A Gamer Looks At 40

A Gamer Looks At 40

An exploration of the history of video games told through the stories of the every day people who lived it. Join me along with a rotating cast of friends, family, gaming journalists, and industry types as we share personal recollections from the last thirty years of gaming, one story at a time. 

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Ep 98 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 2)
April 08, 2024
98
01:35:0865.36 MB

Ep 98 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 2)

On Part 1 of our two part exploration of the original Final Fantasy, we talked intros and first impressions. For Part 2, we start by talking about the game's many inspirations and the amazing moments that blew our 10 year old minds. A mixed bag of topics that somehow ties into the overall them...

Ep 97 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 1)
April 01, 2024
97
01:35:3765.7 MB

Ep 97 - Final Fantasy 1: An Enduring Saga (Part 1)

When Final Fantasy hit North American shores in 1990, it sparked an RPG revolution in the West. Gamers like myself and many of my friends fell in love with the interesting mechanics, player expression, and overarching story. These days, Final Fantasy 1 feels like a relic of an era gone by. As a cul...

Ep 96 - Final Fantasy Distant Worlds w/composer Arnie Roth
March 25, 2024
96
00:42:0528.95 MB

Ep 96 - Final Fantasy Distant Worlds w/composer Arnie Roth

Outside of The Legenda of Zelda, no videogame franchise is more closely tied to music than Final Fantasy. From emotional resonance to supporting gameplay to auditory storytelling, the themes of Final Fantasy are the stuff of legends. So much so, we've been listening to live orchestral versions...

Tales From the Bargain Bin #18 - LJN Marvel NES Games
March 18, 202400:51:4735.62 MB

Tales From the Bargain Bin #18 - LJN Marvel NES Games

LJN The name alone brings shockwaves of terror to retro gamers everywhere. But what was it like back in the day? Join podcaster Michael Colby and I as we discuss three titles: The Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine, and Spider-Man: Return of the Sinister Six.  And be sure to check out Michael's show Jac...

Ep 95 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 2): Connections, Community, and Why We Keep Coming Back
March 11, 2024
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01:30:2862.18 MB

Ep 95 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 2): Connections, Community, and Why We Keep Coming Back

Last week, we looked at the various nuts and bolts of the Final Fantasy franchise to see what it structurally needed to be a member of the family. On this week's episode, we explore personal stories, connections made, and communities built over this landmark series of games. STARRING (all hand...

Ep 94 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 1): Intros and Elements
March 04, 2024
94
01:18:0053.63 MB

Ep 94 - A Survey Course Into the Final Fantasy Franchise (Part 1): Intros and Elements

From its humble beginnings as a "last gasp" for a fledgling game designer to the billion dollar monolith it is today, Final Fantasy's rise from niche to mainstream mirrors videogames as a whole. On this episode of A Gamer Looks at 40, we launch our multi-month deep dive into the worl...

A Gamer Looks at a Breather: Going on Hiatus
November 20, 202300:23:5516.46 MB

A Gamer Looks at a Breather: Going on Hiatus

When A Gamer Looks at 40 first launched in May of 2021, my intention was for it be a year long project. To date, I've been at it for over two and half. So, it's time for a break! On this episode, I announce a three month hiatus from producing new episodes for the show. Give this quickie a...

Ep 93 - Side Quests Vol 8: Yet Another Series of Intros and Hellos
November 13, 2023
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01:15:5252.16 MB

Ep 93 - Side Quests Vol 8: Yet Another Series of Intros and Hellos

Another week, another chance to share even more videogame stories from the gaggle of lovely people I got to chat with over the last few months. Enjoy Side Quests Volume 8, Intros Part 2, etc, etc! STARRING (all handles from Twitter X) Brian aka @DayandKnightly Cat Blackard (@NeonFeline) of the Moth...

Ep 92 - Side Quests Vol 7: A Series of Intros and Hellos
November 06, 2023
92
01:25:2958.77 MB

Ep 92 - Side Quests Vol 7: A Series of Intros and Hellos

Whenever I get the opportunity to chat with people about games, the conversation rarely stays on topic. Invariably, my guest and I start jibber-jabbering about all sorts of gaming related topics. In this action packed addition to my Side Quests series, we learn the backstories of a few of my favori...

Ep 91 - A Gamer Goes to PRGE 2023: A Recap
October 30, 2023
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01:16:4052.68 MB

Ep 91 - A Gamer Goes to PRGE 2023: A Recap

Rather than swelter in the Austin sun listening to music or attending one of the many festivals in town, I decided to pony up a few bucks and fly to Oregon to attend the Portland Retro Gaming Expo. I expected a giant convention where I'd spend too much money on retro goodies, check out a panel...