Archive for 'Episodes'

Episode 386 – Computer Games: Evolved

This week we are joined again by The NoSwearGamer to talk about some classic MS-DOS computer games and the misleading title of a 2017 video game hall of fame inductee. You can help crowdfund a new ZX Spectrum machine and a new NES game with dragons. We venture into dust-filled desktops and the ancient plans Namco […]

Episode 385 – Realtime Spreadsheet Management

In this week’s podcast we explore one of the greatest, most iconic, and most successful video games ever made. We’re talking of course about Night Trap, but later in the show we share our memories and opinions of a Super Mario game. We find similarities between InfoWars and Sega CD games and we wonder if […]

Episode 384 – Now in 3J Resolution

This week’s rumors of a hypothetical SNES Classic Edition do nothing to repair our opinion of Nintendo. Starcraft is now free and a couple of SNES beat’em ups need your help to get an official US release. We’ve got gamer vitamins and our listeners have picked which types of games are incomprehensible to them in […]

Episode 383 – Toasters & Chainsaws

As you may have heard in the last week Nintendo chose to discontinue their NES Classic Edition product for unimaginable reasons and we’re here to add our cynicism and grumpiness to the rampant speculation. We’ve also got a pretty crazy selection of virtual re-releases, like Disney NES games, Planescape: Torment, more NEO GEO fighters, and […]

Episode 382 – Megumi Diamonds

Disclaimer: Rob’s audio was a bit garbled in the recording of this episode. The podcast is generally intact, but we apologize in advance for this drop in quality. We start with the humble beginnings of a major computer manufacturer and remember Super Soakers from the 90’s. We coincidentally both picked paddle/dial-controlled games from the 80’s […]

Episode 381 – Arcade Graveyard

This week we remember an early portable computer and cringe at some dead arcade machines. There’s a new adventure game from the makers of Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. We wonder when coins will be phased out and our listeners are picking what plug & play all-in-one system they want to see next in this […]

忍者のサイドストーリー ドラゴンクランの裏切り64

This week we devote an entire episode to a game that never saw the light of day, until now! We are proud to present a prototype for an unreleased N64 game and we’re going to describe the gameplay, story, and glitches that we have uncovered. It has been quite a journey for us to find this game […]

Episode 380 – Quad Speed CD Drive

This week we celebrate the 20 year anniversary of a game we hear about often, but don’t know that much about. We recall games that malfunctioned as soon as we got them and we find new retro game figures and beads that you could buy. We’re judging fighting games based on how big their character […]

Episode 379 – The Creative Guys

This week we might have found someone with an idea worse than trying to open up a new arcade and single-handedly make games for it. There’s a surprising amount of Neo Geo games on the Switch, and it is no longer surprising that Doom will run on every device ever made. We would have had […]

Episode 378 – The Sinclair Zelda Breath of Horse Sim Saga II

This week we explore the history of some European computers and we might disagree with someone at Gizmodo about which consoles were great and which were failures. We talk a bit about Nintendo’s newest console, but balance it out with a lot of info about a Game Boy RPG. Our listeners have beaten some NES […]

Episode 377 – Seven Hundred and Fourteen Victories

This week we sneek a little bit of 1980’s TV & movies in with our discussion of 1990’s TV, movies & games. No matter how challenging it is do document video game history, there will always be people trying to maintain it for future generations. We wonder how many people are out there who beat […]

Episode 376 – How ’90s Can You Get?

This week we wish a Happy 30th Birthday to one of the most iconic action games of all time. If you’re looking for a golf game that’s not too realistic or relaxing then we’ve got some suggestions to avoid overpaying, and our listeners have discovered how expensive it is to build a DOS gaming PC. […]

Emergency Episode: Joystik Magazine September 1983

We’ve been podcasting weekly for almost 8 years. Once in a while we can’t record a new episode so we have to dip into our reserve of emergency episodes. Here’s one where we review the September 1983 issue of Joystik Magazine. If you want to read along then head over to: https://archive.org/details/joystik_magazine-1983-09 Download this episode

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 […]

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 […]

Episode 286 – Extreme Monkeys

This week we’re letting friends borrow our games and remebering the most obscure game mascots. We explore one of the most famous game stores on Earth and pick some of our favorite old DOS games. We’ve got wise-cracking pirates and super-fast cyberbikes in this episode of the Retro League. This Week in Gaming History May […]

Episode 285 – You will be the one escaping

This week we’re battling evil as classic heroes and digging up some of the oldest youtube videos. We are once again skeptical of claims that sound too good to be true, but we’re never surprised by how expensive computers used to be. Classic series are going crowd-funded and SimCity meets up with giant robots in […]

Episode 284 – What’s inside the box?

This week on The Retro League we see what the kid from the Nintendo 64 Christmas morning video is up to now. Speaking of the Nintendo 64, we also re-open the debate as to whether it has the worst RPG library of any system (excluding those with no RPGs). In games of the week we […]

Episode 283 – Should we be calling these “levels”?

On this week’s episode, or perhaps level, of The Retro League we look back at the death of Commodore. The iconic brand entered bankruptcy 21 years ago and we reflect on its success and demise. We also debate which 16-bit system had the best audio, discuss the gaming scene in Swedish prisons, rare NES games, […]

Episode 282 – The Graphics We Remember, Not The Ones We Really Had

This week we look back at the fall of arcades and we discover the worst place to put your kids on a road trip. We’ve got child-friendly shooting games and a futuristic racer for all ages. Gamestop is going retro and there’s plenty of aspects of real life that we don’t want in our video […]

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 […]