Archive for 'Episodes'

Episode 365 – Exemplars of Retrogaming

This week we’re frustrated with Nintendo, eBay and the NES mini’s controller cords. We marvel at how colorful Atari Jaguar games were, and get back to BASICs. What does copyright law have to do with creating Legend of Zelda’s intro theme? Tune in to find out! This Week in Gaming History November 27, 1957 – […]

Episode 364 – Finally Upgrading From Dial-Up

This week we remember what a successful failure the 32X was, and we look forward to escaping from a Zelda-themed room. Because the Nintendo Wii console turned 10 years old in the last week, we chose to make an exception to our retro-rules and take this episode to talk about the history of Wii and […]

Episode 363 – Bootprints and Supply Shortages

You might have already heard about the trouble some people are running into trying to buy an NES classic edition, but have you seen which Sonic spin-off game is for sale at Half Price Books? There are two simultaneous crowdfunding projects for new Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games and someone has made a new isometric adventure […]

Episode 362 – Samurai Darts

This week Chris & Marcin join us to talk about Mega Visions, the new crowd-funded magazine about SEGA. We also talk about virtual party hats that are worth $1000’s, a possible new Daytona USA arcade game, a 90’s martial arts movie, and how Microsoft struck it big at IBM’s expense.  This Week in Gaming History […]

Episode 361 – We Call it the Tank Hole

Some people wonder if video games are art. If you melted a game console then would it be art? This week we have snacks based on bad video games and military software based on classic games. What do Sonic, Duke Nukem and Poochy the dog have in common? Find out in this episode of the […]

Episode 360 – Space Ghost

This week we’re using the methods of scientific collaboration to beat Super Mario Bros faster. The 90’s was a great decade for games, but had so much variety that it can’t be summed up by any one cliche. What happens if you search eBay for Nintendo Switch? You get ripped off most likely. This Week […]

Episode 359 – The First In-Game Sighting of the Mystical Mr. Dog

This week we dive into teenage escapism and find that the 1966 Batman TV series is making a comeback. We ponder the future of shopping malls and note the parallel declines of malls and arcades. We’ve got more scumbag eBay sellers to poke fun at and we’re morphing into magic dogs to fight samurai ghost-zombie-skeletons […]

Episode 358 – This Fantasy Won’t Reach a Finale Anytime Soon

This week our hearts and our wallets belong to retrogaming. We wonder which socks are appropriate work attire and we don’t know how someone could reach maximum playtime but still not power-up to max level. We talk about a couple of our favorite games and some of our favorite ’90s pump-up jams in this episode […]

Episode 357 – Built To Last

This week we near the end of our 1991 tournament and two giants of the 16-bit era are going head-to-head. An unreleased 16-bit comic-book game is finally available and a game developer who helped make Dark Souls made a cartoonish TG-16 game. We didn’t think it was possible to make talking teddy bears more disturbing, […]

Episode 356 – Last Podcast On the Planet

This week we can’t decide is it news or virtually retro. While we enjoy the movie Wargames it doesn’t leave us feeling great about our age. Our 25-year tournament is down to 4 picks, but it won’t be long before only 2 are left. We are finally able to break down betting on virtual weapon […]

Episode 355 – Lucky Gamers

This week we compare Konami to the rulers of ancient Egypt and finally recognize that the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series existed outside of the Game Boy Color. We discuss some interesting games with interesting stories that happen to have caught our interest, and the possibility of Sega re-releasing some Technosoft classics. If you don’t […]

Episode 354 – Pac-Trivia and an Evil Mastermind Named Clancy

This week’s podcast is in “excellent condition” even though it needs a good tuning. We look back on how information circulated in arcades and look ahead to possibly playing games together in libraries. After another week more great games are being knocked out of our 25-year tournament, and headphone history repeats itself in this episode […]

Interview: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball

We’re kicking-off the football season by talking about Tecmo Bowl and the fans who keep it alive through web sites & tournaments. Link: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball Download this episode

Episode 353 – Bonked Earth

This week our 1991 tournament is in full swing and everyone is placing their bets. We discuss some shady dealings using video games & fast food as a cover, and we wonder about an eBay listing that seems to be missing its video games. We’re going out to eat in order to play arcade games, […]

Episode 352 (take 2) – This Time With Less Topics and More Street Fighter

This week we overcome some major technical problems to put out some kind of podcast. We don’t spend much time on the normal topics, but we talk a lot more about old Star Wars toys and the exact date which the Lion King Sega Genesis bundle hit the store shelves. We kick off our 1991 […]

