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Episode 205 – Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984)

Episode 205 – Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984)

Episode 205 – Castle Wolfenstein (1981) and Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re sneaking through enemy lines to fight the Nazis! From 1981, we’re playing Castle Wolfenstein, and from 1984, we’re playing Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, for the Apple II, MS-DOS and Commodore 64, by Silas Warner and Muse Software. We’re joined by a longtime Friend of the Show making his first appearance, Cantjudge, or Ceej!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the sound. The sound of music.
  • 25:30 – Todd has reasons why this is… The Most Best Game of All-Time!
  • 44:15 – Emails!
  • 1:06:00 – We don’t help people this week. But instead, enjoy Our Decision to Choose the Fate of Our Destiny.
  • 1:12:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re playing yet another $%#@ing Star Wars game.

Vidya Game News – October 7, 2016

mortal-kombat-arcade-flyer-01– Visiting Portugal anytime soon? You might want to sleep in this Super Mario Bros. themed Airbnb room, then! Story comes courtesy Thrillist. And, check out our past episodes on SMB1 and SMB2!

– Fans are desperate for Nintendo to release some info, any info, on the upcoming NX console. So much so that they’re now speculating a Papa John’s news release could be about the console. Polygon pokes fun at the phenomenon here.

– Nintendo executives and ads sales people might be losing their collective minds though, judging from this (really loud) commercial for new colors on the 2DS. Starring Luigi!

– Gamasutra has a really good blog entry from John Szczepaniak on the dark side of the Japanese gaming industry’s work practices. I found that article in The Game Beat Weekly, which is Kyle Orland’s awesome weekly email about the gaming industry. Subscribe to it here!

– From Geek.com, a Commodore 64 has been running an auto shop for 25 years. Read more here!

ON THIS DAY (OR CLOSE TO IT!) IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– MORTAL KOMBAT! … was released in the arcades on October 8, 1992. The gory fighter from Midway Games was hella popular, thanks to its mixture of Street Fighter 2 mechanics with bloody combat.

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber came out for the N64 today in 2000. Quest’s follow-up to their earlier games was a bit more accessible than the originals, but still just a niche title that’s now a cult classic. (And speaking of, Tactics Ogre came out on October 6, 1995 for the SNES in Japan.)

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 063 – Ghostbusters (1988)

Episode 063 – Ghostbusters (1988)

Episode 063 – Ghostbusters (1988)

This week in Your Parents Basement, busting is NOT making us feel good! From 1988, we’re playing Ghostbusters by Bits Laboratory for the NES, which is based on an earlier Commodore 64 game.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the Ghostbusters theme. As mentioned on the show, this is the only music for the entire game, and it plays on a god damn loop the entire time.
  • 51:30 – Emails! People wanna know about free-to-play games, and fightin’ games!
  • 1:04:15 – Snifferoo. There’s no way next week’s game will be worse than this week’s! Probably!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, loose carts of Ghostbusters go for about $9.50. The box and manual will set you back about $30. However, for that price, you can buy the far superior Ghostbusters: The Video Game for the Wii, PS3 and 360. Do that instead.

– For a bunch of neat trivia, like the info on John Belushi originally being tabbed for Ghostbusters, check out this long Vanity Fair article.

Vidya Game News – November 12, 2015

Metal Gear Solid 2 - Box Art - 01“Over the centuries, mankind has tries many ways of combating the forces of evil… Prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun.” – Terry Pratchett.

– Remember a couple months ago, when some dudes claimed to have found a prototype of the Nintendo-Sony CD project? Well, Engadget has an awesome follow-up by Richard Lai, and the system actually works! The CD drive doesn’t function, but it’s backwards compatible with some SNES games. If you’re unfamiliar with the backstory, Nintendo and Sony were originally going to collaborate on a system, but Nintendo was allegedly uneasy with Sony’s dominance in the tech industry already and pulled out. This led to Sony creating the PSX.

– Also in “cool older game news,” the Genesis port of Duke Nukem 3D is now available worldwide for $39.99.

Radiant Historia was an awesome RPG for the Nintendo DS that had a Chrono Trigger-like game element that allowed you to manipulate the timeline. Now, according to Nintendo Everything, the director is interested in making a sequel.

