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Abnormal Mapping 60: Katamari Damacy


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

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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


Abnormal Mapping 59: The Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider Pentalogy


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

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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 58: The First Annual Soundtrack Showcase Part Deux


Welcome to the very end of the year, where we talk about the good, the bad, and the musical. Please enjoy over two hours of hot, banging audio content. Please enjoy the end of 2016. Please enjoy the end.

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

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

The Best Game Music Choices of 2016!

Witcher 3 – Priscilla’s Song – Marcin Przbylowicz, Mikolai Stroinski
Wolf Among Us – Intro Theme – Jared Emerson Johnson
Stellaris – Gravitation Constant – Andreas Waldetoft
Super Mario World – Athletic Theme – Koji Kondo
Link to the Past – Dark World – Koji Kondo
Super Castlevania 4 – Simon’s Theme – Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudo
Majora’s Mask – Milk Bar – Koji Kondo
Majora’s Mask – Giants’ Theme – Koji Kondo
Sonic the Hedgehog – Starlight Zone – Masato Nakamura
Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Metropolis – Masato Nakamura
Sonic CD – Stardust Speedway Zone (Bad Future ver) – Spencer Nilsen, David Young, Mark Crew
Sonic Adventure – Azure Blue World – Jun Senoue, Fumie Kumatani, Kenichi Tokoi, Masaru Setsumaru
Yoshi’s Woolly World – Clawdaddy Beach – Tomoya Tomita, Misaki Asada
Kirby: Planet Robobot – Float Islands (Blue Lab Area) – Hirokazu Ando
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze – Mangrove Cove – David Wise, Kenji Yamamoto
Picross 3D Round 2 – Track II – Megumi Ohara, Hirokazu Ando, Shogo Sakai
Super Hexagon – Courtesy – Chipzel
Streets of Rage 2 – Wave 131 – Yuzo Koshiro
Thumper – Road – Brian Gibson
Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst – The Shard – Solar Fields
No Man’s Sky – Blueprint for a Slow Machine – 65daysofstatic
Rez – Rock is Sponge – Joujouka
Stardew Valley – Summer (Tropicala) – ConcernedApe
Stardew Valley – Winter (Nocturne of Ice) – ConcernedApe
Kingdom Hearts – Hikari (Orchestral) – Yoko Shimomura
Auld Lang Syne – Frank Stanley

Backing Music

Rise of the Tomb Raider – Main Theme
Uncharted 4 – Nates Theme 4.0
Firewatch – Hidden Away
The Witness: Ambient Sound
Bullet Hell Monday: Stage One
Heart & Slash – I ❤ You
Chameleon Run – Trailer Theme
Oxenfree – Main Theme
The Last Guardian – Main Theme
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare – Menu Theme
Inside – Main Theme
Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Main Theme
Pokemon Sun – Welcome To Alola
Thumper – Tunnel
Rez Infinite – Stage 5
Super Hot – Menu Theme
Stardew Valley – Starwatcher

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


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!

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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


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?


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.

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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 54: Mark Millar’s Other M


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).

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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 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

Abnormal Mapping 41: The Shaven Wookie

Extend Cover Rev Final

The Mappers begin the new year with a new podcast about a new video game! There’s no such thing as too much new, as we delve deep into new characters, new shapes, and new possiblities with some new artwork and some new laughs. We also induct new things into the reading list. New. New new new. Please enjoy this new podcast, and maybe let friends (new ones, but old ones too I guess) know, so that they can be new listeners in this new era.

Meatloaf, Pure Pool, The Witcher, Animal Crossing, Shaven Wookie, Destiny, Mass Effect, Beyond: Two Souls, City of Heroes, Star Trek Online, The Sims, Saints Row, Miis, GTA IV, Sleeping Dogs, I am Become Rihanna, the Destroyer of Worlds, The Natural, Expand, When Two Best Friends Make Video Games, CS Go 1.7 Beta, games for children, the “Tears in the Rain” Blade Runner speech, Minecraft LPs, the car story from the Beastcast

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

Reading List Inductees:
Psychology of Video Games
Friends at the Table
Monster Factory

This Month’s Game Club Game: Expand

Next Month’s Game Club Game: Ninja Gaiden Black

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Mii Channel by Kazumi Totaka
Closure by Christopher Larkin
Slide by Etch Music
Busy Earnin’ by Jungle

Abnormal Mapping 37: A Miserable Pile of Dicks


The Mappers take to the Halloween skies of a cursed night long long ago in a castle far far away to discuss the Greatest Video Game Ever Made … Super Bombad Racing.

Items Discussed: Going to GAME in 2015; Bloodborne; Errant Signal’s “Peak Star Wars“; Star Wars in video games (Battlefront 2015 and 2003, Shadows of the Empire, Lego, etc); Castlevania: Symphony of the Night; Leigh Alexander’s writing on SotN; Eva Problem’s “your asshole dad’s castle is back again“; Mike Joffe’s writing on SotN; Vania Mania; Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow; Destiny’s Pokemon Team: Espurr, Eevee, Squirtle, Jigglypuff, Snorlax; Matthew’s Pokemon Team: Wobbuffet, Arcanine, Breloom, Probopass, Victini, Kiefi; Metroid Prime; Donkey Kong Country; Mario 64; Mystical Ninja starring Goemon; Catherine; Star Wars books; Stephen King

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

This Month’s Game Club: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Next Month’s Game Club: Beeswing

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Dance of Gold by Michiru Yamane
Wood Carving Partita by Michiru Yamane
Rainbow Cemetery by Michiru Yamane
I Am The Wind by Michiru Yamane (feat. Cynthia Harrel)

Abnormal Mapping 36: The Othered Man in Hat


A dark night in the bright city. Jackson dashes down an alleyway, a shadow looming behind him. He clutches the attache case close to his chest as he squeezes past a dumpster and into a space that would generously be described as snug for even the overfed cats that dine on the garbage nearby. Matthew’s close behind, reaching into the tiny space up to their elbow to reach after Jackson, unable to go any further. Growling, they climb up the dumpster, leaping onto the lowest rungs of the fire escape as they use the window to get into the hallway of the building Jackson is squeezing past. As they leap down the steps two at a time, they don’t see the slender cane extend between the bars of the railing until it’s too late, and their’s sprawled out on the cold tile floor of the foyer of the building.

Destiny emerges from behind the stairs, nudging Matthew’s arm aside with her cane as she steps outside, just to see Jackson emerge from the alleyway and stop to look behind him for pursuit. It’s a distraction he can ill afford. He doesn’t even feel the needle slip under his skin, he just feels himself sag against the wall as Destiny steps up beside him and removes the case from his now flaccid hands. “Thanks,” she says. “It’s game over for you, though.”

She turns to walk away, Jackson gasping trying to yell after her, his knees buckling as he falls back into the alleyway, and both of them disappear back into the bustle of the city.

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This Month’s Game Club: Framed

October’s Game Club: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Games Discussed: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Tomorrow Never Dies, Morning Mario Returns!, Civilization V, Three Beers Deep, our conversation with Lana Polansky, Framed, Hideo Kojima’s tweet, Angry Birds, Boom Blox, Doctor Who, Grim Fandango

Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Baba Yetu by Christopher Tin
Framed Soundtrack by Adrian Moore
The Fragrance of Dark Coffee by Noriyuki Iwadare
Kapp’n’s Song by Shohei Tsuchiya