Learned from Gaming Podcast
Episode 037 What We Learned from Emulation, ROMs and playing Swindle

Episode 037 What We Learned from Emulation, ROMs and playing Swindle

June 27, 2019

In which we discuss the strange world of game emulation and JRPGs that never made it to the West back in the 90's, stealth game mechanics and we get a great and engaging email from friend of the show Robert Ring from the Classic Gaming Podcast.  We also have a guest show up right at the end unexpectedly, spoilers it’s Chase’s son waking up so he has to step out a bit early.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Diablo for PC and PS1

Anthem for Contemporary Consoles

Trails of Mana/Secret of Mana 2/seiken densetsu 3 for SNES and now Switch

Final Fantasy Adventure/Sword of Mana for a number of systems

Secret of Mana for SNES

Bahamut’s Lagoon for SNES

Treasure of Rudras for SNES

Front Mission for SNES

Front Mission 3 for PS1

The Swindle for PC

Dwarf Fortress for PC

Mega Man games for everything

Super Mario Bros for NES

Portal for PC and some last gen consoles

Cultist Simulator for PC

Binding of Isaac for PC/Contemporary console

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Chase brings up that Lightsaber dueling is now an official sport in places like France: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/19/18231268/lightsaber-dueling-french-fencing-federation-official-sport

 

Diablo and Hellfire are now on GoG? https://www.gog.com/game/diablo

Blizzard official release: https://news.blizzard.com/en-gb/diablo3/22887361/diablo-now-available-on-gog-com

 

We did not really want to talk about Anthem or the news cycle around it, we just wanted to play it.  Some of us couldn’t even do that though: https://www.polygon.com/gaming/2019/5/7/18514310/anthem-bugs-delays-development-issues-bioware

 

Unreleased NES Wrestling game found: http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2019/03/random_unreleased_wrestling_game_on_nes_discovered_after_30_years

 

A discussion of the design of Super Mario 1-1 from Extra Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2wGpEZVgE

 

Stu says check this video out about Megaman and game Design and it gets some points across but is NSFW and involves punching Roll, which isn’t cool.  Robots need love to.  Egoraptor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8FpigqfcvlM

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks Robert Ring for the Email!  Checkout Classic Gaming Podcast at https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

Thanks for all the great work done at Fantasy Anime in terms of JRPG preservation: https://www.fantasyanime.com/index

 

 

Episode 036 What We Learned From Vampire and Theif

Episode 036 What We Learned From Vampire and Theif

May 22, 2019

In which we discuss the arcane nature of Prince the performer, then dive deep into the darker places of the world bringing up games like Vampire the Masquerade, Spycraft 2.0 and Thief: The Dark Project.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Vampire the Masquerade, a table top RPG

Exalted, a table top RPG

Spycraft 2.0, a table top RPG

Dungeons and Dragons, a table top RPG

Thief: The Dark Project for PC

Hitman for PC

Tenchu: Stealth Assassin for Playstation

Quake for PC

Langrisser for Mobile Devices

War Groove for Everything (almost)

Anthem for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Apex Legends for PS4, Xbox One and PC

Super Mario Bros U Deluxe for Nintendo Switch

Into the Breach for Switch and PC

Destiny for contemporary consoles

Warframe for contemporary consoles

Fortnite for contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

 

In a truly rare display (for 2019) Ubisoft makes money and doesn’t lay people off: https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-makes-strong-profits-doesnt-fire-800-people/

 

Activision/Blizzard makes record highs in revenue then fires almost 800 people: https://www.polygon.com/2019/2/12/18222096/blizzard-layoffs-february-2019

 

The time a AAA Games Executive (Satoru Iwata) took a pay cut in solidarity with his employees to ensure they would continue working: https://kotaku.com/nintendo-boss-is-taking-a-huge-pay-cut-because-of-the-1511382834

 

Extra Credits video comparing Destiny and Warframe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERepKk7dZSc

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Chase Shoutouts to Onyx Path Publishing: http://theonyxpath.com/

 

Episode 035 What We Learned From Left 4 Dead 2

Episode 035 What We Learned From Left 4 Dead 2

May 15, 2019

Episode 035 What We Learned from Left 4 Dead 2

 

In which we discuss the fun and fury that came from playing Left 4 Dead 2 together, and just what we learned from it.  We also dip a bit into the news and even talk a bit about D&D.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Left 4 Dead 2 for PC and last generation consoles

