Let's get weird, ARGonauts! Patrick Hickey Jr. joins us to celebrate the unsung heroes in gaming. Come along with us as we discuss cult classic games and the amazing studios that made them. Patrick also tells us about his book The Minds Behind The Games that ties it all together.
In this week's news, Soulja Boy looks like he's at it again! Only this time he's ripping off Sony with PlayStation Vita knockoffs. That's followed by the leaked release date for Metroid Prime 4, Resident Evil 2 Remake going retro, and Dragon's Lair coming to Nintendo Switch.
The Stage of History covers cult classic favorites Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord and Skies of Arcadia. Robert then turns to the Genesis for Beyond Oasis in Obscura. Be sure to nab our game code giveaways for Party Hard Tycoon and R-Type Dimensions EX. Then stick around for another crazy round of Random Select! Who could Robert be this time?
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As if we didn't start the new year bad enough! Join us as we take a look back on the rainbow that the Angry Video Game Nerd loves to hate. We discuss the history of video game publisher LJN and look through their atrocious game catalog to find the best ones in the heap. There's no gold at the end of this rainbow!
We first hit the news talking about the latest retro gaming products shown at CES 2019. That's followed by the discovery of a Minus World in The Legend of Zelda, and a Darkwing Duck game prototype made by the Sonic Mania team.
The Stage of History gets us ready for our main topic with the atrocious Back to the Future for NES and the comic book beat 'em up Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage. Robert then locks and loads one of the more decent LJN titles Alien 3 in Obscura. Don't forget to grab hold of our game code giveaways also!
There's no Random Select this week, but next week we should have our long awaited episode on cult classic game studios and titles with a very special guest. Until then, keep it retro!
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It's a new year for retro gaming, ARGonauts! We welcome back on friend of the show Evan Bourgault of the Boston Bastard Brigade to talk about our hopes and predictions for 2019. Join us in a discussion on what we think is going to happen as well as the long shots we wish to see. The return of Capcom? Yes, please!
The first news of 2019 has us first talking about a recently discovered NES port of SimCity. That's followed by a possible Sonic Adventure remake, some NES love from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the end of Soulja Boy making his quick cash grab in retro gaming.
This week's Stage of History welcomes the Disney infused adventure Kingdom Hearts and Nero's debut in Devil May Cry 4. Robert then memorializes the late "Mean" Gene Okerlund with WWF Wrestlefest during Obscura. Be sure to nab our game code giveaways, then stick around for another round of Random Select. Does David actually stump the band to start off the new year?
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Go up for the big slam, ARGonauts! We're closing 2018 in a boom (and shakalaka) with returning guests Tim Kitzrow and Michael Mendheim. They provide their experiences with arcade sports games and how much they love the genre. Plus Tim gives us the NBA Jam treatment in our introduction! Kaboom!
There's no news this week, so instead, we get into the holiday spirit and give away game codes galore! Listen up for a chance to win copies of Sega Genesis Classics, R-Type Dimensions EX, Horizon Shift 81, and Michael's game Mutant Football League. There are even details on how you can win a physical copy of Mutant Football League for Nintendo Switch!
The Stage of History adds in games that Tim and Michael have worked in with Mutant League Hockey and NBA Showtime: NBA on NBC. Robert then clobbers us with Super High Impact during Obscura. There's no Random Select, but we more than make up for it with off-the-wall shenanigans that only the NBA Jam guy can provide.
We will be taking next week off for the holidays. Please have a safe and fun holiday break. See you next year for more retro gaming!
Music makes the world go 'round, and that's doubly so in video games! So what better person to talk about music within the gaming industry than former Rare composer Grant Kirkhope?
As if cementing his legacy with Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Pinata, GoldenEye 007, and more weren't enough, Grant is also a voice for music composers everywhere. Hear what he has to say on the highest of highs that lead to the lowest of lows at Rare. He also revisits previous quotes made on his anger towards Microsoft and game composers versus movie composers.
During the conversation, please enjoy samples of music by Grant Kirkhope that play throughout the episode. This includes some of his personal favorites and award-nominated pieces. There's even some Game Boy music from Grant's first project working for Rare!
Merry Dusk-mas, ARGonauts! We welcome New Blood head honcho Dave Oshry back on the show to celebrate the release of his retro first-person shooter Dusk. We also look back on the DOOM franchise in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Prepare to rip and tear!
