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3:21 PM on 06.02.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 51: Neo-retro and you

Another Monday is upon us, along with another one of Chad Concelmo's awesome MS Paint photos. The significance of these events leads to two conclusions. One, it's time for an new RetroforceGO! Two, Topher Cantler couldn't mak...

Dyson

3:26 PM on 05.27.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 50: That's half of a hundred!

While the more astute listener may notice that today is, in fact, not Monday (the regular release day for RFGO!), he or she will be glad to have endured the extra day wait for this week's episode. Why? Because, and this is al...

Dyson

9:56 PM on 05.19.2008

RetroforceGO! Epsisode 49: Castlevania Mania

Hey everybody! Sorry everything is so late today. Dear ol' Dyson couldn't make the show last night, so I didn't get my usual eight hour head start on exciting sound editing! But they say better late then never, right? An...

Dyson





4:18 PM on 05.05.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 48: The retro renaissance?

With all the "everything old is new again" mentality floating around the gaming world, the crew of RFGO! decided to weigh in on the current state of retro. Are companies just cashing in on the seemingly hot trend of...

Dyson

3:44 PM on 04.28.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 47: Treasure

So I missed the show yesterday. Have no fear, though, the show went on. Reverend Anthony jumped in to take the fourth place and Topher ran the task of hosting. How did things go? Well, we started doing the "what have you...

Dyson

3:34 PM on 04.21.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 46: Metal Gear

I know I say this every Monday but, hooray Monday! Not too much has changed over that course of the last week, but then again, not much does in the world of retro. I hear that in the next-gen world, a 360 burned a house down,...

Dyson

3:46 PM on 04.14.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 45: Listener questions return

Welcome to another Monday! I really don't have too much to say about this particular Monday. Aside from the usual stuff that happened during the weekend, this is a pretty standard Monday so far. So, yeah, it's pretty sunny he...

Dyson

2:49 PM on 04.08.2008

RetroforceGO! Not Episode 44: The worst/best/worst episode ever

As you may have heard yesterday, we here at the show had some serious recording issues with our Cancun episode. And while we try and maintain a level of quality that you have come to know us for, no amount of editing trickery...

Dyson

3:03 PM on 04.01.2008

GTA IV Claims its first murder victim! Archduke Franz Ferdinand shot!

Months before its inevitable release on home consoles, murder simulator GTA IV has already claimed its first victim: Austrian Archduke, Franz Ferdinand. The near century long belief that the Archduke's assassination was carri...

Dyson

4:39 PM on 03.31.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 43: Squaresoft

So does anyone know a good tax attorney? It's getting precariously close to the 15th of April, and lazy Dyson hasn't even bothered to total up his expenses for the year. You can claim Pizza Rolls as a business expense, right?...

Dyson

2:50 PM on 03.24.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 42: Easter Eggs!

Hooray! Another year, another chance to celebrate the Raptor Jesus. It was a pretty good Easter, the Marshmallow Peeps did not end up getting Topher. He was rescued at the last minute by a shark named CTZ, who was also riding...

Dyson

3:41 PM on 03.17.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 41: Part one of the Hardware Series: Controllers

Is it me, or is it St. Patty's day? I'd heard that the church had moved the holiday to another day because of Lent, is this true? If so, as an Irish man this means that we get two days of celebration. Now I don't meant that w...

Dyson

3:53 PM on 03.10.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 40: Don't believe the hype!

You know, I've never really had a "normal" job in my life, so Mondays were never too much of a dreadful thing for me. I'm not saying that I loved Mondays, though, but they certain they weren't anything that I dislik...

Dyson

3:18 PM on 03.03.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 39: Contra

What's more manly? The ripped and bulging form of Chad Concelmo (seen above)? Or the over the top manliness of the Contra series? The correct answer: neither. Just to give you an example of how manly Chad is, he woke up this ...