Episode 351 – Manipulating Memory and Time

This week we ponder if belief can re-shape reality when it comes to game release dates. We found a crowdfunded project that was canceled due to common sense. We discuss the relative value of Sega Genesis sports games and we want to write our own life stories through old video games in this episode of […]

Episode 350 – No Way To Win

This week we’re finding it really hard to look on the bright side of life. There’s a lot that could bring us down, but the news isn’t all bad. Mega Man’s first 16-bit adventure is on the Virtual Console, GoldenEye 007’s multi-player mode has been re-created in HD, and Sesame Street characters are using martial […]

Episode 349 – Nintendo Protects Its Property

This week we review the success of the PlayStation to celebrate the birthday of its creator. We don’t have free access to old Nintendo Power magazines but we will be able to buy the Super Mario comics that were once featured within. When we aren’t flying over future race tracks to Euro-dance music, we’re stopping the […]

Episode 348 – Military Trackballs

This week MTV is preparing to come back from the dead and we wish the TRS-80 a happy birthday! We also get glitched before jumping from box art to card games based on edutainment. We’re going bowling in the arcade and after that we might swing by Quark’s bar to have a synthale with Chief […]

Episode 347 – Arcade Chemistry

This week we’re celebrating the anniversaries of Sonic and Star Trek with a couple of games that could have been better, but aren’t completely horrible. Fallout is getting back to its roots and our listeners broke records, literally. If you are looking for a whole bunch of scratched discs or want some Sailor Moon in […]

Episode 346 – Hardware Mods, Add-ons, and Direct-to-TV gaming

This week we need a map to find an arcade and Ben Heck is mapping out the SNES-CD prototype. We talk a bit about a very minor news story from Nintendo that you might not have hear about yet and someone is making music via floppy drives. This Week in Gaming History July 17, 1899 – […]

Interview – 2016 Midwest Gaming Classic

The annual Midwest Gaming Gaming Classic is just a couple weeks away and we’re talking to the organizers about what will be at the show this year. For more info about the event or to pre-order tickets please visit MidwestGamingClassic.com Download this episode

Bonus Round – Polygonal Fighting Games with Chewie

Chewie from TheManaPool makes a special appearance to celebrate some great 3-d fighting games, but we only discover that we are huge nerds. Which is fine, since any joke we could have made Penny Arcade did already years ago. How far did young JungleRatRob go to make Nintendo-senpai notice him? Embarrassingly far. Chewie played Virtua […]

Bonus Round: Monday Night War

We’re running late with episode 324 so here’s something from our unreleased archives going back to our first year. Links Video Games of the Monday Night War   Download this episode

Episode 315 – The Satisfaction of Donationg

We hope you want to hear about the Virtual Boy, Star Wars, and fighting games because that’s what we’re talking about in this episode. We also have a new SNES game produced on cart, 8-player Super Mario Bros projected around a room, your favorite dungeon crawlers, and games you would buy if we were stupidly […]

Episode 308 – Captain Ultra Tricycle and his Amazing Logo-covered Dreamcoat

This week on the Retro League we decide whether to spend $600 on a new analog NES or put that money towards a new kitchen appliance. We’re tying to spend less time talking about games we never played, and instead spending more time on eBay auctions that we would never buy. We’ve got monochrome pinball […]

Episode 307 – The “I Haven’t Played It” Episode

Do you like collecting AOL discs? Can you remember what games David Crane made other than Pitfall? Did everyone you went to high school with have the same name? If you said yes then this is the podcast for you! We take a break from investigating possible voter fraud to compare the budgets and styles […]

Episode 306 – Robots and Bars

This week on the Retro League we compare Atari to Sega and wonder is it better to burn out or fade away? We’re at the final round of our 25-year anniversary tournament and we’re imagining what seperate video games might secretly take place in the same universe. If you enjoy constructing machine guns and hanging […]

Episode 305 – Generic Negativity

This week we let the hate flow through us only to turn back to the light side of the force later. We cover some classic re-releases and a big hubbub regarding an upcoming game system. We also go over some of our listener’s favorite generic game names. This Week in Gaming History September 30, 1997 […]

Episode 304 – Magician & Dale: Rescue Lords

This week we discuss some of the pros and cons of the upcoming Retro VGS console and there are a few games we haven’t really played but still try to talk about. We find some great re-releases and one of the most generic video game titles we’ve ever heard. If you like multiplayer NES games […]