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I Have the Spirit of a Canadian

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 18] : I Have the Spirit of a Canadian

This week, Josh updates listeners on his noises-outside-his-window situation and Julian tells the world about his comedy team Sparkle Picnic (as well as his butt), which leads us to the strange little world of improv comedy, public access TV, and flagrant misuse of the word “ironic.” After the break, we dive into indie gaming. We’ve got the goods on retro indie games, including one of the strangest games all four podcast members have played, Girlfriend Construction Set. We explore the roots of indie games, from college campuses in the 1960s and 1970s to the weird beginnings of id Software. At this point, “indie” starts getting harder to define. Is Doom actually an indie game? How about No Man’s Sky? Also, religious games, Kickstarter, PS4 dev kits, Color a Dinosaur (again), the drug-induced origin of shareware, Half-Life mods, and Josh’s obsession with a Revolutionary War FPS that uses “Yankee Doodle” as its entire soundtrack.…
Kaizeru-Hige

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 17] : Kaizeru-Hige

This week, a flashback to Ren Fest triggers a conversation about facial hair. Does Josh’s beard resemble Geralt of Rivia’s or Joel’s from The Last of Us? How do The Witcher 3‘s facial hair mechanics work? What is the history of facial hair in Japan? How do you say “handlebar mustache” in Japanese? You’ve got questions; Mandi has answers. Of course, all this beards ‘n’ stashes talk is merely a prelude, and the real fun begins when we dive into the history of JRPGs. Where did the term JRPG come from (and is it even an accurate term)? Were most Japanese RPG studios originally making pornographic video games? Why does Mandi hate Mass Effect so much (which isn’t even a JRPG)?…
Sexy Sriracha Cheerleader

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 16] : Sexy Sriracha Cheerleader Person of Things

With the spookiest of holidays approaching, the gang gathers around a warm mic to examine the trend of sexy Halloween costumes, like they’ve come from watchmygf adult look at this site for sexy Halloween costume ideas (adults only). Once that business has been addressed, we share tales from Halloweens past, as the Rev scares children, Julian almost gets a doppelganger, Josh’s car catches fire, and Mandi dresses up as a delicious dessert. After the break, we come back with our favorite video game urban legends, scary moments in scary games, and all sorts of other creepy, crawly fun. Yes, this includes Ben Drowned, Lavender Town Syndrome, Herobrine, and more! Don’t wait until after Halloween to catch this episode; we’ll be out of candy by then. Keep the conversation spooky by contacting us on Twitter.…
Star Wars Boy Band

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 15] : A Freaking Sci-Fi Boy Band with Light Swords

Get out your lightsabers and your Millennium Falcons, kids, because we’re talking Star Wars on this week’s episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast. From EA’s Battlefront beta to Super Star Wars (and some even older stuff than that), we cover several decades of Star Wars video games. What was LucasArts up to before they were legally allowed to make Star Wars games? Whatever happened to Star Wars 1313? Are female Storm Troopers a thing? Which little-known NES game featured a Darth Vader who could transform into a pterodactyl? Was the naming format for the Dark Forces games inspired by the Rambo movies? What’s Boba Fett’s pin number? And we don’t just limit ourselves to video games. We’ve got some stuff to say about Star Wars toys and, of course, the prequel movies too.…
Dudes in Ties

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 14] : Dudes in Ties

Buckle up, because this is one of our most factoid-heavy episodes (and also the Reverend’s drunkest episode) yet. We’re bringing the goods on sound design. How did Super Mario Bros. 3 get that neat steel drum sound in it’s game over music? What does “portal occlusion” mean? What is the origin of the Wilhelm Scream? Why does great sound design go unrecognized so often? Also, Mandi gets a PlayStation Vita, Julian doesn’t meet Neil Gaiman (but mispronounces his name), and Josh eavesdrops on some dudes in ties. Oh, and the Reverend is really, really drunk. This is one for the record books, folks! If your curiosity was piqued by the disaster of a game called Color a Dinosaur, here’s an article with much more information.…
The Voluntary Cow Extinction Movement

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 13] : The Voluntary Cow Extinction Movement

This week, we start things off with an update on our progress in Shovel Knight and The Witcher 3, dig into Fulton Extraction in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and put a nice little cherry on top of the pre-break conversation with Josh’s Snapple addiction. Real Snapple facts force us to ponder our existence, which is less comfortable than pondering the existence of No Man’s Sky, which reminds us that we wanted to talk about Minecraft. Somehow, all of this makes sense when you listen to it. In Minecraft land, Nate wanders endlessly, Julian watches the fruit of his labor burn to the ground, Josh impresses his mom, and Mandi gets struck by lightning over and over again. Plus, Minecraft cow suicide is a pressing issue.…
What's Heroic About Getting Your Finger Bitten Off?

