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Episode 07: Duke Nukem 3D - PC
Episode 06: Resident Evil 2 - PS1
Episode 05: Deus Ex - PC
Episode 04: Mega Man Legends - PS1
Episode 03: Jet Grind Radio - Dreamcast
Episode 02: Mega Man 4-6 - NES
Episode 01: The Neo Geo Pocket Color - NGPC

Nostaljourney is a retro gaming podcast that features an new cast every episode. Each episode is based on discussing a particular game or series, then finding people who are nostalgic for it and people who have never played it before. If need be we go so far as to donate all the necessary gaming hardware to the newcomers. We compare the experiences of the two groups to find out how well a game has really aged as well as discuss its history.

For younger community members it may be a chance to learn what gaming was like in the past. For older community members it may be a chance to discover what games are truly classic and what games are not. In general the show exists to evaluate and discuss the nature of nostalgia and for everyone in the community to get to know each other better. Because the show involves giving out free games, it only records once every couple of months.

Recent changes to the game plan will hopefully entail the show recording every 2 weeks.

Shadows of the Damned - Multiplatform
Alice: Madness Returns - Multiplatform
Dead Rising 2 - Multiplatform
Radiant Historia - Nintendo DS
Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks - Nintendo DS
Ace Attorney Investigations - Nintendo DS

Wryviews are my personal review series where I try to do things different from the norm by asking myself how well the game achieved its goal, instead of if I liked the game or not. Wryviews are a personal challenge to stay objective and identify who would enjoy a certain game, rather than complain about who wouldn't. I feel that being a good reviewer entails being able to identify each game's audience.

Mega Man and Bass - Gameboy Advance
Maken X - Dreamcast

Gemnalysis is a series where I hunt down lesser known or neglected games and make a case for playing them despite the fact that they're older. Instead of flat out reviewing these games I look at them from the perspective of a collector and go over the game's history, and special trivia it may have.

Boss Battle - Mark of the Wolves
Boss Battle + Final Match - King of Fighters 98

Fatal Impact is a series of community tournaments revolving around SNK fighters; rather, it was. I happen to host the tournaments, but only once in a blue moon when I have the free time. I accept any and all callers, though I am not an entrant. Instead I am a trainer who organizes my entrants and helps to improve their game while introducing them to new and lesser appreciated fighting games.

The Fatal Impact tournaments will likely not continue until SNK releases games with better netcode. With recent promises from Atlus, King of Fighters XIII is likely to become the next big Fatal Impact game.

King of Fighters 94
King of Fighters 95
King of Fighters 96
King of Fighters 97

The King of Fighters Love Letter is a series dedicated to the storyline and history of SNK fighting games. Many people don't know anything about SNK in general, and with King of Fighters XIII on its way I'm going to bring everyone up to speed on the story in the series thus far.

Now that King of Fighters XIII has an actual release date this series may continue beyond the first story arc (Orochi Saga), but it's difficult to find solid information on the series' backstory.

Podsumaki Episode 09: Mortal Kombat Special
Podsumaki is a fighting game podcast that I hosted on and organized. There was a lot of random smack talk but it was a fun show. Currently it's on hold and none of the hosts are sure if it will ever come back. Our last episode was our highlight, where we spoke with three of the best Mortal Kombat players in the US and discussed the Mortal Kombat community and the upcoming game. If you were to listen to any one episode of Podsumaki, I'd recommend it be this.

The Top Three Things "Gamers" Should Care About Less
Somebody on Call of Duty: Black Ops screamed at me for not being good enough at the game, even though I wasn't on his team. Thanks to that I decided to write an article on some of the biggest problems with the gaming community, mostly their inability to care about things that actually matter.

Tainted Beauty: The Death and Rebirth of a Genre
What we have here is an article revolving around the 2D fighting game genre, the path one must go through to become good at the games, and all the obstacles in the way of this that I feel eventually led to the temporary death of the genre prior to the release of games like Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue.

Wry Guides: Goozex Training Manual
Wry Guides are a series where I try to educate the people of the community by writing about something that I in particular know a lot about. More than anything else though, it's just me unleashing a bad pun upon the world.

