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Episode 114 – Desert Strike (1992)

Episode 114 – Desert Strike (1992)

Episode 114 – Desert Strike (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are saving a country that is not Iraq from a dictator that is not Saddam Hussein! From 1992, we’re playing Desert Strike by Electronic Arts for the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the title theme from the Sega Genesis version.
  • 24:00 – We don’t know how he did it, but Todd Brisket has landed another A-list Hollywood interview in… Touchin’ Joysticks.
  • 30:30 – Emails! How hyped are we for the SNES Classic? Any good vidya game deals?
  • 46:30 – We help another person in… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 52:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re looking at the dark, disappointing years of a classic 1980s icon.
  • 55:30 – Huell aptly names the new end segment… The Blooperoonie.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Desert Strike and the rest of the series is still very affordable. If you want the loose cart, its around $5 to $7, and the box and manual included will set you back $10.

– Ken Horowitz of Sega-16 has a really good piece on the history of the Strike series here.

Episode 095 – Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1996)

Episode 095 – Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1996)

Episode 095 – Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are turning aside the Soviet threat, or, working as double agents! From 1996, we’re playing Command and Conquer: Red Alert by Westwood Studios and published by Electronic Arts for the PC. We’re joined by our special friend, DTR!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the DEATH MARCH theme from the game!
  • 35:00 – It’s a sometimes-feature! Comments, Concerns and Questions.
  • 42:15 – Emails! Someone just wants to say HI.
  • 50:00 – Ask the sweet boys about allllll of your problems.
  • 57:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re huntin’ them dinosaurs really well!

SHOW NOTES

– As mentioned on the show, Red Alert is now officially freeware! And it’s well-supported by fans. You can easily download a self-installer for it, as well as other games in the series and Dune 2000, here.

Episode 076 – The Horde (1994)

Episode 076 – The Horde (1994)

Episode 076 – The Horde (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are cleansing the land of demons with horrible, hammy acting! From 1994, we’re playing The Horde by Toys for Bob for the 3DO.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which has the introduction of the game’s hammiest character, Chronus Malor. (Note: Steve refuses to look up how to spell that correctly.)
  • 41:00 – It’s the return of a popular segment! The Most Best Game of All Time!
  • 50:00 – Emails! Why IS someone so handsome?
  • 1:05:00 – A quickie Ask The Sweet Boys tonight, because we need to get some sweet rest.
  • 1:09:30 – Snifferoo! Next week, it’s yet another Mario game!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, The Horde goes for $19.99 for the 3DO, game only, and $25.25 if you want the box and manual. It’s a bit cheaper for the Saturn, as only $10.97 for the disc.

The Horde has so, so, so many “good” cut scenes. This YouTube collection from the Saturn version is wonderful, and Huell says to definitely check out minute 11, with Hordling theater!

– TV Tropes has a good page on The Horde here.

Vidya Game News – July 21, 2016

Shinobi III - Genesis - Box Art– Gizmodo has an awesome write-up of the find of a Seattle man: The incredibly rare Nintendo 64 disk drive.

– Of all places, Playboy has a long read on how the really good 2009 Ghostbusters game came together. You can read it here, although your work’s spam filter might block. And hey, listen to our show on the NES Ghostbusters here!

– Engadget has a good summary article of Ben Heck ripping into the “newly” discovered Nintendo-Sony CD unit.

– There is now a Kickstarter for the old NES Wisdom Tree games, which were pretty horrible games based on Bible stories. But still, if you want to support it, go here.

– Now in Japan! Kirby restaurants. (And check out our Kirby show.)

– From The Daily Mail, games like Mario Kart might make you a better driver, according to a study. (Check out our episode here!)

– Gizmodo’s Adam Clark Estes has a review of the Analogue NT, a souped-up clone of the NES. It’s basically like a great version of the NES Classic going on sale this November. And, oh, it costs $500.

– From Mashable and Reddit, Matt Damon might be interested in doing some video game stuff.

– Posted on a bunch of sites, including the developer site: Obduction, a spiritual successor to Myst, has been delayed from July 26 to the week of Aug. 22.

– Looking to move out of your parents basement? Booooo! But if you are, then don’t go to Worcester. Your parents’ basement is good enough for Jeff Teague, so it should be good enough for you.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– A pair of classic Genesis games, Shinobi III and Road Rash 2, came out in 1993.

– On July 22, 2008, a remake of Final Fantasy IV came out for the DS. It was… really bizarre. Developed by Matrix Software, it was in 3D and had an augment system that allowed you to power up characters after they left your party. The difficulty was also ramped up, and some story segments were added back in.

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 055 – SimCity (1989)

Episode 055 – SimCity (1989)

Episode 055 – SimCity (1989)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are building and bulldozing through municipalities! From 1989 and 1991, we’re playing SimCity by Maxis for the PC and SNES. Joining us is special guest Ryan Gibbs from The Young Folks!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which has the nifty menu music from the SNES version of the game! For a full music playlist, check out the YouTube playlist here.
  • 55:30 – Emails! Cosmo writes in to apologize, and Brisket writes in about himself.
  • 1:19:15 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re play TWO classic vidya games for the ole Atari 2600!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, most of the SimCity games available are affordable. The SNES version goes for $7.80 for the loose cart, $24.95 for box and manual, and $102 new. The PC versions are widely available on the Internet, typically for less than $10.

