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72 minutes | Feb 25, 2019
UMBCast 114 - Links
Welcome to episode 114, where I dive into the prolific Access Software golf sim series, Links. Links: My video research sessions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2whCuUnKwYBC6SHvfn6c5yf0RTk9z9s1 French PC game magazine archive: https://www.abandonware-magazines.org/index.php Buy Links online: https://www.linkscountryclub.com/
81 minutes | Oct 2, 2018
UMBCast 113 - Unreal
In episode 113, we take on the massively popular and genre-defining Unreal series. Links: My video research sessions: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2whCuUnKwYB-UhgbN7wL9lc8JerihSV4 X-Wing Soundtrack (redone): https://soundcloud.com/laserschwert/sets/x-wing TIE Fighter Soundtrack (redone): https://soundcloud.com/laserschwert/sets/tie Buy Unreal Gold GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_gold?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13250/Unreal_Gold/ Buy Unreal 2: The Awakening GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_2_the_awakening_se?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13200/Unreal_2_The_Awakening/ Buy Unreal Tournament GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_goty?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13240/Unreal_Tournament_Game_of_the_Year_Edition/ Buy Unreal Tournament 2004 GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/unreal_tournament_2004_ece?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/13230/Unreal_Tournament_2004_Editors_Choice_Edition/ Next Episode: Next time, get into our first sports game with the Links series from Access Software.
57 minutes | Aug 29, 2018
UMBCast 112 - Heart of China
Time for episode 112, in which we explore the mysterious world of 1930's Hong Kong in the 1991 Dynamix adventure, Heart of China. Links: My video research sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKLSnBxpjNM&list=PL2whCuUnKwYC1gOgCR6N229FHnVpkI5MZ Buy Heart of China on GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/heart_of_china?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Next Episode: Next time, we jump forward to 1998 with the Unreal series from Epic games.
86 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
UMBCast 111 - One Must Fall
In episode 111, we hit our first fighting game, 1994's One Must Fall 2097 by Diversions Entertainment. Links: My video research sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-OBT0PYE0&list=PL2whCuUnKwYBNDRCGWvJzjmVSIg0Ij8Tk One Must Fall 2097 on archive.org: https://archive.org/details/OneMustFall2097 One Must Fall 1.0 (Demo) on archive.org: https://archive.org/details/msdos_MUSTFALL_shareware Tomer's interview with Rob Elam on Mobygames: Part 1 http://www.mobygames.com/featured_article/feature,8/ Part 2 http://www.mobygames.com/featured_article/feature,8/section,31/ Next Episode: Next time, we'll be covering the 1991 Dynamix adventure, Heart of China.
104 minutes | Jun 20, 2018
UMBCast 110 - Wing Commander Roundup
In a very special UMBCast, for the second time ever I have a live guest! I dragged my friend and fellow podcaster Brian "Space Game Junkie" Rubin to sit with me and talk Wing Commander. Specifically, in light of my recent complete playthrough of Wing Commander 2 on the YouTube channel, I wanted to sit down with someone to discuss that game in particular. Of course, we couldn't just limit ourselves to JUST WC2 so of course we discuss the entire series with a bit more of a focus on the second game then on the others. We also get into a discussion about successors to Wing Commander, what made it special compared to other famous space combat sims and of course, we couldn't avoid talking a bit about Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous. Links: Find Brian and all his content at https://www.spacegamejunkie.com/ My YouTube "UMB Plays" of Wing Commander 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-AMpSWJpYY&list=PL2whCuUnKwYC8rXzdIQT2rU4RkysbF3Nm Digital Antiquarian article on Wing Commander II: https://www.filfre.net/2018/03/wing-commander-ii/ Buy Wing Commander 1 and 2 on GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/wing_commander_1_2?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Wing Commander CCG: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3842/wing-commander Next Episode: Next time, we'll be covering the 1994 Diversions Entertainment fighting game, One Must Fall: 2097.
34 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
UMBCast 109 - We'll Miss You Akago (The Neverhood repost)
Earlier today, I received word that long time friend of the show, Amayirot Akago (aka Maarten Amkreutz), took his own life. As a very small, very insignificant gesture, I'm reposting his guest show from mere days before the arrival of the UMBaby covering The Neverhood. Akago was one of the first to step up when I put out the call for guest shows and has been a constant and welcome fixture of the show since its earliest days. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmayirotAkago Postman's Quest: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2073/
59 minutes | Jun 1, 2018
UMBCast 108 - Dr. Brain
This time around, we're hitting our first edutainment title with the Dr. Brain series from Sierra. Big shout out this month goes to Father Beast for catching some research I missed! Links: My video research sessions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzndtmyZZEE&list=PL2whCuUnKwYCc2Eh38uGBgpuAxhi43fEI CBC's The Artists Ep8 - LucasArts (Canada Only): https://watch.cbc.ca/media/the-artists/season-1/episode-8/38e815a-00e5822082e Next Episode: Next time, we'll be covering the 1994 Diversions Entertainment fighting game, One Must Fall: 2097.
