In a test run, we sat down on Skype and talked about The Atlantic’s article The Most Dangerous Gamer. We’d like to think we say some things that aren’t too stupid about all of this. Early issues crop up with mics, but maybe it works.
- Intro music: “Purity Soldiers” from the King of Soundtracks compilation, Disc 4
- Outro music: “Colored Rainbow (Stage 2)” by Manabu Namiki from the Dodonpachi DOJ/Ketsui OST
In our second test run, with still no title at the time of recording, we sit down to talk about modern SquareEnix (though really only the Square side of it), focusing mostly on Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers and Final Fantasy XIII (with some light touching on XIII-2). Still working out some sound issues, but hey, we might be getting better at this.
- Intro music: “Blinded by Light” by Ryo Yamazaki/Masashi Hamazu from the Final Fantasy XIII OST
- Plot explanation music: “Prelude to FINAL FANTASY XIII” by Masashi Hamazu from the Final Fantasy XIII OST
- Incidental music: “Face It Later” by Masashi Hamazu from the Final Fantasy XIII OST
- Incidental music: “Glory’s Fanfare” by Masashi Hamazu from the Final Fantasy XIII OST
- Closing music: “Crazy Chocobo” by Shootie HG (yes, the same guy who ruined the Devil May Cry 3 OST) from the Final Fantasy XIII-2 OST
In this, our first episode with a title for the podcast, we discuss the strangeness of the Ouya and Penny Arcade Kickstarter projects, and wonder when exactly everything Kickstarter related is going to fall apart. We also introduce a new segment of the show where we discuss games we are currently playing. Sound quality is a bit better, thanks to Chris getting a new mic, but it’s still a work in progress, and that’s OK.
- Intro Music: “KUWAGATANK” by Masafumi Takada from the Samurai Champloo Sidetracked OST.
- Interlude 1: “Kick in da Game” by Masafumi Takada from the Samurai Champloo Sidetracked OST (vocal contribution by Rudie)
- interlude 2: “Sad Color” by Hitoshi Sakimoto from the Dragon Quarter OST
- Interlude 3: “Flat Line” by Masafumi Takada from the Samurai Champloo Sidetracked OST.
- Interlude 4: “Great Business” by Masafumi Takada from the Samurai Champloo Sidetracked OST.
- Closer: “Sync” by Disasterpiece from the Fez Soundtrack
The slightly delayed episode 4 is finally here. After a bit of digging around on the internet, we finally settle into talking about the Yakuza series: what is right, what is wrong, and what is just wonderfully silly. We even touch a bit on the ancestor of the series, the ever wonderful Shenmue saga, and how much we loved all of that. Spoilers abound, and we hope you like Goro Majima as much as we do.
- Intro Music: “Funk Goes On” by Hidenori Shoji from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Interlude 1: “Rebellions” by Yauhiro Takagi from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Interlude 2: “The Myth” by Hidenori Shoji from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Interlude 3: “Gary’s Boot Camp” by Chihiro Aoki from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Yakuza 3 Plot: “Whiskey & Rhapsody” by Mitsuharu Fukuyama from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Interlude 4: “baile con la mariposa” by Hidenori Shoji from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Interlude 5: “Clay Doll On The Cradle” by Hidenori Shoji from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
- Closing music: “Start OF THE END” by Mitsuharu Fukuyama from Ryu ga Gotoku The Best Original Sound Track
Oh heck, we are back! A grab bag of topics, starting with what Rudie has been playing lately, then touching on the Siren series, the much-maligned Marc Ecko’s Getting Up, and a whole host of other topics. Hence the weird title.
- Intro Music: “Monochrome Roulette” by Masanori Akita from the Enthusia OST.
- Interlude 1: “Cradel of Forest” by Akira Yamaoka from the Silent Hill 4 OST.
- interlude 2: “Welcome to New Radius” by Various Artists from the Marc Ecko’s Getting Up OST.
- Interlude 3: “Vanr Turf” by Various Artists from the Marc Ecko’s Getting Up OST.
- Interlude 4: “Siren” from the Siren New Translation OST.
- Interlude 5: “New Revelation – The Vision” from the Siren New Translation OST.
- Interlude 6: “Purple City” by Joker from the Crackdown 2 OST.
- Closer: “Vandal Squad” by Various Artists from the Marc Ecko’s Getting Up OST.
