Leisure

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

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Remember playing Metal Gear Solid back in the day? You (probably) either thought the story telling and cinematic were incredible, or you thought the cutscenes sucked and you just wanted to play the game. And  there's a decent chance you felt the same way about Uncharted
 
I was late to the Playstation 3 party, and when I finally got there, Uncharted was the first series I got into. REALLY into. I love this series. All four games are a great combination of story telling, graphics, gameplay, and fantastic music. These really are like playing a movie. Some people love that, and some people hate it. My guest Tim and I are both 100% the former. 
 
This is one of those episodes where we kinda look at the series as a whole, as opposed to focusing on one particular game. I hope ya like it!
 
And before we listen to Sully offer us useless advice, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about my reliance on food metaphors, TV shows from our childhood that have been completely forgotten about, and the shit everyone is giving Outriders (and whether or not it's deserved).
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the "Playstation exclusives that HAVEN'T been remade lately" edition, featuring Jak and Daxter, Sly Cooper and Infamous!
 
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And find Tim here:
Instagram: @Tim_Riel
Twitch.tv/Tim_Riel
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It's Wrestlemania week in WWE, so I thought it would only be fitting to cover a game with 'Wrestlemania' in the title. Initially, we planned to talk about WWF Wrestlemania for the NES, but after playing it for 10 minutes, I realized that not only does it suck, but there's nothing there to talk about. We ended up throwing a short bonus "review" of it into this episode, but that's all we could come up with.
 
WWF Wrestlemania 2000 for the Nintendo 64, however? I could talk about that game for days! Or an hour at least. My buddy Brad returns to the podcast this week, and we went back to 1999, the Attitude Era, THQ's transition from WCW video games to WWF video games, and we had a great chat about the occasionally overlooked member of the THQ quartet of wrestling games; WWF Wrestlemania 2000. 
 
I love this game.
 
And as always, before we get to the main event, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about nerdy tattoos, which Ninja Turtles cartoon was the best, and I give some Mario Kart 8 advice to a fellow hot dog.
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the "Couch Co-op/Mulitplayer" edition, featuring Mario Party, Super Bomberman, and Mario Strikers!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:30 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #53: Video Game Rental Memories' Clip
 
11:15 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
24:00 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
37:05 - What have I been playing?
 
38:55 - Listener's 'Mania 2000 Thoughts
 
42:30 - WWF Wrestlemania 2000 talk!
 
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Star Fox 64 won our Patreon poll last month, and a deal is a deal. I played through it - multiple times - and I'm ready to rant. 
 
I know this game is pretty beloved by a large chunk of the retro gaming community. Personally, it's not really my cup of tea, but there's a big difference between a bad game, and a good game that I just don't like. I think this is the latter, and while I definitely got into the stuff that didn't tickle my fancy, I did my best to show this game the respect that I think it deserves. Except Slippy. Fuck him so much.
 
Plus, my buddy Daniel was my guest this week, and he grew up playing this bad boy, so even if you don't like what I have to say, he should make up for it.
 
And as always, before we start doing barrel rolls, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about my inability to pronounce people's names. We also get into working out to video game soundtracks, a bunch of listeners throw game suggestions at me, and a lifelong Playstation fan picked up an Xbox Series S when he couldn't find a PS5, and now he finds himself at a gaming crossroads.
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the "Forgotten Nintendo Franchise" edition, featuring the entire franchises of Punch-Out!, Star Fox, and F-Zero!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:45 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #52: Couch Co-op Memories' Clip
 
11:30 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
26:20 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
38:00 - What have I been playing?
 
40:45 - Listener's Star Fox Thoughts
 
43:30 - Star Fox 64 talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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Is Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest the best game we've never covered on the show? I'd certainly listen to that argument, but fortunately, it's a right that's been wronged! My buddy, and the Diddy to my Donkey, Bradley McCue, joins me this week, and we have a nice beefy chat about the game many consider to be the best of the original DKC trilogy. 
 
This episode is worth listening to for the music alone.
 
And as always, before we talk Dixie Kong's debut, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about what consoles should be considered "retro", the games I didn't understand as a kid, "petty" enemies, and why a game's length is directly compared to it's value.
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the Rare edition, featuring Donkey Kong Country, Banjo-Kazooie, and Diddy Kong Racing!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:20 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #51: God of War (2018) Review' Clip
 
9:25 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
29:30 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
38:20 - What have I been playing?
 
