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Ep 24: You Engage the Spiteful Crow! (Earthbound)

2/15/2018
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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

Duration:00:54:51

Ep 23: Speedrunning with Omnigamer

2/9/2018
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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

Duration:00:59:19

Ep 22: All Strength Giant Warrior (The Realm Online)

2/2/2018
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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,...

Duration:00:53:05

Ep 21: Stab it in the Eye! (LotR: The Third Age)

1/26/2018
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We redo the lost interview about the Lord of Rings film tie-game The Third Age. Also starting to speedrun Final Fantasy IV. Show notes are at http://www.technofunkboy.com/21

Duration:01:07:07

Ep 20: Editing HTML with Notepad (The Realm Online)

1/19/2018
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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

Duration:00:54:05

Ep 19: Elementary! (221B Baker Street)

1/12/2018
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We have a live update from AGDQ 2018, a chat about board games made into video games, and also voicemails from our listeners. Show notes are at www.technofunkboy.com/19

Duration:00:52:30

Ep 18: Those Stupid Droids (Final Fantasy XII)

1/5/2018
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Kai discusses a seriously flawed great game - Final Fantasy XII. Also we check in with Steven's work to see how he's doing. Show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/18

Duration:01:01:25

The 2017 Winter Jam!

12/29/2017
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Music from Batman, Secret of Mana, Adventure Island 2, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy IV, Double Dragon 2, Castlevania: Bloodlines, and more! Show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/winter2017

Duration:01:00:57

Ep 17: Yo-Yos and Boomerangs (Power Blade)

12/22/2017
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We have Anla joining us today for our Christmas episode where we primary talk about Power Blade. Shorter episode due to scheduling conflicts. Episode notes at www.technofunkboy.com/17

Duration:00:41:12

Ep 16: Bob Ross's Dimensions ("Sell Me This Game" Game)

12/15/2017
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Kai, Dan Gelok, and Jalrik get together to play a retro-gaming themed game called "Sell Me This Game." We have photos of the games we're talking about and notes at www.technofunkboy.com/16

Duration:00:58:00

Ep 15: 2001 A Speed Odyssey: A Brief History in Time Attacks

12/8/2017
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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

Duration:01:06:20

Ep 14: Speedrunning 101

12/1/2017
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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

Duration:01:09:10

Ep 13: A Prelude to Light (Final Fantasy)

11/25/2017
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Deep dive into the "Prelude" from the Final Fantasy game series, composed by Nobuo Uematsu. Show notes are at www.technofunkboy.com/13

Duration:01:05:35

Ep 12: Piles of Shame (Backlogs)

11/16/2017
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Today we talk with Nate McKeever of the #Backlog Book Club about gaming backlogs. Check out our show notes at www.technofunkboy.com/12

Duration:00:58:21

Ep 11: Pasty Nerds at the Olympics? (eSports)

11/9/2017
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Could eSports show up at the Olympic games? Kai and Steven discuss whether eSports should be called sports at all and whether they should be in the Olympics. Notes at www.technofunkboy.com/11

Duration:01:07:56

The 2017 Autumn JAM!

11/2/2017
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Where we play game music together and have a great time! This season's theme is "Traveling music." See a complete list of songs are other notes at http://www.technofunkboy.com/autumn2017

Duration:00:41:59

Ep 10: The Last Belmont (Phantasmagoria)

10/26/2017
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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

Duration:00:56:40

Ep 9: I Was Right - It's Dhampir (Symphony of the Night)

10/19/2017
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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

Duration:01:06:41

Ep 8: Bach, Michiru Yamane, and Kai (Symphony of the Night)

10/12/2017
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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.

Duration:00:57:08

Ep 7: Uncle Fester Has Been Bad

10/6/2017
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Kai and Stephen discuss games that they like, even though the games are terrible. Notes at www.technofunkboy.com/7

Duration:01:01:19

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