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A very silly self-guided tour through the history of videogames, from Advance Wars to Zork. Except chronologically. So it would be the other way around.Join Nate, Sebastian, and Ryan as they play a new game every other week and attempt to distill that game's essence.

Latest Episodes

Episode 87 - Jet Set Radio

ENate, Sebastian, and Jordan gather to discuss JET SET RADIO, Smilebit and SEGA's roller-blading, spray-painting, stick-it-to-the-man action game from 2000. We discuss "future funk" music, cel-shading, and police militarization. Sebastian christens himself "Wheelfellow," Nate admits to further childhood trauma, and Jordan describes many things as "very Dreamcast."

56 MIN1 w ago
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Episode 87 - Jet Set Radio

Episode 86 - Deus Ex

ENate, Sebastian, David, and Ryan all gather to discuss DEUS EX, Ion Storm's millennial game of conspiracies, nanomachines, and near-future cyberpunk wackiness. We discuss the wealth of different approaches the game makes possible, the difference between conspiracy theories of today and twenty years ago, and slicing dudes in half with a nanotech sword. Sebastian makes a ribald joke about Harry Belafonte, David tries to atone for his cruelty toward Sims with a non-lethal playthrough, and Ryan is in the harbor, killing many men.

63 MIN2019 DEC 16
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Episode 86 - Deus Ex

Episode 85 - The Sims

ENate, Sebastian, David, and Kari all gather to discuss THE SIMS, Maxis's game of cozy domesticity, consumer capitalism, and interior design. We discuss fancy toilets, aspirations of buying stuff, and whether or not the game works as satire. Sebastian squeezes in a terrible pun, Nate's Sim fails out of a life of crime, and we regale you with tales of unimaginable cruelty to digital entities. Come for the discussion of semi-autonomous virtual people, stay to hear the haunting saga of "Cyrus II." SHOW NOTES: Simon Parkin New Yorker article about that E3 demo: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-kiss-that-changed-video-games The Sims 3 “Woohoo”ing without covers: https://youtu.be/RfX9XX7mYOQ?t=60

71 MIN2019 DEC 2
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Episode 85 - The Sims

Episode 84 - Shenmue

ENate, Jordan, and Ryan all gather to discuss SHENMUE, Sega's late-1999 martial arts revenge epic -- or the first chapter of it, anyway. We discuss embodiment, detailed virtual worlds, and forklifts. Jordan doubts Ryo's detective skills, Ryan gushes over kittens, and Nate marvels at what a weird, ambitious, flawed game this is. Ryan gets addicted to capsule toys.

55 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Episode 84 - Shenmue

Episode 83 - Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

ENate, Kari, Sebastian, and Jordan all gather to discuss HARVEST MOON: BACK TO NATURE, Marvelous and Natsume's 1999 game about agriculture and small town life. We talk routine, pastoral fantasy, and missed opportunities. Kari suggests that sometimes it's fine for game series not to change very much across iterations, Nate reveals a moment in which he brought shame to his father's house, and Sebastian sings the tragic ballad of Cliff. Jordan names his horse Bertram.

65 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Episode 83 - Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Episode 82 - Chrono Cross

ENate, Sebastian, and Ryan all gather to discuss CHRONO CROSS, Square's 1999 JRPG about parallel worlds. We discuss the ways in which it dramatically contrasts itself with its predecessor, its environmentalist themes, and how it's a big, beautiful mess of a game. Nate salivates over deicide, Sebastian agonizes over a bevy of ridiculous optional characters, and Ryan turns "Terminator" into a verb.

90 MIN2019 OCT 21
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Episode 82 - Chrono Cross

Episode 81 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

ENate, Sebastian and David gather to discuss TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, Neversoft's 1999 skateboarding opus. We discuss the rise of extreme sports, the sickest skate tricks we've ever pulled, and what a cool guy Tony Hawk seems to be. Sebastian tries to name a skateboard trick, Nate admits he's never seen "Jackass," and David admits to a youth spent skanking.