– Doug Bierend of Medium’s Reform had a long interview with developer Will Wright on the thought process going into SimCity.

– Will Wright’s daughter Cassidy was involved in BattleBots, running the rowebuts Chiabot and Misty the WonderBot.

– For more info on SimSafari, check out Wikipedia. And be sure to check out Gibbs’ work on The Young Folks!

Vidya Game News – March 17, 2016

Castlevania Bloodlines - Ad Copy - SHRINK– Hey, the NCAA tournament starts today! While there was a lot of fanfare when the college football series by EA ended, the NCAA Basketball series went with a whimper in 2010. It kind of sucked, since the 2K series was better, but even that ended in 2008. Amusingly, even though it’s not a great game, NCAA Basketball 10 now goes for more than $30 because it’s the last one. (NCAA Football 14 is in the same boat, with prices staying at $25+, although that’s a much better game.)

– Matt Peckham of Time.com, which apparently used to be a magazine, has an interview with Miyamoto on Star Fox Zero.

I Am Setsuna is the latest new RPG series from Square Enix, and according to IGN, it’s inspired by Chrono Trigger. Nice!

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– We’re finally getting to some decent historical release dates! On this day in 1994, Castlevania: Bloodlines came out for the Genesis. It was the only ’Vania game released for the Genesis, and it was very well-received. (The photo comes from this website.)

– Also for the Genesis in 1994, there was Streets of Rage 3! It was more of the same – basically, that system’s answer to Final Fight – but still good.

Legend of Legaia, a perfectly average PSX RPG, came out in 1998. From the developer Contrail, it had a sequel in 2001, but otherwise, it hasn’t been prominent.

– Last year, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD came out for the PS4 and Xbox One. It was based on an old Playstation Portable game, and it shows with the weird, frenetic gameplay. Steve just bought it last week for $10 and says it’s pretty passable.

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 – September 10, 2015

Battle Arena Toshinden - Box ArtHey, you know what starts tonight? Football! Football, football, FOOTBALL! Tom Brady, football, Deflategate, FOOTBALL!!! #hottakes. Oh, and here is some vidya game news:

– The original PlayStation was released 20 years ago, roughly, as it hit American shores on Sept. 9. Mike Minotti of the Gamesbeat column at Venturebeat has a piece on the mediocre launch titles. “Highlights” included Ridge Racer, NBA Jam Tournament Edition and Battle Arena Toshinden.

– Similarly, Entertainment Weekly online’s Aaron Morales has a look at the Dreamcast’s super sweet 16.

Project X Zone 2 is an odd, mash-up tactical RPG. Among its playable characters are Captain Commando, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken, and now, Segata Sanshiro from Sega Saturn ads. Sato at Siliconera has a summary here.

– Chelsea Stark at Mashable has grouped together 10 cool Super Mario Bros. music covers here. And in a video for Eurogamer, the developers of SMB talk World 1-1.

– In a great column idea, whodeyfans at SB Nation uses Tecmo Super Bowl to project games.

– From Reddit, a Super Mario Bros. video is used to announce a pregnancy.

– U.S. News and World Report has an article on moving out of your parents’ basement. Ugh, who would ever want to do that?

Spyro The Dragon - Box ArtON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Hey, some actual games of significance were released! You know, like Kid Klown in Crazy Chase for the SNES in 1994! Big time stuff! (JK on that one, but for reals…)

Spyro the Dragon came out for the Playstation in 1998. It was an incredibly popular platformer, and along with Crash Bandicoot, the closest thing Sony had to a proper mascot.

– The third volume of the .hack//G.U. series came out for Playstation 2 in 2007. Entitled Redemption, it closed out the last console version of that games series, which has some intriguing elements.

– In Japan, Final Fantasy Mystic Quest came out in 1993. Oddly, this was an inverse of the usual practice, as the North American version came out in October 1992. The game tends to be viewed dismissively by Final Fantasy fans, but it’s a perfectly average RPG for the time, with surprisingly good music. Also released in Japan on this date in history: Mutant League Football in 1993.

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 019 – Tecmo Bowl (1989) and Tecmo Super Bowl (1991)

Episode 019 – Tecmo Bowl (1989) and Tecmo Super Bowl (1991)

Episode 019 – Tecmo Bowl (1989) and Tecmo Super Bowl (1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re getting ready for the start of the NFL season by fading back with classic signal callers like Boomer Esasion and QB Eagles! We’re playing Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl, both for the NES, from 1989 and 1991, respectively.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro. Going through a play and scorin’ a touchdown, from this YouTube video.
  • 49:00 – Emails. The gang talks Crusader Kings 2 and their “favorite” movies from vidya games.
  • 1:11:00 – Snifferoo.

