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Episode 97 – Hangout #6 – Game Music & Sound

December 4, 2016

Hey Blockers!

It’s Patreon Hangout time once again! This time around, Akago, Brian, Craig, Jim, Ryan, Tomer, Martin and myself got together to chat about game music and sound!

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We get deep into hardware and play clips form some of our favourite game music. It was a great time and big thanks to the participants and those who watched!

Keep an eye out for our upcoming guest shows on I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, A Mind Forever Voyaging and Cyber Empires in addition to my next show on Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity. Lots of great content coming up!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/097-UMBCast-Hangout-6.mp3

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Episode 96 – Sid Meier’s Colonization (feat. Father Beast)

November 27, 2016

Hey Blockers!

Here comes another guest show! Father Beast has been kind enough to put together an episode on the 1994 Microprose strategy game, Sid Meier’s Colonization!

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Colonization on GOG.com:
https://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_colonization

Colonization on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/327400/

Freecol, an open source remake of Colonization:
http://www.freecol.org/

Article: “Is Colonization offensive enough?”:
http://www.playthepast.org/?p=278

Next time, we’ll be having our 6th Patreon hangout discussing game music & sound! Also, we have another guest show in the hopper on I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream so if you’d like to drop me comments about that one, we’ll get them into the show!

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/096-UMBCast-Colonization.mp3

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Episode 95 – The Neverhood (feat. Amayirot Akago)

September 28, 2016

Hey Blockers!

Time for episode 95! Originally we were scheduled to cover A Final Unity, but what with the UMBaby coming, I’ve been thrown all out of whack so friend of the show Amayirot Akago has graciously stepped in with a guest show!

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He’ll be covering the 1996 adventure, The Neverhood! In true UMB fashion, he hits all the major points and takes us through the very cool world of The Neverhood.

For more from Akago, check him out on the Internet!

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/amayirotakago

YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/user/AmayirotAkago

Postman’s Quest:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2073/

Next time, we’ll be talking about our favourite music & sound in games on out 6th Patreon Hangout, followed by the long awaited Final Unity podcast.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/095-UMBCast-The-Neverhood.mp3

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Episode 94 – Tyrian

August 24, 2016

Hey there Blockers!

Time for episode 94 where I cover the 1995 Eclipse Software / Epic Megagames shoot ’em up, Tyrian!

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First though, I read through some emails I missed out on in the last show discussing Day of the Tentacle.

Then we do as we do and dive deep into the various versions and game modes of Tyrian!

Links:

Steam Regional Prices:
http://www.steamregionalprices.com/index.php

OpenTyrian:
https://bitbucket.org/opentyrian/opentyrian/wiki/Home

Remastered Graphics (From Daniel Cook):
http://www.lostgarden.com/2007/04/free-game-graphics-tyrian-ships-and.html

Get Tyrian FREE on GoG:
https://www.gog.com/game/tyrian_2000?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

My Tyrian Research on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doYWd0CWXJE

Ending music:
“Data Flux” by Magellanic
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02918

Next time, we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the Spectrum Holobyte adventure Star Trek: The Next Generation – A Final Unity.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/094-UMBCast-Tyrian.mp3

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Episode 93 – Extended Memory – DOOM 2016

July 22, 2016

Rip and tear Blockers!

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It’s time for episode 93 where I’ll be covering a newer game in my Extended Memory format. This time we’ll be talking about the newly released version of DOOM.

I discuss all the usual UMB stuff but with a more modern twist, then hear from some of you guys!

Buy DOOM on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/379720/

DOOM Demo:
http://doom.com/en-us/demo

Next time we’ll be hitting a shoot ’em up, I think our first, Tyrian!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/093-UMBCast-DOOM-2016.mp3

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Episode 92 – Extended Memory – Warcraft (2016)

June 20, 2016

Zug zug blockers!

In this super special surprise episode, I get together with my friends Brian and Bianca of the Square Waves FM podcast for an unprecedented, never before done joint episode!

