2-Bit Game Club

A monthly podcast about understanding what makes games great that you can participate in! Also videos, live streams, and in person discussion groups in Toronto

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2BGC Ep. 6 – Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

The sixth 2-Bit Game Club game will be Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (2003) for the Game Boy Advance.



When your elderly friend passes away he leaves his farm in your young hands and without any more preamble Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is off to the races. Praised by many critics as the high water mark for the franchise (confusingly called the Story of Seasons), Fiends of Mineral Town is a combination of fan favourite staples for the series with all of the fat cut. The game sets a pace just a notch above slow and unfolds a simple and charming story where the player has a meaningful amount of control over the shape of their farm and the realtionships they foster.

Developed by Marvelous Entertainment of Tokyo and published by Natsume in North America. The newest instalment in the series was received well critically with an 81 on Metacritic, gaining a 90 from Nintendo Power Magazine, and a 89 from IGN. The game is available of the WiiU Virtual Console, as well as your friendly local retro game store. Then there’s also means available to those with few scruples.


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2BGC Ep. 5 – The Longest Journey

The fifth 2-Bit Game Club game will be The Longest Journey (1999) for the PC.

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Funcom brings you an adventure game studded with awards and accolades in a year where industry consensus was that adventure games were on the way out. The game is a log list of unlikely origins, a narrative focused game with a female lead, from a Norwegian developer working on a shoe string budget, yet rests on an enviable 91% to this day on Metacritic. Join the 2-Bit Game Club community in revisiting this point-and-click adventure game renaissance.



This game is available digitally on Steam, GOG, and on iOS.

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No Friend Zone


Created in 12 hours as part of GBC Jam #2, No Friend zone is a game from Crystallized Games featuring 5 tracks by Liam Gallagher. You can find the game here for $0 and check out the tunes below.

EMS /w Special Guest Jocelyn Barth Play Array Space

July 28th 7pm at Array Space, 155 Walnut Street, Toronto, ON $10
12 piece jazz band lead by Liam Gallagher and Marie Goudy
guest vocalist Jocelyn Barth
Original compositions and arrangements

Tickets: goo.gl/YAAToc

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/658651514285684/

EMS + JB Array Space Poster

July 1st, 2016, Toronto, Ontario – The 12 piece jazz band EMS, under the direction of Liam Gallagher and Marie Goudy, is set to perform in concert at Array Space on the 28th of July with special guest Jocelyn Barth. Comprised of 8 horns and a rhythm section, EMS plays all original rep composed by the band leader’s specially for this ensemble. The performance is set in the intimate Array Space and a rare opportunity to hear the ensemble outside of the bar stages.

The band’s rep draws on the jazz tradition while innovating with modern sounds and forms. The band’s sound is powerful and articulate, and draws inspiration from writers such Marty Paich, Maria Schneider, Gil Evans, and Quincey Jones. Its charts showcase some of Toronto’s best up and coming jazz musicians including members from Autobahn Jeff LaRochelle and Ian Wright, Anthony Rinaldi, FOG Brass Band’s Rebecca Hennessy, Paul Tarussov, and Socialist Night School’s Aidan Sibley.

Liam Gallagher is a composer and arranger working out of Toronto, Ontario. While the main artistic outlets for his writing are his 12 piece band EMS (co-lead by Marie Goudy) and the Hart House Jazz Orchestra (lead by Ernesto Cervini) Liam is also a composer for video games and animation, as well as a video game critic for the 2-Bit Game Club. His primary instrument is the upright bass, though his first love was for keyboard percussion. Liam tweets @LiamGiiV and can be found at www.theliamgallagher.com

Marie Goudy is a trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator born in Toronto, Ontario. She started playing trumpet at the age of eleven, and began
her professional career at fifteen. Marie completed her Bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at the University of Toronto in 2012, and has made her mark on Toronto’s professional scene playing jazz, classical, pop, Latin and show music. She has performed with many notable musicians including Benny Golson, Maria Schneider and Cleo Laine.

Jocelyn Barth is one of Canada’s most exciting emerging vocalists. Her pure tone, formidable range and technique and innate musicality have put her in increasing demand in a variety of settings. Jocelyn has performed and recorded with Canadian music icon Jane Siberry and Inuk throatsinging dynamo Tanya Tagaq. She sang on The Witch Original Motion Picture Soundtrack and voiced Jacob’s sister Marfa on the animated television series Jacob Two Two. Jocelyn sang at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Guelph Jazz Festival and SING! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival and was a featured vocalist in Jazz FM 91’s Songwriter’s Series.