The show kicks off with us catching up on what happened during The Game Awards. Then we hit the news on Soulja Boy selling his own game consoles, Panzer Dragoon making a comeback, and our thoughts on those strange Sonic the Hedgehog movie posters.
This week's Stage of History brings the gore with Final Doom and Doom 3. Then Robert continues the carnage with Blood in Obscura. Be sure to also grab our game code giveaways for Mutant Football League and Dusk. See you next week for our final show of the year!
2018 is coming to a close, ARGonauts! Tony Polanco of The Koalition, Geek.com, and The Throwdown joins us to chat about the best and worst of the past year. All the games and gaming moments we loved and hated are covered here, including our thoughts on the PlayStation Classic. Spoiler alert, they're not flattering.
Our news talk this week has us cover Epic Games forming their own Steam competitor, and what that means for developers and fans alike. We then discuss the latest NES games coming to Nintendo Switch Online, Capcom working on a mysterious title, and the release date for Toejam & Earl: Back in the Groove.
The Stage of History has us welcome more modern classics with Spider-Man 2 and God of War II. Robert then puzzles us with the unique Intelligent Qube in Obscura. Be sure to grab our game code giveaways for Overwatch and the first of many codes for Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition. Then stick around for another game of Random Select! Who could Robert be this time?
It's a sibling rivalry, ARGonauts! Returning guest Ross Jaynes joins us along with his sister and Nerd and Needle owner Elaine Jaynes to discuss the brother and sister dynamic when playing video games. Everyone who grew up with siblings can relate to some of the stories told here!
This week's news has us ponder over the over 10 new game announcements that will happen during The Game Awards. We also look into the PlayStation 5 possibly using cartridges, Parasite Eve potentially making a comeback, and game studio Nicalis teasing us with their idea for a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game.
The Stage of History has us seeing double vision with Double Dragon II: The Revenge and ToeJam & Earl. Robert then keeps our pulses running with the Sega Channel exclusive Pulseman in Obscura. Be sure to grab our game giveaways, then stick with us for another round of Random Select. Who could David be this time?
Join us along with The GameDev Business Handbook author Mike Futter as we chat about all things marketing in the world of video games! Hear about what went down with old-school magazine ads, how bad advertising can topple even gaming's greats, and more.
In the news, we talk about a story about Sega reportedly approaching Microsoft to keep the Dreamcast legacy alive. That's followed by word on a PC Classic being made, hacker Ben Heck improving on the NEOGEO Mini, and the "Ultimate" amiibo collection for Smash Bros. fans.
The Stage of History welcomes on Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and the infamous Daikatana. Robert then reaches in the darkness with Shadow Man in Obscura. Don't forget to grab our game giveaways for Pankapu and Overwatch, then stick around for a quick Random Select! Who could Robert be this time?
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The future is now, ARGonauts! David and Robert discuss everything they know and love about SNK. That includes The King of Fighters, Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, and more of the titles that made the company so beloved. We also reminisce about their consoles, including the criminally overlooked Neo Geo Pocket Color. Long live the clicky stick!
The news this week has our reactions to the Detective Pikachu movie trailer. That's followed by Shigeru Miyamoto helping with the animated Super Mario Bros. movie, the announced nominees for The Game Awards, and Command & Conquer getting remastered.
The Stage of History has us cover SNK classics Athena and The King of Fighters '98. Robert rounds us out with Time Soldiers in Obscura. Don't forget to nab our game code giveaways for Perception and Orange Moon. The end of the show also has us cover the passing of comics legend Stan Lee as well as get into an introspective conversation on nostalgia as a whole.
Let's get sassy, ARGonauts! Mika Moultrie AKA REDinFamy joins us for a no-holds-barred conversation about the representation of black female characters in gaming. Join us for a look back at the prominent choices who fit the bill, as well as how black women can be done better in video games.
The news this week has us discuss Nintendo apparently working on a new game in The Legend of Zelda franchise and upcoming NES games to expect for Nintendo Switch Online. That's followed by a robust talk about console wars after a former president of Sega admitted the Genesis was made purely to beat Nintendo. Then we look at a new Tamagotchi being released... starring Eevee the Pokemon! The end of the show has us dive into the debacle that was the Diablo Immortal announcement.
