The Right Stick An actual PhD. and an actual not PhD. podcast about videogames of the past, present, and the past…again.

December 19, 2017  

Hidden Gems.

Sure, you've played ALL the hits. Sure, you have a gigantic backlog of EVEN MORE hits that you haven't played (and probably never will). But we know you, we know you'll never be satisfied until you own every single game that suggests even the slightest chance that you might possibly enjoy it. So join us as we reach back through videogames history to dig up some truly unique and fascinating games that DESERVE your attention. We promise, you will adore adding each and every one of these hidden gems to your backlog.

Other topics this episode: WillyBeans gives you the greatest lifehack to getting the absolute best videogame reviews, and DocBrown proclaims the Switch to be one of the best console launches in modern game history.

TRIGGER WARNING: From 1:33:00 mark we have a serious discussion about Super Columbine Massacre RPG, a game that attempts to tackle the events of the Columbine high school shooting. This is a serious conversation that we believe is handled with appropriate respect and thoughtfulness, however, we understand that some of our listeners may not want to hear a discussion of this nature on their videogames podcasts.

Music:

Bejeweled 2 OST - Complete Soundtrack
Jem and the Holograms - Opening Theme
Xenoblade Chronicles 2 OST 05. Incoming! (Boss Battle 1)
Actraiser - Opening Theme
Dragon's Crown - Memories to be Told
Two Worlds II - Theme
Record Of Lodoss War (Dreamcast) - Boss Battle
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines - Mission Impossible
Wizardry: Tale of the Forsaken Land - Lonely with Loneliness
Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim - Zemeth Sanctum
Half-Minute Hero - The Hero Arrives!
Wild Guns - Carson City
Sakkura Wars: So long, My Love - What?!
Crusader: No Remorse - The Traveler
Crusader: No Remorse - Dimension 2012
Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door - Intro Story

Totally, constantly, as super-always thanks to our Twitter friends for suggesting great hidden gems: @jscarpe, @FinalMacstorm, @Thiefofhearts, and @nightdreamer!

 

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November 15, 2017  

Gaming 180s

One day, WillyBeans played The Last Guardian and absolutely despised it. Another day, WillyBeans played The Last Guaridan and absolutely loved it. Now, DocBrown and Beans are determined to get to the bottom of this strange gaming phenomena -- the 180. Loving games you used to hate, hating games you used to love, and trying to make yourself love a game that everyone else does (and, boy, have we tried!)

Also this episode: Beans hopes for brighter things in Telltale's future, and Doc begins a vacation away from videogames.

Music:

Star Trek: The Original Series Soundtrack - Prime Specimen
The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 2 - Credits
Demon's Souls - Maiden Astraea
Darkest Dungeon OST - House of Ruin
DANGANRONPA: Class Trial (Dawn Edition)
Streets of Rage - Introduction
Tenchu Stealth Assassins - Addua (Opening Theme)
Super Meat Boy - Forest Funk (Ch 1: Forest Light World)
Rocket League Dropshot Soundtrack - Hollywood Principle - Spell (Sando Remix)
Benny Hill Theme
GTA San Andreas - Main Theme
Chrono Cross - Dream of the Shore Bordering Another World
Final Fantasy X - Spira Scenery
Monster Hunter - Main Theme
Izuna: Legend of the Unemployed Ninja OST - Snake Hole

As always, thanks to our Twitter friends for suggesting episode topics! @phazonmasher @jscarpe @nightdreamer @finalmacstorm

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October 25, 2017  

Horrible Game Memories.

Rather than revisit the jump scares of dogs breaking through windows in Resident Evil, this Halloween Doc and Beans talk about some of the most truly horrifying moments in their own personal gaming history. These ghoulish topics include renting a game that looked absolutely amazing and turned out to be absolutely not amazing, regrettable incredibly expensive game/console purchases, suffering through awkward cutscenes in front of loved ones, and the jump scares of dogs breaking through windows in Resident Evil. Boo!

Also this episode: Beans talks a bit about Gran Turismo Sport (which he incorrectly calls Gran Turismo 6), while Doc talks about the role of rolling random numbers in gaming.

Music:

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Great Fairy's Fountain
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana OST - SUNSHINE COASTLINE
Castlevania 2 - Bloody Tears
Feel the Magic XY/XX - Main Menu
Target Renegade - [Unknown track]
Dead or Alive 5 - Gotta Move On
What Remains of Edith Finch - Edith's Theme (2017)
Super Mario Kart - Bowser's Castle
Vampire: Master of Darkness Music (SMS/Game Gear) - Thames River
Zelda II : The Adventure of Link - Palace
Sonic The Hedgehog - Green Hill Zone

As always, WillyBeans and DocBrown want to thank our listeners for participating: @FinalMacStorm, @felipepepe, @broodwars64, @jscarpe and everyone else who inspired topics for this episode!

