55: Maximizing Minimalism with Disc Room
1 hr 38 min

The ENTIRE all-star Disc Room team - Kitty Calis, JW Nijman, Doseone, and Terri Vellmann - stop by for a rowdy disc-ussion on their new arcade sci-fi avoid-em-up. We chat about making the Margherita pizza of games, nailing the details to make a simple concept sing, and making the most of team collaborations.

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Disc Room

Launch trailer

Kitty Calis JW Nijman Doseone Terri Vellmann

Pizza Margherita

Disc Room Game Jam

VVVVVV

Chris Ware

Monolith

Bit Pilot

Dev Game Club
Dev Game Club
Brett Douville and Tim Longo
DGC Ep 237: Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time (part 2)
Welcome to Dev Game Club, where this week we continue our series on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. We talk a bunch about mechanics big and small in this one, focusing on things that come up through the first dungeon as well as some audio chat and themes of the game. Dev Game Club looks at classic video games and plays through them over several episodes, providing commentary. Sections played: Through Death Mountain Issues covered: adorable Gorons, audio hardware, voice emotes, the unappreciated half of an audiovisual medium, memory cost of voiceover, ambient dungeon music, hearing Saria's Song near the entrance to the Lost Woods, using stereo music to guide you through the woods, being able to map out the Lost Woods (rather than randomization), the opportunity to get stuck, getting a hint from the King's guard, modern design vs two decades ago, many people having one thing to say, seeing a 2D representation of a ruin moved to 3D, games keeping track of things, inspiring creativity in the music through a constraint, limiting to five notes, unifying all the game music, not needing to chord up the buttons, using the Ocarina as a key, holistically integrating time into the play and leveraging it for production, the safety in mechanical and replenishing dungeons, being able to retry a room by resetting it, learning to use the tools, locking down milestones, the ease of returning to places, the repeatability of Dark Souls, the progression of the bomb mechanics, teasing that things will be available to you, the tradition of level design at Nintendo (Lost Woods in Breath of the Wild), modernization of Nintendo design (and the critical sphere), a new generation of level designers, the King Dodongo reveal, accentuating the relative size of Link, searching for gold Skulltulas, getting all the Korok seeds in Breath of the Wild, stealth mechanics, the mechanics of the shield, naming things, having a use even for a weaker shield, lighting things on fire in Zelda games, torches as an indication of adventure, Goron dancing, moving around, centering the camera, lock-on targeting, using target switching to do your next attack, care and feeding of your controls, Switch joycon drift, a note of thanks, weird to do a podcast for so long, still learning, applying the tools. Games, people, and influences mentioned or discussed: SNES, N64, Super Mario 64, Dark Souls, Breath of the Wild, Shigeru Miyamoto, Metal Gear Solid, Dungeons & Dragons, The Dungeon Run, Majora's Mask, Zimmy Finger, Valve, Discworld (series of novels), Batman: Arkham Knight, Mark of Kri, "Drew," Joystick Butter et al, Kirk Hamilton, Aaron Evers. Next time: Becoming the Hero of Time Links: Valve's Dev Note Iwata Asks Joystick Butter Tribute 64 Steel Sticks Retro-Tink 2x Pro Twitch: brettdouville, instagram:timlongojr, Twitter: @timlongojr and @devgameclub DevGameClub@gmail.com
1 hr 26 min
Remember The Game? Retro Gaming Podcast
Remember The Game? Retro Gaming Podcast
Adam Blank
Remember The Game #125 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Part II)
I don't throw the word 'hero' around very often. But The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is a damned hero. For my money, it's the best game in the Zelda catalog. I love the combat, the graphics, the music, the items, the world, the exploration. I love it. I hate the boulders on Death Mountain, but I even love Death Mountain. We talked about A Link to the Past back on episode 3 of the show, but we had no idea what we were doing back then. We still don't, but we have more listeners now and everyone should love this game. Bradley McCue gave me a ring on the ol' Batphone, and we spent an hour blowing smoke right up Link's ass this week. And as always, before the game talk, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! I talk about games that end with cliff-hangers, what video game character can eat the most hot dogs, should Game of the Year awards wait until January, and more! We also have another ripping edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week, sticking with the theme of Zelda, it's the 'old Zelda games that aren't Ocarina of Time' edition, starring original Legend of Zelda, Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, and The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go: 0:00 - 1:45 Intro 1:45 - 7:21 Initial self-indulgent rambling 7:21 - 17:08 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!) 17:08 - 28:09 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' 28:09 - 32:43 A copy of Super Mario Bros 3 sold for $156,000!? 32:43 - 33:45 What have I been playing? 33:45 - 36:35 Listener's 'Link to the Past' Memories 36:35 + The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Talk! Enjoy the podcast!
1 hr 48 min
Retro Computing Roundtable
Retro Computing Roundtable
Retro Computing Roundtable
RCR Episode 226: RCR Episode 2
Panelists: Paul Hagstrom (hosting), Jack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston Topic: RCR Episode 2 Episode 2 of the Retro[ ]computing Roundtable is a decade old. Topic/Feedback links: * Episode 2 * Windows 1 Turns 25 * Target Haunted Computer (eBay) * Target Haunted Computer (YouTube) Retro Computing News: * Atari announces list of games included with upcoming Atari VCS * Official site not working, naturally * List can also be found here * The C64 * Procedurally generated retrocomputer emulators (Hackaday) * Procedurally generated emulators, list * CocoTalk 185 discussion of the procedurally generated emulators * 8-bit Unity new release * 8-bit Hub * Joeylib Upcoming shows * World of Commodore. Sat Dec 5. Virtual. Vintage Computer-related commercials: * Commodore MAX machine (Japanese) * Pioneer PL-518 turntable commercial 1979 Retro Computing Gift Idea: * Floppy shaped battery Auction Picks: * Carrington: Vintage Atari 410 Cassette Program Recorder * Heart of China for Mac by Dynamix * Serpentine for Apple II, sealed * Michael: PDP 11/45 front panel * Paul: Apple II+ jigsaw puzzle (missing a piece) * Apple IIe set (A cautionary tale about buying things for collectors) * Apple II Workstation card * Apple II Sprite Logo card * See also: LCSI Sprite Card (Peter Neubauer's blog) * Bunker-Ramo Telequote III terminal * See also: Discussion of a Telequote on VCFed forum * See also: Bunker-Ramo ad * DEC H-500 logic trainer Feedback/Discussion: * @rcrpodcast on Twitter * Vintage Computer Forum * RCR Podcast on Facebook * Throwback Network * Throwback Network on Facebook Intro / Closing Song: Back to Oz by John X Show audio files hosted by CyberEars Listen/Download:
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