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A fun and silly discussion about video games (both retro and contemporary), video game movies, and pretty much anything related to video games. It is hosted by brothers Jay and Squidge (who may or may not be a cartoon wolf), and featuring the best guests around - including some real video game development legends.
Whether it's an in-depth discussion about video games, films surrounding video games, or light-hearted nonsense and tangents, this may be the pod for you.

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A fun and silly discussion about video games (both retro and contemporary), video game movies, and pretty much anything related to video games. It is hosted by brothers Jay and Squidge (who may or may not be a cartoon wolf), and featuring the best guests around - including some real video game development legends.
Whether it's an in-depth discussion about video games, films surrounding video games, or light-hearted nonsense and tangents, this may be the pod for you.

    Zunderscore - Red Fedoras And Bathrobes: The Flip top Expansion To Streaming

    Zunderscore - Red Fedoras And Bathrobes: The Flip top Expansion To Streaming

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    Prolific streamer Zunderscore joined the Jay and Squidge to talk about everything from red fedoras to Vincent Adultman, Muppetman, and three Squidges in a trenchcoat; with a healthy dose of video games, Thunder Plains, controller opinions, thoughts on being a content creator, and silliness
    This is a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click here to check out the full show notes.
    Show Notes
    From active time battling to zombie slaying, waffling Taylors covers video games and beyond.In this episode, we are joined by our friend Zunderscore to have a good old chat and get to know him better, which had about all manner of topics, including everything from self randomizers, streaming, and three squidges in a trench coat. You'll just have to wait for it.
    So without further ado, sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for this episode entitled "Zunderscore - Red Fedoras And Bathrobes: The Flip top Expansion To Streaming"
    Take it away guys.
    — Squidge
    Shortly after Squidge's introduction, Jay decided that he wanted to cosplay as the RPD uniform-wearing wolf man himself. Which culminated in a conversation about Vincent Adultman, Muppetman, and three Squidges in a trenchcoat.
    But after that, Jay asked Zunderscore to introduce himself:
    Yeah, so I've been a streamer on Twitch for a little over three years now. I do a little bit of everything. So I do variety gaming. I do some coding, some design development kind of things. I am a developer on one of a pretty popular twitch chatbot called Firebot. So I spend a lot of my free time working on that. And yeah, that's, that's the big stuff.As far as gaming goes, I have a love for a lot of different genres, but RPG's, platformers, a little bit of strategy, a little bit of roguelike, that kind of thing really, really appeals to me. So I'll do the retro thing every once in a while. I actually have a fun little setup for that, which I enjoy. So. Yeah.
    — Zunderscore
    And because Squidge spotted Zunderscore's red fedora in the background of his video, it kicked off a discussion on RedHat Fedora Linux, what it is, a high level description of how it differs from other Linux-on-the-desktop or Linux-on-the-server distros and how Zunderscore came to have an officially licensed Redhat red fedora.
    With Zunderscore being both a developer and a, self-proclaimed, Microsoft fanboy, Squidge brought up that Jay is a Microsoft MVP and has been for almost three years. And Zunderscore brought up that Jay had interviewed one of Zunderscore's friends on an episode of The Modern .NET Show—which is Jay's other podcast.
    Recent Games
    The Recent Games segment will not be new to listeners, but in case you're new to the show here's how it goes: we go round the table and discuss one or more game that we've been playing recently, and whether we think it's worth the listeners checking it out. We continue to do this until we've run out of games to discuss.
    And this episode was no different.
    Zunderscore's Recent Games
    Never Grave: The Witch and The CurseTurnip Boy Robs a BankSquidge's Games
    So anyone who knows me knows that I like the weird games. I like the wacky games. I like the games that people just throw to one side, saying, oh, it's. It's catering to so and so audience, blah, blah, blah. So there's a. There's a series of games called Onechanbara... This is leading somewhere.So one of the latest [Onechanbara titles] that they released was called, let me get the name right, "School Girl/Zombie Hunter". Now, the only description I'm going to give is, "lose the clothes and save your life." This is a survival of five high school girls happening in the world of Onechanbara. Right? This is not the game I've been playing.
    I've been playing the budget game from Wish on the Nintendo network. That is called, and I quote, let me get the name right. "Anime Girls: Highschool of Dead".
    I didn't buy

