TheTwinGeeks.com presents their latest show: a bi-weekly discussion on the world of videogames, presented by co-hosts Bro & Pavlos.
Ep. 23: Donkey Kong Country (1994)
After Brogan's resurrection, Pavlos was put on ice for whenever the world may need him again. This episode consists of Brogan and guest star David Punch picking up the pieces of the podcast. That's right: it's the second bananas on their own podcast! David has been reliving early internet meme culture with a nuzlocke run of Pokémon Platinum. Remember Lost ? Wow. Brogan has been playing Ghosts 'N Goblins: Resurrection and the two examine what men are in the shadows of their own failures. Then, there's a Zelda block in which David talks about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and Brogan discusses The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Largely, it's Brogan trying to justify a mediocre difficulty mode that you have to pay money for. It's okay when Nintendo does it. Finally, there's the game of the week: Donkey Kong Country ! Back when reboots chose radical over gritty, Donkey Kong Country revolutionized everything and nothing at the same time. There are beautifully dated graphics, inventive but imprecise platforming, and a bunch of monkeys that we love but never really think about. It's all a barrel of fun until you accidentally press the button a second too late and Donkey Kong is sent flying into his doom. Don't fear, dear listeners: the editing and comedic stylings of Bro won't last long. Pavlos is sure to hear this hack job and thaw out of ice just to bring this podcast back to a rightful standard of quality.
3:00 Pokémon Platinum (2009) Nuzlocke Run
7:30 Ghosts 'N Goblins: Resurrection (2021)
12:30 The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006)
18:00 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (2017)
23:45 Donkey Kong Country (1994)
Ep. 22: Mega Man V (1994)
Everyone's favourite Alabama man returns for this brand-new episode of the Daydreamcast! We catch up with what Brogan managed to play before nature cut off his power, including the hefty narrative experience Disco Elysium and the disappointingly slight Resident Evil 3 remake. Pavlos postpones Mario talk for another week to discuss his time with the stylish if a little lacking Annapurna visual novel If Found... and divulge his research into the true next-gen console coming later this year, the hilariously misguided Intellivision Amico. If you thrive on yearning for an illusive phantasma you like to hallmark as The Good Old Days, an arcadian place in time when video games "were still fun", and if on top of that you like to pretend that children have an active interest in playing those games with their parents, then the Amico is just the thing for you: an expensive bow to put on that awkwardly wrapped package of self-lies. Luckily, no pretension or backwardness is needed to recognise our game of the week as a fun time, Capcom's fifth Mega Man outing on the Game Boy. As the first on the platform to not recycle bosses from its big brother counterparts on the NES, Mega Man V pits the Super Fighting Robot against an alien menace that is definitely not in cahoots with the previously once-and-for-all defeated Dr. Wily († for realsies). A full-fledged addition to the series, we break down why it's deserving of anyone's time, throwing out fun original robot masters, a shop system, and some banging tunes at a steady pace – you know, like Mega Man do. The game also introduces a robot cat named Tango. You cannot pet it. This information brought to you by The Tender Gamer.
00:00 Rocket League (2015), the state of the football game, and birds
10:20 Disco Elysium (2019)
21:22 Resident Evil 3 remake (2020)
29:20 If Found... (2020)
42:10 Intellivision Amico
56:18 Mega Man V
Ep. 21: Splatoon 2 (2017)
We welcome you back to the Brogan Memorial Podcast, the video game podcast made in tribute to former co-host Brogan before they took away his power, presumably to stop him from podcasting specifically.. we're just kidding, we're just kidding! Pavlos finds himself in a Zoom call with Calvin and David, both returning guests and, more importantly, not wearing any clothes while we recorded the episode. Unsurprisingly, David deems it the occasion to come out of the closet, confessing his feelings for emotionless robots and anthropomorphic bats as he airs his carnal lust for Rouge the Bat and Rosalina live on-air. Our collective therapy session continues as we discuss our new addiction, Rocket League , and birds. We love birds here, especially ones that provide a lot of points and good card effects in the digital version of the acclaimed board game Wingspan. Meanwhile, Calvin gushes about some game called Super Mario Galaxy which has zero birds in it. Given the highly irregular circumstances this week, we actually tend to a piece of current events, discussing some highlights from the recent Nintendo Direct. And even more unusual is our game of the week, the household favourite that is Splatoon 2. A handful of nitpicks aside which we hope to see addressed in the recently announced sequel, we explore our deep-running love for this highly creative and innovative third-person painting/shooting hybrid, an ink-redible blend of turf control, flexible loadout strategising, splatting, painting, swimming, DJing, stealth, and just capital F Freshness that permeates the entire post-apocalyptic world of inklings and octolings. Our discussion of the intricate mechanics and style is rounded out by examining its various distinct modes, the community, and the future of Splatting. And now, an assortment of Splatoon film titles: Kid Now, Squid Then (Hong Sang-Soo), Three Colours: Neon Green (Kieślowski), Barton Ink (Coens), Splatfesten (Vinterberg).
