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Episode 76 – M1 Tank Platoon

July 17, 2015

On the way, Blockers!

It’s time for episode 76 where I discuss the 1989 Microprose Simulaton, M1 Tank Platoon.

M1 Tank Platoon box art

Before we get to it, Greg sends us a voicemail. You should check out his show, the SNES Podcast at http://thesnespodcast.podomatic.com/.

We then get to the main, topic, M1 Tank Platoon. We check out all the usual suspects, genre, story, gameplay, tech focus and development story.

Sadly, there’s nowhere to buy the game digitally, but you can check eBay!

Outtro music: M1 Tank Platoon (intro REMIX) by Isacco Garcia Peveri
http://www.remix64.com/track/isacco-garcia-peveri/m1-tank-platoon-intro-remix/

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1998 BioWare RPG, Baldur’s Gate.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/076-UMBCast-M1-Tank-Platoon.mp3

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Episode 75 – Rebellion

July 2, 2015

Blockers, I have some information which might be useful!

It’s time for episode 75 where I discuss the 1998 Lucasarts strategy game, Star Wars: Rebellion.

Rebellion Boxart

First, I’ve been off so I’ve been playing games and watching TV so I talk about that a bit.

Check out the interesting little programming puzzle game TIS-100:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/370360/

Also I quickly discuss the AMC series Halt and Catch Fire:
http://www.amc.com/shows/halt-and-catch-fire

We then get to Rebellion, where we discuss the story, tons about the gameplay, tech focus, dev story, some emails and voicemails and of course my opinion as to whether or not it holds up.

Buy Rebellion on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/star_wars_rebellion?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1989 Microprose military simulation, M1 Tank Platoon.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/075-UMBCast-Rebellion.mp3

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Episode 74 – UMBNews June 2015

June 21, 2015

Hey there Blockers!

It’s the news! This time I’m switching up the format a bit and we’ll have a bit of a casual chat about things that have happened since the last news ep, up to and including E3!

fallout 4

Here are the stories covered:

Broken Age Act 2:
http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/28573

GOG’s Galaxy client is making good progress:
http://www.pcgamer.com/gogs-galaxy-client-is-making-good-progress/

HANDS ON: OCULUS RIFT CONSUMER MODEL:
http://www.digitaltrends.com/vr-headset-reviews/oculus-rift-hands-on/

Hulu Lands ‘Myst’ Drama From Legendary TV & Matt Tolmach Based On Video Game:
http://deadline.com/2015/05/myst-tv-series-video-game-hulu-legendary-matt-tolmach-1201421271/

STAR TREK PREMIERES ON GOG.COM
https://www.gog.com/news/star_trek_premieres_on_gogcom

Hero-U Fantasy Adventure Role-Playing Game:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transolargames/hero-u-adventure-role-playing-game

Master of Orion reboot coming from the team behind World of Tanks:
http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/9/8746959/master-of-orion-reboot-coming-from-the-team-behind-world-of-tanks

XCOM 2 details emerge, and it’s bad news for humanity:
http://www.pcgamer.com/xcom-2-details-emerge-and-its-bad-news-for-humanity/

Fallout 4:
http://www.fallout4.com/

Fallout Shelter:
http://toucharcade.com/2015/06/19/toucharcade-game-of-the-week-fallout-shelter/

New King’s Quest is out Next Month:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-06-16-the-first-chapter-of-the-new-kings-quest-is-out-next-month

After the news, we hear from Brian about his experiences with Mod music and the Demoscene.

Jaime sent in a great segment for us talking about the Demoscene, here are the links to what he discusses

kenny chow (cc catch from renaissance) one must fall 2097 music remake:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvlVaQl7kEk

second reality by future crew:
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=63
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Reality
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFv7mHTf0nA

fr-08 the product:
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=1221

kkreiger:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.kkrieger
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=12036
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NBG-sKFaB0

8088mph runs on ibm cga 4.77mhz
http://www.pouet.net/prod.php?which=65371
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHXx3orN35Y

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/074-UMBCast-UMBNews-June-2015.mp3

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Episode 73 – Crusader

June 2, 2015

Hey there, Blockers!