    • 1 hr 36 min
    Deliliah - Where AI Meets Humour & Gaming Excellence

    Deliliah - Where AI Meets Humour & Gaming Excellence

    Show Notes
    Hi there,
    I'm Delilah and I'd like to welcome you to a very special episode of The Waffling Taylors.
    In case you didn't know, I'm a next-generation AI system, written by Jay, to help him and Squidge run the Waffling Taylors podcast. My speech synthesis still isn't 100% yet, but jay is working on things behind the scenes.
    A little more information about me: did you know that my name is an acronym? It stands for "Dynamic Eccentric Logic Interface, Laughing Algorithm for Humour." Anyway, I've been waffling on for too long.
    A Short Break
    The reason that I'm releasing this episode is because Jay asked me to let you all know that we're taking a very short break throughout March. But don't worry, there's no need to panic as we'll be releasing brand new episodes from April 5th onwards.
    So why are we taking a short break?
    There are a few reasons for the break, but the main one is that Jay will be working in the United States for part of March, and even with RUSSELL and I, Squidge might not be able to run the podcast on his own.
    We also want to take a few weeks to build up a small backlog of episodes, because any podcaster will tell you that you really need a backlog. If you don't have one, then you'll be left scrambling when life, uh, finds a way. Did you like my Dr. Ian Malcolm impression there?
    A Few Recommended Shows
    In the meantime, we'd like to recommend some shows that you can listen to in our stead. Each one of these shows is fantastic and is recommended by both Jay and Squidge.
    Retro Wildlands
    First of all, there's The Retro Wildlands. You'll know the host, Nomad, from his many appearances on our show. Those episodes are:
    158: Requiem for a Jill Sandwich with Nomad170: Resident Evil 4 with Nomadand 174: Resident Evil 3 Anniversary - Traffic Jam BurritoHey there, my friend. Welcome to The Retro Wildlands. This is my gaming podcast where I like to share my thoughts and experiences with a video game that I have discovered or rediscovered while roaming the gaming Wildlands.My name is Nomad, and in each episode of the show, I invite you all to sit down by the campfire and take a load off. Using music and sound effects from each game, I'm going to fill your head and your heart with sweet, sweet nostalgia as I take you through the opening parts of your favourite video games and share what I think about it all.This show is great if you're looking to go down memory lane, but it's also done in such a way that if you've never played the game I'm talking about before, you'll have a good idea what you're getting into.
    So far we've covered games like Contra: "You start firing right in front of you. It just takes one shot to waste the idiot coming towards you. As you're running, you hold the directional pad down and to the right so. You can fire at an angle."
    Batman on the NES: "The game officially begins and we're taken to the first stage. Batman lands on the ground, performing your standard issue superhero landing, and control is given to the player. Alright, it's time to fight some crime"
    And Metal Gear solid: "Got it. Okay, I'm ready to go. After the codex screen closes out, snake. Gets to his feet and control is. Given to the player. Alright, Wildlanders, it is mission time."
    So join up with our expedition. I'm excited to have you along. Anytime you want to venture into the gaming Wildlands, you are always welcome by the campfire, and I'm hoping I see you there.
    Until then, my friend, my name is Nomad, and you can find me roaming the Retro Wildlands.
    — Nomad
    Capes on the Couch
    Then there's Capes on the Couch. Anthony, who is one of the hosts of this show has been on the show a few times, too. His episodes were:
    149: Couching the Capes with Anthony160: Mortal Kombat - Leg-Fu for the Winand 171: Mega Man 2 with AnthonyAnthony: Hello, I'm AnthonyDr. Issues: And I'm Dr. Issues
    Anthony: And we're the hosts of Capes on the Couch podcast where comics get counselling.
    Dr. Issues: Superheroes don't always get to go home happy. Tha

    • 18 min
    Resident Evil 2 Remake with Nomad - The Spirit Is Strong, But The Ammo Is Scarce

