Friday, August 19, 2016

Ep. 33: It's in the Will

Oh no! Could this be the end of Josh, Emily, Haju, and the Cookmeister? Join us as they face the most difficult challenge in the game. Will stress turn this co-op into turn-based competition? Will our protagonists resort to dirty tricks to claim life-saving power-ups? Or will somebody’s mom come in, throw the game away, and teach everyone a lesson? Get comfy on this ledge and see how it all plays out.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars Super Pipe House Koji Kondo, Yoko Shimomura
GG Aleste II Title* Imami Pon and Ba. M (Tomonori Minami)
Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure Sight of Silence Falcom Sound Team JDK
Diablo 2 Desert Matt Uelmen
Super Monkey Ball 2 Staff Credits Hidenori Shoji, Haruyoshi Tomita
Earthworm Jim 2 Lorenzen's Soil/ISO 9000 Tommy Tallarico
Adventure Island 2 Ice Island 1 Yuzo Koshiro

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*NOTE: Emily goofed and thought she was playing the track "Weapon Select" when she actually played "Title." An official correction is issued in the next episode.
Extra Credit: OC Remix Underground Riddims by McVaffe


  1. I used to name my characters all the time in RPGs until I found out years later that most of them already had names! Such as the main character in Pokemon was red and your rival was Gary. Or in final fantasy 7 I had no idea that the main characters name was cloud cuz it gives you the option to type in whatever you want for his name, I didn't find out until I saw advent children that they all had their own names. So now I'm super paranoid about remaining characters and I usually just leave them as the default name if there is one.

    1. Hah! I hear you, mystery patron. I name my RPG characters after my friends, so I often barely remember what the official names are.

  2. The difference between game gear and master system is the game gear has stereo. That's it, AFAIK. And I don't know Japanese....I took a year in college, but I've forgotten most of it.

    In Mother 3, I named the characters directly after the corresponding members of my immediate family. I'm the oldest of two, and a redhead. My younger brother has blonde hair. I had a niggling suspicion that some of the people I was naming at the beginning would die, but when it came so early, it left me numb.

    My own mother was in a near-fatal car accident when I was about 7, which limited her ability to cope with the stresses of raising a family. She walked out on us, leaving my dad to raise us on his own. We spent the rest of our childhoods waiting to exhale, as she bounced in and out of our lives whenever the guilt and loneliness of abandoning us became too much to bear.

    My mom is a wonderful woman. In the years since the accident, we've repaired our relationship, burned our bridges, and built them back again. She still flits in and out of our lives, but over the years, I've learned to love her without holding on too closely. Now I have the difficult task of teaching my children to love her in the same way.

    I misunderstood your instructions when you finished playing the Diablo music (which was the best music of the episode, by the way). When you went into the Super Monkey Ball track, I tried to keep the same theme, so I imagined a happy Japanese guy in convincing red devil prosthetics, playing the drums (which were human skulls), And playing a toy Calliope, in which the air blows out of the mouths of human heads, a la that Fisher-Price toy piano with the muppet-like heads.

    In your assessment of VGM podcasts and their literary counterparts, you totally left out VGMpire! You guys need to give that one a listen. It's very good. It usually focuses on one game or game series, and is about nostalgia just as The VGM Jukebox is. I would call it the autobiography of the VGM podcast world.

    1. Wow Nemo, that's an intense story. I'm sorry for the suffering you and your family endured, and I admire that you've created some positives from those experiences.

      Funny that you bring up calliopes, though; if I ever wind up a parent to a girl child, I decided many years ago that her name would be Calliope. So, there's another random and totally useless KeyGlyph factoid for you!

  3. I can guess why you'd like the Earthworth Jim track, it sounds like an Ecco the Dolphin track!

    1. I never thought of it that way before! Now I'm wondering if my whole life can be viewed through an Ecco lens...