Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 51 - Final Fiction: An Interview with Mo Gallagher

Sometimes, a well crafted game world populated with interesting characters leaves you wanting more after the end credits have rolled. The Final Fantasy series is well known for eliciting this feeling leading players to replay the games multiple times hunting for those minute details and scraps of information that expand the lore even further. Some gamers aren't content with simply experiencing the world as presented and feel compelled to take the characters they love and write expanded stories (dubbed fan fiction).

Sitting with popular Final Fantasy 7 writer M.J. Gallagher, Stian and Danny try to dissect the literary drive, the difficulties of the medium, and the daily ordeals of being a writer.

If you're interested in reading or finding out more about M.J. Gallagher's Final Fantasy work you can get all the latest news on twitter @FFVIINovels and if you want to support him to keep writing please visit his Patreon Page.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 50 - Console Wars: Nintendo vs Sega

For the 50th episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we delve into one of gaming's most classic topics: Nintendo vs Sega.

Before Sony and Microsoft entered the gaming market, Nintendo and Sega dominated the console wars of the 1980s and 90s. With the Master System, Sega tried to take down Nintendo's leading market position that they had gained with the NES in the 1980s. The two Japanese companies kept going head to head with the GameBoy and the GameGear, ramped up the bit wars with the Super Nintendo and the Genesis/Mega Drive (remember the "Sega does what Nintendon't" campaign?), the Nintendo 64 and the Saturn and finally the Dreamcast and the Gamecube.

We discuss who came out ahead in each console generation. As we look at the reasons why Nintendo always sold more consoles than Sega did, we argue that Sega's failure to properly support their own products and the lackluster use of their mascot Sonic were big parts of the reason for Segas downfall.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 49 - Playing Video Games for a Living: An Interview with Cornshaq

Youtuber, speedrunner, video game expert, retro gaming afficionado and world record holder Cornshaq aka Mark Davis is this weeks guest on retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels!

Mark talks to Danny and Stian about how he has managed to transition from working as a paramedic to making a living from playing video games and how doing video game Youtube reviews pays the bills, how he achieved the world record in Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, why his favorite NES game is the relatively unknown 8 Eyes and how he beat Super Mario Bros. at 2 years old and Castlevania: Simon's Quest at 5!

Make sure to check out Cornshaq's Youtube-channel and his Twitch for all his awesome speedruns and reviews!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 48 - TIME Magazine's Best Games of all Time Part 2 (25-1)

We continue our countdown of TIME Magazine's Best Games of All Time list, on this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, working our way from number 25 all the way to number one.

We complain about too many First Person Shooters (FPS), are surprised at finding two Final Fantasy games on the list, complain some more about the lack of Street Fighter and then we complain a little bit about the Nintendo 64 as well, before we applaud TIME's choice of greatest game of all time.
See the complete list at TIME's website.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 47 - TIME Magazine's Best Games of all Time Part 1 (50-26)

'Best Game of All Time' lists are far from a new phenomenon (we've even had a few on this podcast!) - debating the games that didn't make the cut and the ordering of those that did has become an internet past time. Many gaming sites have feasted on the popularity of these lists by issuing perennial revisions to keep the discussion flowing. Most of these lists probably wouldn't warrant an episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels (let alone two), but when the venerable TIME Magazine weighs in, Stian and Danny just can't help themselves.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 45 - The Best Video Game Library

Which retro console has the most impressive library of games? We look at the most classic consoles and games from both Sega, Nintendo and Sony, when we decide which gaming system we would want to bring to a deserted island, on this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 44 - The Power Glove and Other Retro Gaming Peripherals

Does the Power Glove get unfairly dumped on? It didn't work well and was the centre piece of Nintendo's early 90's marketing strategy featuring prominently in The Wizard - a movie that only deserves ironic praise. That said, it was a proof of concept for the motion controls that ultimately propelled the Wii into a cultural powerhouse.

Stian and Danny consider some of the oddball peripherals that hit the market (plus a few that didn't) and weigh whether they ought to be banished to obscurity as gimmicks or if they really are the product of genius. The Sega Activator, the Atari Mindlink, the NES Zapper, the Game Gear TV tuner and something that lets you play the Wii in your car are among the gadgets we get into on this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 43 - Collecting Retro Games and Consoles

Retro gamers seem to love collecting old games and consoles, so for this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we decided to sit down with Simon Pophale to talk about how he went about collecting 40 different video game systems, and nearly complete sets of several console's gaming libraries.