This week's Stage of History has us kick things off celebrating black female characters with Beyond Good & Evil and Resident Evil 5. Robert then gets rowdy in Obscura with Urban Chaos. Don't forget to grab ahold of our game giveaways, then stay with us for another round of Random Select! Who could David be this time?
Get ready to duel, ARGonauts! We're looking back on games with a Western setting with the real otaku gamer himself Andre Tipton. There's a surprising number of games to cover throughout history plus plenty of Red Dead Redemption 2 talk for you modern gamers out there.
The top of the show has us recap the last Nintendo Direct for the soon to be released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. That's followed by the full games list revealed for PlayStation Classic, how well NES and SNES Classic have sold so far, classic costumes coming to Resident Evil 2 Remake, and a new Bubsy game is actually being made.
The Stage of History welcomes Western classics Gun.Smoke and Sunset Riders. Robert then travels through time with Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters in Obscura. Don't forget to grab our game code giveaways for My Lovely Daughter and Turok 2, then stick with us for another round of Random Select!
Ready to get your spook on, ARGonauts? BioShock alum and Perception developer Bill Gardner joins us to discuss one of his all-time favorite gaming franchises Silent Hill. We get into some pop psychology, the importance of sound, and what we still hope to see from the series.
The top of the show has his hit the news on the official reveal of the Intellivision Amico. That's followed by the Nintendo theme park starting construction, Dreamcast games possibly coming to Switch, a 16-year-old Tetris champion crowned, and Castlevania Requiem getting the vinyl treatment. Be sure to stick around at the end of the show as we discuss the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate leak with some surprising new characters joining the brawl!
The Stage of History welcomes survival horror classic Silent Hill 2 and the picturesque Fatal Frame. Robert then gets cerebral with Rule of Rose in Obscura. We also have our game giveaways (including 3 codes for Attack of the Earthlings), and then stick around for a surprising round of Random Select!
It's happening, ARGonauts! Nintendo is playing coy, but we are pretty sure the N64 Classic is going to happen soon. The Koalition's Jakejames Lugo comes back on to discuss what will be on the mini console as well as what SHOULD should be on it.
We kick things off in the news appropriately enough with the latest evidence that the N64 Classic is real. That's followed by found footage of a scrapped Shenmue remake, Analogue coming out with a modern Sega machine, a new House of the Dead that's hitting arcades, and Rare coming out with their own merchandise. Stay tuned at the end of the show also for a very in-depth discussion on the Red Dead Redemption 2 team working 100 hour weeks.
The Stage of History gets into some Nintendo 64 goodness in anticipation of the N64 Classic with the tubular Wave Race 64 and underappreciated Doom 64. Robert then gets tactical with Starcraft 64 in Obscura. We also have our game giveaways for Batman: The Telltale Series and The Plague, then we fire up another round of Random Select. Who could Robert be this time?
Hearing that The Walking Dead developer Telltale Games would be going bankrupt was bad enough news for fans. Then the layoffs that put over 250 employees in dire straits with no severance pay made things worse. That's when David reaches out to former Telltale community manager Nathan Ortega to figure out what happened.
Join David and Nathan in a candid discussion of the work culture within Telltale Games that laid the groundwork for its eventual downfall. They also discuss declining game sales since the breakout hit of The Walking Dead, how that success developed bad habits for the company, and the way that Tales from the Borderlands was actually self-satire for the work conditions employees were in. The phrase "Handsome Jack is Telltale" pretty much says it all.
Although this is the end of Telltale, the lives of those employees negatively impacted are still going. Show kindness. Show support. Show humanity. Remember that there are people behind the games we all enjoy.
Throw those Pokeballs, ARGonauts! Kinsey Burke and Kelsey Lewin of Metal Jesus Rocks come back on the show to get into everything Pokemon. That includes the games, TV show, and more spinoffs than you can shake a Jigglypuff at.
Before embarking on adventure, we hit the week's news starting with Obsidian possibly getting bought out by Microsoft. That's followed by the return of 6D shooter Descent, what's coming to Pokemon Go, and Konami teasing fans with Suikoden.
The Stage of History unleashes our inner Pokemaniacs with the fanservice-laced Pokemon Yellow and the franchise's 3D debut Pokemon Stadium. Robert then reveals his love for Pokemon Puzzle League in Obscura. Be sure to grab hold of our game code giveaways, then stick with us for another round of Random Select. Who could David be this time?
