451: Got Issues

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This week! Rich Grisham joins us to chat about video games. Topics include Batman Arkham Knight’s issues, Destiny’s issues, Halo’s issues, Yu Suzuki’s issues and more. Oh, plus Forza Horizon 2, Mario Kart 8, Massive Chalice, Splatoon, The Order 1886 and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

Be sure to check out the other shows Rich is on – the Press Row Podcast and the Doddcast. And visit Hit The Pass for your coverage of sports gaming past, present and future.

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.

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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: 1:38:52

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450: Loved It Until I Saw The Price Tag

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This week! Some more E3 thoughts, including chat on Nintendo’s showing, Shenmue 3’s Kickstarter, Fallout Shelter, and tons more. Plus: LEGO Jurassic World, Elite: Dangerous, The Witcher 3, and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

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: 1:19:47

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Back in my Play X Player 1 Podcast E3 2015 Spectacular

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Kevin, Josh, CJ, and Greg get together to discuss the E3 press conferences, huge announcements, a few surprises, and a couple disappointments. If you do not already listen to it be sure to add Back In My Play to your podcast rotation. Huge thanks to Kevin for editing and hosting this special episode (which originated on Back In My Play’s feed)!

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449: There Can Be Only One

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This week! It’s right before E3, so we talk about a few news bits that’ve leaked/been announced before the show. Like Dishonored 2, Hyrule Warriors 3DS, Oculus and Microsoft’s partnership, YouTube Gaming, the Ratchet & Clank movie game, more Amiibo and a bunch of other stuff. Oh and we watched the Nintendo World Championships and a good part of the livestream video is us reacting to it. But that’s been cut out of this audio. Join us, won’t you? And join us later this week for more episodes with E3 reactions with Kevin and Josh from Back in my Play.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 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: 57:20

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448: Sliding Pile Tuzzle Games

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This week! Fallout 4 trailer, Uncharted Collection, Steam offers refunds, Nintendo NX, Earthbound, new Xbox One controller, Splatoon, The Witcher 3 (Minor SPOILERS 49:03 – 52:00), You Must Build A Boat, Amiibo counts, losing saves, and a whole bunch of other stuff you will want to listen to. Join us, won’t you?

Greg will be playing a 6-hour race in Test Drive Le Mans for the Dreamcast this Saturday, June 13 in support of Extra Life! Check out the stream over on his twitch channel starting at 5pm EST. And please donate what you can over at his Extra Life page!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 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: 1:25:32

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Generation 16 – Episode #016

Episode #016 is finally here! Learn about the final five games of November, 1990. Also, something pretty big happened in the world of video games around that time…

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447: You Gotta One-Hand Those Things

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This week! We welcome guests Chris Baker and Ethan Einhorn to the program. We talk about Amiibo, Halo 3 ODST, the Need for Speed reboot, the price of gaming in 2015, The Witcher 3, Puzzle & Dragons 3DS, Marvel Heroes 2015, Splatoon, Never Alone, Fire Emblem Awakening, some E3 stories, fluffy reboots, streaming on Twitch, the PlayStation 4 Camera, and much, much more. Join us, won’t you?

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Artisinal Dreamcast VGA boxes

Check out Chris Baker’s book, WRONG! Retro Games, You Messed Up Our Comic Book Heroes!, here. You can also follow him on Twitter @cbake76 or check out his website at christopher-baker.com.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 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: 1:40:10

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

MMPRPublisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Released: 1995

This series has covered enough FMV games at this point that there’s no reason to go on about all the things wrong with the medium. And, of course, Sega invested heavily in the medium and tried to weather the storm for quite a long time. One of the latest FMV games it released was Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, based on the television show of the same name.

If you’re old enough to remember television in the nineties, then you probably remember that Might Morphin’ Power Rangers was a phenomenon, becoming stupidly popular in the US almost overnight. It featured the story of five teens “with attitude” that had been chosen to become a fighting force known as the Power Rangers. They would protect the world from the evil Rita Repulsa, her minions and her army of “Putties.”

