482: Moving the Goal Posts

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This week! Pikachu Detectives, Xbox One numbers, another plastic guitar shows up at CJ’s, and much, 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.

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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: 1:12:51

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481: Parental Guidance

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This week! Ally of the show Chris Baker joins CJ and Greg to talk about snow, video game violence, and everything in between. Join us, won’t you?

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. Play Marvel Heroes!

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: 1:34:06

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – NFL Football Trivia Challenge

NFLFTC_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Capitol Multimedia, Inc & Philips Interactive Media
Developer: CapDisc
Released: 1993

Here’s another one of those discs that falls squarely into that early multimedia category along with stuff like Compton’s Interactive Encyclopedia or My Paint (?). I’ve spoken about it a few times in this series already. That time in the mid-90s when so many different developers and production houses were jumping into the fold, trying to figure out exactly what could be done with this medium.

Unlike the two titles I mentioned above, though, NFL Football Trivia Challenge is actually a game. Two players pick their favourite teams and head out onto the gridiron to fight for yardage via correct answers to football trivia.

The trivia screen is an interesting one. The only person able to answer questions is the player with possession of the ball. Answering questions correctly gains yardage, while screwing up costs downs. The goal is to score the most points (reach the end zone) over the course of 60 questions.

The presentation is classic 90s multimedia. It features like a screenshot and video archive of NFL films, though there actually isn’t nearly as much footage as I expected. The hosts, Pat Summerall and Tom Bookshier try their best to be as casual as possible, having full on conversations about just how easy it is to select your favourite teams in the setup screen, rather than giving the players straightforward commands.

It’s truly glorious.

I’ve tried to play this game a few times, and have always run into an issue where I just can’t continue for some reason. Input just…stops working. It was only after a bit of research online that I found out this game isn’t a one OR two player game, as is stated on the back of the box. It actually requires two players in order to play properly. Imagine finding that out the hard way back when this game was new!
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NFL Football Trivia Challenge is, I believe, the only game released by Philips Interactive Media on both the Sega CD and its own CD-i console. The game was developed by a studio called CapDisc, which stands for Capitol Disc Interactive Corporation.

CapDisc was a joint venture between Philips and Capitol Video Communications. Formed in 1990, the developer was originally focused on creating business and government software for the then-fledgeling CD-i platform. Even though the CD-i players weren’t released as “game consoles” until late 1991, the platform was slowly coming to market as early as late 1989 as a business platform used for training and point-of-sale merchandising.

Capitol Video Communications was a video production company started in 1985, which focused mainly on documentary films as well as work for hire as far as I can tell.
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It doesn’t look like CapDisc did a whole more more outside of the CD-i platform itself, where it appears to be responsible for ports of several American Laser Games titles like Who Shot Johnny Rock and Mad Doc McCree, as well as some board game titles.

This is one weird game. But it’s not the only multimedia-based NFL oddity on the system. We’ll look at another one in the next installment of WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL.

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480: Change the Formula

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This week! Holiday candy, number one mobile games, games that impact you emotionally, and a whole lot 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: 1:15:36

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479: Respect the Mean Bean Machine

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This week! Kevin Larrabee joins us to talk Oculus Rift pricing, Assassin’s Creed Empires, Nintendo NX news, and the games we played in the last week. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

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

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: 1:40:18

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478: Favorites of 2015

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This week! We look back at 2015 and talk about our favorite games of the year with guests Kevin Larrabee and Rich Grisham. Join us, won’t you?

Favorite portable game of 2015:

Favorite mobile game of 2015:

Favorite digital game of 2015:

Biggest Disappointment of 2015:

Best Game Played This Year Not Released This Year

Games of the Year!

