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Vidya Game News – November 19, 2015

Gauntlet Atari 2600 - Box Art - 01“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” ­– The Legend of Zelda.

– A cool project by a programmer dude is detailed on AtariAge, as he modified Dark Chambers into a version of Gauntlet that works on the Atarti 2600! Read about his work here.

– Confirming earlier trademark and copyright work, this week Sega confirmed that they are making a new Valkyria Chronicles for the Playstation 4, and remastering the old games as well. Sega Nerds had a translation of the Famitsu article. The third game never made it to the U.S., so it’s unclear if the new game or the remastered games will either.

– Two big Nintendo items this week. There will be a female Link, Linkle, in 3DS game Hyrule Warriors, per Twitter. Also, per almost every site on the Internet, the original Pokémon games will be getting re-releases.

– Neat advertising stuff, as Gamezone has an article by Samantha Bishop on the cool, old Kay Bee Toys flyers that got posted on Flickr. And from Tech2, they have the six worst gaming ads of all-time.

– Robyn Miller, the composer of Myst, has signed on to provide the music for Obduction. It’s a new graphical adventure that is clearly influenced by Myst.

– Cool Kickstarter project: an illustrated history of game controllers from 1972 to 1989. Check out the project from Player One Books here.

– Very important business from The Chicago Sun-Times, as Chicago Bulls player Tony Snell claims to have loved playing as Michael Jordan in NBA Jam. Say what? Everyone knows Jordan wasn’t in the game! He is probably confusing it with NBA Live 2000, which was the first basketball game in ages to actually have Jordan.


– In 2000, Banjo-Tooie came out. The sequel to Banjo-Kazooie, it was also well-reviewed. The platformer was the second-to-last game that Rare did for Nintendo, before becoming a developer for Microsoft.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was released for the PC in 2003, a few months after its initial release on the Xbox. It was an excellent RPG developed by BioWare.

– Not quittteee this day, but on Nov. 18, 1998, the Game Boy Color came out. It’s a popular day for Nintendo releases, because the Wii came out on this day in 2006.

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 018 – Myst (1993)

Episode 018 – Myst (1993)

Episode 018 – Myst (1993)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we’re opening books to unravel the mysteries of a family squabble on a mystical island. From 1993, we’re playing the game that spurred folks to buy a CD-ROM, Myst! And on this week’s show, we have a special guest, friend of the show Jovial Jackee.

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  • 0:00 – Intro. “The Tower” theme from Myst.
  • 47:45 – Emails. Jackee sticks around, and the gang talks Katamari Damacy and music peripheral games.
  • 1:01:00 – Snifferoo.


– There are several playthroughs of Myst online, such as this one.

– The storyline of Myst and its various sequels is incredibly complex and tangled, but Wikipedia does a decent job of hashing it all out here. And as you can imagine, TV Tropes has quite a bit of fun with the series.

– For more information on the annual Myst convention, Mysterium, visit their website.

– According to Price Charting, Myst is pretty affordable nowadays, if you want a physical copy. The PC edition is around $4, although as we said on the show, it can be a bit finicky to get to work. On Steam, the updates and re-releases of Myst go for around $6. Some of the rarer console versions, like 3D0, Jaguar and CD-I, range from $10 to $20.

Myst has a game spoofing it, called… Pyst. The concept is a tour of the island after four million people have toured it, and includes solutions to puzzles from the game scribbled on scenario. It got so-so reviews, and it’s out of print now. Oddly enough, this causes it to be worth more than Pyst, around $8 used to $20 new.


For next week’s show, we’re covering Tecmo Bowl and Tecmo Super Bowl! If you’re interested in guesting, shoot an email to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.