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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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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 99: Final Fantasy 2 and 3: The Forgotten 8-Bit Adventures

    Ep 99: Final Fantasy 2 and 3: The Forgotten 8-Bit Adventures

    While we were stomping Goombas and hunting ducks, Japanese gamers were embarking on epic NES adventures. When the missing Final Fantasy 2 and 3 were finally released to the West, fans were excited. Finally, we could try those missing 8-bit epics without downloading sketchy emulators and learning Japanese. 

    While the reality never lived up to the hype, the NES sequels earned the respect of the community, even if they didn't quite live up to the loft standards of 1 and 4. On this edition of A Gamer Looks at 40, we explore this JRPG two-some and do some memory mining of our very own.

    STARRING (All handles from Twitter)

    Aiden Moher (@adribbleofink)
    Barry Carenza of Premium Edition Games (@HawkHellfire)
    @Dancarnate
    Greg Sewart of the Player One Podcast and Generation 16 (@sewart) 
    John Trenbeath (@crazyjohnt)
    Mekel Kasanova (@MekelKasanova)
     Mike of the Distorted Illuminations YouTube channel (@MadMonarch_DI) 
    Moses aka @thewellredmage of the-pixels.com and Gamelogica on YouTube
    Nate McLellan (@natedoescomedy79 on TikTok)
    Ryan aka @GameswCoffee

    SONG COVERS

    FINAL FANTASY II: 'Town' | Classical Guitar by John Oeth Guitar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZwJ-Ap82Fo

    Final Fantasy II - Tower of the Magi (Harp Solo) by Harpsibored - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdMwNDcl1Bs

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    Ep 98 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 2)

    Ep 98 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 2)

    On Part 1 of our two part exploration of the original Final Fantasy, we talked intros and first impressions. For Part 2, we start by talking about the game's many inspirations and the amazing moments that blew our 10 year old minds. A mixed bag of topics that somehow ties into the overall theme of this series: Final Fantasy 1 is a classic for a reason, warts and all. Oh, and we talk about Warmech. Lots and lots of Warmech. 

    STARRING (all handles from Twitter)

    Barry Carenza of Premium Edition Games (@HawkHellfire)
    @Dancarnate
    Greg Sewart of the Player One Podcast and Generation 16 (@sewart) 
    John Trenbeath (@crazyjohnt)
    Julian Titus (@julian_titus) of The Stage Select Podcast (@StageSelectPod)
    Matt of the Backlog Busters (@skinnymattk)
    Mike aka MageORage on Twitch and YouTube (@mageorage)
    Nate McLellan (@natedoescomedy79 on TikTok)
    Ryan aka @GameswCoffee

    SONG COVERS

    Final Fantasy: Main Theme (String Quartet) - ft. Israfelcello by Patti Rudisill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii3IEp4UiL8

    Let The Battle Begin | Final Fantasy VII | MES by Mariachi Entertainment System - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRvwScxf1Kw

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    My Twitter: @agamerlooksat40
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    My Insta: @agamerlooksat40
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    My Email: agamerlooksat40@gmail.com
    My Phone Number: Ehhhhh, not gonna happen. :-D  
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    Ep 97 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 1)

    Ep 97 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 1)

    When Final Fantasy hit North American shores in 1990, it sparked an RPG revolution in the West. Gamers like myself and many of my friends fell in love with the interesting mechanics, player expression, and overarching story.

    These days, Final Fantasy 1 feels like a relic of an era gone by. As a cultural artifact, it's significant but whether it's worth playing, even on the spiffy new re-masters, is under debate. 

    But not on this podcast. Join over a dozen of my friends and fellow Final Fantasy fans and I as we discuss our first time playing the title, the mechanics, and the lasting legacy of a game that's more than worth visiting, even if it's for the first time. 

    STARRING (all handles from Twitter)

    Aiden Moher (@adribbleofink)
    Barry Carenza of Premium Edition Games (@HawkHellfire)
    @Dancarnate
    Greg Sewart of the Player One Podcast and Generation 16 (@sewart) 
    J.R. Sommerfeldt (@sommerfeldt_r)
    Jody aka (@bakuiel)
    John Trenbeath (@crazyjohnt)
    Julian Titus (@julian_titus) of The Stage Select Podcast (@StageSelectPod)
    Kyle of the The RPG Podcast (@TheRPGPodcast)
    Matt of the Backlog Busters (@skinnymattk)
    Mekel Kasanova (@MekelKasanova)
    Mike aka MageORage on Twitch and YouTube (@mageorage)
    Nate McLellan (@natedoescomedy79 on TikTok)
    Ryan aka @GameswCoffee
    Wade aka (@ProfNoctis)

    SONG COVERS

    Final Fantasy 1 - Town Theme (Nes Acoustic Classical Guitar Fingerstyle Music Tabs Cover) by Jonas Lefvert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpJ7j8M6dtw

