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RPG Backtrack - Episode 12

JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: KirinAdministrators
edited April 2010 in Latest Updates
What are we talking about this time? Well, it involves hippies, Prince Poo, eating hamburgers straight from a garbage can, absentee fathers, Smaaaaaaaash attacks, and the power of prayer in a pinch. Boing!
The music you hear that isn't from the game came from this talented individual.
Here we find something Nyx mentions during the recording that she wanted shared.
It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.

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  • greybrickgreybrick Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    Ah, the soothing voice of Mrs. Willina Phillis, sister to evil twin Will Phillis.

    That sounded confusing: I am referring of course to the intro.



  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    I <3 you, boys.

    I also <3 Mr. Saturn.
  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    -I hate FFXIII also! non-cgi/emoticons/laugh.gif
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  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    Before I forget, I mentioned that there was a fanmade Earthbound movie. Here's the links to it.

    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
  • Strawberry EggsStrawberry Eggs The Bemused Administrators
    edited March 2010
    Great job on the podcast folks! non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif It's a bit of a shame that none of the panel finished the original Mother. While EarthBound almost seems like a remake of the first game, it has it's own unique aspects that make it my favorite 8-bit RPG.

    I'm not sure about the very first RPG to have enemies visible on screen, but the original Seiken Densetsu on the Game Boy, or Final Fantasy Adventure as it's better known here, has 'em and that came out in 1991. That's the earliest I'm aware of.

    Also, I can think of one series that may have taken some inspiration from Mother: Pokemon. Creatures Inc, one of Pokemon's owners along with Nintendo and Game Freak used to be called Ape Inc, so that may have some part of it. While not nearly as wacky or kooky as the three Mother games, it's certainly quite the light-hearted series. Also, the sprite styles are vaguely similar, both have seamless interconnected maps between towns, dungeons and the outside instead of an overworld map screen, and both take place in a world that is more or less based on contemporary times instead of the middles ages. Sure Game Freak developed the Pokemon games, but Creatures probably had at least some creative input here and there.



    Reincarnation, realization
  • UnpetitmaxUnpetitmax Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Strawberry Eggs @ Mar. 19 2010, 11:28 AM)]
    I'm not sure about the very first RPG to have enemies visible on screen, but the original Seiken Densetsu on the Game Boy, or Final Fantasy Adventure as it's better known here, has 'em and that came out in 1991. That's the earliest I'm aware of.
    This is a Zelda-like game. So we could just say Zelda on the NES. I think what he meant is, a traditional RPG (with turn by turn fighting) in which you can see the enemy on the map.
  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    The enemies weren't visible in the Mega-CD version of Lunar were they?
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  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(SiliconNooB @ Mar. 19 2010, 5:44 PM)]
    The enemies weren't visible in the Mega-CD version of Lunar were they?
    In the Sega CD version, I'm pretty sure they were random encounters.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited March 2010
    The original Lunar games on Sega CD most definitely used random encounters.
    No winner yet, either....
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • UnpetitmaxUnpetitmax Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(JuMeSyn @ Mar. 19 2010, 7:38 PM)]
    The original Lunar games on Sega CD most definitely used random encounters.
    No winner yet, either....
    No? It's so easy!
  • NekobasuNekobasu RPGamer Staff RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    Please continue playing Contact. There are some touching, confusing moments.

    It isn't Earthbound though, yeah.
  • silktailsilktail mild peril Full Members
    edited March 2010
    I don't think the SNES was a problem when localising the original Mother. It's said they were waiting for the right conditions to release it and were still waiting until the SNES came out.
    (FF2 had that problem though, maybe the stories have been mixed up.)


    One thing not mentioned about items was the condiment system for food, where you eat food with a condiment and an extra boost from it.
    I liked that, but it was a shame the resticted inventory hindered its usefulness.


    Visible enemies:
    I'm pretty sure Final Fantasy Mystic Quest was out before Earthbound, but I suspect there must be early game (Because Rogue-likes used that mechanic).

