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Episode 100: Five Hundred Ninety-Nine U.S. Hours

by Evan Burchfield, Karl Castaneda, Stan Ferguson, James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, Jonathan Metts, and Mike Sklens - May 23, 2008, 11:37 am PDT
Total comments: 61

We celebrate our 100th outing by recording an episode longer than the previous 99 shows combined. Starring: Old friends, your emails, and funny memories!

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Can you handle three and a half hours of RFN ecstasy? I think you can. (Don't be afraid to listen in two or three chunks! That's how it was recorded.) Our giant anniversary show brings together the new crew, the old crew, the pirates, and highlights from the last two years.

Greg, Lindy, James, and Jonny start the show with New Business and a heaping ton of listener mail. Then, you'll get a dose of the old gang as Karl, Mike, Evan, and Jonny (who was a semi-regular before becoming host) talk about what they are playing and reminisce on the origins and evolution of the podcast.

Unfortunately, Stan couldn't join us, but he and Karl did spend last weekend recording a set of skits in which Sweet Pete and his first mate, Blue Balls, travel through time to visit three different eras of Radio Free Nintendo.

Finally, the show swings back to the current lineup for closing comments and a lead-in to the long-awaited highlight reel. Relive the funniest moments from nearly two years of talking out of our asses!

Thanks to our special guests: Mike Sklens, Evan Burchfield, Karl Castaneda, and Stan Ferguson. We also want to thank all of our listeners for sticking with us for this long and for enduring this indulgent 100th episode. Please let us know what you think of it -- either via email or a post in Talkback!

Credits:

This podcast was edited by James Jones and Karl Castaneda.

Music for this episode of Radio Free Nintendo is used with permission from Jason Ricci & New Blood. You can purchase their new album, Rocket Number 9, directly from the record label, or download it from iTunes, or call your local record store and ask for it!

Talkback

Fair warning, the episode is long so the file is HUGE

DAaaMan64May 23, 2008

YYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

ShyGuyMay 23, 2008

Awesomo Mucho Grande!

About damn time :P. It's amazing that this is only the 6th or 7th episode since I started listening to the show, and in that short amount of time I went from ignoring the podcast to going through withdrawl symptoms for the last couple days before the next one. I know I'll love this one, and here's to another 100!

The digest bit at the end I had started recording prefaces for, but it was decided to do them straight.  If anybody wants to know the origin of a clip just ask.  I'll try to help.

shammackMay 23, 2008

Congratulations on the hundredth episode.  I've been listening to this all in one sitting.  Only three minutes left!

Observations:
The best thing about the new crew is not having to hear about college football every week.
Jonny should have a spin-off podcast about Magic: The Gathering and also be drunk every time.
It's true; Cheese Nips suck.

I think there were probably some things I was going to comment about from earlier in the podcast, but that was so long ago that I've forgotten.

nickmitchMay 23, 2008

I can't wait to listen to this. I was hoping Stan and Karl would be back.
Avenue Q was right, fantasies DO come true!

Fans of the show, please digg the article (link is under Talkback in the article).  I just created the digg entry, so all you have to do is click if you're logged in.

D_AverageMay 23, 2008

I haven't played Smash in over a month as well, nice to know I'm not the only one not obsessed w/ it.  Been playing Mario Kart and Geometry Wars instead.

DAaaMan64May 23, 2008

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I haven't played Smash in over a month as well, nice to know I'm not the only one not obsessed w/ it.  Been playing Mario Kart and Geometry Wars instead.

I'd LOVE to be obsessed with Brawl. But I have no fucking friends that want to play anything but 360 and PS3! It SUCKS.

YoshidiousGreg Leahy, Staff AlumnusMay 23, 2008

Not the most pressing misconception to clear up but: I do not own a bird. We just so happen to record sufficiently close to dawn that you can hear the birds outside my window starting to chirp from where I record. Sorry James, not much I can do about that I'm afraid.

I'm more upset that the bird I had grown to love may not actually be a single bird.

Respect -1 for Greg.

I never knew that Evan talks almost exactly like Conan O'Brien.

I wanted to tell Crimm that I bought Pop, I'm having a lot of fun with it, and I'm very glad I bought it.

I had some other comments, but I just listened to the entire thing in one marathon session (not what I intended to do, but I never felt like turning it off) and I think I may need a psychiatric evaluation, so I forgot most of them.

