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Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast

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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50 Greatest Games: 40-36 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 060

We jump in the wayback machine for most of the picks in this episode, as Stian and Danny counts down from 40 to 36 on their individual top 50 lists of their favourite games. Stay tuned as we count down the rest of the list in future episodes. Let us know which games would make your top 50 list at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 22mins

11 Jan 2020

Rank #1

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Finally Returning to Final Fantasy VII - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 025

We're hot off the heels of Square Enix' announcement at E3 2015 that they are remaking Final Fantasy VII, and we get into what we expect, hope and dread regarding the new version of one of the most beloved videogames of all time. How will the Honeybee Inn sequence play in HD, will Cloud still fight a jumping house and ride a dolphin and how will the combat system look? This and much more in this spoiler filled episode of Passion for Pixels (and clunky polygons). 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 14mins

23 Jun 2015

Rank #2

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Expansion Packs - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 026

Expansion packs - the DLC of the 1990's. Danny, Stian and Tyma talk about their favourite expansion packs from back when games came in huge cardboard boxes. Topics include Blizzard's brilliant expansions, the horrible way of making expansions work on disc based consoles (with the worst one being Grand Theft Auto London for the Playstation) and the very first expansion pack. Also, Tyma gets to host (kind of). 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 4mins

15 Jul 2015

Rank #3

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Music Games - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 020

The music game genre has been around for almost 30 years, and in this episode we trace the genre from it's birth until today, along with our special guest Tyma. It all started with the NES title Dance Aeorobics and the obscure Famicom Disk System release Otocky, which we take some time to talk about. Following this was a hiatus of a few years before Parappa The Rapper became a huge success when it was released in 1997, and we talk about our memories of playing the game and the waves it made in the videogame press at the time. As Tyma puts it: "Parappa is the music game that every music game strives to be." We also devote some time to talking about Beatmania, an arcade series which has seen yearly releases for almost 20 years and cover some obscure titles like the terrible Stepping Selection for Playstation 2. You'll have to have an absurd love of karaoke to enjoy this particular title. Tyma makes a good argument for why the Game Boy Advance title Rhythm Heaven is the most important game ever made. If you want to know why, all you have to do is click play and join us for the 20th episode of 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! 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 11mins

31 Mar 2015

Rank #4

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50 Greatest Games: 45-41 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 059

The countdown continues! Stian and Danny compares their individual picks for number 45 to 41, on the lists of their 50 favorite games. A lot of late 1990's favorites have found their way onto the lists this time. Stay tuned as we count down the rest of the list in future episodes. Let us know which games would make your top 50 list at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 8mins

9 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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Unwinnable Games - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 024

Some games just can't be beat. No matter how frantically you try to clear the lines, those Tetris blocks WILL fill your screen. Your Sim City city will be struck by an earthquake. And your Lawnmover Simulator... well, listen and find out. Danny, Tyma and Stian talk about games with no end, games that can't be won and the nature of what makes a game a game. Is playing the lottery a game? At least one of our hosts think so. And one absolutely disagrees. 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr

10 Jun 2015

Rank #6

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50 Greatest Games: 50-46 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 058

We finally did it! Here is the beginning of Passion for Pixels' list of our 50 favorite videogames of all time. Stian and Danny compare number 50 to 46 on their individual top 50 lists in this initial episode. Join us down memory lane as we reminisce about our favorite gaming experiences from the 1980's until today. Also, one of Danny's choices is a real surprise! Stay tuned as we count down the rest of the list in future episodes. Let us know which games would make your top 50 list at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

59mins

5 Oct 2019

Rank #7

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Top 3 Desert Island Games - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 057

Stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life with only three videogames! Which ones do you pick and what are the considerations you need to make? Stian and Danny talk about their individual choices and what makes a great desert island game. Let us know which games you would bring to a desert island on the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 17mins

7 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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Buying Bad Games - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 019

Have you ever bought a game because the box art looks awesome? Hopefully not, but if you only use box art as your buying criteria you've probably played some pretty awful games. On this episode, Stian and Danny try to dissect the phenomenon of bad games that sell well. Also, we try to see why some amazing games never made bank. 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

54mins

21 Mar 2015

Rank #9

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Retro Collecting - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 022

Is retro collecting all about reliving your childhood, is it a way to invest in stuff that's going to be worth a fortune down the line or is it hoarding mania? Tyma joins Danny and Stian to tell their stories of retro collecting, battered Nintendo's that still work, the feeling of finding a mint Castlevania Symphony of the Night at a yard sale and how awesome discovering a Legend of Mana US import in a Scandinavian store was before the advent of online shopping. Where is collecting going to be in a future of all digital downloads? Lastly Tyma realises that his passion for collecting music games has been explained in a poop related psychological theory by Sigmund Freud. 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

57mins

30 Apr 2015

Rank #10

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What happened to shoot 'em ups? - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 023

