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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

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Episode 87 – Magic Carpet

March 6, 2016

Salaam Blockers!

This time around, we’re discussing the 1994 Bullfrog 3D shooter, Magic Carpet.

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After some emails, we dive into all the regular topics, story, gameplay, tech focus, dev story and your thoughts before I give my verdict on whether or not the game holds up today.

Settings for high resolution:
http://glenncorpes.blogspot.ca/2011/06/magic-carpet-settings-for-high.html

Buy Magic Carpet on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/magic_carpet?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Magic Carpet 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/magic_carpet_2_the_netherworlds?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 turn based strategy series, Jagged Alliance.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/087-UMBCast-Magic-Carpet.mp3

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Episode 86 – SimTower

February 11, 2016

Ever higher, Blockers!

simtower box art

It’s episode 86 where I focus on the 1994 Maxis construction management sim, SimTower.

As always we read a bunch of emails and dive deep into genre, gameplay, tech focus and dev story before hearing if I think this unique game holds up today.

Sadly there’s no legal place to buy SimTower aside from finding a used CD.

Next time, I’ll be touching on the 1994 Bullfrog 3D shooter, Magic Carpet.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/086-UMBCast-SimTower.mp3

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Episode 85 – Hangout #4 – Feelings About Feelies

January 17, 2016

Hey Blockers!

Time for our long overdue fourth Patreon hangout! This time, Brian, Tomer, Craig, Martin and Troels chat with me about feelies, manuals, boxes, vibrators from games we loved.

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Here are a few links that cropped up over the course of the hangout (in no particular order because I don’t plan well):

Kotaku article about Martin getting his Starfox cart signed by Miyamoto:
http://kotaku.com/5730274/marios-creator-doesnt-have-a-super-nintendo

The “Rez vibrator” (possibly NSFW):
http://www.gamegirladvance.com/2002/10/sex-in-games-rezvibrator.html

“Gameplay” by Jim Cuomo:
http://www.discogs.com/Jim-Cuomo-Game-Play/release/2675355

Tomer’s collection Flickr album:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/tomergabel/sets/72157602738138806/with/1774790725/

Next time, I’ll be chatting all about SimTower from Maxis, see you then!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/085-UMBCast-Hangout-4.mp3

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Episode 84 – UMBNews January 2016

January 5, 2016

Happy 2016 Blockers!

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Time for a quick news show to kick off the year, here are some of the topics I cover:

Christmas Day Steam outage:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/3y7maa/something_is_really_wrong_with_steam_be_careful/

Day of the Tentacle Remastered:
http://www.polygon.com/2015/10/23/9605322/day-of-the-tentacle-remastered-screenshots
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kgj_rPON80

Wolfenstein 3D re-recording by Rich Douglas:
http://richdouglas.wix.com/wolfenstein

Night Dive Studios FastCompany article:
http://www.fastcompany.com/3053050/app-economy/how-one-company-is-bringing-old-video-games-back-from-the-dead

Boxes, feelies, and the good old days of PC gaming:
http://www.pcgamer.com//boxes-feelies-and-the-good-old-days-of-pc-gaming/

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak pre-order:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/281610?beta=0

Total Annihilation on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/298030/
http://www.pcgamer.com/total-annihilation-invades-steam-at-last/

Outtro: Wing Theme Surf ReMixed by Team Fat
http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01296

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1994 Maxis construction sim, SimTower.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/084-UMBCast-UMBNews-January-2016.mp3

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Episode 83 – Indiana Jones

December 18, 2015

That belongs in a museum, Blockers!

Here’s episode 83 where I delve into the world of the 1930’s with Indiana Jones. I touch on Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Adventure Game and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

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Indiana Jones and the Seven Cities of Gold fan game:
http://binarylegends.cbm8bit.com/

Buy Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/32310/

Buy Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis
on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/6010/
On GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/indiana_jones_and_the_fate_of_atlantis?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/indiana_jones_and_the_emperors_tomb?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

YouTube playthroughs:
Last Crusade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xNHzeAod1g
Fate of Atlantis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7mZ6KTbwvw&index=1&list=PL2whCuUnKwYD_yBXcPZ3gxGszdnA3ph3o
Ending music and bumper from Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis – Orchestral Cover Album

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/indiana-jones-fate-atlantis/id677440416

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1995 Maxis building simulator (literally!), SimTower.

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/083-UMBCast-Indiana-Jones.mp3