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Blockade Runner Plays – Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader (Part 1)

Check out the latest Blockade Runner Plays video to see Ryan play through the first level of the still incredible Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader for the Nintendo GameCube. Rogue Leader continues to be mind-blowing all these years later; it’s an incredible technical achievement and few Star Wars games are as immersive and authentic feeling as this one.

Follow Ryan on Twitter (@brawndwarf) for more game streams and games commentary and look forward to more Blockade Runner Plays videos from him soon too!


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Introducing “The Blockade Runner Plays” Series with Famicom Star Wars

 

The Blockade Runner is launching a new video series today called “The Blockade Runner Plays” with our first installment featuring Star Wars for Nintendo’s Famicom console. Those of you familiar with my other podcast won’t be too surprised to see our interest in Star Wars and games intersecting here again (we also recorded a few episodes of our Nintendo Fun Club show covering various Star Wars games on Nintendo systems), but hopefully you’ll give it a look regardless of whether or not you’re as enamored with games as we are around here.

I thought the Famicom version of Star Wars would be a good place to start as it’s relatively unknown in the US, takes generous liberties with source material, and features the 8-bit aesthetic that is so well-loved by fans around my age. I’ve had a lot of fun with the game, but it’s pretty tough, so this isn’t an edit-free run through the game. I chose to focus on just showing off the game and its qualities rather than providing a completely accurate recreation of my time with the game. That approach makes for a shorter video and less redundancy (sometimes I died PRETTY often); I’m also splitting the game up into two (or more) videos in the hopes that they’ll be a bit more digestible that way.

Let us know what you thought in the comments here, on YouTube, or through email. I’m looking forward to playing more games for the series going forward, and I’ll probably lean more toward classic and under-appreciated games, but I’d love to hear suggestions for what you may be interested in seeing us play for future “Blockade Runner Plays” videos.


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The Blockade Runner Video Show Episode 2 – The Lead Up to The Phantom Menace

The Blockade Runner video show returns with our second episode featuring a conversation about the lead up to The Phantom Menace. With The Force Awakens just days away, now is the perfect time to look back at the excitement leading up the release of the first Star Wars prequel. We discuss our initial reactions to our first glimpses of the film, our experiences lining up for our first viewing, feelings toward the movie during the time of its release, and the way TPM left a lasting impact on our lives.

If you enjoy the show, please help spread the word and don’t hesitate to reach out to us through Twitter or email. We’re at the beginning of another incredibly exciting time for Star Wars fans and we hope you’ll consider joining us for future podcasts, videos, and blog posts as we journey into this new era together!


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The Blockade Runner Video Show Episode 1 – Lucasfilm Sale and the Announcement of More Star Wars

Today I’m very excited to share the first episode of The Blockade Runner’s video show on YouTube! We shot the footage last month and I’ve been working on putting it together since. This episode features Dan, Kevin, and myself (John) discussing our initial reactions to Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney and the news that many more films were to be produced going forward, which seemed like an appropriate topic for our first episode and one that would potentially remain interesting even after The Force Awakens is released and the speculation about its plot is put to rest.

The Blockade Runner was actually originally conceived as a project that would primarily produce videos like this one, but financial, geographical, and scheduling difficulties meant it was easier to start with the podcast and blog and move forward with the video production side of things afterward. We plan to continue shooting episodes whenever we can though, and there’s more footage already recorded and in the process of being edited that will go up soon.

You’ll notice we’re not referring to this video as a podcast; we chose to avoid the formatting we use for our audio-only shows and hopefully this will feel different from what we release in that format. The videos will be considerably shorter than a podcast, and there’s no host. Instead we hope they better emulate the conversations we’ve been having as friends for close to twenty years now. Our goal is to produce something compelling for viewers, but we’re honestly also just excited about having a record of these Star Wars arguments and discussions that have defined our friendships for so long.

So, more shows are on the way and if you enjoy this first one, we’d love it if you’d leave a comment or drop us a line through Twitter or email. We have nearly endless enthusiasm for discussing these topics and we know there won’t be any shortage of content to talk about in the coming years, so we hope you’ll join us as we move forward with this project.