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HG101 with Xerxes – PA147
On today’s episode we’re joined by Rob aka Xerxes of Hardcore Gaming 101’s “Top 47k Games” podcast. We talk about his background, how the podcast is made, the excellent resource Hardcore Gaming 101, along with our usual jovial banter. Rob brings us a selection of fantastic deep cuts of early to mid 90s Japanese VGM used in the show, most of which are intro and ending tunes. It’s a really fun show and as always we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Shout out to our friend Norm aka @normallyretro for lending his voice to the HG101 Golf Remix and the main Top 47k Games theme song. Dogs Bower!
Also a big thanks to Dee Liteyears for providing the delightful episode artwork! Follow them on Twitter @DeeLiteyears. Dogs Bower (and Bubsy)!
* 0:00:00 “Main Menu” Pebble Beach Golf Links (SNES) by Yumi Satake (née Kinoshita)
* 0:07:57 “HG101 (Golf Remix)” remix of Pebble Beach Golf Links arranged by Xerxes
* 0:15:21 “Howl of Crow” Black Bird: Tori Tachi no Tooboe (PC-98) by Takeaki Watanabe
* 0:24:02 “Character Making” Drakkhen (SNES) by Hiroyuki Masuno
* 0:28:38 (Background) “House in Fire Area” Drakkhen (SNES) by Hiroyuki Masuno
* 0:37:10 “Staff Roll (OPN)” Metal Force (PC-98) by Daisuke Takahashi
* 0:59:15 “Impossible One” – Cho Ren Sha 68k (X68k, PC) by Ruzarin Kashiwagi
* 1:13:22 “Opening Title” Division Guardian: Twinkle-Star (PC-98) by Hiroaki Sano
* 1:21:34 “Ending B” Puyo Puyo Tsu (GEN/MD) by Tsuyoshi Matsushima
* 1:31:17 “Ending 1” Rhyme Star (PC-98) by Takeshi Abo
* 1:47:23 “Ending” Possessioner (PC-98) by Hiroaki Sano
For more Hardcore Gaming 101, check out the links below:
* Top 47k Games Podcast
* The List
* HG101 website
* HG101 Discord
* HG101 books
* Article on Korean gaming (old site, mentioned in show)
Worst Video Game Ever – Drakkhen YouTube video mentioned on show, just for fun
Heart Heat Girls – PA146
Heart Heat Girls is a lightly adult-oriented Japanese adventure game released for the PC-98 in December of 1993 by the company Panda House under their Cat’s Pro label. Heart Heat Girls or H.H.G. is set in a futuristic world where humans and androids are at war. A specialized police force known as ACP (“Anti Criminal-cyborg Police”) is tasked with eliminating them. The game begins with two young police officers named Angelica and Apple receiving an S.O.S. about an attack from a mysterious cyborg and arrive to the crime scene to find no survivors. Joined by their friend and colleague detective Keith Bailey, they set out to investigate the case. Despite the name, the game focuses more heavily on the narrative and setting as opposed to lewd content. The gameplay is fairly conventional with light interactions like “Talk” or “Examine” to move the plot along.
The music of H.H.G. was written by Muse and the mysterious Panda, owner of the game development studio Panda House and its subsidiary labels Cat’s Pro and Melody, all companies largely associated with making adult games for the Japanese PC market. Little is known in the English speaking world about Panda and Muse, however they both worked on audio for the company Cocktail Soft, another adult games label.
A small correction: YouTube user Czarek7711 believes that Panda may be the alias of Yuki Nakayama. The VGMdb entry for the Cat’s Pro album lists him as executive producer so it does seem likely!
In any case, the music is full of lots of short but sweet tunes. Now leave playing the adult games to the professionals and enjoy this soundtrack guilt-free!
All tracks composed by Panda and Muse for the YM2203 (OPN) soundchip unless otherwise stated
* 00:00:00 Opening
* 00:03:15 Title
* 00:13:24 SAIT
* 00:16:07 Department of Defense
* 00:20:15 Cat’s Pro Jingle
* 00:24:53 Kurama Industries
* 00:26:58 Relief
* 00:29:23 3D Map
* 00:31:30 Final Battle: Abadon
* Excerpt from Magician (NES) by Neil Baldwin
* 00:32:15 Shower
* 00:34:09 ACP
* 00:42:43 Infiltrate
* 00:44:40 Dawn
* 00:46:33 Mixed
* 00:49:46 Angelica’s Tears
* 00:52:31 Counterattack
* 00:56:25 Reminiscence
* 01:01:22 Ending
Thanks to Bryan, Gnome, and Valley Bell of VGMRips for ripping the music!
Expansion Pack XXVII – PA145
It’s been a while since our last expansion pack, and the first of 2021. It’s a relaxed show with a selection of 6 deep cuts but the music is great as always. Correction: The name of the writer was actually Miyazawa Kenji not Ihatovo.
* 0:00:00 Tobituki-hime – Stage 3 – MAGICAL AMBER – (PC) by Masashi Yano
* 0:08:42 Gekitou! Crash Gear Turbo: Gear Champion League – BGM 1 (WSC) by unknown composer
* 0:15:54 Guldkorn Expressen / Kalas Puffs Expressen – Title (C64) by Jens-Christian Huus (JCH)
* 0:20:42 Nekketsu Oyako – Big Black – LV 49 (SAT) by Hyakutaro Tsukumo
* 0:28:25 Ihatovo Monogatari – Ihatovo City (SNES) by Tsukasa Tawada
* 0:36:48 Bakuten Shoot Beyblade – BGM 13 (GBC) by unknown composer
* Tobituki-hime Bandcamp soundtrack
* “Travel Diary” from Ihatovo Monogatari – performed by Tsukasa Tawada
* HG101 article about Ihatovo Monogatari
* Kalaspuffs Wikipedia page for some reason
Bonus Stage with Josh – PA144
Today we’re joined by guitarist Josh of the VGM band The Runaway Four. Together we talk about his band and their music, as well as Bonus Stage, a very important project that came into being last year in April right in the midst of lockdowns. Bonus Stage is a monthly online series of live video game music concerts that feature a wide range of bands and genres. As hard as 2020 was, Bonus Stage (formerly Virtual VGM Fest) has become a bright spot in the community for VGM lovers and performers alike.
