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Games You Deserve

By Games You Deserve
A weekly podcast that celebrates the digital art of video games. Join us for gaming industry interviews, insider perspectives, and interactive content. New episodes drop Sundays at 9:00 a.m. Central. Brought to you by Special Reserve Games.
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30. Season 2 Finale
The Games You Deserve gang is on their holiday break, so this episode is made up of "deleted scenes" and bonus material from previous S2 episodes.  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Games You Deserve. See you in the new year! Check out the 12 days of Sarge at: https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - Erik is the King of Fall Guys 16:06 - The awesomeness of Discord 31:38 - JBall talks about why he loves SRG. 42:32 - Compilation of Smitty Stories Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
57:24
December 20, 2020
29. New Year's Resolutions for Collectors
Erik prepares for the 12 days of Sarge, Smitty talks about the awesome SRG Discord community, and Dan asks the Dogfathers about their collecting-based New Year's resolutions. Check out the 12 days of Sarge at: https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - Video Games are non-essential? 12:25 - Coming together as a Discord community 25:45 - The 12 days of Sarge 36:08 - Our gaming resolutions 48:53 - The Dogfathers' collecting resolutions Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
55:15
December 13, 2020
28. Sega Master Tim & the Best of 2020
This week we welcome Sega Master Tim, a former Sega games counsellor (and current collector) from Australia. As well, Smitty, Erik and Dan all look back on the year and talk about their favorite 2020 moments. Check out Sega Master Tim on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Segamastertim The Heave Ho and Pikuniku Special Reserves are on sale now: https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - What games we've been playing lately 11:25 - Interview with Sega Master Tim 34:45 - A look back on 2020 Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:02:59
December 6, 2020
27. When Erik met Smitty
Erik, Dan and JBall break down the upcoming Special Reserves for Heave Ho and Pikuniku, then Dan interviews the creators of Pikuniku. Finally, we dive deep into the origin stories of how Smitty, Dan and Erik all met and started the podcast. The Heave Ho and Pikuniku Special Reserves are on sale at high noon Texas time December 1st: https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps:  1:10 - What's included in the The Heave Ho and Pikuniku Special Reserves 21:03 - Interview with Arnaud and Remi from Sectordub about the creation of Pikuniku 39:49 - When Erik met Smitty Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
59:60
November 29, 2020
26. Tech Trends with Marc Saltzman
Tech Guru Marc Saltzman reunites with his old friend Smitty to talk about his career as a tech/video game journalist. Plus, Smitty breaks down the new Serious Sam 4 figurines now available at specialreservegames.com. And Erik talks about his first week owning a PlayStation 5. Follow Marc for the latest tech news and reviews: https://marcsaltzman.com/ The Serious Sam 4 PC Special Reserve and collectible figurines are available now: https://specialreservegames.com/games/serious-sam-4/ Time stamps: 1:10 – Erik's review of the PlayStation 5 10:00 – Interview with Marc Saltzman 52:20 - Serious Sam 4 collectible figurines Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch "Newer Wave" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:08:20
November 22, 2020
25. The History of PlayStation
In celebration of the release of the PlayStation 5, Erik and Dan discuss the history of Sony's best-selling video game console. Plus, Dan counts down his top 5 video game controllers of all time, and Erik runs down everything that comes in the upcoming Serious Sam 4 PC Special Reserve. The Serious Sam 4 PC Special Reserve goes on sale November 17th at high noon Texas time: https://specialreservegames.com/games/serious-sam-4/ Time stamps: 1:12 – Happy PlayStation 5 release day! 12:35– The History of PlayStation 43:30 – Dan's Top 5 video game controllers of all time 47:29 - Serious Sam 4 PC Special Reserve Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch "Long Time Coming" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
59:27
November 15, 2020
24. Eating 30-year-old Cereal and Best Emulator Boxes
