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Comedian Adam Blank and his guests reminisce about their favourite retro video games

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It's Royal Rumble weekend in the WWE, so I figured it was the perfect time to talk about one of my favourite games of the early 90's - WWF Royal Rumble! 
 
We rented this game over and over and over as kids, before finally just plunking down the cash and buying it from the video store. It's funny, because WWF Royal Rumble really hasn't aged well. There's not really any depth at all to the gameplay, and the only mode that was worth a damn was the Royal Rumble itself. But that was all little Adam the booger eating wrestling junkie needed!
 
My buddy and fellow comedian Miklos Blackshaw returns to the show this week, and we had a nice chat about cheaply throwing guys over the top rope as soon as they got in the ring, unplugging your opponent's controller to finally fill up your move gauge, and of course, those fucking awesome old school entrance themes. It's WWF Royal Rumble!
 
And as always, before the main event, you have to have an undercard, featuring the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! This week, I talk about whether you should hack an arcade cabinet to add more games, or leave it as is. Should game stores still be promoting Cyberpunk 2077? Which game(s) made me so mad I considered quitting gaming? And more!
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the 'Wrestling GOATs' Edition, starring SmackDown: Here Comes the Pain!, WWF: No Mercy, and WCW/nWo Revenge!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 2:25 Intro 
 
2:25 - 10:00 Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #43: 2021 Gaming Predictions' Clip
 
10:00 - 23:10 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
23:10 - 37:30 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
37:30 - 38:50 What have I been playing?
 
38:50 - 40:42 Listener's Royal Rumble Memories
 
40:42 + WWF Royal Rumble Talk!
 
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River City Ransom won last month's Patreon poll, and I figured this would be a perfect time to cover it, because it'll get the horrible taste of last week's Shaq-Fu episode of out our mouths. 
 
If you haven't played River City Ransom, it's a beat 'em up from way back on the ol' NES. You control little square headed guys and fight other little square headed guys to save your girlfriends (who I assume are also square headed). At a glance, it's just a funny looking button masher. But once you get into the game, you realize it has some RPG mechanics, tons of items and power ups to buy, and while it can be a little confusing without a manual or guide, it's a pretty fun game that might have been ahead of it's time. 
 
I liked it. I don't know if I loved it. But I have good things to say. So does my friend Chris, who grew up paying ransoms in River City, and we'll tell you all about it on this week's show.
 
And of course, we have another edition of the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! This time, I get into stuff like censorship in video games (and all media, frankly), which Ninja Turtle would win a fight to the death over his brothers, is there a non-Nintendo franchise that's as consistent and frequent as Mario and Zelda, and more!
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the 'Previous Patreon Poll Prevailers' Edition, starring Sonic Adventure, Shining Force, and Final Fantasy.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 1:40 Intro 
 
1:40 - 8:28  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
8:28 - 30:50 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
30:50 - 41:22 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
41:22 - 43:55 What have I been playing?
 
43:55 - 46:05 Listener's Shaq-Fu Memories
 
46:05 + River City Ransom Talk!
 
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Sigh...
 
Last week, we covered Tetris. Arguably the single greatest video game ever made. This week? Shaq-Fu. Arguably the worst video game ever made. It's all about balance, you guys.
 
Shaq-Fu is a game about former NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal. And maybe you're thinking, well that's cool. I love basketball games. This isn't a basketball game. That would make too much sense. This is a fighting game. Shaq goes to an alternate dimension (via Toyko) and fights aliens to save a missing child before his basketball game. 
 
I know. Remember The Game? might be jumping the shark this week.
 
My guest is my best good friend Brad Woren, and damned if we didn't swear, scream and stumble our way through a chat about one of the biggest abominations in gaming history; Shaq-Fu.
 
And speaking of abominations, this episode features another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! It's a long one this week, and we get into stuff like why more movies don't get video games released alongside their theatrical debuts anymore, whether or not Arcade 1Up is running out of ideas, and what Nintendo might have up their sleeves for Zelda's 35th Anniversary this year. 
 
And of course, we play 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time around, it's the 'Games That Feature Athletes In Their Titles' Edition, starring Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, Jordan vs Bird, and Ken Griffey Jr. presents Major League Baseball!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 3:40 Intro 
 
3:40 - 5:10 Expansion Pass #41 - 'The Blankies' Clip
 
5:10 - 9:02  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
9:02 - 26:30 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
26:30 - 38:15 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
38:15 - 41:45 What have I been playing?
 