    Final Fantasy 1 - Chaos Temple (Acoustic Classical Fingerstyle Guitar Cover Music Theme Tabs) by Jonas Lefvert - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9jZXqPPbt0

    Final Fantasy - "Opening Theme" 【Metal Guitar Cover] by Ferdk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5-T3nPBG3Y

    Final Fantasy: Main Theme (String Quartet) - ft. Israfelcello by Patti Rudisill - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii3IEp4UiL8

    My Website: agamerlooksat40.com
    My Discord: https://discord.com/invite/SdaE4atGjC
    My Twitter: @agamerlooksat40
    My TikTok: @agamerlooksat40
    My Facebook: facebook.com/agamerlooksat40
    My Insta: @agamerlooksat40
    My Patreon: patreon.com/agamerlooksat40
    My Email: agamerlooksat40@gmail.com
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    Ep 96 - Final Fantasy Distant Worlds w/composer Arnie Roth

    Ep 96 - Final Fantasy Distant Worlds w/composer Arnie Roth

    Outside of The Legenda of Zelda, no videogame franchise is more closely tied to music than Final Fantasy. From emotional resonance to supporting gameplay to auditory storytelling, the themes of Final Fantasy are the stuff of legends. So much so, we've been listening to live orchestral versions of these pieces for decades. 

    Enter Distant Worlds, a long running orchestra series that brings the music of Final Fantasy to the greatest stages in the world. Join  series conductor and director Arnie Roth and I as we talk how Distant Worlds became a sensation, the community surrounding it and the joys of playing to packed, rapt audiences night after night. 

    STARRING:

    Arnie Roth
    @Mustin
    Ryan aka @gameswcoffee

    SONG COVERS

    CHOCOBO BAND - Liberi Fatali (Final Fantasy VIII) [Official Music Video] 4K by Chocobo Band - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRRqiMaBwrI

    Final Fantasy VII: Prelude (Harp Cover) + Pedal Harp Sheet Music by HarpistKT - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZLJRVl8-HI

    My Website: agamerlooksat40.com
    My Discord: https://discord.com/invite/SdaE4atGjC
    My Twitter: @agamerlooksat40
    My TikTok: @agamerlooksat40
    My Facebook: facebook.com/agamerlooksat40
    My Insta: @agamerlooksat40
    My Patreon: patreon.com/agamerlooksat40
    My Email: agamerlooksat40@gmail.com
    My Phone Number: Ehhhhh, not gonna happen. :-D  
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    Tales From the Bargain Bin #18 - LJN Marvel NES Games

    Tales From the Bargain Bin #18 - LJN Marvel NES Games

    LJN The name alone brings shockwaves of terror to retro gamers everywhere. But what was it like back in the day? Join podcaster Michael  Colby and I as we discuss three titles: The Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, and Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six. 

    And be sure to check out Michael's show Jack Billings Presents: Haunted Apartment Complex - https://open.spotify.com/show/1hi3mFv6Cezcf0WsmsTsxl?si=06eb950e96f94182



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    Ep 95 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 2): Connections, Community, and Why We Keep Coming Back

    Ep 95 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 2): Connections, Community, and Why We Keep Coming Back

    Last week, we looked at the various nuts and bolts of the Final Fantasy franchise to see what it structurally needed to be a member of the family. On this week's episode, we explore personal stories, connections made, and communities built over this landmark series of games.

    STARRING (all handles from Twitter)

    Aiden Moher (@adribbleofink)
    Carson Clark (@DesireeKorrupt)
    Josh of Still Loading Podcast (@StillLoadingPod)
    Julian Titus (@julian_titus) of The Stage Select Podcast (@StageSelectPod)
    Kyle of the The RPG Podcast (@TheRPGPodcast)
    The Let's Play Princess (@TheLPPrincess)
    Mekel Kasanova (@MekelKasanova)
    Mike of the Distorted Illuminations YouTube channel (@MadMonarch_DI)
    Nate McLellan (@natedoescomedy79 on TikTok)
    Ryan aka @GameswCoffee
    Wade aka (@ProfNoctis)

    SONG COVERS

    Final Fantasy VII: Prelude (Harp Cover) + Pedal Harp Sheet Music by HarpistKT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZLJRVl8-HI)

    Final Fantasy X - Sight of Spira - Acoustic/Classical Guitar Cover - Super Guitar Bros by Super Guitar Bros (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QeRS-DnC_8)

    My Website: agamerlooksat40.com
    My Discord: https://discord.com/invite/SdaE4atGjC
    My Twitter: @agamerlooksat40
    My TikTok: @agamerlooksat40
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    My Insta: @agamerlooksat40
    My Patreon: patreon.com/agamerlooksat40
    My Email: agamerlooksat40@gmail.com
    My Phone Number: Ehhhhh, not gonna happen. :-D  


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    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

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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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