DocBrown would also like to issue the following correction - the turd that is Target: Renegade is only kinda tangentially related to the Kunio-Kun series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target:_Renegade). It has a really cool soundtrack, though.

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October 7, 2017  

Sierra On-Line.

Look, we get it: over the years you've listened to countless podcasts, read countless articles, and heard countless stories about how great Sierra On-Line was back in the 80s and 90s. 

Too bad. You're going to hear it again.

Wait! Come back! We promise to not just talk about the adventure games! (But we ARE going to talk about the adventure games)

We dig into all the things that made this company incredibly special. We talk about the people, the culture, the games, the nostalgia -- and we don't even mention the cat hair moustache puzzles!

 

Also: Beans asks Doc to explain 'what is Ys' and 'why should I care about Ys?'

 

Music:

Freddy Pharkas - Frontier Pharmacist - Sierra Fanfare
King's Quest VI - Opening Movie and Introduction
King's Quest II (VGA) - Death Theme -- Standard 1 Humerous
Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon - Intro
Betrayal at Krondor - Theme + Intro
Quest for Glory IV - Intro
Phantasmagoria - Consumite Furore (Main Theme)
Rise of the Dragon (Sega CD) - Opening + Intro
Jones in the Fast Lane - Main Theme
A-10 Tank Killer - Main theme + various
Police Quest 3 - Main Theme
King's Quest VI - Girl in the Tower
The Island of Dr. Brain - Main Theme
The Incredible Machine - various
The Adventures of Willy Beamish (SEGA CD) - Intro Theme
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards (remake) - Intro
Thexder - Main Theme

As always WillyBeans and DocBrown thank our listeners for questions and topic suggestions: @FinalMacStorm, @TimSpaethV2, @ThiefofHearts, @JeremyLamont, @jscarpe!

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September 21, 2017  

Final Fantasy XIII

Against all odds, despite all of the roadblocks, in defiance of all the prophecies, we talk about Final Fantasy XIII for a couple of hours. For one of the hosts, it is a glorious, glorious time. For the other host, it is something he'll never have to talk about ever, ever again. Probably.

 

They said that such a topic could never be discussed on our show. 

But we did it.

They tried to silence us.

But we would not be silenced.

They tried other dramatic stuff, too.

You could say, that not even fate could stand in our way.

 

Also: Beans backpedals from his initial hate-on for the Secret of Mana remake, and Doc's got a bone to pick with misplaced accents.

 

Music:
 
Final Fantasy XIII - Promised Eternity
The More You Know Theme
Final Fantasy XIII - The Promise
Final Fantasy XIII - Defiers Of Fate
Final Fantasy XIII - Snow's Theme
Final Fantasy XIII - Lake Bresha
Final Fantasy XIII - Sazh's Theme
Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
Final Fantasy XIII - Fighting Fate
Final Fantasy XIII - Fang's Theme
Final Fantasy XIII - Vanille's Theme
Final Fantasy XIII - Chocobos Of Cocoon~Chasing Dreams
Final Fantasy XIII - Test Of The L'Cie
Final Fantasy XIII - Nascent Requiem
 
WillyBeans and DocBrown would like to thank @nightdreamer, @FinalMacstorm, @GreatCharleston, @Jeremy_LaMont, @jscarpe, and @horrorgeek for great discussion topics!
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September 9, 2017  
What do you get when you put Luke Skywalker in Top Gun? Beats us! But who cares? We've got more important thing to worry about! This week we're talking about Wing Commander!!! The whole series. Even some of the weird ones! We start from its very humble beginnings as a pretty cool story-driven space shooter, to an absolutely insane multimillion dollar video game production boasting some of the most exciting story telling of its time, and finally concluding with its swan song as an absolutely insane multimiillion dollar movie production boasting some of the most boring and cliched story telling of its time!
 
Chalk another one up for the Maniac!
 
Also on tap this episode: DocBrown gets himself some Playstation VR, while Beans gets himself some grade A cynacism about a Secret of Mana remake.
 
Finally, the answers can be revealed to the greatest of all questions:
Help him out?
Straighten him out.
 
