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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!!!
The Retro Rents - EP073 - Here, There Be Dragons

The Retro Rents - EP073 - Here, There Be Dragons

March 26, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Howdy folks! It's been another fun week in games! While we've entered what Nick and I have always called the "Spring Doldrums" (not many new games coming out each week), there are still some gems that we're super excited about.

- Century: Age of Ashes - Nick got into the beta and talks about the first game that FINALLY got dragon combat (much less multiplayer dragon combat) done RIGHT.

- Curse of the Dead Gods and Loop Hero - Al's gems of the week. Really enjoying both of these, and they're a steal at their current price!

- We also talk Game Pass, and how it's easily the best thing in games right now if you love to try new games thanks to Microsoft acquiring Bethesda, and providing EA Play. More games than you know what to do with and a steal at the monthly price (psst, go Ultimate, because PC Game Pass is pretty damn sweet too!)

And more! We hope you enjoy the show!

 

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The Retro Rents - EP072 - If A Tree Doesn’t Fall On Your Head

The Retro Rents - EP072 - If A Tree Doesn’t Fall On Your Head

March 8, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Howdy Folks! We're back after a week off! On this episode we talk about our incredible interview with Neal Hallford, reflect on one year since we were at PAX East together, getting creeped out in Medium, the wild ascent of Valheim, Richard Garriott's latest exploration: The Mariana Trench, and MORE!

News:

  1. Valheim hits 5 million players!
  2. Richard Garriott is currently at the bottom of the ocean (as of this recording)!
  3. Subnautica: Below Zero release date announced (May 14th, 2021)
  4. Hardsuit Labs sacked from Bloodlines 2 (and what this probably means for the game's release)
  5. Alien's Fireteam trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1GRp19A89A 

The SavePoint game of the month: 

  1. The Medium

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The Retro Rents — EP071 — Neal Hallford - From Krondor to Movies

The Retro Rents — EP071 — Neal Hallford - From Krondor to Movies

February 12, 2021

Thank you all for coming back to check out the conclusion of our interview with the incredible Neal Hallford! This episode dives into Neal's time at Dynamix, and the creation of Betrayal at Krondor! We then discuss his current projects in movies, and he's writing a book too! So much great stuff in this episode. If you want to check out some of Neal's work, get to it below! Highly recommend The Case of Evil on Prime (Neal talks about the making of that in this episode. Such a great send-up to Universal Monster movies of old). We hope you enjoy the show!

 

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick, Neal

 

Check out Neal's past and present projects:

 

- Planet's Edge: The Point of No Return (PC, available via GOG.com)

- Betrayal at Krondor (PC, available via GOG.com)

Krondor Confidential (Neal's multi-part blog on Betrayal At Krondor's conception to release. We'll call it the companion to this interview :) ) 

Swords and Circuitry - A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games (Neal's book on game design!)

Swords and Circuitry - The website for Neal's Production company (yea, he makes movie stuffs too!)

The Case of Evil (An incredible short film inspired by the classic Universal Monster Horrors. On Prime too!)

The Many Worlds of Neal Hallford (Neal's website! Go here to always catch the latest of what Neal might be up to, and follow his wonderful blog, too!)

The Retro Rents — EP070 — Neal Hallford, Part 1 - From Radio to Game Design

The Retro Rents — EP070 — Neal Hallford, Part 1 - From Radio to Game Design

February 5, 2021

WOW! Where to even start with this one :) Nick and I had the incredible luck and pleasure to interview Neal Hallford, one of Game Design's greatest of all time (well, damn well so in my eyes). 

Neal has been in the designer's seat for some of the most classic, beloved games of all time. His most well known work is Dynamix's Betrayal at Krondor, a game set during the time of Raymond E. Feist's incredible Riftwar Saga. This is a must play piece of gaming history if you've never done so, and it's available on GOG. 

Our first part of this incredible interview with Neal covers his time in Radio, the people who influenced him as a young writer, and how doing radio dramas with his buddies brings him to work as a writer and designer at New World Computing (Might and Magic, or Planet's Edge ring a bell?)

Alright, don't want to give too much away. Just sit back y'all, and we hope you have as much fun listening to Neal as we did. He really is one of a kind. 

 

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick, Neal

 

Check out Neal's past and present projects:

 

- Planet's Edge: The Point of No Return (PC, available via GOG.com)

- Betrayal at Krondor (PC, available via GOG.com)

- Krondor Confidential (Neal's multi-part blog on Betrayal At Krondor's conception to release. We'll call it the companion to this interview :) ) 

- Swords and Circuitry - A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games (Neal's book on game design!)

- Swords and Circuitry - The website for Neal's Production company (yea, he makes movie stuffs too!)

- The Case of Evil (An incredible short film inspired by the classic Universal Monster Horrors. On Prime too!)

- The Many Worlds of Neal Hallford (Neal's website! Go here to always catch the latest of what Neal might be up to, and follow his wonderful blog, too!)

The Retro Rents — EP069 — Wrapping Up 2020

The Retro Rents — EP069 — Wrapping Up 2020

January 1, 2021

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

Hey folks! Not a live show this week as it was too much to coordinate with the holidays. We wrap up 2020 in this episode with some of our favorites throughout the year! Thanks y'all always, for listening, and spreading the word! We're looking forward to a great gaming year in 2021!