ShyGuyMay 23, 2008

Evan talks like Quentin Tarantino

Too big. I'm saving half for another day. And with all respect, new cast > old cast.

One great thing this episode did is get me to buy an album by Jason Ricci and New Blood, something I've been toying around with for a while but this pushed me over the edge. I'm only 4 songs in but I'm loving it so far.

DAaaMan64May 24, 2008

This may have also sold me Lords of Thunder, Jason Ricci's work is in my future too.

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorMay 24, 2008

I like the way in Evan's talk about meeting Bloodworth, I was just the "short guy in the bucket hat" even though I'm 6'2"...

Thanks for mentioning me Evan!  Guess I was forgettable!

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorMay 24, 2008

Man... roasting Windy like CRAZY! =P

Be nicer guys. =P

DAaaMan64May 24, 2008

I have gripes with some of the comments made in the podcast. I'd so talk about them too, BUT thats all I remember is that I had gripes and I sure as hell ain't seeking them out again after 3 hours already.

GoldenPhoenixMay 24, 2008

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Thanks for mentioning me Evan!  Guess I was forgettable!

I didn't forget you even after you call me names.

I love this show, but I am so looking forward to a week off.

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusMay 24, 2008

Quote from: Crimm

I love this show, but I am so looking forward to a week off.

Oh man, me too.  Tee hee.

GoldenPhoenixMay 24, 2008

Quote from: Crimm

I love this show, but I am so looking forward to a week off.

We were actually lieing when we said you could have a week off. :-P

SvevanEvan Burchfield, Staff AlumnusMay 24, 2008

Quote from: Pale

I like the way in Evan's talk about meeting Bloodworth, I was just the "short guy in the bucket hat" even though I'm 6'2"...

Thanks for mentioning me Evan!  Guess I was forgettable!

Are you taller than me? Weird. Compared to Blood, anyone's short. You were not forgettable. I love you.

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Quote from: Crimm

I love this show, but I am so looking forward to a week off.

Oh man, me too.  Tee hee.

:-\

I've been working on my vertical since the last time I saw Bloodworth, and I'm so going to dunk on that fool.  BAMMM!!!  In yo face, Blood.

Radio Free Bloodworth

mudjahMay 25, 2008

Congrats on your 100th birthday. I love the show, by far the best gaming podcast on the net!

Keep up the good work!

Finally finished it in the car today. (Yeah, I drove a lot today.) Awesome episode guys...I feel bad for not listening more frequently during the "first season" now. Mad props to James for all the editing--especially with tracking down the various show highlights!

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorMay 25, 2008

Just a couple notes about the show that you guys might be interested in.

- The commercials Stan and I did were pretty much improvised. We came up with a basic premise and then just ran with it. Major kudos to Stan for editing them into sounding cohesive. And adding in the goat sound effect. That cracked me up.
- Speaking of Stan, I regret not digging out more Nintendo Pirate Radio stuff when I sent James those clips. If any of you want to check out more Ferguson goodness, he hosted Episode 14, and made his last (and some would say greatest) appearance on Episode 46. Episode 14 is actually what the second commercial is based on, being centered around the argument over games as art.

Anyway, as I said on the show, the new cast has really brought things up a notch, and even though I often find myself wanting to reach in through my speakers and interject, I couldn't be happier with how things have evolved and improved. Hopefully you all won't mind if I occasionally pester them into letting me rant and rave at all of your expenses a couple more times in the future.

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Finally finished it in the car today. (Yeah, I drove a lot today.) Awesome episode guys...I feel bad for not listening more frequently during the "first season" now. Mad props to James for all the editing--especially with tracking down the various show highlights!

Karl gets credit for editing the part with the old crew.  He and Greg really helped track down moments too.

MarioIsFrenchMay 26, 2008

Excellent job on the 100th episode. You guys rock! but what's up with all the hate for Magic the Gathering? I think it's a really interesting albeit expensive game. It doesn't create a new mechanic and then completely develop another mechanic to completely trash the previous one (at least i don't remember it doing so) unlike other card games *cough*wwerawdeal*cough*

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2008

I dunno about anyone else's hate for Magic, I don't play it.  But I was just going with Karl telling me that Jonny talks about it quite frequently.  So when I did his voice, I just goofed on that.

But that was just one commercial.  I doubt you were talking about that.

In the end we used a clip from an episode where a slightly intoxicated Jonny had first re-introduced Magic the Gathering and THEN talked about Settlers of Katan.  After we went to break the three of us were dying with laughter, and mocked him while he was away.

