Freakshow! – 4/1/10

April 2, 2010

Freakman John talks about the issues with the Batman; hilarity ensues.From March 26-28, the first ever East Coast version of the Penny Arcade Expo – a love-in for video game nerds, D&D fanboys, Magic Card affectionados, board game heroes and other “geeks” – was held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s Back Bay… and we were there!  But an event of such magnitude could not possibly be contained to one weekend, so this week’s Freakshow! celebrates the wonder of PAX and our video game obsession that inspired us to be there with a special show that contains both the best video game tunes under the sun and enlightening, edifying and downright funny interviews conducted by Freakman John on the show floor.  And it’s all brought together through the magic of harmonious dissonance™, proving that no matter how much you try and change the formula, you can always expect Freakshow! to provide an amazing auditory experience!

While we always recommend that you listen to the episode as it was originally presented and intended, we strongly urge you to download the episode and listen to the whole thing this week, as though we tried our damnedest to make this show as accessible and varied as possible even if you could care less about video games and the music contained within them (and please comment if you don’t think we did a good job with this, because we’d really like to know how to improve this kind of show if we do something like it again) it will provide a necessary context to the musical selections and interviews that simply reading a list and clicking on various Youtube links cannot provide.  We feel so strongly about this, in fact, that we even considered providing no links for the setlist this week in an effort to get you to listen to the entire episode; we backed down from that, but suffice to say you should still listen to the whole thing if you want to hear the show as it is meant to be heard.  Additionally, we also recommend you read the Interviewee Introduction Cheat Sheet for the Uninformed posted below the setlist, especially if you know nothing about the person being interviewed, as that will provide you with a little more context on what is being discussed and why (as well as fill you in on some of the goofy jokes).

Click the song information (when applicable) to hear the song.  Click the game name in parentheses for more information on the games in which these songs originated from.

Shoji Meguro – Pursuing My True Self (from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4)

Shoji Meguro – Burn My Dread (from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3)

Shoji Meguro – Unavoidable Battle (from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3)

INTERVIEW WITH “BATMAN”

Naoki Kotaka – Sky Over Gotham City (from Batman (Mega Drive version))

Simon Viklund – Power Plant (from Bionic Commando Rearmed)

Tomoya Ohtani & Mariko Nanba – Apotos ~ Windmill Isle Day (from Sonic Unleashed)

Ippo Yamada, Yu Shimoda, Ryou Kawakami & Hiroki Isogai  – Galaxy Fantasy (from Mega Man 9)

Michiru Yamae – Marble Gallery (from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)

Bobby Prince – E1M1: At Doom’s Gate (from Doom)

Pixel –  Eyes of Flame (from Cave Story)

COMMENTARY: THE ATARI 2600 SHOWDOWN

Kenichi Okuma – Flat Zone 2 (from Super Smash Bros. Brawl)

Hiroshi Yamaguchi – Mysterious Destiny – Retro Version (from Bayonetta)

Mikio Saitou – Beginning (from Castlevania: Dracula X – Rondo of Blood)

INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL WILFORD

Matt “Chainsaw” Chaney – Donuts, Go Nuts! (from Splosion Man)

Richard Jacques – Everybody Jump Around (from Jet Set Radio)

Yoshie Arakawa & Yoshinori Kawamoto – Mid-Air Battle (from Star Fox Assault)

Yu Miyake – Que Sera Sera (from Katamari Damacy)

Jun Senoue – Splash Hill Zone, Act 1 (from Sonic the Hedgehog 4; remixed by Gecko Yamori)

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN DAVISON

Yasunori Mitsuda & Guido – Brink of Time (from Chrono Trigger; remix from the “Brink of Time” arrangement album)

Naofumi Hataya – Tidal Tempest (Present) (from Sonic CD (Japanese version))

Naofumi Hataya & Kenichi Tokoi – Mexican Flyer (from Space Channel 5)

Masafumi Tanaka – Gene’s Rock-a-Bye (from God Hand)

Shoji Meguro – Heartbeat, Heartbreak (from Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4)

INTRVIEW WITH JEFF GERSTMANN

Yuzo Koshiro – Wave 131 (from Streets of Rage 2)

Hideki Naganuma – Get Edgy! (from Sonic Rush)

Michiru Yamae – The Tragic Prince (from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night)

Christophe Heral – Fight Part 1 (from Beyond Good & Evil)

Michael Jackson & Howard Drossin – Flying Battery Zone (from Sonic & Knuckles)

Mahito Yokota & Koji Kondo – Buoy Base Galaxy (from Super Mario Galaxy)

Masaru Shiina – Boku No ~ Chikyu Bokura No Chikyu (from Mr. Driller: Drill Land)

Masafumi Tanaka – God Hand (from God Hand)

The Interviewee Introduction Cheat Sheet for the Uninformed

Batman

  • He’s the goddamn Batman; what more needs to be said?
  • He also might just be some guy who was dressed up as Batman and confused by the fact that we were interviewing him as if he actually was Batman, but we have yet to confirm this.