Destiny for all contemporary consoles

Evo for last generation consoles

Deep Rock Galactic for PC (Early Access)

Friday the 13th for contemporary consoles

Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Switch

Into the Breach for contemporary consoles

Monster Hunter World for contemporary consoles

Stellaris for contemporary consoles
Gremlins Inc, a board game

Dungeons and Dragons, a table top RPG

True Sight

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Discussing Bungie/Activision Split and Jason Shreier’s article on it: https://kotaku.com/bungie-splits-with-activision-1831651740

 

Discussion of Sesame Credit in China: https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-24/why-china-s-social-credit-systems-are-surprisingly-popular

 

Screen time use in Teens not that big a deal: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-kids-who-use-tech-seem-to-be-all-right/?amp%3Btext=The&fbclid=IwAR2eUMzvl1lBe1KH4Wn_q5FdDDeH_AULucJYHLI8rpTJStdGJh8EqSErF9Y

 

Taken off of the Geek Therapy Community Facebook page, Wired article by Simon Chandler on the use of VR to assist in Diagnosing Mental Illness.

https://www.wired.com/story/virtual-realitys-latest-use-diagnosing-mental-illness/?mbid=social_fb&utm_brand=wired&utm_campaign=wired&utm_medium=social&utm_social-type=owned&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR2IuzroyfQjEof2TykUTJdGmdbAVdsfHzMX8Jof0dSB2sEIP7P0WBk29ZU

 

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks to Geek Therapy Community https://www.geektherapy.com/

Thanks to Fred Rojas, Gaming History 101 and Gaming History X

Stu recommends True Sight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ass6ztDl5oQ

 

 

Episode 034 What We Learned From Stellaris and the Return of the Obra Dinn

Episode 034 What We Learned From Stellaris and the Return of the Obra Dinn

April 12, 2019

Episode 034 What We Learned from

 

In which we discuss our approximately 30-31 dedicated listeners, we yearn to become robotic as we take over the stars in Stellaris and dive into the Return of the Obra Dinn.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Stellaris for contemporary consoles

Return of the Obra Dinn for PC
Master of Orion 2 for PC

The Quiet Man for contemporary consoles

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch

Fire Emblem Heroes on Mobile Device

Monster Hunter World on comtemporary consoles

Beat Sabre for PC

Deeprock Galactic for PC

Path of Exile for PC

Mystic Veil for table top play

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

ADGQ 2019 occurred.  Check it out and as always support the great causes behind this event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o083ySYoekM

 

Stu brings up how game sales as reported in the UK can be considered one of the highest grossing businesses in that area by no small margin:

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-01-10-the-uk-games-industry-in-2018-winners-and-losers

A discussion of Tattoos that are on real people who are represented in games:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/27/style/tattoos-video-games.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbaker/2019/01/04/lebron-smartly-sides-with-the-producers-of-nba-2k-in-tattoo-copyright-case-but-will-that-be-enough/#6fbec4857663

Extra Credits Because Games Matter videos: A Teachable Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZsAWciOS4w&list=PLhyKYa0YJ_5AgQCI0R7DY0BDrRLmRjkpw&index=4

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Thanks Classic Gaming Podcast and sorry Jay for forgetting your name!
https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

Check out Fred Rojas playing the Quiet Man:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ispslWKg0dE

Gaming History 101, check them out!

https://gaminghistory101.com/

Fred’s video on Final Fight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQDpNH6xSzY

Check out Future Monkeys!

https://futuremonkeys.podbean.com/

 

 

Episode 033 What We Learned From Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

Episode 033 What We Learned From Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

March 7, 2019

Episode 033 What We Learned from Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3

 

In which we hit over 1000 total downloads of all show episodes, and we mess up the intro again.  We also deep dive into what we liked and learned from Final Fantasy Tactics and Space Quest 3.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Fallout 76 for contemporary consoles

Fortnite for contemporary consoles
Pinball, an actual arcade game, it’s in the shape of an elevated table.

Final Fantasy Tactics for Playstation

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance for Gameboy Advance

Final Fantasy Tactics A2 for Gameboy Advance

Bushido Blade for Playstation

Legend of Man for Playstation

Parasite Eve 1 and 2 for Playstation

Disgea originally for Playstation 2 but now on almost everything.

Space Quest 3 for DOS/PC

The Room 3 for PC

Slay the Spire for PC

Return of the Obra Dinn for PC

Demon’s Crest for Super Nintendo

Pokemon Let’s Go!: Pikachu for Nintendo Switch

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Stu brings up the abysmal launch of Fallout 76, and how it is consistently having issues reported about it, as well as just the state of the game at launch.

