Retro Hangover

Retro Hangover

Retro Hangover is a podcast in which your hosts, Shane Koski and Chris Coplien, spotlight a different piece of video game history (be it a specific title, console, company, or person) each episode. They provide a brief background, discuss their personal experiences, as well as their favorites aspects of the item in question. Oh, and there’s beer.

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Get it, 'cause she's got tank controls? Whatever, our moms think we're funny. Anyway, this year marks the 25th anniversary of Ms. Croft's inaugural spelunking spectacular, so we thought: what better time to delve back into this early 3D adventure and see how its held up?

Nov 14

1 hr 25 min

We wrap up Spooptober with a doozy. Not only are we talking about a notoriously tough as nails platformer, Ghouls 'n Ghosts, but we are also joined by singer / songwriter / self-professed Genesis fangirl Saniyé! When the kingdom doth get yeeted, shall Arthur saveth it from certain doom? (Hint: highly unlikely since most of us can't beat this game).

Oct 31

1 hr 17 min

We're coming out the other side of the big hundo with the next entry into this year's annual Spooptoberfest: the cult classic horror FPS Clive Barker's Undying! Shane has a lot of fond memories of this one, but does it stand the test of time? Dive on into the murky depths with special guest host Ozzy (formerly of the Region Free Gamers) to find out!

Oct 17

1 hr 53 min

Holy pixels, Batman: we made it to episode 100! As far as totally arbitrary milestones go, this is a huge one for us, so we're celebrating by doing something a bit different and answering any and all questions submitted by you, our wonderful listeners!

Oct 10

1 hr 39 min

How, precisely, is a raven like a writing desk? We don't know, but it probably has something to do with murder. We're kicking off our annual Spooptober with a twisted take on a much-beloved tale of imagination and fantasy: American McGee's Alice! Joining us once again, this time to chat about Cheshire Cats, is the one and only Lynnsey!

Oct 3

1 hr 58 min

Man, the 80s and early 90s sure did have a thing for vigilante justice, didn't they? Special guests Toby and Goobz of the Secret Levels Podcast enter the battle, so lace up the boots of a few young, hot-headed ex-cops with nothing but righteous vengeance on their minds and take to the streets... OF RAGE.

Sep 19

1 hr 18 min

Kade Call of the Gaming Memories podcast joins us once again, this time to figure out what the f*@k is even going on in the impenetrable enigma of a game known as Myst.

Sep 5

1 hr 51 min

Widely considered to be Nintendo's oft-neglected third major IP, we hop into the suit of galactic bounty hunter Samus Aran and discover what awaits in the classic NES platformer Metroid!

Aug 22

1 hr 28 min

We are joined once again with our favorite Nintendhost LPTyger to discuss our... Less than favorite 3D platformer: Bubsy 3D: Furbitten Planet. Why would we want to subject ourselves to this, you may ask? For our wonderful, definitely-not-sadistic Patrons, of course! We do this because we love you.

Aug 8

1 hr 24 min

The City of New York is under siege, and the only hope is... A creature most known for accosting pizza delivery drivers? Sure, why not. Save everyone from your evil doppelgänger with the power of pizza and yo-yos!

Jul 25

59 min 51 sec

Nintendo has gained a bit of a reputation over the years for taking chances on what some might consider to be "gimmicks." Sometimes these pay off (see: the Wii) and sometimes they do not (see: this episode). Hunch over a table and smash your eyeholes into the viewfinder, 'cause we're talking about the Virtual Boy!

Jul 11

1 hr 3 min

Tighten your body armor, load up that nail gun, and prepare yourself for MAXIMUM 90s EDGE, because we're rocket-jumping right into the classic PC FPS Quake by id Software!

Jun 27

1 hr 21 min

At this point, we're convinced our Patrons are colluding to kill us slowly via exposure to terrible games. The quarterly PatronPoll results are in, the people have spoken, and they have chosen pain. Put on your black-rimmed glasses and join us as we recount our time spent "playing" Superman: The New Superman Adventures for the Nintendo 64.

Jun 13

59 min 4 sec

Hoo boy, this one's a doozy. Adam of The Good, The Bad, & The Backlog podcast joins us once again (though it is his debut on the main show, huzzah!), this time to take a deep dive into the emotional rollercoaster that is NieR. Grab a box of tissues and get comfortable with moral ambiguity, 'cause this game pulls no punches.

May 30

2 hr 7 min

Kade Call, host of the Gaming Memories podcast, joins us to chat about the game that many consider to be the forefather of all JRPGs: Dragon Quest (or Dragon Warrior for those of us outside Japan). Brush up on Ye Olde English, stock up on torches, and venture forth; the Dragonlord awaits!

