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Abnormal Mapping 60: Katamari Damacy

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Celebrate the shortest month with the shortest hero as Abnormal Mapping delves into the wide world of rolling up extremely tiny objects in Katamary Damacy. This includes the first game, We Love Katamari, and even some Katamari Forever. Plus, we dip into Keita Takahashi’s development history and philosophy of design. Come for the good conversation, stay for the incredible music. We’re 60 years young and still rolling strong!

This Month’s Game Club: Katamari Damacy

Next Month’s Game Club: Final Fantasy IX

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

Things Discussed: Mortal Kombat 9, the coolness of Ninjas, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, Hatsune Miku Project DIVA Future Tone, Guitar Hero Live, Braid, The Swapper, Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation, Ori & The Blind Forest, Mario Galaxy, Gravity Ghost, Katamari Damacy, The Zelda 1 Map in Zelda 2, Katamari Items Twitter, We Love Katamari, Noby Noby Boy, Beautiful Katamari, Wattam (Coming Soon!), Keita Takahashi’s Twitter, The Katamari of Amigara Fault, Ninja Gaiden, Dark Souls

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Ken MacLeod
Katamari Mambo by Yuri Misumi
Que Sera Sera by Asuka Sakai
Cherry Blossom Color Season by Yuu Miyake
Katamari on the Rocks by Yuu Miyake

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Abnormal Mapping 59: The Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider Pentalogy

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Hello and welcome to 2017 where we’re getting right into the thick of it with a podcast covering five whole video games today. What happens when you take a decade to tell the story of two women equally dedicated to murdering, climbing, exploring, and looting, and pit them against each other? Today we look at two generations of design by a single company, and ask the question: what exactly is Lara Croft’s job? Because she sure isn’t selling these artifacts or writing papers.

Things Discussed: Moderns Warfare 1-3, New Super Mario Bros. U, Super Mario Run, Super Mario Sunshine, Things Were Better Before, the surprisingly nice looking 360 Version of Rise of The Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider Anniversary, Tomb Raider Underworld, Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider, Hitman, E3, Our Yakuza 3 Episode, Danganronpa

This Month’s Game Club: Tomb Raider Legend, Tomb Raider: Anniversary, Tomb Raider Underworld, Tomb Raider (2013), Rise of the Tomb Raider

Next Month’s Game Club: Katamari Damacy

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

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Ken MacLeod
Tomb Raider Legend Theme by Troels Brun Folmann
Japan 7B by Troels Brun Folmann
Man for All Seasons by Robbie Williams
I Shall Rise by Karen O

Abnormal Mapping 57: The First Annual Soundtrack Showcase Part The First

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We’re here at the end of the year with a very special Christmas episode, where we celebrate not just the best music of the year, but the best music of the games we played this year. That’s a big list, so this is only half of it. Have a merry Christmas and see you in two weeks!

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

Tales from the Borderlanes – Retrograde – James Blake
The Witcher 2 – A Nearly Peaceful Place – Krzysztof Wierzynkiewicz
Fable – Oakvale – Russell Shaw
Uncharted – Small Beginnings – Greg Edmonson
Alex Kidd in Miracle World – Main Theme – Tokuhiko “BO” Uwabo
Link’s Awakening – Tal Tal Heights – Koji Kondo
Mega Man 3 – Magnet Man – Yasuaki Fujita
Castlevania – Wicked Child – Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima
Castlevania 3 – Mad Forest – Yoshinori Sasaki
The Last of Us – The Last of Us – Gustavo Santaolalla
Alien Isolation – Lower Hospital – Christian Henson, Joe Henson, and Alexis Smith
Firewatch – Stay in Your Tower and Watch – Chris Remo
The Last of Us – Left Behind – Gustavo Santaolalla
FFIV – Within The Giant – Nobuo Uematsu
FF6 – Terra’s Theme – Nobuo Uematsu
Yakuza – Scarlet Scar – Hidenori Shoji
Digimon Cyber Sleuth – A Day in A Detective Agency – Masafumi Takada
Digimon Cyber Sleuth – PO-SI-TIVE Pop Girl – Masafumi Takada
Read Only Memories – Step Careful (Lexi’s Theme) – 2Mello
Heart & Slash – I ❤ You – Michael Chait
Freedom Planet – Fortune Night – Strife and Woofle
Flywrench – Speeds – Daedelus
Deadly Tower of Monsters – Lost in Space – Patricio Meneses

BACKING MUSIC FOR AWARDS

Dead Rising 3: Nick’s Theme
Uncharted 2: Nate’s Theme 2.0
Sonic 3: Carnival Night
Super Hot: Menu Theme
Battlefield 4: Main Theme
Metal Gear Rising: Rules of Nature
Dead Rising: Fly Routine
The Witcher: Dusk of a Northern Kingdom
Freedom Planet: Freedom Planet Theme
Sonic 2: Emerald Hill Zone
Final Fantasy IV: Theme of Love
Table Tennis Touch: N/A
Hitman Blood Money: Ave Maria
Pure Pool: Voce e Bonito
Majora’s Mask: Title Demo
New Vegas: Main Title
Mega Man 4: Brightman Stage
Kotor: Main Theme
Metroid Fusion: Press Start
Yoshi’s Woolly World: Bounceabout Woods
Dr Langeskov: Beethoven Symphony No. 7 – II: Allegretto (Columbia University Orchestra)
Castlevania Chronicles: Vampire Killer
The Room 2: Main Theme
Rise of the Tomb Raider: Main Theme
Tales From The Borderlands: Carfire on the Highway

Abnormal Mapping 56: Does Tom Nook Own the People?

