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The original classic gaming podcast continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Join hosts Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey each week as they team up with a host of expert guests to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for today's hits. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!
 
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Alexander's Ragtime Band

James Eldred, Elliot Long, Jeremy Parish

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It's all prog rock, all the time! Giant art rock nerds Jeremy Parish, James Eldred, and Elliot Long gather together to hash out the art of progressive rock. From its roots in the ’60s to the best modern interpretations of the form, the only rule here is that each episode fills at least one full side of an LP and contains plenty of pretentious solos.
 
Welcome to Hair of the Dogcast, the interweb's premier bi-weekly podcast devoted to Craft Beer and Video Games (not necessarily in that order). Oh, and whatever else enters the conversation. Sometimes funny, sometimes ridiculous, but always entertaining, Hair of the Dogcast is hosted by a buncha cheeseheads straight outta Wisconsin: Josh Mueller, Tom Wegner, Brad Ward, and Dylan Hoff.
 
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The prevailing theme for NES games in 1988 has been multiplayer. From Contra to Life Force to Jackal, many of the best games for ’88 played best with friends. (That was probably also true for games that weren't published by Konami, even.) Fittingly, episode 88 sees not but three games that uphold that trend. First, there's Jackal, a widely overlook…
 
Jump in the time machine and join us on an adventure to 1986 where arcades ruled supreme and the Nintendo Entertainment System dominated America! Jeremy Parish of Retronauts joins the Dogcast as we discuss what makes 1986 truly a Golden Year of Gaming. So many amazing games this year including Castlevania, Metroid, the Legend of Zelda, and Howard t…
 
We have a new challenger! Another amazing podcast that talks about video games?! Homebrew Game Club has been taking over a corner of the gaming podcast scene by exclusively talking about home brew video games which are always guaranteed to surprise you! We talk how their story started and some of the wild and wacky experiences along the way! Video …
 
In the southern end of Limgrave lies the Weeping Peninsula, a happy place where blind girls are abandoned by their fathers who have to go to work. In this episode, we discuss the Roundtable Hold and its inhabitants before we go through the lands of the Weeping Peninsula. What are walking mausoleums? Why are the Minor Erdtrees surrounded by jars? An…
 
Jeremy Parish, Stuart Gipp, Jared Petty, and Kat Bailey look deep inside their hearts and find that there is indeed room enough for love, even for crummy games that don't deserve it. This week, we discuss the lousy ol' games we love despite themselves. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fre…
 
Console portablizing may seem like a dream to some people, but it has been an active and thriving part of the game community for a long time. From its early inception with the Darth 64 to putting a Nintendo Wii into an Altoids can (that is true), they mad scientists know no bounds. Chris Downing is one of these creators and he is here today to trac…
 
Your favorite talk show of the year is back! Dylan Hoff and Jeffrey Wittenhaggen are a couple of crazy cool cats. It is our new favorite tradition where they shoot the shit, and talk about whatever they want the second morning of MGC! Surprise special guest Jordan Davis! Video Link - https://youtu.be/0C5u4hQL308 Hair of the Dogcast is a proud membe…
 
Ben Heckendorn is a console modification legend! Everyone knows that, but do you know his opinions on cheese curds? Or Miller High Life? Have you heard his story about meeting Meat Loaf and learning all bout Meat Loaf's ghost stories? Luckily, Hair of the Dogcast has you covered! This is a wonderfully fun and irreverent conversation by Wisconsin pe…
 
Join us for a tale about an epic Sega and its epic Saga as it travels the world with youtuber Adam Koralik. This is one of two Pluto's in existence and it is with us today! Learn all about this little beauty and how something worth a Ferrari was sold for just $5. Also, the best Sega Saturn game is Just Sonic. Video Link - https://youtu.be/ayv-nU0na…
 