Don't lose your head, ARGonauts! We're talking about the games in the platformer genre that are not your typical run-of-the-mill. Evan Bourgault joins us again to share along with us the more obscure platformer titles we played and would like to see come back. Prepare for unlikely heroes such as a rocket-propelled marsupial, pink-haired feral child, and a mummy who lost his head!
Before jumping into our main topic, we get into the news about a company buying up the publishing rights for over 60 games from the Acclaim library. That's followed by Ed Boon sharing behind the scenes footage from Mortal Kombat 3, a Dance Dance Revolution movie that's in the works, and some more NES games coming on Nintendo Switch Online.
The Stage of History this week welcomes the head-turning platformer Dynamite Headdy and the wild PlayStation classic Tomba! Robert then shoots out ahead with Sparkster during Obscura. Don't forget to grab our game code giveaways, then stay awhile for another round of Random Select. Who could Robert be this time?
Now you're playing with power, ARGonauts! We finally have an episode dedicated to all things Nintendo with Nintendo Enthusiast writer Tarah Bleier. She joins us to chat about the company's history including their 60+ years time as a trading card company and how they came into creating video games. We also get into our favorite consoles, games, and memories provided to us by the house that Mario built.
We first jump into the plethora of news this past week including the Telltale closure and the repercussions of that. Then we dive into the Bowsette phenomenon that has taken the Internet by storm. That's followed by announcements for Castlevania Requiem and Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy, Nintendo Switch fans wanting Jet Set Radio, and a Diablo animated series coming to Netflix.
This week's Stage of History goes way back with Shigeru Miyamoto's first game Radar Scope followed by one of Nintendo's more modern hits Animal Crossing. Robert then sees red with Nester's Funky Bowling in Obscura. Don't forget to grab ahold of the game code giveaways for Rogue Aces and Deep Sky Derelicts, then stick with us for another round Random Select!
Think you know music? Think again! David speaks with video game composer Rob Hubbard to speak on his career. Learn about how he mastered creating complex compositions within the limits of the Commodore 64, and how he brought his talents to America to work for Electronic Arts.
Rob Hubbard was responsible for beloved music from games such as Monty on the Run, Skate or Die, Road Rash, John Madden Football, and so many more! This episode of ARGcast Mini is even filled with samples of his music for you to enjoy. Few musicians in the gaming industry have as wide or impressive of a body of work that spans across console generations from the Commodore 64 to the Sega Genesis.
Our conversation covers his beginnings in the gaming industry, how he comes up with such complicated pieces, his decision to make the move to America to work for Electronic Arts instead of working on Amiga titles, and more. He even gives his insight on how video game music has evolved over the years.
ARGcast is going to Japan! Well, maybe not literally. We welcome back on friend of the show Andre Tipton of Real Otaku Gamer to look into our favorite Japanese exclusive games for the Famicom and Super Famicom. Be ready for some spooky scissor men, kid vampires, Donald Duck, and more.
We're jammed with news at the top of the show starting with Sony "doing what Nintendoes" with the reveal of the PlayStation Classic. We then tackle the latest from Nintendo with highlights from the last Nintendo Direct. That's followed by Konami possibly doing right by Castlevania with a modern bundle, Capcom's talks to make new Okami and Viewtiful Joe games, and a couple of Mega Man titles getting the special cartridge treatment from iam8bit.
This week's Stage of History is turning Japanese with Konami Wai Wai World and Seiken Densetsu 3 (sequel to Secret of Mana), then Robert never says die with the Famicom title The Goonies in Obscura. Don't forget to nab our game giveaways, and finally stick around for some Random Select! Who could Robert be this time?
Time to go on a globe-trotting adventure, ARGonauts! Broken Sword creator Charles Cecil charms us with his presence in this latest ARGcast Mini. Join us as we discuss the beginnings of his point and click adventure series, the state of the adventure genre in history, and the story on those Broken Sword movie rumors.
Along with talking all things Broken Sword, Charles also tells us a story about parallels to his games and The Da Vinci Code as well as how he got involved with The Da Vinci Code movie. Plus we spend some time gushing over our love for Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul in terms of their storytelling structure.
