Tag Archives: Kotaku

Vidya Game News – February 9, 2017

castlevania-3-box-art-01– Netflix has confirmed that an animated Castlevania show will be hitting their service in 2017! You can read about it on GameSpot, and a bunch of other sites. Its creator has called it “R-rated as fuck,” and based on Castlevania 3. You can listen to our ‘vania 1 show here.

– Enshrined in Stuff’s Hall of Fame now: The Sega Mega Drive. Read more here!

– From Tristan Jurkovich at GameSpew, a good read on the “bizarre localization” of a fun adventure / platform action game, Power Blade.

– Sweet sassy molassy! Source codes for NBA Jam Extreme and Turok: The Dinosaur Hunter were found on some auctioned computers, according to this Kotaku article, which is based on the fine work of the folks at YouTube channel Silicon Classics.

– On Ars Technica, World of Warcraft gold can now be used on other Blizzard titles like Overwatch and Hearthstone. Also, by the way, we’ve covered a bunch of their games – the original Warcraft series, Starcraft and Diablo.

– A slew of Star Wars games are available in this week’s Humble Bundle, including Knights of the Old Republic and Shadows of the Empire. Check it out here! We haven’t covered those excellent games, but we have played and reviewed Rogue Squadron 3D (included in the bundle!) and Super Star Wars (not including, but you don’t wanna murder jawas anyway).

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Vidya Game News – January 12, 2017

asherons-call-pc-box-artHey, Steve missed a couple weeks of doing these! Womp, womp, wompppppp. It was mostly because he was looking for new apartments, and also dealing with a time crunch because of the holidays. Going forward, we’re mostly going to focus on the news items. This is because most of the anniversaries, unfortunately, were already starting to repeat themselves. And on that note, herrreeeee is the news!

– Ars Technica publicizes a hack of the NES Classic by Reddit’s NESClassicMods community, which allows you to add games to the system’s library.

– Kotaku, Polygon and other sites have this story about the closing of Asheron’s Call on Jan. 31, and how a 74-year-old dude is still playing the game.

– Also on Polygon, they publicize a trick published by the blog Super Mario Broth, for Super Mario World. Basically, Mario is invulnerable while sliding.

– From Gamasutra, a rowebut is learning how to play Mario Kart 64! You can read the story here, and by the way, our Kart episode is here.

– And hey, more Mario stuff, as Nerdist has stop animation Mare-E-Oh created with Rubik’s cubes. Listen to our Super Mario Bros. episode here!

– If you have Playstation Plus, you’re in luck this month! Day of the Tentacle Remastered, the sequel to Maniac Mansion, is free on the service in January. Check out our review of Maniac Mansion here!

– Shmuplations, of all places, has a cool translation of a Miyamoto interview about the development of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. You can read it here!

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Vidya Game News – November 10, 2016

skyrim-pc-box-art– Unsurprisingly, Gandhi remains an asshole in Civilization 6, per Kotaku. Check out our show on the original Civilization here!

– On Kill Screen, Emma Kidwell has a nice essay about how video games helped with language when she spent her summers in Japan.

– The NES Classic Edition comes out Friday in the U.S., and some reviews are coming in for it. Kotaku also notes that the old Nintendo call-in lines will be active, too.

– Also, as you may have heard, new Genesis consoles are being made… in Brazil. Polygon’s Charlie Hall notes that the system won’t have HDMI support or ship internationally, but it does come with 20+ games preloaded. Sega in Brazil is like Spinal Tap in Japan, or David Hasselhoff in Germany.

– Kyle Orland of Ars Technica writes about four “found” Kirby games for the SNES, and the difficulty of preserving old digital games, here. You can find our Kirby show here.

– From Matthew Figueira and other sites, Blizzard won’t be doing remakes of Warcraft 1 or Warcraft 2 anytime soon. Also, no news on a potential Warcraft 4 either. But hey, listen to our show on the old series!

Obduction, the new game from Myst creator Rand Miller, will be released for the PS4 and VR in 2017. Read about that and more in Miller’s interview with Dean Takahashi of Venture Beat. And listen to our Myst show here!

– From Kotaku: What should you feed your pregnant characters in The Sims?

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

Golden Sun, a popular RPG series by Camelot and Nintendo, first hit U.S. shores on Nov. 11, 2001. It’s 15 now! Almost old enough to drive.