Erik and Dan welcome YouTuber John Riggs, who kicked off his YouTube career by eating old Batman breakfast cereal, then went on to create some awesome video game related content.  You can check out John's channel here.  The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time stamps: 1:12 – Welcome, John Riggs! 10:30 – Diving deeper into John's YouTube content 21:53 – The power of Nostalgia marketing 32:48 - The state of physical collecting 50:43 - John's favorite obscure titles.  Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
58:42
November 8, 2020
23. Gifts for Gamers, Heave Ho & Serious Sam 4
What's on your holiday wish list? Erik asks the Dogfathers what they want for Christmas. Smitty & Dan sit down virtually with Alex Muttoni, co-founder of Le Cartel, to talk about their games Mother Russia Bleeds and Heave Ho. Then, things get serious as Smitty talks about the next Special Reserve Games release: Serious Sam 4 for PC. The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time stamps: 1:12 – Halloween is over! 10:30 – The Dogfathers’ Holiday Wish Lists 26:25 – Interview with Alex Muttoni, Co-founder of Le Cartel 52:15 – Serious Sam 4: coming soon to SRG Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Transition music from Heave Ho: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoblh0oeHWkGDHlysKzekkCrWL99e_Oqy Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:03:34
November 1, 2020
22. Video Game Trailers, Puzzle Games & Halloween Costumes
This week we welcome Kert Gartner, maker of video game trailers, to the podcast. Plus, Erik and Dan discuss their favorite puzzle video games, and Dan counts down his Top 5 last-minute video game Halloween costume ideas.  Follow Kert on Twitter: https://twitter.com/kertgartner The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - Best puzzle games 17:48 -  Video game trailer creator Kert Gartner 48:23 - Top 5 easy video game costumes Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Chase Pulse by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
54:32
October 25, 2020
21. Best Party Games & Video Game Museums
This week the GYD crew welcomes Alex Handy from the MADE (Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment) to talk about how he started a video game museum, and about how you can help keep that museum running. Plus, JBall checks in on SRG social media, and Erik & Dan discuss the best party video games.  Support the MADE and help it find a new home: https://www.themade.org The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - Dr. Jonathan Ball with your SRG social media responses 19:52 - Interview with Alex Handy from the MADE video game museum 48:24 - Erik and Dan's best party video games Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Cyborg Ninja by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:02:57
October 18, 2020
20. Best & Worst Video Game Cover Art
What is your favorite video game box art of all time? Smitty, Erik and Dan talk about theirs, including some "so bad, it's good" ones. They also welcome Stephan Reece, curator of The Art of Nintendo Power to the podcast. And, up next for Special Reserve Games: Pikuniku and Heave Ho! The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:10 - Best and worst video game cover art 31:20 - Interview with The Art of Nintendo Power 58:41 - Pikuniku and Heave Ho! Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Rhinoceros Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:06:39
October 11, 2020
19. Scary/Horror Video Games at Blockbuster Video
What's your favorite scary video game? Smitty, Erik and Dan talk about theirs and reminisce about renting games from Blockbuster Video. Plus, Smitty gives us the scoop on what's up next at Special Reserve Games. The Signature Editions and Special Reserves of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse are on sale now at https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps: 1:06 - Our favorite horror video games 16:34 - Renting video games from Blockbuster Video 36:46 - Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto 47:43 - What's coming next at Special Reserve Games Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
57:20
October 4, 2020
18. The Best '80s Movies
In honor of the Special Reserve release of Crossing Souls, SRG Creative Producer Dr. Jonathan Ball joins Erik and Dan to discuss the best films of the '80s and to check in with The Dogfathers on their favorites. They also talk about when game mechanic ties in to the story of video games, and the recent PS5/Xbox Series X preorder troubles. Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse go on sale at high noon Texas time on September 29th: https://specialreservegames.com/ Time Stamps:  1:21 - Awesome '80s movies! 18:52 - The Dogfathers' favorite films of the '80s 24:02 - When game mechanics are part of the story 38:33 - The botched Playstation 5/Xbox Series X preorder Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:00:11