– On the latest UpUpDownDown podcast on YouTube, Xavier Woods and Curtis Axel played each other in “Super Tecmo Bowl,” a.k.a. Tecmo Super Bowl, which we played a few weeks ago.

– From Now Gamer, a neat feature on six games that pushed hardware to its limit. Included are Mayhem in Monsterland (Commodore 64), Under Defeat (Dreamcast), Street Fighter Alpha 2 (SNES), Conker’s Bad Fur Day (N64), Adventures of Batman and Robin (Genesis) and Solaris (Atari 2600).

– On James and Mike Monday (Angry Video Game Nerd) this week, they played Power Punch II, a bizarre sequel to Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out. For the NSFW video, click here.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Metal Gear Solid 2 was released for the Playstation 2 in 2001. It has since gone on to sell seven million copies, and it was one of the first to heavily involve cinematics with a shooting sort of game.

– In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy was released for the Wii. It was super well-reviewed and remains a beloved vidya game.

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.

Vidya Game News – October 8, 2015

Earthworm Jim - Box Art“When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade! Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I’m the man whose gonna burn your house down – with the lemons!”

Here’s some news to go with them lemons:

– The lead designer from Earthworm Jim says he would be open to doing a sequel. That, and more, are in the linked Reddit AMA.

– Also on Reddit: Is it possible for Scrooge McDuck to swim through the gold coins in his money vault? Probably not.

– Via Twitter, Sega has announced there will be a Game Gear theme available the 3DS, which would have seemed impossible in the early 1990s. (Then again, so would the 3DS, and smartphones, and the Internet…)

– Cassidee Moser of IGN.com has a heads-up about this Reddit user, who’s turned an old NES cart into a working NES.

– From Kotaku and several other sites, there is a really cool box art book coming out for the Super Nintendo. It’s from this guy.

– The 8-Bit Guy has a YouTube video about how the music was made on the NES and Commodore.

– Good times, good times! From Destructoid, a guy pawned a Genesis, not knowing there was meth inside.

– WDRB has a story on getting out of Your Parents Basement. Ugh, why would you ever want to do that?

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

NBA Live 2003 and NBA 2K3 game out for the Playstation 2, Xbox and Gamecube in 2002, oddly enough. Of course, NBA 2K3 was better.

– Although they’re not classics, Beyond: Two Souls and Disgaea D2 came out in 2013.

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.

Vidya Game News – August 6, 2015

Super Breakout (Atari 5200)

Super Breakout (Atari 5200)

Hey, it’s August finally! We’re getting closer to the magical fall and Christmas seasons, the actual times when video games are released. The best times. The greatest times. To tide us over until then, here is some vidya game news:

– A Nintendo Game Boy from 1990 survived a bombing in the Gulf War. Click here for the photo and story from Twinfinite.

– Another neat thing on Kickstarter is The Story of the Commodore 64 in Pixels by Chris Wilkins. For more info, click here.

– BBC News’ Kim Gittleson has an interview with Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari.

– Per MCV reporter Christopher Dring, Nintendo will soon be offering a monthly box of goodies, tentatively named The N-Box.

– Looking for a free, good, classic game to play? Super Breakout, an Atari paddle ball puzzle game, is free currently. It’s the Spokesman-Review’s Tech Deck featured game.

– Looking for a not-free, but new, classic NES game? Star Versus is an indie NES game, and you can purchase it here.

– Unofficially, a new Ducktales cartoon series will be CG-animated, per Brandon Smith at Rotoscopers. Kim Possible and Darkwing Duck are also being considered for remakes.

Star Ocean: The Second Story (PSX)

Star Ocean: The Second Story (PSX)

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– In 1999, Star Ocean: The Second Story came out for the Playstation. Confusingly, it is the first game to reach America, despite the name. It’s a neat action RPG series, heavier on the RPG than some other games, and the fifth main series game (Integrity and Faithlessness) is due out later this year.

– It was only two years ago, but Dragon’s Crown came out from Atlus for the Playstation 3 and Vita. It’s a cool side-scrolling throwback to games like King of Dragons and Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystra though.

– Past show topic Secret of Mana came out (in Japan) in 1993 today! You can listen to our episode on that fantastic game here. In another significant Japanese release, Metroid came out for the NES in 1986.

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.