 

Local media pulls from Bloomberg and vilification of video games: https://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/living-story/9062120-fortnite-addiction-is-forcing-kids-into-video-game-rehab/?fbclid=iwar1vvshpw4qj8l9lmp0y6yi2l67iw8j1mjmf-0t3eb58mn63thw3bwynxjo

 

Comparison of community response to Fortnite compared to Pinball’s reception over the last century: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/popularity-fortnite-common-20th-century-pinball-craze-180970721/?fbclid=IwAR0cRoU6WJSPYVKH4sH_PYH0BP8OPxGS_H9dGDrNNGQlIlhkyBe1O94xqMg

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Shoutouts to Geek Therapy for having such a great community and always being a great source for information and stories on nerd culture and how technology impacts us.

Check out Classic Gaming Podcast at https://classicgamingpodcast.com/

 

 

Episode 032 What We Learned from Brave Frontier and Diablo 3

Episode 032 What We Learned from Brave Frontier and Diablo 3

February 14, 2019

In which we get off to a weird and somewhat personal start then jump into gatcha games and fighting Diablo (again!).  We also get into LABO in classrooms, how Tetris can help you defuse/distress, the death of ROM sites (Thanks Nintendo) and I talk a wee bit about Stellaris (again!).

 

Games discussed this Episode:

LABO for Nintendo Switch

Tetris for many different systems

Brave Frontier for Mobile Devices      

Diablo 3 for contemporary consoles

Warcraft 3 for PC

Starcraft 1 and 2 for PC

Hexcells on PC

SMITE on PC

Battlerite on PC

Super Mario Party for Nintendo Switch

Castlevania: Requiem for PS4

Stellaris for PC

Starlink for contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Nintendo is working to get LABO into classrooms: https://labo.nintendo.com/classroom/

 

Tetris can be good for you, and even help stalve off specific types of stress:

NPR Story: https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/11/05/662212524/cant-stop-worrying-try-tetris-to-ease-your-mind?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202905&fbclid=IwAR1EF0V7Udq5VNw9DfJGwuWqAJLHOz49zJCf7sF_HBWupk9r3v2uSZgRSgs

Oxford Story: http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2017-03-28-tetris-used-prevent-post-traumatic-stress-symptoms?fbclid=IwAR0SU2fSKrJXzl71IPolZu78YzxRkucjbjMpFm9sOSd5JWKO_fwba4nsohA

Nintendo wins lawsuit against major ROMs site, and the internet reacts: https://ca.ign.com/articles/2018/11/13/nintendo-rom-site-lawsuit-results-in-12-million-judgement

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

 

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

January 23, 2019

Episode 031 What We Learned from Diakatana and Infinity the Game (N3)

 

In which we discuss miniature war gaming getting Chase out of the house, Stu’s opinions of Daikatana and dive into Red Dead Redemption 2’s work cycle and the story of 100 hour work weeks.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

DOTA 2 for PC

Star Citizen for PC

Red Dead Revolver for PS2

Red Dead Redemption for PS3 and Xbox 360

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PS4 and Xbox 1

Infinity the Game 3rd Edition for Table Top Play

Warmachine and Hordes for Table Top Play

Daikatana for PC, N64, and Gameboy

Doom for everything

Doom II for PC

Quake for PC

Quake II for PC

Mario Party for Switch

Into the Breach for Switch

Destiny II for Contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Stu brings up Open AI’s DoTA2 Bot that can challenge most pro teams.  https://openai.com/five/

 Stu also brings up Star Citizen again, and drops some stats out of his head. https://robertsspaceindustries.com/

 Red Dead Redepmtion 2 RockStar working conditions articles:

Jason Shreier: https://kotaku.com/we-were-working-100-hour-weeks-red-dead-redemption-2-h-1829758281

Polygon: https://www.polygon.com/2018/10/27/18029154/red-dead-redemption-2-working-conditions-rockstar-games-overtime-labor

The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/games/2018/oct/18/rockstar-games-working-conditions-red-dead-redemption-2-rob-nelson

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Ash Barker from Guerrilla Miniature Games!  Check out his YouTube and Patreon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbO4Vs1vlAA9hz7Ad7IMgug

 

 