– It was only a year ago, but the sweet baby boys can scarcely remember what our lives were like before the release of Fallout 4 on this day in 2015. We have a lot more time… Stupid, pointless time without Fallout 4. Bethesda’s masterpiece has had several DLC expansions and mod support added, and people are already clamoring for the fifth installment, or a side game, or anything else because Fallout is LIFE.

– Also, Skyrim came out on Nov. 11, 2011. It’s now five years old! A regular sweet kindergarten baby boy. Bethesda sure loves to spoil us in November.

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 28, 2016

The PS2.– Kyle Orland has a good interview with Sid Meier, of Civilization fame, for Ars Technica. You can read it here! And check out our Civilization show here.

– Speaking of Orland, he had a cool link in his weekly newsletter to an older piece about how insider leaks happen. (If you’re not subscribing to Orland’s weekly newsletter yet, you should! That is, if you love vidya games.)

– On Engadget and other sites: A prototype for a SNES version of Rayman has been found.

– In honor of Halloween, Justin Carreiro of The Young Folks has a look at Maniac Mansion. You can listen to our show on it here! Also, Ryan Gibbs of The Young Folks once talked SimCity with us here.

Pokemon Sun and Moon, which release Nov. 18 for the 3DS, are Nintendo’s biggest pre-ordered games of all-time, per a release by the company published on Polygon.

– Nathan Grayson of Kotaku summarizes some of the issues hitting up mod support for Sega games on Steam here.

– The USgamer team ranks all 30 games in the NES Classic here! Games we’ve covered on YPB: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Punch-Out, Tecmo Bowl, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2.

– On Polygon and other sites this week… The official Sega employee song from the 1990s.

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

– The PlayStation 2 came out on October 26, 2000. It was pretty popular.

– In 2002, a little game called Grand Theft Auto: Vice City came out. It was pretty, pretty, pretty popular. Almost exactly two years later, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out, and it was also pretty, pretty, pretty popular.

– Another lil game, Fallout 3, came out on October 28, 2008. Again, it was pretty popular.

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 077 – Super Mario RPG (1996)

Episode 077 – Super Mario RPG (1996)

Episode 077 – Super Mario RPG (1996)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are smashing goombas with hammers and racking up sweet, sweet numbers in the process! From 1996, we’re playing Super Mario RPG by Nintendo and Square for the Super Nintendo. Our special guest is Doctor Tony, friend of Steve’s friend Mary!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the Mario-est music of today’s game.
  • 44:00 – Emails! Helping to keep the lights on at the Kirk Cameron household.
  • 1:05:00 – No Sweet Boy Asks this week, so it’s right to the Snifferoo!

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Super Mario RPG is still quite pricy. It’s $46.50 for the loose cart, and $139 for the cart, box and manual. However, it’s available on the Wii virtual stores, which is much more affordable.

– Jason Schreier of Kotaku had a good retrospective on Super Mario RPG this year, in honor of the game’s 20th anniversary. Read it here!

– Likewise, the TV Tropes page for the game is quite robust.

Vidya Game News – October 13, 2016

socks-the-cat-01– Biggest news EVER possibly: The Socks the Cat game for the SNES is probably going to get a release, once it hits its Kickstarter goal! Yay! Read more here. Second Dimension and Tom Curtin, a gaming historian and collector, managed to secure the rights.

– On Kotaku, they have a news item on an NES replica that’s in the shape of a Zelda chest. And, oh, by the way, it has a wireless, floating Tri-force. Read more here!

– Stuff has a cool feature on the history of Nintendo handhelds, including the Game and Watch.

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

Mortal Kombat 3 was released for the Genesis and Super Nintendo today in 1995, after its release in arcades on April 15. Its story is completely insane, but hey, it has more buckets of blood, like the previous games in the series.

Pokemon Gold and Silver came out on October 15, 2000. They sold a billion copies.

WWF Raw was released for the PC on October 14, 2002. Because it was the last WWF game on the PC until 2015, it was a popular when it came to mods, even though Anchor’s effort received middling reviews when it came out.

Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne was released October 12, 2004. It was the first game of that series released in the U.S. by Atlus, and it immediately became a cult classic, bought by about 20 people who all happened to be game critics.