Danny, Stian and Tyma try to figure out what happened to the beloved 80's genre of the shoot 'em up. What has taken it's place, and is there a possibility of seeing a shmup resurgence in the future? Even though it has no space ships, is Ikari Warrior's a shmup? Why can you not take bathroom breaks if you want to become the world champion at Life Force? This and more in episode 23 of 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! 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

48mins

12 May 2015

Rank #11

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Through the Eras pt. 2 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 056

Stian and Danny continues their chronological journey through the different eras of computer and video games, figuring out what they appreciate the most and the least about each of the generations and what defines each era of gaming. This time around it's the 16-bit era and onwards, with consoles like the Super Nintendo, Sega Mega Drive, TurboGrafx-16, Sony PlayStation and more! Let us know which generation of consoles is your favourite at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page. DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 18mins

17 Jul 2019

Rank #12

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50 Greatest Games: 35-31 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 061

Some very famous franchises and a forgotten gem from the early days of 3D platforming are among the picks in this weeks episode. Stay tuned as we count down the rest of our favourite games in future episodes. Let us know which games would make your top 50 list at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST FROM ITUNES! Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes! Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 9mins

11 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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50 Greatest Games: 30-26 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 062

Classic games for the PC, PlayStation, NES and SNES all make appearances as we count down our favourite games from number 30 to 26! Let us know which games would make your top 50 list at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page! Find Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast in Spotify, iTunes Stitcher or your preferred podcast app.  Subscribe to have our latest episode downloaded to your preferred device, and please leave us a review in iTunes. Let us know what you think of the show at Passion for Pixels on Facebook, tweet us @passion_pixels or send us an e-mail at passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 4mins

15 Mar 2020

Rank #14

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Videogame Fame - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 021

Why do we celebrate film directors but can only name a handful of game developers? How does player agency shape character development in games? Why is Ben Affleck Passion for Pixel's paradigm celebrity? Stian and Danny try to answer these questions and more as we discuss the notion of fame in gaming. 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

58mins

14 Apr 2015

Rank #15

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Through the Eras pt. 1 - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 055

Stian and Danny are doing a chronological journey through the different eras of computer and video games, figuring out what they appreciate the most and the least about each of the generations and what defines each era of gaming. This first episode covers the late 1970s until the early 1990s. Consoles like the Commodore 64, Nintendo NES and other classics from the golden age of 8-bit games are covered in this episode. Stay tuned next time, when Danny and Stian covers the 16-bit era, the first 3D games and more. Let us know which generation of consoles is your favourite at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page. DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

54mins

15 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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Modern Features in Retro Games - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 054

We alle love retro games, but which commodities from modern video games would you like to bring back in your time machine and hand over to Shigeru Miyamoto in 1983? Let us know which game mechanics you appreciate the most in modern games and would like to implement in retro games at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page. DOWNLOAD PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 7mins

13 May 2019

Rank #17

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Videogame Mascots - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 053

From the yellow circle with a mouth, via the overalls wearing plumber to the blue porcupine and the marsupial in jorts - mascots in videogames give personality to lifeless hardware. They embody the whole personality of a console, like family friendly Mario for the Super Nintendo or the rad and edgy Sonic for the Sega Genesis and Mega Drive. They also sometimes spectacularily fail at reaching fame, like Awesome Possum. We look at which mascots made it and which didn't, how they did so and why they were the most powerful marketing tools of the retro gaming era. We also talk about mascots then and now - from the humanoid animals of the 1990's to the more realistic human characters which are the mascots of today's videogame generation. Let us know your favorite obscure videogame mascot at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page. PASSION FOR PIXELS RETRO GAMING PODCAST IS 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 4mins

16 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Mini Retro Gaming Consoles - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 052

We're back! After a more than two year hiatus, Stian and Danny has returned to talk about retro games! This episode is about classic mini retro consoles such as the Nintendo Classic Mini, Super NES Classic Edition and the PlayStation Classic. Why did everyone and their grandmother suddenly go nuts for retro games when Nintendo decided to release an official emulator? What games should have been included, and which should have been left off? Which version of Street Fighter II is the best one, and why did they include different versions in Japan and North America/Europe? If Nintendo should have added a hockey game to the NES Classic, should it have been Blades of Steel or Ice Hockey? Who ever requested Balloon Fight? And does early polygonal 3D games from the PlayStation era hold up as well as the 2D pixel classics from the SNES? Listen in and let us know your opinion of the mini retro consoles at the Passion for Pixels Retro Gaming Podcast Facebook page. 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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

1hr 26mins

19 Mar 2019

Rank #19

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Mo Gallagher: Final Fantasy VII Indie Writer - Retro Gaming Podcast Passion for Pixels 051

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 passionforpixels@thesofaiswaiting.com.

39mins

15 Nov 2016

Rank #20