41:45 - 44:18 Listener's Shaq-Fu Memories
 
44:18 + Shaq-Fu Talk!

 

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The term "the greatest video game in the history of the industry" gets thrown around a lot these days, but when it comes to Tetris, it may actually be true.
 
Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, has played Tetris. The concept is so damned simple. Make lines out of falling bricks. When you do, the line disappears. Rinse and repeat until the screen fills up or the batteries on your GameBoy die. It's so easy to learn, so difficult to master, and it's more addictive than cigarettes*.
 
*Haven't fact checked that.
 
My guest, former RTG Hall of Famer Mark McCue is a Tetris junkie just like me, and damned if we didn't find a way to make a conversation about bricks entertaining. I really like this episode, and I hope you do too.
 
But before we talk the famous Tetris, it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! This week, I talk about Ready Player One, we debate Raphael's value to the TMNT, someone asks for PS4 game recommendations, and more!
 
And of course, we play 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time around, it's the High Score' Edition, starring Galaga, Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 2:15 Intro 
 
2:15- 10:34  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
10:34 - 21:10 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
21:10 - 31:42 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
31:42 - 32:50 What have I been playing?
 
32:50 - 36:20 Listener's Tetris Memories
 
36:20 + Tetris Talk!
 
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2020 has been, not...good. I think most of us can agree on that. But one of the bright lights of the last year was that we finally got Crash Bandicoot 4. And haters gonna hate, that game is fucking awesome. So is Crash Bandicoot. Which is why for the final episode of 2020, we're talking about the box breaking Bandicoot's debut title; Crash Bandicoot for the PlayStation.
 
I've been wanting to talk about this game for quite a while, and we finally made it happen. My guest this week is my pal and fellow comedian Darren Morris, who you may remember from our Spyro The Dragon podcast, and we spent a good hour talking about the ups and downs of the Crash franchise, why he didn't stick as Playstation's "mascot", and a bunch of other Bandicooty stuff.
 
And as always, before we break boxes, it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! This time around, I talk about why Nintendo games don't drop in price like other games do, are PlayStation 4s designed to slow down like old smartphones are, I talk about what I played over Christmas break, and more!
 
And of course, we play 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time around, it's the 'Great games that I played on my 24 hour charity stream and all end with the number 2' Edition, starring Donkey Kong Country 2, MegaMan 2, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 1:45 Intro 
 
1:45 - 9:25  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
9:25 - 23:22 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
23:22 - 34:46 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
34:46 - 35:55 What have I been playing?
 
35:55 - 38:25 Listener's Crash Bandicoot Memories
 
38:25 + Crash Bandicoot Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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Happy Holidays, Hot Dogs!

There's no 'Remember The Game?' this week, we'll be back on December 30th. But for the holidays, I thought I'd release an episode of our Patreon exclusive podcast 'Expansion Pass' on free feeds. 

This was episode 20, originally released in August of 2020. I rank my favourite NES games, and go over some of our listener's favourites as well. I hope you enjoy the podcast, and if you do, maybe consider supporting us on Patreon in the new year! Game reviews, rankings, game discussions and more! New episodes every Sunday!

Thank you for the support, and I hope you have a safe and happy holiday!

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December 15, 2020

Remember The Game #128 - Bully

When you think of Rockstar games, you probably think of Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption. But back in 2006, the folks that are best known for making games about stealing cars and riding horses released Bully, which took that tried and true formula and applied it to spray painting walls and fighting jocks instead. 
 
And dammit, it was absolutely delightful.
 
In fact, Bully won our patreon poll last month. And after spending about 25 hours playing through it for the first time, I can absolutely see why. Despite not being the world's biggest GTA fan, I fucking adored my time with Bully. My guest Bradley McCue thinks it's fantastic as well. We had a nice long chat about what we liked and disliked about Jimmy Hopkins' adventures, and that's the focus of the show this week.
 
And as always, before we go to school, it's the RTG Industries Infamous Intro! I talk about whether or not Xbox needs Joanna Dark, is there any reason whatsoever to pay a scalper for a Series X or PlayStation 5, the games I've been playing lately, and more!
 