Episode 030 What We Learned From World of Warcraft

Episode 030 What We Learned From World of Warcraft

January 2, 2019

In which we discuss happy forevers with one of our favourite Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games, World of Warcraft.  On this “we both played it” episode we discuss what we liked and learned from the now Fourteen-Years-Old!!! game.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

XCom series for Contemporary consoles

Metal Gear Solid series for many consoles

Fortnite for Contemporary consoles

Player Unknown Battlegrounds for Contemporary consoles

Destiny 2 for Contemporary consoles

World of Warcraft for PC

Warcraft 3 for PC

Guildwars for PC

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands on PC

Into the Breach on Nintendo Switch and PC

Infinity the Game 3rd Edition for Table Top play

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

 

Stu talks about a YouTube video by Mark Brown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go0BQugwGgM

Chase discusses the ease of access to software that alters SNES and NES classics, and how the communities around this software of done so much work.

 

Shoutouts:

Ash Barker from Guerrilla Miniature Games!  Check out his YouTube and Patreon: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbO4Vs1vlAA9hz7Ad7IMgug

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Episode 029 What We Learned From Super Mario World, Civilization and 3rd Party Plug-ins for WordPress

Episode 029 What We Learned From Super Mario World, Civilization and 3rd Party Plug-ins for WordPress

December 17, 2018

In which we learn that 3rd party plug-ins can cripple your website, that great leaders in Civilization are immortal, we realize that some of the best expert content in many fields in 2018 isn’t in written format anymore and we discuss what we take away from Super Mario World.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Civilization for MS Dos

Civilization 2 for PC

Super Mario World for Super Nintendo

Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo

Super Mario Bros. 2 for Nintendo

Super Mario Maker for Nintendo Wii U or 3DS

SMITE for PC

Ghost Recon: Wildlands for PC

Need to Know on PC

Hollow Knight for contemporary consoles

Mega Man X Legacy Collection 1 & 2 for contemporary consoles

Into the Breach on PC and Switch

Monster Hunter World for PS4

Dragon’s Crown Pro for PS4

No Man’s Sky for contemporary consoles

Destiny 2 for contemporary consoles

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Chase brings up Idle Weekend, and recommends folks listen to their Aug. 1/2018 podcast about using gaming to help with big life changes.  https://www.idlethumbs.net/idleweekend/episodes/transition-points

Jacksonville shooting at video game tournament: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/26/us/jacksonville-madden-shooting/index.html

Chris Ferguson Op Ed from Daily News about video games fueling violence: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-video-games-violence-myth-20180827-story.html

 

Shoutouts:

Extra-Credits Design Club Video on Super Mario 1-1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH2wGpEZVgEThanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

Episode 028 What We Learned from a bunch of Gaming News, Bolt Action and Vindictus

Episode 028 What We Learned from a bunch of Gaming News, Bolt Action and Vindictus

November 21, 2018

In which we got lost in Gaming News (in a good way) and then resurface to discuss a WWII table top war game and a dated eastern developer MMORPG.  We also get an email from Greg about Might and Magic 3 and his experiences with that game when he was younger.

 

Games discussed this Episode:

Little Samson for NES

Bolt Action for table top play

Vindictus for PC

World of Tanks for PC

Might and Magic 3 for PC/DOS

Portal 1 and 2 for PC

Cypher for PC

Hexcells for PC

Terraria for PC

Starbound for PC

Stellaris for PC

Octopath Traveller for Switch

Hollow Knight for everything

Dragon’s Crown Pro for PS4

 

Items discussed in What we Learned this Month:

Nintendo decides to go after ROM sites: https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/15/17693556/emuparadise-roms-shut-down-threat-nintendo

Chris Kohler’s Defense of ROMs and the problems of Copy Right Laws in 2018: https://kotaku.com/in-defense-of-roms-a-solution-to-dying-games-and-broke-1828340811

How video games‘ positive impact research is being cooled because the findings aren’t what those paying for it want: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8xb89b/two-researchers-challenged-a-scientific-study-about-violent-video-gamesand-took-a-hit-for-being-right

Jason Shreier’s article on Filip Miucin and Plagiarism: https://kotaku.com/ign-pulls-ex-editors-posts-after-dozens-more-plagiarism-1828357792

What we Learned from You Discussion:

We get an email from Greg about Might and Magic 3.

 

Shoutouts:

Thanks to Greg for the email!

Thanks to Fred Rojas at Gaming History 101: https://gaminghistory101.com/

Thanks to Joe Gottli for doing our art!

Thanks to Dmitry for doing our intro/outro music!

 

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