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Abnormal Mapping

Em Marko and Jackson Tyler

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Abnormal Mapping

Abnormal Mapping

Em Marko and Jackson Tyler

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Abnormal Mapping is a monthly game club of Em and Jackson, talking primarily about old games with an eye to critiquing without nostalgia.

Latest Episodes

Grab Bag 2020!

Enow with updated musicWe’re back with a whopper of an episode this time as we played through four entire games this month and have two hours of hot content for you. Do you like shooters? Do you like cars? Do you like running and jumping? That’s all the genres! There’s no other type of video game, so you better enjoy these ones!Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: new consoles, Cyber Hook, Minecraft Dungeons, Wizardy, Halo 2, Destiny 2, OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, PCGaming Wiki, Burnout Paradise, Dirt Rally, Mario Kart, Mega Man X, Mega Man, check out Jackson's old Mega Man videos and Em's current Death of the Outside LP on our youtube channel, Super Castlevania IV, Wheels of Aurelia, Glitchhikers, Disco Elysium, Telltale Games, itch games vs...

--3 w ago
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Grab Bag 2020!

Metroid Prime

EThis month we return to the heady days of the early 00s when all things seemed possible and Nintendo unleashed the Citizen Kane of video games on all of us. What does Metroid Prime tell us about American soft power in a post-war era? Not very much, turns out, but it’s still pretty good! Thank you to patron Dan for bringing this game to us and guesting on this long episode full of platform love, shooting complaints, and general mood appreciation.Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: Blue Revolver, Umineko, Metroid Prime, Metroid Fusion, Ocarina of Time, Halo, Outer Wilds, Wii Controls, Metroid Prime 4, our future JRPG plansThis Month's Game Club:Metroid PrimeNext Month's Game Club: Wheels of AureliaOutrun 2006: Coast 2 CoastMega Man XMusic This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodMenu Select by Kenji YamamotoChozo Ruins by Kenji YamamotoWrecked Ship by Kenji YamamotoPhendrana Drifts (Depths) by Kenji Yamamoto

--AUG 31
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Metroid Prime

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

EWe return with some cool things you can check out that our friends made and a long talk about the strange idea of a ‘starter’ RPG in 2020. Also, we desperately need someone to tell us why people care about Geno, because we don’t know and we don’t know anyone else who knows either.Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: kingdom hearts, xenoblade chronicles, Dia's lets play channel, we were on no cartridge!, super mario rpg, paper mario, mario & luigi, our eternal blood feud with nintendo, bowser is the best character in mario, the rpgification of video games, the legend of localization articles on anime references and the secret boss fight, a gdq playthrough of the game if you just want to enjoy it in 3 hours, journal updatedThis Month's Game C...

--JUL 31
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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Ninja Gaiden

EIt’s a long one this month as we enjoy the brief and difficult journey of Ryu Hayabusa in the NES classic Ninja Gaiden and then spend way more time than we expected answering the many questions we received. Thank you everyone for sending in all your emails, I hope you like our answers!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: Kingdom Hearts Dark Road, Dragon Quest, Portopia Serial Murder Case, Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden, our Ninja Gaiden Black episode, strategy games, Kingdom Hearts III, wholesome games, Remember Me, interactive fiction, PS2 games, old games difficulty, Austin Walker's Breath of the Wild review, Dia Lacina's Judgement review, Waypoint GOTY 2018 podcast, Journal UpdatedThis Month's Game Club:Ninja Gaiden (NES)Next Month's Game Club: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven StarsMusic This EpisodePrologue Theme by Keiji Yamagishi Blown Away...