45 MIN2019 OCT 7
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Episode 81 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Episode 80 - System Shock 2

ENate, Sebastian, and Ryan gather to discuss SYSTEM SHOCK 2, Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games' tale of hackers and hybrids in darkest space. We discuss the coalescence of the "immersive sim" genre, whether "spiritual successors" can borrow too heavily from their predecessors, and the merits of hive minds versus scornful AIs. Nate reveals he has just seen ALIEN for the first time ("It's good!"), Ryan reveals the song that's on every one of his running playlists, and Sebastian finally learns how to pronounce "Diplodocus."

69 MIN2019 SEP 23
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Episode 80 - System Shock 2

Episode 79 - Super Smash Bros.

ENate, Sebastian, Jordan, and Ryan all gather to discuss SUPER SMASH BROS., Nintendo's 1999 mascot fighter which showed what happened when classic franchise stars stopped being polite... and started getting real. We discuss the glory of chaos on the battlefield, the joy of watching Link take a sword to Pikachu, and how a game with such simple controls was able to authentically capture such a wide variety of source materials. Nate gushes over the series' fascination with the eclectic corners of Nintendo history, Jordan remembers his childhood dog Kirby, and Sebastian deems Sonic the Hedgehog "the Theon Greyjoy of videogames." SHOW NOTES: 1999 Sakurai interview in “Nice Games” magazine, translated by Shmuplations: http://shmuplations.com/smashbros/ The "Happy Together" TV spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K783SDTBKmg

63 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Episode 79 - Super Smash Bros.

Episode 78 - Silent Hill

Nate, Sebastian, Ryan, and returning guest Brock sit down to discuss SILENT HILL, Konami's psychological horror adventure from 1999. We discuss how the game takes the Resident Evil mold in a different direction, how the game shamelessly steals from (and still does justice to) its inspirations, and how sometimes being on the wrong side of the Uncanny Valley can be so, so right. Sebastian praises the game's dreamlike atmosphere, Brock wonders what anyone could ever see in Silent Hill as a resort town, and Nate feels he was denied critical, need-to-know information.

76 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Episode 78 - Silent Hill

Latest Episodes

Episode 87 - Jet Set Radio

ENate, Sebastian, and Jordan gather to discuss JET SET RADIO, Smilebit and SEGA's roller-blading, spray-painting, stick-it-to-the-man action game from 2000. We discuss "future funk" music, cel-shading, and police militarization. Sebastian christens himself "Wheelfellow," Nate admits to further childhood trauma, and Jordan describes many things as "very Dreamcast."

56 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Episode 87 - Jet Set Radio

Episode 86 - Deus Ex

ENate, Sebastian, David, and Ryan all gather to discuss DEUS EX, Ion Storm's millennial game of conspiracies, nanomachines, and near-future cyberpunk wackiness. We discuss the wealth of different approaches the game makes possible, the difference between conspiracy theories of today and twenty years ago, and slicing dudes in half with a nanotech sword. Sebastian makes a ribald joke about Harry Belafonte, David tries to atone for his cruelty toward Sims with a non-lethal playthrough, and Ryan is in the harbor, killing many men.

63 MIN2019 DEC 16
Comments
Episode 86 - Deus Ex

Episode 85 - The Sims

ENate, Sebastian, David, and Kari all gather to discuss THE SIMS, Maxis's game of cozy domesticity, consumer capitalism, and interior design. We discuss fancy toilets, aspirations of buying stuff, and whether or not the game works as satire. Sebastian squeezes in a terrible pun, Nate's Sim fails out of a life of crime, and we regale you with tales of unimaginable cruelty to digital entities. Come for the discussion of semi-autonomous virtual people, stay to hear the haunting saga of "Cyrus II." SHOW NOTES: Simon Parkin New Yorker article about that E3 demo: https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-kiss-that-changed-video-games The Sims 3 “Woohoo”ing without covers: https://youtu.be/RfX9XX7mYOQ?t=60

71 MIN2019 DEC 2
Comments
Episode 85 - The Sims

Episode 84 - Shenmue

ENate, Jordan, and Ryan all gather to discuss SHENMUE, Sega's late-1999 martial arts revenge epic -- or the first chapter of it, anyway. We discuss embodiment, detailed virtual worlds, and forklifts. Jordan doubts Ryo's detective skills, Ryan gushes over kittens, and Nate marvels at what a weird, ambitious, flawed game this is. Ryan gets addicted to capsule toys.

