Category Archives: YPB Volume I

Episode 052 – Spider-man: Web of Fire (1996)

Episode 052 – Spider-man: Web of Fire (1996)

Episode 052 – Spider-man: Web of Fire (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are web-slinging our way through entire stages! From 1996, we’re playing Spider-man: Web of Fire by BlueSky Software for the 32X.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the god awful, tinny title theme from the game. And somehow, it’s not the normal Spider-man theme! (For that awesome track, go here.)
  • 41:15 – Emails! The boys talk steampunk, Blade Runner and casual games to relieve stress.
  • 1:09:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, it’s an anniversary celebration!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Web of Fire is one of the costliest games that was available commercially. The loose price is $207, or $405 for the box and manual, and up to $575 for a “new” copy.

– The full list of 32X games can be seen here. For more on the system, go here.

Episode 051 – Super Metroid (1994)

Episode 051 – Super Metroid (1994)

Episode 051 – Super Metroid (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are freezing metroids with our ice beam and blasting them away with missiles! From 1994, we’re playing Super Metroid by Nintendo’s Research & Development 1 division for the SNES. Friend of the show Backsack is subbing in for Todd Brisket, who unfortunately was tethered to his workstation.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the spooky, minimalist title theme from the series. Also, we’re joined by Backsack this week, as Todd Brisket couldn’t get away from work.
  • 23:30 – Some swearing! Fun times!
  • 32:45 – “Hey Pete, you get any Metroid copies in?”
  • 33:00 – The sweet baby boys talk about VHS tapes like Young Indiana Jones and Dr. Giggles, which leads Backsack to talk about his time managing a Petco and Holly Marie Combs.
  • 53:15 – Emails! Brisket’s box is empty, Scooterbutt has a run-in with the Konami phone line, the boys talk about series they’d like to see return, apartheid, and our favorite spots to play in vidya game form.
  • 1:12:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re swinging through the air as a great superhero on a horrible system!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Super Metroid has held its value up well, as even the loose cart goes for $49. The box and manual shoots the price up to $134, and “new” copies go for $425, as discussed on the show. If you have a Wii, it’s available for digital download for about $7.99.

– Huell mistakenly played the JUSTIN BAILEY hack of Super Metroid for this week’s show. You can check it out on YouTube here.

Super Metroid tends to be really popular for speedrunners and mod makers, because the gameplay is so good, and sequence breaking is easy because of Samus’ default abilities. For example, you can beat the bosses in reverse order, or the entire game in 22 minutes. Like the original, doing so grants you a look at Samus in various states of clothing. Or, you can just look at all of Samus’ suits here!

Episode 050 – Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)

Episode 050 – Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)

Episode 050 – Zombies Ate My Neighbors (1993)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are doing our best to save lives and to destroy zombies with water pistols! From 1993, we’re playing Zombies Ate My Neighbors by LucasArts for the Super Nintendo and Genesis.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the music for the first tough level featuring the Chainsaw Charlies.
  • 44:30 – Emails! We hear from some old friends, and make some new ones with Hollywood royalty, plus, talk about which games we could play professionally.
  • 1:00:15 – Snifferoo. Next week, we are playing one of the classic SNES games, and probably, Steve’s favorite game of all-time!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Zombies has held up its value pretty well! The Genesis version goes for $30 for just the cart, and the SNES one is $37.50. The Genesis one is $66 new, while the SNES one is $270. Heavy cash!

– At Hardcore Gaming 101, John Szczepaniak and Sam Derboo have a good piece about the creations of Zombies, compiling some quotes from various sources. Read it here!

– The sequel to ZAMN is Ghoul Patrol, which we didn’t play for the show. However, you can check it out on YouTube here. It’s a direct sequel, with the same characters.

Zombies Ate My Neighbors fanart is weird.

Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

Episode 049 – Maniac Mansion (1987, 1990)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are pointing and clicking our way through a creepy house as we try to save our girlfriend with plastic fruit, exploding hamsters and a Weird Edsel! From 1987 and 1990, we’re playing Maniac Mansion by Lucasfilm Games (the predecessor to LucasArts) for the PC and NES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is tentacle and Edison family theme from Maniac Mansion. You can find a full soundtrack on YouTube here. And also, for today’s show, we’re joined by special guest DJ!
  • 44:45 – Emails! What’s our favorite Tetris piece? Who would write our theme songs? What about games based on TV game shows? Altavista???
  • 1:11:30 – A snifferoo from next week’s show, which is another LucasArts game! Huzzah!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Maniac Mansion has held its value well, as a cult classic. Loose carts of the NES version go for about $19, with the price swelling to $80 for the box and manual, to $222 for “new” copies. The PC version starts at around $30, although it’s also available in digital-only formats for much cheaper.