We go from Simon's first experience with video games on the ZX Spectrum, to almost completing a set of Sega Megadrive games and, talk about his latest endeavour, a complete Sega Saturn set, and lots more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 42 - The Most Overrated Video Games

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-for-pixels-retro-gaming/id850407896?mt=2On this episode of Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels, we talk about games that history have treated too kindly. Even though we love Nintendo, they have released games that have been unduly praised, and we take a look at why titles like Goldeneye 007, Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Donkey Kong 64 need to be knocked down a few pegs. We also get into overrated PC games like Baldur's Gate, and we discuss whether Warcraft 3 is as innovative of an RTS as people seem to think.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 41 - The Best Looking 8-bit Games

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/passion-for-pixels-retro-gaming/id850407896?mt=2The 8-bit era of videogames spawned many of gaming's greatest icons, like Mario, Link and Sonic. On this episode of Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels, we talk about why the simplicity of 8-bit graphics is still so dear to gamers, and why many think it has aged better than the more advanced pixel count of 16-bit graphics.

We also get into how the graphical limitations of the time forced game developers to think in creative ways that has since become obsolete, due to hardware improvements.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 40 - An interview with Rune Fjeld Olsen

Rune Fjeld Olsen is a Norwegian journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on video games. Recently, he's transitioned from his steady gig at VG (a major newspaper in Norway) to self-directed content on his YouTube channel. In this candid interview, Rune delves into his career in print, the trials of running a YouTube channel, the state of game development in Norway, his thoughts on the future of the industry, and all manner of other topics!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 39 - Real Time Strategy (RTS) Games

Real Time Strategy (RTS) was one of the dominant gaming genres in the 1990s. We fondly remember franchises like Command & Conquer, Warcraft, Dungeon Keeper, Age of Empires and Starcraft but have seen many of these names lie dormant for over a decade. What happened to the RTS and will it ever come back?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 38 - Batman Games vs Superman Games

What happens when Batman and Superman, two of the most iconic superheroes, square off? We'll finally see how the action unfolds on the silver screen but no need to wait to find out how the respective video games of Superman and Batman stack up, because that is what we will get into on this brand new episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels. But how can this possibly be a fair fight when we struggle to even name three good Superman games?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Is Tom Clancy's The Division Worth Buying?

30 minutes into Tom Clancy's The Division I requested a Steam refund - the first time I've ever availed myself of this service. The game hanged at a black screen the first two times I tried to boot it and when I finally started to play the servers went down within 15. I wasn't about to support an unplayable AAA title at launch and felt justified in asking for my money back. A few hours later, my refund still hadn't been processed and I figured I would give The Division one more go with the hour and a half I had left to play before Steam would reject my refund. While I still had some lingering concerns. after this extra time, I felt compelled to keep playing and ultimately cancelled my refund. Now, with over 20 hours invested, I'm about half way through the main content and ready to dispense my insights on whether or not I regret my purchase.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 37 - Unique Ways to Play

Have you ever wanted to squeeze more life out of your favourite game? Have you ever felt the compulsion to gather every last collectible strewn about the game world? Or maybe you've just wanted to a find a way to compete at a single-player game?

From completionists to speed runners, on this episode Stian and Danny dissect the unique ways to play games.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 36 - Failed Video Game Consoles

The Atari Jaguar, the 3DO, the Philips CDi - the list of failed video game consoles goes on and on. On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we look at why some consoles fail, and why others succeed.

Does the Sega Dreamcast qualify as a failure? It sold almost 10 million units, which sounds like a lot, but when Sony sold 150 million units of the PlayStation 2, it wasn't enough to keep Sega in business as a console manufacturer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Street Fighter 5 - Hopes and Concerns

Street Fighter 5 is hitting shelves today and I’m not ashamed to admit that it’s the game I’m most personally hyped for in 2016. Given my obvious bias, any review I write should be met with scepticism so I’ll leave it up to the other resources out there to help inform purchasing decisions. In short, I feel that the Street Fighter 5 launch is more like a late beta stages early access and players who primarily play offline (not competitively online) should probably wait a few months for the fully fleshed out story mode. Instead of unpacking that last sentence into a review, I think it would be more useful to outline my hopes and concerns for Street Fighter 5 both now and in the future. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 35 - The Most Difficult Retro Games

On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we talk about the most difficult retro games, from Mega Man and Tennage Mutant Ninja Turtles, to Ghosts 'n Goblins and Battletoads.
Photo: Josh Lane / Flickr

Remember dodging those laser beams on the Quickman level of Mega Man 2, working up a sweat trying to beat the underwater level of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, running around in your underwear in Ghosts 'n Goblins, playing Battletoads in two player mode, or pretty much any level of Ninja Gaiden?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 34 - Greatest Games Ever

In this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we list our top three favourite games of all time. The only game to end up on two lists is Tetris - listen to find out which other classics made the cut! Also, Tyma is back (but he forgets to introduce himself).

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Passion for Pixels: Ep 33 - Multiplayer Games

On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, Danny and Stian talk about their favourite classic retro multiplayer games. From great hockey games like Blades of Steel, NES Ice Hockey and NHL 95 to Street Fighter II, Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64 and of course the NES player favourites RC Pro Am II and Nintendo World Cup! All this and more!