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Abnormal Mapping is a monthly game club of Em and Jackson, talking primarily about old games with an eye to critiquing without nostalgia.

Abnormal Mappin‪g‬ Em Marko and Jackson Tyler

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Abnormal Mapping is a monthly game club of Em and Jackson, talking primarily about old games with an eye to critiquing without nostalgia.

    Koudelka

    Koudelka

    The year of JRPGs continues as we talk about a strange hybrid RPG of the late PlayStation era, the survival horror wanna-be Koudelka! What does this small, story-heavy game offer in a world of heavy hitters like Final Fantasy? Turns out, quite a bit. Much discussion of motion capture, what makes horror media work, and much more in this super sized episode!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    Em is doing LPs on the Abnormal Mapping Youtube again! You can find them uploading about once a week on youtube.com/abnormalmapping
    Check out our sister game club Journal Updated! They’re about to hit their one year anniversary covering a bunch of narrative games. thesecondbestgame.club
    New on our network! Do Not Steal, a podcast critiquing tabletop game systems and then creating characters with them! Updates monthly, both funny and thoughtful! Check it out! www.abnormalmapping.com/do-not-steal
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: Nintendo Direct, Ninja Gaiden 2 and Sigma, Bayonetta 2, Halo ODST and Halo Reach, Apex Legends, Gato Roboto, Devil May Cry 4, Lords of Shadow, Sunset Overdrive, Koudelka, Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, Parasite Eve, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, classic games, Mario 64, itch and other small games, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, Kojima's taste, controllers, RTS games (don't get your hopes up)
    This Month's Game Club:Koudelka
    Next Month's Game Club: Ocarina of Time Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodRequiem by Hiroki KikutaWaterfall by Hiroki KikutaIncantation Again by Hiroki KikutaKiss Twice by Hiroki Kikuta

    Quake (feat Halo 3)

    Quake (feat Halo 3)

    We return back to one of the earliest studios that really surprised us doing this podcast, id software, and their post-Doom attempt to remake the landscaping of gaming. Does lightning strike twice? Well, kind of depends on how you define lightning. Either way we have a great time with the strange mess of influences that is Quake, spend some quality time with Halo 3, and answer a warthog’s weight in emails besides!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: Inertial Drift, Blue Revolver, Outer Worlds, Fallen Order, The Touryst, Final Fantasy XV, Halo 3, Quake, Doom, Metroid Prime, Resident Evil, handheld games, multiplayer games, some navel gazing about what it means to cover games
    This Month's Game Club:Quake
    Next Month's Game Club: Koudelka
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodNever Forget by Martin O'Donnell and Michael SalvatoriQuake Main Theme by Nine Inch NailsValse di Fantastica by Yoko ShimomuraAerolith Aurorablast by Qygen

    Suikoden

    Suikoden

    An early podcast, because this week is a weird holiday week! Ignore the many instances where we say it’s coming out on Thursday in this podcast!
    Heading back to the early days of the playstation, this episode pits us once again against a certain type of anime war story that we’ve encountered before, and just how much a game about nothing can be entertaining if it’s breezy enough. This was a strange but fun game to dig into, and I’m excited to get to Suikoden 2 in 2022. Hope 2021 is better for all of us, gamers!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: Pokemon, VoIP Life, new consoles, My Summer Vacation, Umurangi Generation, 2020 recap, Muse Dash, Hatsune Miku Future Tone, Taiko no Tatsujin, Mario Golf GBC, Suikoden, Final Fantasies 4, 6, 7, 12 (nothing spoilery in any), the RPGification of games, using guides, Scaler, The Incredible Crash Dummies, Troy Baker shut the hell up, golf games, work and games, the year of JRPGs, how we are playing Quake
    This Month's Game Club:Suikoden
    Next Month's Game Club: Quake
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodForgotten Days by Konami Sound TeamBlue Oceans, Blue Skies by Konami Sound TeamConfrontation with Monsters by Konami Sound TeamBlack Forest by Konami Sound Team

    Shinobi (PS2)

    Shinobi (PS2)

    We head into the history books for one of the most notable B games of the PS2 era, the action classic Shinobi! What do we think about revisiting a classically hard game in 2020? What does it mean to be out right after Devil May Cry changed everything? And most importantly, what would adaptive triggers bring to the ninja experience??
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: Playstation 5, XBox Series X, Astro's Playroom, Demon's Souls (2020), Geometry Wars 2, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Shinobi, Ninja Gaiden, Devil May Cry, Platinum Games, stealth games, Votoms, best games of 1995 and 2008
    This Month's Game Club:Shinobi PS2
    Next Month's Game Club: Suikoden
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodFate by Fumie KumataniMoritsune by Tatsuyuki MaedaPolluted Water by Teruhiko NakagawaPatience ~Other Version~ by Yutaka Minobe

    Asura's Wrath

    Asura's Wrath

    We’re joined this week by a guest out of history as Six Dettmar makes ver’s second appearance on Abnormal Mapping to talk about infinite anime power and how you use it. We cover the strange realities of DLC from the olden days, ambitions of character action games to be cinematic, the downfalls of QTEs, and much more in this surprisingly dense episode for a relatively slight game! Much like Asura himself, when down to the wire, we sprout more arms and just keep punching. Yeah, that’s the metaphor we’re going with.
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: Disgaea 4 Complete +, Asura's Wrath, Street Fighter, QTEs, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge
    This Month's Game Club:Asura’s Wrath
    Next Month's Game Club: Shinobi PS2
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodAsura’s Wrath Main Theme by Chikayo FukudaIn Your Belief -Prologue- by Chikayo FukudaSymphony No 9 by Antonín Dvořák

    Grab Bag 2020!

    Grab Bag 2020!

    now with updated music
    We’re back with a whopper of an episode this time as we played through four entire games this month and have two hours of hot content for you. Do you like shooters? Do you like cars? Do you like running and jumping? That’s all the genres! There’s no other type of video game, so you better enjoy these ones!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general! podcast@abnormalmapping.com
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts, writing, and even opportunities to be on an episode as a guest!
    Things Discussed: new consoles, Cyber Hook, Minecraft Dungeons, Wizardy, Halo 2, Destiny 2, OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast, PCGaming Wiki, Burnout Paradise, Dirt Rally, Mario Kart, Mega Man X, Mega Man, check out Jackson's old Mega Man videos and Em's current Death of the Outside LP on our youtube channel, Super Castlevania IV, Wheels of Aurelia, Glitchhikers, Disco Elysium, Telltale Games, itch games vs indie games vs games, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, San Francisco Rush, GoldenEye, Midtown Madness 3, Dark Haired Legolas, Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, a starter JRPG, car powers, project 10 dollar
    This Month's Game Club:Wheels of AureliaOutrun 2006: Coast 2 CoastMega Man X
    Next Month's Game Club: Asura’s Wrath
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodBlow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin Splash Wave by Hiroshi Kawaguchi Storm Eagle by Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, et al Preferivo Stare Sola by Michael Manning and Nicolò Sala Chill Penguin by Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, et al Life Was A Bore by Donna Burke

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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Critical Monthly Game Club

In need for a critical game podcast from two nonbinary, ace-related, freelance writers? Abnormal Mapping has your back. AM focuses on older games to disentangle themselves from the overwhelming feeds of on-demand response in order to to revaulate them and to side-step The Games Canon. Em and Jackson also do one million other podcasts, so the show is always produced well. They have fun.

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