Episode 3: Adventures, Horror, Mario, Addiction

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It's Armchair Arcade Radio episode three, featuring the talents of Matt Barton, Rob Daviau, Bill & Christina Loguidice, and Chris Kennedy. I *love* this episode! Everything came together so beautifully; anyone who cares about classic games should not only download it, but take pains to preserve it!

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Matt Barton
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Anyone else have comments? We

Anyone else have comments? We sure put a lot of work into this podcast. It'd be nice to hear from a few of you, even if it's negative.

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Carl Williams
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I have my notes, just got to

I have my notes, just got to find time to type them in. The gist of them is this:

Matt- Couldn't agree more, adventure game companies went the wrong way by dumbing down their games (they should have done like Origin did but on a mental level).

Bill, Christina: Awesome discussion about Mario. That is definitely a segment chock full of stuff that you are not going to hear anywhere else. Bill, you really nailed the commentary here, there were a few stumbling points but nothing that could ruin this segment.

Chris: Your segment about gaming addiction was definitely not what I expected, it turned out to be so much more and broader in scope than what I thought was going to be an MMORPG bashing segment.

Rob: Great debut (check Scenic for your moment in the limelight man, you deserve it). It was great hearing your background about horror rather than just running down a list of horror games and claiming you are more than qualified to critique the genre. I look forward to hearing more of your segment.

All in all, this is the best episode yet and you have raised the bar quite a bit for yourselves on next months episode (they are coming monthly right?). Great job everyone.

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Thanks!

Thank you CARL much appreciated, it was fun and I am writing down new topics as I think of them, I will try to keep it interesting!

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Chris Kennedy
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Feedback

Thanks, Carl. We really count on user feedback to help develop the podcast into something greater with each episode released. Cliche as this may sound - It's always about the listeners. Thanks again.

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If people don't want to go

If people don't want to go through installing iTunes (and I can see why they wouldn't) they can comment using an iPod Touch or iPhone, but that kind of implies they would already have iTunes, but anyway..............

Good episode and it felt a lot tighter and polished than the previous two, don't take that as a criticisim of those though.

The adventure segment is interesting, as I've commented on our own podcast (RetroGaming RoundUp) I didn't really play many in the past and it is not an easy genre for a busy, working father of young children to get into, twitch games are far easier to dip into, though I did recently rediscover my love of the game Warlords. I am interested in the genre though as it is so huge and all encompassing and I've recently setup SCUMMVM again so I can play some of those mentioned and some of those I perhaps dipped into back in the day but didn't complete.

The horror segment was interesting too and welcome to MaximumRD btw, a good contributor to forums, blogs, vlogs (hate that word) and the community in general. I love the horror genre and yes I knew exactly the bit of Resident Evil you were talking about before you got into it. I preferred Silent Hill 1 to 2 though, I got part way through 2 and lost my save, and I never felt compelled to go back and start again, whereas I would have done with 1.

I see Bill and Christina suffer the same problem I do, young children LOL. They are very audible and while kids will be kids, the fact that they are heard in the final cut may put some people off, but I completely understand as you'll occasionally hear a "Daddy" in RetroGaming RoundUp. Interesting segment though.

It's difficult to recall if the segment on addiction was just that, or a review of Dragon Quest 9 but that game seems to be huge at the moment, and while I did go to extra-ordinary lengths to play a game at one time, that time is long passed and I can't see myself doing it again, ever. I think family commitments tend to put paid to that.

I was in two minds about the intro by Matt though. When I heard him introduce each segment and then play a clip of each of the hosts outlining their sgements, I thought it was cheesy, but then, that is what they do on TV or Radio, and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to do that. I think I now like the idea and on a second playback it seemed to work much better, so maybe it just took me by surprise a little as I don't tend to listen to much radio at the moment and use Podcasts instead so I haven't heard anyone do that in a while.

Not sure that makes sense but it would be good to hear other people opinions on that idea.

Anyway, hope this counts as some kind of review, it certainly feels like it. I don't say this much to my wife in the morning. LOL.

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Yeah, Christina and I had a

Yeah, Christina and I had a packed schedule and had no choice but to record when our kids were up, something we naturally don't want to make a practice. With daughters, one who just turned 4 and one who will soon turn 6, "please be quiet until Mommy and Daddy are done recording" has little meaning. Even when they think they're being quiet, they're not.

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Matt Barton
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I guess I should be glad that

I guess I should be glad that Elizabeth and I have no kids or pets (I think about that every time we casually go out to eat with friends, spend all day playing games, or catch a movie). I don't have anything against children, but I can't say I envy my friends and relatives who are parents. At any rate, I still have to deal with plenty of noises (even one other person in the apartment can make a lot of accidental noise, and of course there's always the $#$@ neighbors).

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Yeah..

I actually had to pause and wait for emergency vehicles to go by the house. We live fairly close to a fire station - which is AWESOME due to all of the crazy projects I attempt from time to time.

Dragon Quest IX was actually what led me to create that segment about addiction. Perhaps I should have included the game's name in the title of my segment, however one of my goals was to have people wondering what the heck I was addicted to as my segment played.

Thanks for your feedback! That is a great response, and I appreciate you taking the time to write it.

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as far as gaming with kids?

oh man, that might be one of the best things about having kids ;)

Need another player for a two-player game? boom! you have one.. feeling like a massive brawl in Super Smash Bros? you can have all 4 controllers filled.. My kids know no bounds when it comes to gaming - there's no such thing as "classic gaming" or "retro-gaming" they are all just games, in different forms. Really have enjoyed sharing games with my kids through the years - quite rewarding!

In fact, here's a little snippet into the Maibock household :)
http://www.wayoftherodent.com/revs/reviews.asp?r=122

Matt Barton
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That's true, Steve. I know I

That's true, Steve. I know I enjoyed playing games with my dad, though I seldom played them with my mother. My sister and I played plenty of games, of course. I was thinking mainly of the 3-5 year olds most of my friends/family have at home. It looks as though your son might be 12-13. I'm sure at that age, family gaming would be a much better option. Indeed, I wrote an article on Family Gaming way back in Nov. 2004.

But anyway, this would make a great topic for a future episode! (Family gaming, that is).

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