September 27, 2020
17. Going Rogue (like)
Smitty talks about the super-cool collector's bundles included with the physical releases of Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse (coming to PS4 and Nintendo Switch September 29th) while Dan interviews Dmitris from The Modern Vintage Gamer YouTube channel. Erik wraps things up by exploring the roots of the "roguelike" game genre. Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse go on sale at high noon Texas time on September 29th: https://specialreservegames.com/ Check out the Modern Vintage Gamer here. Time Stamps: 1:10 - Playstation 5 announcement and pricing 4:54 - Crossing Souls and The Swords of Ditto: Mormo's Curse 20:38 - Interview with the Modern Vintage Gamer 48:00 - The first "roguelike" game: Rogue Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
58:48
September 20, 2020
16. TikTok Gaming
Season 2 of Games You Deserve begins with Smitty catching us up on everything happening at Special Reserve Games. Then, Dan interviews a retro-gaming TikTokker, The Modern Retro Corner. And Erik's stoked about Nintendo's 35th Anniversary celebration of Super Mario Bros. The Switch Special Reserve of Ruiner is only available until September 18th: https://specialreservegames.com/games/ruiner/ Check out the Modern Retro Corner on TikTok and YouTube! Time Stamps: 1:06 - What's new at SRG? Art prints! 19:39 - Interview with the Modern Retro Corner 45:18 - Super Mario's 35th Anniversary Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:01:59
September 13, 2020
Bonus Episode 4 - "Fire Flower: From Paper to Pixels"
This audio documentary about the history of Nintendo was previously released in parts throughout the first season of Games You Deserve. We've now compiled it into a single episode for your listening convenience.  Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Check out our limited edition Special Reserve art prints: https://specialreservegames.com/art-prints/  Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
54:23
September 2, 2020
Bonus Episode 3 - "Bertie the Brain"
In this deleted segment from Episode 7: Smitty's South American Adventure, Erik educates Smitty and Dan about the very early days of video games. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main The Ruiner Switch Reserve is now available for preorder: https://specialreservegames.com/games/ruiner/ Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
10:38
August 26, 2020
Bonus Episode 2 - "The deep origins of Special Reserve"
In this deleted segment from Episode 11: The Art of Collecting, Smitty, Erik and Dan discuss the very first Special Reserve - Shadow Warrior 2 - and the origin story of Special Reserve Games. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Hotline Miami and Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number are coming to PS4 August 25th:  https://specialreservegames.com/games/hotline-miami-collection/ Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
14:03
August 19, 2020
Bonus Episode 1 - "Take it out of the shrink wrap."
In this deleted segment from Episode 13: The Art of Special Reserve Games, Art Director Mike Sanders talks with Smitty and Erik about the creation and design of the iconic Special Reserve boxes. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main The Gris Switch Single is available for pre-order until August 21st, 2020: https://specialreservegames.com/games/gris/ The Carrion Switch Reserve is also available for pre-order until August 21st, 2020: https://specialreservegames.com/games/carrion/ And the Ruiner Switch Reserve will be available for pre-order August 25 - September 18, 2020: https://specialreservegames.com/games/ruiner/ Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
12:54
August 12, 2020
15. Season One Finale!
Smitty talks about what's coming next for Special Reserve Games: new website, new games, some previously unannounced stuff... Also, Erik concludes his audio documentary about the history of Nintendo in the final chapter of Fire Flower: From Paper to Pixels. And we take a look back on the first season of Games You Deserve. The new Special Reserve Games website is now live! https://specialreservegames.com/ Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Time Stamps 1:09 - The new SRG website! 12:17 - More details on Carrion & Gris 28:34 - The final chapter of Fire Flower 42:13 - End of season 1 montage Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