67 minutes | May 1, 2018
UMBCast 107 - The Last Express
In episode 107, we cover a unique adventure game by Jordan Mechner, 1997's The Last Express. Links: Get The Last Express on GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/last_express_the Get The Last Express Gold on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/252710/The_Last_Express_Gold_Edition/ Get The Last Express on iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/the-last-express/id508049561?mt=8 Get The Last Express on Android: https://www.amazon.com/DotEmu-The-Last-Express/dp/B00FVZKMJI Next Episode: Next time, we'll be covering the Sierra edutainment classics in the Dr. Brain series.
48 minutes | Mar 28, 2018
UMBCast 106 - Transport Tycoon (feat. Father Beast)
We've got a special one for episode 106 in which second time guest-host Father Beast takes us on a tour of the 1994 business and management simulator, Transport Tycoon. Links Reunion (1994) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vk_L8BL0r48 Play Transport Tycoon in your browser https://www.playdosgames.com/online/transport-tycoon/ Play Transport Tycoon Deluxe in your browser https://classicreload.com/transport-tycoon-deluxe.html Screenshots from Chris Sawyer's Transport game. (And a video of Chris Sawyer playing it!) http://www.transporttycoon.com/transportgame TTD Patch site http://www.ttdpatch.net/ Buy Chris Sawyer's Locomotion on Steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/356430/Chris_Sawyers_Locomotion/ Buy Chris Sawyer's Locomotion on GOG.com https://www.gog.com/game/chris_sawyers_locomotion Open TTD https://www.openttd.org/en/ Star Control: Origins Pre-order on Steam http://store.steampowered.com/app/271260/Star_Control_Origins/ Star Control 1+2 on Steam (Renamed Star Control: The Ur-Quan Masters http://store.steampowered.com/app/358920/Star_Control_The_UrQuan_Masters/ Star Control 3 on Steam (Renamed Star Control: Kessari Quadrant) http://store.steampowered.com/app/358930/Star_Control_Kessari_Quadrant/ Ghosts Of The Precusors Early Website https://dogarandkazon.squarespace.com/ Ur-Quan Masters HD https://sourceforge.net/projects/urquanmastershd/ Remnants Of The Precursors (Master Of Orion 1 Fan Remake) https://remnantsoftheprecursors.com/ Next Episode Next time, we will be covering the 1997 Jordan Mechner adventure, The Last Express. Thanks and enjoy!
46 minutes | Mar 1, 2018
UMBCast 105 - The Lost Vikings
Time for episode 105 where I dive into the 1992 Silicon and Synapse puzzle platformer, The Lost Vikings. Links: Get The Lost Vikings direct from Blizzard, for free! http://eu.blizzard.com/en-gb/games/legacy/ Lost Vikings in Heroes of the Storm: https://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes/the-lost-vikings/ Next Episode: Next time, we'll be hearing a guest show from Father Beast about the 1994 MicroProse business sim, Transport Tycoon.
65 minutes | Jan 24, 2018
UMBCast 104 - Defender of the Crown
Here is the long awaited episode 104 in which I dive deep into the 1986 strategy/action game, Defender of the Crown from Cinemaware. Links: Jim Cuomo's Amiga and gameplay CD music (authorized hosting from Tomer): http://www.tomergabel.com/DefenderOfTheCrownMusic.aspx Buy Defender of the Crown on GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/defender_of_the_crown?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f Next Episode: Next time, we'll be discussing the 1992 Blizzard puzzle/platformer, The Lost Vikings.
46 minutes | Jan 7, 2018
UMBCast 103 - Mailbag
Wow! After an unplanned seven month hiatus I'm back! Before jumping right back into the schedule, I decided to jump in with a little show updating everyone about the state of the show, why I went away for seven months and to get through a bit of an email backlog that has built up while I was off being distracted with my dumb life. Next time, we'll be covering the 1986 Cinemaware game, Defender of the Crown.
121 minutes | Jun 14, 2017
UMBCast 102 - Hangout #7 - Feats of Strength
It is time for yet another Patreon Hangout! This time around, Brian, Craig, Tomer, Troels and myself get together to discuss "feats of strength" in DOS and Pre-Windows XP gaming. What does this mean? Have you ever gone to extraordinary measures to get a game running? Done anything nuts with hardware? Done anything crazy in a game that resulted in either an epic win or a crushing defeat? We talk about those things, largest executable program size, programming while under rocket attack and more! Next time, we'll be covering the 1986 Cinemaware game, Defender of the Crown.
