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The Retro Rents — EP084 — 2021 Holiday Spectacular ExtraviDanza Super Special!

The Retro Rents — EP084 — 2021 Holiday Spectacular ExtraviDanza Super Special!

December 28, 2021

What's up everyone! Nick and I wrap up the year in the only way we know how: With a party and some special guests!

 

Come hang out and hear about the games that helped 2021 suck less for all of us! We're joined by our old cohost Travis, and Mike, Matt and Jeremy of the former BadFodderFigures podcast!!! 

Easily one of our best shows yet! Thanks again to everyone who made time to come hang and end the year with us, and we hope all of you, our listeners, have a wonderful end to 2021. 

Here's to 2022!

Episode 83 - A Chat with Robert Holmes - Composer, Musician, Industry Pioneer

Episode 83 - A Chat with Robert Holmes - Composer, Musician, Industry Pioneer

December 6, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Guests in the Chair: Composer Robert Holmes! (Gabriel Knight series, Jane Jensen's Gray Matter, Moebius: Empire Rising, The Scarlet Furies!)

What's up everyone! Nick and I were SO lucky to get a chance to sit down and chat with Musician and Composer Robert Holmes! Many of you will recognize his beautiful score in the Gabriel Knight series. But did you know he was ALSO the Producer for Gabriel Knight?! We dive into that amazing tidbit and more as Robert tells us his story in the PC Gaming industry, pushing the envelope of what music can and should be in interactive media, as well as his exciting Kickstarter project for Sequel! (link below)

We hope you enjoy this as much we did! 

 

Links You Totally Have To Check Out:

 

https://robertholmesmusic.com/ - Robert's main, personal website

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/robertholmesthemes/sequel-a-collection-of-new-game-themes-by-robert-holmes - Sequel: A Collection of New Game Themes - Robert's latest project! This album will be new themes inspired by Gabriel Knight! The Kickstarter goes until December 31st! So show Robert some love and let's get some new GK music!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lldd0ljt20 - Scarlet Furies - Safe In Arms music video - Al mentioned this during the interview. Absolutely fell in love with the song, music. The band consists of Robert, his old friends and bandmates, and his daughter Raleigh Holmes. Their catalog is gorgeous, and they also provided music for Jane Jensen's Gray Matter!!! 

Episode 82 - Extra Life 2021, and the Release Gauntlet

Episode 82 - Extra Life 2021, and the Release Gauntlet

November 15, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Games in Play: Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, Forza Horizon 5, Ziggurat 2, JP: Evolution 2, Superliminal

 

On This Episode: We are back, we are boosted, and totally swept up in the Fall release gauntlet cycle. Al participated in Extra Life Game Day 2021, and we recap the fun from that. Nick has been having fun with some Game Pass hidden gems. We gush over Dune, and how it is a real visual and audial masterpiece (even if the story has a lot of loose ends for Movie 2 to hopefully wrap. We also get a call from our pal Los! Host of @thetalkingplace podcast and a good friend of ours!

  1. Release Highlights 

    1. Age of Empire 4
    2. Forgotten City
    3. Halo - Dec 8th
    1. Dune
    2. Battlefield 2042 hits 11/11
    3. Forza Horizon 5
    4. JP Evolution 2
    5. Many good games hitting GamePass
    6. Icarus full launch Dec 4th
  2.  News
    1. Played Prison Simulator. Basically like being a guard at Shawshank
    2. Kids played Kill It With Fire
    1. Extra Life 2021 this past weekend. Plenty of FH5 and Snowrunner with DK
    2. Control and Tomb Raider available through twitch/amazonprime get those free games!

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The Retro Rents — EP081 — CitizenCon, Foxhole, Thanks BadFodderFigures!

The Retro Rents — EP081 — CitizenCon, Foxhole, Thanks BadFodderFigures!

October 11, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

 

Games in play: Foxhole, Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (and Trails of Cold Steel 2!), Icarus Beta 4, Forewarned (Phasmophobia with Mummies!)

 

On this Episode: We are now entering the Q4 new release game deluge! Far Cry 6, Hot Wheels Unleashed, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl, Metroid Dread, Alan Wake Remastered ALL RELEASED SINCE OUR LAST EPISODE! GAH!

 

In the news, we discuss more Tommy Tellerico and Intellivision hijinks, the massive leak of Twitch's source code...and probably the hardest news I've ever had to discuss on our cast: 

 

The BadFodderFigures Podcast have announced they are hanging up the mics on their weekly show. They started around the same time we did, and are a group of freaking all-stars from several other previous casts. I've shouted them out often on the show, and for good reason. They were definitely my favorite show in my podcast listening pile, and I really looked forward to the show each week. I also had the fun chance of being one of their regular voicemail callers! That's actually how I hooked up with the amazing regular caller Fred French, who calls into their (and our) show often. We not only carve out an appropriate chunk of the show to thank them (CapnMikeM, Glovebox, Hoody Ninja and DeviousMrMatt) for the years of friendship, technical help, shout outs, and really just being some of our favorite people on the internet. In our usual funny cuts in our show opener, I had to do my part to immortalize the "Stacking Paper" episode as I told the story (probably again) to Nick. Thanks fellas, will miss hearing your show, and look forward to anything y'all do next!