Dyson





3:06 AM on 02.26.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 38: Phantasy Star

Hi everybody, are you doing well? Yes? That's fantastic. We, on the other hand, have been having quite the week. From GDC, to Wondercon, to Chad deciding to "put babies" in certain female community members (and .tif...

Dyson

2:56 PM on 02.18.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 37: We don't care about dead people edition

At least according to Jim's reporting of what Jackie-T thinks of us. It is an astounding presumption that Mr. T purports, but I'm sure he's only talking about the current generation of gamers because there'd be no way that an...

Dyson

1:13 PM on 02.11.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 36: Greatest videogame couples

Welcome to Monday, folks. A special kind of Monday, if you will. The kind of Monday where things are starting to feel a little, I don't know ... sexier. Blame it on the fact that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, but...

Dyson

2:37 PM on 02.04.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 35: Anything but the Super Bowl

Seriously, why do they capitalize the word Super Bowl? I mean, if it's going to be a psuedo national holiday, then I at least want the following Monday off from work. And by the following Monday, I mean right now: today. Oh w...

Dyson

3:24 PM on 01.28.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 34: TurboGrafx-16!

Well everybody, another Monday is upon and with that, another RetroforceGO! Can you feel the excitement? Me too. Or maybe I'm just over-caffeinated from the gigantic glass of Diet Pepsi that I just pounded. Either way, I'm wi...

Dyson

2:15 PM on 01.21.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 33: Konami, and the code that changed the 'verse

Hoo-boy, it looks like it's going to be another one of those weeks. Not only did I get in a fight with some uppity gorilla (whose ass we had to kick to get my f***ing arm back!), but I'm forced to drag my lazy, old, retro car...

Dyson

3:07 PM on 01.14.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 32: Shmups

Welcome back to another Monday! As you're reading this, I'm passed out from a long night of reminiscing about old shooter games and countless hours of sound editing. Thankfully, due in large part to the magic of the Internet,...

Dyson

2:56 PM on 01.07.2008

RetroforceGO! Episode 31: The Ending (Or: Totally not episode 32)

Yeah, funny things happen sometimes. Like when you think that you've done 31 awesome shows, but you've only done 30, but you still think that the latest show is number 32 -- sort of. At least I find it funny when these things...

Dyson

3:37 PM on 12.31.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 30: New Year's Retrolutions

Welcome to the last Monday of 2007, folks. Did you have a good year? Did you get everything that you wanted? Did you accomplish all the things that you planned for yourself over the last year? Yeah, me neither. But at least y...

Dyson

3:46 PM on 12.25.2007

Merry Christmas from Destructoid (with special love for Tazaroot!)

You know, I had an entirely different wall of text that I was about to write here, but then three ghosts visited me last night and showed me the true meaning of the Internet. So, without further ado or any unwarranted snark...

Dyson

3:22 PM on 12.24.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 29: Merry Christmas from RFGO!

Ah, the night before Christmas. Well, technically it's the mid-afternoon before Christmas, but it will be nighttime not to mention Christmas soon enough. So while you're opening presents and celebrating the season (or just bo...

Dyson





4:21 PM on 12.17.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 28: Mega Man Anniversary

Ladies and Retromen, once again I find myself confronted with the prospect of another Monday, a day that signifies the beginning of the long work week that a good portion of us must endure. Fortunately, to those lovers of Dto...

Dyson

3:12 PM on 12.10.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 27: Super Nintendo FTW!

I can honestly say, ladies and gentleman, that the response to yesterday's post that Topher made about this week's show was surprising. I knew that a lot of you listened to the show, but to see a total of 82 responses to a po...

Dyson

2:53 PM on 12.03.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 26: The Retrofeast!

Still kicking back from our holiday weekend not that long ago, the RFGO! crew got to together and decided to talk about all the things we're thankful for in gaming. And while you may already have heard how Chad is thankful fo...

Dyson

2:06 PM on 11.26.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 25: Bit Shifter

Yaaay for Monday! Hooray for Monday! Thank god it's Monday!  Yeah, I know that many, many people in the world aren't sharing my enthusiasm for Monday, but they, sadly, just aren't RetroforceGO! listeners. And while peopl...

