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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)

Atari is rebooting Asteroids as an ‘open world, sandbox style, survival experience’ 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

Episode 271 – Trolling a Monkey

Episode 270 – Debating a Robot

This week on The Retro League we journey back to 1984 to look at the launch of the original Macintosh computer with its impressive 128k of memory. Seriously, that was a lot back then. We also talk about Sega consoles turned into anime characters, Star Wars games, 32X games that are possibly inferior to their Super Nintendo counterparts, FMV gaming, Mario glitches, the worst movies of the 90s, and 80s dancers having heated arguments with robots.

This Week in Gaming History
January 24, 1984 – Steve Jobs introduced the original Macintosh computer

Hot Topics
Trading Cards for Atari & Intellivision
Hi-sCool! Seha Girls
I want your memories.

Virtually Retro
Best of Arcade Games (PSN)
Resident Evil (PSN)
GOG adds even more LucasFilms classics
Dragon Quest V (Android, iOS)
S.C.A.T. (Wii U Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console)

‘Her Story’ Wants to Reclaim the Reputation of the FMV Game
Ghost in the Game Boy: Casper Sample Reveals Apparent Publishing Dispute
Ninterview: Learning Retro Secrets With A Former Nintendo Game Play Counselor
Mario develops awareness, plays his own game
The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge
This Super Mario World glitch is fascinating, but does it count as beating the game?

Random Links
Rifftrax – The Worst Movies of the 1990’s
Text-Only Video Games Don’t Need Graphics to Be Beautiful, Innovative, and Complex. Hadean Lands Proves It.
5 Video Game Adaptations That Botched The Source’s Message

Games of The Week
Pitfall! The Mayan Adventure (32X)
Star Wars (Game Boy)

Freeloader Games of the Month

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Episode 269 – Randomly Generated

This week on The Retro League we talk about a few games with randomly generated content; including an interview with a developer looking to raise a few bucks to build an RPG with around 6.204484017×10²³ possible story lines. We also discuss the growing genre of game-by-game podcasts and wonder if we’d live long enough to do one for the PlayStation 2. In games of the week we look at an obscure PC Engine CD release and a Tetris copycat that the Tetris series later copied.

This Week in Gaming History
January 20th 1966 – Birthday of Jon Hare, one of the founders of Sensible Software

Hot Topics
The most you paid for a game for your collection
The Atari 7800 Game By Game Podcast!

Virtually Retro
JumpJet Rex (PC, Linux, OSX)
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight (Wii U Virtual Console)
3D Afterburner II (3DS eShop)
Lufia: The Legend Returns (3DS Virtual Console)
Grim Fandango Remastered (
Battle Buggy Grounds (PC)
Read Only Memories (OUYA)

Kickstarter: Vidar – An RPG Puzzler Where Everyone Dies
Kickstarter: Nanoarcade, the world’s smallest arcade cabinet
Animator for Robot Chicken modifies a Nintendo Power Glove for the most awesome animation tool ever
Demake: Super Mario 64 for the Atari 2600

Random Links
Nintendo Game Pack Topps Cards Review – NSG Ep 91 The No Swear Gamer
The Rise and Fall of the Lone Game Developer
Microsoft BASIC for 6502 original source code from 1978

Games of The Week
Ultra Box 6 (PC Engine CD)
Blockout (Amiga)

Freeloader Games of the Month

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Episode 268 – Jump-kicking a Helicopter to Death

Episode 267 – Bubbles and Treasures

2014 Retro Gaming Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 retro gaming awards!

Best Virtually Retro 1

Best News Headline

Best Kickstarter

Best Retro Hardware Release

Best Episode 1

Check out episode 267 for a discussion about the winners and episode 266 for the full nominee list.