Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion with Mike O’Brien

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Turok was a big thing in the Nintendo 64 era. Big enough to get 4 games on the console. And I’m sure the fact that Acclaim controlled both the game and the comic. So of course you’ve still got all the super well connected aspects of the series.

Listen in as Mike O’Brien from behind the scenes of DC SuperSons as he comes to talk about the final Nintendo 64 entry in the series.

Learn such things as:

  • Is bad representation better than none?
  • Ways to make thing replayable
  • The epitome of why I’m doing things chronologically
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find Mike on Twitter @MikeSoundCheck or by listening to DC SuperSons.

A big thanks to Petri Dish, as well as SNEScapades promo for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who thinks that dinosaurs taste like chicken.


Mr. Butterchips with Alex Schumacher

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I think some of the best social commentary comes from the viewpoint of a character who can say what they want without really worrying about the consequence. Someone who can just say what’s on their mind and that’s that. Even better when it’s an animal just because I find that more entertaining.

So I’m really glad that Alex Schumacher and I finally got together to talk about his new book collecting a bunch of his web comic Mr. Butterchips.

Check out Mr. Butterchips for yourself by purchasing it from Amazon. You can also go take a look at Decades of (in)Experience for something a bit different. Of course there’s also Alex’s personal website which has a bunch of information on it. You could always follow Alex on Twitter or Instagram both @AJSchumacherart.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Music by Best Day, who wears his mask every time he leaves the house because he’s not a giant asshole.


Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle with Steampunk Link (SNEScapades)

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One of the things that I like about anime (and manga probably too if I’d consistently read it) is magical realism. There’s just something cool about a world where paper animals can be brought to life or dragons are real or things like that and it’s not a big deal. Or where people can fall into a haunted spring and get transformed if they’re hit with the right, or wrong, temperature of water.

Listen in as Steampunk Link from SNEScapades comes on the show to talk about this game about a crazy manga where people switch genders and turn into animals nobody seems to really care about anything except literally fighting over a girl before school. Except the teachers, they don’t care at all.

Learn such things as:

  • Arranged marriage and the cultural differences
  • When games are good enough to get a release but not good enough to keep the source material intact
  • Doesn’t it suck when we don’t get the good game in the series?
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find the Steampunk Link on Twitter @SNEScapades, Instagram @SNEScapades and the SNEScapades podcast website.

A big thanks to Cutting Class, as well as .ZeroStar for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who didn’t even know that it’s my anniversary today.


Ch05en with Will Dickstein

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One of the things I’ve really come to like about comics is that there are so many stories happening at once. You can tell there’s something overarching going on but can also focus on what’s just in front of you at the moment.

The problem for me has been knowing where to start, what tie ins need to be read and what can be skipped, if something is going to be a good jumping on point, that sort of thing.

Will Dickstein might have that solved with his Ch05en series. The newest edition, which focuses on Kris, was my first experience in this world and I didn’t feel lost at all reading it. In fact I really want to go back and read more of it now to see what else is going on.

So no matter if you want to start with this Kris centered story or anywhere else in the series you’ll be in a good place.


Shadow Man with Insane Ian

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You know what’s a great idea? Being a game publisher/developer and just buying a comic publisher so you can have IP to make games with a built in audience? So should you grab Marvel or DC? How about Valiant? Yup, that’s what happened.

Listen in as Insane Ian comes on the show to take a stab at Shadow Man for the N64, PS1, and Sega Dreamcast and we try to figure out if this game is good or not because it’s in a really awkward place and we can’t quite figure it out.

Learn such things as:

  • Who are all these random serial killers?
  • Why does the PS1 version always suck?
  • Is it really necessary for Acclaim to change character backstories?
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find Insane Ian’s music over on Bandcamp or check out some video things on YouTube.

A big thanks to Capes on the Couch, as well as Oh No! Lit Class for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who probably isn’t wearing clean underwear today.


Manga Before Anime and a Few Other Tangents with Justin Williams (SuperTangent)

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You’ve got lots of manga titles. You’ve got lots of anime titles. And it always seems to be a manga coming first, then the anime coming after that. But why?

Listen in as Justin Williams from Super Tangent tries to discuss this with Chris. But tangents happen so there’s other stuff as well.

Learn such things as:

  • Sometimes the simplest answer is probably right
  • Can Chris and Justin ever stay on topic?
  • How can you have an arcade without a fighting game?
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find Justin over mostly in the Nerds and Knowledge Facebook group, technically on Twitter @SuperProclivity but not really, or the official SuperTangent website.

Music by Best Day, who does thinks that Spongebob is an anime.


Ultraverse Prime with Scott Niswander

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Time to dig back into the Malibu vault and pull out Prime, part of the Ultraverse universe. But he seems kind of familiar since Prime is a kid who turns into an adult super hero. Except the hero he turns into is based on whatever the kid wants it based on. So yeah, that’s a thing that happened.

Listen in as Scott Niswander from NerdSync comes by the show to talk about this Sega CD exclusive experience. And yeah that’s about all I can say about it.

Learn such things as:

  • This had to be for an earlier system, right?
  • How far back can you trace the ability to digitally read comics?
  • Did we really not mention that this was only released with another game on the same disc?
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find Scott at The NerdSync YouTube channel, on Twitter @NerdSync or on the NerdSync Patreon page. And seriously, check out the Scooby Doo video.

A big thanks to Behold!, as well as Reel Feels for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who will never have a cat as cool as Nyx or Sparta.


The Minds Behind Adventure Games with Patrick Hickey Jr

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Recorded waaaaay back in February but finally getting released now, listen in as I talk to Patrick Hickey Jr. about his new book The Minds Behind Adventure Games, the writing process, having an excuse to talk to cool people, the giant chore it is to decide what games get into his books, and future books that may or may not be an excuse to get to talk about all of the games he loves to talk about.

You can find Patrick on Instagram @patrickhickeyjr, Twitter @reviewfixpat, and of course his personal website and Review Fix.


Ghost in the Shell with Billy (CommanderCast)

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Future tech heavy police states where still a thing of the future when we recorded this episode I swear. Can we please go back to simpler times where almost everything in Ghost in the Shell was fictional instead of just the tech?

Listen in as Billy from CommanderCast joins the show and through the power of recording way ahead of time we blissfully think that there’s no way that Ghost in the Shell could ever actually be happening in the real world. Please tell me we were right about that, even if it’s a lie.

Learn such things as:

  • Is this anime really as good as the fans say it is?
  • How can you do a tie in licensed game well?
  • What’s the secret to getting beautiful anime cut scenes?
  • And so much more!

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

You can find Billy’s writing CommanderCast, or jump straight to his latest article which looks at the use of Squirrel creatures in Magic: the Gathering Arena or this older article that looks at the use of Zombies and zombie hoards, or listen to him in the second part of their 400th episode.

A big thanks to Match Club, as well as The Wheel Weaves for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who thinks anime is a type of sushi roll.


Break’s Over

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Alright, I can’t do this anymore. I need to be making this podcast. So it’s coming back!

To answer a few questions right off the bat:

  • We still aren’t in the new house. I blame…….everything……….
  • I miss talking to people about this stuff
  • I do talk about other things over at Caffeine and Spite now as well so if you want to hear more from me you can do that there
  • Patreon is about to maybe get some more stuff thrown their way that you can only get there
  • I love all of you and miss all of you and all that other mushy stuff