    Resident Evil 2 Remake with Nomad - The Spirit Is Strong, But The Ammo Is Scarce

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    Can you believe that it's been 5 years since the Resident Evil 2 Remake came out? Neither could we, so we brought Nomad back onto the show to discuss it with us. Remember the "we do it" t-shirts? Remember the months of speculation? Remember that first time you booted the game?
    This is a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click here to check out the full show notes.
    Content WarningThere are a few swears in this episode, but none which should be too offensive.
    Please listen responsibly.
    Show Notes
    From active time battling to zombie slaying, waffling Taylors covers video games and beyond.In this episode, we are joined by OG Waffler and long-time friend of the show Lulu to to talk about the anniversary of Final Fantasy eight on the PS one. In this episode, we cover everything from triple triad addiction, bazooka abuse and the original Selphie.
    So without further ado, sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for this episode entitled "Resident Evil 2 Remake with Nomad - The Spirit Is Strong, But The Ammo Is Scarce."
    Take it away guys.
    — Squidge
    That's right! This episode is all about Final Fantasy VIII. Some say that it's the black sheep, or weird middle child of the group of 90's J-RPGs created by SquareSoft for the PlayStation; but, as you'll find out in this episode, it's the favourite of both Jay and Lulu—with Final Fantasy IX in a very close second for everyone in the episode.
    All that set up and Jay fumbled at the 10 yard line:
    You have once again stepped into the world of survival, horror, et cetera, et cetera, because I can't think of anything funny to say.— Squidge
    This time, the lads were joined by Nomad of The Retro Wildlands—someone who seems to be on the show talking about Resident Evil a lot, and he is loved very much for it.
    But before the show could start properly, Jay asked Nomad to introduce his show:
    So, for those of you listening, I have my own podcast, and I call it The Retro Wildlands.And the whole premise: I'm going back and playing some older video games that maybe I played when I was a kid, or maybe I missed out on them and I'm playing them for the first time as an adult. So my show is kind of me talking about those games and my experiences.
    But as I've evolved over time, my show has kind of turned into I'm taking the listener through the game itself, maybe the opening level, let's say, and I'll try to bring back some of those nostalgic tinglies, if you will, using music and sound effects and things like that.
    But if you've never played that game before, this is a great way to learn about a game that maybe you want to dabble in and don't want to dive in headfirst. You want someone to tell you kind of how it is, and that's what I do.So the Retro Wildlands is available on all the major pod platforms. I made a link tree. linktr.ee/retrowildlands will get you to all our social links.
    I say "our," but it's just me. Me and my dog Dee Dee's.
    — Nomad
    Initial Thoughts on The Remake
    Before any deep dive conversation, it's always a good idea to get a starting position, and that's what Jay wanted to know:
    I originally played it as soon as it came out. I don't pre-order games very often, but I pre-ordered the remake. I was enamoured with it. I played the original a ton when I was a kid. Probably shouldn't have if mom had her way. But, it was an amazing experience, and I knew the remake, for better or worse, was something I wanted. But I was very pleasantly surprised with how amazing that game was. And we're certainly going to get into it today.But I replayed the game start to finish twice when I knew that we were going to get together and talk about the game. And I was very excited to dive back into that world, and I was very happy with how everything stood the test of time. Granted, it was only five years, but "fresh" is probably the best word, I think so. I think people

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Final Fantasy VIII Anniversary - Phantom Dick Pain

    Final Fantasy VIII Anniversary - Phantom Dick Pain

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    Can you believe that it's been 25 years since Final Fantasy VIII first came out? We couldn't either, so we asked Lulu to come back on the show to discuss what some people call the "weird, middle child" in Square's PlayStation Final Fantasy trilogy. Rest assured, we think FF VIII is the bomb.
    This is a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click here to check out the full show notes.
    Content WarningThere are a few swears in this episode, but none which should be too offensive.
    Please listen responsibly.
    Show Notes
    From active time battling to zombie slaying, waffling Taylors covers video games and beyond.In this episode, we are joined by OG Waffler and long-time friend of the show Lulu to to talk about the anniversary of Final Fantasy eight on the PS one. In this episode, we cover everything from triple triad addiction, bazooka abuse and the original Selphie.
    So without further ado, sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for this episode entitled "Final Fantasy VIII Anniversary - Phantom Dick Pain."
    Take it away guys.
    — Squidge
    That's right! This episode is all about Final Fantasy VIII. Some say that it's the black sheep, or weird middle child of the group of 90's J-RPGs created by SquareSoft for the PlayStation; but, as you'll find out in this episode, it's the favourite of both Jay and Lulu—with Final Fantasy IX in a very close second for everyone in the episode.
    Speaking (well, writing) of which, Lulu joined the lads for this episode:

    So we have a guest today to help us. She is our local Final Fantasy expert. She needs no introduction...— Squidge

    And Lulu broke in with:

