Aug 31, 2020

Episode 76 - Earthbound

In this month's episode, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81), are joined by good friend and RF Generation site Director, Adam (bickman2k) to discuss his favorite game of all time, Earthbound for the SNES. When this humorous and cute RPG first hi the shelves, it went virtually undetected by gamers; now, years later, it has become one of the most talked about and beloved games on the system.  We breakdown this title to see if the love is deserved, or if it's just another high-priced, scarce relic of bygone days. Before our gametalk, you'll want to tune in to the Concertcast, where we pick our Top 3 one-hit wonders whose amazing catalogs of music went virtually unnoticed. Be sure to log on to the forums to submit your picks.  Will Earthbound first time players, Shawn and Rich's lofty expectations, or is this one better left in the goody case?  Tune in to find out! 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games in more detail. 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 76 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19383.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:47
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:27
ConcertCast - 00:19:16
Pickups - 00:50:25
Whatcha Playin' - 01:12:15
Question of the Month - 01:33:22
Earthbound Discussion - 1:40:48
Upcoming Titles - 02:56:07
Outro - 03:02:28

Songs in order of appearance:
Opening theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)
Devo - That's Good
Nada Surf - Popular
The Cult - Love Removal Machine
Missing Persons - Tears
Flock of Seagulls - Wishing
The Vaselines - Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam
Earthbound OST - Your Name, Please
Len - Steal My Sunshine

Jul 27, 2020

Episode 75 - Cannon Spike

In this month's episode, the Playcast and the Shoot the Corecast join forces with Cammy and her Anti-Robot Special Forces to take on an onslaught of robot terrorists in Psikyo's Cannon Spike on the Sega Dreamcast. Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Josh (MetalFRO) and Addicted discuss the ends and outs of this wannabe twin-stick shooter and determine whether this pricey title is one that you need to add to your collection. During the Concertcast segment, the guys choose three bands/artists that they would like to see if breakups and deceased members were no obstacle. We are extremely excited to present this RF Generation site podcast crossover as we play through this classic, action-packed title.  Ask yourself, are YOU ready for Baby Mode?

 

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games in more detail. 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 75 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19322.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:52
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:03:55
Mistakes our A-Hole Friends Pointed Out - 00:14:42
ConcertCast - 00:16:39
Pickups - 00:45:22
Whatcha Playin' - 01:14:48
Question of the Month - 01:32:04
Cannon Spike Discussion - 1:40:37
Upcoming Titles - 02:39:58
Outro - 02:45:08

 

Songs in order of appearance:
Opening theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)
Prong - The Banishment
Dio - Stand Up and Shout
X-Ray Spex - The Day the World Turned Day-Glo
Cinderella - Gypsy Road
Beastie Boys - Shake Your Rump
Motorhead - No Voices in the Sky
Gun Spike OST - Stage H Boss #1 (Revenger Balrog)
Steely Dan - Dirty Work
Gallantry - Raiden

Jun 30, 2020

Episode 74 - Darksiders Genesis

In this month's episode of the Playcast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by Airship Syndicate writer and longtime friend of the Ghost, Frank Barbiere to discuss the fourth installment of the Darksider's series, Darksiders Genesis. Frank gives us an exciting, "inside baseball" look at the game and its development within the studios of Airship Syndicate. As a special treat, Frank also joins the boys in another special segment of the Concertcast in which all three divulge their Top 5 Albums of 2007 and of course a errrrr.....few honorable mentions..... How did the guys feel about this platforming, Diablo-style dungeon crawler? What was their favorite song from 2007? And which one of them has never heard Rihannah's "Umbrella?".......Seriously! WTF??

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the games in more detail. 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 74 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19358.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:44
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:09
Mistakes our A-Hole Friends Pointed Out - 00:15:33
ConcertCast (Best of 2007) - 00:22:15
News - 01:40:09
Pickups - 01:56:14
Whatcha Playin' - 02:18:00
Question of the Month - 02:41:05
Darksiders Genesis Discussion - 2:52:28
Upcoming Titles - 04:01:40
Outro - 04:05:43

Songs in order of appearance:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)
MGMT - Kids
New Pornographers - Mutiny, I Promise You
Tegan and Sara - Back In Your Head
The National - Fake Empire
Four Year Strong - Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band - On the Darkside
Feist - My Moon, My Man
Gareth Coker - Moloch (Darksiders Genesis OST)
Rihanna - Umbrella

May 16, 2020

Episode 73 - Control

In this month's episode of the Playcast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) work to crack the mystery of Remedy Entertainment's newest release in their altered world universe, Control. The guys discuss their thoughts on the game's story, the combat and other forms of gameplay, the graphics, sounds, and whether or not this may be the game for you. Shawn is a self-proclaimed fan of Remedy games, and Rich is a newcomer, so you'll find out how this experience appealed and put-off both of them.

