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An exploration of the history of video games told through the stories of the every day people who lived it. Join me along with a rotating cast of friends, family, gaming journalists, and industry types as we share personal recollections from the last thirty years of gaming, one story at a time. 

A Gamer Looks At 40 Bill Tucker

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

An exploration of the history of video games told through the stories of the every day people who lived it. Join me along with a rotating cast of friends, family, gaming journalists, and industry types as we share personal recollections from the last thirty years of gaming, one story at a time. 

    Ep 104: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - The Entry Level Adventure

    Ep 104: Final Fantasy Mystic Quest - The Entry Level Adventure

    While Final Fantasy was already a Japanese phenomenon, things here in the states were slower to gather steam. FF4 did well in stores, but nowhere near the numbers overseas. So, what to do with Final Fantasy 5? Release this complex, job heavy dungeon crawler to a market not ready for it or maybe soften the blow. Just a bit.That lighter game became Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest, a stripped down version of the Final Fantasy formula made accessible to everyone. By combining the bare bones of an RPG...

    • 54 min
    Ep 103: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 3) - All The Things We Didn't Talk About Yet

    Ep 103: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 3) - All The Things We Didn't Talk About Yet

    As we put a bow on our virtual round table regarding Final Fantasy 4, there's still so much to discuss. In this, the third and final installment on FF4, we take a shotgun approach to the stories by sharing - well - all the things we didn't on the previous episodes. We talk themes, story, logos, sound effects, and one particularly nasty wall in this omnibus episode. STARRING (all handles from Twitter)Barry Carenza of Premium Edition Games (@HawkHellfire)Greg Sewart of the Player One Podca...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Ep 102: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 2) - Moments and Characters

    Ep 102: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 2) - Moments and Characters

    Last week, we started the FF4 fire by documenting our initial impressions. On this week's episode, we go deeper into the big (and small) moments that left an impact along with the characters that made this SNES launch title a game to remember. STARRING (all handles from Twitter)Barry Carenza of Premium Edition Games (@HawkHellfire)Greg Sewart of the Player One Podcast and Generation 16 (@sewart)John Trenbeath (@crazyjohnt)Julian Titus (@julian_titus) of The Stage Select Podcast (@S...

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Ep 101: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 1) - Introductions Into a Brave, New World

    Ep 101: Final Fantasy 4 (Part 1) - Introductions Into a Brave, New World

    In the winter of 1991, Final Fantasy 2 stormed onto North American shores as an SNES launch title and was met with middling enthusiasm. US gamers were too busy stomping Goombas and driving hovercrafts to worry about turn based combat and wandering in circles.But for those who took the plunge, they discovered not only a love for the series but a new genre to adore. Join myself and a host of fans as we share our earliest recollections and memories of Final Fantasy 2 - I mean, 4. STA...

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Tales From the Bargain Bin #20 - M.U.S.C.L.E. (NES)

    Tales From the Bargain Bin #20 - M.U.S.C.L.E. (NES)

    Wrestling and videogames. The two combined conjures up images of late night sleepovers hopped up on Jolt Cola, Pixie Sticks and sweaty man-beasts. But for two brothers in Northern New Jersey, our first blush with digitized pugilism was M.US.C.L.E. on the NES. Join Bobby and I as we explore old wrestling games, Fallout, obscure manga, and diminutive plastic collect-em-all figurines from the late 80's. Play M.U.S.C.L.E. in browser here: https://www.retrogames.cz/play_059-NES.phpMy W...

    • 35 min
    Ep 100: The Birth of Nintendo Power w/ Gail Tilden

    Ep 100: The Birth of Nintendo Power w/ Gail Tilden

    When Mario's Claymation visage first landed in my mailbox in the summer of 1988, I was a Nintendo fan. After tearing into that inaugural issue of Nintendo Power, I was a devotee. On this episode of A Gamer Looks at 40, I chat with the architect of this incredible periodical, Gail Tilden. During our conversation, we discuss her beginnings in the industry, the creation / curation of the magazine, and the unique culture that allowed Nintendo Power to become a window to a world of games I'd ...

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

AlphaNerd1UP ,

I’m long overdue

Oh hey, you can finally write a review from the app instead of having to log in on your computer. WHAT A CONCEPT. Anyway, that means it’s time for me to finally write a review for this amazing show. As a follower of video game history it’s easy to fall prey to the revisionist histories you see in hot take articles or YouTube videos from people who weren’t there. This is a rare and special form of history through oral recollection that we need more of, and Bill is a heck of a podcast editor! Do not miss! - Julian Titus, host of The Stage Select

Faeriecrypt ,

Thoughtful and delightful introspection

I found out about Bill’s podcast thanks to Twitter. I have had the pleasure of guesting on his show to discuss EarthBound, and he is as kind and warm “in person” as he is hosting the show.

I am thankful for his interview style. He lets his guests travel along in the conversation and lets listeners really get to know more about the topics.

Don’t sleep on this podcast!

Seth Sturgill ,

Don’t Sleep On This One, Folks

A Gamer Looks At 40 has become one of my favorite podcasts. It’s like poring over a family photo album in podcast form. A totem of treasured gaming memories from the people who lived them. Bill’s ability to guide us through a collection of memories from a varied cast of guests that all bring different perspectives is truly remarkable. The fact that the topic at hand is some of the greatest video games ever made is a nice bonus.

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