Episode 301 – Where no retro gaming podcast has gone before

This week on The Retro League we’re kicking off our 1990 tournament. 64 games made it in but only 1 will be crowned the best game of the year. We also look back at the first game in the Tony Hawk series, review an obscure Star Trek game, talk about a huge stack of virtually retro releases, and more.

This Week in Gaming History
August 31, 1999 – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater released for PS1

Hot Topics
Mediocre Games You Keep Playing
Nickelodeon Super Toy Run winners reminisce
Retro game store mentioned in ep. 300 has shuttered

Virtually Retro
Mega Man Legacy Collection (PS4/Xbox/PC)
Sin & Punishment (Wii U Virtual Console)
This Book is a Dungeon
Bethesda works its way to GOG.com
Grandia II: Anniversary Edition (Steam, GOG)

News
Unraveling The Enigma Of Nintendo’s Virtual Boy, 20 Years Later
Writing a Game Boy Advance Game
Out of this World (Judging by the Cover)

Games of The Week
Loom (PC)
Visual Star Trek (PC)

Freeloader Games of the Month
You Have to Win the Game
Bonus: Visual Star Trek

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1990 Tournament Round 1 is live

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Help us pick the best game of 1990 by voting in our tournament:
http://theretroleague.com/1990-tournament-round-1/

Voting for round 1 ends September 6th.

Bonus Round – Asked and Answered

For episode 300 we asked listeners to send us questions about the podcast or ourselves that they want answered. The response was huge so we decided to record our Q&A session as a separate bonus episode. In it we talk about our favorite moments of podcasting, our predictions for the future of gaming, our greatest gaming accomplishments, 70s music, our hobbies outside of gaming, and much more.


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Episode 300 – State-Mandated Square Dancing

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This week Nick returns to share scary stories of childhood dancing while we find words that sound vaguely like Tekken. We also talk about Mortal Kombat, Final Fantasy VII, assembly language programming, and whether or not FBI propaganda kept us off drugs. We’re reviewing one of the first real-time strategy games as well as a game that can’t decide if it is Casper or Dick Tracy in this episode of the Retro League.

This Week in Gaming History
August 24, 1969 – Birthday of John Tobias (Mortal Kombat)

Hot Topics
Wii U to get ex-arcade exclusive Pokemon fighting game
Konami stops development of Suikoden series

Virtually Retro
Final Fantasy VII (iOS)
Forgotten Realms Archives (GoG)
Pac-Man 256 (Android, iOS)
Bard’s Gold (Steam)
Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (Wii U Virtual Console)
Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Wii U Virtual Console)
Archive Archives: Bomb Jack (PS4)

News
The Untold Story Behind Mortal Kombat: the Movie
How the F.B.I. Made ‘Winners Don’t Use Drugs’ the Arcade Motto of the ’90s
SNES-Tap hardware add-on brings save states to retro console
Sonic Classic Collection On Nintendo DS Cut Content Including A Crazy Taxi 4 Pitch
Final Fantasy VII: Machinabridged Trailer
5 Ridiculously Hard To Solve Video Game Puzzles
It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for

Games of The Week
Herzog Zwei (Sega Genesis)
SimCity 2000 (DOS)
Avenging Spirit (Game Boy)

Freeloader Games of the Month
You Have to Win the Game

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Episode 299 – Depressing Corporate Practices

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Although it’s not terribly expensive to run this podcast it’s not free either. We decided to turn to Patreon to help re-coup our expenses rather than run ads or something equally tacky. By supporting us on Patreon you can get access to bonus content and archived episodes that haven’t been available on our site for years.

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Episode 298 – Your Mom’s College Dial-up Connection

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This week we use really primitive internet only to find that “Pixels” is now a copyrighted word. All our favorite Rare games are available on Xbox, and we recall that not all 90’s FMV games were terrible. Delving into the 80’s arcade era we find a classic game that is very well known and one that is almost unheard-of.

This Week in Gaming History
August 11, 1965 – Shinji Mikami’s birthday (creator of Resident Evil series)

Hot Topics
Retro game cameos and references.
Favorite FMV games
Next Gen NES Nintendo 8 Bit Video Game Controller

Virtually Retro
Rare Replay (Xbox)
Golden Sun: The Lost Age (Wii U Virtual Console)
Onimusha Tactics (Wii U Virtual Console)

News
Videos containing the word “Pixels” being served with DMCA takedown notices
Surfing the internet from my TRS-80 Model 100
Free Classic Game Covers ebook

Games of The Week
Dig Dug (Atari 2600)
Gee Bee (Arcade)

Freeloader Games of the Month
You Have to Win the Game

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Episode 297 – The Most Expensive Free Games Ever

Episode 296 – The Return of Terrible Video Game Movies

Archive: Episode 46 – The Death of Physical Media? (Remastered)