Here’s episode 73, where I discuss the 1995 Origin Systems action series, Crusader.

crusader no remorse boxart

As always, I go into the genre, story and gameplay. We also delve into the game’s tech specs and engine before talking a bit about the history and definition of tracker music.

After some great listener emails and voicemails, I give my thoughts about whether or not the game holds up.

Ending music: “The Traveler” Main Theme Remix by Andrew Sega:
http://www.echosector.com/music/

Crusader: No Remorse intro cinematic:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvAt3hDcNT4

Buy Crusader: No Remorse on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/crusader_no_remorse?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Crusader: No Regret on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/crusader_no_regret?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Crusader: No Remorse on Origin:
https://www.origin.com/en-ca/store/buy/crusader-no-remorse/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition

Buy Crusader: No Regret on Origin:
https://www.origin.com/en-ca/store/buy/crusader-no-regret/pc-download/base-game/standard-edition

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, we’ll be doing the news. After that, we’ll cover the 1998 Lucasarts 4X game, Star Wars: Rebellion.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/073-UMBCast-Crusader.mp3

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Episode 72 – Spycraft: The Great Game

May 7, 2015

Blockers, report to Langley!

On episode 72, we get down and dirty with the CIA in the 1996 Activision FMV adventure game Spycraft: The Great Game.

spycraft the great game box art

We get into all the nitty gritty details on the game like we always do an read through a listener email.

Watch me play Spycraft on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzYIjPQxxCQ&list=PL2whCuUnKwYA_gKF_kKFEsF6OOLBnvVJT

Buy Spycraft on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/spycraft_the_great_game?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, we’ll cover the 1995 Origin action game, Crusader: No Remorse.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/072-UMBCast-Spycraft.mp3

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Episode 71 – Patreon Hangout 2: Remakes, Remasters and More!

April 21, 2015

Howdy Blockers!

It’s high time for another Patreon hangout. This time, Brian, Martin, Akago, Tomer, Troels and I got together to chat about remakes, remasters, spritual successors, reissues, sequels and even more all relating to our favourite DOS and pre-Windows XP games.

OriginalvsRemastered

As with last time, it was a blast and I have to thank the participants both for their support and their participation.

Check out the original video version here:

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1996 Activision FMV adventure, Spycraft: The Great Game.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/071-UMBCast-Patreon-Hangout-2.mp3

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Episode 70 – UMBNews April 2015

April 15, 2015

Time for episode 70 and the news for March and April 2015!

kq

Here’s the rundown:

Homeworld Remastered puts you in command of the most stunning space battles ever:
http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/24/8098381/homeworld-remastered-collection-gearbox-interview

Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter reaches its goal:
http://www.pcgamer.com/underworld-ascendant-kickstarter-reaches-its-goal/

Electronic Arts closes SimCity studio Maxis Emeryville:
http://www.pcgamer.com/electronic-arts-closes-simcity-studio-maxis-emeryville/

Passing The Hat: An In-Depth Look At The New King’s Quest:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/03/06/passing-the-hat-an-in-depth-look-at-the-new-kings-quest.aspx

King’s Quest: How Sierra plans to reboot a three decade old classic:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-03-17-kings-quest-how-sierra-plans-to-reboot-a-three-decade-old-classic

Kickstarter: Descent: Underground
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/descendentstudios/descent-underground

Broken Age Act 2 release date announced:
http://www.pcgamer.com/broken-age-act-2-release-date/

Kickstarter: “Order of the Thorne” & “Roehm To Ruin” by Infamous Quests:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1992695780/order-of-the-thorne-and-roehm-to-ruin-by-infamous

Stardock Star Control FAQ:
http://www.littletinyfrogs.com/article/463278/Star_Control_FAQ

Lucasarts’ Afterlife on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/afterlife?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Videogame Publishers: No Preserving Abandoned Games, Even for Museums and Archives, Because All “Hacking” is Illegal:
https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/04/videogame-publishers-no-preserving-abandoned-games-even-museums-and-archives

Outtro music: “The Enlightened Alaskan” by MazeDude:
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01690

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1996 Activision FMV adventure, Spycraft: The Great Game.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/070-UMBCast-UMBNews-April-2015.mp3

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Episode 69 – Carmageddon

March 30, 2015

Son of a Blocker!

