Episode 4: Duke Nukem Forever, Active Gaming, Violence, special guest Shane R. Monroe, and more!

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Shane R. MonroeShane R. MonroeThere's too much content in this episode to cram into a subject line! Clocking in at three hours, episode 4 features an exclusive interview with retrogaming radical Shane R. Monroe and the talents of Mark Vasier (back with a vengeance!), Christina Loguidice, Chris Kennedy, Rob Daviau, Matt Barton, and Bill Loguidice. We also announce and read the winner of our one paragraph videogame back story contest.

Download the episode here (128K format).

Segments and approximate times below:

  • Matt reads "Donkey Kong," the prize-winning short story by Craig A. Meyer (4:00)
  • Mark talks about his first look at Duke Nukem Forever (6:58)
  • Christina on active gaming (18:43)
  • Rob reminisces about the ups and downs of being an Amiga fanboy in Canada (28:17)
  • Chris reviews the recent Supreme Court case on videogame violence (52:40)
  • Matt interviews Shane R. Monroe (1:12:28)
  • Bill talks about a literally killer game, Sub Mission, complete with original cassette audio (2:18:52)

The first person who leaves a comment containing the names of all the songs played in this episode will win a game of his or her choice from a special selection via GamersGate. Hint: All are SIDs except for one MOD (this is excluding our intro music, which is the Blood Money theme by Ray Norrish).

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Bill Loguidice
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iTunes ready...
Matt Barton wrote:

Oops! There was a problem with the way I formatted the URL to the feed. I fixed it, and hopefully it will be showing up in iTunes soon. If not, we may have to make another post.

Ah, good, it's up there now!

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Matt Barton
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Hm. It's still not showing up

Hm. It's still not showing up in mine.

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Bill Loguidice
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It's there
Matt Barton wrote:

Hm. It's still not showing up in mine.

It's downloaded and everything, so all is good. It will be easier for me to listen to this on my iPhone since it's so long.

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Matt Barton
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What the heck...I don't get

What the heck...I don't get it. Does it somehow update differently depending on what platform you're on? This is a mess.

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Bill Loguidice
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Strange...
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What the heck...I don't get it. Does it somehow update differently depending on what platform you're on? This is a mess.

I see where the confusion is now... It downloaded it in my iTunes automatically to my podcast subscription, but it has not yet shown up in the episode listing of Armchair Arcade Radio's main page is. So, if you're subscribed to it in iTunes already, it's there for you, but if not, it doesn't show up yet. Weird.

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Matt Barton
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There, it's showing up now.

There, it's showing up now. Needless to say, I'll be double sure next time to make sure I format the URL correctly.

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Great Podcast

Hey everyone, I saw this podcast posted on reddit last month and have really gotten into it. You guys have a great cast and very interesting topics. My only criticism is that while I like the music between the segments, isn't it a bit loud, lol? It startles me when I'm listening with headphones - but I guess it gets people attentive for the next segment, huh? Can't wait for episode 5.

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I know this type of comment

I know this type of comment is not all that helpful in making the show better but, everyone involved is definitely hitting their spots just right. Keep it up. The interview with Shane Monroe was great, informative and entertaining (unlike A LOT of interviews I have listened to over the years).

The only criticism I really have is the length of the songs in between segments, they seem a little long and I found myself fast forwarding through them on the first play through, and the subsequent ones too. I didn't notice a volume problem, though, that could be attributed to the noisy environment I listened to the show in.

Great work guys, definitely a great show and one that I look forward to seeing reach the magical episode 25, 50 and 100 marks.

Rob Daviau
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okay...

Since a few people brought it up I now I am not just being fussy. I listen to a LOT of podcasts and a few of them also play music between segments and I will admit I am not a bi fan of it. Oh I recognize it mostly being from old games etc and I appreciate it but I listen to podcasts for the content not for music. It can certainly have it's place but I do agree it should not be too long and certainly not louder than the rest of the content. If I am used to listening to a comforting voice being suddenly blasted with music is annoying at least for me it's just like overly loud tv commercials. I do not want to listen to entire songs I just want to get to the next segment. That said, I DO feel it has it's place but a short sample just to indicate a transition to the next segment would be better. I would of said something sooner but felt maybe it was just me being overly critical, often I am annoyed by things others are not but I see I am not the only one. Of course you never know what works until you try and get feedback/comments.
Otherwise I would not change a thing.

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Matt Barton
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Fine, guys, I'll cut out the

Fine, guys, I'll cut out the songs. You're right, a brief sound effect or snippet will suffice. I mistakenly thought that people would enjoy listening to these songs as much as I do.

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