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When I was 3 years old, I wanted to be a Jedi Knight and a fighter pilot. I don't have any mind powers and my eyesight is terrible. So I decided, as a little boy, that I would be a writer. Now I'm 39 years old and working as a writer in Charleston, SC. It's all that I dreamed of, and a bunch of stuff I definitely didn't. Join me every week as I let you into the mind of a working writer, the good, the bad, and the very, very ugly, plus the funny, because life is always full of funny.
 
Join our heroes (SYFY WIRE’s Brian Silliman, Caitlin Busch, and Matt Romano) for a celebratory visit to the world of Star Wars each and every week, where they’ll cover everything going on in the galaxy far, far away. Celebrating the films in the saga? Of course. Exploring new movies and shows? On it. Big news? They’ll have it. New episode breakdowns for The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, and more? Bet on it. From interviews, new canon reveals, intensely spirited discussions and more, JABBA THE ...
 
The original classic gaming podcast continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. Join hosts Jeremy Parish and Bob Mackey each week as they team up with a host of expert guests to chronicle the creations that have paved the way for today's hits. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!
 
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We're almost at the end of Season 2! Over the past year, I have been working and talking about developing my life as a writer. There have been ups, downs, and revisiting a lot of things I thought I'd learned. So, as we get closer and closer to the end, I sat down and thought about the five most important lessons I have learned/relearned over the pa…
 
By patron request of Christopher Hansen, Jeremy Parish sets the Wayback Machine to sengoku-era Japan, sangoku-era China, and, uh, the airline business to discuss Koei's legacy of historic sim games with Aaron Littleton and Mat Bradley-Tschirgi. Art: Nick Wanserski; edits: Greg Leahy Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! S…
 
Jeremy Parish, Stuart Gipp, Aaron Littleton, and JP Swartlander finally pay their late fees and catch up with the 10th anniversary of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game by taking an all-inclusive look at the property, including the comics and the film. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-…
 
After 50 weeks of doing a podcast every week, tracking my thoughts, and making a conscious effort to share that...I want to quit. We're not supposed to quit things. it's one of our oldest lessons from childhood. "Quitters never win and winners never quit." So what do we do? Keep doing things we hate with a smile? Or do we begin to admit that our pr…
 
Nearly a decade after the last entry, Telltale Games launched Tales of Monkey Island, an episodic take on the classic adventure series—and the first installment in nearly 20 years with input from creator Ron Gilbert. And while it suffers from some of the drawbacks of Telltale's format, this five-chapter adventure game swerves away from the expected…
 
What are the rules of being a writer? What are the rules for writing a good story? We spend a lot of time talking about living by our own rules. Then why do we spend so much time worrying about other people's rules and their validation in our life? Join me for another Confession of a Working Writer. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/mattham…
 
Retronauts East returns as Benj Edwards and Ben Elgin school Jeremy Parish about the history and greatness of Atari's 8-bit computer line, as well as its unloved console counterpart, the 5200. Art by John Pading. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free early access, better audio quality, an…
 
It's Independence Day in the U.S. A day when we celebrate this great big concept called "freedom." But what does it mean? Why do so many of us treat it like some precious substance just waiting to get up and fly away? And what's the difference in how I see it now versus how I saw it when I was a kid? Guess we better talk about it. Join me for anoth…
 
Jeremy Parish, Kat Bailey, Shivam Bhatt, and Sam revisit the World Warrior circuit to talk even more about Street Fighter II—or rather, the MANY iterations and permutations it undertook between 1992-2017. Turbo, Hyper, Ultra, even Rainbow! It's all here. Art by Shaan Khan. Edits by Greg Leahy. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through…
 
Have you ever sat down to work on something and felt that chilling grip of dread? That feeling of angst over the future of the project, whether people will like it or not, and if you should even be doing this. Pressure like this kills dreams and keeps us from doing the things we love. What can we do about it? Join me for another Confession of a Wor…
 
