Episode 074 – The Emmys (2016)

Episode 074 – The Emmys (2016)

Episode 074 – The Emmys (2016)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are celebrating video games on TV! The Emmys were last week, so we’re checking out some of our favorite video game-related shows, with special guest Cosmo, a.k.a. Big Smo!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the “excellent” title theme from Video Power.
  • 54:30 – Emails! A special meeting ALMOST happens, and Huell wins something special.
  • 1:14:45 – Ask the Sweet Boys! And girl, thankfully, given today’s question!
  • 1:24:00 – Snifferoo. We’re ridin’ and shootin’ in the ole West!

SHOW NOTES

– You can find Video Power here, Are You Afraid of the Dark? here, and Nick Arcade here and Clarissa crossover here. Star Trek: The Next Generation streams on Netflix, and The Sampsons are on practically every network.

Vidya Game News – September 22, 2016

mega-man-9-box-art-01– Ohmygodness: A mock 1996 infomercial for the upcoming Sonic Mania Collector’s Edition is incredibleeee.

– From PopSugar and a bunch of other sites, Laurie Hernandez did a routine based on DuckTales on Dancing With The Stars. You can see it here! And check out our episode on DuckTales here!

– Game Rant has an article on the six biggest gaming breakups, in “honor” of Brad and Angelina.

– Nintendo News and other sites note that The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3 is now available on Steam.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Divine Divinity from Larian Studios came out for the PC in 2002. The action-RPG was well-reviewed when it came out, and it remains a bit of a cult classic.

– On Sept. 23, 2002, Star Fox Adventures was released for the Gamecube. It was the first game to take the series in a weird, non-space sim direction. (And hey, check out our episode on the better, original game and the N64 game!)

– On the same day, Tekken 4 came out. Namco’s fighter was considered very good.

– Capcom’s Mega Man 9 was released for the Wii in 2008, followed shortly by the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. It was a well-received continuation of the series, the first game in 11 years.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 073 – Kid Chameleon (1992)

Episode 073 – Kid Chameleon (1992)

Episode 073 – Kid Chameleon (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are putting on masks to gain super powers! From 1992, we’re playing Kid Chameleon by Sega for the Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the opening theme from the game.
  • 33:00 – Emails! An old friend writes in, along with a foul-mouthed one, and one asking Huell something special.
  • 51:00 – It’s everyone’s favorite segment, even more so than the show itself! Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 56:00 – Snifferoo. It’s a star-studded show about the entertainment industry!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Kid Chameleon is reasonably priced at $12.30 for the loose cart, or $20 for the box and cart. It’s also available on a bunch of Sega collections and individually, for $5 to $10.

– Mark Cerny worked on Kid Chameleon, Sonic 2 and a bunch other games.

– There is a Growing Pains video game, but unfortunately, it’s not based on the 1980s sitcom.

Vidya Game News – September 15, 2016

animal-crossing-gcn-box-art– Aaron Couch of The Hollywood Reporter has a good, long interview with Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones, which you can read here. Among the revelations? The show wasn’t a spin-off of DuckTales, as instead, it took place in an alternate dimension. And by the way, check out our DuckTales episode here.

– The AV Club’s William Hughes spoke to Myst creator Rand Miller on his favorite puzzles, and how that game almost became a Disney ride. Read it here! And listen to our Myst episode here!

– In a good interview with MCV’s Alex Calvin, Sega’s European boss Jurgen Post admits that the company was pushing out too much crap during the Wii-era.

– From Polygon and other sites, Blizzard’s Chris Metzen is retiring. He was serving as the senior vice president of story and franchise development, and joined the company in the early 1990s as an illustrator and animator. He was responsible for expanding the lore of Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft.

­– And speaking of Blizzard… One of its low lights, the cancelled Warcraft Adventures, has made its way to the Internet. Check out our show on the actual Warcraft series here.

– Did You Know Gaming covers Super Mario World this week, via Nerdist.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Animal Crossing came out today in 2002 in North America. It was yet another blockbuster series established by Nintendo.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance was released on Sept. 16, 2002 for the Gameboy Advance. It was fun! It mixed the classic gameplay with RPG elements.

