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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.

    Mother 3

    Mother 3

    One of the most infamous Japan-only RPGs finally gets its turn as Abnormal Mapping heads back to a simpler time of GBAs, Nintendo being good, and a little boy with magical PSI powers as we finally get to the game we’ve been putting off for nearly eight years: Mother 3! We must be so exhausted.
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.com!
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts!
    Things Discussed: Deltarune, Dicey Dungeons (still not on iOS btw), Slay the Spire, Star Wars the Force Unleashed, Pokemon, Marble it up!, Clustertruck, Mother 3, Earthbound, Moon, Live a Live, FFX stuff (spoilers for X and X-2 from 1:12:50-1:17:00), Brave Fencer Musashi, Final Fantasy VIII, The Frog for Whom the Bell Tolls, Ace Combat, Rogue Squadron
    This Month's Game Club:Mother 3
    Next Month's Game Club: Survival Kids
    Music This EpisodeMom's Hometown by Shogo SakaiAs you Wish by Shogo SakaiDangerous Guys by Shogo SakaiHis Highness' Theme by Shogo SakaiIt's Over by Shogo Sakai

    Trauma Center: Under the Knife

    Trauma Center: Under the Knife

    We delve into the power of healing and the demands of the DS touch screen as we scrub up and try to save people by playing doctor and … NGO front line crime fighter? Look, anime is complicated.
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.com!
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts!
    Things Discussed: Rogue Legacy 2, The Stanley Parable, Sable, Caligula Effect 2, Gris, Prey 2006, Star Trek Legends, Lost Planet, Trauma Center, Persona a bit, handheld attachments and peripherals, Capcom revivals, Atlus crossovers, and the inevitable decline of games
    This Month's Game Club:Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    Next Month's Game Club: Mother 3
    Music This EpisodeTrauma Center Main Theme by Shoji Meguro, Kenichi TsuchiyaJudgement Day by Shoji Meguro, Kenichi TsuchiyaThe Cutting Edge of Medicine by Shoji Meguro, Kenichi Tsuchiya

    Metal Gear Acid 2

    Metal Gear Acid 2

    We remember the basics of CQC one draw at a time as we go back to the long road of woe that is Metal Gear to play the strange PSP tactical spin-off Metal Gear Acid 2! There are ABSOLUTELY talk about the entire franchise, because we just love/hate Metal Gear too much not to go all over, so be warned about the spoilers. But otherwise, enjoy this ridiculous episode!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.com!
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts!
    Things Discussed: Pomu playing MGS2, Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, Elden Ring, Devil May Cry V, Death Stranding, Sable, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kirby and the Forgotten Land, Metal Gear Acid 2 (and some 1), Metal Gear overall, cheat codes, goofy bonus modes, the Next Kingdom Hearts (not to be confused with the next Kingdom Hearts), Labo and Let's Tap, gacha Metal Gear Acid potential, Chain of Memories, SMT Devil Survivor
    This Month's Game Club:Metal Gear Acid 2
    Next Month's Game Club: Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    Music This EpisodeMain Menu by Akihiro Honda, Hiroshi Tanabe, Nobuko TodaVenus by Akihiro Honda, Hiroshi Tanabe, Nobuko TodaResurrection by Akihiro Honda, Hiroshi Tanabe, Nobuko TodaMy Love by Akihiro Honda, Hiroshi Tanabe, Nobuko Toda

