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

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.

Fun fact: This is the first episode ever without a Witcher 3 reference.

Here’s a full list of games we mention in this episode:

  • Back to the Future (NES)
  • Back to the Future Part II and III (NES)
  • Super Back to the Future Part II (Super Famicom)
  • Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (series)
  • Life Is Strange
  • Prince of Persia (series)
  • Chrono Trigger
  • E.V.O.: Search for Eden
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time
  • Renegade III: The Final Chapter
  • The Lost Vikings
  • Time Lord (NES)
  • Spot Goes to Hollywood
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Secret of Evermore
  • Singularity (2010)
  • Sonic the Hedgehog CD
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials & Tribulations
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Pokémon (series)
  • Duke Nukem
  • BioShock Infinite
  • The Last of Us
  • Dear Esther
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
  • Gone Home
  • Myst
  • Psychic Detective (1995 FMV game)
  • King’s Quest (2015)
  • Braid
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Jimmy Mamatas
Jimmy Mamatas
6 years ago

Perhaps Julian’s time travel works similar to how it was depicted on Futurama, where the universe resets itself in the same way afterwards.

A bit unrelated but I wondered something. Josh prefers modern games and Reverend prefers retro games, but what do Mandi and Julian prefer? I prefer retro games myself.

Josh Wirtanen
Josh Wirtanen
6 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

I don’t think it’s necessarily a perfect split. I mean, I love retro gaming too, and the Reverend spends an unhealthy amount of time playing Skyrim. But I try to bring a forward-looking perspective to the conversation (since I really love thinking about the future of gaming), while the Rev tries to bring a more nostalgic one.

I’m guessing Julian would probably tell you he prefers modern gaming and Mandi would probably tell you she likes both retro and modern, but in different ways.

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
6 years ago
Reply to  Josh Wirtanen

I really do spend an unhealthy amount of time playing Skyrim.

I’d tell you more about it, but this 1978th hour of Skyrim isn’t gonna play itself.

6 years ago
Reply to  Jimmy Mamatas

I enjoy modern gaming more than retro. I have fond memories of retro games, but not so much the games as much as the stories that my brother and I would make up while playing them. We would often base characters on people we knew and also do funny voices. As I grew up with gaming I simply grew fonder of games as they evolved and eventually began to tell the stories that I gravitated towards more. Plus I’m afraid to tarnish my memory, as often times when I go back and play older games they don’t stand up to how I remembered them.

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