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Posted on Jul 11th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, SNES, Illusion of Gaia, podcast, June, 2016


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach) and Steven (Disposed Hero), as we discuss our June playthrough, Illusion of Gaia, an action RPG originally released for the Super Nintendo.  In this episode, we discuss the distinct battle and puzzle mechanics, the leveling system, some frustrating boss battles, the quirky story, the music, and many other features that make this title stand out. If you played Illusion of Gaia with us last month, or if you are interested in picking up this game, you'll want to give us a listen. As always, we are happy to hear your thoughts on this games on our discussion page (linked below). We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more.

We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 27 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17160.0

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Posted on Jul 9th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, thank you, Playthrough


Welcome to another edition of RF Generation's Site News!  In this issue, we announce August's playthrough games (yes, games!), talk about what's new with Retro World Expo, and of course, we thank those who sent in submissions to our site during the month of June.  If you have any news about upcoming events or topics that you think the site needs to hear about, please PM singlebanana and put "RFG Site News" in the subject line.  Who knows, maybe your news will make our front page!
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Posted on Jun 11th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under news, thank you, PYWS contest, RWX, Playthrough


Members and guests, welcome to our site's new, monthly front page feature that houses all of the relevant events and announcements on RF Generation.  For some time now, the front page has included posts such as the monthly Thank Yous, the playthrough announcements, updates on video game-related conventions, contest and fundraiser announcements, and other relevant site event information. In order to bring you more game reviews and gaming articles, we've decided to combine these informational posts into a single post so that our readers can find it all in one place.  So here it is, our inaugural news post. Enjoy, and be sure to come back for more updates each month!

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Posted on Jun 9th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, PS2, Bully, XBox, Scholarship Edition


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), and Steven (Disposed Hero), as we discuss our May playthrough of Bully, a Rockstar title original released on the PS2.  In this episode, we discuss some of our favorite features and mechanics in the game, differences we noted between the PS2 and 360 versions, the story, music, and give our takes on how this title compares to Rockstar's other releases. If you played Bully with us last month, or if you are interested in possibly adding this title to your collection, this podcast is a must listen. And who knows, if you happened to post on our discussion thread last month, it's possible that some of your thoughts on the game were mentioned!  As always, we are happy to hear any additional points of emphasis on this game, and any critiques on or accolades for the podcast on our discussion page (linked below).  We will respond to your comments and are always happy to discuss the game more.

We hope you enjoy our show.  Please be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 26 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=17001.0

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Posted on May 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, retro, Ys, April, Addicted


Join RF Generation Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Floyd (Fleach), Steven (Disposed Hero), and special guest, long-time member and RF Gen contributor, Addicted, as we discuss our April playthrough of Ys Books I & II.  In this episode, we discuss the various versions of the games we played, the story, music, and the peculiar gameplay "bump" mechanic that makes Ys stand out among its contemporary RPGs. If you played Ys Books I & II with us last month, or are thinking of getting started on this classic series, this podcast will be a welcomed listen. As always, we are always happy to hear your thoughts on these games and our podcast on our discussion page (linked below) and are always happy to respond to and discuss the game more. So, how do these games match up to their contemporaries?  Are the Ys games RPGs or do they take more from the classic action/adventure games of their time?  And, what memory did one host "make" while finishing Book I? You can get the answers to these questions and more by listening to this month's podcast this month! 

We hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on the thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 25 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16796.0

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Posted on May 6th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, June, 2016, Illusion of Gaia, playcast


For our June Community Playthrough, we will be playing the often overlooked hidden gem for the Super NES, Illusion of Gaia!  This title (known in PAL regions as Illusion of Time) is an action RPG whose gameplay can most likely be compared to such other SNES classics as Secret of Mana and Secret of Evermore, and has also drawn comparisons to the classic Legend of Zelda games.  However, this game features a unique leveling system that eschews experience points in favor of a permanent stat bonus every time you clear an area of enemies.

In Illusion of Gaia, you play as Will, a young boy from a small seaside town.  He accompanies his father on an expedition to uncover the secrets of the Tower of Babel, but the explorers instead met with a mysterious disaster.  Will, the only known survivor of this expedition, manages to make it back to his hometown, although he does not remember how.  Now, a year later, a mysterious being known as Gaia tells him that he must leave his home to save the world from a coming evil.  Perhaps you may also finally discover the truth behind the ill-fated expedition along the way?

Illusion of Gaia will take you on an epic journey across many real-world, historical locations, including ancient Incan ruins and the Great Wall of China.  Armed with only a flute, you will have to defeat many enemies and epic bosses, solve puzzles, and harness the powers that Will gains along the way.   Will you be able to save the world from its impending doom? Join us this June for what will be a playthrough of epic proportions and give it a shot! 
 
