This week, Dan and Kris return to discuss this month’s entry in the Alphabet Soup-er Series. Each month, they take turns picking a classic game they either haven’t played before or haven’t tried in a long time that starts with a different letter of the alphabet. It was Kris’s pick for August and for the letter G he went with the SNK shoot-em-up Guerrilla War. Specifically the NES version, but with so many ports to choose from, which one did they think was best? How effective is a flamethrower outside of the world of Contra? Was that Athena running around? Does this game feature a higher body count than Uncharted? And is that a spy cam in that Jose Canseco bat? Plus, Kris tries out the SNK 40th Anniversary collection from Digital Eclipse and gets to see the origins of their new Gold Series in action, the guys discuss their progress in Sea of Stars which continues to be an excellent experience, Dan gets gifted a new computer which threatens to destroy all semblance of free time in his life thanks to the wonders of Steam, there’s a deep discussion on what makes the live action Little Mermaid so bad, and more!
It’s time for this month’s Stone Age Starter Kit! This time, Dan and Kris discuss the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s last handheld that mysteriously barely competed on the market, regardless of how much consumer interest there was in the product! It’s a strange console indeed, but how is the collectors market for it these days? If you had just $100 to start a physical PlayStation Vita collection, which games should you get? Let’s find out! As always, the rules are simple. North American releases only, based on Price Charting. Assume you already have the system and any accessories needed to play the games. The budget is $100. And since this can’t be stressed enough, this exercise is designed to kick up fun conversation. We don’t necessarily mean to imply that this is how you should spend your money. But before they get to the Starter Kit, Dan and Kris both give their impressions of Sabotage Studios’ new game Sea of Stars. Does it live up to the hype? Plus, The Making of Karateka, Kris finally beat Tears of the Kingdom, the art of a good stromboli, the importance of the right lawn care equipment, and more!
It’s time once again for the 10 20 30 40, where Dan and Kris look back at notable game releases this month from 10, 20, 30, and 40 years ago. The first chunk of the year has been pretty lackluster overall, but this month brings a number of actual all-time classics like Street Fighter II: Turbo, Jr. Pac-Man, Rocket Knight Adventures, and more! But can they make it through the whole thing before Kris has to run off to the bathroom, leaving Dan to vamp for a mysteriously long time? Probably not, but there’s only one way to find out, right? Plus, Kris is on a mission to polish off Tears of the Kingdom before Sea of Stars comes out, Vampire Survivors is awesome in multiplayer, Dan encounters some annoying stuff in Marvel Snap, and a whole lot more!
Stone Age Gamer is sixteen years old, and we celebrated the only way we knew how. With a LIVE Trivia Show! Kris flew out to Salem Ohio to host a live podcast recording at the Stone Age Gamer store. There, Dan took on the entire live audience in a contest of trivia supremacy. Since this was a live show, the recording isn’t up to our usual standards, but it was well worth it for the experience! Sadly, Dan was not able to make it out to the show in person, so he was recording from the Jose Canseco Memorial Annex in scenic New Jersey, but he was there in spirit, and in voice since we remoted him into the store’s audio for the show. Fun times were had by all. Enjoy!
Our usual conversation at the top of the episode got a bit heavier than usual, and could be upsetting for some listeners. We decided to leave this conversation in because this show has always been at least partly about our lives and the things that happen to us, this week just happened to be a particularly difficult one. Things get back to normal around the 23 minute mark if you want to skip ahead. Thank you for understanding.
Dan and Kris bring you the latest installment in the Alphabet Soup-er Series! Each month, they choose a video game that begins with a different letter of the alphabet, and play them for discussion on the show. This month’s letter was F, and Dan chose the sci-fi classic Flashback: The Quest for Identity. Which versions did they play? Do the famous rotoscoped visuals hold up? Is the game any good? Let’s find out! Plus, the guys had very little time to actually play too many games this week, but Kris put some time into the HD Retrovision cables now available at Stone Age Gamer, and the new We Love Katamari release for Nintendo Switch. There’s also a surprising amount of talk about SAG’s new blog software.
Dan and Kris bring you the Nintendo 3DS Starter Kit! If you had $100 to start a physical 3DS collection, which games should you get? Plus, more yardwork discussions, the absurd Hatch Tales situation, Dan finally gets The Show, the joys of being old, and more!
Dan and Kris are joined by returning guests Mike and Brian to bring you the most bland, boring, and underwhelming 10 20 30 40 yet! Plus, more Double Dragon Gaiden talks, Mr. Run n Jump, Mike hates Diablo IV, a long winded discussion of the state of the MCU, and more!
Dan and Kris talk about the state of game preservation, and the merits of the various forms of playability in the world. Plus, the PixelFX Retro GEM, Gimmick impressions, and more!
Dan and Kris intended to talk about game preservation, but wound up spending their whole time talking about the Limited Run LRG3 Showcase, Double Dragon Gaiden impressions, and more!
Dan and Kris bring you the latest installment in the Alphabet Soup-er Series! This month was the letter E, and Kris chose Eternal Champions for Sega Genesis. How much did they hate this beloved classic? Lots. Plus, Donut Dodo, Marvel Snap resets, lots of homeownership woes, ad more!