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 12] : What’s Heroic About Getting Your Finger Bitten Off?

3/4 of the gang returns from the Minnesota Renaissance Festival with tales aplenty. We drank mead, we threw axes, and we may have run into a familiar friend. Is Pillowcase Head single now? We think so. Our Ren Fest activities lead into a discussion of The Lord of the Rings, and how the laziness of the Bard of Gondor will forever tarnish the Baggins name. Other post-Ren Fest topics include sexual attraction to fantasy tropes and Shovel Knight. Of course, Shovel Knight reminds us that a listener requested an episode on platformers, so we attempt to deliver one. Did you know that the platformer is kind of a hard genre to define once you start getting into it? Did you know there’s also a platformer-like genre called the comical action game?…
Better Than Babies

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 11] : Consistently Better Than Babies

Having recently returned from a road trip to the wonderful city of Duluth, Minnesota, the gang tells tales of the ridiculousness of highway billboards. This leads to a surprisingly impassioned conversation about advertising philosophy and brand management. Then, we delve into the topic of challenge. How hard is too hard? Are difficult games usually the product of bad design choices? Have games gotten easier over the years? And how can you keep a girlfriend if you can’t beat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the NES? These are troubling questions indeed. We cover some of the more famous difficult classics, like Battletoads and Mega Man, and jump into some more modern challenging games like Super Meat Boy and Bloodborne. Oh, and an episode about challenge just wouldn’t be complete without Josh explaining his complex relationship with the Dark Souls series.…
Carlos Menception

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 10] : Carlos Menception

This week’s episode is a Zelda-themed egg-stravaganza, as we regale our listeners with tales of Zelda games past and Mandi spits some mad trivia about chickens. A new character, Pillowcase Head, steps out of the Minnesota cold and into your hearts, while the Reverend goes sober for a bit and even skips a wrestling match due to a potential ulcer. Wasserman wouldn’t have allowed those sorts of shenanigans, but thankfully this ain’t his show. Plus, Josh’s Miyamoto sighting, Mandi’s fan base, Julian’s soul, and the Reverend’s bizarre payment options. Really, what kind of minister accepts weed and booze as acceptable forms of currency? Ours does! And, to top it all off, we’ve got a bonus Zelda-themed track by a great band.…
Inherently Impervious to Bullet Damage

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 9] : Inherently Impervious to Bullet Damage

In this episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, Mandi tells of the grand adventures she had while trying to acquire a set of yak-based superpowers. This leads the gang into an attempt to name a video game in which you can play video games while possessing superpowers. Spoiler alert: We found one! And, of course, Witcher 3 references make a comeback, as we have a healthy little debate about whether Witcher powers are magic, superpowers, or both. After that, we get out our pails and shovels to dig into the sandbox genre, and we draw a line in the sand between sandbox games and open world games. Those terms won’t be used interchangeably here at Half-Glass Gaming. Also, this episode is full of nonviolent GTA mimes, Fallout 3 babies, and Domestic Dog Simulator (or DDS for short).…
I'm from the Future

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 8] : I’m from the Future

This week, we travel back from the future to bring you tidings of gaming goodness. We chat Back to the Future for NES, Life Is Strange, and, of course, Chrono Trigger. We also get into the weeds about the female gaming demographic, and Julian makes predictions about the episode. Does he nail it? You’ll have to listen to find out. Plus, it’s a movie extravaganza as Josh and Mandi travel back in time to see The Road Warrior in theaters, the Reverend reminds us how awesome the “Time in a Bottle” scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past is, and Julian talks about some movie that’s kind of like Mad Max but is actually about hipsters with broken hearts. Oh, and Primer messes us all up.…
Half-Glass Gaming Wasserman