SHOW NOTES

– For the version of Tecmo Super Bowl with updated rosters, check out the invaluable website resource for the game, TecmoBowl.org. Rosters for the 2015 season aren’t out quite yet, but it’ll probably be any day now, with the season about to start. This is also the site to go to if you’re looking for some online head-to-head, or anything else Tecmo Bowl-related.

– The mini-documentary on Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl is available to watch on YouTube. It’s a 25-minute film by ESPN2, the NFL Network and NFL Films, and has interviews with competitive players and the most well-known players from the game.

– ESPN covered Bo Jackson on their awesome documentary series, 30 for 30. The name of the documentary was You Don’t Know Bo. For more info, check out their website.

– The ESPN show on John Madden Football didn’t run for two years… It ran for four god damn years! Good lord. If you really want information on Madden Nation, Wikipedia has a rundown.

– There hasn’t been an especially exhaustive oral history on Tecmo Bowl or Tecmo Super Bowl yet. Uni Watch has an OK one here, which gets into the licensing issue with Randall Cunningham and Bernie Kosar a little bit.

– According to Price Charting, used carts for the original Tecmo Bowl are pretty affordable, at around $7. If you want the manual and box, the price increases, from $15 to $20. Tecmo Super Bowl is pricier, around $15 for just the car, and $25 to $30 for the box and manual. (It’s worth it, though.) The Genesis and SNES versions are more expensive, with the second one costing around $35 for the loose cart, and $60 to $100 for the box and manual. The second one only had a limited run, and isn’t really any better than the third, just rarer.

– The game Brisket mentions in the email segment, Crusader Kings II, is on sale at WinGameStore for $7.99. It’s also available in various collections on Steam for the full price, which is around $40.

– The Mega Man movie was first reporting by a site called the Tracking Board. Their news item on it is here. The site that reported a Golden Axe movie has since taken it down, and the Borderlands movie has been rumored on tons of places on the ole Internet.

GUEST REQUEST

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Vidya Game News – September 3, 2015

E.T. - Box ArtWhile Kanye is running for president in 2020, the only one that’ll get our votes is President Ronnie. Are you a bad enough dude to save him? Prepare for the onslaught of political news with this much more appealing vidya game news:

– The aptly named Steven Lebron of Vice Sports has a lengthy interview with Tim Kitzrow, the voice of the NBA Jam series. Among the neat facts in the piece? He only got paid $900 for his initial voice work.

– The final tally for the first sale of Atari 2600 cartridges from a New Mexico landfill? About $107,000, according to Jacqueline Devine of The Alamogordo Daily News. The lot up for sale was 881 games, with the biggest earning being a copy of E.T., which went for $1,535.

– On YouTube, the iBookGuy has a cool series about how graphics and sounds work in older systems. This week’s topic was Apple and Atari, and you can see it here.

– Are you near central New Jersey at all? Cool! Then you can attend A Video Game Con – AVGC – which is being put on by Paul Solomine. The video game-focused event will have more than 60 vendors and 100 merchandise tables, as well as pretty much every old school console. Chuck O’Donnell of MyCentralJersey.com has a full article here.

– Jaz Rignall at US Gamer has an article on one of those obscure consoles you probably haven’t heard of, the Amstrad GX4000. It also gets into the odd European market, which was not dominated by the NES.

– In celebration of its birthday, Uproxx’s Nathan Birch has a long piece on some of the trivia aspects of the Super Nintendo. Amongst the tidbits: Nintendo never wanted to make a follow-up to the NES, most N64 games started as SNES projects, and yes, the system turns yellow over time.

Magic of Scherezade, The - Box ArtON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Pretty much zero games of note came out in America, unless you’re really into NFL Head Coach 09 or Blade II (2002). And if you are, well, it might be time to reevaluate your life and your priorities.

– In Japan, the awesome cult game The Magic of Scheherazade came out in 1987. It didn’t hit American shores until December 1989, but it was a cool game that mixed adventure and RPG elements. And oh yeah – some game called Metal Gear Solid came out in Japan. It became kind of a big deal

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 016 – Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (1994)

Episode 016 - Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (1994)

Episode 016 – Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City (1994)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re throwing down dunks for fire basketball power-ups! From 1994, we’re playing the much-forgotten Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City, a SNES-exclusive from Electronic Arts. Today’s special guest is Steve’s buddy Dale!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – The intro, which is not The Police, but is from a stage in the game.
  • 1:00 – Todd’s not here, man.
  • 46:00 – Emails. There could be foul play involved with this week’s show, and not enough video game questions.
  • 60:30 – Snifferoo.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, a copy of Chaos in the Windy City costs about $7 for the cart itself. If you want a new copy, or just one with the box and manual, it’s around $20 to $40.

– For a play-through of the game, with some commentary, check out this YouTube video. The speed run video is around 44 minutes, and available here.

– There isn’t much info on this game available on the web, since it isn’t “so bad it’s funny” like Shaq Fu. (And hey, reminder – We reviewed that one too!) However, as mentioned on the show, this game was the first one designed by Amy Hennig, who would go on to design and develop some much better games.

GUEST REQUEST

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