81 minutes | May 5, 2017
UMBCast 101 - F-19 Stealth Fighter
Time for episode 101 in which we discuss the 1988 Microprose flight sim, F-19 Stealth Fighter and its sequel/remake, F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0! First though, I read some email that leads us to two cool links: Troels and I playing A Final Unity: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeuPHRWonRSTOs9KHN_aPgbinDMJfQP9J Ben Chandler's PC Gamer article about adventure game backgrounds: http://www.pcgamer.com/ten-of-the-best-classic-adventure-game-scenes/ We then get into the usual topics around these unique Microprose flight sims. Buy F-19 Steakth Fighter on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/347250/F19_Stealth_Fighter/ Buy F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0 on GoG: https://www.gog.com/game/f117a_nighthawk_stealth_fighter_20?pp=1106a1dda2d680438ecfb0bb70fd479c55a1791f My F-19 YouTube Research session: https://youtu.be/J-F6WsoNxcA Next time we'll be covering the iconic 1986 Cinemaware strategy game, Defender of the Crown. Enjoy!
68 minutes | Mar 23, 2017
UMBCast 100 - Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity
Here it is! My long overdue return from "parental leave" and episode 100 of the podcast! This time around I celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with the 1995 Spectrum Holobyte adventure, Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity. Find CD copies of the game via this eBay search. A Final Unity research on YouTube: https://youtu.be/h30smq8aX0c Support the show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/umbcast Next time, we'll be flying again with F-19 Stealth Fighter and F-117A Stealth Fighter 2.0.
75 minutes | Feb 13, 2017
UMBCast 099 - Cyber Empire (feat. Troels Pleimert)
One more guest show before I'm back in episode 100. This time around my good buddy Troels, the Space Quest Historian is here with a hidden gem, the 1992 Silicon Knights action/strategy game Cyber Empires (or Steel Empire in Europe). Not only does Troels do a great job with the show, he also interviews the game's creator, Denis Dyack! This episode contains an abridged version of the interview, for the whole thing, check out Troels' mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/SpaceQuestHistorian/space-quest-historian-interviews-denis-dyack-silicon-knights-about-steel-empirecyber-empires/ Watch Troels play Cyber Empires: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ckYzIeIfTQ&list=PLeuPHRWonRSTUuE_0uFCX6Cdt1AwHMXwc You can also find Troels on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sqhistorian Also check out his awesome YouTube channel over at https://www.youtube.com/spacequesthistorian Next time, for episode 100 I will be back for good with the long awaited Final Unity episode.
28 minutes | Dec 30, 2016
UMBCast 098 - A Mind Forever Voyaging (feat. Chris Olson)
Here comes episode 98 where friend of the show Chris "CGOApps" Olson takes the big chair to discuss our inaugural text adventure, A Mind Forever Voyaging by Infocom, released in 1985. Digital Antiquarian: http://maher.filfre.net/if-book/ Get Lamp Documentary: http://getlamp.com AMFV Infocom Cabinet: https://archive.org/details/InfocomCabinetAMindForeverVoyaging Find Chris at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgoapps His blog/developer site: http://cgoapps.wordpress.com Next time, we will hit the long awaited show on Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity.
140 minutes | Dec 4, 2016
UMBCast 097 - Hangout #6 - Game Music & Sound
It's Patreon Hangout time once again! This time around, Akago, Brian, Craig, Jim, Ryan, Tomer, Martin and myself got together to chat about game music and sound! We get deep into hardware and play clips form some of our favourite game music. It was a great time and big thanks to the participants and those who watched! Keep an eye out for our upcoming guest shows on I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, A Mind Forever Voyaging and Cyber Empires in addition to my next show on Star Trek: The Next Generation - A Final Unity. Lots of great content coming up!
34 minutes | Nov 27, 2016
UMBCast 096 - Sid Meier's Colonization (feat. Father Beast)
Here comes another guest show! Father Beast has been kind enough to put together an episode on the 1994 Microprose strategy game, Sid Meier's Colonization! Colonization on GOG.com: https://www.gog.com/game/sid_meiers_colonization Colonization on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/327400/ Freecol, an open source remake of Colonization: http://www.freecol.org/ Article: "Is Colonization offensive enough?": http://www.playthepast.org/?p=278 Next time, we'll be having our 6th Patreon hangout discussing game music & sound! Also, we have another guest show in the hopper on I Have no Mouth and I Must Scream so if you'd like to drop me comments about that one, we'll get them into the show! Enjoy!
44 minutes | Sep 28, 2016
UMBCast 095 - The Neverhood (feat. Amayirot Akago)
Time for episode 95! Originally we were scheduled to cover A Final Unity, but what with the UMBaby coming, I've been thrown all out of whack so friend of the show Amayirot Akago has graciously stepped in with a guest show! He'll be covering the 1996 adventure, The Neverhood! In true UMB fashion, he hits all the major points and takes us through the very cool world of The Neverhood. For more from Akago, check him out on the Internet! Twitter: https://twitter.com/amayirotakago YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AmayirotAkago Postman's Quest: http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2073/ Next time, we'll be talking about our favourite music & sound in games on out 6th Patreon Hangout, followed by the long awaited Final Unity podcast. Enjoy!
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