Monday, October 31, 2016

YPB: Episode 079 – Ghosts ‘n Goblins series (1985-1991)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are slaying a variety of monsters in our underwear! From 1985 to 1991, we’re playing the games of the Ghosts ‘n Goblins series by Capcom for the Arcade, SNES, Genesis and NES! We are joined by special guest, superfan and father of the show’s sweetest baby boy listener, Hawk!

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  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the creepy music from the prologue to the SNES version.
  • 36:00 – Emails! Julian Assange writes in, and so does Harry Carey!
  • 56:30 – It’s everybody’s favorite… Ask The Sweet Boys!
  • 1:01:00 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re whipping about the waves with a Nintendo 64 game.

- According to Price Charting, prices have held up pretty well for the series. The loose cart price can range from $13.50 (NES) to $22 (SNES, Genesis) to $80 (Master System), and the box and manual shoots the price up to a range of $41 to $132.

- Ghosts ‘n Goblins is one of the prepackaged 30 games coming out in the sweet baby boy NES Classic Edition. It’s scheduled to be released in November.

- Here is a ridiculous speedrun of the game, done in 21 minutes with no deaths.

- Hawk Man 5000 previously guested for Mega Man 2, which you can listen to here!

Friday, October 28, 2016

YPB: Vidya Game News – October 28, 2016

- Kyle Orland has a good interview with Sid Meier, of Civilization fame, for Ars Technica. You can read it here! And check out our Civilization show here.

- Speaking of Orland, he had a cool link in his weekly newsletter to an older piece about how insider leaks happen. (If you’re not subscribing to Orland’s weekly newsletter yet, you should! That is, if you love vidya games.)

- On Engadget and other sites: A prototype for a SNES version of Rayman has been found.

- In honor of Halloween, Justin Carreiro of The Young Folks has a look at Maniac Mansion. You can listen to our show on it here! Also, Ryan Gibbs of The Young Folks once talked SimCity with us here.

- Pokemon Sun and Moon, which release Nov. 18 for the 3DS, are Nintendo’s biggest pre-ordered games of all-time, per a release by the company published on Polygon.

- Nathan Grayson of Kotaku summarizes some of the issues hitting up mod support for Sega games on Steam here.

- The USgamer team ranks all 30 games in the NES Classic here! Games we’ve covered on YPB: Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Punch-Out, Tecmo Bowl, Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2.

- On Polygon and other sites this week… The official Sega employee song from the 1990s.

- The PlayStation 2 came out on October 26, 2000. It was pretty popular.

- In 2002, a little game called Grand Theft Auto: Vice City came out. It was pretty, pretty, pretty popular. Almost exactly two years later, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas came out, and it was also pretty, pretty, pretty popular.

- Another lil game, Fallout 3, came out on October 28, 2008. Again, it was pretty popular.

Video game history information comes from GameFAQs and Moby Games. And as always, if you’d like to support the show, do so via our Amazon link.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Steveats: Lackluster, and Worse, Halloween Candy

Debuting a new, semi-regular feature! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

In the past, I did a Steveats on some of the weird Easter candy available. Unmentioned by me at the time – Isn’t it weird that there is so much egg stuff with Easter? Rabbits don’t even lay eggs. So, that’s weird that there are tons of chocolate ones.

I was hoping to find some similarly weird Halloween candy, but as of today, I’ve come up somewhat empty in my pursuit. A local Speedway had o options that were mildly intriguing – candy corn flavored M&Ms and Hershey bars.

Now, neither item was good, but they weren’t the taste equivalent of a dumpster fire either. I actually thought both were edible, especially the M&Ms, and that’s high praise for candy corn. Channeling Lewis Black here for a minute, candy corn is usually just the worst, and the Hershey’s bar used another bad base, white chocolate. But somehow, it works to make the whole thing… OK. It’s like covering broccoli or sprouts in cheese.

My bottom three Halloween candies: 3) Any sort of gum. It’s Halloween! Halloween is for candy, gum is for covering up your rank breath at the office after lunch. Gum isn’t candy, gum is just gum.

2) The aforementioned candy corn.

1) Taffy candies in the black or orange wrappers. Good god, they’re awful. According to this amusing blog entry, they’re actually supposed to have peanut butter inside of them, but I’ve never successfully finished one of those things either so I don’t know about that. They are hideous, disgusting, hideous and grossly hideous.

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