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 7] : The Wasserman Sizzle

What’s Doctor Doom up to now? It seems he’s been spotted while riding around in the Senate Council hover thing from the Star Wars prequels. Wait. False alarm. That’s just another Doombot. In this episode, we tackle the genre known as brawlers after a night of heavy drinking and heavy arcade-playing. Our axes are golden, our streets are ragin’, and our ninjas are turtlin’. Does the genre still exist to this day? How much does the retro brawler have in common with the modern hack ‘n’ slash? What’s with all the kidnapped girlfriends? Also, we reveal our favorite arcade games, the Reverend regales us with tales of the Minnesota pro wrestling scene, and the show gets its first arch-villain. Listen to the goodness right here: Whether you want to holler at us or applaud us, you can keep the conversation going by contacting us on Twitter.…
Pac-Man with a Plumber

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 6] : Pac-Man with a Plumber

In this week’s episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, we pit Tetris against Columns to determine the true champion of the strategically-dropping-things-into-a-pile genre. Things get a little ugly when Dr. Mario and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine join the fray, but that’s just how we like things: ugly. Speaking of ugly things, we talk about the merits of graphical prowess. Fortunately, we’ve done the research, and we have a lot to say about this topic. Especially Josh. Someone probably needs to calm that guy down. Also, we have an update on the amiibo situation from Episode 3, and we show off a thoughtful gift from a listener/fan. You can send more of those our way, folks. Don’t be shy. Keep the conversation going by contacting us on Twitter.…
Submerged

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 5] : Weird Crab People Walking to the Right

In this week’s episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, Josh whines about the elderly before whining about mosh pits and sounding like the elderly in the process. Julian regales us with tales of beer chasing, cord chewing, and GameStop visiting. The reverend just drinks a lot. After the break, we spit some mad fire about the game Submerged by Uppercut Games. Does its challenge-free gameplay make it a critical stinker? Perhaps, but that doesn’t mean Mandi can’t make it into her own personal photography jackpot or a dolphin friendship simulator. Listen to Episode 5 right here: Would you like to keep the conversation afloat? Catch up with all of us on Twitter. Josh (The Defender of Modern Gaming) Rev. Nate (The Defender of Retro Gaming) Julian (The Moderator) Mandi (The Research Assistant) And stop back next week: New episodes air every Wednesday.…
These Damn Jackrabbits Are Growing Horns

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 4] : These Damn Jackrabbits Are Growing Horns

We decide to dial the vitriol knob back several notches for this episode and just talk about our favorite games. Obviously, that can’t be done without extensive conversations about Mother and Final Fantasy, but there are a few surprises mixed in as well. Also, Nate spots a jackalope, Josh shoots a jackalope, and Mandi sciences a jackalope. Get the goods right freakin’ here: Keep the conversation rolling by telling us about your own favorite games on Twitter. Josh (The Defender of Modern Gaming) Rev. Nate (The Defender of Retro Gaming) Julian (The Moderator) Mandi (The Research Assistant) And stop back to get new episodes every Wednesday. You can see a full list of games we mentioned in this episode at the official Half-Glass Gaming website.…
Ness Amiibo Sandwich Blues

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 3] : Amiibo Sandwich Blues

The third episode of the Half-Glass Gaming starts off on the wrong foot, as Josh explains how Subway ruined his breakfast. Then, after the break, we break down Nintendo’s incompetence at handling the amiibo situation, which makes Josh even grumpier than bad breakfast. It’s a mile-a-minute thrill ride, as the big N gets curb stomped and amiibo figures go flying. We also meander around topics like Tony Hawk’s mysterious resemblance to Adam Sandler, EarthBound‘s marketing campaign, Nintendo setting people on fire, and Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures. Buckle up and grab a cup, it’s Half-Glass Gaming: Episode 3. If you want to learn more about the marketing campaign that sunk EarthBound, we’ve got you covered with this detailed article on the topic.…
Kratos in Chains

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 2] : Country Song of the Count

