It's tales of first encounters in Episode 201

No, that's not the name of an RPG.

Not every episode of Retronauts need necessarily be a hard and detailed look at the depths of video game history (though you certainly will be getting one of those next week!). This week, we take a journey to the softer side of retrogaming as USgamer's Nadia Oxford and Gamespot's Kallie Plagge join us once again to recount our first encounters with our favorite game makers. This week is all about the games that made us fall in love with the work of our favorite creators. And because this particular group covers a wide gamut of ages and personal circumstances, it's not all the standard fare. (Although we do talk about Nintendo. C'mon, whaddya want, here.)

I've already seen at least one response to this episode that talks about how awkward it is to hear praise for Atlus in light of some recent controversies that have been circulating social media. And yeah, some of that stuff sounds bad. Bear in mind that this episode was recorded a few months ago, and that we preface the entire conversation by acknowledging that some devs discussed here may have changed in nature since we first discovered them...

Retronauts Episode 201
First Encounters
MP3, 45.3 MB | 1:34:30

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Episode description: Jeremy Parish, Bob Mackey, Nadia Oxford, and Kallie Plagge look back at some the greatest publishers of all time and the games that helped define them in our eyes. From Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. to The Sims and Halo, it's an episode chock-full of meet-cutes!