Retrograde Amnesia is a comprehensive podcast where we re-live a classic Japanese Role-playing Game (JRPG), chapter by chapter, beat by beat. We delve deep into the story, dialogue, game mechanics, music, influences, and themes. Each season covers a single game as chosen by our community.
Get bonus episode, miniseries, early access and more at patreon.com/retroam.
SEASON 1: XENOGEARS
SEASON 2: CHRONO CROSS
SEASON 3: FINAL FANTASY VIII (JULY 2021)
TIME OF THE BONUS ($3) | XENOGEARS BONUS SERIES
The Xenogears bonus series explores topic such as development history, character study, plot analysis, and thematic explorations.
Xenogears Demo Disc | A blind playthrough of the Xenogears demo disc.
Origins of Xenogears | A complete (?) history of the confluence of events that led to the development of Xenogears
The Tournament of Gears, Part I & Part II | A discussion of all the Gears in the game and which one is the best based on absolutely nothing except our own subjective opinions of ‘coolness’.
Xenogears, Citan, and Satan | We explore the connection between Citan Uzuki and various biblical and cultural portrayals of Satan.
Let's Talk About Hyuga Ricdeau | We continue our discussion on Citan by breaking down his given name, and his past. We also explore some fan theories and react to patron comments.
Xenogears Comic Anthology, Part I & Part II | A walkthrough and discussion of the fan-translated Xenogears comics.
Xenogears Intro Movie | A complete analysis of the game’s intro movie.
Gazel Ministry | We revisit our infamous Gazel Ministry audio segments and discuss the context of each sequence within the larger plot.
Explain Xenogears to Normal Person(s) | We try to explain the entire plot of the game to our spouses.
PODS OF FATE ($3) | CHRONO CROSS BONUS SERIES
Radical Dreamers | Complete, six-episode coverage of the Satellaview text-based adventure that would become the inspiration for Chrono Cross.
The Chrono Cross Character Tournament | Coming soon!
Explain Chrono Cross to Our Spouses | Coming soon!
MINISERIES | Available at patreon.com/retroam at the $5 tier
Xenogears Perfect Works | 8 episodes | A deep dive into the Xenogears lore book that was released shortly after the game.
Eric reads through the History portion of the book, which details the complete Xenogears timeline. The format then changes to a quiz show, where Eric asks Chris hundreds of questions related to the content of Perfect Works.
Terranigma | 16 episodes | A 1995 action-RPG developed by Qunitet, published by Enix.
Terranigma is the succesor to Illusion Gaia and Soul Blazer — it is the culumination of Quintet's work on the Super Nintendo. We started this series on a whim as a means to expand to non-Xenogears content. Along the way, we uncover the nuance of this quirky, yet wholesome, action-RPG that never made its way to North America.
Parasite Eve | 11 episodes | The original cinematic RPG, a classic blend of survival horror and RPG combat.
Chosen by our patrons, we take the dive into another cult classic from Squaresoft. This series analyzes Parasite Eve's origins as novel and a film, and then applies the Retrograde Amnesia format to the game's moment-to-moment execution.