Rich

  1. Star Wars Battlefront
  2. MLB 15: The Show
  3. Forza Motorsport 6
  4. Super Mario Maker
  5. Need For Speed

Kevin

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
  2. Dragon Quest Theatrhythm / Rhythm Tengoku Plus
  3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  4. Just Cause 3
  5. Persona 4 Dancing All Night

Mike

  1. Life is Strange
  2. Uncharted 4 Multiplayer Beta
  3. Her Story
  4. Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture
  5. Star Wars Battlefront

Phil

  1. Super Mario Maker
  2. Transformers Devastation
  3. Godzilla
  4. Splatoon
  5. 3D Outrun

CJ

  1. Splatoon
  2. Super Mario Maker
  3. Fallout 4
  4. Until Dawn
  5. Rock Band 4

Greg

  1. Forza Motorsport 6
  2. Rise of the Tomb Raider
  3. The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  4. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
  5. F1 2015

Links of interest:

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

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.

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: 2:58:07

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477: Fish Story

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This week! Assembling the cords for older systems, Uncharted delays, Pokémon 2DSes, the games we’ve been playing this week, and a story about a fishing game. 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: 1:39:24

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476: Rose-tinted Body Suit

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This week! Kevin Larrabee joins us to talk about Force Awakens spoilers, Coleco Chameleon, Kojima Productions back in business, and all the video games worth talking about before Christmas. Join us, won’t you?

Links of interest:

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

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: 1:27:20

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475: Unauthorized Official Guidebook

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This week! Kevin Larrabee joins us to talk about games, strategy guides, Star Wars, and so much more. Included in the discussion is Fast Racing Neo, Just Cause 3, Steamworld Heist, Rock Band 4, Super Mario Maker, Wolfenstein The Old Blood, Yakuza 4, and The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. 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.

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

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: 1:38:24

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – NBA Jam

357px-NBAJam_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Acclaim
Developer: Iguana Entertainment
Released: 1994

Considering the reputation Acclaim (rightfully) had during most of its life span, it’s easy to forget the glory days. The mid-nineties were quite kind to this notorious brand. Through a series of acquisitions of the likes of Probe Software, Iguana Entertainment, and Sculptured Software, Acclaim went from being a mere production house to a major game developer in the space of about two years.

You have to think that the sweet publishing deal it had with Midway games had a lot to do with that success. Midway didn’t start publishing conversions of its arcade games until 1996, and so had an exclusive deal with Acclaim for home console versions. This meant Acclaim got to ride the wave on such massive titles as Smash TV, Mortal Kombat, and NBA Jam.

NBA Jam wasn’t an entirely new concept back in the day. Arch Rivals was released in1989, and featured fictional players from fictional teams in 2-on-2 matches where the only foul called was shot clock violations. Players were free to punch each other in order to grab the ball, and had to avoid on-court obstacles thrown by the fans.

NBA Jam revisits this concept, but adds a full NBA license, real players, and the digitized character sprites made popular by Midway’s massive hit, Mortal Kombat. It also introduces the concept of crazy, super human dunks and the ability to be “on fire” if a player manages to score three times in a row without anyone else making a basket.
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The NBA license was a massive score at the time. It enticed an entirely new audience into the arcade. People who were hardcore fans of a particular NBA team or player had to get their hands on this game. That’s what brought them in. The beautiful graphics, superhuman moves and bombastic audio is what kept them coming back.

Seriously, though. The announcer plays a huge role in this game. It’s so satisfying to leap into the stratosphere, slam the ball through the hoop and hear his shout of “Boomshakalaka!” Everyone was familiar with his voice and phrases back in the day. It’s a total throwback to Smash TV, with the smarmy host that would pop on and quote lines from films like Robocop and Running Man while feeling up a couple of trophy girls.

NBA Jam reportedly made an astonishing amount of money during its first year in the arcade. It basically brought sports games back to the coin-op scene. Midway followed it up with the equally impressive NFL Blitz, and 2-on-2 Open Ice Challenge.

And of course, thanks to the partnership with Acclaim, NBA Jam came to just about every home console in existence.
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The Sega CD version features updated rosters, redbook audio and some full motion video of actual players during halftime. Otherwise, though, this is a disappointing port. It looks and plays exactly like the Genesis version. I guess that’s not a bad thing, as the Genesis cartridge was pretty good. But you kind of expected something a bit more from the disc. Like, maybe, bringing back the player scaling found in the arcade version. The hardware was capable of it, after all.

Unfortunately, NBA Jam is one of those titles that totally proves the unfair assertion that Sega CD games were just cartridge ports with pretty music.

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