00:00 Rocket League (2015)
12:30 Wingspan (2020)
21:12 Super Mario Galaxy (2007)
30:31 Nintendo Direct
58:48 Splatoon 2
Ep. 20: Run Saber (1993)
The Daydreamcast spin jumps back into the action, and it's all about the devil in the details this week. We touch on throwback games, particularly action side-scrollers, old and new, and decide they are only critisable in the nitty-gritty, in the quality of the tried-and-tested individual components. While Pavlos is too busy recounting his time working for The Man, Brogan serves up fresh-from-the-oven impressions of Cyber Shadow , a new Ninja Gaiden -like published by Yacht Club Games, and pontificates on how it fares against previous efforts in the space, namely The Messenger from two years ago. For our game of the week, we discuss an inconspicuous Strider knock-off, Run Saber , only to put it back into the very bottom shelf it came out of. Indeed, this curious release barely passes the bar of 'fine', choosing to settle instead on 'severely lacking in all areas', and we break down the many ways it falls short. As such, Run Saber can be regarded as a useful critical exercise and one that exemplifies our core thesis of the week: value can be judged from practice, appearances can be deceptive, all are not hunters that blow the horn, fair face may hide a foul heart, and an online thesaurus is a heck of a thing.
00:00 Splatoon 2 (2017)
12:43 Modern throwback games: Cyber Shadow (2021), The Messenger (2018) et al.
30:29 Deep Rock Galactic (2020)
44:22 Run Saber
Ep. 19: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
It's a jumbo-sized kick-off to the new year, and to the second season of your favourite video game podcast, with topics aplenty! Our usual cross-generational grab bag this time includes 2009's Brütal Legend , an action-adventure that's actually an RTS, and no one's favourite Bond game, From Russia With Love , a shooter that's actually a horror game as it turns out! Pavlos shares tales of playing multiplayer games on the Switch with non-gaming-affine friends and recounts the wonders to be gleaned from seeing gaming literacy develop, a process all of us have undergone and that has faded from our memories. And is that the sound of a relatively recent new video game being discussed I hear? Why, yes, as if one game of the week wasn't enough, we collectively and extensively sing the praises of Paradise Killer , a highly original detective game set in a shiny Vaporwave nightmare setting that you should check out, nenorocito! But that does not replace our actual spotlight title for the episode, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light , a game both old and new at the same time. A landmark title for tactical RPGs on the Famicom, the first in Intelligent Systems' now long-running series, the twice-remade debut never saw a Western release until last year. It benefits from various quality-of-life improvements which mostly speed up the the gameplay and provide rollback options – a welcome addition to a sometimes obtuse and often challenging experience –, giving everyone an opportunity to investigate the roots of a beloved Nintendo series. We break down its systems and many innovations therein, but also highlight the equally numerous shortcomings that stick out, particularly with later iterations in mind. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light harkens back to a simpler time; a period of peace, it takes place in the pre-waifu era just before the evil wizard Anime broke free from his prison and laid waste to the lands, consuming everything in his path. No trace of that here, and that's real justice served.
00:00 James Bond 007: From Russia With Love (2005)
10:47 GOTY 1985 addendum
16:53 Multiplayer games on Switch, the beauty of NES Ice Hockey (1988), and Gaming Literacy
36:20 Brütal Legend (2009)
43:04 Paradise Killer (2019)
01:12:30 Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Ep. 18: Game of the Year 1985
As the end of the year draws near, the Daydreamcast assembles one last time for an unusual season one finale. Joined by friend of the show Calvin, and true to our style, we sit down to scientifically determine the best game of the year 1985. In this longest show, yet, you get to hear the entire process, raw and uncut. We consider almost 40 games released in the year that marked the launch of the NES, its launch titles facing some tough competition with computer platforms and the arcades in full bloom – at least outside of the US which was still recovering from the industry crash of 1983. Giving every game its due, we arduously whittle things down to a ranked top 10 after much deliberation. As we wish you and your families all the best for the new year, we hope you enjoy one last serve of drama, betrayal, and heartbreak from us. A celebration of video games past, present, and.. well, mostly past. Only past, in fact. See you next year!
00:00 The Great Video Game/Videogame Debate
02:16 Game of the Year 1985
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