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Retrograde Amnesia: Comprehensive JRPG Retrospective
45 minutes | 3 days ago
Chrono Cross 14: Dancing on Fairy Corpses [Water Dragon Isle (Home)]
Welcome son of man, now come to me. Today we’re assuming ourselves bound by fate, getting the plot on track, acquiring our depressed doctor, defining shot, encouraging brother fights, riding lilly pads, killing all the dwarves again, deliberately letting Rosetta die and live, admiring and also destroying the dwarf tank, not using the dragon platform, and finding a link to Lucca. Wilt thou change the world, or wilt thou change thyself? 01:03 Intro | 02:54 Guldove (Another World)| 15:13 Chris stops by Termina | 17:09 Opassa Beach | 17:40 #AD | 18:20 Water Dragon Isle (Home World) | 27:20 Dwarf Genocide Study Questions | 30:40 Encounter with the Water Dragon | 33:40 Fairy Debrief | 34:49 Serge and Kid, Silent Confessions | 41:53 Real Net | 42:40 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
49 minutes | 10 days ago
Chrono Cross 13: Fargo Shorts [S. S. Invincible (Another)]
Head into the fog? This time we’re treasuring skeleton fantasies, aligning character motivations, revealing a ghost ship as a pirate ship, wearing Fargo shorts, dancing to diegetic music, blowing whistles and hitting gongs, fighting big birds, inventing a new ho, doing jellyfish tranqs, fighting skeletons with skeletons, ignoring safety protocols, and beating up a Dead Head. I’m the bone. 01:05 Intro 05:14 | Aboard the Ghost Ship | 20:11 In the Hold #AD | 23:06 - Foggy Deck Invasion | 24:06 - Escape the Hold | 31:50 - Pip! | 35:06 - Top Deck Showdown | 43:10 - Real Net | 45:44 Outro
63 minutes | 17 days ago
Chrono Cross 12: Worldly Person of Lordly Caliber [Hermit's Hideaway (Another)]
I am playing Chrono Cross, and I am alone. After going down the humour hole, we’re scouring the dregs of Viper Manor, assimilating into our party, finding sacred artifacts, getting our Safety Gear, eliminating sentient beings, reluctantly accepting NeoFio, watching Glenn give the game away, breaking down the fourth wall, speaking with the fairies, acquiring all of Skelly, fighting clowns in the woods, and meeting a familiar old man. And he doesn’t have a toilet. 01:05 Intro | 02:43 Shadow Forest | 03:39 Viper Manor Redux | 16:25 Hydra Marshes | 24:46 Termina | 31:08 Mel’s Bargain | 33:19 Water Dragon Isle | 38:53 Isle of the Damned | 43:24 Hermit’s Hideaway | 59:00 Real Net | 01:00:40 Outro
54 minutes | 24 days ago
Chrono Cross 11: Leave it to Beeba, Hi-Ho [Hydra Marsh (Home)]
Hi ho. Today we’re dividing our time, teleporting across worlds, exchanging poetry, letting Leena meet Leena, getting poisoned, blowing the Beeba Flute, busting up the sacred Wingapede, murdering Pentapus, liberating Razzly, wiping out Dwarfs, making the Hydra extinct, healing Kid, watching Mel rob Kid, and sorting out a rookie thief. Go away, beeba off. 01:05 Intro | 06:14 Opassa Beach | 08:11 Home Arni Paradox Testing |14:37 Hydra Marshes (Home World) | 23:45 Pentapus | 29:10 Dwarf Screed | 32:29 Hydra | 36:53 Guldove, Kid’s Recovery | 45:20 Mel! | 48:43 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
57 minutes | a month ago
Chrono Cross 10: Thieving of Labor [Guldove (Another) + Back to Termina]
I have not seen the light, amigo. Today we’re thinking of party members as coworkers, seeking advice from governing mystics, listening to dragon god legends, receiving a green tinkler, overlaying theme music, using alcohol as a bribe, psychically annihilating groupies, confessing to the florist, visiting Skelly’s house, cashing in a bet, confirming Pierre, and marveling in the absurdity of the Luchador Priest. Glenn is no cop; he’s got morals. 01:00 Intro | 03:30 Guldove’s Shaman | 11:45 Dragon Lore | 16:94 Orlha’s Bar | 20:07 Termina (Another World) | 22:50 Magical Dreamers | 25:30 Main Street Termina | 35:00 Smithy | 36:37 Vahn Redux | 37:35 Enter Greco | 44:56 Termina’s loose ends | 51:50 Real Net | 52:38 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
49 minutes | a month ago
Chrono Cross 9: Applebee's Punk [Guldove]