– Also, as mentioned on the show, the sequel, Day of the Tentacle, has been re-released. It’s going for about $15 on the PS4 and PC. The game does have a really neat Easter egg though – The original Maniac Mansion is playable in full on a computer in the game.

– Also also as mentioned on the show, the Japanese Maniac Mansion looks like a weird tech demo for the NES. Check it out here. And, the TV show is viewable here.

– Wanna read one of the oldest things on the internet, kind of? Wired has an article from Douglas Crockford, who worked on Maniac Mansion for LucasArts. It’s the longform article DJ was talking about, and you can find it here. It’s a really interesting read on what they had to take out of the game.

Episode 048 – WWF WrestleFest (1991)

Episode 048 – WWF WrestleFest (1991)

Episode 048 – WWF WrestleFest (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are putting our enemies in the Perfect-Plex, the spike slam, and the Million Dollar Dream before dropping the leg on them! From 1991, we’re playing WWF WrestleFest by Technos Japan for the arcade.

You can manually download this week’s slam-tastic podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – The intro, from one of the most famous wrasslers! Plus, special guest Dale! WOOOOOO!
  • 50:00 – We check the ole email bag!
  • 1:15:00 – As we say our goodbyes for this episode, a bit of a musical interlude and kind words from Hulk Hogan.
  • 1:18:00 – The snifferoo from next week’s game! It has tentacles, but is not pornography.

SHOW NOTES

– There is one console of WWF WrestleFest available on Amazon, refurbished, and it costs about $2,500. That doesn’t include roughly $500 to ship it. Circuit boards for the game are available for about $80, if you know how to install them and what not.

 

Episode 047 – Batman Forever (1995) and Superman 64 (1999)

Episode 047 – Batman Forever (1995) and Superman 64 (1999)

Episode 047 – Batman Forever (1995) and Superman 64 (1999)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are faster than a speeding bullet and also, the dark knight! From 1995, we’re playing Batman Forever by Probe Entertainment, and from 1999, unfortunately, we’re playing Superman 64 by Titus Software. Joining us, calling in from Krypton, is special guest Mattyboy!

You can manually download this week’s hero-tastic podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the title theme from the 1966 Batman with Adam West. It’s real and incredible. We’re joined this week by friend of the show and frequent emailer Mattyboy!
  • 6:15 – We have some technical difficulties, and have to reboot.
  • 27:15 – We switch from Batman Forever to Superman 64 talk!
  • 47:45 – It’s another installment of Vidya Game Theatre!
  • 54:00 – Emails! This week, Mattyboy introduces them, and participates even more than usual.
  • 1:07:45 – Snifferoo. Oh hell yeah! It’s Wrestlemania season!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Superman 64 only costs $6.95 for just the cart, but the price swells to $38 for the cart, box and manual, and $41 for a new copy. Batman Forever has a similar swing, at $3 to $7 for the loose cart, up to the $26 to $30 range for new copies.

Batman Forever had a scary amount of commercials for all sorts of crap, like McDonald’s. Also, be sure to buy the VHS!

– As mentioned on the show, TV Funhouse and Saturday Night Live had a spoof of Superman called Wonderman. It’s semi-NSFW, but viewable here.

 

Episode 046 – E.V.O.: Search for Eden (1993)

Episode 046 – E.V.O.: Search for Eden (1993)

Episode 046 – E.V.O.: Search for Eden (1993)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are hunting animals and literally trying to cause extinctions in order to survive and evolve ourselves! From 1993, we’re playing the cult classic E.V.O.: Search for Eden by Almanic and produced by Enix for the SNES.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the excellent title theme from the game. (Note: Pretty much all of the music in EVO is wonderful! Check out this YouTube playlist.)
  • 46:15 – Emails! A special friend wants to guest on the show (still), and we talk arcade economics again.
  • 1:04:30 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re focusing on VENGENANCE and SUPERHEROES (in trashy, awful video games).

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, E.V.O. is ridiculously expensive. The loose cart price alone is $207, which is actually down from a high of $252 in February 2013. Box-and-manual combinations are rare, but go for an average of $689 the past four years. There has only been one “new” copy sold in the past four years, and that went for $3,350.

