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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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May 24, 2024

We discuss Wild Arms 2! Heroism, tokusatsu, what really makes for a bad localisation, character relationships and much more besides!

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Feb 26, 2024

We discuss the Final Fantasy VII Remake, part 1, just in time for the release of part 2! This was a real challenge to talk about because of how complicated the remake's relationship to the original is on so many different levels. We dug into the combat, the narrative expansions, the mix of underlying philosophies of the remake, and some of the things that make the original a great, but complex, classic.

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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...

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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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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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Apr 2, 2023

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

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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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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 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.

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 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 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 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 14, 2017

Toss another one in the "Don't Actually Play" pile, folks; on this episode, we discuss the generally unfortunate Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete! 

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Nov 10, 2017

A human, a mutant, a monster, and a robot walk into a bar; it's time to chat about SaGa 1 & 2! These two old Game Boy games, known to most folks in the west as Final Fantasy Legend 1 & 2, make for a short but dense episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Oct 6, 2017

This month, we played a pair of games from the early GameBoy Advance library, Golden Sun and its sequel, Golden Sun: The Lost Age! They were fundamental to my (Devon's) development as a player of JRPGs, and they led to an interesting discussion!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Sep 12, 2017

In the now-established tradition of anniversary episodes, this anniversary also saw us record for double our normal time! As such, we've split it in two; this is the second half, on our game of the month, The Legend of Dragoon!

The first half of this episode can be found here.

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Sep 5, 2017

In the now-established tradition of anniversary episodes, this anniversary also saw us record for double our normal time! As such, we've split it in two, and this first segment, focused on reflecting on our last year, is its own episode for ease of consumption. 

The second half of this episode can be found here.

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Aug 4, 2017

We ended our first year with a formative game for one of our hosts, so we repeated that for the end of our second year! Final Fantasy XII is the reason Becky's interested in the genre, and it's the topic of this episode!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

Jul 7, 2017

We played Final Fantasy V as part of the Four-Job Fiesta for this episode of the podcast! A short but sweet episode follows!

The Fiesta runs until the end of August if you want to try it for yourself: fourjobfiesta.com

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

 

Jun 2, 2017

In this episode, we take on the finals for Year 2 of Dead Genre Chronicles, in the form of Rogue Galaxy! While our intro suggests we invite you to join us in playing games, we all advise against it for this game! The next few episodes are the show's summer vacation of a sort, so definitely join us in playing some less wild-card games in the near future!

The music tracks used have been commissioned from Fuzzy Proxy.

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