Dyson

1:32 PM on 11.20.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 24: Mario Madness Pt. 2

(Man, that is one sexy picture.)So anyway, how's everyone been doing? Good? I hope so so. I also hope that most of you have spending a lot of time with the new Super Mario Galaxy. Although, if you have yet to become enrapture...

Dyson



Destructoid review: Contra 4 photo
Destructoid review: Contra 4
by Dyson

Well, lo and behold, it looks like Dyson has finally decided to come out of writing retirement to make a post. It sure has been awhile folks, hasn’t it?

Since it’s been awhile, you may be asking yourself, “What could possibly draw the ever-elusive grumpy old gamer away from his reclusive retro hideaway?” Well folks, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the only reason that I’m bearing the harsh light of the world of current-gen gaming, is to talk about something retro.

And that retro reason happens to be the release of Contra 4; Konami’s 20th anniversary tribute to the series that help spread the gospel of the Konami Code. And, between you and me, I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the review based of one the most eponymous retro games of all time slip through my fingers.

Read on children, read on.

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3:12 PM on 11.12.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 23: Mario Madness

So a plumber, a mushroom, and a dinosaur walk into a bar ... That sounds like the beginning to a pretty stupid joke, but I bet that you at least know that it's a Mario joke. The reason being, is that the little plumber and hi...

Dyson

1:46 PM on 10.29.2007

RetroforceGO! Episode 22: The Halloween show

Well, well, well, my little ghosts and robots, I'm sure that all of you have been eagerly waiting this week's episode of RetroforceGO! almost as much as you've been awaiting the candy fueled bender that we Americans like to c...

Dyson

1:56 PM on 10.22.2007

RetroforceGO!: Episode 21: Video game music

Normally, this would be the place where I would make some sort of jovial paragraph, or make up some incredibly false, but equally jovial little story. Well, the unfortunate news of the day is that I'm fresh out of jovial. It ...

Dyson

2:57 PM on 10.15.2007

RetroforceGO!: Episode 20: The longest Zelda episode ever

Happy Monday everybody, and welcome to the final episode in our Zelda discussion. This week's show happens to be one of the longest shows we've ever recorded and, honestly, it should have been broken up in into two more separ...

Dyson

8:32 PM on 10.08.2007

RetroforceGO!: Episode 19: Zelda: The early years

So, basically, the show last night went well and we talked about Zelda till the wee hours of the night. Chad regaled us with wild tales of Poe hunting, while Topher gave us the entomological background of tektites and leevers...

Dyson





4:20 PM on 10.07.2007

RetroforceGO! 19 Tonight: Zelda: 'Nuff said

Do I really need to say any more? The games we'll be covering tonight will be:The Legend of Zelda Zelda II: The Adventure of Link LoZ: A Link to the PastLoz: Link's Awakening DXLoZ: Ocarina of TimeLoZ: Majora's Mask"But ...

Dyson

3:48 PM on 10.01.2007

RetroforceGO!: Episode 18: Neo Retro with Pixeljam

In our never ending battle against mediocrity, RFGO! fires another salvo of podcasting awesomeness across the bow of the Internets. Hoping to strike a direct hit, we invite Rich Grillotti from Pixeljam Games to sit down with ...

Dyson

8:49 PM on 09.30.2007

Everything old is new again. Neo Retro game makers, Pixeljam, on tonight's RFGO!

Just a friendly reminder that the latest episode of RFGO! will be recording in a few hours. On tonight's show, we'll be having on a special guest whose works fall right into our little sandbox of interests: Retro. Rich Grillo...

Dyson

4:10 PM on 09.24.2007

RetroforceGO!: Episode 17: Hot multiplayer action

You know what sucks? Working sucks, that's what. Especially when it interferes with my RFGO! time. And even though there are starving people in the world who could benefit from my steady paycheck and all the wondrous Ramen it...

Dyson