Music:
 
Huey Lewis & the News - The Power of Love
Flashdance - She's A Maniac
Kid Rock - Bawitdaba
Wing Commander (FM Towns) - Intro Theme
Wing Commander (FM Towns) - Scramble Through Launch / Medium Damage Assessment / Flying to Dogfight
Wing Commander II (PC) - Combat 1
Wing Commander III (PSX) - Strike
Wing Commander III (PSX) - Patrol
Wing Commander IV (PC) - Inflight Music 1
Wing Commander IV (PC) - Intense Combat Music 2
Wing Commander IV (PC) - Inflight Music 6
Wing Commander Prophecy (PC) - Simulator 3
Wing Commander Prophecy (PC) - Simulator 5
Wing Commander: Privateer - Mining Base
Wing Commander (SNES) - Rec Room
Wing Commander II (FM Towns) - Cloak and Dagger
 
Doc and Beans would like to thank @jscarpe for his awesome email full of Wing Commander thoughts and trivia that formed the basis for much of the discussion during this episode.
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September 2, 2017  
DocBrown doubles down on his promises to stop playing games he doesn't enjoy while Beans doubles down on his promises to keep unapologetically killing Nazis -- BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!!! GUYS IT'S TIME TO TALK ABOUT VR!111(*@Y@
 
Seriously. Beans has been dying for VR to be realized ever since...well...ever! Finally. Finally! The time is now. FINALLY!
 
Doc talks Virtual Reality after a solid month of using the HTC Vive, while Beans talks Virtual Reality after a solid month of using Playstation VR. We cover the differences in the hardware, the unique games, the common games, the physical injuries sustained, the vomiting. THE VR.
 
GET EXCIITTTTTEDDDD!!!
 
Because we are.
 
We. Are.
 
We are VR Troopers.
 
 
Music This Episode:
 
Costa del Sol - Final Fantasy VII Music Extended
Batman Arkham VR - Credits Music
Super Castlevania IV - Stage 3 The Cave (3-1)
Ninja Gaiden (NES) - Act 4 Part 2
Batman: Arkham Asylum - Whisky Trail
Resident Evil 7 - Go Tell Aunt Rhody
Contra III: The Alien Wars - Stage 01
Oddworld Stranger's Wrath - Another Day, Another Fight
Until Dawn - 'O Death' Theme
Resident Evil 7 - Saferoom
Sunset Riders (SNES) - Sunset Riders / Character Select
Super Hot - Main Menu
 
 
DocBrown apologizes for his error regarding Batman: Arkham VR - that is a terrible Kevin Conroy performance.
 
Beans would also like to apologize for Kevin Conroy's performance.
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August 22, 2017  

Remember a time when video games weren't all about chasing bad people down maze-like corridors in various locales throughout the world so that you could murder them in uneding numbers with an unreasonable assortment of guns and buckets of ammunition?

We vaguely do!

This week we talk about the first person shooter life. We revisit the humble days of classic games like Doom and Wolfenstein 3D, and we trace the evolution of the genre up to the present day with smoking hot modern hits like the new Doom and the new Wolfenstein. What makes those FPSes so damn special for so many people?

In our first segement this week, Beans wonders why people are so eager to get to the end of most games, while Doc wishes he had a way to quickly get to the end of most games.

Come get some!

 

Music:

 

Duke Nukem 3D - The City Streets

Duke Nukem 3D - Main Title Theme "Grabbag"

Hollow Knight - False Knight

Rise of the Triad - Suck This

Hexen - Dungeons

Duke Nukem 3D Remixes - Grabbag

Star Wars: Dark Forces - Fight 01

Goldeneye 007 - Runway

Half Life - Adrenaline Horror

Deus Ex - Deus Ex Main Title

SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division - Red Riot

Timesplitters 2 - Retro Racer

DOOM (2016) - Violence

Wolfenstein: The New Order - Karl & Karla - Tapferer kleiner Liebling

 

The PS2 launch title DocBrown couldn't remember was "Orphen" and it sucked.

 

As always thanks to our Twitter friends who commented and/or suggested discussion topics: @jscarpe, @FinalMacstorm, and @nightdreamer! 

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July 30, 2017  
Infinity Engine games, man! Baldur’s Gate, Icewind Dale. What’s not to love?!
 
Following some chat about the horrible Xbox One D-Pad, some talk about game books, and some gushing over the HTC Vive, Doc N' Beans take you on a whirlwind tour of all things that once lived within the coded walls of Bioware's Infinity Engine. Beans might lean a little bit too negative, Doc might lean a little bit too positive -- making for a discussion where the balance is juuuuuuust right.
 
