58 episodes

Retrograde Amnesia combines the idea of a critical retrospective with the mechanics of a book club with a focus on JRPGs. It is a comprehensive discussion show, where we re-live a classic Japanese Roleplaying Game (JRPG), chapter by chapter, beat by beat. We delve into the story, dialogue, game mechanics, music, influences, and themes. Season 1 covers Xenogears (1998). Season 2 will launch Fall 2020 and will cover Chrono Cross (2000).

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Retrograde Amnesia combines the idea of a critical retrospective with the mechanics of a book club with a focus on JRPGs. It is a comprehensive discussion show, where we re-live a classic Japanese Roleplaying Game (JRPG), chapter by chapter, beat by beat. We delve into the story, dialogue, game mechanics, music, influences, and themes. Season 1 covers Xenogears (1998). Season 2 will launch Fall 2020 and will cover Chrono Cross (2000).

    Xenogears: Men of the Sea Never Say Die [First and Last, Part I]

    Xenogears: Men of the Sea Never Say Die [First and Last, Part I]

    We can actually play this game now. While we’re surviving the apocalypse, we’re also merging flags, buying scam birds, burning books, digging up a jukebox, alienating our dolphin stepson, going down with the ship, fantasizing about The Captain, becoming a landlubber, accepting forgiveness, not adding Ramsus to our party, confirming reality with Zephyr, forging exactly one legendary weapon, and stealing precious Chu-Chu wares. Ding ding, good job.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Season 2: Chrono Cross Announcement Trailer

    Season 2: Chrono Cross Announcement Trailer

    Season 2 of Retrograde Amnesia will feature Chrono Cross.

    • 8 min
    Xenogears: Bear with Me Here, Oedipus [Xenogears Wakes]

    Xenogears: Bear with Me Here, Oedipus [Xenogears Wakes]

    The system is awakening. Today we're getting lore from a Jesus cross, contacting the fourth dimension, tapping into the god universe, adventing into this world, instilling a mother's will, nursing an Oedipus complex, dealing with a paradox, playing the Undertaker's Theme, fighting dad as well as my transmigrated ancestor, giving birth to humanity, destroying our remaining advanced military equipment on insane tactical gambles, and awakening Deus as a direct result. Perception is reality and also I'm god.

    • 59 min
    Xenogears: My Teenage Bedroom [Fallen Star, Part II]

    Xenogears: My Teenage Bedroom [Fallen Star, Part II]

    This time we're abandoning our child's weaknesses, visiting the room of the coward, losing our home, suffering abuse by the will of our transmigrated mother, forcing psychic contact, imagining the hell dimension, mentally and physically fighting our father, being different people, watching ourselves watch ourselves, sharing our feelings with ourselves, receiving centuries of memories, and considering "live" as suspect advice. Even if I go to hell I will live until the end of this world.

    • 1 hr
    Xenogears: Fist Imagery [Dreams, Part II + Fallen Star, Part I]

    Xenogears: Fist Imagery [Dreams, Part II + Fallen Star, Part I]

    This videogame is now a visual novel with boss battles. Today we're opening our fists to hold people, becoming a symbol, twisting Sophia's words, fading away, seeking power to treat depression, crying in carbonite, walking through snow fields in big robots, sealing away the very meaning of Existence, practicing Contact consciousness, shedding skin, showing down with the Demon of Elru, unifying personalities with Wiseman, and taking a fist full of memories. If only you had power, you could have saved her.

    • 57 min
    Xenogears: Hitherto Presentiment [Dreams, Part I]

    Xenogears: Hitherto Presentiment [Dreams, Part I]

    You live. You Die. That's all. Before that we're worshipping weapons, falling behind in rapture ascendance, freezing someone in carbonite, dealing with Solaris, watching heroes fall to villainy, defining the Zohar, dissociating identities, going for it, meeting old beefcake Fatimas, offending divine providence, interpreting smiles, delivering triple Bro's, and waiting for Krelian's final creed. I just wanted the game with the big robot on the cover.

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

jeffewee_ ,

A Must If You Played It

Really great in-depth analysis and humor. Everyone chimes in perfectly and has great chemistry. Definitely scratches my nostalgia bug. Will be listening to other series from them. Legit 5 stars.

Vicarious Vic ,

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Fantastic podcast, vicariously reliving my Xenogears playthrough, keep doing what you’re doing!

Kazenna ,

Feels Like Home

Having played through Xenogears for the first time alongside one of my closest friends, and both of us regarding it as one of our favorite classic games of all time, this podcast feels like a direct parallel to how we experienced it. Just two bros talking about a game with so much depth it might as well be a work of art, despite all the development quirks. This podcast feels like a hybrid between reexperiencing the game as a whole, and analyzing it & its character years later with a lot more information available than there was at the time. Yes, we will kill God 👍🏼

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