Ripples and waves make sense. This time we’re shaking off a massive fall, requiring extinct medicine, choosing Kid’s destiny, taking/refusing advice from horny clowns, channeling The Witcher 2, engaging in local commerce, drinking away insecurities, identifying “Applebees Punk,” alienating Korcha, stealing a secret dress, and becoming the wind. Au revoir, mon ami. 01:00 Intro | 04:29 Waking up in Guldove | 08:01 Doc’s clinic | 22:44 Guldove overview | 29:50 Orlha’s motivational workshop | 33:10 Residential Tower | 41:17 Real Net | 44:13 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
50 minutes | a month ago
Chrono Cross 8: More Like Mystery Cat [Viper Manor, Part II]
We’re not here to play jacks. Instead, we’re extracting more lore from Karsh, misunderstanding ghosts, opening a chest with the power of persistence, enjoying a moonlight bridge, wrecking Marcy, getting freshman philosophical, seeing my mom in my sister and then fighting her, getting horny with a clown, meeting a menacing Lynx, making cat puns, taking hostages, and making leaps of faith. Come to me, the assassin of time, THE CHRONO TRIGGER. 01:07 Intro | 02:30 Karsh Interrogation | 12:13 Library | 16:31 Outer Space JPEG Lore Dump | 22:35 Versus Marcy | 25:18 Harle Encounter | 29:35 Viper’s Office | 41:41 Balcony Showdown | 47:05 Real Net | 48:00 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
49 minutes | 2 months ago
Chrono Cross 7: Normalize Dragons [Viper Manor, Part I]
Too Bad. Wrong. Sucker. On this episode we’re letting go of Pierre, dodging pointless spotlights, feeding hungry dragons, literally falling in a trap, suspecting Glenn might be an idiot, questioning the general competence of Viper’s dragoon, beating up robots, looting the vault, literally falling in another trap, releasing a cute monster, missing attacks, and gaining respect for Zoah. Feed the nobles to the dragons. 00:46 Intro | 02:25 Viper Manor Exterior | 07:10 Dragon Stables | 14:19 Inside Viper Manor | 20:19 Dining Room | 24:06 Barracks | 28:32 Guest Room | 30:11 Treasure Vault | 32:02 Luccia’s Laboratory | 35:34 Armory | 38:23 Zoah Interrogation | 43:09 Real Net | 45:27 Outro Find us on Patreon at www.patreon.com/retroam, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
70 minutes | 2 months ago
Chrono Cross 6: Doodle Suits [Terminia + Three Routes to Viper Manor]
We shall age another year while you shall remain the same in memory. This time we’re lifting weights at Greco’s, feeling sorrowful with Glenn and Riddel, restarting the sword forge, instantly finding the Hero Medal, understanding misunderstood artists, suffering Pierre’s limitless idiocy, slaying Ketchop, boating with Korcha, ascending perilous bluffs, beating up expensive monsters, singing to forest creatures, hypnotizing aroma blobs, and staring in awe at the amazing tree leaping beefcake, Zoah. But is it art? 00:51 Intro | 02:24 Termina’s shrines | 12:10 Zippa & Zappa’s Smithery | 19:32 Van & Gogh’s Pretentious Emporium | 27:00 Pierre’s route | 38:37 Guile’s route | 48:49 Nikki’s route | 01:03:38 Real Net | 01:06:54 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Chrono Cross 5: A Real Demagogue [Termina (Another)]
You’re not dead or anything, are you? On this episode we’re learning how to pronounce “acacia,” running short on Bellflowers, admiring coastal architecture, thinking about Glenn, polishing my Viper statue, getting framed by an invisible guy, observing potential toilets, working too hard, ordering squid guts, encountering demi-humans, constructing wistful sea metaphors, cutting through groupies, busting through carnies, and buying churros. You might just be the key to the destruction of this entire planet. 00:51 Intro | 03:30 Welcome to Termina | 11:28 Chatting up the locals | 20:54 Termina’s Inn | 23:47 The Dragoon’s Tail | 29:52 Lisa’s Shop | 33:16 Termina’s port | 39:20 Grifter’s/Vendor’s row | 46:34 Real Net | 49:59 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
47 minutes | 2 months ago
Chrono Cross 4: Kiss the Moons [Cape Howl + Heading North]
Boogum! This time we’re finding our own grave, kicking our talking dog off a cliff, enduring spice puns, gaining a star level, meeting a girl named Kid, sleeping in my dead boy room, obtaining Mojo, becoming exorcists, conversing with a jolly talking skull, taking the big egg, re-fighting the spice boys, and reading character fun facts. Nobody can take anything away from him. Nor can anyone give anything to him. 00:51 Intro | 03:04 Cape Howl | 06:50 Showdown at the sunset cliff | 17:08 Return to Another Arni | 19:15 Kiki’s dad’s hell basement | 24:00 Fossil Valley | 30:52 Showdown with Solt & Peppor | 33:49 Character bio catch-up | 40:12 Real Net | 41:15 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
