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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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The Nostaljourney project has officially begun: the donation-based podcast where members of the community can get free retro hardware and games in exchange for sharing their experience with fellow players. Nostaljourney exists to examine the nature of nostalgia; seeing if classic games retain their charm and value by pairing up people who have never played a certain game before with people who are nostalgic for it. Once people are paired up every member of the show will play the game either again, or for the very first time. Once everyone has played the game they will gather and discuss, as well as get to know each other in a one-shot podcast.

Every show will have an entirely different cast, barring the host (Wry Guy) who will remain consistent between the shows. While I have hopes that others will help contribute to the cause by donating their old gaming equipment to people who'd never had a chance to play them, right now all donations are handed out by me. This episode will be a five person show, with the host and two pre-chosen entrants filling up three slots. Two slots on the show are left open for the rest of the community to audition for. They'll have a chance to get friendly with some other D-Toiders and get their hands on some free stuff.

Let me clarify that if you're chosen to be on the show and don't have the required gaming console, being chosen will mean you get the hardware as well as the game.

Every episode has a mystery tease post, giving hints as to who the pre-chosen members of the show are, and what the episode's featured game will be, and when the reveal post will be up. The reveal post for this episode will be up either Tuesday Afternoon or Wednesday Morning. From there everyone will be told how they can get on to the show. Here's the show's current Journey Entrants.



Journey Entrant One is among the hella oldest in all of Destructoid. Many have challenged him in an old-off; boasting then never returning to their families. Their youth and lack of oldschool cred has crushed the spirit of every one of his opponents.

Journey Entrant One grew up completely enamored with visual culture. Comics, video games and cartoons were things he consumed voraciously since the Dawn of the Dinosaur. At 15, he walked away from cartoons and video games. At 18, he got into anime and returned to video games thanks to college friends and their interests. Were it not for his college nerd roommates he would have spiraled down the path of financial success and social acceptance. Thankfully he instead discovered an era where the genres he loved were booming and the anime industry was beginning. Recently Journey Entrant One has started moving into a more active role in these fields, creating a web comic and beginning work on a video game project.

Journey Entrant One has a long history of retro and handheld gaming, and in particular has an interest in fighting games. He even married his not quite as hella old wife because of her Chun-Li skills. Before he settled down he got his thrills through a bitter rivalry with two Vietnamese girls in Bust a Move 99 at the arcade. He claims they never beat him. They claim he's a lamer. He plays with Lego too. Nobody knows if that shit is supposed to be ironic or edgy or what.

Likes: Niche Titles, King of Fighters, and Handheld Gaming



Journey Entrant Two is a young man of many talents; wise beyond his years and blessed with a lovely singing voice (so he says.) Starting his life as a baby and growing into a successful human being, he moved on to waste away his years on electronic entertainment. Since his cataclysmic decision he's been playing video games on consoles ranging from the NES to all the Sony Playstation platforms. Somewhere along the line Journey Entrant Two fell in love with Japanese games. Bizarre fighters, epic (attempts at) stories in JRPGs, and curious simulations of violent gang life are some strong examples of his poor taste. This led him to pursue and the ancient Japanese language, as well as favor consoles with little-to-no moonspeak region protection.

Journey Entrant Two has done very little blogging on Destructoid. You may or may not have seen some of his "shortblogs" he's written since 2008. It is far more likely you're familiar with his heartfelt but unprofitable career as a commenter. Due to Twitter and some other things, he's been seen around D-Toid less and less lately. You might still find him hanging around the forums, but Nostaljourney is his greatest hope to spark some life back into his relationship with D-Toid. He may be a man of mystery, but rest assured he's one cool cat worth getting to know.

While Journey Entrant Two considers himself a fighting game enthusiast, he's not particularly good at any of them. While he has a couple of favorites (particularly Vampire Savior and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core), he's content to simply enjoy a life of experimentation through the wide realm of Kung Fu Fighting. This same basic rule applies to shooters as well, although he spends slightly less time with those.

Likes: Darkstalkers, Puzzle Bobble, Japanese Games and Hedgehogs.

Watch for a new post in the next couple of days to find out who these entrants are, what they'll be playing, and how you can play with them.




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