Another week, another audio journey into the past with Retronauts. And this week, we really play up the Retronauts/USgamer allegiance by featuring an all-USG crew.
But could we do any less? One of our Retronauts Kickstarter backers requested an episode on the history of Rare, including their early days as Ultimate Play the Game, and who could possibly give us a better look into the mystery-enshrouded days of the '80s UK gaming scene than our very own Jaz Rignall? Take another journey into England's crowing achievement of the '80s straight from the mouth of someone who lived to tell about it first-hand. Meanwhile, Bob and myself are on-hand to play Glaucon to Jaz's Socrates and occasionally mumble about how hard Battletoads was.
As you can tell from the header art, we try and leave no Rare stone unturned! From Jetpac to Banjo-Kazooie, this episode tackles the full span of Rare's history. Even the studio's current output, which admittedly is pretty modest. Can the company rise again? Will we Americans ever learn to pronounce Twicross properly? These and many more enigmas are answered in this episode!
This episode's musical selections:
This week's music comes from Donkey Kong Country, because it's the Rare game that the most people have played, and also because composer David Wise is fantastic.
Remember that Retronauts is available for free on the iTunes Store or via RSS, because only jerks charge money for stuff on iTunes. But! You can help us pay for the cost of producing the show via Patreon, if you're so inclined. You can also support this project by snagging the original hand-drawn/painted artwork for each episode. Thanks for your support, even if it's by just listening and not sending us hate mail.