Friday, September 2, 2016

Ep. 35: Justice for Babies

Out of the frying pan and into the fryer it goes for Josh who can’t seem to keep his fictional relationships straight. That’s okay, though, since he, Emily, and the rest of the crew are professional enough to keep this from affecting the birth of VGMJB4B, a corporation dedicated to high fidelity, low information, and justice for the babies. Will Josh fall for a fancy jukebox, clad in gold? Is Emily putting enough into her retirement fund for her gaming needs? And just how many of their patrons are ninjas, exactly? Find out all of this and more in this exciting and fiscally responsible episode of the VGM Jukebox.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Wonderboy in Monster World Beginning Shinichi Sakamoto
Chrono Trigger Corridors of Time Yasunori Mitsuda
Gradius V Poison of Snake Hitoshi Sakimoto
Dragon Slayer: The Legend of Heroes Title Theme Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa
Scribblenauts Title Screen David J. Franco
Baby Felix - Halloween Prehistorik World Alberto José González
Aa Harimanada Sumo Devotion Masayuki Nagao

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  1. Guys, I had a great time on this episode! So much stuff to talk about as per usual, but I'll try to keep it short. How about VGMJ4B? It says it all.

    Speaking (again) on whether or not music conveys cultural information, Emily said something that really made me think. Music with lyrics obviously conveys cultural info, but instrumental music of any kind requires additional knowledge to glean the cultural info(which is there!). When Emily described her diminished enjoyment upon learning the keyboard sample track was a classical composition, I realized it might make sense to think of it more as "cultural metadata". There isn't much explicit cultural information in instrumental music, but there are cues implicit in the composition. I've talked about these cues before(style of composition, choice of instrument sounds, etc). But without a proper decoder(the education and experience of the listener), that implicit metadata goes unnoticed.

    There were quite a few early one-on-one fighting games featuring limited playfields; boxing games come to mind(for example, Taito's Final Blow, upon which Buster Douglas KO Boxing was based). I found a great article on the history of fighting games: http://arcadesushi.com/the-history-of-fighting-games-part-1/

    About HAJU: The -kun suffix is reserved for boys, or at least it was in '98, when I last studied Japanese. In any case, I guess we call her what she wants to be called, ne?

  2. I loved hearing the baby discussion as I was listening to the podcast from the floor of my 5 month old daughter's nursery. We often listen on Saturday morning together. At least Diad Jr. (Diada? Diadre?) Will get a good VGM education.

    1. Awwwww! We applaud you for fighting for Diad Jr.'s justice!

      Thanks for sharing that adorable mental vignette with us. I love knowing that we have parent patrons who listen to this show with their kids; it gives me the warm fuzzies.

  3. Great show. Thanks for featuring one of my tracks! ^^

    1. Mr. González! Thank you for dropping into our comments section -- it's an honor!

      I don't think I have a way of expressing my appreciation of your work in words, but suffice it to say I'm pretty sure every commuter on the highway I take home from work is familiar with Prehistorik World by now.

      I think they're happy about it, too, because they've been listening to the Lucky Luke OST for years now, and even though LL is a masterpiece they probably appreciate some variety every now and again. :D

  4. How do I become an early investor in VGMJ4B? Take my money now.

    Emily's Chrono karaoke made my day!

  5. It's about time we hear from Baby Felix - Halloween! Smurfs and the usual stuff you hear from AJG earned its classic status, but Baby Felix - Halloween deserves to be in there too.