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Matt Chat 182: Chris Taylor's Confession

Here it is, the Matt Chat to end all Matt Chats! Gas Powered Games' latest project, Wildman: An Evolutionary Action RPG, hasn't been going well, and Chris blames himself. In this hour-long interview, we see Chris at times sad, grateful, guilty, and brilliant. Without doubt, he's a Good Person, someone that nobody should want to see fail regardless of the project he takes on. What makes the situation worse, though, is that Wildman actually looks like a great game, especially for folks like me who love Civilization-style tech building. Check out the video, and don't forget to pledge a few dollars to the Kickstarter campaign. Every little bit helps.

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Matt Chat 181: Joel Billings on Computer Bismarck

Here's the first part of my interview with Joel Billings, founder of SSI and strategy wargame aficionado. We focus on Joel's background in wargaming and video games and then the earliest days of SSI and their battles with Avalon Hill.

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Matt Chat 180: The Longest Journey

I'm back this week with The Longest Journey, a game proposed by Crow of Retro Road Show. While the game suffers from a very slow start, if you can get through the first couple hours you'll be rewarded with one of the best game narratives ever.

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Matt Chat 179: Dave Marsh on FMV and More

In the fourth and final installment of my interview with Dave Marsh, we talk about a variety of topics including his later FMV games (including MTV's Club Dead), AOL-era MMOs (Starship Troopers Online, Aliens Online), and finally, his thoughts on getting a good job in the industry.

You can download the video here.

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Matt Chat 178: Dave Marsh on Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective and Dracula Unleashed

I'm back this week with ICOM Simulations veteran Dave Marsh. In this episode, we chat mainly about his two famous FMV projects, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective and Dracula Unleashed. These delightfully cheesy productions were big news back in the early 90s, when even grainy, heavily-pixelated video footage was extraordinary. We wrap up with a discussion of the TurboGrafx CD game Beyond Shadowgate and the Looney Tunes games from SunSoft.

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Matt Chat 177: Dave Marsh on Shadowgate and Kickstarters

Shadowgate designer Dave Marsh returns to the show this week to talk about ICOM Simulations' Macventure series. We also chat about Kickstarter and why his earlier effort, Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective, failed to reach an audience.

You can download the show here.

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Eclectic Delights Bundle

Stay DeadStay DeadFriend of the show and site Gnome wrote in to tell us about the eclectic delights bundle. If you're looking for some cheap new games to liven up your holidays, this is it! You get 11 games for only $3! (This average will climb as more people purchase it, so act quickly). It's hard to go wrong with this value, because the selection really does live up to its name. There's even an FMV game in there--Stay Dead! There's also plenty of platformers, strategies, and plenty of cool extras like soundtracks and comics. On top of all this, you'll be supporting charity and the Indie Dev Grant. My advice: pop over there now and grab this bundle; perhaps a few for your friends, too!

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A Feminist Reading of Halo 4

I finally got around to finishing Halo 4 last night and the ending troubled me. Not because I thought it was incoherent or unsatisfying, but rather I didn't know what to make of its attitude towards women--or, rather, what assumptions it seems to make about the player's attitude towards them. One thing really stood out to me: clothing and the lack thereof. I looked around the net to see what others had written about Cortana, and quickly discovered I'm far from the only one who has some issues with it. As Jon W of Gamasutra puts it: "It doesn't seem particularly fair to permaban pumped-up teenage boys from acting like immature sexists when that is exactly what the game has trained them to be." Warning: there are some spoilers here.

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Shane R. Monroe on Videogame Preservation

Shane R. Monroe is out with a great new episode of his show Retrogaming Radio. As always, there's a lot of great content to enjoy, but this one covers a subject near and dear to many of us here at Armchair Arcade: videogame preservation! It might sound simple, but have you ever seriously thought about what we should be doing NOW to ensure that we can still play our favorite games ten, twenty, or fifty years from now? While there will almost certainly be ways to play Pac-Man or Super Mario Bros, what about lesser known shareware and public domain games favorites like Scorched Tanks? It's good stuff.

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Matt Chat 176: Eye of the Beerholder

Hi, guys! I'm back this week with another fan request: Eye of the Beholder! Produced in 1991 by Westwood Associates for SSI, EOB was an attempt to wed AD&D rules to Dungeon Master-style gameplay. The finished product wasn't the best--apparently the second game is much better--but it's still a fun game well worthy of an episode. If nothing else, you get to watch me flip out about R.A.T.S.!

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P.S. Indie Retro News has a DOS version of EOB with an Automapper and mentions a special Amiga AGA version that also had this feature (who knew?).

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