--JUN 30
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Ninja Gaiden

Kentucky Route Zero

EThis month we discuss a game that has been coming out as long as we’ve been doing this podcast as we head down the Zero to discover what awaits us in the great american indie game and its sprawling nightmare of decayed capitalism. This turned out to be one of the most difficult games we’ve ever covered, but I also think it resulted in one of our best discussions. Please enjoy!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Next month we are hoping to do a Q&A episode! Please send us ANY questions or comments about video games to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: MLB The Show, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Astral Chain, Bayonetta 2, Kentucky Route Zero, The Walking Dead, Kingdom Hearts????THREE ESSENTIAL PIECES ON KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO”Kentucky Route Zero Pays Off on Nine Years of Hope and Doubt” by Austin Walker ”kentucky route zero and the failings of white...

--MAY 29
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Kentucky Route Zero

Halo: Combat Evolved

EWe return to the halcyon days of PC gaming to explore the origins of an independent game that shook the foundations of the world. That’s right, we’re dropping into a world of dual stick movement, space marines, only two weapons and regenerating shields as we explore the strange powerhouse that is HALO. What does the game that changed everything have to offer in 2020?Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. As we dig in, we wonder what exactly any of this could mean, and whether we’ll ever actually get any lore to this adventure across a derelict space station. Who can say?If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Jackson's Continuing Inability To Play Kingdom Hearts, Animal Crossing, Treachery In Beatdown City, HaloThis Fortnight's Game Club:Halo...

--APR 30
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Halo: Combat Evolved

Final Fantasy VII Remake

EIt’s the middle of the month and it is time for a very special episode of Abnormal Mapping, something we basically never do: a timely spoilercast for a brand new video game! This is an episode all about the recently released Final Fantasy VII Remake, and if you have not finished it or the original Final Fantasy VII then be warned: there are spoilers for the entireity of both.Em has not spent the last week cramming Final Fantasy VII Remake so is sitting out this episode, and in their place Jackson is joined by Austin Walker of Waypoint and Friends at the Table to share their immediate reactions to the ending, the game as a whole, and the possibilities for the future remakes.If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Horizon’s Gate, Final Fantasy VII, Final...

--APR 16
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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Disco Elysium

EWe wake up in a nightmare of runaway neo-liberal capitalism and find ourselves wondering where the potential of Communist revolution is, and then we have to record a podcast about detective RPG Disco Elysium! In this lengthy conversation, we cover everything about what it means to make a world and say things through art, and whether Harry and Kim can ever truly find peace in such a broken world.We are heavily indebted to the Waypoint Radio spoiler-cast over Disco Elysium for covering much of the game in advance and making our job easier in terms of getting into the weeds. We say so in the episode, but please listen to their podcast ideally before you listen to ours, as we reference it from time to time.If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Kingdom Hear...

--MAR 31
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Disco Elysium

Timespinner

EWe’re joined this month by our friend Nora to talk about the surprising and surprisingly forgotten Metroidvania Timespinner! Join us as we talk about the embarrassing writing of indie games, the gestures toward good ideas, and how fun it is to just be a lord even if difficulty is very hard to get right.Our guest this month was Nora Blake, who you can find at @neithernora and on norablake.onlineIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Final Fantasy VII (listen to us talk about it years ago HERE and HERE), Earthbound, Dark Souls III, Hat in Time, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Timespinner, Hollow Knight, Bloodstained, Symphony of the Night, Portrait of Ruin, Metroid Fusion (our episode on it can be found HERE), Cave Story, metroidvania as a term, Code Vein...

--FEB 28
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Timespinner

Outer Wilds

EA hundred years, a hundred games! Abnormal Mapping does a full journey around the sun as we reach the centenary celebration of our podcast, the world’s first and only game club, by tackling popular GotY winner Outer Wilds! What do two hardened Star Trek fans think about this space mystery? What do these two space communists think about fate and hope? And what do two very tired podcasts think about the hundred plus games we have talked about into microphones.Thank you everyone for all your support on this incredible journey. Here’s to two hundred more!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: eFootball PES 2020, Wattam, Brigador, A Short Hike, Outer Wilds, TNG Episode "All Good Things", the century of excellence and looking back at our huge library of epi...

