506: All Will Be Musou

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This week! Kevin Larrabee joins us to talk NES Classic Mini, Pokémon Go, Nintendo 64DD, Song of the Deep, Dragon Quest Heroes, Gradius II, Shadow Complex and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

Check out Back In My Play at backinmyplay.com, The Fitcast Network at fitcast.network, and follow Kevin Larrabee on Twitter @kevinlarrabee.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids. Or check out Ethan’s gaming blog at gamingunicorn.com

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 1:37:01

 
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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – Panic!

Panic_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Data East
Developer: Sega
Released: 1993

A virus has infected the world’s computers (and cars, and coffee makers, and elevators, and televisions, etc, etc), and it’s up to Slap and his dog, Stick, to enter the central computer and administer an antidote.

To do this they have to navigate a maze full of bizarre rooms containing switches. And that’s the entirety of the gameplay in Panic. You jump into a room, get a short animation, and are presented with a series of switches. Tap one of them and see what happens!

The switches are randomized. Sometimes you’ll get a funny animation followed by a do-over. Sometimes you’ll teleport to another room. And sometimes you’ll get a game over (a booby trap). The switches aren’t marked in any way, save for the booby traps after you’ve tripped them once, so the entire experience is a crapshoot.

But you have to go into Panic understanding that finishing the game isn’t the goal. The whole point of experiencing Panic is simply to experience it. To tap on random buttons and enjoy the results, no matter how bizarre they tend to be. The Mona Lisa could transform into a Medusa and turn you to stone. A giant foot could crush you, Monty Python style. It’s all quite strange.
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Panic was developed and released by Sega in Japan under the name Switch. It was co-developed by a group called Office I, which I really haven’t found much information about other than the company developed a few more games for later Sega consoles.

Finally, Panic was created in conjunction with a Japanese comedy troupe called WaHaHa Honpo. I have to guess this group had a hand in some of the gags from the game, and their members did all the voice acting in the Japanese version (as well as most of the sound effects). I believe the US version of the game retains all of their effects, though spoken lines were dubbed to English.

The issue with Panic is that the gags mostly aren’t all that funny. There’s a bit of a payoff here in that, the first couple times you play the game, you’re not sure what to expect. But after a while the extreme non-sequiteurs don’t garner any chuckles. And when you consider that the entire point of the game is to laugh, that’s kind of a big failing.
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The game made its way to the PlayStation 2 in 2002, though not without a few changes. In particular, the Sega CD version featured a few scenes of famous world landmarks blowing up. In the PS2 game, those landmarks now have diarrhea. According to the Japanese wikipedia page, this apparently had something to do with the attacks on 9/11. In fact, the article claims that the game was delayed from 2001 to 2002 in order to make these changes.

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505: I Can’t Believe It’s On Television

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This week! Pokémon Go, Red Dead Redemption, CSGO Gambling, Ghostbusters, gaming foods and lots more. Join us, won’t you?

Links of Interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids. Or check out Ethan’s gaming blog at gamingunicorn.com

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

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Running time: 1:28:28

 
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504: Showing Off All Of Our Goods

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This week! Remasters of the Bioshocks, speedruns, Ghostbusters, arcade games, LEGO everything, VR, clickers/tappers and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 1:56:05

 
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503: The Shaggy No. 9

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This week! Mighty No. 9 is released, Overwatch, Pac-Man 256, Teeny Titans, Shaggy Dogs, Atari Flashbacks and much, much more. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 1:16:32

 
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WELCO-METOT-HENEX-TLEVEL – Novastorm

Novastorm_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Psygnosis
Developer: Psygnosis
Released: 1994

There’s not a whole lot to say about Novastorm. It feels very similar to Psygnosis’ previous full-motion video shooter, Microcosm. Here, however, you are piloting a fighter across four different planets, fighting for humanity’s survival against the Scarab-X forces.

As you can tell from the shots, and the comparison to Microcosm, this game consists of flying your ship over some pre-rendered, full-motion video backdrops, firing away at a load of enemies that don’t quite fit the environment they’re in. They don’t fit because, especially on a system with the limited color palette of the Sega CD, sprite-based graphics are too clean looking and stand out like a sore thumb against the low-res video behind them.

Bosses are handled a bit differently, though, being mostly made up of FMV as well. Sure, this leads to moments where you realize that your ship really isn’t part of what’s going on, that everything you’re doing is just plastered on a movie. But at least it helps keep you in the moment, immersed in the world as much as possible. It’s far more effective than a bunch of sprites floating over a disconnected background.
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Far more limiting, too.

Of course, when the boss creatures are part of the full-motion video background, they move the exact same way each and every time you encounter them. That means what magic there is starts to dissipate immediately the second you begin a repeat play. Novastorm mitigates this problem somewhat by mixing up some of the enemy attacks – lava splashes that begin off-screen or homing-projectiles that keep you moving even though you’ve otherwise memorized the enemy’s patterns.
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Novastorm came out on loads of different platforms. Heck, I think there’s even a PlayStation version. The Sega CD, though, was really not up to the task with these games. Well….except for Silpheed.

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502: The Triple E ’16

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This week! We talk about E3 for over 2 and a half hours! The press conferences and the announcements. We go hardware manufacturers first, then publishers, and then give out some grades at the end. Thanks to Kevin Larrabee of Back In My Play and the FitCast Network for coming on and talking E3 with us. Join us, won’t you?

Linkles of interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids. Ethan’s video game memories blog can be found here.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 2:36:08

 
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501: Pre-3

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This week! CJ and Phil are on assignment, so Sewart holds down the ford with Ethan and Kevin Larrabee! Topics include: E3, LEGO Dimensions, Xbox One S, Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Mass Effect Andromeda, Nintendo NX, Shenmue III, Dreamcast, Kirby, Ethan’s VR experience, and much more!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 17 now available) ? click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that?the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more!Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

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500: It’s the 500th Episode Special

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This week! Rich Grisham hosts the 500th episode special – delving into some podcast history, past vs. present, changes in the podcast and in gaming, origin stories and so much more. Thank you so much for joining us for the previous 500 episodes. Let’s make it at least 100 more, eh? At least.

Links of interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 16 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 1:33:23

 
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499: Don Man’s Sky

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This week! Iterated Xbox One hardware, game streaming, bad trailers, No Man’s Sky delay, Mega Man cartoons, virtual reality, Overwatch, Uncharted 4 (no spoilers) and much more. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 16 now available) – click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

Own an iPhone/iPod touch? We’ve got an app for that–the Player One Podcast player app is available now. Play shows new and old, read show notes, access the show Twitter, website, email, and more! Click here to download.

Got an Android device? You can now download our app on the Amazon Android Appstore. Find out all about it here.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

Thanks for listening! Don’t forget to visit our new web site at www.playeronepodcast.com. Don’t forget to join our forums if you haven’t already!

Running time: 1:49:43
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