406: Beachball Overcoat

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This week! We tackle Night Trap ReVamped, EA Access, Tomb Raider XBO exclusive and the more interesting Gamescom announcements. Plus: One Piece Pirate Warriors, PT, Rogue Legacy, Akiba’s Trip and Shovel Knight. Oh, and in Tweets: Horror video games, PvZ Garden Warfare, Assassin’s Creed overload, and greatest arcade triumphs. Join us, won’t you?

Donate to Greg’s Extra Life drive right here. And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 now available) - click here. And take a trip over to Phil’s YouTube Channel to see some awesome retro game vids.

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Running time: 1:36:24

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405: Sweaty Briefs of a Fallen Soldier

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This week! Phil takes the week off but the rest of the crew carries on to talk about the interactive entertainment they have partaken in over the past week. First we start with news – Activision bringing back the Sierra Online brand, HD reduxes of Resident Evil and Sleeping Dogs, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Hyrule Warriors pre-order bonuses, Evolve delayed into 2015 and the ‘closure(?)’ of Studio Ghibli. Plus: Metrico, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Rogue Legacy, Rules!, 80 Days and so much more.

Donate to Greg’s Extra Life drive right here. And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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: 1:26:44

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404: Not Found

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This week! The band is back together for the first time since episode 400. Discussed this week: The Last of Us: One Night Live (SPOILERS 7:10-9:58), Adblock/journalist layoffs, indie games, “X” game was never good, EA Access, PS Now. Plus: The Last of Us Remastered, The Wolf Among Us Episode 5 (SPOILERS 52:10-55:00), The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 (SPOILERS 55:00-1:02:00), Rogue Legacy, Kirby Triple Deluxe, and Ocarina of Time 3D.

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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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Running time: 1:28:30

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403: Pluck Your Magic Twanger, Froggy

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This week! Brandon Kraemer of Jump Kick Punch joins us to talk about games played on televisions and portable electronic devices. News topics discussed include: Sony’s The Last of Us announcement blitz, another season of The Walking Dead game, NES Remix retail, Gamestop’s comments on their customer base, and The Mysterious Murasame Castle coming to virtual console in the US. Plus: Destiny, Kim Kardashian, One Piece Pirate Warriors 2, Super Mario Land, Blaster Master, and much more. Listen to it!

You can listen to more Brandon over at Jump Kick Punch (and on iTunes) and check out his Twitter account @brandokay.

Thanks and congratulations to contest winner Chuck Rios for the new theme song. You can check out his other work on Soundcloud here and follow him on Twitter @Thoraxes.

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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: 1:49:09

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402: Shmuptroidvanias

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This week! Jonathan Metts from Nintendo World Report’s Radio Free Nintendo joins the fray to chat about games. Topics include the Destiny beta, Club Nintendo Elite Rewards (and surveys), NPDs/Xbox One Kinectless SKU, Jonny’s gaming origin story, Pokémon X and Y, Rogue Leader, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, virtual console recommendations, and playing video games in SPACE.

You can listen to Jonny on Radio Free Nintendo, Box Office Poison and Discover Music Project at crosstawk.com, and @jonnymetts on Twitter.

Thanks and congratulations to contest winner Chuck Rios for the new theme song. You can check out his other work on Soundcloud here and follow him on Twitter @Thoraxes.

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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: 2:11:26

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401: Pre-Order Bonus

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This week! Phil and CJ are joined by Back In My Play’s Josh Hillyer. We talk pre-orders, Sony contemplating an “Early Access” program, the term “console exclusive,” Vita sales, new-gen button icons, Shovel Knight, Retron 5, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Mario Kart 8, StarFox, Q*Bert Rebooted, One Piece: Unlimited World Red and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

Links to Josh Hillyer – Back In My Play podcast, Train of Thought book on AmazonBonus Star Consulting

Thanks and congratulations to contest winners Tracy Booth and Will Kercheval (shout-out to Toronto WOO) for the new album art and opening theme, respectively!

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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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Running time: 1:54:54

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400: The ‘How in the…What, Really? This Many?’ Special

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This week! Super-fan and super-excellent host Rich Grisham takes the reins for a discussion of the Player One Podcast’s past, present and future. Plus some awesome audio shout-outs from longtime fans of the show. You might be a little confused if this is the first episode you’re listening to, so maybe go back to episode 399 instead. If you’ve been listening for a while, please enjoy!

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

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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: 1:27:58

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399: A Gross of Hitlers

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This week! Botcon, Shovel Knight, speed runs, Wolfenstein, games we associate with vacations, Retron 5s, Duke Nukem Forever/Last Guardian, the July drought, and so much more. Join us, won’t you?

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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: 1:26:42

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398: Smoked Salmon

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This week! Mike gives us his thoughts on E3, then we talk about games such as The Wolf Among Us Episode 4, Tomodachi Life, Pushmo World, Mario Kart 8, video game rentals, PS Now, importing games and oh so much more. Please join us!

And check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 12 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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Running time: 1:25:16

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – MegaRace

Mega Race (U) (Front)Publisher: The Software Toolworks
Developer: Cryo Interactive Entertainment
Release: 1994

I’ve spoken a lot about why I’m crazy about the video game industry in the early 90s, and a big part of it has to do with the exploratory nature of early CD-ROM games. It felt like everyone had different ideas regarding what they should do with all that extra storage, and it was fascinating to see what different developers did with that freedom.

Of course, this lead to loads of multimedia extravaganzas that were long on cringe-worthy acting and extremely short on gameplay. And while some of those games put a smile on my face (I’m looking at you, Sewer Shark), a lot of them are downright awful.

Like MegaRace.

If you owned a PC with a CD-ROM drive around 1990, you most likely played this game at some point. It was all over the place, even as pack-in software for some new computers.

MegaRace takes place in the very distant future, where the television network VWBT (Virtual World Broadcast Television) broadcasts a show called MegaRace, kind of an episodic Death Race 2000. In it “The Enforcer” (that’s you) competes in various races against different Speed Gangs. But the idea isn’t to win by coming first, but by destroying every car on the track within three laps. Do that, and you win the gang leader’s car. Fail, and you die.
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Except you don’t actually die. The show’s host, Lance Boyle, constantly repeats that all of this is taking place in a virtual world, and so no one is really dying at all. The only real threat is that “dying” in the virtual world apparently scrambles your neurons a bit or something. Really, it takes every last tooth out of the dystopian future storyline. There’s no threat at all. You play until you fail and then life goes on.

The gameplay is horrible. You don’t really steer your car around the track. You move your car left to right in order to hit various power up markers on the racetrack, which is just a looping CG movie of the course you’re on. This is basically a really low-tech rail shooter.
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Lance Boyle – played by Christian Erickson – is the real star of the show, and it’s obvious that his performance and the novelty of all the FMV is the real draw in MegaRace. The game features over 20 minutes of video footage, where this odd, smarmy game show host spouts one-liner after ridiculous one-liner for what feels like an eternity. It’s kinda neat for the first two minutes or so, but the intro alone feels like it lasts well over 10 minutes.

MegaRace was the perfect example of bleeding-edge CG visuals on the CD medium, and on the PC (and, eventually, the 3DO) it was enough to carry the experience. In fact, the game did well enough that it spawned two sequels. But on the Sega CD, with the lower resolution and colour palette, the game’s one selling point is completely lost in translation. It gets boiled down to its most basic gameplay, which is really not worth experiencing.

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