What is the basis for relationships? A lot of things really. Shared experience, beliefs, dialogue, compassion, care. All of those are accurate. But what we often seem to forget is that relationships are reciprocal. Well, maybe we don't forget, but we certainly don't live it all the time. A couple of situations this past week reminded me of this, an…
 
If you enjoyed our look at the Pokemon Christmas Bash album (and who didn't?) back in late 2019, then get ready for a thorough examination of where the English-language Pokemon albums began. 1999's 2.B.A. Master was clearly made as a cheap cash-in to capitalize on a fad that could end at any minute, but even so, many Millennials have fond memories …
 
Jeremy Parish, Stuart Gipp, and delistedgames.com curator Shawn Sackenheim convene to discuss... well, delisted games. Inspired by Sony's recent PSN delisting fakeout, we look at multiple digital platforms whose games can no longer be acquired legally. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fre…
 
I'm not good enough. We're not supposed to say that. We're supposed to think, talk, and act positively. Saying you're not good enough isn't positive. Or is it? Maybe admitting you're not good enough can open the door for improvement and development in a way that faking it until you make it never will. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/matth…
 
By patron request, Jeremy Parish and Stuart Gipp talk about the full span of Ratchet & Clank's storied history alongside said patron (Bill Nielsen). Thrill to intergalactic escapades! Marvel at sequels! Scintillate at Dr. Seuss conspiracy theories! Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free ea…
 
Every young writer I have ever talked to talks about the imminent publication of their future novel. They know what the cover will look like. People will love it and we will remember it for years to come. I was the same way. Even used to have a speech prepared for my acceptance of big awards. They never came. Most writers have the same problems wit…
 
Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Nadia Oxford, and patron Alex Meyers activate their podcast genes and fuse into a super-form conversation about Capcom's first serious attempt to enter the role-playing fray with the Breath of Fire games for Super NES. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free early…
 
Jeremy puts on his "public radio symphony host" voice for a trip through five recent and upcoming classic game (and game-adjacent) soundtracks: Actraiser, Blaster Master Zero, Cowboy Bebop, Halo Remastered, and Klonoa. The full episode is exclusive to Retronauts patrons, who can enjoy the full 90-minute production in CD-quality stereo. Retronauts i…
 
This has not been an amazing week. Not a lot has gotten done and it seems like the universe has conspired to mess up my best-laid plans. But there are still little things I can get done. Honestly, there are things all of us can get done. Join me for another Confession of a Working Writer. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/matthampton)…
 
While chocobos have become the dominant Final Fantasy mascot over the past three decades, moogles don't receive quite as much attention as Square's feathered friends. In some games, they're simply part of the world, while in other games, they're relegated to references and tutorial sections. But what are these strange mole/bat, creatures, where did…
 
Jeremy "Punchy" Parish, Diamond "Final" Feit, and Kurt "K.O." Kalata are your three selectable player-character options in this roaming belt-scroll brawl through the history of Final Fight, a burly side story to our ongoing Street Fighter retrospectives. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-f…
 
Jeremy Parish, Nadia Oxford, and Alex Fraioli venture across the span of a solar system (or at least a few continents) to look back at Sega's first proper entry in the role-playing genre: The phenomenal phirst Phantasy Star, phor Sega Master System. Art by Leeann Hamilton and edits by Greg Leahy. Retronauts is made possible by listener support thro…
 
We tend to think that once we've learned a life lesson it's imprinted into us and can never be forgotten. But that's simply not true. As our lives change so too do the lessons we've learned and the ones we've forgotten. Sometimes we simply have to relearn those lessons. This past week I have had many lessons to relearn. Here are 10 of them. Join me…
 
Long, long ago, Retronauts East began a trip through the original Star Wars trilogy (and its games). At last, the circle is complete as Jeremy Parish, Benj Edwards, Chris Sims, and Ben Elgin blow this thing and go home with Return of the Jedi. Art by Amanda Pruitt. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to…
 
Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Kat Bailey, and Chris Kohler Want To Tell You Everything, so they head To Zanarkand to talk about the next entry in our ongoing pilgrimage through the Final Fantasy series: Final Fantasy X. (It's pronounced "ten," not "ecks.") Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-fr…
 