While last month's episode of the ConcertCast was a bit of a downer due to all of the show cancellations due to COVID-19. The guys spirits are uplifted as they are joined by a very special guest, Marisa Dabice of the band Mannequin P@#%y. She and her bandmates' 2019 release, "Patience," was honored as one of Pitchfork Music's 2019 Best Rock Albums of the Year. Not only is Marisa a talented musician, but an avid gamer as well. She and the guys discuss the current and future perils of 2020 for musicians and concert attendees, her newest album and what's she's working toward, and of course, her history with video games and what she's playing now. We're breaking new ground on our show with this interview and we hope that you enjoy it.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these 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 73 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19321.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:01:01
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:47
ConcertCast - 00:09:17
Interview with Marisa Dabice - 00:15:05
News - 01:17:52
Pickups - 01:27:57
Whatcha Playin' - 01:36:41
Question of the Month - 01:45:54
Control Discussion - 1:54:41
Upcoming Titles - 03:29:17
Outro - 03:33:26

Songs in order of appearance:
Opening/Closing theme by Cameron Johnson of Atma Weapon (http://atmaweaponnc.bandcamp.com)
Nobunny - Blow Dumb
Mannequin P@$%y - Patience
Spirit of the Beehive - Fall Asleep with a Vision
Mannequin P@$%y - Who You Are
Kississippi - Cut Yr Teeth
Soul Glo - 27
Crazy Dr. Darling - Dynamite
Amanda Blank - Shame on Me

Apr 13, 2020

Episode 72 - Fable II

In this month's episode of the Playcast, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) address these strange times as they travel to the fantastical world of Albion, the setting of Lionhead Studio's Fable II. The guys discuss the ins-and-outs of the game's story, battle mechanics, gameplay, graphics, sounds, and the game's one-of-a-kind morality system. Speaking of morality....the fellas get a bit cheeky as they discuss the current state of our world and government. It goes without saying, but we will, that the opinions herein are those of the hosts and in no way reflect the views of RF Generation. So welcome to this special episode of the Playcast; we hope you enjoy the listen as you practice your social distancing. Stay home if you can and do your best to keep your families and communities safe.

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these 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 72 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19314.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:48
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:30
ConcertCast - 00:17:31
News - 00:23:40
Pickups - 00:34:52
Whatcha Playin' - 00:53:25
Question of the Month - 01:10:57
Fable II Discussion - 1:30:50
Upcoming Titles - 02:58:32
Outro - 03:04:05

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

Mar 25, 2020

Episode 71 - South Park: The Stick of Truth

This month, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) travel to the fictional, snow-capped town of South Park, Colorado for a little LARPing with the kids. The crew discusses the diverse intricacies of this surprisingly well-done RPG, including the gameplay, the graphics, and the music. They also discuss their history with the television series and reveal which of the episodes is their favorite. Which one of the guys has a new found appreciation for the series? And who calls an early shot that this title may be in the their Top 5 at the end of the year? To find out, come on down to the Playcast and have yourself a time!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these 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 71 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19292.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:58
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:48
ConcertCast - 00:11:45
News - 00:19:46
Pickups - 00:30:23
Whatcha Playin' - 00:46:50
Question of the Month - 00:54:33
South Park: Stick of Truth Discussion - 1:16:21
Upcoming Titles - 02:30:01
Outro - 02:35:06

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

Feb 24, 2020

Episode 70 - Star Fox, Star Fox 64 & Star Fox 2

This month, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) discuss three games from Nintendo's popular Star Fox franchise: the original Star Fox on the Super Nintendo, Star Fox 64, and the previously unreleased Star Fox 2. The guys go through the ins and outs of these shooters as they discuss the stories, the gameplay, the graphics, the music, and which of the three titles is their favorite. While Shawn is a fan and veteran of the series, Rich only dabbled in the original game when he was younger and had a less favorable opinion of the game. Will these games hold up for Shawn? And will playing the newer iterations of the Star Fox series change Rich's mind? Tune in to find out!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these 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 70 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19276.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:01:00
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:05
ConcertCast - 00:21:30
News - 01:07:51
Pickups - 01:15:30
Whatcha Playin' - 01:32:00
Question of the Month - 01:45:35
Star Fox Games Discussion - 1:53:10
Upcoming Titles - 03:00:28
Outro - 03:07:23

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

Jan 27, 2020

Episode 69 - Wii Light Gun Games & Best of 2019

This month, Rich (singlebanana) and Shawn (GrayGhost81) are joined by a pair of prominent playthrough participants (say that 3 times fast), Doug (douglie007) and Kelsy (Crabmaster2000) to discuss the December RF Generation Wii Light Gun Competition and rank their favorite playthroughs of 2019. The Concertcast features a tribute to our favorite albums of 2019 and of the decade, and Shawn's honorable mentions for the best of 2019. Which of the three light gun games we played are worth your time, and what others do the guys recommend? What titles were we most pleasantly surprised by and which ones disappointed us the most? We discuss our favorite NES game of the site challenge, and pick our best game of the decade. What will it be? Tune in to this fun-filled, 69th episode of the RF Generation Playcast to find out!

As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on the games we play on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss these 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 69 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.com/forum/index.php?topic=19261.0

Show Notes:
Intro - 00:00:54
Bulls#$tin' & What's New - 00:04:26
ConcertCast - 00:07:05
News - 00:27:31
Pickups - 00:37:28
Whatcha Playin' - 00:57:27
Question of the Month - 01:21:43
Wii Light Gun Games Discussion - 1:31:44
Best Playthroughs of 2019 - 1:51:13
Favorites and least favorites of the year & decade - 2:13:18
Upcoming Titles - 02:40:32
Outro - 02:47:30

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

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

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