56 minutes | 3 months ago
Chrono Cross 3: Toking with Lizards [Opassa Beach + Another Arni]
What are you doing here, man, this is my island. On this episode we’re learning lessons from choices unmade, dancing the tokage, dressing the battle set, observing weird weapons, remembering Nu, acquiring Komodo Dragon scales, killing the dragon mother, getting sentimental with Leena, waking up at the beach, admiring the beautiful face of the Opah Fish, getting horny at posters, changing music in the middle of Arni, feeling love and affection from Mojo, and dying but still existing. Think about it, my brother. 00:54 Intro | 03:04 World Map | 03:54 Lizard Rock | 06:32 Let’s talk about battles | 13:37 Chasing dragons | 18:42 Opassa Beach | 22:04 Gentle rapture | 25:20 Another World Map | 28:35 Another Arni | 33:09 Cafe Fluer | 36:41 Kiki’s house...of horrors | 40:14 Another Leena’s house, another Serge’s house | 43:35 Chief Gonji’s house | 45:08 Pier | 48:38 Real Net | 51:34 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
50 minutes | 3 months ago
Chrono Cross 2: Ocean Metaphor [Arni (Home)]
Come on sleepyhead, get up. On this episode, we’re deleting music from the game, standing up to Leena through extended slumber, talking to everybody in Arni Village, learning super duper lizard secrets, reminiscing a life of gutting fish, unlocking Satellaview secrets, reciting more poetry, appreciating Poshul’s lisp, learning how to fight, reading mega-babe posters, and remembering the days of yore. Don’t tell grandma I was looking at the jiggle. 00:40 Intro | 02:01 Capturing hot sounds | 04:28 Good morning, Serge | 07:21 Arni, outdoors | 12:22 Leena’s house | 14:03 Kiki’s house | 20:32 Belcha’s kitchen | 28:59 Radius’ field | 34:50 Radius’ house | 37:57 Arni Pier | 41:31 World Map | 42:09 Real Net | 44:07 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Chrono Cross 1: The Start of All This [Intro + Ancient Fort]
Let us begin a fantastical exegesis of Chrono Cross. To kick off our second season, we’re talking about who made Chrono Cross, discussing accent tools, denying community, marveling at efficiency, reciting poetry, devouring the intro CG movie, calling songs different names, invading a stone fortress, and foreshadowing doom. We hope you enjoy this radical dream! 00:50 Intro | 01:53 What is this podcast? | 03:35 Development overview | 14:25 Millennium reflections | 20:00 Power On / Attract Mode | 32:19 Cold open, Dragon Fortress | 38:18 Top of the tower | 41:50 Real Net | 47:20 Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
91 minutes | 3 months ago
Xenogears 55: Fei, Dick Out [Epilogue]
The wretched will makes us experience sadness and loss. For the final episode of season one, we're meeting our real imaginary savior in space, speaking to ghostface killa, rationalizing villainous activity, getting high off god fumes, spilling soup, accepting fate, rejecting fate, seeking connections, determining the power of love through battle, forgiving genocide, favoring humanity over divinity, running through the dimensional shift, collapsing space time, falling to earth, and screaming in Japanese. Now, there is no more god. 00:51 - Intro 02:51 - Fei went to space (music sample, "The One Who Bares Fangs at God") 12:57 - Imagined reality 26:50 - Krelian's determinism 29:52 - Fei's counterargument 32:32 - Xenogears versus Urobolus 36:33 - Elly's liberation 45:33 - Anime / ending dissection (music sample, "Small Two of Pieces") 01:09:25 - Post credits 01:11:55 - Real Net 01:19:20 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
58 minutes | 4 months ago
Xenogears 54: Old Testament [First and Last, Part IV]
I have been playing Xenogears for eight months. In the penultimate episode of season one, we're conducting inadequate preparation, incompleting a map, beating up angels, falling through laser tunnels, flipping tedious dungeon switches, observing basement bass, fighting fighting orbs, sealing divine abilities, time travelling to 1999, intershifting dimensionality, breaking our Gears, destroying fate, and killing god. Yes, we have killed god. 00:52 - Intro 02:15 - Final dungeon prep 05:14 - Exploring Merkava 16:55 - Approaching Deus 20:43 - Marlute 21:40 - Sundel 23:30 - Harlute 25:30 - Metatron 29:48 - vs Deus (music sample: "Awakening") 39:48 - Oh god we killed god what now 46:30 - Xenogears 51:56 - Real Net 53:26 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