Please join us for our playthrough of Illusion of Gaia in June by signing up for our discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16769.0
 




Posted on Apr 14th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, modern, Life is Strange, JRock, JRock the Gamerocker


Join RFGeneration Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach), Steven (Disposed Hero), and special guest, the bright-eyed and fun-loving, YouTube sensation, JRock the GameRocker, as we discuss our March playthrough of Life is Strange.  In this episode, we discuss the story, gameplay mechanics, and soundtrack, and do a chapter-by-chapter analysis of the game and talk about the decisions we made and how they ultimately impacted our experiences. If you played Life is Strange with us last month, or have played it before, I think this podcast should be a must listen. As always, we are always happy to hear your thoughts on the game and our podcast on our discussion page (linked below) and are always happy to respond and discuss the game more. So, how did all five of us like the game?  Which Blackwell Academy ladies were some of us crushing on?  And, which one of us clearly despises Yoko Ono? You can get the answers to these questions and many more by tuning into our podcast this month! 

We hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on the thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 24 discussion thread:  http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16670.0

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Posted on Apr 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, May, 2016, Bully, playcast


We have seen a nice increase in the number of participants in our monthly playthroughs and the forums have been buzzing with activity lately.  We hope that all of you who participated in March enjoyed Life is Strange and those of you who are joining us now are having a good time with the classic RPGs Ys: Books I & II.  The past year has been a lot of fun for the hosts and we would all like to thank you for your continued support and dedication to the playthroughs.

Next month, we are tackling a title that falls on both sides of the spectrum as it is a multiple award winner and best-seller, but also a game that was controversial for its time.  The publisher Rockstar Games (creators of the Grand Theft Auto series, is no stranger to controversy.  However, with Bully, Rockstar took the fight off of the streets and into the classroom.


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Posted on Mar 12th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, April, 2016, Ys, Ys Books


As playthrough hosts, we like to mix it up every once in a while. Some months we choose a hot title like Life is Strange, others we choose a "hidden gem" that we think others might enjoy (like Folklore), and most months, we to listen to the voice of the people by taking your suggestions into consideration.  This month we do the latter.  After carefully digging through the suggestion thread, we thought it was about time to go back to our roots and tackle a true, ole skool, classic RPG.  This month, we have selected Ys: Books I & II as our playthrough.  Unlike, typical, turn-based RPG's of the time, Ys employs a "bump" system in which the hero attacks enemies by running into them. The stats of your character and those of your enemy determine the damage dealt by each. However, bumping into enemies off-center deals more damage to the enemy than you take, whereas hitting an enemy head-on inflicts more damage to you.

Y's: Books I & II were originally released as two games: Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished (1987) & Ys II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final Chapter.  Over the years, both games have been re-released on various systems and even combined into a single cart/disc for a few consoles.  The story follows Adol Christin, a young swordsman, who is called out by a fortuneteller and told that a great evil is spreading across the land.  Legend states that the six Books of Ys hold the secret to defeating this evil and it is up to our hero to seek them out.  This is where our young adventurer's (and your) quest begins!

Please join us for our playthrough of Y's: Books I & II in April by signing up for our discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16469.0



Posted on Mar 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, modern, PS3, Folklore, Cannot Be Tamed


Join RFGeneration Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach), Steven (Disposed Hero), and special guest, Pam (a new RF Generation member and host of the YouTube channel Cannot Be Tamed) as we discuss Folklore, a title solely released on the PS3. Folklore was an early title on the PS3 and a game that many consider a "hidden gem" for the console.  So, how did the game stack up with our hosts and guest this month, and would we recommend that you add it to your collection?  Listen to our podcast and find out. 

We hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on the thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 23 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16467.0

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Posted on Feb 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, March, 2016, Life is Strange, PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, Steam, PC


Next month, we hope that some of you will join us in playing in the first episodic, adventure game of the RF Generation Community Playthrough. In March, we will tackle Life is Strange, a game developed by Dontnod Entertainment and published by Square Enix. Life is Strange features five episodes that chronicle the turbulent teenage years of Max Caulfield who has the mysterious ability to rewind time after witnessing an unexpected tornado. Guide Max through this modern, coming of age story and help her learn how to use her time-shifting powers to prevent this natural disaster from demolishing her town.

Life is Strange has been praised for its fantastic character development and effort to tackle certain subjects considered taboo for video games. It has won several awards including Develop Industry Excellence Awards (New Games IP - PC/console & Use of Narrative), Golden Joystick Award (Performance of the Year [Ashly Burch]), Global Game Awards (Best Adventure & Best Original Game), The Game Awards (Games for Change), Playstation Official Magazine (Best Episodic Adventure & Best Moment), New Statesman's (Best Game of 2015), and received countless other nominations and runner-ups awards. Life is Strange is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam/PC, and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 (both via download). We hope that this pick interests you and that you'll take the time to join us in March!