When in trouble, the teens take the form of the Rangers, and gain access to giant robots called DinoZords, which can then combine to create an even more giant robot called MegaZord. Pretty much every episode ended with the Rangers’ enemy growing to a gigantic size, forcing the team to bust out MegaZord and have a gigantic battle. The whole thing looked really similar to the old Godzilla movies, with stunt people in kinda ridiculous costumes play fighting in front of cheap looking miniature sets.

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Power Rangers was brought to the US by Haim Saban, featuring re-purposed footage from Toei Company’s Super Sentai franchise, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. The Super Sentai franchise had been running in Japan since the mid-70s, generally featuring a single or team of heroes fighting giant monsters using animals or machines that combine to form an ultimate fighting being that saves the day.

Oddly enough, the series that really kicked off the formula that was used over and over again in these shows was the live-action Spider-Man series that aired in Japan in 1978 and 1979. Unlike his comic origins in the States, the Japanese version of Spider-Man featured a motorbike racer who transformed into Spider-Man whenever he donned an alien costume, which gave him his powers. And while he could climb and had super-human strength, pretty much every episode ended with him summoning his space ship, the Marveller, which would eventually transform into the giant robot, Leopardon. The whole thing is totally bizarre. I suggest you watch some of it.

Spider-Man even struck ridiculous, dramatic poses when entering a scene or giving orders to Leopardon, something that Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers had in spades.

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Anyway, getting back to the game. As FMV games go, Power Rangers is pretty impressive. Not only is the video all full-screen, but since the entire thing is built of heavily edited footage from the show, the quality of the acting and special effects matches the source material exactly.

In fact, that’s one of the things I really love about this game. Because it uses actual show footage, it’s presented as a series of episodes, mostly having to do with the origin of the team as well as the creation and subsequent destruction of the Green Ranger.

Prolific Sega producer Tony Van was the man behind the game. He and his team built the game from scratch to production in about four months. Tony produced some pretty big cartridge games, but he had a hand in a lot of the FMV games churned out by Sega as well.

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In an interview with Sega-16, Tony talked about how incredible Dragon’s Lair was back in the day, but that he hated how difficult and linear the games were based on having to make the right decision at every point or else it’s game over.

With Power Rangers, Van added a life bar to the game, so that a wrong move only cost you a bit of health. And if you screwed up, you could still try for the proper move before the appropriate icon disappeared from the screen.

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So while this is a standard FMV game – pushing in the direction that appears on screen or tapping the right button when you’re prompted – it’s one of the most playable FMV games you’ll ever see.

It’s kind of a shame, though, that it was on the Sega CD. The expensive add-on limited the market for the game an extreme, and I doubt many of the Power Rangers’ target demographic actually had access to one. Still, for fans of the show, this is a pretty great little game even despite its flaws and the obvious limitations of the FMV genre.

 

 

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446: I’m Half You

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This week! We welcome guests Alex Culafi and Rich Grisham to talk some video games. Inside you’ll find discussion of the new white Xbox One, Nintendo World Championships, Doug Bowser, Pac-Man’s 35th Anniversary, Kickstarters, The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, Splatoon, Unfinished Swan, Portal 2, MLB 15 The Show, Puzzle & Dragons Z/Super Mario Bros., 3D ThunderBlade, Broken Age, and much, much more. Join us, won’t you?

Follow Alex Culafi on twitter, check out NintendoWorldReport.com, and take a peek at the Nintendo News Report on NWR’s YouTube channel.

Be sure to check out the other shows Rich is on – the Press Row Podcast and the Doddcast.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 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: 1:52:16

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445: What’s Left of Christian Slater

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This week! We welcome guest Kevin Larrabee of Back In My Play to talk some video games. Inside you’ll find discussion of Igarashi’s Kickstarter, Konami shifting to mobile, Nintendo’s E3 plans and the resurrection of the Nintendo World Championships, the Splatoon Global Testifier, NPDs, Dragon Quest VIII, Stretchmo, Umihara Kawase, Persona 4 Golden, Wolfenstein The New Order, Does Not Commute and Project Cars. Join us, won’t you?

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

Greg participated in Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute. Donate here! Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 15 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: 1:53:44

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