Posts Tagged ‘ NES

Epiosde 63 – Whatcha Playin’ 01.21.13

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This week’s Whatcha Playin’ features a newly rebooted IP, an intense iOS game and some retro multiplayer madness:

Rich dives into VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh‘s Super Hexagon with all its fast-paced intensity—Cavanagh has clearly not lost his touch for smart game design, nor his joy for ramped up difficulty.

Matt continues his call for gamers to dust off their old consoles for multiplayer fun with friends, highlighting the NES classics Dodgeball and Marble Madness. Many retro games have shown their age through incredibly frustrating or cheap difficulty (ahem, Ninja Gaiden), but these aforementioned two prove, as AJBS recently did with friends 2 Player Productions, that game nights can be a great way to rediscover that old school charm.

Finally, AJBS bids a sad farewell to Steve’s backwards-compatible 80gb PS3; four years and three average gaming lifetimes after the old friends met, it finally succumbed to the yellow light of hardware failure, replacing the green light that shepherded hundreds of hours of great (and some not-so-great) gaming memories. At least the denouement involved DmC, the smart and aesthetically dynamic reintroduction to Dante and his effortlessly cool demon-hunting lifestyle.

Featuring tracks by Chipzel from the Super Hexagon EP

Episode 37 – With a Collective ‘Meh’

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Tim Schafer, Double Fine, Kickstarter, 2 Player Productions, 2PP, Double Fine Adventure

News outlets have gotten plenty of practice manufacturing hyperbole surrounding sex and violence in video games. What we seem to brush aside, however, is the rampant lack of serious coverage in main stream media. When video games do get the coveted spotlight of a news segment, it either falls just short of responsible journalism or shows itself to be hilariously misinformed. At best, this turns into a joke on the internet. At worst, the misinformation that has more influence than any game journalism blog.

This episode we invite Asif Siddiky of 2 Player Productions to focus on two news segments that seem to miss the point and expose their bias against serious coverage of the medium, with segments from NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition. (It’s recommended you listen to these stories to help follow our conversations about them.)

Featuring music by Burnkit 2600 from the album Sonic Sanctuary

Hidden in Plain Sight
Blocks that Matter
Little Samson

Episode 23 – Perils of Memory

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Pat the NES Punk, Pat Contri, The Punk Effect, Ralp

Have you ever returned to a game fondly remembered from childhood only to bluntly discover it’s not the masterpiece you recall? The dangers of rose-colored glasses, and how they inform our opinion and perception as gamers, are ever-present—particularly in a medium as hooked on nostalgia as video games can be. It’s the reasoning and reaction to our memories that center the discussion this week, on AJBS maiden voyage as a proud new contributor to thepunkeffect.com. And who better to christen the journey with than ThePunkEffect’s founder and veteran retro game reviewer, Pat “The NES Punk” Contri?
(Clearly, no one.)

This goes without saying, but our boundless thanks to Pat for letting us become part of the PunkEffect team.

Featuring music from Ralp

Enslaved : Odyssey to the West
Anticipation
Bastion
Aquaria

Episode 20 – Kicking Your Friends In the Face

AJBS, A Jumps B Shoots, Best Bout Gaming, Wizwars
We here at the podcast carry on while Steve is enjoying his break in Australia. Things turn violent (not really) when we talk with Ethan Husted and Angel de la Paz of Portland’s game tourney organization Best Bout. We explore all that goes into competitive gaming, the benefits of couch gaming, how to effectively troll in Bomberman Ultra, and Angel mentions League of Legends like 50 times. Things get surprisingly friendly for a conversation about beating the hell out of people sitting next to you on the couch. Also, plenty of love for Atlus and all of the long, hard, brilliant gaming they bestow upon us. FIGHT!

Featuring music from Wizwars