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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.

    Tokyo RPG Factory

    Tokyo RPG Factory

    We are joined by blogger of the year Dia Lacina who was willing to go down with the ship as we break format for a trio of games that we only knew of probably bad games nobody actually played. That’s right, we took all our RPG expertise and applied it to the strange trilogy of Tokyo RPG Factory games! Em froze their ass off in I am Setsuna, Dia remembered she could be doing anything else in Lost Sphear, and Jackson went hya hya hya about a million times in Oninaki. Maybe the games are bad, but the conversation was a fruitful exploration of what it is that makes the JRPG form work for us at all.
    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!
    Things Discussed: Dia's preview of Astria Ascending, Control, Touhou Luna Nights, Apple Arcade, VR, Resident Evil 4, Chrono Trigger, I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear, Oninaki, Bravely Default, Live A Live, Final Fantasy (generally), Saga and Mana series, Lunar, Morrowind, Gold Box games, dungeon exploration games
    This Month's Game Club:I am SetsunaLost SphearOninaki
    Next Month's Game Club: Gravity Rush 2
    Music This EpisodeBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodI Am Setsuna Main Theme by Tomoki MiyoshiThe Twilight of Sphear by Tomoki MiyoshiBattle -Threat- by Shusuke Tsuchiya & Mariam Abounnasr

    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

    We’re joined by Dan to once again talk about the strange tangent of the Metroid universe as we continue to mine the Phazon arc to gain an appreciation for how you follow up one of the boldest games ever made. Turns out, that’s really hard! Join us for a discussion of light and dark worlds, not even lazily caring about your plot, and the nightmare that is making ‘hard’ bosses. A jam packed 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: Episode Yuffie, Doom Eternal, Final Fantasy XIV, Per Aspera, AM2R, Umineko, 2004 in video games, feeling old, Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2, franchises, Nintendo FPSs, box art, rhythm games and music taste, dark worlds, esoteric simulators, boss fights, mirror matches
    This Month's Game Club:Metroid Prime 2
    Next Month's Game Club: I Am Setsuna, Lost Sphear, and Oninaki
    Music This EpisodeTitle Screen by Kenji YamamotoSanctuary by Kenji YamamotoVs Ing by Kenji YamamotoStaff Roll by Kenji Yamamoto

    Lost Odyssey

    Lost Odyssey

    This month we feast on one of the largest games time investment wise we’ve ever played for Abnormal Mapping, but it just so happens to be the game we initially bonded over well before we started the podcast. Thankfully, we can’t get too self indulgent, as we’re joined by special guest Molly Rhinebeck to navigate the ins and outs of the 1000 year journey of Kaim and Seth and their wives.
    Please enjoy this supersized episode about how games can be meaningful and uneven in the same breath, the hell space that was late 00s console JRPGs, and how Final Fantasy is truly an essence that can be captured if the right people are making it, brands be damned.
    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!
    Things Discussed: Molly!, Pro Evolution Soccer, Football Tactics & Glory, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, Scarlet Nexus, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade coming out on VoIP Life Friday!, Observation, Dragon Quest II, The Messenger, a bonus podcast we did for Dia's Dragon's Dogma LP, Lost Odyssey, various Final Fantasies (broadly), Nobuo Uematsu, first and favorite RPGs
    This Month's Game Club:Lost Odyssey
    Next Month's Game Club: Metroid Prime 2
    Music This EpisodeNeverending Journey by Nobuo UematsuA Return, Indeed... (Piano Version) by Nobuo UematsuWhat You Are by Nobuo UematsuAn Enemy Appears by Nobuo UematsuParting Forever by Nobuo UematsuHowl of The Departed by Nobuo UematsuVictory by Nobuo Uematsu

    Max Payne 2 (feat. Gravity Rush)

    Max Payne 2 (feat. Gravity Rush)

    We take a break from the really long games to enjoy some short but sweet adventures in cities both beautiful and threatening as we return to a game we covered years ago and prep for a game we’re going to cover in the future! Turns out, it’s nice to just play a game you can finish in a week, around all these huge JRPGs.
    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!
    Things Discussed: John 117, Pokemon vs Digimon, Digimon games, Kingdom Hearts 3, Silent Bomber, Titanfall 2, Dragon Quest V, Dragon Quest, Tyranny (listen to journal updated!), Gravity Rush, Crackdown, Max Payne 1, Max Payne 2, Alan Wake, Control, CRPGs, worst games, Too Much Future
    This Month's Game Club:Max Payne 2
    Next Month's Game Club: Lost Odyssey
    Music This EpisodeDouse Shinundakara by Kohei TanakaOld Town by Kohei TanakaMax Payne Theme by Kärtsy HatakkaAddress Unknown (Funhouse Remix) by Kärtsy HatakkaLate Goodbye by Poets of the Fall

    Live A Live

    Live A Live

    We turn our thoughts back to the JRPG in this year full of them, and enjoy one of the most surprising games we’ve played … well, since last month, but we’ve been really lucky this year. Come for talk of genre exercises, being on your b******t, and the power of a well worn story well told as we discover … Live A Live!
    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!
    Things Discussed: Nier, Pokemon Shield, Titanfall 2, Dirt 5, Forza 3, Idle Thumbs, Live A Live, Final Fantasy XIII, Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, numbers going up, being normal about games
    This Month's Game Club:Live a Live
    Next Month's Game Club: Max Payne 2
    Music This EpisodeLive A Live by Yoko ShimomuraMegalomania by Yoko ShimomuraKiss of Jealousy by Yoko ShimomuraThe Birds Fly in the Sky, the Fish Swim in the River by Yoko ShimomuraSecret Mission by Yoko ShimomuraWanderer by Yoko ShimomuraKnock You Down! by Yoko ShimomuraWait for Truth by Yoko ShimomuraUnseen Syndrome by Yoko ShimomuraWings That Don't Reach by Yoko ShimomuraCity of Hopelessness by Yoko ShimomuraGo! Go! Buriki Daioh! by Yoko Shimomura

    Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru & Ocarina of Time

    Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru & Ocarina of Time

    Two games means an extra long episode as we talk about Zelda, Zelda-likes, the ways Nintendo had it all and slowly burned away goodwill, and much more. Both of these games are hard to talk about for opposite reasons, but we did our best and had a great time besides. Apologies for the return of springtime birds in Em’s audio, an Abnormal Mapping staple this time every year. Please enjoy the extra long music segments, we were truly spoiled for choice.
    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
    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: Halo Reach and Halo 4, Hugo Martin saying stupid shit part 1 and part 2 , Final Fantasy Adventure, Dragon Quest 2, The Frog For Whom The Bell Tolls, Link's Awakening, Dragon Quest IV, Ocarina of Time, Link to the Past, must-play Abnormal Mapping games, Zelda boxart crimes, perfect video games, a modern glitch-heavy speedrun of Ocarina of Time, demo kiosks
    Youtube Channels We Recommend:Dia's LPsAmr's channelExport Audio's channelPam's channelUmbrella Terms' channelminimme New Frame PlusThe Retro FutureModern Vintage GamerLGRSummoning SaltThaRixer
    This Month's Game Club:Ocarina of Time Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru
    Next Month's Game Club: Live a Live
    Music This EpisodeMain Title by Koji KondoBlown Away by Kevin MacLeodThe Prince's Adventure by Kazumi TotakaHop Hop Springs by Kazumi TotakaNantendo Funcenter by Kazumi TotakaInside a House by Koji KondoLost Woods by Koji KondoKakariko Village by Koji KondoZora's Domain by Koji KondoGerudo Valley by Koji KondoFinal Battle by Koji Kondo

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 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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