41:00 - Listener's DKC2 Thoughts
 
48:00 - Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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For quite some time, a vocal portion of our audience has asked me to weigh in on speed running. If you don't know what 'speed running' is, it's when players attempt to finish a game as fast as humanly possible. And admittedly, I don't know that much about it. So I found someone who does. My special guest this week is the one and only, Summoning Salt!
 
Summoning Salt is a Youtuber that creates phenomenal documentary style videos about speed running. He takes individual games, breaks down the history of the speed run world record for said particular game, and does a great explaining not only what the record is and who holds it, but how they got there. Tricks, tips, strategies. I went into his videos knowing NOTHING about speed running, and I've learned a ton from watching his youtube channel. 
 
And in addition to his channel, Summoning Salt is a speed runner himself. He holds several world records right now, with his area of expertise being Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! from the NES. One of his records is the fastest ever TKO of Tyson himself, clocking in at an INSANE 2:00:97!!!!
 
We had a great chat about the hobby itself, advice for new speed runners, Salt's records, how he got into making videos, the speed running community as a whole, and more. It was a real pleasure talking with him, and I hope you enjoy the episode.
 
You can find Summoning Salt here:
 
Youtube Channel - Youtube.com/SummoningSalt
Twitter - @SummoningSalt
 
And as always, before we talk speed running, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about TMNT: Shredder's Revenge, where I see 'Remember The Game?' in five years, gaming fatigue, and someone asks which Super Mario game they should play first.
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the TMNT edition, featuring Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES), TMNT IV: Turtles in Time, and TMNT: Tournament Fighters!
 
**If you're interested in tickets to my online comedy show on March 20th, you can find them at Eventbrite.com!**
 
And if you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
5:17 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #50: Ranking My Favourite SNES Games' Clip
 
13:55 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
29:30 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
39:50 - What have I been playing?
 
41:25 - Listener's 'Speed Running' Thoughts
 
48:00 - Interview with Summoning Salt!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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We're going all the way back to 1985 this week. The NES has just hit North America, and while everyones obsessed with Mario and trying to figure out which fucking castle that princess is hiding in, they're also hunting ducks. And then failing. And then getting laughed at by a digital dog. And then shooting said dog to no affect. 
 
Let's talk Duck Hunt
 
Admittedly, I was a little nervous this episode would be kinda boring, but I think we pulled a gem outta the bushes here. My buddy, fellow comic, and NES lover David Rae returns to the show this week, and damned if we didn't have a nice chat about giving up after 3 ducks and putting your zappers right up against the TV screen, among other things. I hope you enjoy it!
 
And as always, before we hunt ducks, it's another Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we talk about Christmas video game memories, Zelda 2 from the NES rears it's misunderstood head, and we talk a little Ninja Turtles 'The Last Ronin' comic books.
 
I also answer a question about the early days of the show, and explain what exactly inspired me to create 'Remember The Game?'
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the NES Black Box edition, featuring Excitebike, Balloon Fight, and Ice Climber!
 
**If you're interested in tickets to my online comedy show on March 20th, you can find them at Eventbrite.com!**
 
And if you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
1:50 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #49: Happy 4th Birthday, Nintendo Switch' Clip
 
8:40 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
29:40 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
40:09 - What have I been playing?
 
41:50 - Listener's 'Duck Hunt' Memories
 
45:18 + Duck Hunt Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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This week, we're gonna right two wrongs with one stone, and show both the GBA and the Metroid franchise some much overdue love on the show. It's all about the (outstanding) Game Boy Advance title Metroid Fusion this week!
 
I played this thing for the first time recently, at the suggestion of my guest Daniel, and I get the hype now. It's shorter than you'd expect, and quite linear - especially for a Metroid title - but damned if they didn't pack everything they had into that short line of a game. I'm not ready to say this is my favourite GBA game of all-time, but it's a contender without a shadow of a doubt. 
 
I gotta play more GBA and more Metroid. If only Nintendo had a handheld console that could address both of those things at once...
 
And of course, before we talk Metroid Fusion, it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, I suck the dick of both Ori games extensively. We talk about a possible 'Resident Evil Ranking' episode of Expansion Pass, and I answer the question "who's your favourite wrestler of all-time?"
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the GBA edition, featuring Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap!
 
**If you're interested in tickets to my online comedy show on March 20th, you can find them at Eventbrite.com!**
 
And if you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:04 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #48: Each Console's "Must Own" Game' Clip
 
9:00 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
17:50 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
28:37 - What have I been playing?
 