    I would call Seiken Densetsu an Action RPG. "Zelda-like" suggests that it has a more Action with puzzles orientation.
    That said Zelda 2 is argueably another Action RPG and has visible random encounters on the map.
  • SiliconNooBSiliconNooB Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    Lufia II had visible enemies in dungeons, but it was probably released during a similar period to Earthbound and Chrono 1995-96.
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  • UnpetitmaxUnpetitmax Member Full Members
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(silktail @ Mar. 20 2010, 9:24 PM)]
    I would call Seiken Densetsu an Action RPG. "Zelda-like" suggests that it has a more Action with puzzles orientation.
    That said Zelda 2 is argueably another Action RPG and has visible random encounters on the map.
    I merely said that to mention it's not turn by turn, but I see your point.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited March 2010
    Lufia 2 came out in 96 in the US, postdating Earthbound. It also came out in early 95 in Japan, again postdating Earthbound. Final Fantasy Mystic Quest came out in late 1992 though, which in this single category makes it a winner.
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • MacstormMacstorm Ysy St. Administrators
    edited March 2010
    Have to say I loved the addition of:
    Sam & Max
    image

    One thing, please oh please make notes about the last names of the other cohorts. It's just a personal issue I imagine, but calling Tom "Mr. Tom" last podcast just made me feel like JCS was going "oh crap, I forgot his last name." Nothing big, but I just like hearing the full name intro. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
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  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Macstorm @ Mar. 25 2010, 7:13 AM)]
    Have to say I loved the addition of:
    Sam & Max
    image

    One thing, please oh please make notes about the last names of the other cohorts. It's just a personal issue I imagine, but calling Tom "Mr. Tom" last podcast just made me feel like JCS was going "oh crap, I forgot his last name." Nothing big, but I just like hearing the full name intro. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
    There's only one problem with this picture.

    ...we'd need to switch the personalities, as I'm pretty sure I'm closer to Max than Sam. non-cgi/emoticons/tounge2.gif
  • PawsPaws Purr RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    Looks like more people will be enjoying this:
    http://earthboundcentral.com/2010/03/earthbound-on-rpgamers-podcast/
  • JCServantJCServant Certified Polygameist RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    Thanks for the link paws. That's kewlie! It's nice to know others are enjoyin' the cast!
  • SeraphimKittenSeraphimKitten President of Soft Paws Full Members
    edited March 2010
    It's good to see another look at Earthbound. This was a favorite of most of my friends back in middle/high school, and even my little brother remembers their scratch-and-sniff advertisements. I would always rent Earthbound, though, so I never had a chance to see it through. I would always get to the part where the cow says "I am a cow. Somebody painted me blue. Why are you talking to me?" and have to return the game to Blockbuster. Out of curiosity, and apologies if this was mentioned on the podcast, is it up on Virtual Console?
  • NyxNyx Staff Girly Girl RPGamer Staff
    edited March 2010
    [quote=Quote:(SeraphimKitten @ Mar. 31 2010, 9:00 AM)]
    It's good to see another look at Earthbound. This was a favorite of most of my friends back in middle/high school, and even my little brother remembers their scratch-and-sniff advertisements. I would always rent Earthbound, though, so I never had a chance to see it through. I would always get to the part where the cow says "I am a cow. Somebody painted me blue. Why are you talking to me?" and have to return the game to Blockbuster. Out of curiosity, and apologies if this was mentioned on the podcast, is it up on Virtual Console?
    It's not up on Virtual Console, and the chances of it appearing on VC are exceptionally slim. non-cgi/emoticons/sad.gif There's a lot of trademarked and copyrighted material that would make getting this to VC a nightmare.
  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited March 2010
    It is not and almost certainly never will be on Virtual Console, for reasons we went into a bit, but can be read in more detail elsewhere. So open your wallet and be prepared for it to feel noticeably lighter if you want to buy the game.
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • SeraphimKittenSeraphimKitten President of Soft Paws Full Members
    edited March 2010
    Ah yes, now I remember. Ah well, maybe I can find a friend with a copy.
  • DragoonMogDragoonMog Moggle+Dragoon=DragoonMog Full Members
    edited April 2010
    I am looking forward to the next cast. I believe you said you where covering Robotrek, so I dug up a copy of the game and have been playing it so I will know what you guys are talking about.
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  • JuMeSynJuMeSyn Code: Kirin Administrators
    edited April 2010
    Aha, a Robotrek fan. Well, I could've posted the next one yesterday, but April 1 is a horrible day for something with substance to go up.
    It's not what he's eating, but what's eating him that makes it ... sort of interesting.
  • watcherwatcher Veteran RPGamer Full Members
    edited April 2010
    [quote=Quote:(Nyx @ Mar. 18 2010, 4:03 PM)]
    I <3 you, boys.

    I also <3 Mr. Saturn.
    I <3 Mr. Saturn, too! non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

    Can't believe I almost missed catching this Backtrack
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