Welcome to episode 69 where we discuss the 1997 Stainless Games car combat sim, Carmageddon.

carmageddon box art

We chat about all the regular stuff including genre, setting, gameplay, tech focus and dev story. We also focus a bit on the controversy surrounding the game and her a bunch of great listener emails and voicemails.

Troels, Akago, Ben Chandler and I play multiplayer very poorly:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEKfv8RGWmI

I mess around with the Carmageddon sound folder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8854VJCZ5nE

Buy Carmageddon on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/carmageddon_max_pack?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

or Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/282010/

Buy Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now! on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/carmageddon_2_carpocalypse_now?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

or Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/282030/

Buy Carmageddon TDR 2000 on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/331650/

Buy Carmageddon Reincarnation on Steam Early Access:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/249380/

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, we’ll cover the news, after that we’ll hit the 1996 Activision FMV adventure, Spycraft.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/069-UMBCast-Carmageddon.mp3

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Episode 68 – Grim Fandango

March 10, 2015

Buenos dias, Blockers!

Welcome to episode 68 where I discuss the 1998 Lucasarts adventure game, Grim Fandango.

grim fandango box art

We go through some emails, then get into the nitty gritty in the land of the dead.

If you like Grim Fandago, you might also enjoy a movie called The Cheap Detective (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cheap_Detective).

For great Grim Fandango and other retro gaming art, clothing and jewellery, check out Maya Pixelskaya (http://shop.mayapixelskaya.com/)

Buy Grim Fandango on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/grim_fandango_remastered?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Grim Fandango on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/316790/

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1998 Stainless Software game, Carmageddeon.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/068-UMBCast-Grim-Fandango.mp3

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Episode 67 – UMBNews February 2015

February 16, 2015

Time for episode 67 and the news!

ascii sector

Here’s a rundown of the stories discussed:

King’s Quest And Sierra: An Interview With Ken Williams:
http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2015/01/02/ken-williams-interview-kings-quest-sierra-game-informer.aspx

New Baldur’s Gate game in the works using its original engine:
http://www.polygon.com/2015/1/8/7518145/new-baldurs-gate-game-infinity-engine

Kickstarter: Shadowrun: Hong Kong by Harebrained Schemes LLC:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/webeharebrained/shadowrun-hong-kong

X-Wing sequels head up GOG’s latest batch of Star Wars classics:
http://www.pcgamer.com/x-wing-sequels-head-up-new-batch-of-star-wars-classics-on-gog/

Rogue Squadron 3D and Rebellion added to GOG’s Star Wars catalogue:
http://www.pcgamer.com/rogue-squadron-3d-and-rebellion-added-to-gogs-star-wars-catalogue/

Tex Murphy eBooks:
http://www.aaronconners.net/

Double Fine Has The LucasArts Singapore DOTT Assets:
http://mixnmojo.com/news/Double-Fine-Has-The-LucasArts-Singapore-DOTT-Assets

Kickstarter: Underworld Ascendant by OtherSide Entertainment:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/othersidegames/underworld-ascendant

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Now On GOG.COM:
http://www.gog.com/news/warner_bros_interactive_entertainment_on_gogcom

Gary Owens, Announcer of ‘Laugh-In’ Fame, Dies at 80:
http://variety.com/2015/tv/news/gary-owens-announcer-of-laugh-in-fame-dies-at-80-1201433731/

ASCII Sector: Text-based Privateer remake:
http://www.asciisector.net/

Outtro music: “My Loved ones are Gone” by Psycho Crusher:
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR02508

Support the show on Patreon:
http://www.patreon.com/umbcast

Next time, I’ll be looking at the 1998 Lucasarts adventure, Grim Fandango.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/067-UMBCast-UMBNews-February-2015.mp3