Top 11 Dreamcast Games You Probably Didn't Play
In this article I recap my experience as a guy who loved the Dreamcast, because he grew up with it as one of his primary forms of entertainment. The games listed aren't the popular and trendy choices so much as the lesser played B-list and C-list games that only true Dreamcast veterans touched.

Hey, I liked it: Mega Man VII
Hey, I liked it was a series where I reflected on games that I'm fond of that weren't appreciated by many people. As opposed to Wryviews which are meant to be impartial, this was a much more personal series. This series might continue some day but I could really not think of a bigger black sheep game than Mega Man VII.

Wry's Dreamcast Homebrew Guide: Pre-Brewed
There was a time when I was extremely, extremely into my Dreamcast. I didn't just play tons of regular games that I found on sale, I also researched the wealth of bootleg Dreamcast programs. These days I'm a collector and I'm not concerned with unofficial software. I'm too busy playing games I actually own. Still I created a quick guide to some of the easiest and best programs available for the Dreamcast that can be used with no hassle.

Untapped potential: Stop breaking my balls
I suck at games: But not forever
My Expertise: The Grand Jackass of Obscurity
Nothing is sacred: Sequels
Groundhog Day: Can you feel the sunshine, Sonic?
I started writing about games roughly a year and a half ago, and since then my viewpoints and my writing style have changed. Destructoid's Monthly Musings were a good way for me to get started when I didn't have many article ideas. These are all the ones I wrote that were promoted to the front page. I'm not super proud of them anymore, but if you want to see my writings evolve a little bit you can compare these to my more recent articles.
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[Nostaljourney is looking for an editor to join the show as permanent staff. They would not need to handle anything else other than appearing on the show and then producing a cut down version for listeners. The show as of right now only occurs once every month or two. Please let me know if you have podcast editing skills and an interest in the show.]

I wonder how many of you even remember this show. Nostaljourney is a donation based podcast where we donate retro games to people who never had a chance to play them. This show largely spawns from the fact that I was a kid that missed out on a lot. I rode the Sega and Nintendo wagon all the way from the NES to the Sega Dreamcast. I was happy, make no mistake. Even with my Virtualboy and Sega CD I have some fond nostalgic memories, but they are memories that few people share with me. It's always fun to find another person who shared those gaming memories with me. You start to remember all kinds of things when you finally have someone to talk with about them.

Likewise it's always fun to have a conversation with somebody who is just getting into something that you've been fond of for a long time. Nostaljourney tries to marry those types of fun conversations together. We gather people who have never played a game before and join them together with people who love them. This way our nostalgic cast members can get a fresh perspective on the games they love and our non-nostalgic members can get a feel for what it was like to be a fan back when the games were first coming out. It's good fun all around. I make the excuse that this show exists to "examine" nostalgia. What I really mean is Nostaljourney is a study of how random and fun nostalgic conversation can be.

This episode is something of an offshoot from the last. The original Neo Geo Pocket Color episode was a great deal of fun. Our main topic of conversation was the excellent series of handheld SNK vs Capcom games, and thus we discussed quite a few Capcom characters. The one that we just couldn't shut up about was Mega Man. Trust us, we edited out a lot of the conversation and there was still too much.

We're not doing a typical episode, though. The Mega Man games we're covering are ones that greatly, greatly under appreciated. The unknown trilogy of Mega Man 4, 5, and 6. That's right. Mega Man 2 can go sit in a corner for the remainder of the evening.

This particular episode only one free slot for a community member. The only requirements to join the show are that you're a contributing member of the D-Toid community, you have not extensively played Mega Man 4, 5, and 6, and that you own a Playstation 2. Being a contributing member just means that you aren't appearing out of thin air just to get free stuff, and if you've never played a Mega Man game before all the better. So long as you can't consider yourself nostalgic for these games and have a PS2 you're good to go.

If you want to get on the show leave a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself and your gaming history, as well as Private Messaging Wry Guy with your contact information. Because on the last episode had problems with getting in contact with people quickly, it would be greatly appreciated if everyone interested privately provided E-Mails and a cell phone number capable of receiving text messages.

Whoever is selected to be on the show by the staff will get a free copy of the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the PS2.

By the way. Who the hell is Tony Ponce?

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