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Ep 123: Summoning Final Fantasy (w/ Bobby MacGibbon)

With the help of our Retroid Bobby, we spotlight our favorite Final Fantasy games, characters and summons!

When it comes to classic RPG series, Final Fantasy is always in the conversation. This long running series has achieved LEGENDARY status with 16 main titles and a Bahamut-sized hoard of sequels and spin-offs.

This week, with the help of our Retroid Bobby MacGibbon, we'll spotlight our favorite games, characters and even summon monsters in the series. So gear up that Buster Sword with all your best Materia, and saddle up your Chocobo because we're heading out for adventure!


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Nintenjoe's Jukebox: Live Laugh Love - Thanks For Playing

Nintenjoe's loving musical tribute to his "Other Mother", Nancy K.

This episode is dedicated to someone who has been my second Mother since I was ten years old, Parasite Steve and 8 Bit Alchemy's Mom Nancy.

Please check out Crow's Nest: Our Mom's Favorite Games first as I play the music from the games mentioned in that episode plus some of the music that reminds me of her.

I also share some personal memories and stories I have with Mom (or as I always called her, Other Mother).

Thanks for listening.


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The Brig: Stephen King Rules (with HorrorHound's Michael Miller)

Journailist Michael Miller stops by to chat about his writing and to gush about the horror genre at large!

Parasite Steve leads a sprawling discussion between two true-blooded fans, who unabashedly gush over both movies and books in the horror genre! Not every kid learns to read with Salem's Lot, but our guest this week is exactly that cool! When journalist Michael Miller isn't writing an article or interviewing one of horror's top stars, you can bet he's injecting the genre he loves direct into his veins (figuratively).

Expect talk of Lansdale, Barker, Hooper and of course, the master himself, Stephen King. We discuss the various adaptations, including what we loved and would do differently given the chance.

Check out HorrorHound Magazine for Michael's interviews and articles!

And if you're in the area, come see us live at HorrorHound Weekend 2024! It's March 23rd thru the 25th in Cincinnati, OH!


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Ep 122: Video Game Myths & Urban Legends

The world of gaming is lousy with rumors and legends, from Luigi in Mario 64 to Polybius... but are any of them true?

Even before the internet, rumors about weird stuff in video games were always swirling around the playground. Sometimes it was how to get a new character or access to part of a stage. Other times it would be a code for more lives, a secret boss fight or even just some crazy glitch.

But how many of those tantalizing tricks and tidbits ended up being true in the end? Some? Most? NONE? One things for sure, whether we 100% believed the rumor, a metric tonne of us ran home to try to find out ourselves!

For this episode, we present 12 such urban legends for your consideration. And later on, after the OCTOPONDER THIS, you'll get Coopster Gold's second installment of "I'VE GOT ISSUES"!


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Crow's Nest: We Finally Beat Xardion!

Xardion for the SNES isn't exactly a hidden gem, but this unique Action RPG definitely gives back what you put in.

Xardion isn't exactly a classic of the SNES, but 8-Bit Alchemy & Parasite Steve recently discussed it as one of the games their mother used to love and was actually able to beat. Well, thanks to much perseverance and level grinding, when if comes to this bizarre Run and Gun RPG Platformer, the boys are now (almost) as cool as she was!

This game is weird in a dozen ways, but if you can stick with it long enough and eventually get into the strange rhythm... it's actually a pretty rewarding experience.


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Ep 121: Portable Perfection (w/ Nintenjoe)

We take a road trip with some potent portables, from Game Boy to Game Gear, the GBA, PSP and beyond!

With host 8-Bit Alchemy at the wheel, the crew hits the road. We've got plenty of snacks, a trunk full of AA batteries and our favorite classic portable video game systems! Our companions are the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, the DS, the Game Gear, the PSP and on this long and lonesome highway, we're gonna play 'em all!

Oh did we mention that Nintenjoe hopped in at the last minute?

Later on we'll do the Octoponder thing before Parasite Steve debuts his brand new B-segment Monochrome Manor!


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Crow's Nest: Pirates of Dark Water

New guy, Coopster Gold has hopped aboard the Wraith to lead us across the churning dark waters of this Hanna Barbera cult classic!

Noy Jitat! Pirates of Dark Water is a pirate fantasy adventure series by Hanna Barbera, which originally aired between 1991 and 1993. And since our very own Coopster Gold happens to be a HUGE fan of the show, he's at the helm with one eye set on ADVENTURE in the land of Mer!

So grab your nearest monkey-bird and settle into the CROW'S NEST for a comprehensive ride through this fantastic series!


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Crow's Nest: Our Mom's Favorite Games

Parasite Steve & 8-Bit Alchemy pay tribute to their mom by sharing stories and spotlighting all the random video games she loved most.

Dedicated to the only person we know who could beat Xardion, our mom Nancy.

This is a Crow's Nest that's not only totally on brand, but functions as a bit of therapy for the hosts. As tribute to the mother of Parasite Steve and 8-Bit Alchemy, the boys endeavor to spotlight all the random video games she loved over the years. Expect NES, SNES, TurboGrafX 16, Genesis, N64 and beyond! We guarantee you have never seen a video game list like this one, or ever will again. Truly, our mom was one one a kind.


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Ep 120: Pirate Crew Building (w/ Greenie)

We talk pirates and do some fantasy crew building using characters from the seven seas of pop culture!

With the Green Witch of the Shire (AKA Greenie) on deck, our new host Coopster Gold takes the helm for the first time, setting his spyglass on those swashbuckling, scallywags that once sailed the seven seas. YARRR, of course we be talking pirates!

After some basic history on the real deal, we begin building our own personal crews (fantasy football style)... choosing a ship, animal mascot, 2 crew members, a first mate and of course, a Captain to keep 'em all in line. The characters are chosen from all corners of pop culture so you never know who's gonna be mentioned next!

And after all that and an Octoponder, we have another guest B-segment. This time from an old friend who's name rhymes with Brintenjoe...


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The Brig: Splatter Folklore (with author Thomas R. Clark)

Tom comes on to discuss his newest Splatterpunk collection Immoral Dilemmas and his favorite sci-fi franchise Planet of the Apes!

If you don't know what the difference between EXTREME HORROR and SPLATTERPUNK is, author Thomas R. Clark is here with the low down! For about two hour hours, we chat about the craft, what he digs about the extreme stuff and his newest Splatterpunk collection, Immoral Dilemmas!

And later on, we dive headfirst into a sprawling discussion about that beloved sci-fi franchise mega-hit from the 70s and all the toys and play sets that went along with it. No, not THAT ONE... we're talking PLANET OF THE APES!

Buy Tom's books wherever you get your reading material and be sure to visit his website!


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