In round 2 of our discussion of modern games vs. retro games, we begin with in-game costumes and take a dark meander into the head of the Dark Knight. After the break, we dissect the quick time event like a frog in 11th grade biology. X’s get stomped, Y’s get flung, and shoulder buttons go a-tappin’. And, for some reason, we keep going back to Final Fantasy. Also covered: Lots of Shenmue, God of War 2‘s final QTE, meaningful choices in Life Is Strange, how to silently destroy a vent cover, the musical stylings of Castlevania titles, and the little Napolean dude from Resident Evil 4. And Gwent. There’s always more Gwent. Tickle your eardrums with the sweet sound of our voices. Continue the conversation by contacting us on Twitter: Josh (The Defender of Modern Gaming) Rev.…
The Witcher 3

Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 1] : We’re All Pregnant with Ghosts

Here we are, with the very first episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast, and we’re about as excited about it as this kid is for… well, whatever it is this kid is excited about:   In our introductory episode, we pit Josh Wirtanen against Rev. Nate in a battle over which is superior: retro gaming or modern gaming. While both parties start to make good arguments, they get distracted by an informative history of nudity in video games (and on the covers of video games). Eventually, we end up jabbering about the Gwent card game from The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Also, dinosaurs are hunted in ARK: Survival Evolved (well, not really), bad Snake impressions are unimpressive, and the drug habits of Atari developers are… well, you know.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Mars, The Detroit of Space”

We’re bidding farewell to Retrovolve by getting angry at Nintendo (again), mocking Square Enix, and counting down the best ten DOS platformers. Find out why I’m promoting underage tobacco use and so much more in this final episode of The Tim and Andy Show! Thanks to all that have supported the show! We hope to see you at our new home. Stay classic! Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Intro – 0:00 News – 7:54 The Import Report – 1:36:01 Stella Obscura – 1:39:29 Top Ten DOS Platformers – 1:52:05 Top Ten results and farewell – 3:15:55 Links: Skrillex working on soundtrack for new Tron game Why don’t kids love Sonic?…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Didgeridoo of Time”

Tim and I count down our favorite video game soundtracks ever made. There’s also plenty of news to talk about, including Netflix’s Zelda series and a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie. We also have a handful of debuting segments to further increase your knowledge of all things retro gaming. Or maybe we just blabber on a little longer than usual. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Intro – 0:00 News – 8:20 Stella Obscura – 55:27 The Import Report – 1:04:52 The Pawn Shop – 1:07:29 Top Ten Video Game Soundtracks – 1:19:40 Top Ten Results and farewell – 3:03:10 Links: Netflix producing The Legend of Zelda series RadioShack is going out of business How Sega built the Genesis Richard Garriott’s new game approaches release RBI Baseball returns for 2015 Gran Turismo Academy drivers win real race Street Fighter II ported to Virtual Boy New Asteroids game Quake running on an oscilliscope Spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie The Lost Vikings in Heroes of the Storm Ultima IV free on GOG.com…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Super Duck”

We learn to cope with our own irrelevance and commemorate an insignificant milestone in the tenth episode of The Tim and Andy Show.  To celebrate, we reveal our sweet-ass new theme song and count down the top ten consoles of all time.  Thanks for listening, mom. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Joystiq is closing A pixel art tribute to The Simpsons The story of Grim Fandango Remastered Sega planning massive cuts Nintendo’s bullshit affiliate program Final Club Nintendo rewards 8 awesome console mods ZX Spectrum re-release Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Listen to this and other episodes on Stitcher Like us on Facebook…

Every Super Podcast Bros. Countdown and List Ever!

Perhaps you’re too lazy to listen to the show, or maybe you just have better things to do with your time. Nevertheless, we’ve compiled every “top ten” list from each episode of Super Podcast Bros. so far! Take a quick look at our selections and then click the links to listen to hear the explanations for our picks. You can also find every episode of the show on iTunes and Stitcher. Stay classic! Episode 0: Top Ten NES Games CountdownTop Ten NES Games10. Werewolf: The Last Warrior9. Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom8. Monster In My Pocket7. Star Trek: 25th Anniversary6. Vice: Project Doom5. Faria: A World of Mystery and Danger4. Kickle Cubicle3. Tecmo Super Bowl2. Maniac Mansion1. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “The New Adventures”

