WELCO METOT HENEX TLEVEL – NFL’s Greatest: San Francisco vs Dallas 1978-1993

NFLsGreatest_MCD_US_Box_FrontPublisher: Sega
Developer: Park Place Productions
Released: 1993

The previous game in this series was one of the more interesting titles on the system. NFL Football Trivia Challenge was a case study in mid-90s, multimedia “experience” design. NFL’s Greatest, on the other hand, is just kind of bizarre.

The 49ers vs the Cowboys is one of the most storied rivalries in NFL history. These two teams have fought over the NFC championship for decades, meeting over 30 through the years. The rivalry features the rise of Joe Montana and his legacy with the 49ers, including the famous 89-yard drive in 1981 that culminated in “The Catch.” Even in the mid-90s, when this game was released, the Niners and the Cowboys were in the middle of back to back to back NFC Championship game meetings from 1992-1994.

In NFL’s Greatest, you’re playing as the coach. You pick which plays to run from an extremely limited playbook, the program decides what the outcome would be versus the play called by the CPU, and then you’re treated to some historical footage of the two teams that’s supposed to depict the outcome of the calls.

The footage is of players spanning the course of the 1978-1993 seasons. The back of the box calls out “Staubach, Dorsett, “Too Tall” Jones, Aikman, Irvin, Smith — take the field against Montana, Lott, Clark, Rice, Watters, Young — just to name a few!”

At the end of each play you see how many yards you gained or lost via a readout at the bottom of the screen.

When you first play the game, it’s kind of interesting. Well, unique, if nothing else. But it only takes a couple of games – sometimes just a couple of quarters – to start seeing the same footage over and over again. A single play is all you need to realize just how limiting this format is. The novelty wears off in a matter of minutes.
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The presentation is alright, though the video quality ranges from above average to piss poor. You have two viewing options. You can either watch each video play out on what looks like a jumbotron in the game’s main interface, or you can switch to full screen mode. This seems impressive at first, considering the Sega CD wasn’t supposed to be able to do full screen video. But then you notice that the footage is interlaced like crazy.

You do get a full cheerleader dance routine after a touchdown. That’s kinda cool.

NFL’s Greatest actually reminds me a lot of VCR board games. These were a thing back in the 80s and 90s. There was actually a football game or two. At various points throughout the game you’d be asked to play the next segment on your VCR. Whatever happened during that play is what drove the game forward.
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VCR games are fantastic, by the way. I highly suggest you look some of the footage up on YouTube. Clue, in particular, is worth a watch.

One has to assume that more of these games were set to follow if the multimedia, FMV revolution really took off. As it is, NFL’s Greatest is one of those great full-motion video oddities of the era that’s worth having around just to show people how wonderfully weird it was. Oh, and to listen to the fantastic music, complete with vocals!

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483: The Superb Owl

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This week! Sports! (Kinda.) Plus Greg’s new computer, Gravity Rush Remastered, Metroid Zero Mission, schoolyard video game rumors, Nintendo at E3, 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.

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Running time: 59:20

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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