– A Dragon Quest IV remake, Chapters of the Chosen, came out on Sept. 16, 2008. It took the gameplay of the original, but included manual control for the later chapters (yay!), but also gave everyone weird accents (boo!). New this week is a remake of Dragon Quest VII for the 3DS, which turns it into a much better, playable game, per Attack of the Geek’s Dean James.

FTL: Faster Than Light came out on Sept. 14, 2012. No, it’s not a classic game, but it’s hella good! You definitely need to play it if you like games.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 072 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!! (1987)

Episode 072 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!! (1987)

Episode 072 – Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!! (1987)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are sidestepping left and right to avoid heavyweight champion punches! From 1987, we’re playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-out!! by Nintendo for the NES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the nifty opening theme and main music from the game.
  • 52:00 – Emails! Trump supporters, what about board games? What about asks?
  • 1:08:00 – Ask the Sweet Boys! It’s litrully sweeping the nation! But not literally!
  • 1:16:00 – It’s a Huell pick for next week!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! is pretty valuable, ranging from $26 for the loose cart to $96.55 for the box and cart. The non-Tyson version goes for $13, SNES about $25, and the Wii version is $11.50.

– The original has great music, but as Brisket points out, so does the Wii version! Listen to the full soundtrack here.

– From ESPN.com, an opinion piece on the popularity of the game, by Patrick Sauer.

– Joey Batz gets into the history of the series on his blog here.

– Important late addition: Kotaku’s ranked list of the Little Mac’s opponents, here.

Vidya Game News – September 8, 2016

paraside-eve-psx-box-art– So! Nintendo, as usual, has been aggressive pursuing fan games using their characters, with the latest target being a mash-up of Mario and No Man’s Sky. Those developers responded by turning it into DCMA’s Sky. You can read more on Polygon here.

– From The Dreamcast Junkyard, a great series of articles on their hunt to find a legendary barber from some commercials.

– The Couch Potato over at New Castle News has a fine personal essay on his experiences with Super Mario Bros. 3, the Super Nintendo and other gaming stuff. Read it here.

– Reddit and YouTube deliver this week with Midway’s pitch video to the NBA for a little game called NBA Jam. You can check out the video here, and listen to our episode on Jam here!

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– A little deep, story-driven game known as Final Fantasy VII came out for the PlayStation on September 7, 1997. The indie darling sold a ton of copies, and it’s wildly recognized for popularizing RPGs outside of Japan. (And by the way, the PlayStation itself came out on September 9, 1995.)

Parasite Eve, an oft-mentioned favorite of Steve, came out September 9, 1998. It was an odd action RPG with guns that spawned an incredibly underrated sequel, and an iffy PSP game with a completely indecipherable plot.

– Also from 1998: Spyro the Dragon! The little purple dragon started doing like, dragon stuff, on Sept. 10. By Insomniac Games, it was pretty popular with a wide range of gamers, including more casual folks.

– 9/9/99 for $199! The Sega Dreamcast came out on Sept. 9, 1999. God, it was such an awesome little system, but Sega eventually lost its stomach for the console business. It had a strong start that it ceded as hype for the PlayStation 2 ramped up.

Ready 2 Rumble Boxing by Midway came out in 1999 for the Dreamcast, and then later for the N64, PSX and Gameboy Color. The colorful boxing came made people more nostalgic for better boxing games, but it sold well.

– Also for the Dreamcast in 1999: Soulcalibur! The fighter from Namco featured a heavy emphasis on weapons, and it was highly rated at the time and in ensuing years as the series continued.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance bastardized a great PSX game, but, well, it came out this day in 2003 for the Gameboy Adance. Some people like it. Those people are wrong.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 071 – Crash Bandicoot (1996)

Episode 071 – Crash Bandicoot (1996)

Episode 071 – Crash Bandicoot (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are staring at the ass of a marsupial! From 1996, we’re playing Crash Bandicoot by Naughty Dog for the Playstation.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the Down Undah theme from the game.
  • 33:30 – Emails! Why can’t we be “fun” and “goofy” like the Nerdist boys?
  • 43:00 – We have two Asks in Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 49:30 – We are training like hell for next week’s game!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, the original Crash games have held their value well. The first one goes for $25 for just the game, and $32 if you have the manual. Almost all of the games are at least $12 if you have the manual and box.

