434: 50 Shades of Phillips

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This week! Guest Rich Grisham joins Greg and Mike (gasp!) for some good talkin’. Thrill to conversations about The Order 1886, Rock Band, games as a service, VR headsets, Life Is Strange, The Wolf Among Us, Apotheon and more! Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

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 14 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.

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Running time: 1:21:52

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433: In Theory, Well-Made and Brief

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This week! Guests Pete Dodd and Rich Grisham join Greg and CJ for some video game chat. We talk The Order 1886, new Rock Band, Twitchcon, Majora’s Mask 3D, The Last of Us: Left Behind (SPOILERS!), The Wolf Among Us (SPOILERS), Pokémon Shuffle and a whole lot of other stuff. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Follow Pete Dodd on Twitter @atpetedodd and check out DoddScientifics.com or listen to the Doddcast wherever you listen to fine podcasts.

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 14 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: 1:58:31

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432: You’re Thinking of Battle of Olympus

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This week! Guest T.J. Lauerman joins Greg, Phil, and CJ for some firey video game chat. We talk New 3DS, that RPS interview with Peter Molyneux, cheap PlayStation TVs, Majora’s Mask 3D, King Kong, Rogue Legacy, Peggle Blast, 10000000, Zelda 2 and a whole lot of other stuff. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out T.J.’s site thatsportsgamer.com, Operation Sports’ Press Row Podcast, and follow him on Twitter @ThatSportsGamer.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 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.

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Running time: 1:14:23

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431: Counterclockwise Swirl

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This week! Kevin Larrabee joins Greg, Phil, and CJ for some video game chat. We talk prepping for the New 3DS, Netflix doing a Zelda TV series, Club Nintendo rewards, Splatoon voice chat, Persona 5, Apotheon, Metroid Prime, Luigi’s Mansion Dark Moon, Game & Watch Gallery 3 and a whole lot of other stuff. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out Back In My Play at backinmyplay.com, The Fitcast at thefitcast.com, and follow Kevin Larrabee on Twitter @kevinlarrabee. Get the BIMP Next-Gen shirt here.

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 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: 1:42:34

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430: The End of Near is Near

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This week! Rich Grisham joins Greg, Phil, and CJ for some video game chat. We talk Code Name: STEAM, Grim Fandango Remastered, Little Big Planet 3, Far Cry 4, Fire Emblem The Sacred Stones, Gunman Clive 2 and Framed. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

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 14 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.

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Running time: 1:22:13

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WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – Microcosm

Microcosm_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Psygnosis
Developer: Psygnosis Advanced Technology Group
Released: 1993

Microcosm is yet another entry in what seems like a neverending list of full-motion video shooters that seemed to infect the market back in the early 90s. Much like Sewer Shark, this is simply a sprite-based, into the screen shoot em up that runs over an FMV background.

It’s not a very good one, either.

The plot is straight out of the dystopian future science fiction handbook, where mega corporations are all-powerful and murder appears to be standard operating procedure in the name of corporate espionage. It is the year 2051 and two companies – CyberTech Industries and Axiom – are battling it out for global dominance. Axiom blames CyberTech for its president’s recent death. It plans to take revenge on CyberTech by injecting its president with a virus that will take over his body. You’re the lucky soul who gets to go all Fantastic Journey in an attempt to neutralize the virus and save the president. Actually, InnerSpace might be a better example.

This is all conveyed through a lengthy opening cut scene featuring laughable voice acting and terrible lip syncing. Apparently the reason behind this is two-fold: no one in the video is a professional actor and all of the original dialogue was recorded in Japanese. More on that later.

When the game proper finally does begin you find yourself flying through what appear to be veins or…well, somebody’s insides. One of the major problems with this premise is that each level, no matter how well the video has been rendered, kind just looks like you’re flying through slimy crimson corridors.

