Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 45] : Not a Michael Bay Transformer

Not a Michael Bay Transformer

We’ve come to the end of the road, folks; this is the final episode of the Half-Glass Gaming podcast.

We kick things off with a bang, as Josh delivers the grand finale in his ongoing saga of hearing things outside his bedroom window. We then get into murder in Minneapolis, wild foxes, and the wonder of video game toilets, before checking in on Uncharted 4, Survival Mode in Fallout 4, and baby-making anime video games.

We bring you up to speed on why the podcast is coming to an end before getting into Geralt’s genitalia in The Witcher 3, which brings us right back to where Half-Glass Gaming began.

But even with all this emotional hubub, we didn’t want to end the show without some cold hard facts, so we dig into our last topic: the history of video game advertisements. We talk about what was happening in the 1980s that shaped the landscape of the ad, and we look into highly controversial magazine ads, like Nintendo’s “Seriously Distracting” Game Boy Pocket ad. We close this sucker down by reminiscing about a couple of our favorite gaming commercials from days long gone.

Half-Glass Gaming Finale

Peace out, brothers and sisters, the sun has set upon the Half-Glass Gaming podcast.

You can keep in touch with us, dear listeners, on Twitter.

Josh (The Forward Thinker)

Rev. Rebecca Nathaniel (The Nostalgic Alcoholic)

Julian (The Moderator)

Mandi (The Lead Research Specialist)

About The Author

  • Jimmy Mamatas

    I’m saddened to see that Half Glass Gaming has truly ended. I suspect next Wednesday I’ll still head over to Retrovolve before I remember my favourite podcast no longer exists. I suppose it’s silly, but part of me was hoping that you would change your minds, or that you were going to start a new podcast to replace this one.

    Of course, you’re not obligated to continue the podcast if you don’t have the time for it, and I certainly appreciate the work that you did do. I will continue to visit Retrovolve and would very much like to follow any projects you take on in the future.

    Thank you for Half Glass Gaming. I’m sad to say goodbye.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Yes, it was a wonderful experience, and I’m proud to have been a part of it. Thanks for your all of your support, Jimmy!

    • Jimmy, you have been our rock, all kidding aside. All of our listeners have made the experience worth continuing to do over the months that we have been podcasters but seeing your comments every week has been a real plus. I’m glad you enjoyed our shenanigans and although I too am sad to see it come to an end I wanted to thank you personally for listening.

  • Jimmy Mamatas

    I’m saddened to see that Half Glass Gaming has truly ended. I suspect next Wednesday I’ll still head over to Retrovolve before I remember my favourite podcast no longer exists. I suppose it’s silly, but part of me was hoping that you would change your minds, or that you were going to start a new podcast to replace this one.

    Of course, you’re not obligated to continue the podcast if you don’t have the time for it, and I certainly appreciate the work that you did do. I will continue to visit Retrovolve and would very much like to follow any projects you take on in the future.

    Thank you for Half Glass Gaming. I’m sad to say goodbye.

  • mako33

    Too bad about the podcast, but that was a solid last episode. I know you all are on Twitter, but is there a Retrovolve Twitter account so I can see when new articles are posted?

    • Josh Wirtanen

      There is one, yes, but we don’t really use it. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever logged into it. I’ll try to be better about posting new RV articles on my personal Twitter when they go live.

  • Thief921

    Good luck with your future projects. I enjoyed HGG while it lasted.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Thanks for listening for all these weeks! It’s support from listeners like you who kept us going for so long!

  • Specter

    The podcasts and video I like always stop it just isn’t fair. I’m cursed I think. I like listening more then reading so articles aren’t good for me and you never do new videos on youtube. Sad.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      I’m very sorry to hear that. I know a lot of people were really loyal to this podcast, and shutting it down was a very difficult decision.

      We’ve been considering making some videos for a while. I’d still like to do it at some point, but I’ve done it in the past and it can be a rather large time commitment. Perhaps we’ll post a video every now and again, though, since we have all the technology we need to do so!

  • Jelly Genesis

    Wow… just wow. I stopped coming to the site a while back so I didn’t know this was happening until today. What a bummer. You guys have better information than all the other gaming podcasts, and I liked that Mandi knew so much about the gaming business in Japan. Her Nintendo stories were the best. Get why you want to shut it down but I will miss this podcast for sure.

    • Josh Wirtanen

      Thanks for listening for all of these weeks! I’m certainly very proud of the high level of quality we’ve managed to hit with our 45 episode run!

  • Jdcomix

    I saw the announcement last week but this is still surprisng to me. HGG seemed like a podcast that would last. Hope you all will still be around after this. I will miss learning so much about games every week.

  • That Lance Guy

    I’m really shocked how sudden this seemed to be. One week there was a normal podcast and the next week it was all over. That’s a lot of content I and other people am going to sorely miss.

Super Mario 64 Was Ultra Game Player Magazine’s 1996 Game of the Year
How Gamers Took Screenshots in the 90s
Mega Man 2’s Box Art Explained by Artist Marc Ericksen
Video Game Box Art Documentary Lands on Kickstarter