 

Don't Forget! Nick and I will both be streaming for Extra Life Game Day this year! Keep an eye out on our Twitch Feeds, Twitter, and here as we get closer to November 6th, 2021!

 

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The Retro Rents — EP080 — The Skin of the Onion

The Retro Rents — EP080 — The Skin of the Onion

September 28, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

What's up y'all! On this episode, Nick gives us an update on his progress in Hades. We also deep dive into the newly released Diablo 2: Resurrected remaster and what makes it the kind of remaster any game should aspire to. We also talk about the reveals at the latest Nintendo Direct, and what we're looking forward to seeing there. Come hang out, leave us a voicemail, have fun, play games, and don't be di*ks!

  1. Release Highlights 

    1. Castlevania Advance Collection
    2. D2: Resurrected - a masterpiece in remasters
  2.  News
    1. Nintendo Direct 

      1. Kirby and the Forgotten Land
      2. Nintendo Switch Online expansion pass - adding N64 games. I’d happily pay a couple bucks more for that
      3. Mario movie - kinda wish they’d use more VAs
      4. Bayonetta 3
      5. Splatoon 3
      6. Monster Hunter Rise expansion
      7. Animal Crossing and Smash bros getting their own directs
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The Retro Rents - EP079 - S–t Shacks and Hades

The Retro Rents - EP079 - S–t Shacks and Hades

September 13, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Things we're Playing: Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous, Icarus beta, HADES (again...and again)

 

Release Highlights 

  1. Wrath of the Righteous
  2. Tales of Arise
  3. Life is Strange: True Colors

News:

Wargaming continues to crap on their community and self destruct

Game releases hitting stride in fall, lots of great stuff coming

Sony Playstation Showcase (FINALLY). What we liked, what we're pumped for. 

 

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Friends of the show (other casts, check em out!)

 

  1. Bad Fodder Figures - https://badfodderfigures.podbean.com/
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  3. The Steel Cage Lounge - https://anchor.fm/marino-saveri 
The Retro Rents - EP078 - Memory of a Goldfish

The Retro Rents - EP078 - Memory of a Goldfish

August 29, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

What are we playing/watching?

  1. Allan - Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel (beat pt 1, now on 2), Mount and Blade Bannerlord (again)
    1. First Look: Marvel: Midnight Suns (XCom marvel!)
  2. Nick - Tribes of Midgard, Last Oasis; Back 4 Blood Beta
    1. Marvel - What If?  Awesome new animated series; Spider-Man No Way home trailer drop. Bringing in Doc-Oc and Green Goblin?
    2. Visions Trailer - Matrix Animated Series style shorts but with Star Wars looks AWESOME!
  1. Release Highlights 
    1. QUAKE REMASTERED
    2. Aliens: Fireteam Elite
    3. Psychonauts 2
  2.  News
    1. Blizzard’s death spiral
    2. World of Warships CC and player exodus
    3. GamesCom 21’ Online what’s new or interesting?
      1. xbox flight sim - later this year the Reno Air Race (Yes this is what I was hoping for.  Competitive Air Race)
      2. Not much else new on xbox showcase more DLCs and teases of Forza and Halo

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The Retro Rents - EP077 - Jimmy The Pause

The Retro Rents - EP077 - Jimmy The Pause

August 3, 2021

Hosts: Al, Nick

What's up everyone! On this episode we reveal our latest obsessions! (seriously, go play Trails of Cold Steel if you consider yourself even a minor JRPG fan, it's amazing). Nick is swept up with the Tribes of Midgard, WATCH OUT JOTUN! We also deep dive into the Activision/Blizzard Lawsuit, and how this kind of behavior is pervasive not just in gaming, but the corporate world itself. Til next time folks, wear your masks, get your shots, have fun, play games and DON'T BE D***S!

  1. Release Highlights 

    1. Tribes of Midgard

 

  1.  News
    1. Frathouse sued by state of California for Activision Blizzard-like culture of discrimination and harassment.
    2. Mass exodus from World of Warcraft to FF14 so much that FF14 ran out of digital licenses (restocked) but large population transferring.  
    3. Steam Deck debut of Steam’s handheld game system.
      1. I….may have reserved the top end model 
    4. Nintendo getting a OLED model bigger 7” (up from 6.2) screen 64 GB storage (up from 32) 
    5. What is EA showing next week 22nd?  Well they are NOT showing anything with Bioware Mass Effect or Dragon Age.  Not showing any Star Wars games.  So…. Battlefield and all the SPURTSBAWL?
    6. Casey Hudson former GM of Bioware announces new studio - Humanoid Studios.  No games but something to keep an eye on.
    7. Nature is healing and CPU hardware is slowly becoming more available and prices returning to MSRP - Normalcy by the fall or end of year?
      1. ...Unless you’re playing the New World beta...which is frying the brand new vid cards
    8. Skull and Bones - Article from Kotaku quotes former and current employees, game is a mismanaged disaster, frequent reboots/restarts, no identity, sounds like a mess
    9.  