(We apologize for some slight audio scratching sounds that creep up intermitenantly during this epiosde.)
 
Music:
 
Baldur's Gate - Night Falls on Baldur's Gate
Gears of War 4 - In and Out
Baldur's Gate - Main Theme
Pool of Radiance (Amiga Port) - Main Theme
Planescape Torment - Fall-from-Grace Theme
Icewind Dale - Drow and Orog Gate
Icewind Dale II - The Severed Hand
Planescape Torment: The Fortress of Regrets
Planescape Torment: Civic Festhall
Baldur's Gate 2: Shadow's of Amn - Underdark
Baldur's Gate - Attacked by Bounty Hunters
Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter - Barbarian Battle
Icewind Dale 2: Battle of the Hearthstone
Planescape Torment: Deionarra Theme
Baldurs Gate: Dark Alliance - Xantam Boss Theme
Shadowrun Returns - Return of the Sixth World
Wasteland 2 - War of Borders
Dragon Age Origins - I Am The One ~ High Fantasy Version... Ooooo! High Fantasy Version, wow!!!!!
 
Links some of the 'Books about games' DocBrown discussed:
 
 
As always, thanks to Twitter friend @FinalMacStorm for discussion ideas!
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July 2, 2017  

You gotta forgive us, but this episode has been burning a hole in our hearts for a long, long time now. If you weren't a HUGE fan of online videogames media in the years 2005-2007, this may not be the episode for you...

 

If you were: Damn. YOU ARE IN LUCK!

 

We talk, and we reminisce, and we gush about all things 1UP.com. We cover all the things from that site that touched our hearts and beautifully set the tone for modern videogames coverage:

1UP Yours

The 1UP Show

Retronauts

EGM Live

GFW Radio

1UP FM

Legendary Thread

The Website

The Community

Other Items Go Here!

 

Sure, at the very beginning of this episode WillyBeans talks about storium.com, and DocBrown talks Torment: Tides of Numenera...

 

...but, folks, after that this is a full-on 1UP.com lovefest for the ages.

 

Music:
 
Torment: Tides of Numenera - The First Castoff
Torment: Tides of Numenera - Labyrinthine Worlds
Black Sabbath - Time Machine (Wayne's World Version)
Heavenly Sword - Death From Above
Mega Man: The Robot Museum (OCRemix) - Joshua Morse -  Yamato Spear (Mega Man 6 - Yamato Man Stage)
Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation (OCRemix) - Vig - The God Machine (Medley)
Pilotwings: Take Flight (OCRemix) - halc - Liftoff (Get High)
BadAss Boss Themes (OCRemix) - Rozovian - Ridley (Super Metroid)
CEO 2015: Champion (OCRemix) - Benjamin Briggs - FALCON PUNCH (Super Smash Bros)
Donkey Kong Country 3: Double the Trouble! (OCRemix) - Theophany feat. Harmony, some1namedjeff, Fishy - Beneath the Moonlight (Stilt Village GBA)
Legacy: Game Boy 25th Anniversary (OCRemix) - Helicopter Knife Fight - Whip This Beat [Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge - Praying Hands (Cloud Castle BGM)]
GFW Radio - 032707 - Heroes of the Web - Married to Sonic the Hedgehog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOC1LZdOimQ&t=5s)
 
As always, WillyBeans and DocBrown would like to thank our Twitter friends for suggesting discussion topics: @ANewtypeCentury and @NightDreamer
 
And the hosts would like to take a brief moment to give a heartfelt thanks to the following people for bringing us so many hours of entertainment. A huge thank you to:
Jane Pinckard, Ryan O'Donnell, Che Chou, John Davison, Jenn Frank, Jenn Tsao, Mark MacDonald, Simon Cox, Garnett Lee, Matt Leone, Andrew Pfister, Jason Bertrand, Cesar Quintero, Karen Chu, Kathleen Sanders, Mike Nelson, Crispin Boyer, Bryan Intihar, Dan Hsu, Shane Bettenhausen, Luke Smith, Alice Liang, Shawn Elliott, James Mielke, Greg Ford, Jeff Green, Ryan Scott, Darren Gladstone, Jeremy Parish, Scott Sharkey, Anthony Gallegos, Robert Ashley, Matt Chandronait, Sean Molloy, Bob Mackey, Philip Kollar, Nick Suttner, Jade Kraus, "Scooter" Nguyen, Chris Plante, Jose Otero, Seanbaby (the one and only), the number 4 and the letter Q, and viewers like you!
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