Play Retro Show

By Scott Johnson

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Scott Johnson and Brian Dunaway talk about retro video games!

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PLAY RETRO 31: Beavis and Butt-Head Do 90s Gaming
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Three tie-in video games based on the animated television series of the same name that were released by Viacom New Media in 1994 for the Super NES, Genesis/Mega Drive and Game Gear. The three versions differ from each other, sharing only the basic premise involving the titular characters searching for tickets to a Gwar concert. The games were advertised as featuring music by the band. A fourth version was later released for the Game Boy by GT Interactive Software in 1998 without the Gwar tie-in.
Aug 09, 2022
PLAY RETRO 30: The Strike Series
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Strike is a series of video games created by Mike Posehn, John Patrick Manley and Tony Barnes released between 1991 and 1997 by Electronic Arts for a number of video game systems. The games are multi-directional shooters viewed from an overhead or top-down perspective. The first three games in the series were 2D and used isometric sprites to give the illusion of 3D depth since real-time 3D polygon rendering wasn't possible at the time.
Aug 02, 2022
PLAY RETRO 29: Kirby
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Kirby is the main protagonist of Nintendo's Kirby series of video games. He made his debut appearance in 1992, starring in Kirby's Dream Land. The series has been running for three decades, and over thirty titles have been released under Kirby's name, most of which are developed by HAL Laboratory, Inc. or published by HAL for co-developing studios.

Come play retro with us!

Jul 26, 2022
PLAY RETRO 28: The Legacy of Kain series
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Originally created by Silicon Knights in association with Crystal Dynamics, Legacy of Kain is an action-adventure series known for its outstanding narrative and involving puzzle-based gameplay. The series broke new ground with its high quality of voice-acting and engaging storyline featuring complex and often dark characters. Crystal Dynamics took over development after the release of the first game and went on to add four sequels.
Jul 20, 2022
PLAY RETRO 27: Mega Man
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Yep, we are all about the Mega Man this week. Mega Man, known as Rockman in Japan, is a Japanese science fiction video game franchise created by Capcom, starring a series of robot characters each known by the moniker "Mega Man". The original game was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987, and spawned a franchise that expanded to over 50 games on multiple systems. As of March 31, 2021, the series has sold 37 million units worldwide.
Jul 12, 2022
PLAY RETRO 26: Pitfall
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Pitfall! is a platform video game designed by David Crane for the Atari 2600 and released by Activision in 1982. The player controls Pitfall Harry and is tasked with collecting all the treasures in a jungle within 20 minutes. The world consists of 255 screens which are horizontally connected in a flip screen manner. We talk about it!
Jul 05, 2022
PLAY RETRO 25: F-Zero to WipEout
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Life F-ZERO for the SNES? Like Wipeout for Playstation? Oh man, then are you in for some fun today. We are all about the futuristic hover racers of yore on this episode of Play Retro!
Jun 28, 2022
PLAY RETRO 24: The Dreamcast
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The Dreamcast is a home video game console released by Sega on November 27, 1998, in Japan, September 9, 1999, in North America, and October 14, 1999, in Europe. It was the first in the sixth generation of video game consoles, preceding Sony's PlayStation 2, Nintendo's GameCube, and Microsoft's Xbox. The Dreamcast was Sega's final home console, with its discontinuation in 2001 marking the end of the company's eighteen years in the console market. We gonna talk about it!
Jun 21, 2022
PLAY RETRO 23: The Mini Revolution
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The good, the bad and the ugliest! NES, SNES, C64, GENESIS/MD, PS1, Amiga and the just announced Mini Mega Drive, now with CD games. All the retro minis plus a whole lot more today!
Jun 14, 2022
PLAY RETRO 22: Activate Pac-Man
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It's time. Time to take on one of the BIGGEST game franchises of all time. It's a big deal, and we have all the deets of the last 42 years.
Jun 08, 2022
PLAY RETRO 21: The 1995 PSX Launch Lineup!
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The PlayStation launched in Japan on December 3, 1994. Sony sold 102 million consoles and numerous versions of the PS1 before ceasing production in 2004. But how did that initial launch lineup hold up? We have the answers.
Jun 01, 2022
PLAY RETRO 20: Punch-Out!
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Punch-Out! is a Japanese video game series of boxing created by Nintendo's general manager Genyo Takeda, and his partner Makoto Wada. The first game was Punch-Out!! made in 1984 as an arcade unit, which was followed by a sequel Super Punch-Out!! (1984). The series was released on home consoles soon after, starting with Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! on the NES in 1987 and Super Punch-Out!! on the Super NES in 1994.
May 24, 2022
PLAY RETRO 19: GoldenEye 007 N64
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GoldenEye 007 is a 1997 first-person shooter developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. Based on the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, it changed shooters forever. And we go deep on all of it.
May 19, 2022
PLAY RETRO 18: Dragon's Lair
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Dragon's Lair is a video game franchise created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth. The series is famous for its Western animation-style graphics and convoluted decades-long history of being ported to many platforms and being remade into television and comic book series.
May 11, 2022
PLAY RETRO 17: The Cheater's Code
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Cheaters Always Win...Game Genie, Gameshark, Pro Action Replay and other ways to win. Turbo Buttons and other analog cheats.
May 03, 2022
PLAY RETRO 16: The 3D Transition Mascots
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Console Mascots Race to 3D Action Platforming : What was right, what was wrong.
Apr 20, 2022
PLAY RETRO 15: Early 90s Konami 4+ Player Arcade Licensed Beat 'em Ups
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TMNT (1989), The Simpsons (1991), TMNT - Turtles in Time (1991), X-MEN (1992), and more! Plus all the usual fun this week!
Apr 12, 2022
PLAY RETRO 14: King's Quest I - VII
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King's Quest is a graphic adventure game series, released between 1980 and 2016 and created by the American software company Sierra Entertainment. It is widely considered a classic series from the golden era of adventure games. Following the success of its first installments, the series was primarily responsible for building the reputation of Sierra. Roberta Williams, co-founder and former co-owner of Sierra, designed all of the King's Quest games until the series' reboot in 2015.
Apr 06, 2022
PLAY RETRO 13: Ducktales
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Duck Tales for NES is a traditional platform game in which the player takes the role of greedy Scrooge McDuck in search of treasures around the globe. He counts on his three nephews and on other Duck Tales characters to help him in his quest through inhospitable places such as the Amazon rainforest, the African mines, the Himalayas, Transylvania (where he meets Dracula Duck) and even the Moon.

