Video Game Reviewers Who Are Awesome!

This is not your regularly-scheduled Animation Aficionados. This is a relief for anyone who’s been following the gaming press drama that’s been going on since late August. We’re not going to talk about that. Instead, we’re going to shift focus to video game reviewers that we like.

These are all YouTube guys. I might provide links later, if anyone is interested. For now, most of the noteworthy ones can be seen in the videos below.

Episode 132: Animation In Video Games

I can't wait to bomb some Dodongos!

I could eat an octorok!

Kittyhawk is back, and we’re talking about video games AGAIN!

Yes, this week it’s all about cut scenes and other ways that animation has found its way into video games over the years. Laserdisc, FMVs, and cinema scenes. Some of it good. Some of it bad. We’re going to be talking all about it.

I also threw in some game music interludes, because you know I love game music. Choices are from Lunar 1 and 2, from both the Sega CD and PlayStation soundtracks, plus a little something from Dark Wizard.

Retronauts Pocket Episode 2: Captain N

Retronauts Podcast Episode 2

Retronauts Podcast Episode 2

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This week in Retronauts, it’s vidja game cartoon time! Bob Mackey, Jeremy Parish, and Ray Barnholt talk about what is sadly the best of the DiC video game cartoons.

Captain N was a major cash-in on the NES craze of the day. A show like this could never be made today, because of how divided the video game market is today. But back in the late 80s, Nintendo basically dominated the market in such a large way that many of the Capcom and Konami franchises were thought of as “Nintendo games”. This stigma really wouldn’t be broken until the PlayStation era.

Today, it’s actually considered special that characters like Mega Man show up as guest stars in Super Smash Bros. Back in the day, Mega Man was just as much Nintendo as Mario and Link.

Episode 120: Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth

This week we’re joined by Kittyhawk and Abby again as we look into the weird, wild world of Magic Knight Rayearth, a shoujo series by CLAMP.

We explore a series about three little girls who are summoned to a magic realm by a princess who wants them to kill her for falling in love…because love is bad if you’re the princess, apparently. Oh, and there’s some stuff about being the pillar, or some other such gobbledy gook. Something about a little Pikachu-thingy creature also being God. And then the series asks if it’s really incest if you’re making out with yourself.

Look, the point here is that Rayearth is a weird attempt to follow up the shoujo groundwork laid by Sailor Moon. As I had only played the Sega Saturn game (and a fine game it is) I sat back slack-jawwed as the ladies explained to Ben and me exactly what this show is all about.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy some magic girly goodness, I guess.

Oh, you guys get bonus homework! Since I lerves me them vidjero games and wish to spread as much love as I can about the Saturn and publisher Working Designs, I humbly ask that you listen to this episode of Retronauts to hear an interview with Victor Ireland. He talks about the torture that it was to port Rayearth to the states and what the US anime rights holders had asked him to do! Yikes! Must listen!

Oh, and don’t forget to subscribe to the new Retronauts blog, because they’ll be making new episodes again soon!

that Alcione is quite the looker, I must say.

that Alcione is quite the looker, I must say.

Well.  My head asplode.

Well. My head asplode.

Ah, memories.

Ah, memories.

The Very Best of Jenny Stigile

Jenny Stigile sang the theme song on the Sega Saturn version of Magic Knight Rayearth.

Bonus Episode: More Sonic Stuff

This is the true and original Sonic.  All other Sonics after this are invalid.

This is the true and original Sonic. All other Sonics after this are invalid.

Due to a busy week and poor planning, the Animation Aficionados have taken the week off. But we still have a podcast for you. We have the remainder of our conversation with The Chu as well as an extended version of our reactions to the Sonic fan film, which was released after we had recorded the last episode.

Yes, it’s just us complaining for over an hour, but your reward for this is Stardust Speedway.

Cute Sonic
Beep! Beep!
The actual Knuckles!
Lolcow theater
Ken Penders is crazy
The most offensive web reviewers
The banana fits perfectly in the hand, the mouth, and…

Hardly edgy, is it?

Hardly edgy, is it?

How may I serve you?

How may I serve you?

Beep!  Beep!

Beep! Beep!

We stand on the shore of the cosmic ocean, Tails.  Billions and billions.

We stand on the shore of the cosmic ocean, Tails. Billions and billions.

He's just waiting for a ride

He’s just waiting for a ride

True fact: The color of Sonic's shoes are based on Santa Claus.

True fact: The color of Sonic’s shoes are based on Santa Claus.