Month: June 2016

Abnormal Mapping 50: Jump Cut Genocide

The Abnormal Mapping podcast survives after its final episode to reach this, its milestone episode. It has been five decades since we began our humble journey, from our first game club of Space War through the Arcade Years and the Decade of Nintendo to this, our current configuration in our fiftieth annual episode. Blades will bleed. Shields will shatter. And we’ll travel back through our memories of a long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, when the Younglings gathered around their vidscreens and peered into the void to ask the age old question:

“Master Skywalker, what company won E3?”

You can get our podcast on iTunes, on Stitcher, or you can download it directly by clicking here.

Things Discussed: E3, #SPIDERMANPS4, Spider-Man 2, Mass Effect, Watch Dogs 2’s Promotional Videos, FIFA 17: The Journey, West Bromwich Albion Football Club (The Baggies), David Baddiel, Miitomo, Dishonored II, The Tragedie of Shigeru Miyamoto, Dirt 3, Uncharted 3, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect, Too Many Notes, Kingdom Hearts, Yakuza 3’s tragic love story, The Sasuke Problem 

Music This Episode:
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Joy by Shoji Meguro
Football Crazy by Robin Hall and Jimmie Macgregor
Star Wars and the Revenge of the Sith by John Williams
Ballad of the Wind Fish by Minako Hamano and Kozue Ishikawa
Under Logic by Yuzo Koshiro


A Call for Podcast Guests – A Kingdom Hearts Journey

khhd03Hey everyone, M here! I’ve been replaying Kingdom Hearts recently, and I was thinking that it would be great to do a series of podcasts about them similar to what Jackson did about Metal Gear. But as much as everyone likes to poke fun at Kingdom Hearts, I don’t actually know that many people who are REALLY into Kingdom Hearts. So that’s why I’m making this, and trying to get people who want to be on. I want to do fun, positive podcasts probably about an hour long about each of the games individually. Ideally we’d talk a bit about the game, and about your relationship with the series in general, and maybe some disney/square games goofery.

Here’s the games I intend to cover. The ones that are crossed out are the ones that have been claimed already!

  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts II
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
  • Kingdom Hearts 3D Dream Drop Distance
  • Kingdom Hearts Unchained x

THEY’RE ALL CLAIMED! Thanks everyone, this’ll be recording throughout the rest of the year and start going up once I feel like I have a comfortable buffer. I’ll keep you updated!

That’s a lot of games! And I know people mostly only played Kingdom Hearts 1 and 2. But I want the broad, sweeping look at what Kingdom Hearts is. So here’s the guidelines for anyone who wants to be a part of this.

  • send me a twitter message @em_being or an email at
  • we’ll set up a time to record. I’m planning these deep in advance to make sure interest is there, we won’t record until late summer or early fall at the earliest.
  • these will go up in early 2017, one a month, probably, to allow for production time and having any free time

If you think you’d be interested, drop me a line, we can talk about it. If you just want to signal boost, that would be great. If you know someone who might be interested, please send them this. Kingdom Hearts is a series that is most beloved by people who are often ignored by the usual games discourse, and those are the people I really want to talk to. If you’re going to throw your hat in, please let me know which games you most feel like you could talk about, and recognize that I’m going to get a lot of interest in the main numbered series, so its less likely you’ll get those ones. As usual for anything Abnormal Mapping related, queer people, PoC, and women will get preference. I’m not about to have a cis white dude cast about Kingdom Hearts, of all things, for obvious reasons.

Thanks for sharing or joining in, whichever you do. I’d love to make this real, but that needs us all to join hearts across time and space!

Morning Mega Man: Mega Man 2

Mega Man defeated Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters once, but somehow this didn’t actually change anything, so he’s called into action once more. Will he defeat 8 more? Will this cycle ever end? Will he ever look cooler than he does in the title screen?

Jackson returns with Morning Series, and this time he’s tackling the beloved Mega Man 2. He’s very excited to play and you should be very excited to watch. Let’s go!