Once upon a time, a very very long age ago, Retronauts existed in a different place under different circumstances. And one day, show regular Shane Bettenhausen decided to depart the world of the gaming press for the dark side of publishing. And on that day he made a solemn vow:
"Someday, I'm going to come back and we're going to record an episode about Valis."
Until now, that's seemed more like an empty threat than anything else, as every effort we've made to sync up the Retronauts recording schedule with Shane's availability has resulted in a ships-passing-in-the-night heartbreak. But lo, in this most festive of seasons, a Christmas miracle has occurred: The Valis Retronauts has come to pass!
Merry whatever you celebrate, everyone!
Now, Retronauts is a biweekly endeavor, but this release marks the second full episode in a row. It's highly irregular, we realize, but we figured that this recording was so momentous that it needed to come up in time for everyone's holiday break. Ho ho ho and all that.
We'll be righting this wrong by publishing several Micro episodes in a row, don't you worry. In the meantime, enjoy as Bob and I barely get a word in edgewise while Shane Bettenhausen (now of Sony fame) and Christian Nutt (of Gamasutra) regale you with all the Valis-related information you could ever want, from the series' 16-bit glory days to its, um, tragical finale. Even though this show doesn't really have a happy ending, we hope you'll enjoy it anyway.
This episode's musical selections:
- All selections taken from the 1991 Sega Genesis remake of Valis.
- Valis on Hardcore Gaming 101: A fairly comprehensive look at the entire Valis series.
- Valis II at MagWeasel: A more informal (but equally informative) look at the PC Engine conversion of Valis II.
- Might Have Been: Telenet Japan: Todd Ciolek imagines a happier alternate reality for Telenet.
Remember that Retronauts is available for free on the iTunes Store, because such is the way of all things. You can also help us pay for the cost of producing the show on Patreon, if you're so inclined. Thanks for your support, even if it's just enjoying what we produce!
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