Jan 6, 2020

SideCast #3 - Best Albums of the Decade (2010-2019)

In this special edition of the ConcertCast (our 3rd SideCast), the guys discuss their Top Albums of the decade (2010-2019). Give it a listen and hopefully you'll discover some new artists you enjoy and want to support.  As always, thanks for listening.

Dec 18, 2019

Episode 68 - Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Last month, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) went to the "dark side" as they played a title that was both very thought-provoking and contraversial in Ninja Theory's Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. In this episode, the guys not only discuss the game's features and mode of play, but also dive deeper into the developer's concept and what they hoped to accomplish with this game. Did their efforts meet up to the guys' expectations and standards, or did it fall short of its mark? Get ready for another fun segment of the ConcertCast and hear our listeners' thoughtful and passionate answers to our Question of the Month. So tune in, give the show a listen, and ready yourself for the guys' dissection this beefy title in this month's episode of the RFG Playcast.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 68 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19239.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:52
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:14
ConcertCast - 00:07:30
News - 00:34:46
Pickups - 00:42:17
Whatcha Playin' - 01:08:23
Question of the Month - 01:39:12
Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice Discussion - 1:54:40
Upcoming Titles - 03:01:34
Outro - 03:07:45

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com

Nov 12, 2019

Episode 67 - Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon

In honor of October, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) chose to play the modern, 8-bit Castlevania-like, Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon. This episode, the guys discuss the gameplay, the graphics, the music, and whether this is a title you should add to your collection. Our monthly segment of the ConcertCast returns and includes reviews of some great shows that the guys attended. They also devote a nice portion of the show to discussing all of the horror movies they watched this Halloween season. So tune in, give the show a listen, and just let your soul glow with this episode of the Playcast.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 67 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19226.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:50
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:15
ConcertCast - 00:38:03
Pickups - 01:00:10
Whatcha Playin' - 01:12:37
Question of the Month - 01:45:42
Bloodstained:Curse of the Moon Discussion - 1:52:41
Upcoming Titles - 02:40:21
Outro - 02:44:57

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Oct 19, 2019

Episode 66 - Saints Row: The Third

In this episode, the boys let their freak flags fly as Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by their friend and host of the Retro Fandango podcast, Kevin (BuriedOnMars). It's another month of murderous mayhem as the guys stalk the streets of Steelport to reclaim the city they call home in Volition's wacky, open-world crime shooter, Saints Row: The Third. The guys discuss the their favorite gameplay elements and how they chose to approach this title. This month, there's a tremendous concert cast as the guys discuss their recently fallen rock heroes and their favorite albums of 1995. You will not want to miss this high eclectic selection of albums and you'll certainly want to know which of the boys has never heard of the Wu Tang Clan.....we can't make this up kids. Join us for this hardy and laughter-filled episode of the Playcast.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 66 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19207.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:42
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:09
ConcertCast - 00:13:46
Question of the Month - 00:58:20
Best Albums of 1995 - 01:16:12
Pickups - 02:05:33
Whatcha Playin' - 02:14:15
Saints Row: The Third Discussion - 2:27:25
Upcoming Titles - 03:42:23
Outro - 03:47:29

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Sep 21, 2019

Episode 65 - Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc & Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

In this episode, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by their good friend, Crabmaster2000 from the Collectorcast. There's murder in the air, and boys must dust off their detective hats and put their wits to the test to survive Hope's Peak Academy and Jabberwock Island in Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc & Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair. The guys discuss the ins and outs of these "gamey" visual novels and determine whether or not they are worth your time. Which of these two titles was their favorite? Who has never eaten a Twinkie? And who is really creeped out by Orel Hershiser? Instead of chugging Snuggle, be sure to give this episode a try.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 65 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19192.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:59
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:20
ConcertCast - 00:14:59
News - 00:41:31
Nintendo Direct - 00:50:39
Pickups - 01:05:08
Whatcha Playin' - 01:22:42
Question of the Month - 1:31:36
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc & Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Discussion - 1:41:44
Upcoming Titles - 03:01:47
Outro - 03:07:51

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Aug 21, 2019

Episode 64 - Super Mario Land & Super Mario Land 2

In this nostalgic episode of the PlayCast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) discuss the exploits of everyone's favorite 'shroom eating plumber in Super Mario Land and Super Mario Land 2. Originally created for Nintendo's OG, cartridge-swapping handheld as a launch title, the first Super Mario Land and the "gray brick" celebrated their 30th birthdays on July 31st. So what better way to celebrate than to play them!

