512: Been Here the Whole Time

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This week! Crystal Pepsi, Dunkin Donuts, Swedish Fish Oreos, CJ buys a N3DS, PS4 slim, ToeJam & Earl, No Man’s Sky, Alone With You, games that fan groups can go ahead and remake, and 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.

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Running time: 1:09:48

 
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511: Slimmer Down Now

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This week! Delays, Metal Gear Survive, slim hardware, best-selling systems, more No Man’s Sky, Metroid Federation Force, Deus Ex Go, Xonic, F1 2016, playing retro games in the future and 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: 1:34:18

 
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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

PitfalltMA_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Activision
Developer: Activision/Redline Games
Released: 1994

You know Pitfall, right? David Crane’s 1982 platformer basically defined a genre. Its success not only solidified Activision as a powerhouse publisher, but proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that great Atari 2600 games could come from somewhere other than Atari. For all intents and purposes, Pitfall Harry was basically Activision’s mascot back before video game companies had such a thing.

Activision would go on to port its megahit to multiple other platforms, including the Intellivision and Colecovision, as well as licensing it out for use on other platforms like the NES. It even licensed the game and its 1983 sequel to Sega so that it could bring Pitfall Harry to the arcade. Sega’s Pitfall arcade game mixed elements of both titles, and would eventually be ported to their SG-1000 home console.

After that, Pitfall Harry lay dormant for over a decade. In the meantime, Activision bought out Infocom, a merger which eventually lead to the company diversifying into business software, changing its name to Mediagenic, and ultimately being taken over by an investment group lead by Robert Kotick, who filed for Chapter 11 and rebuilt the company as the new Activision.

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure is this new company’s first attempt at capitalizing on the once-mighty Activision’s premiere brand. It tells the story of Pitfall Harry Jr, on an expedition with his dad to find some sort of golden trinket. The opening scene shows Pitfall Harry Senior carried off by something just as the pair are about to cash in. Now Junior has to set off to find and rescue the old man.

If this game hadn’t been called Pitfall, Activision could have easily slapped an Indiana Jones license on it and no one would have batted an eyelash.
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Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure hit multiple systems back in 1994 and 1995. Besides the SNES, Genesis and Sega CD, it was eventually released for platforms like the Atari Jaguar and 32X.

The first thing that catches your eye when you fire up The Mayan Adventure is the wonderful animation. Junior moves very smoothly, and features a lot of really nice touches, like waving his arms wildly when he rides a mine cart or falling over backwards if he smacks into a wall while running at top speed.

For the most part, the Sega CD version features more frames of animation and more details throughout the game. For example, the little gold Harry statues in each level have a nice little sparkle to them in the CD game.

Plus, of course, you’re getting much better sound effects than what is found on the Genesis cartridge. Not to mention a very solid, redbook audio soundtrack that fits the game almost perfectly.
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And the levels are nicely varied as well. While the general jungle aesthetic exists throughout, there’s a nice mix of vertical and horizontal stages, as well as standard elements like caves and waterfalls to traverse.

If The Mayan Adventure struggles anywhere, it’s with combat. All that smooth animation comes at a price. Namely, Harry Junior just doesn’t feel that responsive. This is especially true if he gets surrounded by the various wildlife that all seems determined to kill him. Turning around just takes a tiny bit of extra time, as does crouching, so that usually by the time you’re in position to hit an enemy coming from behind or one approaching on the ground, they’re already on top of you. It’s a major blemish on what is otherwise a pretty decent game.

And the Sega CD version is my favourite, if only because of the redbook audio and higher quality sound effects. The 32X game appears to use slightly more colour, and maybe even a better resolution, but overall it still doesn’t beat the shiny disc.

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510: No Man’s Chester Cheetah

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This week! A heavy dose of No Man’s Sky (if your podcast client has chapter support you can skip to or past it!), fan games, new 3DSes, NX patents, mock-ups, 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. 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: 1:43:02

 
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509: Meditatin’ Right

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This week! No Man’s Sky leaks/patches/all that stuff (use chapter stops to avoid any details), Nintendo Power hits the internet, Metroid, Telltale Batman, ABZU 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. 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: 1:42:11

 
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508: Gone Reverse Larrabee

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This week! We’re joined by Kevin Larrabee for a long talk about Eurogamer’s Nintendo NX piece from last week. Then we dive into games like Headlander, F1 2015, and a whole lot of Vita stuff like UPPERS!, Trails of Cold Steel and Shiren the Wanderer. Oh, and this episode has a Shenmue II spoiler right at the front of Whatcha Been Playing, so watch out for that. 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.

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Running time: 1:39:46

 
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507: Your Kid in the Talent Show

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This week! More Pokémon Go (don’t worry, not that much of it), Detective Pikachu, Sonic Mania, Animal Crossing, Headlander launch feels 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. 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.

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Running time: 1:13:55

 
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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.

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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.

Follow us on twitter at twitter.com/p1podcast.

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Running time: 1:28:28

 
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