And of course, we play 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time around, it's the 'Rockstar' Edition, starring State of Emergency, Max Payne, and Bully.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 1:45 Intro 
 
1:45 - 10:15  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
10:15 - 16:35 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
16:35 - 26:35 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
26:35 - 28:20 What have I been playing?
 
28:20 - 29:50 Listener's 'Bully' Memories
 
30:45 + 'Bully' Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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Every gamer has holes in their resume. Big titles they missed out on when they were hot and fresh, and never had a chance to go back to. A couple of mine were the big Disney titles, including the focus of this episode: Aladdin for the SNES 
 
"The Genesis version is better!" I know, I know. We talk about that, too.
 
I played this bad boy for the first time a couple months ago, and while it's no Super Mario Bros, it was a damned solid little platformer. And I figured it deserved it's own hour in the Remember The Game? spotlight. My guest and former RTG Hall of Fame Mark McCue agreed, and we had a nice little chat about Aladdin, that little monkey, and a big fat blue guy.
 
And as always, before we get into your feature presentation, it's the RTG Industries Infamous Intro! I talk about whether or not game reviewers are entitled to free copies of games, game suggestions from listeners, what classic game franchise would make a good TV show, and more!
 
And of course, we play 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time around, it's the 'Disney' Edition, starring The Lion King, The Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse, and The Little Mermaid.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 1:54 Intro 
 
1:54 - 6:33  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
6:33 - 18:30 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
18:30  - 27:50 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
27:50 - 29:08 What have I been playing?
 
29:08 - 30:45 Listener's 'Aladdin' Memories
 
30:45 + 'Aladdin' Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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I think we've had more requests to review this movie on the show than just about any game we haven't covered yet. I had no idea it had the following it did, but your wish is my (eventual) command. Get out your Power Gloves, fire up Mario 3, and say "Californiaaaaa" a few times; we're reviewing The Wizard.
 
Is it a great movie? Not at all. But if you grew up in the NES's prime years, The Wizard is a 2 hour trip back to your childhood. It's basically a long-ass Nintendo commercial, and it's awesome. My buddy Tyler returns to the show this week, and man oh man did we have a good time talking about Fred Savage and Lucas and all the other weirdos in this movie. 
 
And as always, before we get to the main course, you get a delicious appetizer in the RTG Industries Infamous Intro! I talk about what Venom wears under the symbiote, would I like another TMNT movie in the style of the original trilogy, why I won't give out another perfect review score on the show, and more!
 
We also have a spin-off edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'; it's 'WATCH One, Remake One, Erase One'!! We're talking gaming movies on the 'Crappy video game movie' edition of the show, starring DOOM, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and the Street Fighter movie.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 2:40 Intro 
 
2:40 - 6:33  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
6:33 - 13:40 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
13:40  - 24:56 'WATCH One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
24:56 - 27:23 What have I been playing?
 
27:23 - 30:10Listener's 'The Wizard' Memories
 
30:10 + 'The Wizard' Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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I don't throw the word 'hero' around very often. But The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a damned hero.
 
For my money, it's the best game in the Zelda catalog. I love the combat, the graphics, the music, the items, the world, the exploration. I love it. I hate the boulders on Death Mountain, but I even love Death Mountain. 
 
We talked about A Link to the Past back on episode 3 of the show, but we had no idea what we were doing back then. We still don't, but we have more listeners now and everyone should love this game. Bradley McCue gave me a ring on the ol' Batphone, and we spent an hour blowing smoke right up Link's ass this week. 
 
And as always, before the game talk, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! I talk about games that end with cliff-hangers, what video game character can eat the most hot dogs, should Game of the Year awards wait until January, and more!
 
We also have another ripping edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week, sticking with the theme of Zelda, it's the 'old Zelda games that aren't Ocarina of Time' edition, starring original Legend of Zelda, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - 1:45 Intro 
 
1:45 - 7:21  Initial self-indulgent rambling
 
7:21 - 17:08 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
 
17:08  - 28:09 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
28:09 - 32:43 A copy of Super Mario Bros 3 sold for $156,000!?
 
32:43 - 33:45 What have I been playing?
 
33:45 - 36:35 Listener's 'Link to the Past' Memories
 
36:35 + The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!

 

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