58:46
July 19, 2020
14. Gris, My Friend Pedro and Carrion, Oh My!
It's been a very busy week for Special Reserve Games. Smitty and Erik talk about the SRG-related announcements made during Devolver Direct. Plus, we ask the Dogfathers about their "White Whale" collectibles, and Producer Dan reveals his Top 5 Video Game Movies of all time.  Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main If you missed Devolver Direct, here it is: https://youtu.be/3RxdwhD_c88 Time Stamps 1:06 - The Dogfathers' White Whale collectibles 16:48 - Smitty and Erik talk about Devolver Direct and everything coming soon to Special Reserve Games 55:06 - Producer Dan's Top Five Video Game Movies of all time. Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel Sponsor
01:02:51
July 12, 2020
13. The Art of Special Reserve Games
Electric Monk Media Creative Director Mike Sanders joins the podcast to talk about what goes into the creation of Special Reserve Games packaging and add-ons. He also gets into his documentary filmmaking career, including his latest series on the magic of pinball.  Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Check out Carrion, a reverse-horror game coming soon to Special Reserve Games: https://youtu.be/o-L0_TJ4i-o Time Stamps 1:13 - Erik reads Mean Tweets 16:53- Interview with Mike Sanders 50:34- Fire Flower part 7 58:35- Coming up next...Devolver Direct! Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:01:49
July 5, 2020
12. Mother Russia Bleeds Sellout!
Smitty, Erik and Dan celebrate another successful Special Reserve Games launch, with Mother Russia Bleeds selling out on both Nintendo Switch and PS4. They then look at the 2020 inductees to the World Video Game Hall of Fame and make their picks as to which games they'd like to see inducted in the future. Erik brings us the 6th episode of Fire Flower, his ongoing history of Nintendo. And finally, coming soon to Special Reserve Games: Carrion! Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Make your suggestions to the World Video Game Hall of Fame: https://www.worldvideogamehalloffame.org/ And check out Carrion, a reverse-horror game coming soon to Special Reserve Games: https://youtu.be/o-L0_TJ4i-o Time Stamps: 1:13 - Mother Russia Bleeds sells out 15:53 - Video Game Hall of Fame picks... 47:33 Chapter 6 of Fire Flower 55:10 Coming up next at Special Reserve Games Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:02:00
June 28, 2020
11. The Art of Collecting
Smitty, Erik and Dan talk about what games they've been playing lately, then dive into the DNA of collecting. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-mainTime Stamps: 1:12 - What games are you playing? 39:20 - What makes something collectible? 50:40 - Erik's collecting journey Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
59:49
June 21, 2020
10. The Future of Gaming (PS5 Reveal!)
Smitty, Erik and Dan react to Sony's big PlayStation 5 Extravaganza announcement, but Smitty can't stop talking about his new computer and seems a bit obsessed with ray tracing. Plus, the creators of "Minit" are in the Special Reserve Games Developer Spotlight and Erik brings us chapter five of his "Fire Flower" series on Nintendo. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Time Stamps: 1:12 - PS5 commentary 39:20 - MINIT interview 50:40 - Fire Flower part 5 Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
59:35
June 14, 2020
9. Tales from E3
Smitty and Erik crown a winner in their "video game remake" contest after listening to a few more excellent listener suggestions, AND Smitty makes an announcement about the upcoming Mother Russia Bleeds Special Reserve release. Plus, since there's no E3 this year, the guys reminisce about their past experiences at the iconic games conference. And Erik wraps things up with part four of Fire Flower, his audio documentary about the history of Nintendo. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:02:30
