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Author: Dan Kemp

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Welcome to "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," your new go-to destination for diving deep into the golden era of video games. Formerly known as "Generation 'S'," we've honed our focus to bring you an even richer journey through the nostalgic lanes of gaming history.

From the pixelated adventures on the NES to the immersive, high-definition worlds of the PS3 and Xbox 360, we cover it all. Each episode is a deep dive into the games that shaped us, discussing not just the games themselves, but the stories behind them, their impact on culture, and how they've influenced the gaming landscape today.


And "Backwards Compatible" isn't just about the games. It's about reliving the pop culture of the '90s and early 2000s through the lens of retro gaming. Remember the excitement of flipping through a gaming magazine, the thrill of finally beating that level you were stuck on for weeks, or the camaraderie of playing with friends? We bring all that back and more. 

Whether you're a long-time listener from the "Generation 'S'" days or a newcomer eager to explore the history of video games, "Backwards Compatible" promises a blend of nostalgia, insight, and fun. Join us as we revisit the classics, uncover hidden gems, and share our personal stories of gaming glory. "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast" is your all-access pass to the past, celebrating the legacy of video games and their place in our hearts and culture. 

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Text us and say hello!In episode 12 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I step into the ring with one of the NES classics, "Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!" and its 1990 re-release featuring Mr. Dream. As one of my all-time favorite games, you may notice that I'm a LITTLE overzealous and excited this time around, and our discussion kinda pivots to in-depth strategies for tackling some of the game’s most notorious opponents, sharing tips and tactics that have helped us dodge,...
Text us and say hello!In episode 11 of "Backwards Compatible," Lou and I dive into the chaotic world of "Twisted Metal 2," originally released on October 31, 1996. Kicking off the episode, we share our excitement about the latest trailers for the upcoming Power Rangers beat 'em up game and the new "Gears of War" prequel, setting the stage for our discussion on high-energy gaming.As we shift gears to "Twisted Metal 2," we explore the game's memorable cast of characters and its creatively destr...
Text us and say hello!We hit Episode 10! In this episode of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I heat up the arcade sports scene with "NBA Jam" and its successor, "NBA Jam - Tournament Edition," primarily focusing on the Sega Genesis versions while touching on differences across other consoles. We dive into the pivotal updates and key differences introduced in the Tournament Edition, such as additional players and enhanced gameplay features, which solidified its s...
Text us and say hello!In episode 9 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou makes his triumphant return as we jump into the world of "Street Fighter II," focusing on "Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers" for the SNES—the definitive way to experience this iconic fighter on home consoles. We explore the various iterations of the game, discussing how each version contributed to its legacy, but we give special attention to "Super Street Fighter II" for its refined mechani...
Text us and say hello!In episode 8 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," my good buddy Derek steps in last minute as Lou is unfortunately out sick again. Together, we race through the pixelated landscapes of the original "Sonic the Hedgehog" for the Sega Genesis, originally released in June 1991. This game, while groundbreaking in its day, presents a mixed bag for us as it hasn't aged as gracefully compared to its successors like "Sonic 2," "Sonic 3," "Sonic & Knuckles," an...
Text us and say hello!In episode 7 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I jump into the colorful world of "Super Mario World," released as a launch title for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in August 1991. We explore the innovative design and gameplay mechanics that set this game apart as a masterpiece of its time, including Yoshi's debut and the game's expansive, dynamic world maps.During the episode, we spice things up with a round of the world-famous trivia ...
Text us and say hello!In episode 6 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou is back and feeling better as we finally deliver on our promise to cover "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Arcade Game" for the NES, which was released in North America in December 1990. We take a deep dive into this classic beat 'em up, exploring its roots in the original arcade game and the unique features that set the NES version apart, like extra levels and memorable Pizza Hut product placement...
Text us and say hello!In Episode 5 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," my wife Beth kindly steps in for Lou to explore one of her favorite PC games, "The Logical Journey of the Zoombinis," released in December 1996. We dive into the game’s unique blend of logic puzzles and adorable characters, celebrating its role in the pantheon of educational PC games that entertained and challenged young minds. Beth and I discuss the clever design and educational impact of Zoombinis, as we...
