Updates on Kai's speedrunning of Final Fantasy IV, then an extended discussion of one of the battle themes from Earthbound (Mother 2) and Hip Tanaka's brilliant contributions to the soundtrack of a very strange game. A couple of phone calls, because we haven't had any for a while.
Find links, sheet music, and more at http://www.technofunkboy.com/24
We have Omnigamer on the show today to talk about his upcoming book SPEEDRUN SCIENCE: A LONG GUIDE TO SHORT PLAYTHROUGHS. This was a fantastic chat that you do not want to miss. Show notes, including a link to a free preview of the book, are at http://www.technofunkboy.com/23
Today we got to chat with SandyClaws about the Realm Online, the 1996 MMORPG originally published by Sierra. We dig into 22 years of the game's history, changes made, different owners, but most of all the community.
This online game was really the first of its kind, transitioning from the older MUDs to the more modern MMORPGs, and proved to be an important step in gaming history.
Show notes, including links to SandyClaw's website, maps of the Realm, and also links to the game soundtrack,...
Starting a larger series on Sierra's early MMORPG The Realm or The Realm Online. In this episode, we discuss how the internet outside of the game itself played a role in how the game was played. Episode notes are at http://www.technofunkboy.com/20
We are joined by jimsfriend to discuss the early days of speedrunning, AGDQ, and other assorted tales in gaming lore. He picked the title of the episode, I know it doesn't fit on your cell phone screen.
Show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/15
Kai and Steven discuss speedrunning and the upcoming AGDQ. Couple of comments:
1) I realized later that the TAS Block from a previous GDQ was streaming Skype and not Twitch.
2) In listening while editing, I noticed Steven calling Link "Zelda," attempting to troll me. I didn't even hear him when he said it, and now it sounds like he's just an idiot. Sorry about that!
Show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/14
Great episode where Kai and Steven discuss Sierra's mid-90s interactive movie game Phantasmagoria and also interview the last in the line of the Belmont Clan.
Show notes at http://www.technofunkboy.com/10
Kai is again joined by Dan Gelok to continue to discuss Michiru Yamane's soundtrack to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. We discuss "Dance of Pales" (aka "Waltz of Pearls") and then tie our discussion to the story of the game itself.
Notes are at www.technofunkboy.com/9
Today we are tackling the epic Castlevania: Symphony of the Night soundtrack with Dan Gelok, Professor of Music at the University of Houston. We discuss the influences, the genius, and effectiveness of Michiru Yamane's long-revered work. Spoiler: we think it's amazing.
Show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/8 INCLUDING an offer to get the soundtrack yourself, and this is not an easy soundtrack to find, but we located a few copies for some fortunate souls.