwest Gaming Classic to learn about what’s scheduled for this year’s show.


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Episode 276 – Pac-March

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This week we’re starting off our celebration of #PACMONTH with the WeTalkGames podcast by reviewing some lesser-known Pac Man games. We give advice on breaking into the RPG genre for the first time and we debate whether or not the Virtual Boy has the best controller. We imagine games that seem like they should exsist but don’t and we want to know what advice you would give your past self in this episode.

This Week in Gaming History
March 8, 1922 – Birthdate of Ralph Baer

Hot Topics
Success or Failure at Fixing Electronics
The Strong’s World Video Game Hall of Fame
My first RPG
Startropics music, fixed

Virtually Retro
Aces of the Air (PSone Classic)
La-Mulana EX (PSN)
Sky Kid (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
EA shuts down SimCity developer Maxis
Warren Robinett reflects on his ‘signature’ game: Adventure
Kickstarter – From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years
Kickstarter – Commodore C64 Housing
Interplay Is Remastering Cult SNES Brawler ClayFighter
Bliss-Box Kickstarter relaunched

Random Links
It Took Three Years To Beat The ‘Hardest Super Mario World Level Ever’

Games of The Week
Super Pac Man (Arcade)
Pac-Attack (Genesis)

Freeloader Games of the Month
Momodora 1 & 2

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Episode 275 – Recovering Fanboys

Episode 274 – We expect better from Mortal Kombat

Episode 273 – Quest for water

This week on The Retro League we take a slight detour to answer a couple non-retrogaming questions: 1) are Cubs fans the worst people on Earth? and 2) Just what was the deal with the ending of Dune? After we get past that we’re on to the usual rounds including co-op games, which 64-bit Zelda is the best, Atari reboots, video game history, and your picks for retro games that should get live-action TV shows based on them.

This Week in Gaming History
February 14, 1940 Howard Charles Lincoln’s birthday

Hot Topics
Games that benefit from 2 Players?
Best version of…

Virtually Retro
Breath of Fire (Wii U Virtual Console)
3D Fantasy Zone (3DS eShop)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D (3DS)

News
Atari is rebooting Asteroids as an ‘open world, sandbox style, survival experience’
EFF.org seeking exemption to DMCA for games whose servers have been shut down
Toasting the Failed Experiments Behind Modern Video Gaming’s Greatest Hits
Behind the Hair: 9 Things I learned hanging out with Billy Mitchell
Interview with Al Alcorn on video game history
Wonderful NES to PCE/TG Conversions
MMA Fighter Appears to Hadouken Opponent Before Pummeling Him

Random Links
Apple promotes “Pay Once & Play” games
Ninja Gaiden running music

Games of The Week
Mappy (Arcade)
Mach Rider (NES)

Freeloader Games of the Month
The Adventures of Maddog Williams in the Dungeons of Duridian

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Episode 272- Family Friendly Live-Action