LGR 2016: Episode 31 - The Sonic the Hedgehog “Trilogy”

September 25, 2016

Welcome back to another LGR PlayList episode. Today it’s all about the gold rings as we race through every level of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive classics SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 1 + 2, before briefly touching upon SONIC 3 + KNUCKLES along with the everlasting legacy of Sega’s spikey blue blur mascot. For this 16-bit, nostalgia infused show, our resident Sonic fanboy Adam Ducker is joined by the ageing and somewhat slower speedsters Stuart Neill and Lee Howard.


WARNING: The discussion on this episode covers the entirety of all three games and includes key details on the levels and boss fights of each zone. So beware of spoilers when listening.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG was released in 1991 and remains one of the best selling games ever, helped in part by it being bundled with purchases of the Genesis/Mega Drive console. This success elevated the creators Yuji Naka and Naoto OhshimaIt to Sega royalty and they changed the name of their development team to ‘Sonic Team’ in recognition of this breakthrough title.


Useful link: For a full copy of the ‘Mean Machine’ review online and scanned PDF please click here; http://www.meanmachinesmag.co.uk/review/152/sonic-the-hedgehog.php

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2 introduced Miles "Tails" Prower and was released worldwide on November 24th, 1992. Dubbed "Sonic 2sday," the simultaneous release was an unusual move for the time. The game eventually replaced the original SONIC THE HEDGEHOG as the default pack-in title for the Genesis/Mega Drive, being bundled with the redesigned Mega Drive II model (which reportedly had an inferior sound chip).


Useful reference: ‘Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation’ by Blake J Harris (ISBN 978-0062276698) is available in Hardback, Paperback, Audio and all popular digital formats.


SONIC 3 was released in February 1994, as a standalone release and was well-received. Significantly, this was soon followed by SONIC AND KNUCKLES in October of that same year. The two games were originally intended to be a single game. However, due to time constraints and the cost of a large-memory-capacity cartridge, Sega split the game into two. Notably, this two parts of one game, saw the introduction of series stalwart Knuckles the Echidna.


Interesting related stories:

Did Michael Jackson create the music? http://info.sonicretro.org/Michael_Jackson_Involvement_with_Sonic_3

Pop Fiction episode uncovering the mystery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFgnUa1v8uA


The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode. Edited by Stuart Neill, with music and audio selections by Stuart Neill.


Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore. Other music and audio sampled in this episode comes from all three Sonic games composed by Masato Nakamura and various artists.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content - please visit our blog: http://lapsedgamerradio.com


You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive. 


As always, thank you for listening and best wishes in your own efforts to pick up the controller and play!

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LGR 2016: Extrasode #6 - prEGX

September 20, 2016

In the fastest turnaround in LGR history, seasoned EGX vets Stuart Cullen and Ali Cornwall prepare to pop Mark Hamer’s EGX cherry and offer us all an invaluable survival guide to boot.

There’s a contingent of the LGR crew making an appearance throughout the event, so keep your Twitter app open on @LapsedGamer

LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Mark Hamer.

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

Listen out for the golden easter egg at the end of this extrasode...

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LGR 2016: Episode 30 - Lapsed News XXI

September 18, 2016

Last week was the drawback before the oncoming tsunami. It’s arrived with this episode. Horns are locked over the latest news from Sony. In the blue corner we have Mark Hamer with Stuart Cullen in the green while Andy Pidhajeckyj tries desperately to keep it a good clean fight.

Normally there’s a look at what’s going on in the game world this week, but sometimes things don’t quite go to plan...

LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Cevin Moore.

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

Seconds out...

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LGR 2016: Episode 29 - Lapsed News XX

September 11, 2016

Like a drawback before an oncoming tsunami, this episode is a quiet, easy going skeletal affair hosted by Stuart with Cev & special guest Connor McKervey, writer and podcaster for JoyPadAndMe.com.

The crew salvage what they can from the constant slew of games news whilst having a chat about what’s floating their boats just lately.

LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Cevin Moore.

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

So long and thanks for all the fish.

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LGR 2016: Episode 28 - Lapsed News XIX

September 5, 2016

After the mammoth Gamescom review episode Mark and the rest of the team kick back and discuss some games they’ve been playing recently. They also have a look at the news and try our best to answer some listener questions which uncovers the true addiction that plagues some of the LGR team.

LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Stuart Neill

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

We at LGR love our games, so it’s been a blast and as always, thank you for listening.

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LGR 2016: Episode 27 - Lapsed News XVIII

August 29, 2016

Joining Captain Mark T. Hamer behind the mic for this two week space odyssey is a real rag tag band of space marines who have little hope of seeing home again. Instead of worrying about their situation, they decide to have a healthy chat about their latest gaming adventures, listener questions and Gamescom 2016.

LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Mark Hamer & Cevin Moore

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

We at LGR love our games, so it’s been a blast and as always, thank you for listening.

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LGR 2016: Episode 26 - Ballyhoo! Fables - Vol. 1 (Legends in Exile)

August 21, 2016

Welcome again to LGR Ballyhoo! Our spin-off series where we look at other forms of media connected to gaming properties. Put on your reading glasses and join Lee, Mark, Andy and Adam, as we follow-up on our recent enjoyment of TellTale’s THE WOLF AMONG US by reading the first volume of ‘Fables’: the comic book series written by Bill Willingham and published by Vertigo.

WARNING: The discussion on this episode covers the entire five-issue story arc of Fables: Volume One (Legends in Exile) and will touch on many key plot details. So beware spoilers when listening and when reading the notes below.