--JAN 31
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Outer Wilds

Latest Episodes

Grab Bag 2020!

Enow with updated musicWe’re back with a whopper of an episode this time as we played through four entire games this month and have two hours of hot content for you. Do you like shooters? Do you like cars? Do you like running and jumping? That’s all the genres! There’s no other type of video game, so you better enjoy these ones!Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: new consoles, Cyber Hook, Minecraft Dungeons, Wizardy, Halo 2, Destiny 2, OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, PCGaming Wiki, Burnout Paradise, Dirt Rally, Mario Kart, Mega Man X, Mega Man, check out Jackson's old Mega Man videos and Em's current Death of the Outside LP on our youtube channel, Super Castlevania IV, Wheels of Aurelia, Glitchhikers, Disco Elysium, Telltale Games, itch games vs...

--3 w ago
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Grab Bag 2020!

Metroid Prime

EThis month we return to the heady days of the early 00s when all things seemed possible and Nintendo unleashed the Citizen Kane of video games on all of us. What does Metroid Prime tell us about American soft power in a post-war era? Not very much, turns out, but it’s still pretty good! Thank you to patron Dan for bringing this game to us and guesting on this long episode full of platform love, shooting complaints, and general mood appreciation.Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: Blue Revolver, Umineko, Metroid Prime, Metroid Fusion, Ocarina of Time, Halo, Outer Wilds, Wii Controls, Metroid Prime 4, our future JRPG plansThis Month's Game Club:Metroid PrimeNext Month's Game Club: Wheels of AureliaOutrun 2006: Coast 2 CoastMega Man XMusic This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodMenu Select by Kenji YamamotoChozo Ruins by Kenji YamamotoWrecked Ship by Kenji YamamotoPhendrana Drifts (Depths) by Kenji Yamamoto

--AUG 31
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Metroid Prime

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

EWe return with some cool things you can check out that our friends made and a long talk about the strange idea of a ‘starter’ RPG in 2020. Also, we desperately need someone to tell us why people care about Geno, because we don’t know and we don’t know anyone else who knows either.Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.comIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: kingdom hearts, xenoblade chronicles, Dia's lets play channel, we were on no cartridge!, super mario rpg, paper mario, mario & luigi, our eternal blood feud with nintendo, bowser is the best character in mario, the rpgification of video games, the legend of localization articles on anime references and the secret boss fight, a gdq playthrough of the game if you just want to enjoy it in 3 hours, journal updatedThis Month's Game C...

--JUL 31
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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

Ninja Gaiden

EIt’s a long one this month as we enjoy the brief and difficult journey of Ryu Hayabusa in the NES classic Ninja Gaiden and then spend way more time than we expected answering the many questions we received. Thank you everyone for sending in all your emails, I hope you like our answers!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Things Discussed: Kingdom Hearts Dark Road, Dragon Quest, Portopia Serial Murder Case, Bayonetta, Ninja Gaiden, our Ninja Gaiden Black episode, strategy games, Kingdom Hearts III, wholesome games, Remember Me, interactive fiction, PS2 games, old games difficulty, Austin Walker's Breath of the Wild review, Dia Lacina's Judgement review, Waypoint GOTY 2018 podcast, Journal UpdatedThis Month's Game Club:Ninja Gaiden (NES)Next Month's Game Club: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven StarsMusic This EpisodePrologue Theme by Keiji Yamagishi Blown Away...

--JUN 30
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Ninja Gaiden

Kentucky Route Zero

EThis month we discuss a game that has been coming out as long as we’ve been doing this podcast as we head down the Zero to discover what awaits us in the great american indie game and its sprawling nightmare of decayed capitalism. This turned out to be one of the most difficult games we’ve ever covered, but I also think it resulted in one of our best discussions. Please enjoy!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!Next month we are hoping to do a Q&A episode! Please send us ANY questions or comments about video games to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: MLB The Show, Animal Crossing New Horizons, Astral Chain, Bayonetta 2, Kentucky Route Zero, The Walking Dead, Kingdom Hearts????THREE ESSENTIAL PIECES ON KENTUCKY ROUTE ZERO”Kentucky Route Zero Pays Off on Nine Years of Hope and Doubt” by Austin Walker ”kentucky route zero and the failings of white...

