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The world's favorite podcast about old video games reaches its next stage! Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt and a variety of guests as they discuss the favorite games and topics of yesteryear.

The world's favorite podcast about old video games reaches its next stage! Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt and a variety of guests as they discuss the favorite games and topics of yesteryear.
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San Francisco, CA

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The world's favorite podcast about old video games reaches its next stage! Join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Ray Barnholt and a variety of guests as they discuss the favorite games and topics of yesteryear.

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@retronauts

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English


Episodes

Retronauts Episode 240: The Running Man

8/19/2019
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Just as video game boss fights were becoming more sophisticated, Hollywood gave us 1987's The Running Man, a movie that—whether its writer knew it or not—exists as a 100-minute-long boss rush. Though other big, beefy action movies of the '80s inspired video games more directly, this lower-profile entry in the Schwarzenegger canon might have had an even bigger effect on the way we look at boss fights in general. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Henry Gilbert...

Duration:01:28:57

Retronauts Episode 239: Super Smash Bros.

8/12/2019
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If you like Smash Bros., you'll be angry about this episode! Jeremy, Chris, Ben, and Benj gather to discuss the classic influences that define Smash Bros. Ultimate, but they get sidetracked and turn what was supposed to be a quick series overview into a full, rambling, off-the-cuff episode that veers wildly beyond what they had prepped and researched for. Whoops!

Duration:01:30:47

Retronauts Episode 238: Nathan McCree on Composing Tomb Raider Tunes

8/9/2019
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Composer Nathan McCree reminisces about his groundbreaking work creating the soundtrack for Lara Croft's earliest adventures, the challenges in revisiting that material decades later, and... The Spice Girls?!

Duration:00:55:54

Retronauts Episode 237: X-Wing

8/5/2019
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By patron request, Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey recruit Kat Bailey and Jason Wilson to scramble all fighters and mount an unrelenting assault of knowledge against the topic of LucasArts' classic Star Wars sandbox shooter series X-Wing (and TIE Fighter).

Duration:01:35:55

Retronauts Episode 235: Mailbag—New Super Mario, FF Tactics, Gaming Holy Grails

8/2/2019
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The Retronauts East crew (Jeremy Parish, Benj Edwards, Ben Elgin, and Chris Sims) responds to YOUR letters about episode topics that may or may not have already been published, including New Super Mario Bros. and Final Fantasy Tactics.

Duration:00:58:36

Retronauts Episode 236: Super Mario Maker

7/29/2019
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We're living in the era of the gig economy, and now our apartments are hotels, our cars are taxis, and we even have to make Marios ourselves. But that's okay, because Nintendo's Super Mario Maker series has thrived over the past half-decade as not only a celebration of Mario's 2D legacy, but an amazing toolset that lets budding creators put together levels that aren't even in the wildest dreams of Nintendo's top craftsmen. On this episode, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, Chris Kohler, and...

Duration:01:34:07

Retronauts Episode 234: Spider-Man 2 with Jamie Fristrom

7/22/2019
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The Retronauts East crew looks back at the legacy of beloved superhero classic Spider-Man 2 for PlayStation 2. Then, Jeremy Parish talks to designer/tech lead Jamie Fristrom about the game's creation.

Duration:01:05:08

Retronauts Episode 233: Final Fantasy Tactics

7/15/2019
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Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Kat Bailey, and Shivam Bhatt equip their Dictionaries and set their Reaction Skills to "Podcast Debate" as they form up into a squad and take on Final Fantasy's all-time greatest spin-off: 1998's Final Fantasy Tactics for PS1.

Duration:01:49:28

Retronauts Episode 232: Nester

7/12/2019
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Mario might be Nintendo's big-time mascot, but for six years of Nintendo Power, one banana-haired brat served a similar role. In what amounted to one of the first manga series snuck into the hands of American children, Nester existed as the foil to the real-life know-it-all Nintendo rep Howard Phillips, who used his insider info to humiliate a small child through a few dozen very entertaining and expertly drawn installments. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and...