2BGC Ep. 4 – Metal Gear Solid

The fourth 2-Bit Game Club Game will be Metal Gear Solid (1998) for the Play Station.


From the developer who would become an industry institution, Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid brought the fledgling franchise into the 3D realm. Equal parts gritty and silly, realistic and surreal, elegant and confusing, this well loved title remains some what of a head scratcher to this day. With an undeniable legacy in the action and stealth genres, and a leading man whose steadfast adherence to an archetype would create an archetype of his own, Metal Gear Solid is a backward look into the future of gaming.

This game has great production quality all over it, with stellar voice acting and writing, great sound and music, an art style that has aged well, this is a game that has been made with an obvious level of quality and care. Grab a copy of Metal Gear Solid from your retro games shop, from the Play Station Network, or where ever fine ROMs are legal.

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Donkey Kong Forever


Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo is critically acclaimed as one of the most highly polished platformers of the era, and perhaps all time. Its sequel, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest is a game that takes all the core concepts of the original game and extends them to their natural conclusion leading in insane feats of platforming as Diddy and Dixie Kong soar through the air between winding messes of brambles where for whole levels there is no place to land. Join in the play throughs on the live stream and view the archive to track the progress here.


The goal of this series is to contrast the month by month discussion of the 2-Bit Game Club’s rotating games as featured in the 2-Bit Game Club Podcast. While on a monthly basis we’ll get to the bottom of a significant to understand it and it’s place in video game history, with Donkey Kong Forever, we’ll try to learn all there is to know about these two classics to learn the lessons that can only be learned through the mastery of a subject.

Check out the taping schedule for the show here.

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2BGC Ep. 3 Announcement – Banjo-Kazooie

The 2-Bit Game club’s Third game will be Banjo-Kazooie (1998) for the N64, and XBox 360.

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Bear and Bird

With an aesthetic that straddles the line between a fairy tale and unicorn vomit, Banjo-Kazooie is a memorable and polarizing game of the early 3D console era. Combing adventure and platforming in a fully 3D world, Banjo (bear) and Kazooie (bird) embark on a quest to save Tooty (Banjo’s sister) from the evil witch Gruntilda. What follows is a collect-athon through a series of worlds with the regular cast of adventure scenarios: the jasmine scented far east, sand swept pyramids, pirate coves, and industrial complexes.

From the mind of Gregg Mayles (Super Donkey Kong Country) and with the fantastic score by Grant Kirkhope (GoldenEye: 007), Banjo Kazooie is a light hearted romp that will not leave your mind intact, for better or for worse.

With few predecessors in the 3D adventure environment, clear lines of influence can still be drawn from other fantastical titles like the Mario series, the Rayman series, and Rare’s own Donkey Kong Country. The Comparisons to Mario 64 are also readily available. Where this title stands above the crowd is it’s unabashed exuberance and vitality, if there were ever a game standing in opposition to the chest high walls brown games of the 2000s it would be this one.

You can find Banjo Kazooie for the N64 at retro game stores like Toronto’s A&C Games. Also try out the XBox Live Arcade. Emulation is also possible for those with a dubious relationship to intellectual property.

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TOJam 11 in Music


It was my pleasure to make it into TOJam11 this year. There were a lot of cool games made that weekend, and you can find the bulk of them here on the itch page. Below is my “best of” playlist from the weekend. Enjoy!


2BGC Ep. 2 Announcement: Deus Ex (2000)

The 2-Bit Game Club’s second game is Deus Ex (2000) for PC, Mac, and PS2.


Set in a near future where cybernetically augmented government agents fight a covert war against a global shadow government, Deus Ex is a hybrid FPS-Adventure-RPG-Mystery-Thriler thing that made great inroads on putting choice over the narrative over the player. Directed by Warren Spector, who helped make other gaming greats like Thief: the Dark Project, Ultima VI & VII, and Epic Mickey.

Engineered in the 1st iteration of the Unreal Engine, Deus Ex takes design cues from games like Thief, GoldenEye 007, and Half-Life, the plot weaves together an endless number of old work horse conspiracy theories (black helicopters, free masons, grey aliens etc.) to play in the grey area of credulity and possibility.

You can find copies of Deus Ex on Steam or on Good Old Games. Find let’s play videos, podcast episodes and more below. Join the live discussion group in Toronto, Ontario.


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Street Fighter Duet

This is a demo of a set of programs I have written in the language ChucK. It’s a musical look at fighting games. It’s a duet where someone wins. It’s a fun way to make a noisy world.

You can find the code for my programs here. The audio needed is also found in the link.