June 7, 2020
8. Limited Run Games!
Smitty and Erik sit down virtually with Limited Run Games founders Josh Fairhurst and Douglas Bogart to talk about how they got started and discuss their challenges and successes along the way. Plus, we check in with the Dogfathers on their most prized collectibles, and Erik brings us part 3 of Fire Flower, his ongoing series on the history of Nintendo. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Check out Limited Run Games: www.limitedrungames.com Timestamps: 01:10 - The Dogfathers share their most prized collectibles 15:17 - Interview with Josh and Douglas from Limited Run Games 53:15 - Fire Flower Part 3 Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:01:35
May 31, 2020
7. Smitty's South American Adventure
Erik explores the history of physical video game media, while Smitty regales Dan with a story about his (mis)adventures during a trip to South America. And, MOTHER RUSSIA BLEEDS is slated for physical release on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. You can find more info at https://specialreservegames.com/ Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Timestamps: 01:10 - history of video game media 19:46 - Story time with Smitty 48:23 - Mother Russia Bleeds comes to Special Reserve Games Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:00:34
May 24, 2020
6. Gettin' Mini With It
If you were stuck on a deserted island, which video game would you want to have with you? Erik asks "The Dogfathers" this question on the Special Reserve Games Discord. Plus, as we wait for the eventual North American release of the TurboGrafx-16 Mini, we ask the question: are these mini systems still worth buying? Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Timestamps: 01:10 - trading in games at GameStop 08:42 - games we would want while stuck on a deserted island 21:25 - Fire Flower, the history of Nintendo part 2 26:09 - TurboGrafx-16 Mini, and the value of mini systems in general 39:05 - Game of the week Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
57:22
May 17, 2020
5. Fighting COVID with Video Games
This week, Smitty talks to Rob Atkins about his nearly 30 years of working in the video game industry. Rob is a co-founder of Ritual Entertainment and CEO of Balanced Media Technologies. His video game roots include Duke Nukem, Terminal Velocity and Max Payne, and he now uses the processing power of video games to help with medical research in the fight against COVID-19, cancer, and other critical medical challenges. Download the HEWMEN client and do your part to help important medical research: https://www.balancedmediatechnology.com/projects/hewmen/ Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Timestamps: 02:07 - listener letters 12:31 - interview with Rob Atkins 34:39 - Fire Flower, the history of Nintendo part 1 41:09 - what's new at Special Reserve Games Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel Other music: "Magic Cloud" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
49:14
May 10, 2020
4. Hotline Miami Sellout!
The Special Reserve Games Hotline Miami Collection for Nintendo Switch sold out fast, and Smitty is ecstatic about it. He talks to Erik and Dan about how collectors who missed out can ensure they get a copy of a reserve game next time. The conversation shifts to eBay resellers and their impact in the video game collectibles market. Then, Dan takes a deep dive into the mind of Downwell creator Ojiro Fumoto, and Erik collects all the golden rings FAST! in the game of the week. Copies of the PS4 Reserve of Downwell are available at https://specialreservegames.com/pages/games-downwell, listen to this episode for a special promo code to receive 50% off shipping while supplies last. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Timestamps: 02:54 - Hotline Miami Collection sells out! 12:30 - eBay resellers, good or bad for collectors? 24:00 - tips on getting SRG games before they sell out 32:16 - Valve has a leak 40:10 - feature story on Downwell creator Ojiro Fumoto 48:52 - game of the week Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel Other music: "Go Cart" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
01:01:02
May 3, 2020
3. Quakes and Remakes
Smitty reveals some of the challenges he faces in running Special Reserve Games, while Erik reminisces about some of his favorite video game remakes. They both get shook up about the game of the week. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - instagram.com/specialreservegames Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
01:06:11
April 26, 2020
2. Packaging Pedro
So-called "real sports" has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that's not stopping people from watching video game sports instead. Smitty, Erik and Producer Dan also discuss Special Reserve Games' collectors packaging of My Friend Pedro and take a trip to the dungeon in the Game of the Week. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Join the Special Reserve Games community: Discord - discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Intro theme music by Jesse Hamel
54:01
April 19, 2020
1. Press Start
Smitty and Erik from Special Reserve Games, along with Producer Dan, kick off the podcast (and quarantine!) by talking about their video game origin stories. Sign up for our newsletter to get the inside scoop on everything happening at Special Reserve Games: https://mailchi.mp/specialreservegames/srg-main Join the Special Reserve Games community:  Discord - https://discord.gg/specialreservegames Twitter - https://twitter.com/specialreserves Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/specialreservegames Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/specialreservegames Buy Fetch, a game for dogs, and support The Street Dog Project. - https://specialreservegames.com/pages/games-fetch Podcast Production by Dan Vadeboncoeur Music by Jesse Hamel
56:22
April 13, 2020