My good friend Warren Bennett joins me for another week of The Gaming Goddess Podcast to discuss his recent adventures into the publication world. Warren has a short story he has written that will be published in the upcoming Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk anthology due out on March 15, 2015. While I could attempt to summarize his story here, I think it’d be best to simply listen to the episode and hear it directly from him. :)
Warren and I also talk about the various themes within the “punk” category, such as Cyber, Bio, Art Deco, Diesel, and the ever-popular Steam. We discuss the origins of these genres, what they might mean to us, and how they can apply to a very broad spectrum of media types.
As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome, and if you’d like to snag an MP3 to stream or download, head this way:
GG 07-08: “Shakespeare Goes Punk” (MP3)
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas first made its debut in November 2013 on iOS devices and immediately was compared to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. If you spend a second looking at screenshots or videos from the game, you’ll quickly realize you cannot deny the resemblance, but is that all there is to the game?
For a long while, people have asked Cornfox & Brothers to consider bringing the game to Android, but on March 17 the game won’t be coming to your smart-phone or tablet, but rather, to your PC! Yes, the developers have been working hard on a fully remastered version of this portable adventure, taking advantage of modern computer architecture to make a colorful, fun high-resolution experience for gamers of all types. Indeed, the game will even properly display in 4K without any hitches.
I received an advanced copy of the Steam edition of the game, but don’t worry: I won’t be spoiling this one just yet. I’ve not yet finished the game, so don’t expect a review until after March 17, but suffice to say that so far I really do enjoy this one. There are a few bugs that will need adjustment prior to launch, but even if those aren’t fixed, this game is going to be a lot of fun for fans of adventure games (especially Zelda ones) to play.
The Legend of Zelda is a true classic for the original NES and Famicom Disk System, and there’s no denying that it was a ground-breaking game that paved the way for adventure games of all sorts over the nearly three decades since its release. And, given my own work on my Zelda fan-game, I figured it was time to give this game a shot live on The Retro Play Show!
For this episode, my good friend Warren C. Bennett joined in to offer guest commentary as we explored Hyrule on a quest to gather the fragments of the Triforce of Wisdom and put a stop to the evil Ganon’s plans. All-in-all it was a good run. We spend only a couple hours actually playing the game itself, get all the major items and heart containers, and clear the first quest. Personally, I think this was a very good run, and perhaps a bit less traditional since we went after a lot of power-ups before even setting foot in the first dungeon!
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Now, I know what you might be thinking: Over four hours for just one video?! Well, you don’t need to worry too much about it, because I’ve carefully created a chapter-select menu for the video that breaks it up into for thematic segments, and I think this makes it effectively like watching a long movie. You can see it in parts and take it all in. This is a very long game, so this is a very efficient way to showcase it!
The Legend of Zelda: Parallel Worlds is a total hack of the SNES classic Zelda: A Link to the Past that was released by designers SePH and Euclid back in 2006. While certainly a good game and a very impressive hack, it wasn’t without its flaws and balance issues. Many complained that it was extremely hard to play and very frustrating without using save-states and other emulation tools. So, to correct a lot of this, PuzzleDude released an upgraded version called Zelda: Parallel Worlds Remodeled in 2012.
In this first volume, we effectively go through all of the “Light World” content through the battle with Draegor. Who’s Draegor, you ask? Well, you’ll have to watch the game’s introduction, but he was the king of Hyrule’s regent who overthrew him and became maddened with a desire to climb the Parallel Tower in search for the power of the Triforce. So, after we get through the introduction, we do a ton of exploring, clear three major dungeons, and have an epic battle that concludes with us being thrust into a darker, frozen world!
I’ve also been streaming some of Ys II: Chronicles Plus via Twitch, and will eventually have that cleaned up and presented on YouTube. Meanwhile, you can follow my Channel there and scour the archives to see whatever Ys II streams you might have missed!
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This episode (which might serve as a mid-season special?), I return to the vlog (or vidcast, if you prefer) format for a bit more personal of a session. I talk about recent internet woes and Skype issues (which is interesting because it fits perfectly with the FCC’s recent ruling about Net Neutrality), some of the games I’ve been playing lately, my thoughts on various YouTube formats, and my recent adventures into teaching Taekwondo!
Music in this episode comes from Sonic Colors, which I think has an absolutely fantastic soundtrack, so I hope you enjoy it!
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GG 07-07: “A Fireside Chat” (MP3)
So, yeah, it’s 2015 and I’m still not actively playing any MMORPGs. What’s up with that?
As you know, around May 2014 I took an indefinite hiatus from Guild Wars 2 and after some brief stints messing around in Star Trek Online (again!) and Neverwinter, I kind of expanded it to an indefinite break from MMOs as a whole. It’s closing in on a year since I decided to take those steps back, and you might wonder why I haven’t found something new to suit my fancy. The short answer is that so far nothing has called to me to make me want to play it. I’ve briefly considered giving Elder Scrolls Online a go at some point, but so far haven’t pulled the trigger on that one. Beyond that, I am carefully observing games as they roll out to the market, but not anxiously jumping into anything.
Now, obviously I am aware that the first retail expansion to Guild Wars 2 is coming in the guise of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, and yes, I will be considering picking that one up and getting into GW2 once again in at least a limited basis. But, beyond that, I just don’t feel that compulsion to get too deep into anything for a bit. Part of it, I suspect, just has to do with the often-draining nature of some online communities, and probably it is mainly a personality matter that factors in. I often go all-or-nothing into things I want to do, and as a result, it’s easy for me to get deep into something and then have there be personality fallings-out and then I’ll feel like tons of time has been wasted. Obviously, this is compounded by the fact that anonymity makes some people asses, so it’s much easier for guilds to fall apart or online friends to just up and vanish.
Anyway…Yeah, short of checking out Heart of Thorns, I’m still pretty steadfast in my resolve not to just jump into something right now. Eventually? Yeah. But we’re a bit out from me seeing something to make me change my mind!
I always seem to have interesting conversations with my good friend Rob Eubank, so its no surprise that this week’s episode of the podcast, in which he once more joins to help host the episode, makes for an interesting listen. Since the topic of intellectual copyright and digital media rights has been under discussion this season of the show, Rob and I talk a bit about that with him sharing his own opinion on the matter with me. We also talk a bit about Star Trek Online and the upcoming Firefly Online, and Rob teases a bit about Star Citizen, which he mentioned briefly in more detail back in Episode 4 this season.
I’m always interested to hear your thoughts on these sorts of topics, so if you want to weigh in on the matter of digital copyright, please share with me!
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GG 07-06: “A Limited Liability World” (MP3)