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Twitch Asylum Video Game Radio Episode #8
Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:06 am Comments (19)

Our eighth podcast is now available! Download it here.

In our "discussion" segment we talk about the concept of "abandonware". What is it? What are the legal issues related to it? and what does it mean to gamers?

During our "Retro Respect" segment, we take a look back at the history of id software. During the segment we discuss how John Romero and John Carmack got interested in programming, their time together at Softdisk, the development of their most popular game franchises (Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3-D, Doom, Quake), and the conflicts that ultimately pulled them apart.

Our "Gaming Moments" this episode include Moto GP (360), 2006 FIFA World Cup (360), Brain Age (DS), Mario Kart (DS), Doom III (PC), and Oblivion (PC).

In our look at the news we discuss the ability to emulate newer firmware versions on a 1.5 PSP, a couple of new comedy-based adventure games that use the Source engine, and the ability to play Zork over the phone.

Twitch Asylum Video Game Radio Episode #7
Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:29 am Comments (17)

Our seventh podcast is now available! Download it here.

In the early days of gaming, comedy played a large part in the success of many game franchises. Today it appears that publishers are staying clear of comedy in attempts to wow consumers with bleeding edge graphics and intense action.

In our "discussion" segment we ponder why publishers are choosing not to produce comedy based games, why we like comedy based games, and our belief that comedy based games could actually expand and diversify the overall gaming audience.

During our "Retro Respect" segment, we take a look back at Sierra On-Line, the company famous for producing many memorable graphical adventure games. During the segment, we discuss the history of Sierra, some of the popular series they produced, and how you can play those games today.

Our "Gaming Moments" this episode include Rockstar Table Tennis (360), Hitman: Blood Money (360), Quake 4 (360), Blazing Angels (360), Need for Speed Most Wanted (360), Dungeon Escape (Flash), and Joust (Atari ST).

In our look at the news we discuss the release of the first PSP mod chip, the GP2X handheld console, a new Indiana Jones-based adventure game, the fact that the DS Lites went on sale early, and that some people are pushing to have video games included as an Olympic sport.

Twitch Asylum Video Game Radio Episode #6
Mon May 22, 2006 5:47 am Comments (3)

Our sixth podcast is now available! Download it here.

After a long delay, we are back with a new episode. We sincerely thank all of our loyal listeners who stuck with us and we look forward producing many, many more episodes every two weeks.

In our "discussion" segment, we take a look back at E3. Was Sony really as bad as they appeared? Did they really want use to use the PSP as a rear view mirror? What games can we expect to see on the 360 over the next year? Did Nintendo's controller really perform as well as we were lead to believe?

During our "Retro Respect" segment, we take a look back at the Apple II computer. While not initially obvious, we discuss how many aspects of the Apple II's design were driven by video games. We also take a look at how many top game developers got their start programming on the Apple II. Finally we discuss our memories of the Apple II as well as discussing some of our favorite games.

Our "Gaming Moments" this episode include Lost Planet (360), Test Drive Unlimited (360), Tomb Raider Legend (360), 2006 FIFA World Cup (360), Beatmania (PS2), Gallop Racer (PS2), Tourist Trophy (PS2), Ikaruga (Dreamcast), Zombies ate my Neighbors (SNES), Starglider (Atari ST), and Defender of the Crown (Atari ST).

In our look at the news we discuss the fact that the 360 has been hacked, the fact that Sony believes gamers will buy the PS3 even if it doesn't have any games, Xbox Live hitting 24 million downloads, and the California Extreme classic video game show.

Twitch Asylum Video Game Radio Episode #5
Mon Apr 10, 2006 6:30 am Comments (8)

Our fifth podcast is now available! Download it here.

In this episode, we air the second and final portion of our interview with Curt Vendel. During the interview, Curt discusses his involvement in the development of the Atari Flashback 2 hardware, atarimuseum.com, and the Atari Historical Society.

In our "rant" segment we discuss the future of electronic video game distribution. We focus on the fact that unlike their PC counterpart, console game electronic distribution will be controlled solely by the console makers (Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo).

During our "Retro Respect" segment, we take a look back at the NEC TurboGrafix-16. We emphasize on the key role that Hudson Soft played in the development of both the hardware and games for the platform. We also discuss the fact that the TurboGrafx-16 will be available on the Nintendo Revolution virtual console.

Our "Gaming Moments" this episode include a look at Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion (360), Far Cry Instincts Predator (360), Daxter (PSP), and Kingdom Hearts II (PS2).

In our look at the news we discuss that some organizations are stating that, "Games make kids fat, nympho chain-smoking alcoholics", a decrease in sales of M-rated games to underage kids, Nintendo's annual profit being the largest since 2001, and much more.

Twitch Asylum Video Game Radio Episode #4
Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:00 am Comments (4)

Our fourth podcast is now available! Download it here.

In our "Retro Respect" segment, we review the very cool Atari Flashback 2 game console. In addition to playing a large number of retro games out of the box, we further discuss the ability to hack the console to use actual 2600 cartridges. Then, we present the first part of a two part phone interview with Curt Vendel. Curt is the founder of the Atari Historical Society, runs atarimuseum.com, and was the project and hardware lead for the Atari Flashback 2 game console.

During our "rant" segment we discuss the demise of TechTV and G4. We ponder on why it is still referred to as, "Video Game Television" when less than 50% of the actual content being provided is even slightly video game related.

Our "Gaming Moments" this episode include a look at Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion (360), Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (360), Feeding Frenzy (360), and Star Soldier (PSP).

In our look at the news we discuss a video of the new Super Mario Bros. game for the Nintendo DS that was shown at the GDC, that "I Eat Poo" is ripping up the Metroid Prime Hunters online leader boards, that some people are experiencing nature virtually (exclusively), and that a player in a MMORPG is going to be crucified for his actions in the game.

Pictures mentioned in the podcast are available here.

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