Month: December 2015

Abnormal Mapping 39 – You Cannot Comprehend the Nature of [BLEEP]’s Attack

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It’s the end of the year, and the Mappers have arrived a little late and a little weary to talk about the year that is now past and the year that lies ahead. 2015 was a mess of a year, like years often are, and in grand tradition we echew game of the year lists to bring you some memories, some japes, and some feelings. What lies ahead for the podcast? Within are the answers. Then, we turn to the games of yesteryear, for a deep conversation about one of the most highly regarded RPGs of all time, GameFAQs and Starman.net’s own … EarthBound.

A big thank you to friend of the show Tracie Mauk for providing the voice of the photographer in this episode.

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This Month’s Game ClubEarthBound

Next Month’s Game Club: Expand

Things discussed: 2015 SpreadsheetThe Metal Gear Articles, Metals Gear, Zelda, Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Final Fantasy VII, Ninja Gaiden Black, Yakuza 3, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, The Crew, Alphabear, Neko Atsume, Binding of Issac: Rebirth, Monster Hunter 4: Ultimate, Bloodborne, Etrian Odyssey, The Walking Dead: Season 2, Crusader Kings 2, EarthBound, the EarthBound guide

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Photographer’s Theme by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Your Name Please by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
The Sky Runner by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Runaway Five Left the Building by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka
Onett Theme by Keiichi Suzuki and Hirokazu Tanaka

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The Metal Gear Diaries #32: Mixed Messages

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we made our way through the end of Act Two: Solid Sun, and today are heading into the Third Act: Third Sun! (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #31: Getting The Band Back Together

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we took out our first boss, and now we’re heading off in search of one Naomi Hunter. Onwards and away! (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #30: The First Boss Fight

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we met Naomi, who explained the details of Liquid’s plan, and had a good ol’ think about how much death terrifies us. This time, we’re probably going to have a Boss Fight… (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #29: Old Snake

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, Drebin hooked us up with the information about The Patriots and the fantastic ending of Sons of Liberty was retconned away. Today, we’re going to reach Naomi even if it kills us. (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #28: Retcons Of Liberty

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we got caught up on Campbell’s love life, and felt sad for how much we dehumanised the AI on the battlefield. This time, we’re going to move ever closer to Liquid’s base! (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #27: Rose, Guardian of the Sad Dads

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we began Act Two, and sat through the longest briefing sequence in all of Metal Gear, the majority of which was a sad girl trying to cook some eggs. This time, we’re going to move through towards the base. (more…)

The Metal Gear Diaries #26: Sad Dad Simulator ’08

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we completed Act One of the videogame Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. This time, presumably, we will move into Act Two of said videogame. Though, given Hideo Kojima, even that might be a misguided assumption. (more…)

VaniaMania: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse

Long before Simon Belmont stormed Dracula’s Castle to end evil’s reign, there was another Belmont! This man gathered friends to help him seal away evil once and for all, only to prove that darkness doesn’t end with one hero’s quest. This is his story!

Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is the third and final Castlavania game released by Konami for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Originally out in Japan in 1989, the version we’re playing is a translation of the Japanese original, keeping intact the custom sound chip-driven soundtrack that made this entry so notable.

The Metal Gear Diaries #25: Nanomachines

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The setup for these posts is simple: I’ve never played a Metal Gear Solid game before, and I want to change that. I’m going to be writing my on-going reactions to the games as I go, and sharing them with the world. The Metal Gear Diaries are somewhere between a full critical essay and twitter gut responses, and will form an honest document of my shock, frustration and surprise at the events of, say it with me now, “Metal Gear?!” They will be packed with spoilers for all Metal Gear games!

Last time, we met up with Drebin and decided that we’re going to need his sweet sweet cool awesome super sexy fuck yes guns in order to make our anti-war critique. Metal Gear is a strange house of cards that falls down if you have to explain it to anybody. Today, we’re going to finally meet the informants! (more…)