Oh dog dang it, I knew I forgot something yesterday. Hello! Here is the latest Retronauts, being posted here on the blog. I was so busy trying to get the advance episode prepped I totally overlooked our public-facing side. I am a monster.
Anyway, the nice thing about Retronauts is that it’s not really timely per se, so this episode will be every bit as valid and relevant today as it was yesterday. This week’s show is a follow-up to the PlayStation anniversary episode from last summer… the one where we learned of Satoru Iwata’s passing in the middle of the recording session and promised to circle back to HAL, the studio he helped build, helped save, and which helped him become Nintendo’s president for the company’s most successful and profitable run in its history.
Joining us this week, we have regular contributors Henry Gilbert of the Laser Time Podcast Network and Christian Nutt of Gamasutra. They know stuff.
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Jeremy, Bob, Henry Gilbert, and Christian Nutt convene to look back at the history of HAL Laboratory in tribute to the late Satoru Iwata.
Enjoy the episode! Even though it’s late!
On this episode of Retronauts Micro, Bob takes a break from the solo format to talk with Ray Barnholt and Laser Time’s Dave Rudden and Henry Gilbert about their personal favorite years of gaming. Let us know yours in the appropriate Internet Feedback Zone!
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It’s time to face facts: Half-Life 2 is officially old—and to make things even more tragic, we still don’t have a Half-Life 3. But even if Valve’s acclaimed FPS leaves us hanging forever, their 2004 sequel remains one of the most influential games of all time. On this episode of Retronauts, join Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and guest Kevin VanOrd for a look into why Gordon Freeman’s return turned so many heads. And if you’d like to fully recreate the Half-Life 2 experience, you can always run around smashing things with a crowbar while you wait for us to finish talking.
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The holidays have ended and we’re all back to slaving away in our respective salt mines for another year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t cherish our memories of winter break. Even if it’s not this past year’s winter break! This being Retronauts, we’re not content to dwell on Christmas 2015 and instead are traveling back to the dimly remembered Christmas 1997.
You remember that Christmas, right? The one where New York City was evacuated due to unexplained phenomena, and some sort of offshore military operation ended with multiple heavy naval cruisers exploding mysteriously? Yes, it was one of the more bizarre and unsetting holidays in recent memory, boding even more sinister things for the future of mankind than this past break’s inexplicable weather. Travel back to the ’90s and the the deadly crusade of the enigmatic woman we know today as “Parasite Eve.”
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End the holidays in the deserted streets of New York, fighting mutant rats and super-powered flying babies. Just like in the old days!
Oh, and look: There’s a video version, too.