Hi hi hi. Before you knew it, it was time for another podcast, and here we are! In our weird synchronistic way, we cover a couple of picks this episode that have at least one thing in common: they make Jeremy a little angry. We open with the soundtrack to (of all things) the pinball game Black Knight: Sword of Rage, and we discuss some of the history of video games through the perspective of pinball, and how the two mediums comingle. The soundtrack by Scott Ian thumps and marches to a metal beat as the pinball machine mercilessly takes your money, and we explore the mingling of the musical and mechanical in this very special release. Then Anthony brings the vertical shooter oddity Radiant Silvergun and its recent Data Discs release, which currently represents the ONLY extant vinyl release for music by Hitoshi Sakimoto. We reconcile our “Yasumi Matsuno” expectations for the soundtrack with the fact that Sakimoto is a big shooter fan, and we discuss Radiant Silvergun’s place in the pantheon of shooters, and why this one is practically custom-made for frustration.
We then cover the recent news in the world of video game soundtracks on vinyl record with some new releases, announcements, and lots of opportunity for money spending! What kind of podcast would we be running if we didn’t cost you some money?
Finally, we discuss the phenomenon of the “B-side” and whether it has a place in the world of video game soundtracks, and what it might take for a consumer to make some room, so to speak, on the releases we have now to allow for oddities and more raw creativity on our shelves versus the “as-seen-in-game” soundtrack reproductions. What do you think? Join us and weigh in!
Outro: “Penta [5th Force]” – Radiant Silvergun, by Hitoshi Sakimoto
Images from Jeremy’s visit to the 1UP Arcade Bar in Denver, CO
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Death Stranding (Mondo)
Kentucky Route Zero (iam8bit)
Kentucky Route Zero (mystery vinyl) (iam8bit)
The Missing – JJ Macfield and the Island of Memories (Limited Run Games) (sold out)
Metal Slug 3 (Wayô Records)
Seven (Knight of the Round Bandcamp)
Dead Cells Prisoner’s Edition (Signature Edition Games) (PS4)
Yuppie Psycho (Black Screen Records)
Super XYX (Qrates) (ends 7 Mar 2020)
The Wonderful 101 Remastered (Kickstarter)
Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous (Kickstarter)