Kingdom Hearts

GWJ Conference Call 800

Max Payne (Xbox), Avernum 3: Ruined World (PC), Icewind Dale II (PC), Arx Fatalis (PC), Divine Divinity (PC), Kingdom Hearts (PS2).

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Amanda, Glendon, Rich, and Shawn celebrate Episode 800 and talk about some iconic games.

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I just love the way you celebrated #800! Took me right back to... 2001? Lordy Max Payne really was a long time ago.

00:03:03 Max Payne
00:10:38 Icewind Dale II
00:12:57 Avernum 3: Ruined World
00:16:40 Arx Fatalis
00:20:25 The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
00:24:10 Divine Divinity
00:29:56 Kingdom Hearts
00:35:25 Gamepads
00:38:14 Your Emails

This was So. Much. Fun. Loved, loved, loved this blast from the past. What a treat. Thank you for all your hard work on putting this together, it must’ve been a lot of work to put together!

You'd think after almost twenty years we'd learn around here never to open old and dusty things.

Congrats on the 800 episodes! It's a remarkable accomplishment.

If I think about what games I would have been playing around 2003, I would have probably been deep into GTA Vice City and Need for Speed Undergound. Also still rocking CS 1.6 and a modded Grand Prix 3. That year I also saved money from my first job so I could get a PS2 and play Gran Turismo 3 and whatever the current version of Winning Eleven was at the time (this is what later became Pro Evolution Soccer).

Damn I’m old.

The really scary thing is I’d already logged 20 years of computer gaming experience before any of these games.

Rat Boy wrote:

You'd think after almost twenty years we'd learn around here never to open old and dusty things.

I cannot like this more than once. We're blessed to have you, RatBoy.

You'd think after almost twenty years we'd learn around here never to open old and dusty things.

The box in the attic!

Amoebic wrote:
Rat Boy wrote:

You'd think after almost twenty years we'd learn around here never to open old and dusty things.

I cannot like this more than once. We're blessed to have you, RatBoy.

I just wish my photographic memory wasn't context based.

Congrats on 800!

Fun conceit and who’da thunk Bush wasn’t the bottom … we had similar here in Aus with our PM.

For me in 2003, I had my new, chipped PS2 and it was Vice City and EA cricket.

I really enjoyed this episode. 2002 was a very stressful year for me as I was recently professionally qualified and had been thrown into the deep-end of working on an extremely high profile project. The echoes of this period of my life have rippled across 20 years and I still feel their effect to this day.

I forget how strong a year 2002 was for games and chuckled at how the hosts tried to speak from a place of ignorance in terms of how things would develop over the years. Amanda's complaining over how the GBA was showing its age was a precursor to the arrival of the DS of course, a machine that was reviled upon its announcement that went on to become the most successful handheld platform ever released.

I would point out that Amanda appeared to be somewhat confused over the N64's controller vs. the GameCube. The former is what many describe as a 'Marmite' controller in that you either adore it or think it's a misguided mess of the thing that ought not be. While the latter is a celebrated device by many for being unambiguous in its layout with the primary action button 'A' dominating the pad and all of the other buttons being colour coded to represent their importance an frequency of use. Something that was not adopted in subsequent consoles.

So here's to another 20 years where we can only hope to guess what the future holds for gaming. Wherever it ends up, I'm here for the ride.

I will note that IWD2 while not as story focused as BG2, is more story focused than IWD1...

Loved this episode! I really had to struggle to think about what I was playing in 2002. I think I bought a used N64 that year so would have been playing the old Zeldas, Banjo-Kazooie and -Tooie, and Star Wars Ep 1 racer (surprisingly good)!

I have a more vivid memory of Kingdom Hearts, but that was during the 2002-2003 school year. And lots of time squaring off against one of my dorm-mates in Tecmo Super Bowl (NES). I got in his head like crazy.

In my endless search for quotes to suit games I’ve played, might play or would like to play but probably never will, I came across this quote from Max Payne, ‘He was trying to buy more sand for his hour glass. I wasn’t selling any.’

Great episode. I think I was still playing the multiplayer for Myth TFL and Myth 2.

Really fun episode. Might be one of the only ways in which I would like to revisit 2002.

Playing a game after a “late Saturday night” is the thing that feels most 20 years ago to me.

2002 me would definitely have pointed out that LED Wars was actually the first game Larian published, an RTS they cobbled together in a few months to prove their worth to publishers. This allowed them to sign a deal and then work on Divine Divinity, their passion project.

Not 2022 me though, I would never be that pedantic now