The Atari 2600 Competition

  • The game Freakman John was playing while Goran and Josh commentated was Outlaw, released in 1979 for the Atari 2600 and developed by Pitfall creator David Crane.

Michael Wilford

  • Michael Wilford is the CEO of Twisted Pixel, an independent developer who develops games for Xbox Live Arcade and PC.
  • Twisted Pixel’s games include The Maw and Splosion Man. Their latest game, Comic Jumper, was played live for an audience for the first time at Twisted Pixel’s booth at PAX East, though the contents of the live demo were identical in most ways to the linked video.
  • The “Donut song” alluded to numerous times in the interview is “Donuts, Go Nuts!” which immediately follows the interview in the full episode.

John Davison

  • John Davison is the current Editorial Director of Gamepro, both the website and the magazine.  Before this, he created the parent-focused gaming site What They Play, and served as Editor-in-Chief for numerous publications formerly owned by Ziff-Davis, including Electronic Gaming Monthly, Official Playstation Magazine and the entire 1UP Network before leaving to create What They Play in 2007.

Jeff Gerstmann

  • Jeff Gerstmann is the co-creator of Giant Bomb, the world’s largest editable video game database.  In addition, he is half of rap/electronica/insanity group Midnight Brown.
  • Chie is one of the main characters of Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4, a game that is infamous among the Giant Bomb community thanks to the Endurance Run, a 155-episode series in which Jeff and Giant Bomb video editor Vinny Carravella played the game (and provided Mystery Science Theater 3000-style commentary) for over 100 hours.  She is obsessed with kung fu films and likes steak, Bruce Lee, and kicking things.  It should therefore come as no surprise that both Jeff and Freakman John are incredibly fond of her.
  • Luchadeer is Giant Bomb’s unofficial mascot, an aptly-named deer wearing a luchador mask.  He is also, as Jeff mentions in the interview, a murderer.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL EPISODE!

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6 Responses to “Freakshow! – 4/1/10”

  1. prior to listening: said

    i love how many little notes you put in when you hover over the links. 🙂

    wait so that makes it the sega mega drive?

    i will not shut up!

  2. after listening: said

    a little long on the reveal of the april fools joke. if i’d been listening live, you really would’ve fooled me.

    goran really needs to work on his color commentary. i wanted full on sports casting play by play!

    wow, “Donuts, Go Nuts” IS an awesome song!

    Jeff Gerstmann was definitely my favorite of the interviews.

    thought the special episode was pretty cool, slightly odd having so much instrumental music in the show. i was thinking you might use some video game music in the background of the breaks as well.

    episode 10? has there really been 6 episodes i’ve missed since kevin was there?

    • freakmanj said

      Fun facts:

      There were a couple other things that I tried to get Goran to commentate on things that I was doing. They didn’t work out… at all. I deleted them. I kept this one because I thought it was kind of funny.

      Jeff was my favorite interview, too. Unlike Batman, he played along for every single one of my dumb ass questions. It was rad. He’s also a super nice guy.

      And yeah, there’s been a bunch of episodes. I misplaced the CD I burned that had four of the missing recordings (last week’s wasn’t ready by the time I copied it and one of the episodes is just gone forever; I’m not quite sure which one, though). I have three papers due in the course of two days next week (one on Monday, two on Tuesday), but I’ll try and find the CD and upload the episodes/do what minimal editing I can if I get the chance sometime this weekend.

  3. Ten-Song said

    I have heard you promote your show before on the NeoGAF, and considering the very impressive line up of music and interviews you have for this episode, I decided to give it a spin. Good stuff all around, though I contend that Splash Hill Zone is still a boring sounding track, no matter how someone tries to improve it.

    You handle yourself pretty well with your interviews, and your interview with Gerstmann is obviously the highlight of the episode.

    • freakmanj said

      Yes! I knew my resolution this semester to plug the show everywhere possible at every opportune time would pay off eventually!

      In all seriousness, though, thanks for checking the show out, dood! I hope you also scope out one of my regular episodes so you can see if it lives up to your avatar cavalcade of rotating awesome albums!

  4. not again said

    it’s 10:30 on a thursday, where is freakshow?
    this always happens when i don’t have class… :/

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