– Huell mentioned some charts on Skype that helped with the game, giving various letter grades for evolution upgrades and showing the bosses. You can find them here and here!

– For that awful Bird Man Fort that Steve complained about, GameFAQs has a helpful map on its guides page. They also have one for the U.F.O. in stage three, which is similarly confusing.

– Steve mentioned an article on Cracked about professional arcade game players. You can read it here.

 

Episode 045 – Duck Hunt (1985) and World Class Track Meet (1988)

Episode 045 – Duck Hunt (1985) and World Class Track Meet (1988)

Episode 045 – Duck Hunt (1985) and World Class Track Meet (1988)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are focusing on two pack-in games for the ole NES! From 1985, we’re playing Duck Hunt with the NES Zapper, and from 1988, we’re playing World Class Track Meet, both developed in part by Nintendo.

You can manually download this week’s gimmicky podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the title theme from World Class Track Meet.
  • 39:00 – Emails! A special friend wants to guest on the show, and the return of a length emailer.
  • 1:06:45 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re playing a fun, esoteric game that makes Jurassic Park look cheap. (Well, not really. But it’s a fun game with a great soundtrack!)

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, loose carts of Duck Hunt are super cheap, and only cost $3.35. The same thing goes for the combo packs with Super Mario Bros. and World Class Track Meet. However, the Duck Hunt box adds another $100 on to the price, because it’s so rare. (I can’t remember ever seeing JUST Duck Hunt for sale in a store…) World Class Track Meet seemingly didn’t have a proper release, and it’s not really for sale on eBay as a result.

Stadium Events, the game that World Class Track Meet was repurposed from, goes for an insane amount of money now. GameSpot has a good article on the latest $35,100 auction here.

– From YouTube, modern day teenagers try to play Duck Hunt. Hilarity ensues!

Episode 044 – The Simpsons (1991 and 1992)

Episode 044 – The Simpsons (1991 and 1992)

Episode 044 – The Simpsons (1991 and 1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, it’s the 25th anniversary of the sole early good game in a video game series based on a TV series! From 1991, it’s The Simpsons arcade game by Konami! We also play some of the low lights of the video games – Bart vs. The Space Mutants, Bart’s House of Weirdness and Bart’s Nightmare.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features one of the best TV theme songs in vidya game music glory.
  • 43:30 – Emails! We talk Christmas gifts and other important things.
  • 1:04:00 – Snifferoo. We’re covering TWO games for next week’s show! One involves the Zapper. Pew pew pew!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, pretty much all of the games based on The Simpsons are between $5 and $20 for just the carts or discs. As we say on the show, most of them aren’t worth owning, except for Hit and Run, Road Rage and The Simpsons Game.

– The list of video games based on The Simpsons is really long. As is the list of video games on The Simpsons.

– Do you like luxury? What about a Jaguar?

Episode 043 – Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

Episode 043 – Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

Episode 043 – Street Fighter: The Movie (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, in honor of the Oscars we’re watching one of the hammiest video game acting related performances of all-time! From 1994, it’s Street Fighter: The Movie, one of the last roles for Raul Julia. (And unfortunately, not one of the last films Van Damme did.) We also play a tiny bit of Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game, a truly awful attempt by a Capcom subsidiary to mimic the Mortal Kombat usage of motion capturing.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features two hammy parts from Raul Julia as M. Bison.
  • 53:50 – Emails! What are our thoughts on collectible items in games? Have we played Hollywood Mogul? Have we seen The Wizard???
  • 1:11:30 – Snifferoo. It’s our longest one yet! As next week, we’ll be covering Bonestorm, and Dash Dingo, and Larry The Looter, and Lee Carvallo’s Putting Challenge

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, the Saturn and Playstation versions of Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game go for a surprising amount of money! We’re talking $10 to $17.50 for the disc only, around $30 for the box and manual, and up to $200 for “new” condition copies. This is likely because it ultimately didn’t sell well.

– Copies of the actual movie, whether on Blu-ray or DVD, go for around $4. It’s also available for streaming for about $3, per Can I Stream It?

– The movie, although it made about $100 million, was a famously troubled production because of Raul Julia’s health. For the 20th anniversary of the film, Polygon’s Chris Plante had a great longread on it.

– Kylie Minogue is an incredibly famous Australian pop music artist. Also, thanks to Michel Gondry, she has one of the most awesome music videos of all-time, “Come Into My World.” (Pretty much all of Gondry’s music videos are really interesting.)