55 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Episode 84 - Shenmue

Episode 83 - Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

ENate, Kari, Sebastian, and Jordan all gather to discuss HARVEST MOON: BACK TO NATURE, Marvelous and Natsume's 1999 game about agriculture and small town life. We talk routine, pastoral fantasy, and missed opportunities. Kari suggests that sometimes it's fine for game series not to change very much across iterations, Nate reveals a moment in which he brought shame to his father's house, and Sebastian sings the tragic ballad of Cliff. Jordan names his horse Bertram.

65 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Episode 83 - Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Episode 82 - Chrono Cross

ENate, Sebastian, and Ryan all gather to discuss CHRONO CROSS, Square's 1999 JRPG about parallel worlds. We discuss the ways in which it dramatically contrasts itself with its predecessor, its environmentalist themes, and how it's a big, beautiful mess of a game. Nate salivates over deicide, Sebastian agonizes over a bevy of ridiculous optional characters, and Ryan turns "Terminator" into a verb.

90 MIN2019 OCT 21
Comments
Episode 82 - Chrono Cross

Episode 81 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

ENate, Sebastian and David gather to discuss TONY HAWK'S PRO SKATER, Neversoft's 1999 skateboarding opus. We discuss the rise of extreme sports, the sickest skate tricks we've ever pulled, and what a cool guy Tony Hawk seems to be. Sebastian tries to name a skateboard trick, Nate admits he's never seen "Jackass," and David admits to a youth spent skanking.

45 MIN2019 OCT 7
Comments
Episode 81 - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Episode 80 - System Shock 2

ENate, Sebastian, and Ryan gather to discuss SYSTEM SHOCK 2, Looking Glass Studios and Irrational Games' tale of hackers and hybrids in darkest space. We discuss the coalescence of the "immersive sim" genre, whether "spiritual successors" can borrow too heavily from their predecessors, and the merits of hive minds versus scornful AIs. Nate reveals he has just seen ALIEN for the first time ("It's good!"), Ryan reveals the song that's on every one of his running playlists, and Sebastian finally learns how to pronounce "Diplodocus."

69 MIN2019 SEP 23
Comments
Episode 80 - System Shock 2

Episode 79 - Super Smash Bros.

ENate, Sebastian, Jordan, and Ryan all gather to discuss SUPER SMASH BROS., Nintendo's 1999 mascot fighter which showed what happened when classic franchise stars stopped being polite... and started getting real. We discuss the glory of chaos on the battlefield, the joy of watching Link take a sword to Pikachu, and how a game with such simple controls was able to authentically capture such a wide variety of source materials. Nate gushes over the series' fascination with the eclectic corners of Nintendo history, Jordan remembers his childhood dog Kirby, and Sebastian deems Sonic the Hedgehog "the Theon Greyjoy of videogames." SHOW NOTES: 1999 Sakurai interview in “Nice Games” magazine, translated by Shmuplations: http://shmuplations.com/smashbros/ The "Happy Together" TV spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K783SDTBKmg

63 MIN2019 SEP 9
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Episode 79 - Super Smash Bros.

Episode 78 - Silent Hill

Nate, Sebastian, Ryan, and returning guest Brock sit down to discuss SILENT HILL, Konami's psychological horror adventure from 1999. We discuss how the game takes the Resident Evil mold in a different direction, how the game shamelessly steals from (and still does justice to) its inspirations, and how sometimes being on the wrong side of the Uncanny Valley can be so, so right. Sebastian praises the game's dreamlike atmosphere, Brock wonders what anyone could ever see in Silent Hill as a resort town, and Nate feels he was denied critical, need-to-know information.

76 MIN2019 AUG 26
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Episode 78 - Silent Hill
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