 

E3 PART 2

  1. PC Game Show:
    1. Naraka - Ninja/Samurai BR August 12
    2. dodgeball academia - Soon cartoon dodgeball
    3. Chivalry 2 - Road Map: Various Medieval periods; New maps; More weapons; 
    4. Rawmen - Battle chef very wacky
    5. Dying Light 2- Dec 7th 2021
    6. Humankind - Civ lookalike
    7. They Always Run - MetroidVania looking side scroller
    8. Lemnis Gate - Sci-fi shooter 25 sec time loop FPS/Turn based Strategy Game (launch aug 3rd) Open Beta July
    9. Next Space Rebels - Space Kerbel but with home grown parts (model rocketry) but wacky
    10. WarTales - Open World RPG (Turnbase) adventure game Fantasy Medeival setting
    11. Ixion - Maintain spacestation and defend internal/external threats (no game play)
    12. Far changing tides - Sequel to Far Sails
    13. MW5: Merc showing off the new DLC out now
    14. Jurassic World Evolution 2: Park Simulator
    15. StreamFest - Various releases from stream (No HL3)
    16. Soulstic - Hack and slash
    17. Warhammer: Chaos Gate - Trailer in Aug//relese 2022
    18. Pioner - Stalker like modern world bending chernobyl mess fabric of reality.
    19. Chernobylite - another stalker like game
    20. Icarus - Space Survival.  Get to launch zone in time - Aug 11 Looking forward to this.
    21. The Wandering Village - Town on a dino
    22. Death Trash - Fallout 1 looking crazy looking game
    23. Songs of conquest - Heos of M&M sucessor
  2. Future Games Show:
    1. Instinction - Dino vs Surivors???
    2. Red Solstice 2 - xcom but 8 players Jun 17th
    3. Severed Steel - Crazy time bending FPS with vibes of SuperHot
    4. StarMancer - Space base building? Aug 5th
    5. Harold Halibut - Soon - claymation narrative adventure
    6. Project Ferocious - Soldiers and Dinos?? 2023 release target

 

  1. Voicemails, and Plug Voicemail Line - 610-810-1654 
  2. QotBW - Favorite video game soundtrack and go
  3. Conclusions/Final thoughts/Shout outs
    1. Fans
    2. Bad Fodder Figures
    3. Married to the Games
    4. Tap the Craft
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The Retro Rents - EP076 - LockdownCon 2 and E3 2021

The Retro Rents - EP076 - LockdownCon 2 and E3 2021

July 8, 2021

What's up everyone! 

Today's episode is JAM PACKED with a ton of exciting stuff! Nick and Al recap the incredible experience of being on a panel at LockdownCon 2 with some other incredibly talented and fun podcasters! We also recap the highlights (and utter snoozers) of E3 2021. What were some of your E3 favorites? Who do you think fell short? Follow the contact trail and let us know!

 

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The Retro Rents — EP075 — That Delicate Dance

The Retro Rents — EP075 — That Delicate Dance

May 28, 2021

What is going on Y'ALL!! It has been quite some time (again) since our last show, and for that I truly apologize, but as you'll see during the show, it's been pretty crazy here in RetroRentsAL land! However, there is some AWESOME news as well! (Like ya boys Al and Nick being on a panel at LockdownCon 2 this year baby!). Lots more to cover as well, so we invite y'all to sit back, kick back with a good drink of your choice, and chill with us on another episode of The Retro Rents!

 

  1. Release Highlights 
    1. Let the late Spring/Early Summer release start.
      1. RE 8
      2. Hood - Looks great. Road Map will show staying power
      3. Subnautica 2

 

  1. Biomutant. Reviews seem super meh?
  2. SMT3: Nocturne
  3. Unreal Engine 5 Demo crazy sharp and interesting to see behind the mechanics.
  4. DEMEO!

 

  1.  News
    1. Ubisoft to switch to more High End Free to Play model (Taking a page from Activision with CoD?)
      1. Kicking off with Heartland in the same universe as the Division series.
    2. Vive revealed their Pro2(Pro-sumer level) and Focus 3 (Business Application Oriented)  better stats but nothing software wise to propel it forward in the gaming space.
    3. Paradox announces CK3 Expansion: Royal Court (looks super cool), and finally, Victoria 3, long awaited sequel to the infamous industrial age politics/mercantile sim (super fun game in Vicy 2)
    4. Star Citizen vs Elite: Odyssey vs No Man’s Sky: Sell me: What is SC going to offer new at this point? Or is it just planning on doing things “better”?
    5. Neal Hallford invited us to be on a panel at Lockdowncon!!!
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