Friday, December 23, 2016

Ep. 49: Snow Day Spectacular

If holiday specials have taught us anything, it's that when you get snowed in, surprise guests are bound to appear. So join Josh and Emily back in the Dungeon as they're visited by some very special friends for discussions on faux-nostalgia, hair-gel, dinosaurs as transportation, the quest to recover forgotten games, the banana part of the squib, the alternate dimension represented by TurboGrafx-16, and MUCH MUCH MORE. Starring Josh and Emily, Mike and Ed from PixelTunes Radio, and Bryan and James from Pixelated Audio. Happy Holidays!

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Midnight Resistance Flood of Power Azusa Hara, Tatsuya Kiuchi, Hitomi Komatsu, Hiroaki Yoshida, Hitoshi Sakimoto (arr.)
Hebereke’s Popoitto Story Mode
Stages 1 & 6
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A Prehistoric Tale Title Jochen Hippel
Barbie: Super Model Riding in Hollywood California Danny Toft
Super Metal Crusher Title Sachiko Oita

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  1. I also used to download ROMs to floppy disk from my college (circa 1998). Every Friday before I headed home I had a chance to download one, maybe two ROMs to enjoy over the weekend. Sometimes I'd arrive home and the ROM zip file gave me a checksum error while unzipping. Noooooo!

    The time I downloaded Wild Guns on SNES, that was a good weekend!

    1. Aww, Treguard, thanks for sharing your checksum story. As horrible as it was to actually experience, this reflective reminder of the struggles of that long-ago time made me smile.

  2. What a great get together of the three VGM shows I listen to! I've been a fan of PixelTunes Radio for a long time and didn't know about Ed and his tie only thing... Hearing you all together is like a big VGM family. Merry Christmas everyone.

    1. Glad you had as much fun with it as we did, Mike. We were so like family that everyone raided the fridge and put their feet up on assorted dungeon furniture without even asking first!

  3. So good! SO GOOD!! I had a big smile from the moment I pushed play to accompany my morning commute.....then when Mike did the PTR intro for you guys, my smile turned into the biggest, stupidest grin imaginable. THEN, as Mike announced the first track, I could do nothing but whoop(while still grinning) and pump my fist like a wild boy. Merry Christmas to me!

    I mentioned this to Mike already, but I had no idea what a blood squib was before this morning. Plus, with the road noise, it sounded like he said, "blood squid". So I'm driving through the curves at 30mph over the speed limit, trying with all my powers to figure out what a blood squid was exactly, and why he had it in a fumigation tank, and where in the squid the tube goes, and what; is he replacing the squid's ink with blood? And what does one do with it then? And is this a thing the young-uns are doing these days? How have I not heard about this?

    Speaking of TurboGrafx video game ads, first game music CD I ever owned was a promo disc I got from some game store that was filled with Turbo CD tracks. The liner notes were in Japanese, so I could only guess at most of the games, but it started me on an early path to VGM addiction.

    Happy Holidays!

    1. lol!
      "Save the endangered blood squid! For just 20 cents per day, you can adopt your own blood squid and we'll make sure it gets fed the bananas it needs to survive."

  4. This episode was SUPER fun! I loved having this holiday special kind of thing with the visitors from other VGM podcasts dropping by the dungeon. Great party!

    The track from Hebereke’s Popoitto was a real stand out this episode. I'm going to have to check this game out. Thankfully my little brother did all the hard work of getting roms, and I just copied all his files. There were only a few choice games where I had to do the slow download back in those days.

    I also feel an inexplicable urge to play Barbie: Super Model now. I loved the discussion about girl games and felt sad that they made young Emily feel that to be a girl meant you were supposed to like fashion and bad game design. When I was a boy, I was too manly to play girl games. Now that I'm a man, I have a boyish curiosity about them. I think it's finally time for some Super Modeling and Horse Adventures!

    1. So, as promised, I sat down to play some Barbie: Super Model for the Genesis. The driving portion was laughably low on action. It's soooo sloooow! It felt like some sexist joke about women driving bad. "Now here are the keys Barbie. Just drive super slow and make sure you don't hit anything, ok?"

      The sections where you have to match her outfit to the magazine cover was a surprisingly challenging memory game though. This portion of the game actually has the potential to help my marriage, because my wife often asks me to go get the earrings and necklace she was wearing the other day, and if I don't remember which ones those were, I'm in trouble for not having paid enough attention. I fail at that task often, so thanks Barbie: Super Model! You're teaching me valuable skills for avoiding marital arguments!

      The catwalk stuff was pretty easy, except that they put other memory tasks between that memory task, which makes it much harder. I still managed it though, and I got to the roller skating level where I instantly crashed in the sand and got ejected back to the title screen. This happened more than once, and I'm actually finding myself flustered by a Barbie game. I now know why Emily felt compelled to finish this damn thing, despite it being a poorly designed game. You won't get the best of me, Barbie: Super Model!

      ...Damnit! I fell on my roller skates again!

  5. This was a wonderful surprise! Three of my favorite podcasts doing a crossover? THAT is a Christmas miracle! The chemistry between all the hosts was great, it never felt overcrowded and I loved all the stories everyone shared. Hope you all had a great holiday!

    1. It was really special for all of us too, goemonsama. Glad you enjoyed it, and here's hoping the whole pack of us get to do something like this again sometime!

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