It wasn't so much "hate for Magic" as it was "grief for Jonny."

MarioIsFrenchMay 26, 2008

Settlers and it's expansion set is an awesome game... oh man this is taking me back during my last few years in university... we (as in the university's games organization) would have a couple of people playing settlers and magic or any card games on one table inside the school pub and on the far corner of the pub where there's a TV, smash brothers melee and alot of smack talking.

i'm curious, do you guys normally mock each other (in good fun) during podcast breaks?

Sometimes.  It depends on the general tenor of the podcast up to that point.  Sometimes it's just silence as we filter off to get something to drink or use the bathroom.

If necessary we'll talk about what's up next.

PryopizmStan Ferguson, Staff AlumnusMay 26, 2008

I always tried to make Karl cry.  When he did, we'd all get a big laugh and insult his manhood.

NWR_KarlKarl Castaneda, Contributing EditorMay 26, 2008

Stan's just sore that he doesn't have me around as a whipping boy anymore for God's Favorite Podcast.

ShyGuyMay 26, 2008

Listening to the episode. I'd like you all to know I took a nine year old iMac that someone gave me, upgraded the RAM, and installed a newer version of Mac OS JUST so I could subscribe to RFN on iTunes. I'll have to do a review now too.

We don't really rip on each other during breaks, except when one of us says something extremely funny/embarrassing.  See: Jonny admitting to loving Magic: The Gathering.

Some of the funniest stuff doesn't even make the podcast (or maybe it does; I always forget to download the finished product).

I usually cut three to five stingers.  Each time I cut one I think "DAMN!  This is the best one yet!"

That's not usually the case.  However, I do back and listen to them all and then make my decision.  In retrospect I wish I had kept all the rejected stingers.  I could have just tied them all together.

One bit of audio I would love to have back is the discussion of shooting a Miami Nights commercial while in a hot tub.

MorariMay 27, 2008

Just one comment concerning the episode:

Animal Crossing Wii should connect to the Weather Channel so as to provide real time rain and snow (and overcast days?). I believe that NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams has already done this with its Chao-like mode.

shammackMay 27, 2008

I wish every episode were at least this long.  It's about 20 minutes each way for me to drive to and from work every day, and it would be ideal if a podcast could get me through the whole week.  Sometimes I can use Retronauts as a substitute, but it's just not the same.

Maybe while you guys are taking a break, I'll go back and check out the old ones from before I started listening regularly.

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Listening to the episode. I'd like you all to know I took a nine year old iMac that someone gave me, upgraded the RAM, and installed a newer version of Mac OS JUST so I could subscribe to RFN on iTunes. I'll have to do a review now too.

You do know that there's a PC version of iTunes, right?  This rigmarole makes no sense unless you are running Linux exclusively.

I don't know what deal you guys have with him, but Jason Ricci just made something off of his music being on this podcast, over the past few days I've progressively bought all three of his albums on iTunes.

ShyGuyMay 27, 2008

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You do know that there's a PC version of iTunes, right?  This rigmarole makes no sense unless you are running Linux exclusively.

FIGHT THE POWAH

DimeMay 27, 2008

Thanks for answering my question on the podcast. I was only expecting an answer in the forum thread. Great job on # 100 and I look forward to the future. I am not having my hardcore gaming needs fulfilled by the Wii so I am getting an Xbox 360. I will still listen to your podcast so I don’t miss out on anything that may appeal to me on the Wii.

Here’s to another 100 funny and informative podcasts!

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I don't know what deal you guys have with him

No deal... he is my friend and gave permission to use the music.  I'm really glad that you like it, and I'll let him know that the podcast promotion is working.  :-)

D_AverageMay 28, 2008

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Quote from: insanolord

I don't know what deal you guys have with him

No deal... he is my friend and gave permission to use the music.  I'm really glad that you like it, and I'll let him know that the podcast promotion is working.  :-)

Any other guitar dorks out there play along to the show's intro, as I sometimes find myself doing ?  It has a contagious rhythm.   ;)

Deep-SixMay 28, 2008

Holy crap, my name was mentioned in the presence of the awsome Greg!!!!  Even thoe I only sent in 1 suggestion.  I think I'll be sending in more listener mail for the podcast.

