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Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

The Sega Genesis GEMS Driver is often considered one of the worst drivers created for video game music. However, we are optimists when it comes to most chips, so today, we’re taking a deep look into the GEMS driver. Who created it, why it was important to Western composers, the benefits of it and the downfalls. Justin and Mike aim to examine the good AND bad parts of it, to unearth some game music that you might not have known about. Aaron Hickman of the Genesis Gems podcast is also known as chiptune and VGM composer DYA. He joins us on this episode to help explain some of the nitty gritty details regarding GEMS and the Sega sound in general. From bad Sylvester Stallone impressions, to Mike absolutely losing it whenever Captain Salty is discussed….to a surprise phone call from someone claiming to be Tommy Tallarico, this episode of XVGM Radio has it all!
Big thank you to our special guest, Dya aka Aaron Hickman, for joining us on this exciting look at the GEMS driver. Check out his podcast and VGM/chiptunes here: https://dyamusic.bandcamp.com/
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Special thanks to Patreon member Scott Mcelhone for his Patreon pick this episode! What was your favorite track? Your least favorite? Have we changed your opinion on GEMS?  Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Brad Austin, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Prime Time NFL Starring Deion Sanders (GEN – 1996) “Season Tunes” Andy Armer
1 – Dragon’s Revenge (aka Dragon’s Fury 2) (GEN – 1993) “Main BGM” Earl Vickers
2 – Comix Zone (GEN – 1995) “Ending Theme” Howard Drossin
3 – X-Men 2: The Clone Wars (GEN – 1995) “The Clone Wars” Kurt Harland Larson, Neuromantic Productions, Jim Hedges, Mark Miller
4 – Earthworm Jim (GEN – 1995) “New Junk City” Tommy Tallarico / Mark Miller
5 – Richard Scarry’s Busytown (GEN – 1994) “Captain Salty” András Magyari
6 – ToeJam & Earl (GEN – 1991) “Rapmaster Rocket Racket” John Baker, Mark Miller (Direction)
7 – Demolition Man (GEN – 1995) “Pipe Maze” Nathan Grigg
8 – Patreon Pick – Scott Mcelhone: Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition (GEN – 1994) “Aviary” Sam Powell
9 – Sylvester & Tweety: Cagey Capers (GEN – 1994) “Hyde and Shriek” Nathan Grigg

Episode 35 – Super Nintendo Jams vs. Sega Genesis Grooves (Retro World Expo Live Panel)

Episode 35 – Super Nintendo Jams vs. Sega Genesis Grooves (Retro World Expo Live Panel)

Mike and Justin Hosted their first ever panel together, and they did it at Retro World Expo in Hartford, CT on September 28th, 2019! The guys wanted to do something to attract a big audience, and what better way to do that then to have the ultimate retro battle when it comes to VGM: Super NES versus Sega Genesis! After cultivating a wide range of tunage, the guys got the audience to participate in a cheering contest to determine which song was liked better. The categories of Best comparison, Capabilities, and a favorite from each of the guys for every console.

We’d like to take this time to apologize for the audio snafus. This episode won’t sound like our normal higher quality content, and it’s mostly due to some recording errors. However, we were able to preserve the audio thanks to another format we recorded in, so please excuse the occasional issues which may pop up.

What did you think of the picks? Did you agree with everyone’s voting? What’s your vote?

Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio

We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share different Super NES or Sega Genesis tracks you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn

Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Brad Austin, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio

Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio

If you’re an iTunes listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Mike Intro Pick: SNES – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie “Shopping Center (Stage 1)” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Haruo Ohashi

Justin Intro Pick: Genesis – The Lost Vikings (1992) “Prehistoria” – Matt Furniss

Mike – Best comparison:
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior/Championship Edition (1991/1993) – “Guile’s Theme” – Yoko Shimomura, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi, Isao Abe, Tatsuya Nishimura (Arrangement on Genesis: Setsuo Yamamoto, Tadashi Joukagi)

Justin – Best comparison:
Earthworm Jim (1995) “New Junk City” – Mark Miller, Tommy Tallarico

Mike – Capabilities:
SNES – Super Castlevania IV (1991) “Stage 3-3 The Submerged City” Masanori Adachi, Akira Soji, Taro Kudo
Genesis – Ristar (1995) “Ice Scream” Tomoko Sasaki

Justin – Capabilities:
SNES – Actraiser (1990) “Fillmore” – Yuzo Koshiro (Slap Bass & Organs)
Genesis – Alien Soldier (1995) “Runner AD2025” – Norio Hanzawa (drums – alt slap bass)

Mike – A favorite from both systems:
SNES: Final Fantasy V (1992) “The Decisive Battle” – Nobuo Uematsu
Genesis: Streets of Rage 3 (1994) “Cycle 1 (Round 1-2)” – Motohiro Kawashima, Yuzo Koshiro

Justin: A favorite from both systems:
SNES – Gradius 3 (1990) “Dead End Cell” – Kazuki Muraoka, Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Uekō, Yukie Morimoto
Genesis – Battle Mania Daiginjou (1993) “Smoking Head” – Fumito Tamayama, Yasuyuki Hamada, Yoko Kawashima, Shigenori Masuko