In our longest and perhaps strangest episode yet, Tim and I discuss some recent news in retro gaming and count down what we consider to be the most disappointing sequels in gaming history. Stick around for a bonus segment where we go head-to-head in a game of Nintendo-centric gaming trivia. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Mutant Football League isn’t dead Steven Soderbergh’s edit of 2001: A Space Odyssey What Bully would look like on modern consoles Power Glove hacked into animation tool Sierra’s Shiftlings Nintendo announces Wii releases for Virtual Console Club Nintendo shuts down Bud Light Pac-Man Super Bowl ad trailer Gizmodo article on the abandonware community Tom Morello & Serj Tankian “Crazy Train” cover The Great Retro Quiz Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: 2014 Year End Special

We’re looking back at 2014’s best games and handing out awards (or not) to the year’s most acclaimed titles. That isn’t to say that we’re forgetting about the wonderful years gone by; we also give our picks for the best games of 1984, 1994, 2004. To end our celebration of the new year, Tim and I count down the top ten retro games we discovered during 2014. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: DOS Nostalgia Podcast Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Listen to this and other episodes on Stitcher.…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Straight to the Metal”

Christmas cheer did little to diminish Andy’s hatred for modern consoles. As a result, the guys are counting down their top ten favorite games for a system that wasn’t paralyzed by hackers: the Atari 2600. Amphibious blasphemy, masturbatory misspellings, joystick-waggling porn stars, and much more in this episode of The Tim and Andy Show. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Links: Once Upon Atari Ariel Rebel reps Atari – Official Website (NSFW) Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Elf Bowling”

There is only a week left until Christmas, so Tim and Andy discuss a few Christmas-themed games and wax nostalgic about the best gaming gifts they’ve received throughout the years. Gaming gifts can be fantastic for the game lover in your life. There are so many ways nowadays that you can get custom equipment made especially for them and their gaming needs, for instance, you can get a Custom gaming mouse pad if they are someone who exclusively plays video games on the computer or a custom controller for the PSP/X-box player. The choices are endless and varied, get them something they’ll really appreciate and love. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes!…

The Tim and Andy Show: “A Bag of Tacos and Tony Danza”

In the fifth episode of their show, Tim Evans and Andy Reierson discuss the retro games that ruined their lives by sucking away all of their free time. That doesn’t mean there isn’t also time for Star Wars trailers, Tony Danza, flatulent Frogger parodies, and a bonus top ten countdown of 10-year-old Andy’s favorite NBA players. Click here to listen to the episode or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” Subscribe to The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Links: Star Wars Episode VII (George Lucas Special Edition) Trailer PSone 20th Annviersary PS4…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Here Comes The Doomwad”

Tim and Andy are back and they’re discussing their top ten “game changers”; games that forever changed the industry and set a new standard for all others that followed. Take a listen to find out which titles they picked and hear all the awful jokes that came with them. Stay classic! Click here to listen to the podcast or direct download by right-clicking and selecting ‘Save link as…” You can also find The Tim and Andy Show on iTunes! Links: ArcadeExpo – Pinball World Record Bill Gates in Doom ZDoom Black Hole pinball by Gottlieb Bubsy 3D Andy’s dad plays DDR…

The Tim and Andy Show: “Pantsriarchy”

Live from the Chatterbox Pub in Minneapolis, it’s the third episode of The Tim and Andy Show! They’re joined by Alcoholic Luigi (of GeekParty fame) with the intention of debating the great console war of the late 90’s: Nintendo 64 versus Sony PlayStation. They end up discussing everything but. Ty Cooper (Alcoholic Luigi) VS. El Baño…

The Tim and Andy Show Is Now Available on iTunes!

Retrovolve’s premier only podcast, The Tim and Andy Show, is now available on-the-go for iOS devices via iTunes! Find them in the iTunes Store or simply hit the link to get your weekly fix of retro-centric podcasting goodness. Click the ‘subscribe’ button to get the show automatically downloaded to your device every week (like that U2 album, only not awful) and make sure to leave any comments or questions you have for us below. You can also find every episode of the show over on our YouTube channel. Happy listening and as always, stay classic!…
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