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Episode 815: A Change of Hardware

by James Jones, Greg Leahy, Jon Lindemann, and Guillaume Veillette - March 26, 2023, 9:01 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

Stop saying "hardware."

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What's iconic about Mario? What does an alleged-AI think RFN sounds like? Why are there so many skeletons? This, and one more question, are answered in this week's RFN.

That question is about movie-based games.

After a break, we have a bit of New Business. James believes the NSO needs game manuals and that the Fire Emblem Engage DLC was mighty-speedy. Jon is beta testing his future obsession with Diablo IV. Greg finally gets to talk about Doom Eternal. Guillaume has final thoughts on LEGO Star Wars, and thanks our Talkback Heroes.

Just a reminder: emails go here.

NEXT WEEK is part 1 of RetroActive 52: The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Comments go here!

Part 2 will be in a few weeks.

This episode was edited by Guillaume Veillette. The "Men of Leisure" theme song was produced exclusively for Radio Free Nintendo by Perry Burkum. Hear more at Perry's SoundCloud. The Radio Free Nintendo logo was produced by Connor Strickland. See what he's up to at his website.

This episode's ending music is April 2014 Music from the Nintendo eShop. It was selected by Greg. All rights reserved by Nintendo Co., Ltd.


LemonadeMarch 27, 2023

Great episode. Im glad the whole AI thing was played. It is hilarious.

Also, that end music "Now playing at The Famicast dot com"

azekeMarch 27, 2023

The funniest thing about ChatGPT segment is that i started to recognise personalities and mannerisms from "AI presidents rank ..." videos just voiced by hosts.

Evan_BMarch 28, 2023

The ChatGPT segment was perhaps the most effective example in practice of that je ne sais quoi James discussed with the Seinfeld stream a few episodes ago. It’s horrifyingly fascinating to listen to, and yet, so hilarious due to the inaccuracies in your respective personalities and overall structure of the show. Altogether too efficient, disturbingly so. But I do think Greg’s persona of having a pretty helpful understanding of games history and esoteric film and tv references does shine through. Jon and James getting along was a step too far.

Delightful episode.

EnnerMarch 31, 2023

It is an honor to be mentioned ;v;

TOPHATANT123March 31, 2023

I see you've selected the PS2 Simple 2000 classic; Demolition Girl.

That was a pretty good stunt with the AI. The voice for Jonny was eerie how similar it sounded. It nailed a lot of the common jargon you each have, but it definitely added some creative liberties. Greg had a much thicker British accent and James’ voice went up as if it was being played on 1.5x speed. All of the gags, and the cherry on top was the abrupt cut to the “ending” music… hilarious!

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