Join the Life is Strange discussion thread here: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16286.0



Posted on Feb 5th 2016 at 12:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under Playcast, playthrough, retro, Mario, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World


Join RFGeneration Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach), Steven (Disposed Hero), and special guest, Doug (nupoile), as we discuss the ever so popular, and participation-breaking, January playthroughs, Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) and Super Mario World (SNES). You might be surprised at some of our takes on these classics, so you really don't want to miss this episode. Again, we hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on the thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks for the listen!

Episode 22 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16261.0

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Posted on Jan 10th 2016 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, February, 2016, Folklore, PS3


This February, we are taking a step away from classic platforming to bring you a beautiful and haunting action role-playing game. Folklore, which was developed by the now defunct, independent Game Republic, Inc. and released in 2007, is an RPG that is deeply rooted in the Celtic Otherworld of Irish Mythology. The game centers on two characters, a young lady named Ellen and a journalist named Keats, which are both playable in the game and have different intertwining plots. These two characters also differ in play style; Ellen uses a variety of powers for strategy and favors a defensive stance, while Keats attacks with more brute force and can release built up energy to perform stronger attacks for a period of time.  Together, the two of you work to unravel the mystery that the quaint village of Doolin hides. To do this, you must seek out the memories of the dead in the dangerous, Folk-ridden Netherworld.  Participants will not only battle the inhabitants of the Netherworld, but also go back and forth between there and Doolin village to solve puzzle-esque quests and advance the story.

While in the Netherwold, participants will utilize attacks called "folk," which are powers absorbed by defeating the various creatures there.  You absorb these powers by locking onto the creatures spirit and performing shaking and yanking motions with the Sixaxis motion control, rather than using a conventional button interface. While you can absorb the powers of nearly all of the inhabitants of the Neatherworld that you encounter, you can only map four at a time to the controller's action buttons. This adds an interesting dynamic to the game, since different kinds of "folk" are better suited to certain situations.


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Posted on Jan 6th 2016 at 12:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playcast, playthrough, modern, retro, run n gun, Contra, Rolling Thunder, Metal Slug, Best of 2015


Join RFGeneration Playcast hosts, Rich (singlebanana), Shawn (GrayGhost81), Floyd (Fleach), and Steven (Disposed Hero) as we discuss December's run n' gun competition games (Contra, Rolling Thunder 2, and Metal Slug 3). Also, be sure to stick around as we also discuss our favorite/least favorite playthrough games of 2015 and even mention a few that surprised us. You really don't want to miss this episode, since it's our favorite to record during the year and a few of us have broken into the "spirits" to celebrate another successful season! Again, we hope you enjoy our show, and please join our discussion on our discussion thread linked below.  Also, be sure to rate and write a review of the show on iTunes to help us increase our listenership. Thanks again for the listen all!

Episode 21 discussion thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16183.0

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Posted on Dec 11th 2015 at 08:00:00 AM by (singlebanana)
Posted under playthrough, January, 2016, SMB3, Mario, Super Mario World


It's hard to believe that another year of awesome retro and modern playthroughs are in the books. Myself, Grayghost81, Fleach, and Disposed Hero would like to thank all of you who participated in the playthroughs this year for your time, effort, and wonderful comments in the threads.  In 2016, we hope to increase participation for our playthroughs and offer the community many more exciting games to play along with us.  If you have listened to the newest episode of the RF Generation Playcast, you already know about the upcoming changes to the playthroughs. However, for those of you who have not, we'd like to take this time to let you know about the new direction in which we are headed.

This upcoming year, we plan to do away with the retro and modern playthroughs and instead focus on one playthrough a month.  This decision was made because (1) we felt like members were having to choose between the two games each month and it was spreading participation very thin, and (2) the four of us really missed playing games together and talking about them on the podcast.  We think that this change will bring a better product to the community by increasing dialogue about these games in our thread, and make for a more enjoyable, in-depth, and shorter listen for our podcast followers.  Going forward, we will also only announce one game at a time at the beginning of each prior month, instead of three games in advance. This should give members plenty of time to locate games if needed, prevent them from forgetting about upcoming playthroughs over time, and provide something for participants to look forward to each month.  We are looking forward to these changes and we hope that all of you will continue to be a big part of it. 

Now............what you're all here to read about, the January game announcement!

In January, we want to start things off BIG by playing two "blockbuster" games from a very familiar series. Next months playthrough includes what many consider the best and most iconic game on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Mario Bros. 3.  We will also be playing the follow-up game in the series, Super Mario World on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System; this title is hands down, one of the Top 10 games released on the SNES and at the time, was successful in transitioning the series onto the modern system. Which game do you like better?  Which one will we like better?  Will time and nostalgia prevail, or will this playthrough open our minds to other possibilities?  Join us as we foil the plans of and take down the sinister King Bowser, and rescue the beloved Princess Peach in these Super Mario classics!!

Super Mario Discussion Thread: http://www.rfgeneration.c...m/index.php?topic=16136.0


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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