Each one of them reserves the old duck lots of adventure, different enemies and hidden rooms.

The game features a 2D side-scrolling platform gameplay very similar to Mega Man. Graphics are colorful and cartoonish, music is reminiscent of the TV series, and controls are very simple.

Mar 29, 2022
PLAY RETRO 12: Castlevania
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NES, Genesis, SNES, PS1...this is the heyday for all things Castlevania! And we are here for it!
Mar 22, 2022
PLAY RETRO 11: Metroid
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Metroid is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo. The first installment in the Metroid series, it was originally released in Japan for the Family Computer Disk System peripheral in August 1986. North America received a release in August 1987 on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the Game Pak ROM cartridge format, with the European release following in January 1988.

Set on the planet Zebes, the story follows Samus Aran as she attempts to retrieve the parasitic Metroid organisms that were stolen by Space Pirates, who plan to replicate the Metroids by exposing them to beta rays and then use them as biological weapons to destroy Samus and all who oppose them.

We cover it ALL! Metroid to Prime, and everything in-between!

Mar 15, 2022
PLAY RETRO 10: Grand Theft Auto Top Down
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Today's episode is all about the impact of the early top down GTA games. Why they matter, and why almost every game you play today has some of that DNA in it. Also, the ichi.io sale for Ukraine. Fireman on SNES. Brian's new GameCube controller. Guess My Game! Emails and more!
Mar 09, 2022
PLAY RETRO 09: Bomberman!
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Most games in the Bomberman franchise largely revolve around two modes of play; single player campaigns where the player must defeat enemies and reach an exit to progress through levels, and multiplayer modes where players must attempt to eliminate each other and be the last one standing. There have been nearly 100 of these, and we are ready to answer the question: Why is Bomberman is awesome.
Mar 02, 2022
PLAY RETRO 08: NHL '94
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It’s time to talk about the one game that somehow transcends all others for some reason, and you don’t even need to be a sports fan to understand why. Our take on why NHL 94 is still king nearly 30 years on.
Feb 22, 2022
PLAY RETRO 07: Hexen: Beyond Heretic
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You may have heard of Hexen, or maybe Raven Software, but you might not know just how rad the Heretic thru Hexen II era was, until now! Jump in and enjoy!
Feb 17, 2022
PLAY RETRO 06: Contra and why we run and gun
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Some quick thoughts on Yoshi and his island, and how to get a CRT tv for 20 bucks in 2022. Then it's off to the main topic of Contra, and ALL the games that came after and before it in the Run n' Gun genre of classic gaming. Enjoy!
Feb 08, 2022
PLAY RETRO 05: Berzerk
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Berzerk is a very old game, but man, it sure did have an influence moving forward, to this very day! That's right, this week we take a look at the 1980 smash arcade hit and why it has more to do with the games you play now than you might think!
Feb 01, 2022
PLAY RETRO 04: The 'Cool Spot' Effect
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We wanted to take a look at 'aver-games' of the early 90's, and what it took back then, and now, to make a game with brands and have it actually be good. Enter, Cool Spot, for the Genesis and SNES. Among others. A lot in here today so get to listening!
Jan 25, 2022
PLAY RETRO 03: The Donkey Kong Arcade Series
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Today, it's all about a monkey named Donkey, and a little guy named Jump Man, and how the biggest shift in character-based gaming was about take a HUGE leap right under our noses. Enjoy!
Jan 18, 2022
PLAY RETRO 02: Phantasy Star IV
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Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium is a role-playing video game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Genesis. It was released in Japan in 1993 and Europe and North America in 1995. It is the fourth and final game in the original Phantasy Star series, concluding the story of the Algol Star System. And we are here for it!
Jan 11, 2022
PLAY RETRO 01: Joust
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The first episode is here! And there's a lot in here, including a deep loving look at Joust, and why it might be the greatest arcade game of all time. We also talk about playing retro games in VR, how Scott grew up with arcades in his basement, Guess Our Game remains, and MORE!
Jan 04, 2022
Play Retro 00: Coming January 2022!
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Play Retro 00: Coming January 2022!
Dec 20, 2021