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Robotron 64 / Lode Runner 3D / Paperboy

Robotron 64 / Lode Runner 3D / Paperboy

October 12, 2019

This week we're playing a trio of coin-op classics updated for the go-go 90s: the N64 version of what may be the greatest arcade game ever made, ROBOTRON 64; the surprisingly fun puzzle-platformer LODE RUNNER 3D; and PAPERBOY, one of the most bizarrely ugly games on this or any system. 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: NBA Live 99-2000 / NBA Jam 99-2000

BattleTanx / BattleTanx: Global Assault (with Bennett Williamson)

BattleTanx / BattleTanx: Global Assault (with Bennett Williamson)

October 5, 2019

Tanx for downloading! This week, we're tankful to be talking about BATTLETANX and BATTLETANX: GLOBAL ASSAULT, two fast and furious tank fighting games with an unexpectedly bizarre plot. Bennett Williamson joins us to discuss the history of the failed 3DO console, reminisce about scorched teddy bears, and enter a needlessly misogynistic post-apocalyptic future where women are used as currency. 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com)

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Next week's episode: Robotron 64 /  Lode Runner 3-D / Paperboy

WCW Nitro / WWF Attitude / WCW Mayhem (with Blake Goetsch)

WCW Nitro / WWF Attitude / WCW Mayhem (with Blake Goetsch)

September 28, 2019

We fully enter the storied Attitude Era of wrestling this week, the bloody, over-the-top heyday of the sport, as we play through WCW Nitro, WWF Attitude, and WCW Mayhem. Blake Goetsch returns to help tamp down Woody's rage at having to play wrestling games, Steve's ongoing attempts to get into wrestling, plus the rise of our horrifying create-a-wrestler. 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: BattleTanx / BattleTanx: Global Assault

Madden Football 64 / Madden NFL 99 - 2002 (with Josiah Coolidge)

Madden Football 64 / Madden NFL 99 - 2002 (with Josiah Coolidge)

September 21, 2019

This is it! Steve finally gets to be done talking about football! And we couldn't have asked for a better series to close out on; these days, MADDEN is the biggest and only-est game in town, so take a trip back to when Madden was only pretender to the crown with these five titles. Sports Correspondent Josiah Coolidge is back to give us some modern context about the series, explore the bizarre, NFL-less first entry, and of course go into the sordid history of the Madden Curse. 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: WCW Nitro / WWF Attitude / WCW Mayhem 

Mario Kart 64 (with Mikayla Nicholson, Lynsey Pennington, and Nicole Vettese)

Mario Kart 64 (with Mikayla Nicholson, Lynsey Pennington, and Nicole Vettese)

September 14, 2019

It's a big week for us! It's our 100th episode, and we're celebrating by playing MARIO KART 64 with some of our favorite people! Mikayla Nicholson, Lynsey Pennington, and Nicole Vettese are on hand to play one of the N64's signature titles, the game that defined party games for an entire generation, MARIO KART 64! It's one of our most requested games, and we had a blast digging out secrets, discussing favorite tracks, and trying to nail the timing on that boost trick. 

Thanks to everyone for listening and supporting us through this goofy little project! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by the Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Madden Football 64 / Madden NFL 1999-2002

Chameleon Twist / Chameleon Twist 2

Chameleon Twist / Chameleon Twist 2

September 7, 2019

We're in grappling-hook heaven this week as we play the tongue-lashing platformer CHAMELEON TWIST and it's sequel, CHAMELEON TWIST 2! This week, Steve gets some of his long-held biases challenged, we reminisce about adorable pet lizards, and we puzzle over why the chameleons look so little like chameleons. 

Also: next week is our 100th EPISODE! And to celebrate, we're playing one of the most-beloved games on the entire platform, MARIO KART 64! So tell your friends to check it out!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week: Mario Kart 64 

Worms Armageddon (with Doug McCambridge)

Worms Armageddon (with Doug McCambridge)

August 31, 2019

Everybody do the worm! This week, we're taking on Team 17's classic turn-based strategy game WORMS ARMAGEDDON, and we're joined by none other than Doug McCambridge  of the excellent Good Time Great Movies podcast (@GTGMcast)! We look back into the history of invertebrate warfare, unearth the trove of weird and wacky weapons at our disposal, and discuss the game's status as a collector's item!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Chameleon Twist / Chameleon Twist 2

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (with Natasha McPhaden and Brendan Francis)

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil (with Natasha McPhaden and Brendan Francis)

August 24, 2019

It's Turok 2 Furious this week, as we revisit the classic series just in time for it's fancy new Switch remaster! Brendan Francis and first-time guest Natasha McPhaden join us this week as we cerebrally bore into the high-expectation sequel, find updates into the world of Turok, and go on a manic monkey hunt! 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Worms Armageddon

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

Rayman 2: The Great Escape

August 18, 2019

Who says you need limbs to have a good time? This week, we're playing RAYMAN 2: THE GREAT ESCAPE, Michel Ancel's critically-acclaimed 3D platformer, and we're asking the big questions, like: What exactly is a Rayman? Will BEYOND GOOD AND EVIL 2 ever come out? And just what is it with French developers and major downer endings? 

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by the Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com) 

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Next week's episode: Turok 2: Seeds of Evil 

Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey / Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey 98 / Olympic Hockey Nagano 98 (with Jeff Nelson)

Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey / Wayne Gretzky’s 3D Hockey 98 / Olympic Hockey Nagano 98 (with Jeff Nelson)

August 10, 2019

This week we're lacing up our skates and taking on The Great One as we play two games starring Wayne Gretzky... and a third that's suspiciously similar. Hockey fan Jeff Nelson joins us to talk about all the fast-paced, arcade-y action of the N64's first-ever 4-player game- and then discuss why the developers seemed to make the exact same game three times. 

ALSO! Out new podcast JEST FRIENDS is now available on iTunes! In this limited series, Steve, Woody, and Mikayla Nicholson are attempting to read through David Foster Wallace's daunting masterwork INFINITE JEST, 50 or so pages at a time. Read along with us and join in on the discussion!

Hosted by Steve Guntli and Woody Ciskowski 

Logo by Steve Guntli / Updated logo by Barry Shaw 

Theme song: "Truck" by The Octopus Project (theoctopusproject.com)

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Next week's episode: Rayman 2: The Great Escape