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Episode 81 – System Shock

October 26, 2015

Blockers,

Welcome to episode 81 where I uncover the secrets of the 1994 Origin action RPG series, System Shock.

system shock box art

As always, we dive into the story, gameplay, technical aspects and dev story of this monumental series. We then hear from some listeners and I give my opinion of whether or not the game holds up.

Watch me play a bit of System Shock: Enhanced Edition:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2whCuUnKwYAUvbqovUG9lpiDNAzCYl9K

Buy System Shock on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/system_shock_enhanced_edition?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy System Shock on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/410710/

Buy System Shock 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/system_shock_2?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy System Shock 2 on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/238210/

Next time, I’ll be covering the 1999 Relic space RTS series, Homeworld.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/081-UMBCast-System-Shock.mp3

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Episode 80 – UMBNews October 2015

October 8, 2015

News time Blockers!

amikrog

Hello everyone, time for a long overdue news episode. In n effort to further play around with the format of the news shows, I’m joined by my buddy and fellow retro game enthusiast Brian Demodulated (https://twitter.com/demodulated). He is the host of the ever-amazing Square Waves FM podcast (http://squarefm.demodulated.com/) and I thought it’d be fun to get some of his thoughts on recent happenings in the world of retro-ish game news.

Here’s the rundown of stories we cover:

Star Citizen:
http://www.pcgamer.com/chris-roberts-star-citizen-will-speak-for-itself/

New Wacky Wheels:
http://wackywheelsracing.com/

How GOG.com Save And Restore Classic Videogames:
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/09/16/how-gog-com-save-and-restore-classic-videogames/

13 years after release, Age of Mythology gets a new expansion:
http://www.vg247.com/2015/09/21/13-years-after-release-age-of-mythology-gets-a-new-expansion/

The Red Baron prepares to fly again:
http://www.polygon.com/2015/9/22/9354153/the-red-baron-is-ready-to-fly-again

BATTLETECH by Harebrained Schemes
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/webeharebrained/battletech

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (AGI) – Adventure remake is in the works!
http://www.indieretronews.com/2015/09/leisure-suit-larry-in-land-of-lounge.html

Armikrog:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/334120/

Recent SpaceVenture update:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/spaceventure/two-guys-spaceventure-by-the-creators-of-space-que/posts/1367531

Video Game Story Bundle 7:
http://storybundle.com/games

Next time, we’ll be covering the Looking Glass/Origin combat RPG series, System Shock.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/080-UMBCast-UMBNews-October-2015.mp3

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Episode 79 – King’s Quest 2015

September 23, 2015

Hail Blockers!

In episode 79, I’m covering a modern take on an old classic. This time around we’ll focus on the newly-released first episode of King’s Quest, developed by the Odd Gentlemen and published by the revived Sierra.

kings quest 2015 box art

Before we get to it, we go through a few emails and voicemails.

Then, the main event where we give this new take on the series the full UMB treatment, genre, story, gameplay, tech foucs, dev story and even more emails along with some clips and music.

Buy King’s Quest (2015) on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/345390/

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/079-UMBCast-Kings-Quest-2015.mp3

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Episode 78 – Hangout #3 – Experiences that shaped you

September 13, 2015

Howdy Blockers!

It’ time for episode 78! We’re not talking about a specific game this time around. As I’ve done in the past, I got together with some of my Patrons and had a really fun chat about “Experiences that shaped you”.

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We chat about our experiences relating to either computing or gaming that affected us for the rest of our lives. We get silly, we get serious, we get deep and we talk about Sound Blasters.

As always, these Hangouts are not swear-free, so if you’re offended by bad language, you may want to wait for next week when I cover the new King’s Quest that came out a short time ago.

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/078-UMBCast-Hangout-3.mp3

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Episode 77 – Baldur’s Gate

August 19, 2015

Greetings Blockers!

Here’s episode 77 where I dive deep into the 1998 BioWare RPG, Baldur’s Gate.

baldurs gate box art

We get into the details of not only the history of the game, but also the creation of the Dungeons and Dragons campaign setting that hosts it. This is a big one!

Buy the original Baldur’s gate on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_the_original_saga?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy the original Baldur’s gate 2 on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_2_complete?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

Buy Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition…
on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_enhanced_edition?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/228280/

Buy Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition…
on GoG:
http://www.gog.com/game/baldurs_gate_2_enhanced_edition?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f

on Steam:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/257350/

Next time, we’re moving into 2015 with coverage of the new King’s Quest developed by The Odd Gentlemen and published by the revivied Sierra!

Enjoy!

Stream the show live:

Direct download:
http://umbcast.com/podcast/077-UMBCast-Baldurs-Gate.mp3

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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