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Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

Episode 085 – Rogue Squadron (1998)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are zipping through the galaxy a long, long time ago, blasting down ships! From 1998, we’re playing Rogue Squadron by Factor 5 and LucasArts for the Nintendo 64 and PC.

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which has the John Williams-esque opening theme from Rogue Squadron.
  • 28:15 – We move right along and then past Comments, Concerns and Questions!
  • 29:15 – Emails! Why don’t we like them Sega games? And it’s Jimmy Blizzards!
  • 48:30 – It’s everyone’s favorite segment, even more than the actual show most times! It’s time to… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 53:30 – Snifferoo. Ho ho ho! We cover one of the best Christmas games ever! (NOTE: Strong language!)

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Rogue Squadron is pretty affordable. It’s about $7 for the loose cart, or $14 if you want the box and manual as well. It hasn’t been re-released in another format, so that N64 cart is your best bet if you can’t find the PC version nowadays.

– By the way, a little movie called Rogue One is coming out soon. That’s kind of why we played this one.

Vidya Game News – May 26, 2016

Lion King - NES - Box Art– The best read of the week, and one close to my heart, is a long piece from Ernie Smith of Tedium on commercial mascots and their video games. Featured prominently are the Noid and M.C. Kids, of course, along with other lesser known items like a Doom-engine Chex game.

– Hardcore Gamer’s Marcus Estrada has a neat, informative little piece on the Doctor V64, which was a knockoff Nintendo 64 development kit. Read about it on their site.

– Live in Arizona, and want to play classic video games? You’re in luck! The Daily Courier has a business profile on Black Box Gaming, which allows you to lounge and play vidya games. Read about the cool little store here, in a story by Max Efrein.

– Now on Merchoid! Nintendo-themed bikinis.

– Boooo: Sounds like an automated FOX filter to take down their content on YouTube “accidentally” took down a clip of some dudes playing Double Dribble. Why? Well, because Family Guy used that clip in an episode. And, the show didn’t credit the brothers either. Read about it on IGN.

– Alan Young, the voice of Scrooge McDuck on Duck Tales, has passed away.

– Nintendo has released some trailers for its latest Kirby game, Planet Robobot, for the 3DS. Check them out via Siliconera here! And give a listen to our past episode here!

– These dudes tagged us on Twitter, so how can I not give them a plug? There is a music remix project for The Guardian Legend, which we’ve covered in the past. To check out their tracks, go here!

– I forgot to post this last week, but it’s still a really good read! From Eurogamer’s Wesley Yin-Poole, the rise and fall of Lionhead, creators (in a way) of Fable and headed by Peter Molyneux.

– Also from Eurogamer: Keith Stuart has a fun piece on how he was blacklisted from early Sega releases, even though he was running a magazine about the Dreamcast.

– Ron Gilbert, the creator of Maniac Mansion and Money Island, wants to buy back the IP from Disney. The mouse acquired the titles after buying the Star Wars empire for $4 billion in 2012. (And hey, check out our Maniac Mansion episode!)

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– Historically, May 26 hasn’t been especially great for games, but the first installment in the inFamous series came out on this day in 2009. The Playstation-exclusive series combined open-world gaming with superhero powers, and it was generally well-received.

– The NES version of The Lion King came out only in Europe on May 25, 1995. Yes, new NES games were still being made in 1995! Although, this was indeed the last release for Europe. It’s probably for the best, as Westwood Studios’ effort wasn’t all that good.

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 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 033 – Super Star Wars (1992)

Episode 033 – Super Star Wars (1992)

Episode 033 – Super Star Wars (1992)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re playing a game based on events a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… From 1992, we’re playing the impossibly tough Super Star Wars for the Super Nintendo from LucasArts! Our special guest this week is Beeney, who is a big Star Wars fan, and we have a special-special guest, her son, Beeney Junior!

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TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the Imperial march from a little film series called Star Wars.
  • 32:15 – Our YPB padawan learner, Beeney Junior, comments on the game!
  • 52:15 – It’s the fastest growing game show of the last five minutes, Adobo Abobo! With guest contestant Beeney!
  • 1:06:00 – We say a heartfelt goodbye to Beeney, and a heartfelt ‘hello!’ to some important asks in the emails, which again, are in no way made-up.
  • 1:19:30 – Snifferoo. We are playing an iffy game from a great holiday movie series! Ya filthy animals.

SHOW NOTES

– According to Price Charting, Super Star Wars is somewhat affordable if you want a cart version, as prices range from $8 for just the cart to $45 for the manual and box, in new condition. The sequels, which are a bit better reviewed, range from $11 to $75. As mentioned on the show, downloadable versions are available for the Wii and PS3/PS4 online shops.

Here is the list from Blastr of 50 Star Wars games, ranked. There are more than 50 games in the series, but the list is a little bit old, and they didn’t seem to delve into the handheld and mobile and fringe system games as much. Wikipedia has a full list here, separated by the film they’re based on.

– The SNES series has its own page on TV Tropes. As you can expect, the series itself has wayyyy too many pages on TV Tropes.

– In case you haven’t heard, the new Star Wars movie is out Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, depending on what country you are in. Unless you’re very lucky, tickets are probably sold out for an opening weekend showing in your area.

Vidya Game News – December 3, 2015

Shadows of the Empire - Box Art - 01“Get over here!” – Scorpion. And, uh… read these news stories.

– On our Shaq Fu episode, we talked about how development on the crowdfunded sequel was oddly quiet. Well, according to IGN and other sites, piggybacking on Shaq’s twitter, a release date might be announced today. (And to check out our episode, which was one of our favorites, go here!)

– Know a hipster who loves old SNES RPGs? Then the perfect gift for him might be a Mother 2 (Earthbound) soundtrack on vinyl, as first publicized by Carlos Cadorniga of the Anime News Network.

– What’s the Angry Video Game Nerd up to this Christmas season? Why, examining bad cover art, of course! And it’s probably not a surprise that the second game he features is Mega Man

– A fancy Super Mario Bros. watch can be yours for just $18,000! Good times, good times.

– Grey Carter of The Escapist has a modern review of Myst, and he’s not all that impressed in the game except as a fossil.

– T3 Online has a really awesome and exhaustive piece on the Dreamcast, and they even open up the system and look at its guts!

ON THIS DAY IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY…

– On TV Tropes, there is a concept known as Early Installment Weirdness. This definitely applies to Duke Nukem II, as most people don’t remember it started as a platform game in 1993. Apogee was an awesome developer of platform games back then, though. Since then, they’ve changed names to 3D Realms and done way more FPS stuff.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire came out 19 years ago, in 1996, for the Nintendo 64 by LucasArts. While the interface is clunky at times, it features a cool-named character (Dash Rendar!) and serves as a neat side story between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

– Yesterday, 14 years ago, Pikmin came out for the GameCube. It’s kind of a cult classic for Nintendo, in that it “only” sold about 1.1 million copies back in the day. It has spawned two sequels, but it remains a minor series for the Big N.

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.