    Sonic Chaos and Tails Adventure

    Sonic Chaos and Tails Adventure

    Abnormal Mapping is here to talk about two Sonic games that were designed for the Game Gear and the first generation of dedicated handheld games and why they often were saddled with the reputations they would carry with them for decades to come. These games are all right tho! Also an extended what we’ve been playing, featuring Jack Chaos and Metroid herself.
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.com!
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts!
    Things Discussed: Elden Ring, Gran Turismo 7, Jackson's piece on GT7, Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, Devil May Cry 5, Metroid Dread, controllers, Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Guardians of the Galaxy, Sonic Chaos, Tails Adventure, Mario Land, Wario Land, handheld games in general, pinning games to quick resume, Pokemon Dash, vaporware games are always real, Final Fantasy b******t, when to give up, when games started getting finished, and there's a brand new game club coming to our network!
    This Month's Game Club:Sonic Chaos and Tails Adventure
    Next Month's Game Club: Metal Gear Acid 2
    Music This Episode
    Place of Amalgamation by Ryo Yamazaki, Masashi HamauzuTurquoise Hill Zone by Kojiro Mikusa, Masayuki NagaoCaron Forest by Kojiro MikusaBurenia II by Soshi Abe, Sayako DoiSimon Blackquill ~ Distorted Swordsmanship by Noriyuki Iwadare

    Fate/stay night

    Fate/stay night

    A special mid-month Abnormal Mapping is summoned into the grail war! Em is joined by their friend Kim to talk about the humble origin of a massive media franchise and the experience of playing a massive visual novel with a lot of competing ideas that might not always gel together perfectly. That said, Fate is pretty cool, so we had a great time!
    If you’d like to hear people talk much more thoroughly about Fate/stay night and other Type-Moon VNs, please check out Fate-Moon Archive, another podcast on our network!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.com!
    If you would like to support us please visit patreon.com/abnormalmapping for exclusive podcasts!
    Things Discussed: Elden Ring, Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel, Higanbana no Saku Yoru ni, Hatsune Miku, DEEMO, Taiko no Tatsujin, Sound Voltex, Fate/stay night, Fate Zero, Fate/hollow ataraxia, visual novels generally, Otherside Picnic, Planetarian
    This Month's Game Club:Fate/stay night
    Next Month's Game Club: Sonic Chaos and Tails’ Adventure (Both on Game Gear)
    Music That EpisodeIn the Sunlight by Keita HagaMadder Town by Keita HagaEmiya by Hideyuki FukasawaARCADIA by Earthmind

    Wario Ware & Rhythm Heaven

    Wario Ware & Rhythm Heaven

    We opened up our GBAs and DSes for a parade of classic Nintendo bangers as we talk about when video games were joyful and rhythm games were about learning actual ass rhythm. It’s a big episode, with lots of music, and I hope everyone enjoys!
    Send us questions about our game clubs, other games, or gaming in general to abnormalmappingpodcast@gmail.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! hings Discussed: Dark Souls 2 and 3, Sekiro, Sonic Generations and Sonic Unleashed, Final Fantasy II, WarioWare and Rhythm Heaven, Nintendo, a bunch of other stuff
    This Month's Game Club:WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and Rhythm Tengoku (GBA)
    Next Month's Game Club: Sonic Chaos and Tails’ Adventure (Both on Game Gear)
    Music That EpisodeThat's Paradise by Tsunku and Masami YoneMona's Pizza by Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kyoko MiyamotoDribble's Highway Jazz by Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kyoko MiyamotoKat & Ana Music by Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kyoko MiyamotoAshley's Song by Ryoji Yoshitomi and Kyoko MiyamotoWrestler Interview by Tsunku and Masami YoneFan Club by Tsunku and Masami YoneSpaceball by Tsunku and Masami YoneCheer Readers by Tsunku and Masami YoneDreams of Our Generation by Tsunku and Masami Yone

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

LilyPGH ,

excellent video game book club

A monthly "book-club" style roundtable on games from across the history of the medium , very chill and fun. Our gracious hosts have thought-provoking things to say and a sweet rapport. A breath of fresh air for the discerning gamer. Also appreciate the tone-setting soundtrack sections

Dareka of the Wind ,

for the record, on the record

an entertainingly opinionated show animated by a practical belief that what's old is about as likely to be good (or bad) as what's new. when the hosts discuss a game i've played or seen, they often give me new ways to think about things i took for granted or commonplace features of games discourse. and for that, i'm grateful.

alex[h2wf] ,

It’s great!

You can listen to it with your ears, it’s so cool! The hosts are awesome! The guests are awesome! And the games? Well, you’ll see! (Or, hear, I guess I should say)

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