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Discussion and play-along of classic games, with perspectives from both long-time fans and a brand new player.

Show is on twitter at @OGPlusCast.  Hosts are @HamletEJ, @healiocentric, and @Ghostcrawler.

Bumper audio from Balance and Ruin.  Header art from Lusipurr. Views expressed here are personal and do not represent Blizzard Entertainment or Riot Games.

Jul 3, 2018

Our next episode, On July 30 (note the 1-episode break), will begin discussion of Super Mario Bros. 2!

 

 

The game is available on NES (and NES Classic), on SNES in the form of Super Mario All-Stars, and on Game Boy Advance in the form of Super Mario Advance.

This will be short run (1-2 episodes), so we expect to have finished the game by the time we discuss it.

Jul 2, 2018

The final encounters and ending of Metal Gear Solid, discussion of the story and ending, and the series as a whole. Also: The Selfish Gene, the mystery of Gulf War Syndrome, and something called the Super Baby Method.

 

And, announcement of our next game! Discussion will begin in our next episode in four weeks.

 

Links:

Localization analysis of FF6

Steamed Hams but it's MGS

Video with some history about the game

Jun 18, 2018

The beginning of the final sequence: the underground base with Metal Gear REX, the PAL key, various story revelations, and the titular boss fight.

The next episode, in two weeks, will complete the game! (The remaining segment of gameplay is very short).

Jun 4, 2018

Three more bosses, two fights on elevators, and whether love can bloom on the battlefield.

The next episode, in two weeks, will go through the Metal Gear Rex boss fight.

May 21, 2018

The boss battles with Psycho Mantis and Sniper Wolf, and the torture and cell sequence.  The hosts ramble about science issues at various points, and Greg and Melissa both misuse the Ketchup in very different ways.

 

The next episode, in two weeks, will cover through the boss fight in the frozen warehouse (just after the blast furnace).

 

Waypoint article about the torture/cell sequence.

May 7, 2018

The fights against Vulcan Raven in the tank, Cyborg Ninja, and Psycho Mantis, and meeting Meryl and Otacon.

 

The next episode, in two weeks, will cover through the ascent up Comm. Tower A.

 

Liz England explaining game design using doors.

Apr 23, 2018

We begin other game! Background and introductory elements of Metal Gear Solid, and the beginning of the story: meeting the two hostages (the DARPA Chief and the ArmsTech President), and the encounter with Revolver Ocelot.

The next episode, in two weeks, will go through the fourth boss fight (In the Commander's Room).

Links:

Dara O'Briain on Metal Gear Solid

Revolver Ocelot

 

Apr 10, 2018

For those who didn't hear in yesterday's episode, on 4/23 we will be beginning our discussion of Metal Gear Solid!

 

For those looking to play along:

The original version can be played on a PS1, PS2, or PS3.

It can be bought on the PSN store on a PS3 or PSP, or via the MGS Legacy Collection on PS3.

The PC version is sadly not available digitally, but if you find it, you can play using a fan patch on modern machines.

The remake for Gamecube using the MGS2 engine should be close enough for discussion as well.

 

The first episode will take us through the first boss (in the armory).

 

Apr 9, 2018

Wawka Shrine, the Ark of Yamato, and the end of the game.

 

And of course, announcing our next game, starting as usual in our next episode in two weeks!

Mar 26, 2018

The elaborate Oni Island dungeon, and the long quest sequence that takes us through Kamui, Wep'keer, Yoshpet Forst, Ponc'tan, and the Spirit Gate.

 

The next episode in two weeks will conclude Okami and announce our next game!

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