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Episode 4

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The Indoor Kids #4: Todd Levin

The Indoor Kids welcome Todd Levin (writer on Conan) to the show to discuss his series of articles “Consoles I Have Known” (http://www.themorningnews.org/archive/tag/consolesihaveknown). They take a nostalgic tour of the first consoles they ever bought, the first games they ever beat, and which video games have special emotional significance for them. And Seaman. They talk about Seaman.

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  • Atari 2600 was my first console. I had broken my leg when I was 6 years old, which would have been around 1982. My mom bought me an Atari from a coworker with 20+ games. Played that thing forever!! Still play River Raid on emulators.

    Also about the Tails comment from Sonic. Nickname is Tails, name is Miles Prower = Miles Per Hour. Go Blast Processing!

  • Loving this Podcast, guys. I found this via Jordan, Jesse, Go.

    Oh, and I think that chat thing Ali was referencing in the podcast was… The Palace. It had this paper-doll esqe system where you could put clothes on and what-not and travel through 2D point-and-click environments. It was an interesting system and completely fun to grief people in.

  • Cool thing* with the weird double-wafers in 2600 Pac-Man, the timing allowed you to kind of play “shave and a haircut.”
    bonk–bonkbonk–bonk–bonk

    *given how bad Pac-Man was, this counts as cool.

  • @Ben Z
    See, I read “unsubscribe” as “I’m never listening to this again”. Also, one of those things that annoys me is when you hear little kids playing Call of Duty on Xbox Live or PSN. I cannot understand the parent’s mentality behind getting their young kid a Mature-rated game.

  • @Brad I did unsubscribe, and still am not subscribed on iTunes. If you read my comments on #3, you would see that I only tried that one because the topic of couples gaming had been on my mind. I listened, hoping for some ideas, and that episode did enough to get me to listen to #4 on nerdist. Now, #4 had some decent stories, so I will likely give #5 a chance. I’m almost interested in more stories to make me feel old. Waiting at the DMV yesterday a 6-8 year old kid said to another, “You should come over and play Call of Duty: Black Ops.” I thought:
    1) Your parents bought Black Ops for you?
    2) When I was his age, Super Mario 3 was amazing, and we bought it on clearance.
    3) I’m old.

  • @Ben Z
    Nice to see you didn’t unsubscribe like you said you were going to.

    Quick correction for you:
    There is no Mario 1, I’m guessing you meant Super Mario Bros.

  • Your show is getting better. My first console was an NES when I was 3, and then I got an Atari 7200 shortly there after (garage sale when I was little). I played food fight for Atari for hours and hours, because I Mario 1 was easy and I beat it by the time I was 4, but Food Fight never ended. Now, all I seem to want to play are story driven games.

    A few corrections for you:
    There is no Super Mario World 3, I’m guessing she meant Super Mario Bros 3.
    Sonic collects rings, not coins.

  • I am infatuated with this podcast at this point. Absolutely love it!

    Mike Tyson’s Punchout was HUGE to me growing up. I think it was my first experience of pre-release hype. My father had a commodore 64 and Intellivision but one Christmas my parents got me a nintendo with Mike Tyson’s punchout. I had seen commercials for it and I had spent as much money as I could earn on the arcade “Punchout”. (Which wasnt too much like the nes version). So when I unwrapped mike tyson’s punchout I literally felt faint. My parents say they were very concerned because I literally went slack jawed and started wobbling. My little mind was blown because I hadnt unwrapped the nes yet and was not expecting punchout. Anyway, I started playing that game and it just felt surreal. To this day I love that game. I have it on my jailbroken Iphone, on my laptop, on my work computer, and on my modded psp.

  • Thanks for listening everyone! And I am glad you guys have the same sort of emotional memory of the first game you ever beat that we did.

    Kevin, I totally relate to you about loving crappy or random games. One of my favorite games was Eternal Champions for the Genesis, because I thought it was Sega’s answer to Street Fighter 2 (before it actually came out on the Genesis.) I had convinced myself it was way better. And one of my fave gaming experiences was this game called Quackshot, starring Donald Duck in an Indiana Jones type adventure. I remember one summer day I started playing it early in the morning and was playing it when my dad came home from work at 10 pm, and me telling him excitedly how much progress I had made. He looked at me and said “You should go outside.” And I said “I did! I went to Aztec temples & jungles & deserts!” No idea if that game was actually good, but I definitely remember feeling a sense of adventure.

    I love hearing all these stories from you guys. Its the best!

    Kumail

  • I was such a ‘video game watcher’, as you guys described in the podcast, as my cousin would beat countless of Super Nintendo games for me, even though I owned the console. I had just as much fun watching him play as I do when I play games now. Growing up, the games I have the most emotional attachment to are actually incredibly crappy or random, like ‘Nickelodeon GUTS’ or ‘Primal Rage’, but I loved them all.

    This was definitely a pivotal episode for the podcast. There were so many topics, especially the Sega Genesis/SNES moments, that I related with so much that I wished I was talking about past games with you guys. The Indoor Kids is a great podcast for many reasons, but it’s the nostalgia factor that keeps me coming back as a fan. Thanks for the memories!

  • There were SO many game that had that WHOA factor, ICO was one of them for me. I cant remember the last time I felt so transported into another world, it had such a quite beauty about it.

