Friday, December 2, 2016

Ep. 46: That Life

Did you know that John Lennon recorded "Revolution" laying on his back? Well, in the great tradition of The Beatles, Emily records this episode from her office floor. Can you tell that she's under the weather? Let us know in the comments. Join sick Emily as Josh takes the captain's chair in discussions about transporter technology, the healing power of sushi, dating Emily's mom, and much more. This episode features VGM Jukebox fanfic and whether you like it or not, Pokemon Go! strategies.

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This episode was made possible by:
GameTrack TitleComposer(s)
Mega Man: The Wily WarsMega Water SKinuyo Yamashita
Dragon CrystalLevels 1-10E. Fugu
Lufia and the Fortress of DoomFortress of DoomYasunori Shiono, Aki Zaitsu, Naomi Kuroda
ShinobiMission 1-2Yasuhiro Kawakami
Mad GearThunder Road (Stage 7)Takashi Tateishi
Greg Norman's Golf PowerUnknownBarry Leitch
Sei Hai DensetsuTrack 5Masakatsu Maekawa

...and listeners like YOU.


  1. So I'm sitting here at work performing repetitive tasks while enjoying this the latest episode (because I'm actually caught up and have exhausted the backlog) when I get frozen in surprise and enjoyment by one of the most surreal experiences of my life. Emily and Josh are actually talking about me!
    I listen to a lot of podcasts and after enough episodes, my heart considers the hosts to be my friends. Though my brain knows they have no idea who I am and likely never will. So I cannot express my delight and thanks for taking the time to include me in your community, especially after a rough night of anxiety.
    Thank you so much Emily and Josh for your sincerity and making me feel included.

    1. It's something else, amiright?? Welcome to the fold!

    2. Sometimes we even reply to blog comments! Sorry that it's so frequently months after-the-fact, though. >__>

  2. Sushi to you and all your loved ones!

    Yes. Yes, I would totally be interested in becoming a Patreon Patron.

    Emily, you have not played a Shinobi game!? Please, go play one right now. Yes, the Shinobi games started out having very funky soundtracks. The first game's music is an awesome mashup of early 80s jazz pop and traditional Japanese music. Revenge of Shinobi is one of the best soundtracks for the Genesis; it was the first time I remember thinking game music sounded like "real" music. Thank you, Yuzo Koshiro. In any case, I am partial to Shinobi in the arcade, Shadow Dancer in the arcade, and Revenge of Shinobi. Do yourself a favor and try them out.

    Josh, I will not argue that the Greg Norman Golf track did not feel like a golf game. But oh my, what a jam! It made me feel like I was in high school and in love.

    I work in an office building where I find myself trying not to listen in on the conversations of bankers, lawyers, software engineers, designers, and a host of others. It's easiest not to listen to the software engineers, because although they're (relatively) passionate about their conversations, they're speaking in what seems to be near-machine language. It's like I understand the words, but they have different and incongruous meanings. They might as well all be saying "Malkovich".

    That's what it's like to listen to you two talk about Pokemon. I'm not asking you to stop.....for all I know, I could be the only one who doesn't know what you're talking about. I'll just assume you're using coded language, and that you're really having a conversation all about John Malkovich.

    Lastly, I got a haircut by Rob F. Switch a few days ago. It was nice to finally meet him, and it may have been the best haircut of my life. And I swear it had nothing to do with the all-VGM soundtrack to the experience.

  3. The opening sketch made me want to recommend everybody play this fan game called Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa. In MGS:SS you play Santa Claus, and you must sneak around and deliver gifts without getting caught. It is very cute, humorous, and fun. The gameplay is like classic Metal Gear stealth action. There are a few sequels to it as well. It's a great Christmas time game:


  4. For those who may not know, Retronauts just released the first in a series of micro episodes about "specific technologies and how they shape the games we love."

    Their opening topic is FM synthesis. Host Jeremy Parish hits the sweet spot of being incredibly thorough, while at the same time being incredibly precise. Check it out: www.retronauts.com