Hair of the Dogcast hosted the Bonus Stage at MGC this year and had many amazing guests. Featured on this episode are a small selection of highlights from the weekend. Snippets of our panels with David Wise, Kevin Bayliss, Adam Koralik, Ben Heckendorn, and Jeremy Parish are all here! It wouldn't be a video game convention without wasting your money…
 
The Bally Astrocade was a console ahead of its time. Arcade quality in your home! Ethan Johnson has been working to preserve video game history with his site, The History of How We Play. He is joined by Kevin Bunch from Atari Archive to discuss the history of this amazing machine! This episode does have a visual element. To check out the video, che…
 
Fanfiction has long been associated with theft, creative bankruptcy, poor writing, and Cloud and Sephiroth from Final Fantasy 7 entangled in a forever-embrace. Join Nadia Oxford and authors Laura Mauro and Sarah Blair as they explain its benefits, too. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fre…
 
Jordan Davis and Nathan Tolbert are modern-day NES developers. That's right, that lovely little grey box still has amazing games coming out for it! They join us today to discuss how they got into developing video games and give the inside scoop, so you can do it too. These guys are soon to be featured on the Nintendo Switch as well (no big deal)! V…
 
A couple of absolute legends swing onto the Dogcast to discuss their careers making some of the most beloved games of all time! David Wise is the beloved composer of Battletoads, the Donkey Kong Country series, Diddy Kong Racing, Starfox Adventures, Yooka-Laylee, and many more! Kevin Bayliss is responsible for designing your favorite characters fro…
 
Everyone agrees that Way of the Warrior for the 3DO won the battle for best intro for a video game in the 5th generation, but what was the console that won the war? The Raw Dogs definitively and once and for all decide what console is better; the Nintendo 64, the Sony Playstation, or the Atari Jaguar? Dom and Josh are in the studio once again and t…
 
Stuart Gipp and Dave Bulmer unite to discuss that most esoteric and exciting of computers, the Amiga. History is revealed, many excellent and emotionally powerful games are discussed, and Gilbert Gottfried sadly passes away—almost derailing the podcast. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fr…
 
The machines have risen, taking control of this trio of games and obviating humanity altogether. Well, almost altogether. R.O.B. at least demonstrates the value of mankind working together, hand-in-, uh, claw with its new synthoid overlords to defeat the vile Smicks in Robot Gyro. As for the other games, well, they're all about robo-kind's fight fo…
 
Although I've previously covered The Tower of Druaga on Game Boy Works, this version precedes the portable rendition by half a decade and stands as the more towering achievement of the two. So to speak. Another solid arcade-to-Famicom conversion by Namcot, Druaga's move to consoles felt like a figurative as well as literal homecoming: As an arcade …
 
OK, this week we have the ACTUAL debut of Irem on Famicom, but it's hard to say TOSE's take on Zippy Race makes for a splashier debut than 10-Yard Fight would have. At least 10-Yard Fight had the benefit of not having been shown up by a conversion of the same game to technically inferior hardware more than a year earlier. TOSE also helps a second p…
 
Well, I goofed on this episode—the production order list I work for ended up getting scrambled due a copy/paste error, and I accidentally covered Geimos and 10-Yard Fight out of sequence (they shipped right after Robot Gyro, not Robot Block). This means that 10-Yard Fight wasn't actually Irem's first Famicom! Since I was on the road when I realized…
 
Jeremy Parish "chacks'n" with Brandon Sheffield and Ray Barnholt on the "front lines" of history to learn more about how Taito "invaded" gaming's "space" back in the late 1970s and early ’80s, with "action" that "elevates" our discourse to new levels. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free…
 
There was an era where everything was extreme. The counterculture flourished with the rise of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. Badass soundtracks, Bam Margera, and sticking it to the man. In this episode, we discuss our favorite extreme sports video games from Tony Hawk to BMX XXX, from Snowboard Kids to Jet Set Radio Future, join as we gush about the good …
 