  • I’m loving this podcast. My first console, wasn’t technically a console but a portable. I had the original Gameboy because my mom didn’t want an NES hooked up to any of her tvs. I played the crap out of it and I think Super Mario Land was the first game I beat.

    I also had the experience of going to friends’ houses to play (and watch) new games. I read so many game mags (mainly Gamepro) and spent so much time and money in the arcade, I could at least talk about new games.

    The first Kingdom Hearts was a big deal to emotionally. I grew up on Disney films and loved the Final Fantasy mash-up storyline. When I saw Maleficent in the game, I wash 7 years old again, seeing Sleeping Beauty for the first time, being amazed by that dragon.

    I sat down one day to run through some fights in the Hercules Olympus arena and ended up beating the game hours later. That game touched me on many levels. It maybe the first and strongest emotional reaction I’ve ever had from a game.

  • Thanks you guys this podcast reminded me of a game that meant a lot to me when I was younger Abe’s Odyssey I can’t wait to play the version that will be in xbox arcade.

  • I have the unique privilege of my first ever gaming experience being the VIRTUAL BOY.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKKK6FH1vGw

    I’ll never forget playing games like Virtual Boy Mario’s Tennis and Virtual Boy Wario Land because I think the virtual boy literally burned them into my skull.

    Luckily for me the virtual boy broke before I went fucking blind and my dad came home one night with a super nintendo. Anyone else remember saturday night slam masters and the aerosmith game where you shoot cd’s at people?

  • Going into this series, I was familiar with Kumail but not Ali and this felt like that episode where I could finally say “Okay, now I know her.” I listened to this episode late at night, so for me, it truly gave off the vibe of hanging out late at night, when everyone is getting a little tired, and conversation takes deeper turns. When the night is over, you think back and realize your friendships just stepped-up a notch. Superb ep

    My first console was the family’s NES, but my own personal one was the Game Gear, so it’s always cool to hear Ali bring that up.

  • The first console I really started playing was Genesis and I remember being on the Sonic side of the Sega v. Nintendo debate. Tails was my favorite character at the time and 2 player coop Sonic was great. That flying fox did most of the work. I assume Mario and Luigi were crappy plumbers anyway.

  • shit got real on this one yall.

    My first console was Super Nintendo and the first game I beat on it was Super Mario World. I still remember when my best friend showed me how to unlock the Star World and I like never felt so accomplished before – this was around 6th or 7th grade for me. I also loved that no matter how new the game was, you still had to fucking blow on the tapes to get them to work LOL.

  • My Dad bought us a Super Nintendo when it came out and some of my best memories are of us playing Zombies Ate My Neighbors, and getting yelled at for taking all the items and leaving him none.

    But the first console I ever owned and had all to myself was the Playstation; I got the system with Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. That was probably the best/scariest Christmas day ever. Any console I owned after, I blame on the release of an exclusive Resident Evil game (Code Veronica – Dreamcast, Resident Evil 0/Remake – Gamecube, etc.).

    Ultimately I think one of the coolest video game things I recall from child hood was the Sega Channel — the fact that you could have access to so many games on a single cartridge, through the cable service was mind blowing.

    I always thought Shadowrun (Genesis) and Jungle/Urban Strike (Saturn) were kind of violent/bloody games. I remember going through them as a kid and trying to just start random fights (and try to survive) or cause as much damage as possible.

    The first game I played that felt like I was in charge of my character, was Phantasy Star Online (Dreamcast). I had never played a game where you could create your own character like that and I thought it was absolutely amazing.

    But yeah, this was a pretty awesome episode. It really is easy to get nostalgic about games (as seen above), and to define points in our life by what we were playing at the time.

  • My Dad bought us a Super Nintendo when it came out and some of my best memories are of us playing Zombies Ate Our Neighbors, and getting yelled at for taking all the items and leaving him none.

    But the first console I ever owned and had all to myself was the Playstation; I got the system with Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. That was probably the best/scariest Christmas day ever.

    Ultimately I think one of the coolest video game things I recall from child hood was the Sega Channel — the fact that you could have access to so many games on a single cartridge, through the cable service was mind blowing.

    I always thought Shadowrun (Genesis) and Jungle/Urban Strike (Saturn) were kind of violent/bloody games. I remember going through them as a kid and trying to just start random fights (and try to survive) or cause as much damage as possible.

    But yeah, this was a pretty awesome episode. It really is easy to get nostalgic about games, and to define points in our life by what we were playing at the time.

  • My first console (if you can call it that) was a Commodore 64, with the ATARI expansion pack. The first game I beat was Moon Shuttle (like space invaders, but more NASA). I never owned a formal console until the Xbox 360 came out. I was however a PC gamer up until that time. I got really into the NFS & Midtown franchises. I’m attached to the NFS franchise because it’s what got me into my career, Graphic Design. It started with simple texture swap modding, and ended with a full graphical/geometry port of a F1 car from F1:2001 into NFS:HP2.

  • The first console I ever had was the good ole’ Atari 2600. I flipped Asteroids 3 times and Yar’s Revenge twice, beat Moon Patrol, though I always had a hard time on Joust and River Raid. My second console was the Nintendo, with of course Super Mario, which I beat several times; super Mario 2, which I beat; and Iron Warrior, Ninja Gaiden, and Castlevania 2, all of which are tied for the best video game music ever. I don’t play video games now–even on the computer–so this is all just a distant memory for me.