67 minutes | 4 months ago
Xenogears 53: The War on Christmas [First and Last, Part III]
Have you ever taken a side quest to another episode of a game that will never exist? Today we're not appearing on the world map, recreating 90's cityscapes, fighting walking dragons, marveling at asphalt, manipulating Zeboim culture, using war as a solution to infertility, reading insane lore magazines, winning NBA grand slams, buying Joe-brand parts, purchasing drugs, living through another year, getting outrageously upset at dinner, concluding it won't work, making it work, producing a nanomachine child, and growing into a nanomachine adult. I am a creature waiting to become extinct. 00:48 - Intro 03:20 - Lighthouse / Zeboim 06:32 - Zeboim street monsters 10:08 - Zeboim ND News TV Studio 21:08 - Convenience Store 30:05 - Big Joe's shop 37:09 - Subway excursion 39:20 - Kim & Elly celebrate New Year's Day 42:49 - Kim & Elly have a tense dinner date 48:13 - Kim's bedroom reflections 50:09 - Kim's lab 52:28 - Emeralda's transformation 56:23 - Real Net 59:21 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
61 minutes | 4 months ago
Xenogears 52: Re-Obsessed with Viscera [First and Last, Part II]
We'll catch you in the static between sounds, right before we kill god. Today we're investing in Golden Vests, declining Franz' hot sounds, rejecting Margie's advances, locating Chu-Chu, getting bad info from a wiki, comparing hot sauce, beating up Sluggers for no reason, battle rapping dune men, extracting a sword from bones, playing human plinko, fist fighting Wyrms, banging big, changing our jukebox's face plate, and feeding a dog. #HammerDidNothingWrong 00:53 - Intro 02:06 - World Map: Expectations & Reality 07:02 - Yggdrasil: Bridge 10:14 - Yggdrasil: Gun Room 12:28 - Yggdrasil: Doctor's Office 13:49 - Yggdrasil: Margie's Room 16:20 - Yggdrasil: Gear Hanger (music sample: "Stairs of Light," from Creid) 26:22 - Citan's House 29:00 - Taura's House 33:18 - Duneman Isle 43:15 - Kislev Battle Arena 53:26 - Real Net 57:00 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
69 minutes | 4 months ago
Xenogears 51: Men of the Sea Never Say Die [First and Last, Part I]
We can actually play this game now. While we’re surviving the apocalypse, we’re also merging flags, buying scam birds, burning books, digging up a jukebox, alienating our dolphin stepson, going down with the ship, fantasizing about The Captain, becoming a landlubber, accepting forgiveness, not adding Ramsus to our party, confirming reality with Zephyr, forging exactly one legendary weapon, and stealing precious Chu-Chu wares. Ding ding, good job. 00:43 - Intro 03:20 - Snowfield hideout lobby (music sample: "Shevat - The Wind is Calling," from Myth) 14:06 - Man Digging Room 15:44 - Room of Cats / Command Room 18:12 - Room Behind The Bar -OR- O Captain! My Captain! 33:54 - Prison Room 38:61 - Snowbank Room 42:48 - Dan & Midori 45:50 - Zephyr reflections 47:32 - Ramsus' revival 55:04 - Room Behind Gear Shop 57:26 - Chu-Chu Room 59:28 - Real Net 01:03:24 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Xenogears 50: Bear with Me Here, Oedipus [Xenogears Wakes]
The system is awakening. Today we're getting lore from a Jesus cross, contacting the fourth dimension, tapping into the god universe, adventing into this world, instilling a mother's will, nursing an Oedipus complex, dealing with a paradox, playing the Undertaker's Theme, fighting dad as well as my transmigrated ancestor, giving birth to humanity, destroying our remaining advanced military equipment on insane tactical gambles, and awakening Deus as a direct result. Perception is reality and also I'm god. 00:53 - Intro 03:30 - A blue pulsing puddle, a fluctuating void 21:35 - New Gear, old Grahf 29:10 - Xenogears versus Alpha Weltall 35:40 - The Genesis of Humanity 39:40 - Excalibur tactical conference 44:00 - Bart's got an idea 49:30 - Real Net 55:09 - Outro Find us on Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/retroAM, on Twitter at @retroamnesiapod and through e-mail at email@example.com.
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