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 – August 12, 2016

F-Zero - Box Art - 01Today’s roundup is a day late because Steve has a case of OLYMPIC FEVER. It’s unclear if he contracted it from the waters of Rio, or some other way. Without further ado though, the links!

– Anddddd it’s gone. Nintendo Power has been removed from the Internet Archive, per Polygon.

– Band of Savers has a very important article posted: “10 Things Duck Tales Taught Me About Money.” And, check out our old episode on the vidya game!

– Nintendo Everything has a translation of an interview a Nintendo official did about the NES Classic Edition. Apparently, the save states are going to be more integrated and extensive than originally thought, and there will be several new visual modes for the games.

– Fun times, as Entertainment.ie has a screenshot quiz on SNES games.

– From Mike Diver at VICE, a Top Ten list of Sonic games.

– The AV Club has an insanely long roundtable on the camera in Super Mario 64.

– Unsurprisingly, a fan remake of Metroid 2 was quickly taken down, according to Twinfinite.

– Kotaku has a look inside Smash Hell, the server where Nintendo banishes spammers and others.

Shack’s Arcade Corner on Amazon looks at Black Tiger, a past YPB game! [WARNING – The first is a video link!]

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Hint for next week’s show: August 13 marked the 25-year anniversary for a slew of SNES launch games, namely, F-Zero, Pilotwings and Super Mario World. And hey, the SNES itself came out! Good times, good times.

System Shock 2, one of the biggest cult classics ever on the PC, came out on August 11, 1999. It was designed by Ken Levine, and developed by Irrational Games and Looking Glass Studios, but a sequel has been caught in rights snafus for 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.

Vidya Game News – August 4, 2016

Nintendo Power - Issue 50 - Link's Awakening– Holy hell, get at this treasure trove before Nintendo takes it down! Thirteen years of Nintendo Power have been put on the Internet Archive. The covers alone are awesome. Read them alllll here. (Note: Some sites say that Nintendo has authorized the posting, so mayyybeeee they’ll stay up longer than a hot minute.)

– Matt Grosinger of Nerdist has a ranking of all the songs in Mario Kart 64, from worst to best.

– The 54-acre former home of Atari in Beverly is now looking for tenants, per Banker and Tradesman.

– Hardcore Gamer is doing a week-long retrospective on the Metroid series, with the topic of this article being Metroid Prime’s incredible music.

– To the surprise of almost no one, the developer of the new Ghostbusters video game that didn’t tie into the old series OR the new one didn’t have a successful release. Fireforge has filed for bankruptcy, claiming $12 million in debt, only three days after launching the game. Read more on Kotaku.

– Chris Reed at Entertainment Cheat Sheet has a pretty neat list of 10 games millennials have forgotten about.

– Polygon’s Michael McWhertor has eight minutes of Sonic Mania gameplay posted, and shockingly, it doesn’t look bad! Check it out here.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Doom 3, the first attempted reboot of the series by id Software, came out on Aug. 3, 2004. While it wasn’t really followed-up by id, the more story-based game got good reviews, and it was pretty fun!

– Konami’s Silent Hill 3, a direct sequel to the first game in the series, came out for the PS2 on Aug. 5, 2003.

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 – July 28, 2016

Mario Golf - Toadstool Tour - GCN - Box Art– Nintendo is mining its past heavily for the Christmas season, as in addition to the NES Classic Edition, they also plan to come out with the Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics retrospective book on 17 games. Read more on the Prima Games site here.

– Hey, Sega also licensed their systems for new productions years ago! Except, according to Polygon, they kind of suck.

– From Geek, the Retroist has a fun feature on misleading Atari 2600 box art.

– Surprisingly, the new Ghostbusters game is just as bad as the old one, according to Brett Makedonski of Destructoid.

– On IGN and a bunch of other sites, a wireless receiver is now available to use PS4 and other current gen controllers on the SNES.

– Jason Schreier of Kotaku has a good retrospective on Final Fantasy III for the NES.

– Surprisingly, Honest Game Trailers tackles the awful Superman 64 this week.

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour came out in 2003 for the Gamecube. It was the second game in the Mario Golf series and well-received during its release.

Pokemon Crystal came out on July 29, 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Seemingly, Nintendo is the only company releasing good games in the dog days of summer…

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.