I got into the retro gaming movement with a lot of vigor thanks to Podcasts. It’s great to know there is a community out there full of folks who are passionate about this hobby, and really willing to share information.
In my first part of this series I introduced you to the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast, which I think is a shining example of a enthusiast sharing his passion. In this part I would like to introduce you to another podcast that is a great example of this, The Retro League.
The show is currently hosted by Hugues Johnson and “Jungle Rat” Rob Anderson, but has had additional host and guest hosts since its inception in 2009. If you are one of my readers and the name Hugues Johnson may sound familiar because I mentioned an article of his “The Madden Theory” in my piece about the WiiU a couple of weeks back.
I think my main reason for liking this show so much is because the host are both informative and funny, although it is a bit of dry humor at times. They’re also highly engaging as well, fully immersing listeners into the show as if actually there having a conversation with them.
I also love the fact that both hosts are from the Midwest. Hugues Johnson is from the Chicago area, like I am, so he at times provides some great ideas as to where to find stuff locally, and occasionally we even share the same complaints. Jungle Rat Rob, is currently in Utah, but is from Southern Wisconsin, so its nice for me to get a some Midwestern humor and outlook on things between him and Hugues.
The podcast has also had a lot of great mini-series in it as well. One series on launch titles gave great insight as to games were introduced with individual game systems, but also was a great look into the history of the systems up to their actual launch. On the opposite end their, “Last Days Of” series was an intriguing look at the demise of certain systems and the final game titles that saw them on their way.
Hugues and Rob usually try to follow a similar format in each show, such as the “This Day in Gaming History”, “News”, and “Virtually Retro”, portions to name a few. The “Virtually Retro” portion is fantastic because it provides news on game re-releases and emulations, which is can really help provide some guidance on projects that may be coming up that one may or may-not want to look for.
On top of this great podcast you can also watch each podcast on YouTube. The Retro League also maintains a website with forums, http://www.theretroleague.com
. The forums are a great way to get information and get more involved with the retro gaming community.
Overall, be to look them up on iTunes and start listening. Between the show and the website there is a lot going on that you can learn from, so you have to check it out.