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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those of you that haven't noticed the show yet; Nostaljourney is a retro gaming podcast that will feature an entirely new cast every episode. In the name of bringing the community together the host gathers together people that are nostalgic for some of their favorite games and pairs them up with people who had never experienced those games before. 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. Possibly more than in other hobbies; nostalgia plays a gigantic role in video games. Many players start young and stay loyal to their roots, remaining nostalgic and even still playing the games from their early days.
Some of the cast will already own the game while some of them will have never had the chance. Because of that Nostaljourney takes auditions from people who have never played the games before and will do its best to donate gaming hardware and software whomever is selected. Because Nostaljourney is largely donation based, any community members that would like to contribute to the cause would be appreciated. If you have an old gaming console that you no longer use, Nostaljourney may be able to put it in the hands of somebody that will. Nostaljourney is a podcast series created specifically for Destructoid. Few other gaming communities could ever hope to match the level of generosity displayed by the D-Toid Army.
Every episode's cast will be improvised. The only consistent member of the show will be Wry Guy: the host. The host will pre-select half of the show's cast. The pre-selected staff will then decide together who the complete staff will be based on auditions. We had a lot of promising auditions for the show's very first episode. Myself, Nilcam, and TheCleaningGuy have selected our favorites. Two members of the community will join us on the first episode of Nostaljourney and get their own Neo Geo Pocket Color, complete with games and carry case.
The youngest and freshest entry was a relative fan favorite among the staff. Congrats to AwesomeExMachina. You look like a fun guy and your recent activity in the community and blogs has been noticed. Nostaljourney isn't going to be a show about playing favorites in the community. We want to encourage younger members of the community to be part of the fun too. On the same end we don't want to forget about the people who helped found and make Destructoid as great as it was in the first place. Congrats to manasteel88. You've been with the site for years and your RetroforceGO! videos in particular deserved a little more appreciation.
Stay tuned for the actual episode of the show, folks! Don't forget there's always future episodes, and don't forget you can always sign on as a nostalgic looking to share your favorite game with the community. Got a particular game you love to death that you really want other people to play and talk about? Get in touch with Wry Guy and have a chat.
For AwesomeExMachina and manasteel88: get in touch with Wry Guy immediately. The first episode is a special reviewing more than one game. Everyone needs to make sure they have time to play all of them. He wants your address, and various ways to get in contact with you. E-Mails, messengers, and your cell phone number if you're willing to give that up. Congrats again, by the way!