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Today we’re rejoined by regular guest and former co-host Destiny Sturdivant for a romp through one of the most storied RPGs of all time. Please enjoy, have a good holiday if you celebrate it, and try to be kind and healthy in these trying times.

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

Things Discussed: Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Witcher, Thumper, NBA2k17, Presbo, Sombra, Final Fantasy VI, the US FF6 commercial, the horniest character in video games, best birthdays in video games, being in the new games bubble, Idle Thumbs 288 about Titanfall 2, The Great Goal Pole in Super Mario 3D World 

This Month’s Game Club: Final Fantasy VI

Next Month: MUSIC and GOTY

Songs in This Episode
Omen by Nobuo Uematsu
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Aria di Mezzo Carattere by Nobuo Uematsu
Coin Song by Nobuo Uematsu
Dancing Mad by Nobuo Uematsu

Abnormal Mapping 55: Gerry Rivers, of the Vizima Rivers

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Polyblank, have a seat, we have much business to discuss.

Right. Basically, we need you to listen to this here episode of Abnormal Mapping. They played this videogame Jazzpunk, recorded all manner of thoughts and opinions on it, and for reasons unknown uploaded it to the internet on a publically identifiable server. Your mission is to find any compromising information, ie, anything rude about me, and extract it from the file.

As usual, here are your pills. Good luck, Polyblank.

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

Things discussed: Style Savvy: Fashion Forward, British film history, League of Legends, Sonic Adventure adventures, The Witcher 3, Picross 3D Round 2, FIFA 2017, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Snotgirl, Clean Room, Jazzpunk, Haunting Starring Polterguy, Best Train Levels, Retronauts, Slow Guns, M’s appearance on Badland Girls, Jackson’s anime podcast is not out yet, M’s blog All of the Wonder Woman

This Month’s Game: Jazzpunk
Next Month’s Game: Final Fantasy VI

Music This Month
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Circumflex Apts by Luis Hernandez
Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin
Metroid Title Theme (Analogue Synth remake) by Luminist

Abnormal Mapping 54: Mark Millar’s Other M

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The Mappers bring you a short and sweet podcast this time covering a short and sweet game from M’s past. We also talk anything but games, including the now regular comic book corner segment, where Jackson regales us with tales of the Marvel Ultimate Universe (RIP).

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

Things Discussed: Chameleon Run, Reigns, Roman Reigns, Comics Talk Round Two, Batman: Year One, The Ultimates, East of West, Attack on Titan (the Manga), Metroid Fusion

This Month’s Game Club: Metroid Fusion

Next Month’s Game Club: Jazzpunk

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin McLeod
Main Deck by Minako Hamano Akira Fujiwara
The Truth Reigns by Jim Johnston

 

Abnormal Mapping 53: Orth Is Not Daddy

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The Mappers celebrate the long season of heat by refusing to turn their PCs on and instead delving into the wide world of mobile games. This is a secret place, full of dark mystery and a thousand alluring traps, but they will persevere. Teasing apart of a puzzle is just human nature. The soul of humanity abhors a secret. What could possibly go wrong?

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

Things Discussed: Comics, Atop The Fourth Wall, Assassin’s Creed IV, The Wolf Among Us, Style Savvy, Style Savvy’s British Localization, Jetpack Joyride, The Room, The Room Two, The Room Three, Friends At The Table, This Episode of Yu Gi Oh! Abridged

This Month’s Game Club: The Room 1, 2, and 3

Next Month’s Game Club: Metroid Fusion

Music This Episode
The Room Theme by David Newby
Jetpack Joyride Main Theme by Halfbrick
Dive Man by Minae Fujii

Abnormal Mapping 52: My Chappie is Ready

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We’re back with a new Abnormal Mapping, this time with the return (after four weeks) of the glorious Game Club! In the meantime, we deviate from Video Games to talk about all the things that aren’t, mostly TV and movies and our feelings about how episodic shows are broken and need rehabilitation. And then we talk about how games are broken and need rehabilitation. And then then we talk about how WE’RE broken and need rehabilitation. It’s a cycle that never ends, just like this podcast. Maybe.

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

Things Discussed: Tap Tycoon, Inside, Best Persona 4 Girl, Best Persona 3 Boy, Cowboy Bebop, Stranger Things, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Beyond, Alien: Resurrection, Binary Domain, Vanquish, Bionic Commando, Bayonetta, Tales from the Borderlands, Chappie, i Robot

This Month’s Game Club: Binary Domain

Next Month’s Game Club: The Room 1, 2, and 3

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Julia’s Song by Yoko Kanno
American Currency by Yoko Kanno
Robot Spider by Mitsuharu Fukuyama
Randy Dandy Oh by Sean Dagher, Nils Brown
Let’s Dance, Boys by Hiroshi Yamaguchi

Abnormal Mapping 51: CTRL+F: Sadboys

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We said we’d do it, and we weren’t lying. This is our first free form episode, where we just sit and talk about games. Please let us know if it’s okay or not! Neither of us had a lot of confidence in our ability to carry a podcast like this, so we really need validation or feedback. Emails to podcast@abnormalmapping.com!

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

Things Discussed: #BREXIT, Otome vs Tity RPGs, Mega Man, Tony Hawk’s Final 900, The X-Games, blink-182’s New Album, Assassin’s Creed III, Mickey Mouse, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening, Deads Rising 1-3, The Psycho (1960) of Video Games, Old Games, Analogue: A Hate Story, Hate Plus, Noby Noby Boy, Jackson’s Video Game Waifus

Music This Episode:
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Connor’s Life by Lorne Balfe
Gone Guru by Lifeseeker

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