Game of The Year Segment

      1. Notable to us 2020 Releases

        1. Jan: Walking Dead Saints and Sinners (VR)
        2. Feb: none
        3. Mar: Half Life Alyx ; Doom; ACNH, Persona 5 Royal
        4. April: XCOM Chimera; Predator Hunting Grounds; FF7 Remake; SnowRunner
        5. May: Deep Rock Galactic
        6. June: Command and Conquer Remaster
        7. July: Death Stranding; Superhot(2) Mind Control Delete; Ghost of Tsushima;Carrion
        8. Aug: FallGuys; Microsoft Flight Sim; Vader Immortal, Wasteland 3
        9. Sept: Star Renegade; OuterWorlds DLC; Phasmaphobia; Spellbreak
        10. Oct: Star Wars Squadrons; Baldur's Gate 3 (technically early access); Watch Dogs Legion
        11. Nov: AC:Valhalla; Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity; Warcraft:Shadowlands
        12. Dec: Cyberpunk; Medal of Honor Above and beyond (VR)

 

  1. Best of Categories:

    1. Best VR Game:Half Life Alyx
    2. Best Driving Sim: SnowRunner
    3. Best Dwarf Sim: Deep Rock Galactic
    4. Best Delivery Sim: Death Stranding
    5. Best not a John Carpenter game: Carrion
    6. Best Ghost Hunter: Phasmophobia
    7. Best Battle Royal: Spellbreak
    8. Game from another year: Among Us (originally released 2018)
    9. Best Spacey Blow Shit Up - SW Squadrons
    10. Best Better-Than-Game-Of-Thrones-Stabby-Sibling-Sex-And-Kingdom-Simulator - Crusader Kings 3
    11. Best Not-Made-With-Crunch-Game - Hades (Supergiant deserves the massive praise for not only making an incredible game, but doing it ethically, and still delivering one of the best games of the entire year.
    12. Al’s Game of the Year - Hands down, Crusader Kings 3 takes all for me. I’m at 150 hours and climbing and that shit came out in SEPTEMBER. Hades is very, very close in the number 2 spot. 
    13. Nick's Game of the Year - Half Life: Alyx

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The Retro Rents — EP068 — Cyberpunk Hype Unleash!

The Retro Rents — EP068 — Cyberpunk Hype Unleash!

December 13, 2020

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

See the Live Show Recording here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/828454242

Hey folks! It's another venture into a live recorded episode by The Retro Rents! This episode we discussed Cyberpunk 2077's then imminent release, Mando Season 2, Star Wars Rebels, and some upcoming retro style adventure games we saw at PAX releasing that week as well (Call of the Sea). As always! Share the link, share the show, tell your friends! Stay safe and we'll catch you next week!

News:

    1. Casey Hudson leaves Bioware (again), along with Mark Darrah. I can’t see how this isn’t all but spelling doom for DA4 and the new Mass Effect game. 
    2. Activision Blizzard suing Netflix over poaching Executive (Spencer Neuman,  CFO)
    3. I reached my $500 goal during Extra Life, thank y’all, I love you!
    4. Rumors of the Metal Gear Solid movie with Oscar Isaac playing Snake? I’m intrigued.
    5. Warner bros: all 2021 warner releases hitting same day on hbomax

 

The SavePoint game of the month: 

  1. Cyberpunk 2077

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The Retro Rents - EP067 - Extra Life Game Day 2020 LIVE

The Retro Rents - EP067 - Extra Life Game Day 2020 LIVE

November 17, 2020

What's up everyone! After many, many requests, we are starting to podcast our episodes LIVE, and we started this format with Extra Life Game Day 2020!

In this episode, Al reviews how the day was going so far as he attempted the 24 hour marathon to raise money for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). We had a lot of fun hanging out and interacting with our audience, and send a big thanks to all the folks who came by, including our good buds, the ever awesome Bad Fodder Figures Podcast!

We hope you enjoy the episode! We plan to continue recording live at twitch.tv/RetroRentsAL on the days we record! Follow @theretrorents on twitter for our next recording date!

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The Retro Rents — EP066 — Buttery Smooth

The Retro Rents — EP066 — Buttery Smooth

October 19, 2020

Hosts on Deck: Al, Nick

 

News:

    1. Watch Dogs legions a week and a half away
    2. Releasing Nov 10th (XBOX) 12th (PS5) in US 
      1. PS5 $499.99
      2. PS5 Digital Ed $399.99
      3. (reminder xbox  X-$499 // S-$299 )
    3. Pre-ordering disasters (Xbox, PS5, Nvidia)  Rampant bots, no supply, crushed websites
    4. Microsoft buying Zenimax (Bethesda)  Can they get them to STOP USING OLD ENGINES!!! (Yes Nick is still bitter about Fallout76)
    5. Amazon announces Luna (streaming game service) - Ubisoft games partnership.  Did Stadia pave the way?
    6. Tokyo Game Show
      1. Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity (Dynasty Warriors but Zelda) Hell yeah!
        1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8R8VZXwEzZU&ab_channel=GameSpot
    7. Apple reveals the iphone 12 “latest and greatest” but not including charge cable or headphones for the first time “cut on carbon” or cut on cost?

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The Retro Rents - EP065 - Star Wars Squadrons Release Special Episode!

The Retro Rents - EP065 - Star Wars Squadrons Release Special Episode!

October 5, 2020

Hey y'all!

If y'all been listening for a long time, you KNOW Nick (@blackeagleops) and I are huge Star Wars Fans. Especially of Star Wars Games. We have been so stoked for the release of Star Wars Squadrons that WE decided...wait for it...instead of taking time out of our release day gaming to do our usual podcast, we'd just say, HEY! Come chill with us as we play this awesome game together. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaQKQ2vIqo0&feature=youtu.be

This was so much fun! Thanks to the Bad Fodder Figures Podcast crew for hanging out with us!!!

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