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.
I'm sure a lot of you people forgot all about this show. It met a lot of hurdles along the way to recording the first episode but we're gonna try and push them out more regularly from this point on. For those who don't remember Nostaljourney is a D-Toid community based podcast where we gather people Nostalgic for some oldschool games and gather them together with people who had never had a chance to play them. The show is also donation-based as anyone who gets on to the show but does not have the necessary games or hardware will receive them. For all intents and purposes this show exists to analyze nostalgia and get a fresh perspective on many games that many of us look at with rose-tinted glasses.
This was a very fun first episode to record, complete with tons and tons of Nostalgic barely on-topic conversations. When you're waxing Nostalgic is exaaactly how things should be. We often shot away from discussing the main topic of the Neo Geo Pocket Color to the Sega Saturn, the golden era of arcades, and THE FIGHTING ROBOT MEGA MAAAN. Without further ado please enjoy the first episode of Nostaljourney.
Nostaljourney Episode 01: The Neo Geo Pocket Color
Neo Geo Pocket Color Hosts:
Wry Guy (Mike Moran)
Kris Knigge (TheCleaningGuy)
Niel Cambre (Nilcam)
Chris Hadlock (manasteel88)
Chris King (supergoldzero)
With the initial hurdles out of the way Nostaljourney will be preparing for its second episode, but because this show requires several people to play and complete games there will never be a regular schedule. The length of the games and the cost of the episodes will be the main factors. Nostaljourney really will need donations and help from the community to keep the momentum going as well. Any help anybody can offer will help. If you can make donations to the show, if you can offer criticisms to improve the show, or if you can offer help with the actual production of the show please let me know if you are interested in helping in the comments. I would especially appreciate the help of somebody who could assist me in editing the show. Nothing too complicated since I would still be doing the bulk of the editing work.
Some games that are being very heavily considered for future episodes are Skies of Arcadia, Mischief Makers, and some of the lesser played Mega Man games like 4 and 6. The next episode could go a variety of ways, but will be much more financially limited for the time being. I probably can't donate hardware again for the second episode, so a PS2 game is highly likely. Like I said to keep this going and to keep it going regularly I need some help. If any of you would seriously considering donating to the cause of putting retro games in the hands of your fellow D-Toiders let me know.