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.
Today we reveal all the details to Nostaljourney. Who the first members of the show will be, how to get some free stuff, and what the first episode will be about. I've got a tendency to start all of my projects off with a bang, and this is an expensive one. Like I've said before I can't personally afford to keep a show like this going at this rate, so if you have old game consoles out there that you don't use anymore and would like to donate to people who've never had a chance to play them please get in contact with me via PM. Let's forget about that for now, though. Prepare for the first episode's subject matter: one of video gaming's biggest pieces of Nerd Trivia. If you've even heard of this thing you get a cookie, if you've actually physically touched one you're in a very small minority:
This episode will be about the Neo Geo Pocket Color. That's right, we're not just doing an episode about just one particular game, in fact whoever gets selected to be on the show will get 4. What we have here is the Dreamcast's companion handheld system that nobody ever heard of. The rival to the Gameboy Color that nobody even touched. Supposedly the thing was the most successful handheld to fight against Nintendo since the Sega GameGear that came before it. Considering most people didn't have one of those either... that might not be saying a whole lot. Either way these things are awesome and I'll be giving away two of these systems with the works.
Two community members will get: The Neo Geo Pocket Color system A Case Logic carrying case SNK vs Capcom: Match of the Millenium SNK vs Capcom: Card Fighters Clash (both the Capcom and SNK version) Sonic Pocket Adventure
One of the best handheld fighting games ever made, the first Sonic game ever made by Dimps (the company responsible for Sonic Advance and Sonic Rush), and a retarded fun card game filled with fan service for any fans of either Capcom or SNK games. Trust me when I say these games are great and justify having one of these things. I know the inner nerd in all of you boils. The Neo Geo Pocket Color was one of the greatest things that SNK as a company ever produced before their unfortunate downfall and return. To me it's one of the little known companies' swan songs right up there with Garou: Mark of the Wolves and King of Fighters 1998.
There's nothing like having the actual system. Emulation for the Neo Geo Pocket Color is imperfect with cruddy sound, and the system's greatest defining trait is its thumb stick. It's like playing on a miniature arcade unit and it's the reason that fighting games are as good as they are on the console. If you want the real nerdy experience of playing this console, this is the best way to do it. Needless to say all of these games are a bit on the retro side. Graphics whores need not apply.
The community members from the last blog are revealed: TheCleaningGuy / Kris Knigge and Nilcam / Niel Cambre. Kris is a friendly commenter who spends a good deal of his time these days doing the Sega Addicts podcast with Jim Sterling and Alex Riggen. Niel Cambre is the old chap who organizes the PS3 fighting game tournaments on Destructoid. Both are very friendly and relative kings of obscure video games. They're perfect choices for the source material of this episode. Both those listening to the show and those who get in the episode will have a chance to get to know them. They will also be helping to select the final members of the show.
You may now be asking yourself, "So how do I get on the show?" Simple, you introduce yourself to the cast. Explain to us why you'd like to be on the show, what kind of person you are, what your personal tastes are. Show us somehow that you'd be a fun person to chat and play games with. There's no need to be too formal. Myself, TheCleaningGuy, and Nilcam will take a look at everyone interested in being on the show and decide amongst ourselves who we think would be a good fit. Just remember above all else that this entire project is meant to be a fun way to bring the community together.
Keep in mind that the goal of Nostaljourney is to compare the experiences of nostalgic fans and get them in touch with people who'd never had a chance to play a certain game before. That means if you already have all the stuff being donated it's possible for you to get on as a nostalgic member, while if you've never played them before you have a chance to get on as a non-nostalgic member and get free stuff. Make sure to let us know your level of familiarity with what the episode will be about, and to let us know if you have or do not have the console or the games.
If you get selected to be on the show you're obligated to do a podcast with all of us once everyone has finished playing the games. You need to provide some reliable way of getting in contact with you as well (this much is done in private.) If you don't have time to play the games or chat with us on Skype for an episode, please re-consider.