We will have another ARGcast Mini very soon for you all, so stay tuned for that. It will have David speaking with game composer Rob Hubbard whose music was prominent during the Commodore 64 era. He also had an impact on EA games after moving from England to America. Until then, keep it retro!
Come on and slam, ARGonauts! We welcome back on the show HipHopGamer to chat about our favorite retro games that are about the sport of basketball. Join us for a debate on simulation vs arcade, talking about the first basketball games we played, and we even read your responses on favorite basketball games and memories.
We hit the news before the court starting off with the reveal of a new Samurai Shodown game (and HipHopGamer's very real reaction to it). Then there's the latest on retro consoles Polymega and whatever Intellivision has up their sleeve. And Robert brings up the return of a classic from the Oddworld franchise.
The Stage of History has us "on fire" with basketball classics Double Dribble and NBA Live 97. Robert then gets physical with the NBA Jam precursor Arch Rivals in Obscura. Be sure to stick around for our game code giveaways, then stick around for what is probably the shortest game of Random Select ever!
It's an ARGcast double feature! We welcome Mel Kirk of Zen Studios back on the show to talk about Pinball FX3 acquiring the rights for Williams/Bally pinball tables. What do they plan to do to make hardcore pinheads happy? We dig into that and more! Plus David speaks with the likes of Swery (Deadly Premonition, The Good Life), Tommy Refenes (Super Meat Boy, Super Meat Boy Forever), Greg Johnson (ToeJam & Earl franchise), and others at PAX West.
Having essentially two main topics this week means we had to cut down our usual format. Still, there was plenty of news to get into starting with Superman himself Henry Cavill being cast as Geralt of Rivia for The Witcher Netflix series. That's followed by news that the last Doom II secret has apparently been revealed after 24 years, and SNK teasing a new game. Could it be Samurai Shodown? The Last Blade? Either way, we're excited!
Don't forget to also grab hold of our game code giveaways. Then Robert has one more news story to drop on the return of Ninja Warriors that will make fans of co-op brawling happy. Stay tuned next week for our usual format, ARGonauts!
We go West, ARGonauts! We welcome back Twitch streamer and Seattleite Justin Brunelle to talk about all the games and events we're excited for during the jam-packed PAX West weekend. There's plenty to unpack including street fighting, demon slaying, and... goosing? Also, John Madden somehow gets mixed into all this. You'll just have to listen to find out!
Before we gush about PAX West, we start the news on a somber note with the Jacksonville Madden tournament shooting that rocked the gaming community. That's followed by the reveal of Streets of Rage 4 and Onimusha: Warlords, then Pokemon becoming the highest grossing media franchise ever. We wind things down with Haunted Halloween '86 coming to Xbox One followed by a trailer for a Chrono Trigger sequel we don't deserve. Oh, the heartbreak!
The Stage of History this week welcomes beat 'em up classic Streets of Rage 2 and cyberpunk RPG Shadowrun. Robert then unleashes his symbiote with Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage in Obscura. Don't forget to grab our game codes, then stick with us for another round of Random Select! Who could Robert be this time?
See you at PAX West!
Welcome to our interview extravaganza! It's almost like a clip show for podcasts, but better! David and Robert share interviews they had with a variety of awesome folks from not one, not two, but THREE different conventions! Join us at RTX where Robert speaks with cosplayers Jessica Nigri and Meg Turney, waxes philosophy with voice actor Troy Baker, and more. Then David goes to Play NYC where he speaks with a number of young game developers about their latest and greatest projects. Then we go back to Robert at QuakeCon where he speaks with Bethesda's Pete Hines, as well as developers for Doom Eternal and Rage 2.
Before getting to the interviews, we tackle the latest retro gaming related news. We first look over a canceled 1994 game that's finally seeing the light of day, followed by Windjammers 2 and Saints Row: The Third coming to Nintendo Switch. Then we check out the new Sega Genesis and Sega Saturn controllers coming out for modern consoles by Retro-Bit, and the new trailer for Shenmue 3 that finally gives us a release date. We also discuss a retrospective on GoldenEye 007 that revealed the development team considered Oddjob to be a cheap character and that they almost didn't include multiplayer!
Our usual segments are left out to make room in this already beefy episode, but stay tuned next week for our usual format. Until then, keep it retro!