The gameplay is generally poor, with the disconnect between the FMV backgrounds and the sprite-based enemies and projectiles making it rather difficult to discern exactly how close each threat is to your ship. Not only does this make things kind of difficult to avoid, but it also has an adverse affect on your ability to properly aim your weapons.
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The exception to this rule is most of the boss battles. Outside of a few sections where you chase an enemy through yet another slimy corridor, the bosses are all represented by full-motion video as well. This makes them some of the more impressive looking bits of the game, though the fact that they are limited to the video being streamed off the disk, their movements and patterns are extremely predictable and can’t change even a little bit to react to whatever it is the player is doing. Not only that, but any projectiles they fire don’t look like they belong at all thanks to them being, you guessed it, sprite based.

Despite its general mediocrity, Microcosm is an interesting game for a few different reasons. Psygnosis had been around for quite a while by the point they started development on this game, but Microcosm marked their first foray into CD-ROM technology, as well as one of the first instances of a developer streaming video in the background of an otherwise traditional game. In fact, Psygnosis was so ahead of the curve that the lead platform for development was the rather obscure Fujitsu FM Towns computer, based mostly on the fact that it was one of the only computers at the time which featured an onboard CD-ROM drive.

Fujitsu eventually bought the game engine directly from Pysgnosis as it was preparing to unleash its FM Towns Marty console and desperately needed games for the platform. Unfortunately that meant that Psygnosis’ flagship CD-ROM game went largely unnoticed in the western world, as the FM Towns Marty never made it out of Japan. Microcosm does have the honor of being featured on the first of Edge Magazine Issue #1, however.
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It wasn’t until a while later that Microcosm made its way west, appearing on the Sega CD, 3DO and DOS operating system. None of those versions were created by the original team, however, and I believe the console versions were cut back in one way or another. Either way, by the time the game came to these shores it really didn’t seem like anything special.

More importantly, though, the game got Psygnosis some much-needed recognition. In particular it attracted the attention of Sony, which was gearing up to launch its own CD-based game console in 1994. Sony bought Psygnosis, which went on to produce some of the system’s earliest AAA titles, such as Destruction Derby, F1 and Wipeout. Psygnosis apparently had a major hand in early development tools for the PS1 as well.

Psygnosis was eventually reorganized into Studio Liverpool.

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429: The Barfogenic Zone

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This week! Microsoft’s Windows 10/Xbox/HoloLens announcements, Nintendo axes Club Nintendo, and we talk about VR headsets, the Activator, favorite game names, and more. Join us, won’t you? Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 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: 1:08:16

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428: I Wish This Place Smelled Like Nerd

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This week! Nintendo’s many announcements from last week’s Direct, new Rock Band DLC, Xbox One back to $350, Joystiq gets rid of review scores, Pure Pool, Sunset Overdrive, Ultimate NES Remix, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Forza Horizon 2, Mega Man II GB, LEGO Batman 3, Ys Book I and so much more! Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 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.

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Running time: 1:15:52

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427: Karaoke Means Plan

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This week! Enemy of the show (and author!) Chris Baker joins CJ and Phil to talk video games. We discuss the recent PS Now subscription service and pricing, Nintendo’s “Ambassador” release of the New 3DS in Europe, the Stadium Events auction, a PSP release in 2015, and much more! Support the show via our Patreon!

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 14 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.

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Running time: 1:22:23

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426: Five Nights at Finn-y’s

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This week! Tetris pulled from the eShop, Microsoft raises the price of the Xbox One, Awesome Games Done Quick starts up this week, some gaming resolutions. Plus: Sunset Overdrive, Dragon Age Inquisition, Trivia Crack, Forza Horizon 2, Pokemon Pinball Ruby & Sapphire, Nidhogg, Fotonica, Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom, adventure games, Christmas gifts that made an impression, top 3 Zelda games and much, much more. Support the show via our Patreon!

Check out Greg’s web series Generation 16 (Episode 14 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.

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Running time: 1:14:45

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