Episode 71: Coming Winter 2014 with John Hardin

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After a two-year absence from the show, the mythical being known only as John Hardin has joined us once again. For those new to the show, John is the PR manager for Atlus USA and Sega. He’s been on in the past, but this is the first time he’s been on and can talk openly about Persona 5. So buckle up and join us for Episode 71!

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Episode 49: A Motivational Dance with Dale North and Atlusprime

Want to hear tips on how to get into the games industry? Or how about to win internet dancing contests? If neither of those float your boat, then surely you’re interested in hearing all about how awesome Shoji Meguro is, right?

Well regardless, all of this in more is in Episode 49 of S. Link FM.

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Episode 47: What is Love?

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Arguably the most difficult emotion to represent in gaming is love, or at least in any sort of meaningful way. Developers like Bioware and P-Studio have been tackling the challenge for some time now with varying degrees of success. In this episode we discuss both the representation of platonic & romantic relationships in gaming; while also comparing and contrasting the Persona series with franchises like Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Baldur’s Gate.

We ended up running fairly late with this one so we weren’t able to get to nearly as many questions as we should have, apologies in advance for that. Regardless though, this was one of the best episodes of the podcast to date.

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Question Time with Nich Maragos from Atlus

The hype for Persona Q is so great that it’s nearly tangible at this point, and for good reason. So for Episode 44 of the podcast, we’re very fortunate to be joined by Nich Maragos from Atlus to talk all about the game.

Nich has been part of the localizing team at Atlus USA for a number of years now, with Persona Q being one of his current projects. So if you have a question regarding the localization process, what it’s like working at Atlus, and of course details about Persona Q by all means ask away in the comments section below!

Note: This Episode will be recording on ht 28th, so you have just over a week to get in a question.

Persona 5 “Seek Emancipation” trailer released (April Fools!)

personer2 Our very own TrueSelf seems to have stumbled upon something huge today. In what was just supposed to be a search to find the Persona 5 announcement trailer, he found a NEW trailer for Persona 5– one that not only highlights a new grim tone to the project, but even unveils a release date for the game! From the YouTube description:

Someone is coming, crawling back from the Sea of Souls… But will he use his power to bring about absolute Order, or ultimate Chaos? Use your bonds of friendship to break free from the shackles of life– only the power of Persona can save, or doom, all of humanity!

Get ready for the game IGN calls “The Dark Souls II of Shin Megami Tensei”– Persona 5 is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS on March 17, 2015! Seek Emancipation and pre-order today to receive the “Grimdark Costume Pack” and “Dante Must Die Mode,” exclusively from GameStop!

This is pretty unbelievable news, no one expected Persona 5 to actually go in this direction. After all, Persona 4 was all “Scooby Doo”– this, on the other hand, is very mature and grown up. The Persona game we all wanted is coming.

This trailer is very dark, and violent. So please be aware that this is a NSFW kind of trailer.

Episode 9: Index’s Amazing Commodities

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Well the news hit recently of Index corporation(Atlus’s parent company) filing for Bankruptcy, so now’s the time for wild speculation about the future of Atlus! Potential buyers, whether or not Index would actually auction off Atlus, if they were sold what company would be the best fit and so on.

Also, we’ve got another big guest coming on the podcast this Friday, and if you want to know who it is in advance, it’s announced at the end of the episode!

Funnily enough, the day AFTER we recorded this the news of Index corp registering the Persona5.jp domain came to light. So there you have it, Persona 5 announcement is imminent!

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Episode 6: Fightin’ words with Dacidbro

Episode 6 is finally here! This one is all about Persona 4: Arena, the competitive scene surrounding it and fighting games at large. Our panel consists of Levito and Armada, with GAF’s own fighting game enthusiast MotheHawk and pro fighting game player, Dacidbro. We talk all about the FGC, overcoming competitive gaming anxiety, the differences between the various fighting game genres. Dacidbro and MotheHawk give comprehensive detail on the mechanics of Persona 4: Arena. Don’t think, feel!

Dacidbro also live streamed the whole show, which you can watch here.

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We’re now available on the itunes store, just search “S.Link FM” and subscribe! Also you’d be doing us a big favor if you gave us a review on itunes.