The Fables comic book series was first published in July 2002 and finished its current run in July 2015 spanning 150 issues. In this first volume we step into a strange but familiar world: the ordinary human life of contemporary New York shares an unknown parallel existence with the characters of fantasy and fairytale. Driven from their homelands by an enemy known as ‘The Adversary’, Snow White, Bigby Wolf, Bluebeard, Prince Charming, Beauty and the Beast plus many more ‘fables’ have established a secret community known as Fabletown.

However, instead of living happily ever after turmoil comes to Fabletown when Snow’s sister, Rose Red, is feared to be the victim of foul play. Who Killed Rose Red? That’s the question Sheriff Bigby (and our seasoned team of LGR amateur sleuths) investigate to uncover the truth at the heart of this fantastical mystery.

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode.Edited by Cevin Moore, with music and audio selections by Cevin Moore and the LGR Team.

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

Music and audio sampled in this episode comes from the original soundtracks of "Tale Of Tales" by Alexandre Desplat and "The Wolf Among Us" by Jared Emerson-Johnson. Also "School At Night" by Goblin, "Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?" by Henry Hall and "Tosh" (Mosh) by Fluke.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content - please visit our blog: http://lapsedgamerradio.blogspot.co.uk/


You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

Remember: Our ongoing game codes giveaway can be found here (enter your email or Twitter next to the game you would like): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

As always, thank you for listening.

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LGR 2016: Episode 25 - Lapsed News XVII

August 11, 2016

Joining Mark, the regular man behind the mic, on this bumper package of an episode are the LGR stalwarts Stuart Cullen and Stuart Neill, and from across the pond, special guest Dr. Lorin Grieve from the Year Of Steam podcast. Very weighty listener questions are addressed by the team with the usual levels of insight and bewilderment.

With the quest to find out if Aliens: Colonial Marines is the worst video game in history now in full swing, and the usual glance at the news, Stuart Neill finds the most intriguing Lunch Hour Game Of The Week...


LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:


https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4


The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode and it was edited by Mark Hamer


Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.


For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content visit lapsedgamer.com


You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.


We at LGR love our games, so it’s been a blast and as always, thank you for listening.

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LGR 2016: Episode 24 - Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

August 5, 2016

... Not the Lapsed Gamer Radio crew!


Welcome back to another LGR PlayList episode. Under investigation this time is TellTale’s THE WOLF AMONG US, so please join the residents of Fabletown and have a howling good time with our wolfpack Sheriff, Lee, and his lycanthrope deputies Cev, Mark, Andy, Ali ‘Corn Wolf’ and Stuart ‘Furry’ Cullen.

WARNING: The discussion on this episode covers the entire game and includes many key plot details. So beware spoilers when listening and when reading the notes below.

Following the critical and popular success of their first graphic narrative adventure game THE WALKING DEAD, TellTale games developed and published THE WOLF AMONG US inspired by the Fables comic book series by Bill Willingham. As has become their trademark, these episodic TellTale game series modernise the LucasArts point and click adventure games of old, foregrounding story, character interaction and player choices over intricate puzzle-based gameplay. Albeit with sporadic action-oriented, quick time events.

In this tale, the player takes on the role of Bigby Wolf, formerly the Big Bad Wolf, the Sheriff of Fabletown, a hidden community of fairy tale characters located in 1980s New York City. After the shocking murder of a young woman, the safety of this clandestine populace is put at risk and Bigby Wolf soon finds that vice, corruption and civil unrest are the bedfellows of bloodshed.

The first episode was originally released in October, 2013 with the remaining four instalments following in 2014. THE WOLF AMONG US is now readily available across multiple platforms, to be played in its entirety, so how does this adventure rank among the TellTale canon and is this a mystery worth investing the time to solve? Stay tuned to find out.

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode. Edited by Cevin Moore, with music and audio selections by Cevin Moore.


Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore. Other music and audio sampled in this episode is from the original soundtrack from THE WOLF AMONG US composed by Jared Emerson-Johnson.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content - please visit our blog: http://lapsedgamerradio.blogspot.co.uk/


You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

Remember: Our ongoing game codes giveaway can be found here (enter your email or Twitter next to the game you would like): https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

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LGR 2016: Episode 23 - Mini Systems for Mini Gamers

July 31, 2016

Hello all and welcome to the latest episode of Lapsed Gamer Radio. On this show Lee, Cev, Stuart and Adam sit down and discuss the prospect of ideal first handheld systems for our children. Many of the LGR team are gamer dads and a large part of our experience of the hobby of videogames is now very much through the lens of a children’s eyes. We also spend some time discussing the recently announced Mini-Nintendo Entertainment System as that could well be a youngster’s intro to games if their parents are of a certain age.


LGR still have a few free games to give away and the doc can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1HTHbVerYJ2PF1gTcDMmBL24HeuIrN67896Ncn3R_1l4

The Lapsed Gamer Radio Team created this episode. Edited by Stuart Neill

Original LGR themes, FX and music cues created and composed by Cevin Moore.

For more details about this episode, including any links to relevant material, full music usage listings and notes, as well as our full contact information and where to go for additional LGR content - please visit our blog: http://lapsedgamerradio.blogspot.co.uk/

You can stream or directly download our episodes via our Podbean homepage: http://lapsedgamerradio.podbean.com/ and if you’re enjoying our content, please subscribe to Lapsed Gamer Radio on iTunes. All reviews are most welcome and appreciated in order to allow our little community to thrive.

As always, thank you for listening.


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