--MAY 29
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Kentucky Route Zero

Halo: Combat Evolved

EWe return to the halcyon days of PC gaming to explore the origins of an independent game that shook the foundations of the world. That’s right, we’re dropping into a world of dual stick movement, space marines, only two weapons and regenerating shields as we explore the strange powerhouse that is HALO. What does the game that changed everything have to offer in 2020?Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. As we dig in, we wonder what exactly any of this could mean, and whether we’ll ever actually get any lore to this adventure across a derelict space station. Who can say?If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Jackson's Continuing Inability To Play Kingdom Hearts, Animal Crossing, Treachery In Beatdown City, HaloThis Fortnight's Game Club:Halo...

--APR 30
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Halo: Combat Evolved

Final Fantasy VII Remake

EIt’s the middle of the month and it is time for a very special episode of Abnormal Mapping, something we basically never do: a timely spoilercast for a brand new video game! This is an episode all about the recently released Final Fantasy VII Remake, and if you have not finished it or the original Final Fantasy VII then be warned: there are spoilers for the entireity of both.Em has not spent the last week cramming Final Fantasy VII Remake so is sitting out this episode, and in their place Jackson is joined by Austin Walker of Waypoint and Friends at the Table to share their immediate reactions to the ending, the game as a whole, and the possibilities for the future remakes.If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Horizon’s Gate, Final Fantasy VII, Final...

--APR 16
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Final Fantasy VII Remake

Disco Elysium

EWe wake up in a nightmare of runaway neo-liberal capitalism and find ourselves wondering where the potential of Communist revolution is, and then we have to record a podcast about detective RPG Disco Elysium! In this lengthy conversation, we cover everything about what it means to make a world and say things through art, and whether Harry and Kim can ever truly find peace in such a broken world.We are heavily indebted to the Waypoint Radio spoiler-cast over Disco Elysium for covering much of the game in advance and making our job easier in terms of getting into the weeds. We say so in the episode, but please listen to their podcast ideally before you listen to ours, as we reference it from time to time.If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Kingdom Hear...

--MAR 31
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Disco Elysium

Timespinner

EWe’re joined this month by our friend Nora to talk about the surprising and surprisingly forgotten Metroidvania Timespinner! Join us as we talk about the embarrassing writing of indie games, the gestures toward good ideas, and how fun it is to just be a lord even if difficulty is very hard to get right.Our guest this month was Nora Blake, who you can find at @neithernora and on norablake.onlineIf you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: Final Fantasy VII (listen to us talk about it years ago HERE and HERE), Earthbound, Dark Souls III, Hat in Time, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Timespinner, Hollow Knight, Bloodstained, Symphony of the Night, Portrait of Ruin, Metroid Fusion (our episode on it can be found HERE), Cave Story, metroidvania as a term, Code Vein...

--FEB 28
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Timespinner

Outer Wilds

EA hundred years, a hundred games! Abnormal Mapping does a full journey around the sun as we reach the centenary celebration of our podcast, the world’s first and only game club, by tackling popular GotY winner Outer Wilds! What do two hardened Star Trek fans think about this space mystery? What do these two space communists think about fate and hope? And what do two very tired podcasts think about the hundred plus games we have talked about into microphones.Thank you everyone for all your support on this incredible journey. Here’s to two hundred more!If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!If you want to send us comments or questions, shoot us an email at podcast@abnormalmapping.com!Things Discussed: eFootball PES 2020, Wattam, Brigador, A Short Hike, Outer Wilds, TNG Episode "All Good Things", the century of excellence and looking back at our huge library of epi...

--JAN 31
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Outer Wilds
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