In 1993, Hollywood did the seemingly impossible by releasing the first true video game adaptation: Super Mario Bros. And to put it simply, things didn't exactly go as planned. Thanks to studio meddling, fired directors, injured actors, and compromised visions, Super Mario Bros. lurched into theaters in May of 1993, and quickly retreated in shame wh…
 
The fallen leaves tell a story. Gideon, the Dung Eater, and Boc are back and we are starting our journey into the Lands Between. We start this episode with an introduction to the lore where we cover some core concepts to understanding the world of Elden Ring. Next, we discuss Limgrave in detail. We scour the map and discuss our favorite NPCs, items…
 
Jeremy Parish, Chris Kohler, and Tiny Cartridge's Eric Caoili circle like vultures over the warm corpses of Nintendo's last-generation systems, Wii U and 3D, sharing their recommendations for the games everyone should snag before their eShops die as well. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-…
 
You're listening to a free preview of Retronauts Episode 448: Super Mario Bros. (The 1993 Movie) Commentary. To hear the rest, and get two exclusive extra episodes every month, access to our previous Patreon-exclusive episodes, and early access to ad-free podcasts, please visit the official Retronauts Patreon at patreon.com/retronauts.…
 
The Dogcast is taking a small break from talking about video games this week to have an episode completely about beer! Pabst Blue Ribbon is one of the most famous beers to come out of Milwaukee, but did you know that the ribbon was actually tied around the beers back in the day? or that Pabst made cheese prohibition? And that hipsters literally sav…
 
Elliot and James are joined today by very special guest Tom Brislin! Having toured with the likes of Meat Loaf, Yes, Camel and Renaissance, Tom is now the keyboardist for the legendary prog rock band Kansas! Tom shares stories about his times with these bands, life on the road as a working musician, and what it's been like being a newer member of o…
 
The original plan here was for Elliot and James to each talk about one album that skirts the line between being prog and not prog, but they both love Supertramp so much that they decided to save the other album for another day. Breakfast In America is a fantastic record! Supertramp are a great band! These are facts that seem to be lost to the annal…
 
Wanna feel mortal? Midway's infamous blood-soaked fighting game turns 30 this year, so Diamond Feit, Stuart Gipp, and author David L. Craddock crank the techno and tell tales of Mortal Kombat. Edits this week by Greg Leahy; cover art by Nick Wanserski. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fre…
 
Welcome to our new series, Elden Dogs. Elden Ring is a revelation and we at Hair of the Dogcast are beyond excited to talk about this game! Our first episode acts as an introduction and an overview. We discuss the creative process and development before we move into a rigorous discussion on gameplay mechanics and what to expect when entering the La…
 
Nadia Oxford time-skips through the history of gaming with Jeremy Parish, Jared Petty, and Ash Paulsen to discuss one of Squaresoft's most curious experiments: Secret of Evermore, their attempt to create a game in America, by Americans, for Americans. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free…
 
As we move deeper into the Famicom's history, its timeline begins to diverse further and further from the American console's. Witness this week's episode, in which all three releases remained stranded in Japan. (Well, OK, Road Fighter shipped in Europe in 1992, which is such a weird and unlikely turn of events it seems like we all probably hallucin…
 
Diamond Feit, Nadia Oxford, and Stuart Gipp band together to debate the relative merits of Mario games (the 2D ones, that is) with former professional game-ranker and universally reviled Mario-opinion heretic Jeremy Parish. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free early access, better audio …
 
Everybody remembers Punch-Out!! for the NES. Not many people remember actually beating Mike Tyson however. I am proud to say 300 save states later, I am now the champion. This series has roots in the arcade and has many colorful and controversial fighters throughout history. Also, Bald Bull has a secret disguise for arm wrestling? And yes, there is…
 
Unfortunately, Nintendo just delayed Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp indefinitely due to real-life circumstances. But this week, in the spirit of American sticktoitiveness (and because we didn't want to change the schedule), we're looking back at Intelligent Systems' surprisingly long-lived turn-based war strategy series. Over the course of 20 years…
 
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