Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast

By Daniel Reichert & Stian Mathisen

About this podcast   English    United States

Danny and Stian share stories from a lifetime of playing videogames, with an emphasis on retro games and retro gaming. We span everything from Nintendo and Sega to Atari, PC, Playstation and more, as we analyze all aspects of the gaming industry, and how it’s changed through the years.
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Nov. 15, 2016
On this episode of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we have the pleasure of talking to Mo Gallagher, author of the Final Fantasy VII novels A New Threat, The Man in the Black Cloack and the upcoming The Cetran Legacy. Mo is working on a series of five novels which will span the entire storyline of Squaresoft's classic RPG. This is not your every day fanfiction author, Mo has over 30 000 followers in social media, and is considered one of the greatest video game fanfiction authors of our day! We talk to him about his love of Final Fantasy, what made him decide to undertake such a massive story, the challenges of adapting a video game into a book and how he has managed to garner a huge following of fans online. Mo Gallagher's Final Fantasy VII novels are available for free from Patreon. ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Oct. 31, 2016
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. ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Oct. 11, 2016
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! ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Sept. 27, 2016
*While we work on new episodes of Passion for Pixels, we bring you a rerun of our popular episode about JRPGs* Japanese Role Playing Games (Japanese RPGs or JRPGs for short) used to be one of our favourite genres, but playing a JRPG today is like meeting that friend from 20 years ago who still lives at home with his parents. We try to figure out what made JRPGs especially appealing to us as teenagers, talk about what sets them apart from other RPGs, how crude graphics was a benefit for Tetsuya Nomura's Final Fantasy designs and how we still enjoy the beautiful soundtracks by Nobuo Uematsu and Yasunori Mitsuda for games like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Xenogears. We also look at how stuff gets lost in translation, both because of limitations in the ROM file, like the case was with Ted Woolsey's infamous Secret of Mana translation, but also in a more cultural way. Like what the hell is going on at the Honeybee Inn? ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Leave a comment below, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Sept. 13, 2016
We continue our countdown of TIME Magazine's Best Games of All Time list, 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. ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Aug. 30, 2016
'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 (let alone two), but when the venerable Time Magazine weighs in, Stian and Danny just can't help themselves. On this episode we discuss the bottom half of TIME's top 50 list, going from King's Quest III at number 50 to Star Craft II at number 26. We'll be back in two weeks with our opinions on the top half of the list! ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
Aug. 16, 2016
Back in episode 42 of retro gaming podcast Passion for Pixels, we criticized The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time for the Nintendo 64 for being overrated. We didn't feel that it was a bad game, but that the game was receiving more praise than it was worthy of. Some of our listeners agreed, but a lot of them did not. So we decided to find out if maybe we were too hard on this old adventure classic, and played it again all the way through for the first time since it was released in 1998. And to make things a little more interesting, we played the whole game with someone who has hardly ever played video games before, a complete newbie, to ensure that our new verdict is not seen through the veil of fandom and almost 20 years of praise. ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
July 26, 2016
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! ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
July 12, 2016
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! ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]
June 28, 2016
While we work on bringing you a new episode, we hope you'll enjoy this rebroadcast of our episode dedicated to Final Fantasy VII. Originally released in April 2014. A full episode dedicated to talking about one of the most well known games of all time - Final Fantasy VII. Stian and Danny discuss the impact this seminal title has had on the gaming industry, dissect the story and consider modern remakes. We talk about the game was originally meant to be set in New York. This and other early ideas for the game ended up in other Square RPGs. How character designer Tetsuya Nomura's style differs from earlier Final Fantasy artist Akira Toriyama is another topic we get into in this episode. Remember the materia system? We talk about how this fully customizable character system gave players full control of how they wanted to develop their characters, and how it is related to Final Fantasy V's job system. ALL OUR EPISODES ARE AVAILABLE IN ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review! Follow Passion for Pixels on Facebook to join the retro gaming discussion! Have an opinion? Tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at [email protected]    

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