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Episode 19 – No-Nostalgia Classics

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Most video game music podcasts focus on bringing the nostalgia on hot and heavy. Normally, we partake in this ideology. After all, video games and specific VGM tracks are home to some of our warmest memories from childhood and on. Today, we’ll be diving into the unknown as we explore games we’re told are classics, and yet…we have little to no experience with the games or their soundtracks! Mike and Justin listen to tracks they may not necessarily agree on, compare one of the picks to the Duck Tales theme song and try to figure out what’s on an Aleste Salad (hint: It’s Extra Musha.) All on this extra-exploratory, no-nostalgia classics episode of XVGM Radio!

GIVEAWAY/CONTEST TIME!!

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Episode 18 – Beat ’em ups!

Back in the 80s and 90s, the Beat ‘Em Up began to evolve into one of the most celebrated (and imitated) genres of all time. However, what was always constantly refreshing were the tunes that arcade and console Beat ‘Em Ups were pumping out, while the quarters were being pumped in. Today on XVGM Radio, Justin and Mike explore the vast musical genres of Beat ‘Em Ups; Get ready to defeat the baddest of foes while these dudes take you through the illest of brawler tracks. From Mega Drive exclusives, to games that never left the arcade, the XVGM boys will have you howling with laughter when they try to figure out who pooped on the lawn. Wait, what?! Close your eyes, slip those headphones on, grab some quarters and get ready to lose yourself to the sound of the Beat ‘Em Up.

Episode 17 – GameBoy w/ Niko (WiiGuy309!)

Arguably the most popular handheld gaming system in history, the Game Boy was a smorgasbord of great games, all on the go. Thankfully, portability didn’t rule out having a stellar sound chip and this episode is just the tip of the iceberg. We enlist the help of Niko, better known as WiiGuy309 or simply Wii Guy, to help us sort through the entire Game Boy library to bring you some memorable tracks! Between Mike getting the details on the Jungle Book movie completely wrong, to an unofficial sponsorship from Taco Bell, this episode will have you reaching for your monochromatic Game Boys and a pair of headphones!

Episode 16 – The Audio History of Data East

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Two video game music podcast hosts are here to talk about the soundtracks from Data East’s yesterday….Are you a BAD ENOUGH DUDE to listen all the way through?! Mike and Justin are revisting the glory of Data East’s arcade and home offerings, both from the developer themselves, or their affiliated hired developer. You’ll hear plenty of time travelling arcade bangers that’ll make you want to sink your lips onto the straw of an Ecto Cooler, but save room for chats about nuclear fallout, lyrical goofiness in VGM, and weapons looking like lipstick cases. Presented by Data East, it’s time to travel back in time for the good old 80s and mid-90s and rock out with some tubular gaming jams!
Thanks so much to Kung Fu Carlito for the info regarding the Capcom Fujitas so we could dig deeper and get more info to clarify some previous Capcom-related follies at the top of the show!

Episode 15 – Timespinner with Jeff Ball

Plenty of games nowadays have tried to emulate and pay tribute to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. But few are able to pull it off utilizing the minute details, especially when it comes to the music of the Playstation era. Enter, Timespinner, 2018’s indie darling. A game that tells the story of a blue-haired Time Messenger named Lunais, in a side scrolling, action-platforming adventure that will even send yourself time travelling: with a huge contribution to this feeling from composer Jeff Ball. Experience a soundtrack that will send you back to the 32-bit era of gaming. From deep discussions about inclusion and diversity of the characters’, learning about Jeff’s tactics to make the game’s soundtrack echo the brilliance from the games of yesterday, to creepy Mario Paint music chat, this is Jeff Ball and the music of Timespinner.

Episode 14 – Justin’s Picks!

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It’s co-host spotlight time! Justin takes center stage as he picks all the tracks for this episode! From Intellivision to Playstation 4, Justin takes the listener through a nostalgic and personal journey through his taste in video game music and shares his thoughts about some of the more iconic games that he’s enjoyed over the years. Hear the tale of how Justin arranged music for his very own wedding, as well as his thoughts on Final Fantasy, Sega Genesis, PC gaming, and of course, find out why the chicken’s no good. It’s Justin’s Picks on XVGM Radio!

Patreon Announcement

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We are going to be making changes to our Patreon tiers. If any of our listeners were interested in the Live Shows, but weren’t thrilled with the sticker price, we’re lowering the cost. now the $1 tier will get you a thank you AND get you access to our live shows on Discord!

With the new equipment we recently received thanks to your Patreon contributions, we plan to start doing monthly shows in January! Stay Tuned!

Episode 13 – Soul Calibur

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A tale of swords and destinies, Soul Calibur has become a legendary series featuring some of the greatest fighting game advancements ever; and within those achievements are musical compositions that deserve vast amounts of recognition. Today we visit the stage of history and the world of Soul Calibur as we uncover some of the finer details about the lore, characters, gameplay mechanics, and of course the music. Join Mike and Justin as they try to define what makes Japanese harps “buttery”, struggle with pronunciation of Seung Mi-Na’s name, and of course, get bossed around by special celebrity call-in, Ivy Valentine! Welcome to your ultimate Soul Calibur playlist!

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