Duration:00:54:20

Retronauts Episode 231: Kemco-Seika

7/8/2019
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Jeremy Parish and Anthony Schwader look back at the checkered history of publisher Kemco-Seika—from iffy original works to beloved conversions of computer classics. And lots of Crazy Castles.

Duration:01:07:44

Retronauts Episode 230: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1989

7/1/2019
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Before the launch of the go-go '90s, a certain green foursome closed out the decade with a bang. Though the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles entered the comic book world in 1984 and debuted on television in 1987, 1989 belonged to the Turtles, with weekday cartoon episodes, a movie in the works, and, at long last, a chance to be the Ninja Turtles in both console and arcade forms. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Henry Gilbert, and Ray Barnholt (check out his issue of SCROLL on the...

Duration:01:25:08

Retronauts Episode 229: Retrotainment on Creating Modern NES Games

6/28/2019
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Tim Hartman and Greg Caldwell from Retrotainment talk to Jeremy Parish about the art and science of creating brand-new NES games such as Full Quiet.

Duration:00:30:01

Retronauts Episode 228: Console Launch Lineups

6/24/2019
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By patron request, Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey revisit the topic of classic console launch lineups from Atari 2600 to Super NES with Chris Kohler and Steve Lin. How did these first games speak to their systems—and to the state of gaming at the time?

Duration:01:45:30

Retronauts Episode 227: Console Roguelikes through Mystery Dungeon

6/17/2019
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The second part of our journey into roguelike history sees experts Jason Wilson and John Harris join Bob Mackey and Jeremy Parish to explore the protoplasmic origins of the genre's console renditions through the near-perfection of Shiren the Wanderer.

Duration:01:47:01

Retronauts Episode 226: Aladdin Games

6/14/2019
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Now that Disney's live-action Aladdin movie is out, we finally have a great excuse to jump back in time 25 years to examine the animated version of that property—one that was oddly important to the 16-bit console wars. Virgin Interactive's Genesis game mostly overshadowed Capcom's SNES interpretation thanks to some still-impressive technical tricks, but the conventional wisdom about the Sega version being superior might not hold together 2.5 decades later. On this episode of Retronauts, join...

Duration:01:00:27

Retronauts Episode 225: Resident Evil 4

6/10/2019
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Resident Evil 4 has quietly been one of the most influential games of the past 20 years, and now that a shiny new port is available on the Nintendo Switch, there's never been a better time to dig into the game that redefined the third-person shooter genre. Capcom took an incredible risk by throwing out nearly everything that defined the series for its fourth iteration, and even though it took four attempts to get things right, Resident Evil 4 remains an intensely playable experience nearly...

Duration:01:26:42

Retronauts Episode 224: Virtual Boy Revisited

6/3/2019
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Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Caitlin Oliver, and Brian Clark convene to discuss Nintendo's least-successful console ever: The benighted Virtual Boy. And it's not as dire a discussion as you might expect—in fact, you might even call us fans.

Duration:01:15:41

Retronauts Episode 223: Epoch's Game Pocket Computer

5/31/2019
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Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey consult with handheld connoisseur Alex "kraeman" Forsyth about the impressive portable system that beat Game Boy to the punch by five years: The Epoch Game Pocket Computer.

Duration:00:27:53

Retronauts Episode 222: Sonic Mania's Classic Roots

5/27/2019
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Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, and Caty McCarthy look to the present to talk about a game that succeeds by looking to the past: Sega's 2017 hit Sonic Mania. See, we CAN say nice things about Sonic.

Duration:01:26:47

Retronauts Episode 221: Alien

5/20/2019
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The last survivors of the Nostromo—Jeremy Parish, Benj Edwards, Chris Sims, and Ben Elgin—transmit from deep space to pay tribute to Ridley Scott's film Alien and its influence on pop culture and video games.

Duration:01:18:54