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Why would we perpetrate such an occurrence you ask? Well, the three if of ventured out to the theatre and saw Warcraft on opening night. At the time, we thought it’d be a great idea to get together and record our thoughts. Brian and Bianca were kind enough to run the board while I was travelling, so I called them from Seattle/Tacoma International airport and we got our thoughts down live to hard drive.

I hope you enjoy the show (and please forgive my less then ideal audio from my iPhone headset).

Square Waves FM: http://squarefm.demodulated.com/
Square Waves on Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarewavesfm

Brian on Twitter: https://twitter.com/demodulated
Bianca on Twitter: https://twitter.com/maximum_bird

Still forthcoming, yet another “extended memory” podcast discussing the recently released DOOM remake/sequel/whatever it may be.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/092-UMBCast-Warcraft-2016.mp3

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Episode 91 – Day of the Tentacle

June 7, 2016

BWAHAHAHAHAHA BLOCKERS!

Welcome to episode 91 wherein I continue my journey through the so-called “Maniac Mansion series” with the sequel, 1993’s Day of the Tentacle.

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A ton of email and voicemail this week makes for an extra long show, thanks to all for their participation!

Buy Day of the Tentacle Remastered on GOG:
https://www.gog.com/game/day_of_the_tentacle_remastered?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Day of the Tentacle Remastered on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/388210/

Check out Thimbleweed Park:
https://thimbleweedpark.com/

and especially their amazing development blog:
https://blog.thimbleweedpark.com/

and their weekly standup meeting podcast:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/thimbleweed-park/id1076754899?mt=2

Next time, we’ll be doing an Extended Memory episode on a newer game, the recently released DOOM (2016).

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/091-UMBCast-DOTT.mp3

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Episode 90 – Hangout #5 – Diamonds in the Rough

May 29, 2016

Time for yet another Patreon hangout!

This time around, Brian, Troels, Tomer and I get together to talk about “Diamond in the Rough” games! We discuss a huge number of games that didn’t receive the attention they deserved for one reason or another.
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Here’s an incomplete list of games covered, see how many you’ve heard of!

Rise of the Robots
Round 42
Dynablaster
Black Dahlia
Chronomaster
Death Rally
Labyrinth of Time
Shadowgate
Ultrabots
Rollcage
High Octane
Nuclear War
Cyber Empires / Steel Empires
Castle of Dr. Brain
EcoQuest
Clandestiny
Jetpack
Subculture
Spiderman & Venom: Separation Anxiety
Tron 2.0

and that’s not even all of them! Thanks to the guys for participating and remember, if YOU want to join in on these great hangouts, you just need to give to the show at the 5 dollar or higher level over at http://patreon.com/umbcast.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/090-UMBCast-Hangout-5.mp3

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Episode 89 – Maniac Mansion

May 2, 2016

Howdy Blockers!

Here’s big episode 89 wherein I discuss the primordial Lucasfilm Games adventure game, Maniac Mansion!

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Play Maniac Mansion in DOTT Remastered:
https://www.gog.com/game/day_of_the_tentacle_remastered?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Play Maniac Mansion on archive.org:
https://archive.org/details/msdos_Maniac_Mansion_1987

Maniac Mansion Deluxe (free enhanced fan game):
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/401/

The Expurgation of Maniac Mansion for the Nintendo Entertainment System:
http://www.crockford.com/wrrrld/maniac.html

Next time, we’ll have the second part in this series with Day of the Tentacle!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/089-UMBCast-Maniac-Mansion.mp3

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Episode 88 – Jagged Alliance

April 10, 2016

Hey there Blockers!

Here is episode 88 wherein I discuss the great Sir-Tech Software turn based tactical strategy series, Jagged Alliance.

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Read Darius Kazemi’s deep dive into Jagged Alliance 2:
http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00MQHVAOK/ref=pe_386430_189358380_TE_DP

Buy Jagged Alliance on GoG:
https://www.gog.com/game/jagged_alliance?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Jagged Alliance 2 on GoG:
https://www.gog.com/game/jagged_alliance_2?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Jagged Alliance on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/search/?snr=1_4_4__12&term=jagged%20alliance

Next time, I’ll be heading back to the roots of SCUMM with Maniac Mansion!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/088-UMBCast-Jagged-Alliance.mp3