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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!

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!

Episode 12 – Capcom Disney with Rhythm & Pixels

Sometimes considered the greatest crossover of its time, when Capcom and Disney worked together, the results were a mixed bag of highs and lows regarding gaming. However, the music was always a treat; one that many gamers would possibly consider some of the best of its time. On this episode, Justin and Mike are joined by Rob and Pernell of Rhythm & Pixels, a fellow VGM podcast focused on friendship and awesome tunes. With Rob and Pernell picking the majority of the tracks this time around, this episode is sure to delight fans on all spectrums. From discussion about mermaid butts, talking about dysfunctional households amongst the Goof Troop gang, and call ins from various Disney characters, prepare to visit the Magic Kingdom, the Disney Afternoon and more on this episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 11 – XVGM Radio Presents SPOOKYFEST 2018!

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It’s that SPOOOOOOOOKYYYY time of year again, and the XVGM Radio gentleghouls are here to host a radio festival styled show, live, called SPOOKYFEST 2018! Grab a Belmont’s Wall Meat turkey leg and make a reservation for Boosette’s bed and breakfast, because we’ve got tons of creepy, crawly tracks from a wide variety of games, all with that SPOOOOKYYY sound that’s perfect for this time of the year.

Episode 10 – Survival Horror (ft. Avalanche Reviews)

Starting off the spooky season, the XVGM Radio boys are joined by Avalanche Reviews, aka Avalanche Jared, to showcase the survival horror genre of games and game music. Jared shares his history and experiences with various survival horror games, and the guys debate if Aya Brea is Christina Aguilera, along with defining the survival horror genre, all with a backdrop of some frighteningly good tracks! So grab your ink ribbons, Camera Obscuras, and Boomstick, and prepare for a wild ride!

Episode 9 – Ryu Umemoto, In Memory & Celebration

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Though his life was short, Ryu Umemoto crafted some of the best music available on various Japanese computer system games. From Eroge visual novels to working with CAVE on their bullet hell shooters, Umemoto poured his heart and soul into creating music despite not being a classically trained musician. Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin uncover some of his best work full of techno, blues rock, and more ambient electronic pieces, all while taking you on a fantastic journey about his life and legacy.

Episode 8 – Dat Sunsoft Bass

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DAT SUNSOFT BASS! Sunsoft was arguably one of the best developers when it came to sound hardware on the Nintendo Entertainment System, and there’s no better example than Mr. Gimmick. Better known as Gimmick in its native land, this game (which remained exclusive to Japan and Scandinavian territories) showcased what happened when composer Masashi Kageyama took inspiration from his fellow employees’ taste in music, and injected it into this love letter to platform game fans. Despite never receiving this one in North America, the soundtrack and game have been praised as one of the most underrated on the console, with many people reproducing the game as best as they can with Sunsoft’s 5B chip. But the FME-7, the heart and soul of this soundtrack, remains exclusive to the Japanese Famicom console due to the system’s ability to read audio chips. Join Justin and Mike as they delve into the chip’s history, and share their thoughts on Gimmick’s incredible soundtrack, the game’s levels, and the little green protagonist, Umetaro!

Episode 7 – C64 Downports vs. Originals

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The late 1980s and early 1990s was an age full of change in video game music, and that shift into higher quality was arguable when it came to the Commodore 64. But do big budget titles from the silver age of gaming sound as good on The Little Computer That Could? Or were they even better than the originals? Mike and Justin take a listen to a list of tracks which may surprise listeners and will have you wondering…which one sounds better! From Double Dragon adult film discussion, to trying to name the SID chip with goofy names, plus a “brand new Tim Follin soundtrack and game?!” Sold.

Episode 6 – PS1

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U R NOT READY….er…E (some of you will see it and get it)…..but you will be after listening to these blasts from the 32-bit past! The first Sony Playstation (Also known as the PSOne or PS1,) had some of the greatest games to have been released during its generation, and with those stellar titles came music that would capture our hearts and engage our senses into overload. Mike and Justin help you return to the mid to late 90s with 10 tracks full of well known as well as obscure PS1 video game music to help you relive the days of turning your systems upside down when the discs read error popped up.

Episode 5 – An Evening with Coda

On today’s episode, XVGM Radio ventures into unknown indie territory when we interview video game music and chiptune composer stalwart artist, Coda. We’ve hand picked some truly amazing tunes from his blossoming career and hear about his progressive rock interests, how his appreciation and friendship with Jake Kaufman inspires him, and try to figure out how many deli meats can fit into a cockpit. Wait, what?! Strap yourselves in and get ready to appreciate some truly fantastic compositions from CODA.

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