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Ep.012 - "Great Apespectations"

1/7/2019
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Ape puns coagulate in this Donkey Kong Country episode, featuring the dudes at The Pixel Meditations podcast! We discuss how to help games be accepted as an art form, showing people that there’s something to learn from video games, DKC’s quality of physics and weight, its sense of rhythm, the immediacy of its two player co-op, the variations between Donkey and Diddy, its place as the first title in the SNES trilogy, those dreaded mine cart levels, the Cranky Kong Run, and that great, great...

Duration:01:24:43

Ep.011 - "!"

12/21/2018
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Gravelly voices abound in this Metal Gear Solid episode on the origins of TWRM and the pun name, the PS1 Classic, a Metal Gear franchise overview, what’s canon and what’s not, the unique pitfalls of cinematic storytelling, stealth as a genre vs a mechanic, messing with people after getting optical camouflage, our favorite scenes and characters in MGS1, the importance of ESRB ratings as a parent, the embarrassing story of "the music room", Solid Snake’s ethics of killing and justification of...

Duration:01:44:18

Ep.010 - "The King of Second Fiddles"

12/8/2018
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It's the MAGE CAST 10th episode mini-anniversary special featuring my biological anti-twin and second banana, Nathaniel Norton! Listen with rapture to the most melodious musical episode ever as we sing and belt our way through a Night on Bald Mountain, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Sim City 2000, Storm Eagle, Monument Valley, Armored Core, Alabama Shakes, Olomana, and... a new MAGE CAST theme song??? Things get a little weird and laughter abounds, but hopefully this decennial makes you chortle...

Duration:00:24:55

Ep.009 - "See You, Space Cowgirl..."

12/8/2018
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Co-founders Red and Timely sit down to chat about Cosmic Star Heroine, buzzwords in the gaming industry, true substance to retro throwback games, doing more than pandering, consciousness toward length and lean game design, old versus modern JRPGs, the shift away from strategy to button mashing, sincerity and genuineness in indie games evoking the classics, the place for traditional good vs evil storytelling, pure virtue characters and archetypes, the non-necessity of cynicism, the GOTY picks...

Duration:01:42:59

Ep.008 - "Breath Of Fresh Air"

11/22/2018
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So a red mage, a ninja, and a coffee guru walk into a podcast... On this episode, a tri-force of mages discuss The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, its place within the context of the franchise, both its 2017 GOTY and controversial status, its unprecedented focus on the princess, its treatment of the open world structure, the place of fans in defining a series by expectations, demanding ingenuity and lateral thinking from the player, weapon durability and survival mechanics, talk of a...

Duration:01:54:47

Ep.004 - "Fuzzy Pickles"

11/22/2018
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In this EarthBound episode, I jumped last minute in front of the mic with Ryan the Hyperactive Coffee Mage and Brent the ABXY Mage to talk about a real SNES cult classic. Our discussion circulated around the idyllic vision of America, the death of innocence, the lost art of memorable NPCs, disturbing 16bit imagery, the meaning of the series title "Mother", successful video game humor, and lots of Poo. Website: thewellredmage.com/2018/03/05/eart…gs-mother-1989/ Patreon:...

Duration:01:23:11

Ep.005 - "What Nintendidn't"

11/22/2018
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Traveling back in time at high speeds to the first Sonic the Hedgehog game, Matthew from Normal Happenings and myself talk the blue blur's concept, design, and execution, Sonic's development history and future, Project Defeat Mario, the epic console wars, Sonic Tuesday, and Sega's legacy. This is our first episode ever to feature a 1 vs 1 discussion from two very different perspectives. Do sparks fly? Idk, but Tails does. Too bad he's not in this game. Website:...

Duration:01:28:03

Ep.006 - "Do Reploids Dream of Electric Guitar?"

11/22/2018
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What ever happened to the Blue Bomber? In this episode, I chat about Mega Man X with Ryan from Retro Game Brews Podcast and Brent aka the ABXY Mage and we unpack our thoughts on the chronology of X and the classic Mega Man series, the distinguishing features of the X series, which robots get free will, literal verticality in level design, what kind of voice Mega Man should have, and our appreciation for the incredible soundtrack (I also make my guests sing their favorite songs from this...

