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Live Genre Chronicles

A podcast about Japanese RPGs (it's a sequel to our old podcast about Japanese RPGs, which was called Dead Genre Chronicles. They got better)
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Jan 18, 2024

We discuss The Caligula Effect 2, one of the coolest RPGs qua RPG stuff we've played in a good while. Also a game possessed of a fascinating cast of characters that raised all sorts of questions about representation and meaning, which is why it ended up being such a long episode...

Follow us on twitter: https://twitter.com/NotReallyAGenre

Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Nov 7, 2023

We talked about Armored Core VI: Fires of Rubicon! We talked mechs, difficulty, the entire intellectual history of the modern western world, 'videogameyness' vs. 'worldiness', how many things can one macguffin be a metaphor for, and more besides.

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Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Sep 10, 2023

We take a deep, long look at Vagrant Story! We talked about Yasumi Matsuno and his journey to (and from) Square Enix, auteur theory and its vices, Shakespeare and cultural legitimacy, and plenty more besides.

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Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Jun 5, 2023

We covered Mega Man Battle Network 2! We talked about genre tropes and shonen anime, the limits of 'turn-based' as a description of combat systems, the history of the internet and digital internationalisation, transpacific racism and the legacy of American empire, and more besides.

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Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Apr 2, 2023

We kick our new show off with a doozy: Xenoblade 3 and all its xenopredecessors!

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Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Apr 1, 2023

We're back with a new podcast, and to celebrate April Fools we recorded a whole extra episode! It's about Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood, a Bioware-developed DS game from 2008 (it's actually not, it's mostly about us, our background, and what we do).

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Join our discord: https://discord.gg/veChUcbK3E

Feb 12, 2019

In this potentially final episode of the podcast, Val (@SylvanFlux) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) discuss the first segment of Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, covering the prologue and the Velen part of Act 1.

This episode has a CONTENT WARNING for mentions of violence, suicide, homophobia, sexual assault, the brutalization of women, miscarriage, and abortion.

"I can do you tragedy and women without queerness, and I can do you tragedy and queerness without women, and I can do you all three concurrent or consecutive, but I can't do you queerness and women without tragedy. Tragedy is compulsory - they're all tragedy, you see." - A hypothetical writer at CD Projekt Red

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka
Jan 8, 2019

This is a pretty straightforward episode of rpg criticism, where we discuss Ara Fell by Stegosoft Games. Ultimately the game is pretty typical, even shallow at times. It has a lot of heart and stands out among its contemporaries, but what's that good for? 

It's also the start of a new year for this podcast, which is exciting. Expect a new level of dedication, probably! Game on!

Next game is Shadows Over Imdahl https://rpgmaker.net/games/5991/

Music used, from Ara Fell
Louise Heaney - Inyuna's Tower
Louise Heany - Ghost of the Forest

 

Dec 15, 2018

Join Devon (@SylvanFlux) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) as they traverse the final Witcher game before the legend they sought! This journey isn't over, but The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings is! 

This episode has a CONTENT WARNING for sexual assault!

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Nov 15, 2018

It took a long break, but our Witcher journey isn't over yet! Join Devon (@SylvanFlux) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) in processing the first Witcher game!

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Sep 13, 2018

This was always bound to happen! Join us for the final episode of Dead Genre Chronicles, where we discuss Final Fantasy XIII, the Death of the JRPG incarnate, and all around unfairly maligned game. All it takes is a little change of paradigm to understand its quality!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy. Thanks to them for the special final outro tune.

Aug 2, 2018

This is the wrap-up and anniversary episode for Dead Genre Chronicles! After the next game, Final Fantasy XIII, the podcast will be done! We discuss the reasons why in this episode.

We mention the Discord, which can be found here:
https://discord.gg/0mBAd1LyCyJFNLUx

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Aug 2, 2018

The DGC crew searches for the Reason behind the chaos as we trudge through Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, an Atlus RPG with a twofold reputation for its difficulty and its philosophizing.

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jun 29, 2018

The DGC crew tackles Radiant Historia, an Atlus RPG focused on the exploits of Stocke, a man who is granted the ability to travel through his personal history in order to fix mistakes and, eventually, right the world's course. We're also joined by Ted (@teioh) on this episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jun 27, 2018

The Witcher book series comes to a close on this episode. Join Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) in accepting their mistake, and learn how this trainwreck of a saga ends.

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for ongoing Witcher edginess.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Jun 2, 2018

The crew returns from a brief technical-difficulty-induced hiatus to talk about Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga for the briefest episode yet!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

May 10, 2018

The cast that comes out whenever decided that whenever is today. Standstill Girl is a very realized, curated, put-together tragedy... which maybe made it harder to talk about than what we've covered so far! Enjoy a lot of waffling and strained discussion and maybe some good points and maybe some other kinds of points.

Content warning: Standstill Girl depicts or otherwise implies parental abuse, self-harm, sexual assault, and suicide.

Next... time's game is Ara Fell, which can be found on steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/440540/Ara_Fell/

Music used, from Standstill Girl
Sildra Company - The Hand Guiding Alice
Extra Ocean - Goodbye, World

Apr 10, 2018

Listen in as we discuss Exist Archive, a tri-Ace game burdened with being the spiritual successor to Valkyrie Profile! Marvel as we tear it apart! Discover who calls Yamatoga "daddy" first!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Mar 23, 2018

Our prophesied journey through the Witcher novel saga reaches its penultimate stage as we discuss The Tower of the Swallow(s), a book about a tower named after either one or two birds! Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) discuss... a lot of things, as this book contains Plot! So much Plot.

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for general edginess and a specific one for drug use.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Mar 5, 2018

This month, we handle discussing Shadow Hearts, a rather stupid game that has its heart in the right place. And given that the monster designs include organs in the very wrong place, that's a feat!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Feb 15, 2018

Ah, we're back. Somehow, in some way!

In round 2, we're talking about a rpgmaker game that inspired John as a kiddo, which led to a candid discussion on dorky games, dev communities, and what any of this is for anyway. 

Music used, from slime&co itself
Some Chrono Trigger Song in Midi
Some Castlevania Song in Midi

Feb 5, 2018

In this very subtly named episode of Dead Genre Chronicles, we discuss Treasure of the Rudras (Rudra no Hihou), a Squaresoft RPG for the SNES that was never released in the west until a fan-translation made it available! It's on our Don't Play list!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jan 26, 2018

Our journey through the Witcher saga carries on, through Baptism of Fire, the third novel. Join Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) for the discussion of Geralt's misadventures through a warzone!

This episode has a general CONTENT WARNING for general edginess and a specific one for a mention of miscarriage and abortion.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

Jan 10, 2018

Join us in our most brief episode yet to discuss an equally brief tactical RPG by a now-defunct studio! Luminous Arc is something you can probably pass on.

Note: somehow we didn't touch on how basically every enemy NPC pulls from really weird tables for their random names, and Sprunt was definitely a human unit's name. Who would subject their child to that?

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Dec 23, 2017

Our journey through the Witcher series continues with the second novel, Time of Contempt! Devon (@invisifool) and Sam (@SamuelHowitt) carry on through technological difficulty to bring you this discussion of the first substantial entry in the saga!

This episode has a CONTENT WARNING for mentions of suicide and sexual assault.

Send us your questions by tweeting us, or via email at witchercast@jrpgsaredead.fyi!

Music used, in order:
Alexander James Adams - Wild Hunt
Alexander James Adams - Balance of Nature
Yoshino Yuuji - Wakaki Nendaiki Sakka

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