Dan_FlyhightMay 28, 2008

Alright I just got done with the podcast now. I've listened to it over a span of 3 days cause I had to catch up from episode 97. First of all, congrats guys on 100 episodes. *raises a pint* Here's to another 100. First off, great podcast. I enjoyed it all. There wasn't one moment that I didn't enjoy. I've been listening since episode 1 and though I could never remember all the podcasts on my own, every moment that was brought up or at the end that was clipped, I remembered. So you got one great fan in me. I only expected to hear one clip that I didn't hear, it was my own fault for not emailing you guys about it, but then I don't know if it would've made it as this podcast was clearly long enough for you guys. I expected to hear the clip where you guys were doing listener mail on the obvious fan mail Greg gets. And I believe it was James who said that there should be his own bobble head and he replied with "That's exactly what the world needs a ghastly, bobbling representation of my face." I believe it was episode 98. But that moment is by far one of the funniest things I have ever heard Greg say. I greatly appreciated hearing the clip from the night John got drunk during the podcast and was talking about Magic and he left to go to the bathroom and you guys bashed on him. That was by far one of the funniest moments. So again guys, congrats on 100 episodes strong, keep'em coming and on a side note, I personally, do not mind the length of the podcasts. Making it an hour or hour and a half to two hours long doesn't bother me at all. I love listening to you guys talk about nintendo and other stuff that comes up. In fact, I'll let you guys in on something, when my 360 broke back in february and I had to send it in, all I had was my Wii and a couple games and to pass the time I listened to your guys' podcasts over and over and over while I had the sound turned down on my tv and played wii while listening. You guys do a great job and hey, if you ever need a guest to talk on the podcast with *wink wink* okay I'm ashamed for my plugging of myself... My ranting is done.

MarioIsFrenchMay 30, 2008

I'm re-listening to this episode again (because it's boring during downtime here at work)and i have to say that Subspace Emissary doesn't suck. You play it once and you forget about it. It's like the piece of gum that you are chewing while holding a chocolate bar: once you take it out of your mouth, don't bother chewing on it again because it won't taste as great. Besides, i think SSE is meant for people who do not want to play a 100 multiplayer games just to unlock a character or something like DDRMax for PS2. I'd rather just play through SSE to get the majority of characters and then jump into the net and play other people. My connection has been consistently decent and playable despite the fact that i have 3 computers and 2 game systems connected at all times.

D_AverageMay 30, 2008

Quote from: MarioIsFrench

I'm re-listening to this episode again (because it's boring during downtime here at work)and i have to say that Subspace Emissary doesn't suck. You play it once and you forget about it. It's like the piece of gum that you are chewing while holding a chocolate bar: once you take it out of your mouth, don't bother chewing on it again because it won't taste as great. Besides, i think SSE is meant for people who do not want to play a 100 multiplayer games just to unlock a character or something like DDRMax for PS2. I'd rather just play through SSE to get the majority of characters and then jump into the net and play other people. My connection has been consistently decent and playable despite the fact that i have 3 computers and 2 game systems connected at all times.

I bought this game on day one, and still haven't brought myself to finish SSE.  It just feels like a chore.  I long, arduous, and unnecessary chore.  Each time I think about finishing it off, there's always something better to do, like washing the dishes.

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I bought this game on day one, and still haven't brought myself to finish SSE.  It just feels like a chore.  I long, arduous, and unnecessary chore.  Each time I think about finishing it off, there's always something better to do, like washing the dishes.

I feel the same way.  I could care less about SSE...the only reason I'll ever play through it (and I will at some point, on some mythical weekend during which I have nothing to do) is to unlock stuff.  It's just not that fun.

As for funny moments, Greg has said some stuff off-the-air that I still laugh about.  He made one comment a few weeks back about how somebody said that future Wii games might use voice chat, but in a "new and different way" than the DS.  His response was, "How?  Are they going to have a fucking Steven Hawking vocoder?"  His incredulousness combined with the accent was comedy gold.

How soon should I expect ep. 101?

tonight?  I hope so.

I'm sorry guys.  It's not looking good for tonight.  All the techincal issues we encountered during recording is taking it's toll on the edit process. It's also a long episode. I'm thinking it could be 2 hours in the end.

However.  I'll give you a gift: the notes from the pre-recording meeting



MarioIsFrenchJune 06, 2008

any stingers and/or "lord of thunder"s?

I have 2 valid stingers for this week.  Both of them came from "dead air" or soon after we recovered from it.

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