Duration:01:16:56

Ep.007 - "It's A Madhouse!"

11/22/2018
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I am the night! This time, I got to sit down this time with the comics experts at Opinioneering to chat about Batman: Arkham Asylum. Our conversation turned to the literary and animated influences behind the game, Batman's humanity and vulnerabilities, the enduring versatility of the Dark Knight across media, remembering who the World’s Greatest Detective really is, the value in the focus of smaller games, Asylum as more than a cash-in or an adaptation of some movie, an exploration of the...

Duration:01:57:52

Ep.003 - "Perfect Organism"

11/22/2018
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In this episode, the founding members of TWRM shiver in fear before Alien: Isolation by Creative Assembly and Sega, discussing the game in the context of the Alien film franchise and other Alien video games, the addictiveness of horror, the value of good lighting, AI that's smarter than you, lo-fi tech, and just why the Xenomorph is so terrifying (hint: pregnancy and childbirth). Read more: thewellredmage.com/2016/05/12/alien-isolation/ Patreon: www.patreon.com/thewellredmage

Duration:01:20:02

Ep.001 - "Sand People"

11/16/2018
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In this primal episode, the founding members of thewellredmage.com discuss Journey by thatgamecompany, the meaning of minimalism and the risk of superficiality, spirituality and video games, the journey(s) of life and Journey as a mirror, the human need for friendship, and Journey's place in the gaming industry! Read more: https://thewellredmage.com/2016/02/22/journey/

Duration:01:15:17

Ep.002 - "The Zodiac Killer"

11/16/2018
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In this episode you can enjoy our Final Fantasy Tactics talk with the Timely Mage and Nick-the-Employee-of-the-Month, wherein we discuss the Final Fantasy series and Tactics' uniqueness, Final Fantasy spin-offs, historical facts and the nature of truth, grounded dark Frenchiness, the Dead Sea Scrolls, themes of equality and corruption, and how the heck you are supposed to pronounce "Beoulve", anyway. Read more: www.thewellredmage.com/2016/03/20/final-fantasy-tactics/ Patreon:...

Duration:01:30:17

Ep.006 - "Do Reploids Dream Of Electric Guitar?"

10/17/2018
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What ever happened to the Blue Bomber? In this episode, I chat about Mega Man X with Ryan from Retro Game Brews Podcast and Brent aka the ABXY Mage and we unpack our thoughts on the chronology of X and the classic Mega Man series, the distinguishing features of the X series, which robots get free will, literal verticality in level design, what kind of voice Mega Man should have, and our appreciation for the incredible soundtrack (I also make my guests sing their favorite songs from this...

Duration:01:16:56

Ep.005 - "What Nintendidn't"

10/5/2018
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Traveling back in time at high speeds to the first Sonic the Hedgehog game, Matthew from Normal Happenings and myself talk the blue blur's concept, design, and execution, Sonic's development history and future, Project Defeat Mario, the epic console wars, Sonic Tuesday, and Sega's legacy. This is our first episode ever to feature a 1 vs 1 discussion from two very different perspectives. Do sparks fly? Idk, but Tails does. Too bad he's not in this game. Website: https://thewellredmage.com/...

Duration:01:28:03

Ep.004 - "Fuzzy Pickles"

9/21/2018
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In this EarthBound episode, I jumped last minute in front of the mic with Ryan the Hyperactive Coffee Mage and Brent the ABXY Mage to talk about a real SNES cult classic. Our discussion circulated around the idyllic vision of America, the death of innocence, the lost art of memorable NPCs, disturbing 16bit imagery, the meaning of the series title "Mother", successful video game humor, and lots of Poo. Website: https://thewellredmage.com/...

Duration:01:23:11

Ep.002 - "The Zodiac Killer"

9/8/2018
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In this episode you can enjoy our Final Fantasy Tactics talk with the Timely Mage and Nick-the-Employee-of-the-Month, wherein we discuss the Final Fantasy series and Tactics' uniqueness, Final Fantasy spin-offs, historical facts and the nature of truth, grounded dark Frenchiness, the Dead Sea Scrolls, themes of equality and corruption, and how the heck you are supposed to pronounce "Beoulve", anyway. Website: https://thewellredmage.com/ Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thewellredmage

Duration:01:30:17