In this episode we discuss the in and outs of both games, what we liked and didn't like about them, and determine if they are worthy additions to the Mario series. Get ready for another edition of the Concertcast, a quick, better-late-than-never review of the film Ready Player One, and hear our thoughts on which library we would rather be stuck on a desert island with, the original Sony Playstation's or the Sega Saturn's. Our friends and followers on social media also weigh in on our Question of the Month: "If you could eat a mushroom that made you bigger or smaller, which would you choose and what would you do at that size?" Episode #64 of the PlayCast is a fun-filled nostalgia trip that you will not want to miss!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 64 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19173.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:55
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:14
ConcertCast - 00:13:24
Pickups - 00:52:03
Whatcha Playin' - 00:59:39
Question of the Month - 1:11:40
Super Mario Land & Super Mario Land 2 Discussion - 1:19:15
Upcoming Titles - 02:16:28
Outro - 02:22:35

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Jul 26, 2019

Episode 63 - Twisted Metal 2 & Twisted Metal Black

In this episode of the PlayCast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) hit the gas and ready the rockets as they discuss two installments of the classic, vehicular combat series, Twisted Metal, with Twisted Metal 2 and Twisted Metal Black. Does the former game still maintain a glisten from its glory days? And does Black for the PS2 take itself a step above its predecessors? Our Question of the Month asks, "If YOU were a competitor, what would your vehicle and special attack be?" Get ready to laugh along with us as we read the comments from our followers on social media and our friends from the forums. For fans of the nostalgic Twisted Metal series, Episode #63 of the PlayCast is one that you will not want to miss!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 63 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19151.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:01:07
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:03:53
ConcertCast - 00:10:05
Pickups - 00:34:06
Whatcha Playin' - 00:57:55
Question of the Month - 1:13:57
Twisted Metal 2 & Twisted Metal Black Discussion - 1:22:42
Upcoming Titles - 02:27:00
Outro - 02:32:19

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Jun 10, 2019

Episode 62 - Detroit: Become Human

In this landmark episode of the PlayCast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) meet for the first time and record face-to-face in the Austin, Texas "Ghost House." The guys discuss the newest title from one of their favorite developers, Quantic Dream, the sci-fi, android-driven adventure, Detroit: Become Human. Prior to their game discussion, the boys get into the ConcertCast and discuss some of the media they've been consuming recently. What follows is a conversation on the concept of "singularity," that you won't want to miss!

Be sure to stick around for the results of the question of the month poll and a discussion of Detroit that covers gameplay, significant moments in the game, and the outcomes of our playthroughs. Since this is the 4th Quantic Dream title that we have played as a group, the guys conclude by rating each game in order of their preference. Episode #62 is a very special edition of the PlayCast that you will not want to miss!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 62 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19062.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:33
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:03:03
ConcertCast - 00:13:12
Pickups - 00:38:29
Whatcha Playin' - 00:54:18
Question of the Month - 1:17:25
Detroit: Become Human Discussion - 1:33:33
Upcoming Titles - 02:39:50
Outro - 02:44:49

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

May 24, 2019

Episode 61 - Limbo & Inside

In this episode, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) take on two aesthetically sensual titles from Dutch developer Playdead Studios, Limbo and Inside. Both games are very similar in nature, but the guys examine their differences and break down what elements make them unique; a prominent RF Generation member also drops in to give his thoughts on the games.

Prior to their discussion of these titles, the guys are joined by a special guest and friend of the show to discuss Perfect Blue, a classic, once highly-sought after anime that was recently brought to Blu-Ray. Are these games and this anime worth adding to your library, or do a few or all of them miss the mark? Are these game too violent? And what do we make of these games "soundtracks," and maybe to some, lack thereof? The answer to all of these questions and many more in Episode #61 of the Playcast!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on these games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games more. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes and/or Podbean to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen, we hope you enjoy the show!

Episode 61 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19051.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:39
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:03:50
ConcertCast - 00:13:54
Perfect Blue - 00:33:23
News - 00:48:58
Pickups - 01:06:39
Whatcha Playin' - 01:27:46
Question of the Month - 1:45:29
Limbo & Inside Discussion - 1:53:07
Upcoming Titles - 03:04:33
Outro - 03:09:15

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

Apr 26, 2019

Episode 60 - Dragon Warrior

In this very special episode, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) take a trip back in time with one of their childhood favorites the RPG, Dragon Warrior/Dragon Quest. Are they looking at the game through rose-colored glasses or will this experience prove their fond memories true? Episode #60 of the Playcast, is dedicated to the memory of Shawn's childhood friend and one of the game's biggest fans, the late Jessie Patterson. Be sure to stick around after the show for a special treat. You will not want to miss it!

The guys discuss the game's story, the ins-and-outs of the gameplay, the graphics, the music, and sounds. Due to the heavy grinding required to complete Dragon Warrior, some reviewers have described it as "unplayable." Shawn and Rich determine whether this term fits and even get a hand from an old friend. In our Concertcast segment, the guys discuss their Top 5 albums that were released in 1986, the same year Dragon Quest came out in Japan. Can you guess what some of their favorite tunes are? And will they come away loving this game as much as they did back in the day? The answers to all of these questions and many more, in the newest episode of the RF Generation Playcast. Check it out!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this game on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more. We hope you enjoy our show. Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 60 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19011.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:50
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:32
ConcertCast - 00:10:12
Top 5 Albums of 1986 - 00:13:19
News - 00:49:47
Pickups - 00:55:46
Whatcha Playin' - 01:12:38
Question of the Month - 1:32:19
Dragon Warrior Discussion - 1:47:48
Upcoming Titles - 02:58:06
Outro - 03:02:46

Music:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)

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