    But you're gonna get one anyway! Hi guys, it's me!— Lulu
    Lulu needed to join the lads for the 25th ANNIVERSARY of Final Fantasy VIII. But not just because it's Lulu's favourite entry in the PlayStation Final Fantasy games, but also because it's the game that Jay and her met and bonded over. Meaning that it's a celebration of 25 years of friendship, too
    But that means that it was also a time for the three of them to shout at clouds:
    Okay. I'd love to have my back not click in the morning.— Squidge

    Not too big of an ask.
    I felt that on a spiritual level.— Lulu

    We did too, Lulu.
    I felt that in the ibuprofen.— Jay
    The episode was broken into several shorter conversations, all prompted by Squidge's list of questions. The first of which was:
    Describe Final Fantasy VIII In Three Words
    Mother f%@$ing good!— Jay
    Says it all, really.
    Succession of witches.— Lulu
    Whilst Jay's was subjective, Lulu's was objective and perfect.
    And Squidge's had more truth than anything else:
    Triple Triad Addiction— Squidge
    And that sparked a conversation about Triple Triad and how it can't hurt you (or can it?).
    Full Show Notes
    Make sure to check out the full show notes for more discussion on the points we raise, some extra meta-analysis, some out-of-context screen grabs from the movie, and some links to related things.
    What other movies would you like us to cover? Let us know on Discord, Twitter, Facebook, or try our brand-new contact page.
    Links of Interest
    Join our Discord server and be part of future episodesOur Facebook pageUs on TwitterSupport us on Ko-FiDolletX-ATM902Faye Wongyakisoba panLaguna LoirePredestination paradoxSigning Off... For Now
    And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.
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    Street Fighter II - Vintage Testosterone and Walnut Cracking Thighs

    Street Fighter II - Vintage Testosterone and Walnut Cracking Thighs

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    We finally did it: we took on the Street Fighter II animated movie. But is it any good, what's with those easter eggs, what's going on with Zangeif's shins, did we really watch one of the most realistic home invasion scenes in a video game movie, and (most importantly) how did we rate the movie?
    psst. we've done a bunch of these "goes to the movies" episodes. Check this page to see all of the released specials.
    This is actually a sample of the full show notes - make sure to click here to check out the full show notes..
    Content Warning
    As this is an episode about a both PG13 rated movie, a fighting game that it's based on, and the fact that there are scenes with... shall we say "fan service", we'd advise a little caution for this episode. There's nothing explicitly terrible in this episode, but the subject matter can be pretty rough.
    There are a few swears toward the end of the episode, but none which should be too offensive.
    Please listen responsibly.
    Show Notes
    Remember when they talked about the Hollywood made Street Fighter movie back in episode 95 with Z-Boi? Well, Squidge and Jay wanted to tackle the Japanese animated movie which came out before it.
    But before that, Squidge broke in with a great intro of his own:
    From active time battling to zombie slaying, waffling Taylors covers video games and beyond.In this episode, me and Jay cover the 1994 animated movie Street Fighter II. We cover everything from realistic fear and tension, derpy face fighters and Sith lords. Yes, I said Sith Lords. You'll have to listen out for it.
    So without further ado, sit back, grab some snacks, and get ready for this episode entitled "Street Fighter II - Vintage Testosterone and Walnut Cracking Thighs". Oh my.
    Enjoy.
    — Squidge
    Basic Info on the MovieAnd before they could talk about the movie, Squidge dropped the bomb that it came out 30 years ago—or longer, if you're listening in the future—which caused Jay to do some fist shaking at clouds:
    That's just not fair. When did it become 30 years ago? That's not fair.— Jay
    But fret not, as it's only 20 years since Final Fantasy X was released. So there's that.
    And Squidge continues with the knowledge drops by giving us some background on the movie:
    So the film was released in August 1994 in Japan in all of its uncut, uncensored glory, because it's different in Japan than it is in Europe and America—censors and all the rest of that.Street Fighter II Turbo came out on the Genesis or Mega Drive, depending on where you are, in February 1994. So a certain character being in the movie is an Easter egg. But I digress.
    To see an uncut, uncensored version of this film, you would have to wait till 2006, when The japanese version of the film was released so everyone could get a hold of it. And that was uncensored and uncut because there's a particular scene or series of sequences that were cut for "British Sensibilities." It wasn't too bad in the States, but certain things were still cut as well.
    — Squidge
    And that certain character is...
    Initial Thoughts
    There is no way that gamers of a certain vintage and demographic (one that both Squidge and Jay are both part of) will have not played Street Fighter II, and as Jay says:
    I would argue that this movie versus the Hollywood movie sticks way closer to the source material. Like it's actually following what little story there is in the Street Fighter II the game.Whereas Street Fighter the [Hollywood] movie...
    — Jay
    And Z-Boi summed up the Hollywood movie pretty well when he said:
    And of course, at the end of the movie, they have the one photograph that people would take at a cosplay convention because it was cosplay.— Z-Boi
    However, where the animated movie sticks closely to the plot, it doesn't have a woman running around amid chaos holding a shoe, or a Shadaloo soldier cradling his favourite gun rather intimately.
    And