– The world of Crash erotica is very disturbing, so click this link with caution. The same warning goes if you run any character from Crash in Google Images.

– Kotaku has covered the Crash Bandicoot remaster, here!

Vidya Game News – September 2, 2016

Command and Conquer - PC - Box Art– IGN’s Alex Osborn has a great interview with Peter Moore, talking about why Sega failed as a hardware company. Understandably, the Saturn was seen as a turning point.

– From Mattel, via Polygon, Hot Wheels versions of Nintendo characters are coming soon! They actually look pretty nifty, so, congrats Nintendo. Thank you for successfully taking more of my money.

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey is available on Netflix as of Sept. 1. You can listen to our episode on the horrible vidya game here!

– Chris Schilling of VICE writes about how the Nintendo DS was his deepest love, when it came to vidya game systems.

– From noted video game journalism outlet InStyle, Christina Aguilera’s daughter had a Mario-themed party for her second birthday.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Command and Conquer, the first title of that popular series, came out on Aug. 31, 1995. The PC game from Westwood Studios became a staple of online RTS duels for years and years. It sold more than three million copies, and the series has sold more than 30 million units.

– An awesome character known as Crash Bandicoot had his initial release for the Playstation on Aug. 31, 1996. More on him Monday though.

– On the other end of the PSX spectrum… Released on Aug. 31, 1996, Beyond the Beyond terrorized Steve as a teen. He loved turn-based RPGs, but one of the main “features” of the game by Camelot Software was lugging around a cursed character for several hours. Fun, fun, fun.

Guitar Hero 5 from Neversoft came out in 2009. It was the second-to-last hurrah for the series, as it was already starting to slowdown before Warriors of Rock came out in 2010.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

Episode 070 – Earthworm Jim (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are whipping our way past rabid dogs to save Princess Whatsername! From 1994, we’re playing Earthworm Jim by Shiny for the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features one of the weird commercials that aired on TV for Earthworm Jim. You can watch the whole thing here.
  • 38:30 – Emails! A special friend writes in, and a listener has an Ask about Japanese arcades.
  • 49:30 – It’s the new favorite segment that’s sweeping the land! Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 58:00 – Snifferoo. It is a platforming video game that we will be playing that involves playing a platforming video game.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Earthworm Jim has retained its value pretty well. The loose cart still goes for $15 to $25, depending on the platform, with double the price for the box and manual included.

– As mentioned by Pat on the show, here is Pacman with single-celled organisms!

Vidya Game News – August 26, 2016

Super Mario Sunshine - GC - Box Art– Celebrating its birthday this week? The Super Nintendo! Aaron Couch from The Hollywood Reporter has a good piece here, which features some good stuff from Blake J. Harris, the author of Console Wars. Over at SB Nation, Marc Normandin and others write about their four favorite sports games for the system.

– Cool graphics from Video Game Densetsu, as they collected some old Sega pixel-making.

– The new Toejam & Earl game, Back in the Groove has picked up an appropriate publisher: Adult Swim! Read more from Michael McWhertor on Polygon. Our episode on the game is here!

– Boing Boing and a bunch of other sites had a link to a hamster finishing a Super Mario Bros. level.

– From a couple different sites, an Epic Donald game was considered at various points.

Obduction, a spiritual successor to Myst, has gotten a good review from PC World and from Polygon. And hey, check out our episode on Myst here!

– Nintendo has acquired JESNET, a console distribution company in Japan, for $46.5 million. It’s seen as a sign of the big N ramping up console production for the NX.

– On Cinemassacre this week! Mike and Bootsy play Where’s Waldo, a notoriously crappy game. And, Mike and James have a showdown, the U-Force vs. the Power Glove.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Today was a good day for games. First, Ecco: The Tides of Time came out for the Genesis. It was the sequel to the first game, and the hottest dolphin game of 1994.

– A little game called Goldeneye came out in 1997! We covered that awesome, FPS from Rare on a past episode here.

Super Mario Sunshine came out for the Gamecube on Aug. 26, 2002. It’s 14 years old! God, it feels like it came out yesterday.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.