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Indie and Retro

Get a taste of new and old with the bi-weekly Indie and Retro podcast! We look at the current gaming world through the lens of indie and retro video games.

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Episode 14: Portal

First released as the smallest part of The Orange Box in 2007, Portal and its sequel went on to become two of the most important games of all time. How did two little games made by a bunch of college students go on to change the gaming landscape as we know it? Join your lovely hosts Nick and Mumbles as we take you on an adventure from… a lot longer ago than any of us want to admit. Portal Month is here!

1hr 13mins

15 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 13: Donkey Kong Part 2

After the first few Donkey Kong games made literally boatloads of money, the titular ape didn’t always get the respect he deserved. Sure, there were bright spots (Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong ‘94, Diddy Kong Racing), but there were also entire series you’ve probably barely even heard of, let alone played. The license was passed around from one developer to the next, and we haven’t had a new game in the series for years. Still, he’s instantly recognizable and an important part of Nintendo’s - and video gaming’s - history. Hear us talk about all the Donkey Kong games that were developed after the arcade original, as well as a handful of indie games that wouldn’t exist without DK’s historical influence, in part two of the Donkey Kong podcast!

1hr 15mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 11: Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing! What a nice game for all to enjoy. We have some memories to share, some indie games and some OPINIONS about the mobile game. Below are some words from Nick and the links to many things I talked about! And now, some words from Nick:  Animal Crossing is a life simulation game where you get the life you deserve instead of the one you have. Hang out, eat fruit, play video games inside your video games, plant trees, chop down trees, shop, fish, dig up fossils… it’s an ideal world. Sure, sometimes the dark cloud of consumerism clouds your vision a bit, but not forever, and never in a way where we have to decide between eating food or buying gas this week. Many of us grew up with Animal Crossing and saw a world we could have if only we tried hard enough, if we sold enough fruit to the shop, if we paid our bills eventually.  Life, sadly, has other plans for all of us. But that doesn’t mean we can’t visit once in a while and let the cool sea breeze wash over our souls, leaving a scent that lingers long after we go back to our offices and obligations.  Links:  Creature Street Spiritfarer Among Trees Inside the final hours of Star Wars: Galaxies RIP IN PEACE WII SHOP 

1hr 8mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 6: Harvest Moon Part 1

Harvest Moon and the games that were inspired by it are a passion of mine! Which means this episode is a two parter! First, we talk about what Harvest Moon means to us and then I take us on a deep dive into the indies out today that echo this wonderful game!! Slime Rancher Stardew Valley Eternal Home Floristry 


29 Apr 2019

Rank #4

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Bonus Episode: April Fools Day

Gaming has a long history with April Fools Day, so we talk about this year's and what happened in the past!


8 Apr 2019

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Episode 5: Tetris

Enjoy the tale of the video game gold rush!   Indie games we mention:  GNOG Cook, Serve, Delicious! Here's a few words from Nick:    Tetris is the best-selling video game of ALL TIME, but it’s journey from an outdated Russian computer lab to being the first game in outer space wasn’t an easy one. Miscommunications, assumptions, and intellectual property right sales by people that didn’t even own them? Secret trips to Moscow? Par for the course in the story of the most important game of all time. Join us on the journey of Tetris.   Additional reading:  “The Tetris Effect” by Dan Ackerman  “Tetris: The Games People Play” by Box Brown

1hr 28mins

25 Mar 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 4: LOOM

Snail Trek: https://store.steampowered.com/app/751280/Snail_Trek__Chapter_1_Intershellar/ The Gardens Between: https://store.steampowered.com/app/600990/The_Gardens_Between/ 


11 Mar 2019

Rank #7

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Bonus Episode: Nintendo Direct

We talk about the Nintendo Direct and what is in store for the company as we barrel towards E3. If you like this content, you can get bonus episodes and full episodes early over at my patreooon!


21 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 3: Myst

What Remains of Edith Finch? https://store.steampowered.com/app/501300/What_Remains_of_Edith_Finch/ The Eyes of Ara: https://store.steampowered.com/app/454250/The_Eyes_of_Ara/

1hr 7mins

18 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 2: Kingdom Hearts

Relevant links: HEARTBEAT: https://shepple.itch.io/heartbeat Bouncer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bouncer_(video_game) 


4 Feb 2019

Rank #10