The Abnormal Mapping Podcast
Abnormal Mapping is a games show for everybody! M, Jackson and sometimes Destiny are here to discuss why they love games, free from the need to be current and plugged in from the often exhausting video game scene.
Every month, we play a game - old or new, big or small, good or bad - and talk about it. We've been doing this for over three years now and all of our episodes are evergreen and welcoming to jump into! We hope you enjoy.
The Mappers delve into the past for an examination of two pillars of 90s PC gaming, as we all tackle the mysteries of Myst together (with returning third chair Destiny), and then I take a moment to talk about Full Throttle Remastered with Kotaku's Heather Alexandra. It's a lot of clicking and a lot of puzzle solving in this wave of computer nostalgia.
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This Month's Game Clubs: Full Throttle Remastered, Myst
Next Month's Game Club: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords
Music This Episode
Blown Away by Kevin MacLeod
Get Outta Town by The Gone Jackals
Myst Theme by Robyn Miller
The Temple of Achenar by Robyn Miller
The Last Message by Robyn Miller
Miyamoto, tending his garden, suddenly has a brilliant idea. What if he could recapture the feelings of his childhood in game form? What if it was possible to identify the essence of nature and replicate it on a simple disc. It would be overwhelming, yet familiar. Chaotic, yet calm. Hostile, yet intimate. He toiled with his team for years, until finally the public could join him in the garden.
After the sun had set, he opened a laptop, and went to find what the public had said. He did not know if he was truly successful, but he hoped he had reached at least a few. Yet the message he received was not one he understood. He stared at his screen under cover of night, left only with the words: CHIE IS BEST GIRL.
This Month's Game Club: Pikmin 3
Next Month's Game Club: Myst
M and Jackson are here to say goodbye to the Final Fantasy of old and to look forward to new horizons, new podcast art, and a new podcast feed! Final Fantasy IX is a strange game to be approaching after so much time in the SNES Final Fantasies. Does it help to have such immediate context for the games FF9 is trying to reference? Hrm...
Meanwhile, M takes some time to sit in nature and think about the latest Zelda.
This Month's Game Club: Final Fantasy IX
Next Month's Game Club: Pikmin 3
Celebrate the shortest month with the shortest hero as Abnormal Mapping delves into the wide world of rolling up extremely tiny objects in Katamary Damacy. This includes the first game, We Love Katamari, and even some Katamari Forever. Plus, we dip into Keita Takahashi’s development history and philosophy of design. Come for the good conversation, stay for the incredible music. We’re 60 years young and still rolling strong!
This Month’s Game Club: Katamari Damacy
Next Month’s Game Club: Final Fantasy IX