May 16

1 hr 35 min

It was only a matter of months ago when Chris decided to record a bonus episode, part of our typically Patron-exclusive RHGaiden series, with Patrons and friends of the show Adam of The Good, The Bad, & The Backlog podcast and Riku. It was mere days ago that we learned of Riku's sudden passing. Though this episode was meant to be put out at later date, we felt it only right to release it now, in his honor and memory. This one is for you, Riku; may it be a testament to your relentless passion and enthusiasm for gaming and all who enjoy it.

May 9

1 hr 27 min

With the release of New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch, it only seems right that we hearken back to the original N64 title that started it all. It sure wasn't what Poké-fans were expecting at the time, but the feel-good photo romp soon became a beloved entry into the Pokéverse. Nintendhost LPTyger and special guest (and Pokémon Snap expert) Lynnsey join us to discuss this now-classic spin-off!

May 2

1 hr 17 min

Final Fantasy month continues with the grandfather of them all: the original Final Fantasy for the NES / Famicom! Patron Lyle joins us once again to discuss this roleplaying milestone and whether it's one worth going back to decades later. Note: Unfortunately, Chris experienced some technical issues with his microphone during this recording that we did not catch until after the fact, so the audio quality may not be up to our usual standard. We promise it'll be back to normal next episode!

Apr 18

1 hr 21 min

It's days like this you get high on life, but we won't harsh your buzz: we're here to talk Final Fantasy V with Patron Saint and Four Job Fiesta Fanatic Lyle McKarns! But enough expository banter, listen to the show like men! And ladies! And ladies who dress like men!

Apr 4

1 hr 28 min

Do you smell what RHP is cookin', brother!? We bring the cream of the crop, GoobZWN from the Secret Levels Podcast, to discuss what many consider to be some the best professional wrestling games of all time: THQ's efforts on the one and only Nintendo 64. Know your role and listen up!

Mar 21

1 hr 18 min

By the power of the moon, we bring you the Japan-exclusive Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Another Story RPG for the Super Famicom! Assisting us in this is not one, but TWO special guests: returning friend of the show Seamus Burke of Gray Man Games and Sailor Moon super fan (and co-host Chris' arguably better half) Meredith Coplien!

Mar 7

1 hr 29 min

The latest Patron-selected episode topic is here, and marks the very first to be chosen by popular vote! Shaking up the usual show format a bit, we take turns counting down our top 5 retro games of all time. If you'd like to participate in the next quarterly PatronPoll, consider heading to gorpfans.com and donating at a tier of your choice!

Feb 21

1 hr 18 min

Get your high heels locked and loaded, because we're taking the fight directly to the angelic legions with PlatinumGames' hyper-kinetic action brawler Bayonetta!

Feb 7

1 hr 15 min

Special guest Ryan Trainor joins us once again, this time to talk Fist of the North Star... Well, kind of. While Japan got a Sega Master System FotNS licensed game, the rest of us got Black Belt. Something tells us we got the short end of the stick here. Is our hunch right? Listen in to find out!

Jan 24

1 hr 8 min

2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the seminal Xbox FPS Halo: Combat Evolved! To help us with our retrospective, we're joined by very special guest Patrick Hickey Jr., author of the excellent book series The Minds Behind the Games. So hop into our Warthog, nerds, 'cause we're goin' Covenant-killin'!

Jan 10

1 hr 20 min

It just wouldn't be Christmas without rogue mitochondria turning people into meat soup, would it? We give you an extra-long episode this holiday season, covering an oft-overlooked Playstation classic: the survival-horror-meets-JRPG that is Parasite Eve!

Dec 2020

1 hr 43 min

The latest Patron-selected episode topic is here! Deviating a bit from the usual show format, we roll a History check to provide a comprehensive look at Dungeons & Dragons video games through the years, all the way from its humble beginnings in 1974 to present day!

Dec 2020

1 hr 31 min

Chris, Shane, and Nintendhost LPTyger gush like a burst canister of neon-green TCRI toxic ooze about one of the best beat-em-ups of all time: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time for the Super Nintendo (oh, and Hyperstone Heist gets mentioned too).

Nov 2020

1 hr 32 min

Nintendhost LPTyger tags in once again, this time to help us conquer King K. Rule and recover all that pilfered potassium in Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System!

Nov 2020

1 hr 28 min

Grab your whip and tighten your headband, 'cause we're going vampire killin'! Nintendhost LPTyger joins us once again to discuss the title that began one of the most enduring game franchises the world has ever known: Castlevania for the Nintendo Entertainment System!

Nov 2020

1 hr 17 min

What better way to truly kick off Spooptober than with one of the most influential survival horror games of all time? Shane's a huge fan of the series, so he's got a whole lot to say on this one. Dim the lights, turn the radio dial to some soothing static, and wander into the fog of Silent Hill!