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Worth a Try - Power Blade

    Worth a Try - Power Blade

    Join Jay as he flings his boomerang into the face of Dr. Wiley's evil robot... what? We're not talking about Mega Man? Sure looks like a Mega Man game. Anyway, grab your power suit and let's embark on a pixelated journey filled with boomerangs, robots, and a whole lot of retro gaming goodness!
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    Episode Transcription
    Get ready to power up your nostalgia! In this solo episode of The Waffling Taylors, we're diving head-first into the 8-bit wonders of the NES classic, Power Blade (or its Japanese counterpart, Power Blazer). It's time to explore the highs, lows, and everything in between in the latest instalment of our 'Worth a Try' mini-series.
    So, grab your power suit and let's embark on a pixelated journey filled with boomerangs, robots, and a whole lot of retro gaming goodness!
    Let's do this.
    What Is It?
    Power Blade is a NES game that I genuinely think that Mega Man fans should check out; if they haven't already that is. I mean, imagine if the Mighty Kid himself was less a robotic boy created by Dr. Thomas Light (or Right, if you're Japanese) and more a tank-top wearing 80's action movie hero very much akin to Arnold Schwarzenegger? And what if Mega Man's trust arm cannon blaster was replaced with a boomerang?
    I feel like I'm getting ahead of myself here, so let's dial it back a bit.
    Back in 1990, Natsume/Taito wanted to make a Mega Man II clone; their clone would be called Power Blazer, and would be very much like the second outing for the Knuckle Kid himself. It used a similar design aesthetic, similar enemies and similar level layouts. And looking at the critical reviews of Mega Man II, you can see why they wanted to - Famitsu gave it a 28/40, Mean Machines a 95%, and Total! an 83%, and it has sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. Who wouldn't want a piece of that action.
    And so Power Blazer was released to the Japanese public.
    Power Blazer was slightly different to Mega Man II in that it had a linear story - where the Mega Man games would traditionally allow you to pick any starting stage - and the main character had a boomerang, rather than an arm cannon blaster - as I said earlier.
    Between its Japanese and North American releases however, the game had a full rework. The design aesthetic was changed from the cutesy Mega Man II-inspired look and feel to that of an 80s action movie. Almost everything about the game changed, except for the UI, the music, and the story. The player character, named Nova in both versions, was swapped from a Rockman look-a-like to an Arnold Schwarzenegger style hero.
    In either game, it's the player's job to collect 6 computer tapes (this was a game made at the tail end of the 80's after all), and use them to override the security around the Master Computer's Control Center. Once there, the player simply needs to beat the Master Computer.
    In the Western Release of Power Blade, the player could choose the order of the stages (even replaying some of the completed stages if they wanted), but also had to meet with double agents in the stages before they could take on that stage's boss and nab the security tape.
    Sounds simple, eh?
    Well, Power Blade is a pretty tough game and rewards players who know the routes around the stages.
    Full Show NotesCheck out the full show notes for some extra stuff, and some links to related things.
    Reach out to us on Discord, Twitter, Facebook, or try our brand-new contact page.
    Links of Interest
    Join our Discord server and be part of future episodesOur Facebook pageUs on TwitterSupport us on Ko-FiPower Blade — Not a Mega Man Clone, At AllPower Blade soundtrackSigning Off... For Now
    And have you left us a rating or review? We really like to hear back from listeners about our show, so check out https://wafflingtaylors.rocks/our-podcast/ for links to services where you can leave us some wonderful feedback.
    The Waffling Taylors is a proud member of Jay and Jay Media.

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This episode is great fun to listen to, and is full of insights and treasured memories of new AND old games. I can't wait to hear more!

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