Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 28] : Every Video Game Is a Castlevania Remake

Batman, Little Mac, and Han Solo

Mandi shares a very catchy earworm after playing PaRappa the Rapper 2 on PS4, which leads us into the wild topic of video game remakes, re-releases, and remasters. Are they a collector’s delight or a cheap cash grab? Believe it or not, we’re actually siding with the industry on this one.

After the break we start flinging factoids around, digging through the surprisingly long history of video game remakes. While it may ruffle more feathers these days, it’s been a part of gaming history since before any of us were born. So where is the remake’s place in the industry? Are we looking forward to the remake of Final Fantasy VII? Well, that’s a silly question; of course we are.

Get your chickens back into the kitchen, here comes Half-Glass Gaming!

Here’s a complete list of games mentioned in this episode:

  • PaRappa the Rapper 2
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness
  • La Pucelle: Tactics
  • Silent Hill 2
  • Silent Hill 3
  • UmJammer Lammy
  • Gun Fight (1975 arcade game)
  • Western Gun (1973 arcade game)
  • Double Dragon (1987 arcade game)
  • Double Dragon (NES)
  • King’s Quest (1983)
  • King’s Quest I: Quest for the Crown (1990)
  • Final Fantasy IV
  • Final Fantasy V
  • The Last of Us
  • The Last of Us Remastered
  • Metal Gear Solid (series)
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • ICO
  • Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
  • Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Final Fantasy Chronicles
  • Final Fantasy Anthology
  • Metro Redux
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Lunar: Silver Star Story
  • Lunar: The Silver Star
  • Castlevania (NES)
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Final Fantasy IX
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Don’t Starve
  • Far Cry (series)
  • Disney’s Aladdin (SNES)
  • Disney’s Aladdin (Genesis)
  • The Pirates of Dark Water
  • Final Fight
  • Earthworm Jim (Genesis)
  • Earthworm Jim (SNES)
  • Bully
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy
  • State of Decay
  • Valkyria Chronicles
  • Grand Theft Auto III
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  • Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Resident Evil (series)
  • Resident Evil
  • Sweet Home
  • Devil May Cry
  • Resident Evil 0
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Akumajō Dracula
  • Castlevania Chronicles
  • Haunted Castle
  • Vampire Killer (MSX)
  • Perfect Dark
  • GoldenEye 007
  • Castlevania: Dracula X
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood
  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • The Last Guardian
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
  • Fallout 4
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Halo: The Master Chief Collection
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Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
8 years ago

Not playing newer games, I can’t say I’m terribly concerned with remakes myself. I did enjoy the older arcade remakes Mandi mentioned as a child, though. Thank you for another bang-up episode!

8 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

Yeah, I think it is interesting to look back and realize that most of the NES era arcade ports are basically remakes, or de-makes like the TMNT arcade game, which was one of my favs. I really loved Bionic Commando as a tyke, but the attempted 00’s reboot/remake was a disaster. Sometimes, often times perhaps even, the classics are best left alone. Thanks for listening Jimmy.

8 years ago

A headboard that is all at once a travesty and a controversy: https://www.etsy.com/ch-en/listing/129009558/grass-gate-dream-bed

8 years ago

What’s on the smaller book in your photo? I thought it was another Bradbury at first but it doesn’t look large enough.

8 years ago
Reply to  Thief921

The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury. You’re eyes do not deceive you.

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
8 years ago
Reply to  JulianWhatThe

Yeah, it’s The Illustrated Man. It’s actually just a matchbook with the Illustrated Man cover on it, which I thought was a cool knickknack for my Bradbury shelf. Also thought it was clever to have matches (the source of fire) inside a book — kind of a Fahrenheit 451 reference.

I loves me some Bradbury.

8 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

Never would have guessed it was a matchbox. Do you have any others?

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
8 years ago
Reply to  Thief921

It’s my only cool novelty matchbook. I have a ton of Bradbury books, though.

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
8 years ago

I will never fall out of love with the “Every game is a Castlevania remake” joke.


– The Reverend

8 years ago

REmake still stands out above every other remake I’ve played. Of course, I didn’t play it after they ported it AGAIN.

8 years ago

REmake still stands out above every other remake I’ve played. Of course, I didn’t play it after they ported it AGAIN.

8 years ago

As long as FF7 still has detailed cities and dynamic questing, I’ll be happy. I stopped playing FF games because fighting got boring and repetitive and npcs had nothing to say.

8 years ago

I stand corrected: the Busdriver song that sounds like the Car Rap in Parappa is Avantcore, not Befriend the Friendless Friendster. Both Avantcore and Car Rap sample Turtles Have Short Legs by the group CAN.




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