This is the start of a new chapter in my life. So why am I afraid of making the same mistakes as the last one? That's a lot more complicated than you think, but it turns out the answer is really simple. You just need to listen. Special shoutout to Jen Santoro for being this week's inspiration! Join me for another Confession of a Working Writer. Sup…
 
The summer of 1990 brought about the end of Back to the Future with Part III, which traded the frantic, high-concept time travel adventures of the second movie for a more grounded finale rooted in the Old West. Though it's gained a bit of a reputation as a lackluster final act to an otherwise stellar series, Part III remains a satisfying conclusion…
 
Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Ray Barnholt, & Stuart Gipp return to definitely-not-the-Mushroom-Kingdom for the innovative further adventures of definitely-not-Mario. What happens when you play a game where your hero can never die? Only Wario knows for sure. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-…
 
This is my last week at the job I've had for the past couple of years. The future is incredibly uncertain. I alternate between stress, joy, and often crippling fear. Honestly, it's like being in the middle of a storm with no idea where the break in it will be. There might not even be a break in the storm. But I will get through it. You know why? Be…
 
You're listening to a free preview of Retronauts Episode 370: Live A Live and Square's Episodic RPGs. To hear the rest, and get two exclusive extra episodes every month, access to our previous Patreon-exclusive episodes, and early access to ad-free podcasts, please visit the official Retronauts Patreon at patreon.com/retronauts.…
 
Jeremy Parish summons Diamond Feit, Matt Alt,and Bill Mudron to help destroy (or maybe just commemorate) destroy all monsters with a look back at the cultural origins of the king of kaiju, Godzilla—a beast (and topic) too big for a single episode! Art by John Pading and edits by Greg Leahy. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Pa…
 
Last week I talked about being afraid. It's a fear I've been feeling for a while, and it got me thinking about a lot of things. Thinking about work, life, purpose, and passion. There's a lot of talk about pursuing your passion at work and integrating that into your life, but the problem is that work in America seems to be all-encompassing. We talk …
 
Jeremy Parish, Austin Walker, and Kat Bailey hop aboard the White Base to travel across the span of the profoundly influential Gundam franchise (or at least the U.C. timeline) with a look at the anime and its hot scramble of a video game legacy. Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free early…
 
The name of the show is Confessions of a Working Writer, and I have a confession to make. I'm afraid. There are a lot of changes that I need to make. Changes that will lead to a new chapter in my life. I've seen them coming for a while, but I put them off. I can't put them off anymore, but I am still afraid. With so many people talking about overco…
 
Kat Bailey, Kurt Kalata, and Diamond Feit face off against Jeremy Parish in a free-for-all throw down of video game history to celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the most influential pop culture creations of all time: Capcom's Street Fighter II. To listen to the full version of this episode, subscribe to the show ($5/mo.) at patreon.com/retro…
 
It's finally happened: a game once covered as a new release by this very podcast is now officially retro! And that game is Sam & Max Save the World, the 2006-2007 episodic release that brought about the grand return of Sam and Max 13 years after their original video game outing. Now, 15 more years have passed, and while Telltale has since dissolved…
 
Jeremy Parish, Nadia Oxford, Diamond Feit, and Stuart Gipp all go to the mats to decide once and for all which Mega Man game is the greatest—definitively!—in the lowest-stakes knock-down drag-out opinion match you'll ever hear Retronauts is made possible by listener support through Patreon! Support the show to enjoy ad-free early access, better aud…
 
I've felt at a loss when it comes to inspiration for a while now. It's particularly tough because we tend to think of inspiration as some kind of mystical addition to the metaphysical calculus of our divine creativity. Truth is that it's not. Honestly, inspiration is more like gardening than some sort of magical kung fu powers. You really just need…
 
Do you find yourself constantly racing to 4x, 10x, or 1,000x your life? Are you constantly fine-tuning every single moment of your life? Is everything you eat weighed out and planned the night before? Do you listen to your audiobooks, podcasts, and music at higher speeds so you can fit in more? Have you spent more than $100 on self-development in t…
 
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