Oct 2020

1 hr 36 min

Wassup, muthaf*ckas!? Guest hosts Ginger and Willie of the Grand Rapidians Play Video Games podcast join us to discuss one of their favorite Wii lightgun games of all time: House of the Dead: Overkill!

Oct 2020

1 hr 6 min

The votes are in for the inaugural quarterly PatronPoll, and we have been given this masterpiece... Boy, are we ever excited. Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the Game Boy Color with us; we'll be at the Bronze, grabbing a drink and talking mad smack about those pesky vamps.

Sep 2020

1 hr 15 min

Bats, cougars, and birds... Oh my! Ok, terrible cinema jokes aside, seriously: why is the wildlife just so MAD at Ryu Hayabusa, anyway? Nintendhost LPTyger joins the show once again to chat about Tecmo's hard-as-nails NES action platformer: Ninja Gaiden!

Sep 2020

1 hr 27 min

On a very special episode of RHP, we are joined by our most excellent Patron Ashton Ruby and the one and only Derek Buck of CGR Undertow to discuss their time working at one of the pioneers of gaming YouTube channels: Classic Game Room!

Aug 2020

1 hr 56 min

Part 2 of our dive into Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System / Mark III has arrived! Join us for the conclusion of our time with Paul of the Region Free Gamers Podcast. Also: nice.

Aug 2020

51 min 17 sec

Paul of the Region Free Gamers podcast joins us once again to discuss his favorite game of all time: Phantasy Star for the Sega Master System / Mark III! We had so much to discuss, we split it into two episodes, so be sure to stay tuned for Part 2 in two weeks!

Jul 2020

55 min 36 sec

Hello and, again, welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Podcasting Center. We hope our brief, regularly-scheduled absence was not entirely unpleasant. Your RSS feed has been processed and we are now ready to begin the episode proper.

Jul 2020

56 min 30 sec

With rumors of an HD remaster swirling about, and (perhaps more importantly) the 20th anniversary of the game's release in a matter of days, what better time to discuss Diablo II? So prepare yourself, mortal, for host Shane to gush a whole lot about quite possibly his favorite game of all time!

Jun 2020

1 hr 18 min

You must listen to this episode to stand a chance! Nintendhost LPTyger joins in once again to regale us with tales of stomping fools at the arcade. Just like Guile's theme, RHP goes with everything, so pop those earbuds in and listen in as we discuss Street Fighter II!

Jun 2020

1 hr 22 min

Turns out Nintendo's marketing campaign for The Legend of Zelda may not be the only thing that has aged poorly. Nintendhost LPTyger jumps in once again to discuss Link's very first adventure on the NES!

May 2020

1 hr

Whether you're defending the free world with the GDI or furthering the ideals of the Brotherhood of Nod, we've got you covered with our discussion of Westwood's genre-defining classic: Command & Conquer!

May 2020

1 hr 6 min

Paul from the Region Free Gamers podcast joins us to discuss a system that, at least here in North America, lived in the shadow of behemoths like Nintendo and Sega: The NEC TurboGrafx-16 (or PC Engine in Japan and France). Join us as we shed some light on a console that should not be overlooked!

May 2020

1 hr 20 min

Tighten your doo-rags and rev up those chainsaw guns, 'cause we're talking about the cover shooter that defined a console generation: Gears of War!

Apr 2020

56 min 59 sec

This is a big one. Not only do we finally take a crack at one of gaming's most beloved JRPGs, we are also joined by not one but TWO guest hosts, a first in the show's history. Slot your materia and jump into the fray with us as we discuss Final Fantasy VII!

Apr 2020

1 hr 29 min

Honorary co-host LPTyger joins the show once again to talk Nintendo! Specifically, the game partly responsible for not only the company's resurgence, but countless shattered television screens: Wii Sports!

Mar 2020

53 min 52 sec

Do you know what you get during a pod race? A lot of sand. Which is irritating... And gets everywhere. Strap in as we discuss the most thrilling competition in the Outer Rim!

Mar 2020

1 hr 23 min

GOTTA GO FAST... Until you don't. Grab a chili dog or three and join us to determine if the Sega Genesis system-seller Sonic is an untouchable classic, an overrated relic of its time, or somewhere in between.

Feb 2020

1 hr 21 min

Demons! Angels! Fire! SKULLS! It's one big very-much-Blizzard-art-style-inspired RPG adventure romp through a ravaged Earth! It's Darksiders! Join us as we ride into the End Times with one of the legendary Four Horsemen: War!

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Feb 2020

49 min 40 sec

Hot Mode 7 kart racing action! Special guest LPTyger, well-known figure in the Jacksonville gaming scene, comes on the show to discuss the SNES title that started it all: Super Mario Kart!

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Jan 2020

1 hr 1 min