Josh comes to us from Vancouver Canada and brings with him some fantastic and varied VGM from across the spectrum, all sourced from Bonus Stage performers. We even included a teaser track for the upcoming Bonus Stage X event on February 13 and we hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as we did.
Below we’ve included links to the organization and some of their upcoming events, the track list, and all the bands appearing in the show.
Bonus Stage Vancouver
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If you are interested in performing in a Bonus Stage event, email bonusstagevan [at] gmail [dot] com.
Upcoming Bonus Stage events
* Rage Quit Vol. II Listening Party
* Friday, Feb 5, 2020 – 6PM PST
* Bonus Stage X
* Saturday, Feb 13, 2020 – 3:30PM PST
* The Runaway Four “The Fast” Listening Party
* Friday, Mar 19, 2020 – 7PM PDT
Episode Track List:
* 0:00:00 This Game Is Baroquen (various)
* Arranged by Runaway Four
* Music from Final Fantasy IX, ActRaiser, Super Mario RPG, Columns, Katamari Damacy
* 0:10:10 Title – Robocop (C64)
* Arranged by Marshall Art
* Composed by Jonathan Dunn
* 0:21:26 Prelude – Final Fantasy (NES)
* Arranged by 88bit
* Composed by Nobou Uematsu
* 0:33:20 Jump Up, Super Star! – Super Mario Odyssey (Switch)
* Arranged by Tiggs and Consoul
* Composed by Naoto Kubo
* 0:47:30 You Will Be The Hero of this F***ing Gym – Violent Storm (Arcade)
* Arranged by ErichWK
* Composed by Kenichiro Fukui
* 0:58:58 Bright Minded Scientist
* Composed and arranged by Press X
* Based on story in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future
* 1:10:09 In My Heart – Kingdom Hearts (PS2)
* Arranged by EyeQ
* Composed by Yoko Shimomura
* 1:22:52 Fall (Ghost Synth) – Stardew Valley (various)
* Arranged by Sybil Grace
* Composed by Eric Barone
* 1:33:01 The End of the Battle – To Out World – Gunstar Heroes (Genesis)
* Arranged by Monte
* Composed by Norio Hanzawa
Virtual VGM Fest 4.0 Performance
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Splice with Dain Saint – PA143
In June of 2012, Cipher Prime Studios released Splice, a puzzle game about organizing cells into increasingly complex patterns. It’s a game that requires concentration and it’s also a bit about tampering with nature. Splice can be purchased on a number of platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, PS3 and PS4 but no matter where you purchase it, it’s a challenging and mentally rewarding game accompanied by a beautiful piano soundtrack composed by Dain Saint, who we have joining us on the show today.
Cipher Prime is a Philadelphia-based indie game and interactive art studio co-founded in 2008 by Dain Saint and Will Stallwood. With Dain as technical director and Will as creative director, the team has made more than 10 games including Pulse, Intake, Auditorium and Fractal. Cipher Prime has also been a driving force in the Philadelphia indie game scene for over a decade where they ran a co-working space and hosted numerous events for game developers over the years.
Dain Saint himself is an accomplished musician, artist and designer. In addition to his composition and technical work on games, he also writes poetry, produces music videos, and many other creative pursuits. His first and main instrument is the piano, and he also sings and plays guitar. The piano work on Splice features beautiful melodies, sweeping arpeggios thick with reverb and emotional highs and lows that switch from euphoric to dark at a moment’s notice.
Join us for this captivating first interview of 2021 where we cover a range of topics from the music itself, to the metaphysical symbolism throughout the game, to current events and beyond.
All tracks composed by Dain Saint
* 0:00:00 Barachiel
* 0:13:03 Gabriel
* 0:32:23 Eremiel
* 0:41:41 Darda’il
* 0:51:01 Cassiel
* 1:04:30 Ganymede
* 1:18:16 Reflection
* Splice OST
* Splice epilogue OST
* Earthbound album
* sheet music
dainsaint.com and more
* City Don’t Sing music video
* martinobranding.com – shot and produced the video
Xixit – PA142
On the surface, Xixit is a pretty straightforward Columns clone. Go a little bit deeper and you find a columns clone with impressive coding, visual effects and music. Xixit was released for DOS in 1995 by Optik Software, a small American publisher that only ever released 3 games, the other two being a point and click called Igor and an RTS called War Inc. The gameplay is your typical match three game with a 1-player or 2-player versus mode and an impressive array of difficulty and graphics options.
All of the staff that worked on the game were active members of the demoscene at the time. If you like what you see and hear, thank the folks below:
* “Tran” Tomasz Pytel – Programming
* “Oman” John Hood – Art and Design
* “Necros” Andrew Sega
* “Mesonyx” Jon Dal Kristbjornsson
* “C.C.Catch” Kenny Chow
* “Nemesis” Andrew Wise
Link to the game Xixit on Archive.org
Link to Impulse Project Podcast – a sibling podcast about demoscene music
* 00:00 Exuding Titleness – Necros
* 10:13 Music1 – Mesonyx
* 20:16 Music2 – Mesonyx
* 25:58 Music3 – Mesonyx
* 36:45 Pentagonal Dreams – Necros
* 43:10 Sacred Grounds – C.C.Catch
* 51:56 Visionary – Nemesis
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