In this episode, Rudie talks about actually enjoying the much-maligned Ninja Gaiden 3, and Chris talks about not really enjoying the rightfullly ignored White Knight Chronicles. The first time editing for Rudie, so let us know if you have any thoughts. We also introduce our new theme song, “Dreamcast”, by Jerkbait. And if you can’t get how well that fits, I don’t know what to tell you.
- Intro: “Dreamcast” by Jerkbait
- Interlude: “Ancient Ship of Doom Act 1 Stage 1” from the Ninja Gaiden 3 OST
- Closing: “Dreamcast” by Jerkbait
In this episode, Rudie goes slightly pre-dumpster diving in the Gamestop PS2 bargain bins, which leads to discussions of Flipnic and a few other not-quite-notable games. Then Rudie and Chris settle into talking about one of the strangest, most wonderful game developers ever, Kenji Eno. He might be an alien, but that is A-OK.
Rudie and Chris discuss some semi relevant game news, and then delve into the Nintendo 64 Zelda games, coming out slightly dissatisfied, and longing to be kids with innocent views of everything again. So, you know, normal life and all.
- Jerkbait – Dreamcast
- Daniel Baranowsky – Zelda 64 Awakened Fears of the Gerudo OC ReMix
- (Unknown) – Zelda Wind Waker Pirates of Dragon Rost Isle OC ReMix
- AmIEvil – Zelda 64 RiverofTime AmIEviL OC ReMix
Rudie and Chris talk about Red Dead Redemption. We try to avoid spoiling it, but then we spoil it, but we give plenty or warning ahead of time, so you can bail out if you need to. We also talk about Chris’s custom soundtrack for the game, and Rudie’s best glitches in the game. And we get sidetracked, because we always get sidetracked.
- Intro and Closing Music: “DREAMCAST” by Jerkbait
- Interlude 1: “Miami Morning Coming Down II (Shine)” by Earth from The Bees Made Honey in the Lion’s Skull
- Interlude 2: “Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine” by Earth from Earth 2
- Interlude 3: “Lens of Unrectified Night” by Earth from Hex; Or Printing in the Infernal Method
- Interlude 4: “Muertos Rojos (AKA The Gunslinger’s Lament)” by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson from the Red Dead Redemption OST.
- Interlude 4: “(Theme from) Red Dead Redemption” by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson from the Red Dead Redemption OST.
- Interlude 4: “Redemption Dub” by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson from the Red Dead Redemption OST.
- Interlude 4: “Triggernometry” by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson from the Red Dead Redemption OST.
Rudie goes to Japan, and shares the fruits of his trip. We get creeped out by AKB48 too. This seems like the only possible reaction someone could have.
- Inu – Light Thunder B (Ska and Hell)
- Puffyshoes – Tokio
- johpan – Manatsu no Sounds Good (AKB48 remix)
- johpan – Synchro Tokimeki (AKB48 remix)
- Halcali – Tandem
- Quruli – Tokyo
- Kamaboiler – Bai Bai Suru
- Alex Savage does The Beatles’ “It Won’t Be Long”
- Space Harrier Theme
- The Blue Hearts – Yume
Chris and Rudie try to untangle Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance and the franchise as a whole. If you’ve never tried this, you just have no idea how complicated it can get. Ganbare, Hinge Problems.
Rudie and Chris dive into some recent games with some probably pretty offensive content, but then realize how dumb they are (not that stupidity is an excuse, really). Dragon’s Crown, DmC, Resident Evil 5, and Lost Planet 2 get their time in the spotlight, especially Lost Planet 2. Go play Lost Planet 2. Do it.
Rudie and Chris talk about the Wii, and maybe some stuff that was OK for it. And probably some stuff that wasn’t. Of course, they talk about other stuff as well because we never remain on topic here. Enjoy…?
So we’ve decided we edit things too much. So we aren’t doing that any more. No edits, just tag an opening and an ending on and away we go. So sorry if this is a little rough. But this is what we are doing. On this episode, Rudie and Chris tackle some weird otaku shit that the US is somehow actually getting translated, and then maybe the best spoiler about 999. Don’t worry, we warn you about it. It’s worth hearing though because WHOA.
We still aren’t editing things that much, but that doesn’t make us quicker to upload things. However, enjoy this supersized episode of Hinge Problems, featuring Rudie and Chris versus the world of Konami, and maybe a discussion of the MOST IMPORTANT videogame. Ever.
Rudie is dissapointed in Dangan Ronpa. Chris wishes he had more strong opinions about specific RPGs.