Friday, August 12, 2016

Ep 32.: The Cheapest Souvenir

Josh and Emily are here to regale you with some straight-up adventures this week. From unexpected Pop Rocks situations to daring gambling bets to arcade machines filled with beans, their antics will amaze you... but perhaps most incredible of all is the fact that they did it all together! What does this mean, and how is that possible? Listen in for the full story. NOTE: This episode is even longer than usual and Josh and Emily sincerely apologize for the extreme rambling.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
MegaRace Newsan St├ęphane Picq
Boku no Natsuyasumi 3: Kitaguni Hen: Chiisana Boku no Dai Sougen Theme of the Land Franz Schubert, Akiko Ukai, Isamu Tomita, Shuki Levy, Tchaikovsky, Ryoko Moriyama, Natsumi Hirai, Yosui Inoue
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Solitary Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama, Masayuki Nagao
Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Underground Koji Kondo
Star Ocean: The Second Story Stab the Sword of Justice Motoi Sakuraba
Sega Super GT Ancient Voice Hideaki Miyamoto, Kaoru Ohori, Fumio Ito
Ghostbusters Encounter! Kazuhiko Nagai
Magic Knight Rayearth ??? Yayoi Wachi

...and listeners like YOU.

Extra Credit:

The Pinball Hall of Fame
Footage of the hologram car game that Emily cannot adequately describe
The motorcycle game that Josh was awesome at


  1. Another home run, very well done!

    Nathan: Drop everything you're doing and play Chrono Trigger right now.

    It's important.

    1. I had to visit the past episode blogs to verify I was the Nathan to whom you spoke! I want to play Chrono Trigger, but I have Phantasy Star IV and Mother 3 to take care of first. I put PS4 on the back burner because of how Mother 3 came to me....but I think I need to get those 2 done first.


      ...but I'll play it after that, on account of your recommendation.

      Nathan aka Chief Penny Brain

    2. We at the VGM Jukebox applaud and celebrate the use of spectacular vocabulary, so believe me... we know how you feel. :)

  2. Okay, First off:
    Josh and Emily, you are actual people, with a photo to prove it! E, when you posted the link to the Keith Apicary clip in which you appeared, I wondered which female you were, but I didn't want to ask because it sounded a little creepy. Anyway, that sounded like an amazing trip and a totally fortuitous co-incidence. The Pinball History Museum looks amazing, and I'm impressed that they have a google street view of the place.

    I noticed Donkey Kong Jr in the lineup; My dad was amazing at that game. He bowled when my brother and I were kids, and he'd give us change to keep us occupied at the arcade. But he played too; he was really good at Tron, Pooyan, Donkey Kong Jr, and Pac Man. He was also okay at Frogger.

    Josh, I can't believe you played that Ghostbusters track! My buddy had that game(same guy that had Herzog Zwei), and that track always stood out to me. You're right about the beginning; that part comes in that sounds a little distorted, and kind of frantic, and then that whistling melody synth comes in. It's a really complicated emotion that comes out of that part. I actually sampled that for a hip-hop instrumental that also uses that iconic drum fill from Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight". The beat couldn't do either sample justice, but I attempted it anyway.

    1. Josh, to clarify, I can't believe you played that track because I intended to request the very same one, I just hadn't gotten around to it.

  3. ....oh, and you guys have to post a clip of Josh doing that anime fist-pumping-3-frame thing! I was laughing out loud at work, just at the idea of it!

  4. Your anime classification was deplorable. Also, you guys are in love and your spouses know it. Cary on nerds! <3

    1. Hey Bologna, Josh wants to know where you think his anime system went wrong. Please submit your thesis as a five-paragraph essay of no fewer than 1,000 words by the end of the semester or we shall consider Josh's schema uncontested. Citations should be in MLA style. Ganbare! <3

      As for love, did you know they let you marry haunted jukeboxes in Vegas? That was definitely my big takeaway from the trip.

  5. I thought you guys might find this interesting:
    The digital gambling machines actually are rigged to a certain extent. I met an arcade and gambling machine engineer (how do I get that job?) once that explained to me that all the digital machines in a given casino are on a server that can adjust the odds on the fly. This is done to guarantee that the casino never loses more than a certain amount of money per day. Thus if a whole bunch of people get jackpots in the morning, the odds will drop drastically for the rest of the day to balance out.

    1. See! That's fascinating. Thanks, Capsulejay!

      What interests me about this is that I don't think the revelation would affect the outlook of many gamblers. After all, someone still has to be the lucky one, right?