Text us and say hello!In episode 4 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I dive into the mutant frenzy with "X-Men" for the Sega Genesis, released in March 1993. We explore how this game captured the essence of the beloved comic book characters, featuring a robust selection of mutants and challenging gameplay that made it a standout title of its era. We discuss how the game’s design and mechanics were ahead of their time, allowing players to switch between characters li...
Text us and say hello!In episode 3 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I switch on our proton packs and dive into "Ghostbusters: The Video Game," released in June 2009 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Celebrated as the unofficial third Ghostbusters movie, this game arrived with the blessing of the original film's cast and creative team, offering fans a new chapter in the beloved franchise. We explore how this game stood out as a significant improvement over its pre...
Text us and say hello!In episode 2 of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," Lou and I take a hyperspace jump back to 2005 to revisit "Star Wars Battlefront II," a game that not only set the gold standard for multiplayer combat but also allowed players to live out their grandest "Star Wars" fantasies across the Original Xbox, PS2, and PSP platforms. We delve into the game's groundbreaking features, such as the expansive galaxy-spanning battles, the introduction of Jedi and Sith cha...
Text us and say hello!Welcome to the first episode of "Backwards Compatible: A Generation 'S' Podcast," where Lou and I jump into the squared circle with WrestleMania 2000 for the Nintendo 64, a game that took the late '90s by storm with its release in October of 1999. Diving into what made this game a cornerstone in wrestling video games, we reminisce about its innovative grappling system, the extensive roster of WWF legends, and how it mirrored the electrifying Attitude Era of wrestling. We...
Text us and say hello!Ladies and gentlemen, as the sun sets on Generation 'S', Lou and I couldn't think of a more fitting farewell than diving into what many consider the zenith of professional wrestling: WrestleMania X-Seven. Join us for this special final episode where we celebrate the event that epitomized the Attitude Era and marked the end of an era in the wrestling world.WrestleMania X-Seven wasn't just a showcase of some of the most memorable matches and moments in WWE history; it symb...
Text us and say hello!Hello, Generation 'S' faithful! This week, we're diving into an episode that's a bit bittersweet for us, especially for my co-host, Lou. We're tackling WrestleMania 30, an event that's etched in the annals of WWE history for many reasons, but there's one moment in particular that stands out — and not in a way we fondly remember. Yes, we're talking about The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, a match that ended with the shocking conclusion of The Undertaker's legendary WrestleM...
Text us and say hello!Welcome back, Generation 'S' aficionados, to another episode that's not just a trip down memory lane but a leap into an exciting future for our podcast. This week, we're taking a deep dive into WrestleMania 20, an event that holds a special place in our hearts, especially for Lou, who had the incredible opportunity to experience the magic live at Madison Square Garden. But that's not all – we've also got some big news to share about the future direction of our podcast, s...
Text us and say hello!Hey, Generation 'S' listeners, it's time for an episode that's packed with excitement, nostalgia, and a surprise that's sure to shake things up! As we embark on the road to WrestleMania, Lou and I have something special in store for you, and trust me, you don't want to miss this.First off, let's talk about the heart of this episode: WrestleMania 10. This event isn't just another milestone in WWE history; it's a cornerstone of wrestling lore that delivered unforgettable m...
Text us and say hello!It's time to plug in our controllers and dive into the digital world of the mid-2000s with a special episode dedicated to the Xbox 360. Lou and I are about to take you on a high-definition journey through the glory days of gaming with one of the most influential consoles of all time.We start off by setting the scene: the Xbox 360's release in 2005, a time when gaming was transitioning into a mainstream powerhouse. We share our first impressions of the console, the excite...
Text us and say hello!In this episode, Lou and I take you on a nostalgic journey back to the magical world of 90s toy stores.We kick things off by reminiscing about the sheer excitement of stepping into a toy store back in the day. It wasn't just about shopping; it was an adventure. We chat about the giants of the era—Toys "R" Us, KB Toys, FAO Schwarz—and what made each of them special. From Geoffrey the Giraffe welcoming us into Toys "R" Us to the enchanting atmosphere of FAO Schwarz, it’s a...
Text us and say hello!In this episode, we're diving into the thrilling world of WWE's Royal Rumble events from the 2000s – a decade known for some of the most unforgettable moments in wrestling history.Join me and Generation 'S' first ballot Hall of Famer Lou Carnevale, as we step into the ring to rank each Royal Rumble event from 2000 to 2009. We'll discuss the iconic matches, the surprise entries, and the nail-biting eliminations that defined an era in WWE. For many of us who grew up in the...
Text us and say hello!In the epic conclusion of our 3-part retrospective on the Sam Raimi Spider-Man saga, Odian Levy and I return for one final web-slinging adventure into "Spider-Man 3." As the closing chapter of a trilogy that captivated a generation, this film brought a tumultuous yet heartfelt ending to the story of Tobey Maguire's Peter Parker.Under Sam Raimi's visionary direction, "Spider-Man 3" presented a narrative brimming with complexity and controversy. Released over fifteen years...
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