TVG: 2.06 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 5 – XBox, Gamecube, DS

It’s been a good romp through 80s and 90s video game history thus far. This week, the duo re-visit the early naughties to talk about a system they barely played (XBox), one they played a few games a lot on (Gamecube), and one they are still playing (The Nintendo DS). How well did our college years treat us for video game entertainment? Let’s confabulate. Read More >

The Vagabond Gamecast
The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.06 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 5 – XBox, Gamecube, DS
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TVG: 2.05 – Fun with The Family

Growing up as children of the 80’s, we spent many a days huddled up in our dark basements with our eyes glued to the delicious glow of a cathode ray tube television.  Eventually, we grew up (ha!) and found ourselves with families! What does this mean for our gaming lives? Have we introduced our offspring to the world of puzzle solving with pixels? Come on in and find out how an elder millennial incorporates gaming into parenthood! Read More >

The Vagabond Gamecast
The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.05 - Fun with The Family
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TVG: 2.04 – Varsity Esports

What a crazy world we’re in, where our two fine Vagabond Gamecast co-hosts are engaging in varsity sport discourse! It wasn’t a long time ago (ok, maybe it was) when our heroes were back in high school fighting for their very right to game after school… now you mean to tell us that parents are going to be showing up to esports events to cheer their Elympians on!? I totally came up with Elympian on my own just now. Is that a word? If it isn’t already, well my friend who just googled their way here from the distant future, it is now.  At any rate: did you know that schools are going to start having Smash Bros. teams? It’s BANANAS! Come listen to us as we discuss it! Read More >

The Vagabond Gamecast
The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.04 - Varsity Esports
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TVG: 2.03 – Preserving Our History

Stack of NES games

Once upon a time, someone decided to make a video game. It was made for a console that you could buy in a store! It came with carefully crafted manuals, posters, and packaging! You took the game home, you appreciated the packaging and … well maybe your dog ate it. It’s gone. Luckily that game still exists! But well… over time maybe the connections were not so tight on that console… you blew some dust out of that game and for a while it worked great! But over time, that little bit of saliva from your breath corroded the connection on the game. And the system itself? Well it kind of stopped working too. By that point? Neither the game nor the console were available to repurchase. Our history was lost.

It’s sad when we lose those relics of the past. Sometimes we’re lucky and they’ve been preserved. Let’s discuss! Read More >

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The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.03 – Preserving Our History
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TVG: 2.02 – Cathode Ray Tube Gaming

NTSC CRT Pixels

It’s 2021. Your grizzled veteran hosts now occasionally find themselves working together with interns and young colleagues that were born in this century. We’re not talking babies and kids here, these are functioning adults, and these creatures didn’t even exist when DeForest Kelley and Gene Siskel were doin’ stuff. Or, um, alive even. Just how wretched are these souls that missed the great CRT era? Just how much pity is appropriate for those whose eyes don’t even light up at the mention of those three letters? Really though, what is it that the “I don’t even know what that is” crew is missing? Let’s explore ... Read More >

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The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.02 – Cathode Ray Tube Gaming
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TVG: 2.01 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 4 – Game Boy Advance

The Different models of Game Boy Advance

The Game Boy Advance is a special little nostalgia machine. In an era where games were increasingly becoming 3D – suddenly we had access to great SNES-like titles in the palm of our hands. There were lots of older titles that got ports to this little beast, but lots of reimaginings as well. This cartridge based, portable, console is definitely a highlight in the world of gaming. If you’re too eager to make your way through the audio itself, be sure to read inside to see some of our highlights. Read More >

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The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.01 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 4 – Game Boy Advance
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TVG: 2.00 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 3 – PlayStation 2

The playstation 2 slim model

Hello and welcome back to the greatest podcast this side of the known universe! That’s right folks, it’s been a minute since the last season of The Vagabond Gamecast, but rest assured that your favourite internet personalities would never deign to keep you from knowing what their favourite games of their live are. So strap yourselves in and get ready – it’s the return of Matthew “Can’t Get Enough of the 80’s” Langille and Stephen “Doesn’t Play Enough of The Games He Buys” Tucker.

Are you ready to hear about the PlayStation 2!? Read More >

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The Vagabond Gamecast
TVG: 2.00 – The Best Games (Sorted By Console) Pt. 3 - PlayStation 2
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The Artists Guide to Technical Direction in Houdini

houdini hscript tutorial stephen tucker

echo Hello World!

Was that an Houdini HScript command you just saw as a greeting?! Yes it was! Maybe that little “echo” bit threw you off, but it was actually pretty simple. And you know what? Scripting in Houdini is pretty simple too once someone shows you the ropes. You know what’d be totally awesome? If you let me be the one to show you the ropes. Ok, ok… you’ve charmed me into it. I’ll totally help you out.

All you have to do is visit this link, right here!

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The Games I Played in 2017

Those who know me, know that I play an awful lot of video games. I’ve been playing whatever I could get my hands on since I first laid eyes on Super Mario Bros. in the 80’s. Today, I own more games than I know what to do with. Wait… wasn’t my New Years Resolution to stop buying games? Yeah… well… about that… I managed to play though hundreds of hours of games this year… playing 30 different titles from start to finish… but I also added 113 games into my collection. As you can see, I have some bad habits. But games make me happy. So which ones did I play this year? I’m glad you asked! Read More >

TIL: Learn to Code in C++ by Developing Your First Game (Section 4, Lectures 125-129)

Disappointing. I had ambitious plans for ripping through these tutorials this weekend. Had a babysitter hired to come in and take care of Allegro Junior for a good portion of the weekend seeing as it was glorious Canada Day. (Un)fortunately she reported in sick and so it was a weekend that mostly consisted of hanging out with the kiddo. Disappointing not to have had the 12 hours of study time I was expecting… but hey, the kid seemed to have a great weekend so all is good in the grand scheme of things. Read More >