30:33 - Listener's 'Metroid Fusion' Memories
 
33:30 + Metroid Fusion Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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It's finally time to sit down and talk about Final Fantasy VIII. Unquestionably, the most divisive game in the history of this stupid podcast. A vocal majority of you hate this game, and an even more vocal minority defend it like their lives depend on it. I had never played it, but then it won our Patreon poll, and I put a good 40 hours into seeing what all the hubbub is about.
 
And I have a LOT to say. 
 
My pal Andre is one of those Final Fantasy VIII defenders, and he gave me a call last week to chat about Squall and friends. And chat we did. The 'game talk' portion of this week's show clocked in around ninety minutes, and we went over all the stuff we liked, and all the stuff we hated about this game. And trust me, there's plenty of both.
 
And of course, before we talk Final Fantasy, it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, I get into stuff like whether someone should buy a Switch now, or wait for a potential 'Pro' iteration. I pick my four character dream team of Final Fantasy characters, and decide which Final Fantasy villain they'll go up against. Why the hell has Nintendo not brought back the NES Remix series?? And more!
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the PSOne Final Fantasy' edition, featuring Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, and Final Fantasy IX!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:15 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #47: Best/Worst Controllers' Clip
 
9:05 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
25:10 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
36:10 - What have I been playing?
 
38:10 - Listener's 'Final Fantasy VIII' Memories
 
42:05 + Final Fantasy Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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Zombies Ate My Neighbours has been one of the most requested games for us to cover on the show over the last couple years. I never played it back in my youth, and honestly, I kinda wrote it off. I thought it looked generic. One of those games that ended up selling for $19.99 after the console generation was coming to an end.
 
But then I played it. 
 
This game kicks ass. It's tough, but fair(ish). The combination of 'easy to learn, tough to master' mechanics and randomly generated item drops keeps you coming back for one more game, and every time you get past the level that beat you on your last attempt, you feel rejuvenated and want to keep going. 
 
I like Zombies Ate My Neighbours now. My guest, the incomperable Thaddeus Archer the Third, has always been a fan. We finally put our heads together and had a nice chat about saving BBQ'ing weirdos and cheerleaders from demon baby dolls, and you can listen it on it this week.
 
And of course, before we talk Zombies, it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, we look at the best retro gaming soundtracks, and retro series we'd like to see continued (a discussion sparked by Streets of Rage 4). We also look at the possibility of Nintendo 64 games coming to Switch, and if they do, whether or not we'd like to see Nintendo release N64 controllers for the Switch like they did with NES and SNES controllers.
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the 'retro halloween-y games' edition, featuring Zombies Ate my Neighbours, Splatterhouse 2, and Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts!
 
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:50 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #46: Play One/Remake One/Erase One - Hot Dog Edition' Clip
 
10:40 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
23:50 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
32:30 - What have I been playing?
 
34:45 - Listener's 'Zombies Ate my Neighbours' Memories
 
37:20 + Zombie Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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This week, we're re-visiting a game that we covered back in the infant days of 'Remember The Game?', and this one goes all the way back to episode 2! My buddy Tyler is my guest, and we're taking another peak at one of the most beloved beat 'em ups in gaming history; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time!
 
This bad boy is considered by many to be the best Ninja Turtles game ever made, and it's frigging thirty years old. I don't know if that's a testament to the quality of the game, or a shot at the lack of good Turtles games over the past 3 decades, but I digress. This game is rad, and I'm happy to welcome it back to the show.
 
And of course, before Sewer Surfin', it's the Remember The Game Infamous Intro! 
 
This week, a listener writes in and says that 'Angry Adam' makes him feel better about his own kid's controller throwing. I get asked if I'd rather have all my childhood games back, or have the opportunity to invest in GameStop before that whole thing happened. And we talk about all the dormant Nintendo IPs, and why they aren't doing anything with them!
 
Plus, we have another round of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This time, it's the 'Make Adam Sweat' edition, featuring Super Mario World, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and Earthbound.
 
This is a big 'un. If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
 
0:00 - Intro 
 
2:45 - Initial self-indulgent rambling & 'Expansion Pass #45: Cyber Shadow Review' Clip
 
9:30 - 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions)
 
22:15 - 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.'
 
36:20 - What have I been playing?
 
38:15 - Listener's Turtles in Time Memories
 
45:00 + Turtle Talk!
 
Enjoy the podcast!
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