Alternatively here’s how you can subscribe and download on itunes via our RSS feed:

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Update: itunes, future episodes, and announcements!

Over the past few days we’ve been bombarded with a plethora of positive feedback over our most recent episode Mind Games and I can’t thank you enough for it. The Podcast has grown exponentially in only a few short weeks and it’s very humbling, than you all so much for listening to it! Now it’s time to move on to the exciting announcements.

First off, S.Link FM is now officially available on the itunes storeIt was long overdo, but now you can easily search and subscribe to the show on itunes. Hopefully this will help us reach a wider audience and make it easier to find the podcast in general.

Now we’re also restructuring the podcast a bit, and we’ve decided to use a different arrangement of music. The show station ID created by Jintor will remain, but Electronica in the Velvet room will not be in future episodes. However the incredibly talented Doug Farrell has been kind enough to allow us to use his SMT arrangements from now on. You can check out his stuff on his website here, or check out his SMT arrangements on his Youtube channel. Can’t thank Doug enough for allowing S.Link FM to feature his music, check out a sample below!

As for future episode plans, we’ve got some really exciting stuff to announce:

  • First off, the competitive fighting game legend Dacidbro will be be joining us on Episode 6. We plan to go over Persona 4: Arena’s competitive scene, the competitive Catherine movement, and where to get started with fighting games in general. That Episode will be recording on the 17th and will be available soon after.
  • We’re still working on the details for this next one, but in the near future we are very happy to announce that voice actress Erin Fitzgerald will be joining us on the Podcast! Erin voiced Chie Satonaka in Persona 4 The Golden, Persona 4 Arena, and Persona 4 The Animation. We’re overjoyed that Erin is willing to come chat with us about her career as a voice actress, and more specifically about her role as Chie in Persona. More details about that episode in the coming days.

Finally we’ll be taking your questions on the podcast from now on, so next Monday I’ll put up a questions post for Episode 6 with DacidBro. Hope you all have some good stuff ready for Dacidbro!

-Levito

Episode 5: Mind Games

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The occult has always been a huge part of Shin Megami Tensei, and therefore also a huge part of the Persona series. In Episode 5 of S.Link FM, we delve into the theology, mysticism, tarot influence, philosophy and myriad of topics pertaining to the ridiculous amount of detail that goes into the SMT games. Joined by resident SMT/Persona Keeper of Knowledge cj_iwakura, psychotherapist venfayth, and theological/philosophical enthusiast ScraftyDevil, this was a heavy discussion, but ultimately one of our best yet, hope you enjoy listening.

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Site update, current events, and future Podcast plans!

This has been quite the week for S.Link FM, after all the site has now officially been up and active for a week! (Well thereabouts anyways)

We actually got quite a bit of traffic this week, seeing that the podcast was shared all over sites like 4chan, reddit, Penny Arcade, and of course NeoGAF is very encouraging. I’m sure that shidoshi sharing the LGBT diversity episode also helped quite a bit as well, that was probably our best episode to date. Not to mention getting out 2 episodes within 5 days of each other probably helped a bunch too!

So on to the future, currently we have a few ideas for new shows:

  • Exploring the mysticism and philosophy behind the series and the various Persona’s
  • A look at the competitive fighting scene behind P4: Arena with a special guest we have lined up
  • A look at the events in P4: Arena’s story mode and the impact it’s had on the overarching Persona storyline

We’re open to suggestions and requests from the listeners as to what particular topics you’d like to hear us discuss, in fact if there’s something you’d like to come on to the podcast yourself and discuss, then by all means please do! Contacts us by either leaving a comment, tweeting us @SLinkFM, or email us at s.linkfmpodcast@gmail.com. We’re always open to bringing on fellow SMT/Persona fans!

Finally, yes we know the site is not very easy on the eyes currently. Thankfully though, some incredibly talented artist’s working on banners, backgrounds, and show title cards for us.

I’m going to be on vacation for the next week so if I don’t get back to you right away don’t worry about it, in time I will get back to you.

-Levito

Episode 4: Anime is for Jerks

On episode 4 of S.Link FM, we discuss the various anime adaptions of the Persona franchise. Firstly our panel gives a brief history of our experience with the Anime medium, where we’re pretty all over the place. CJKeats being the Anime connoisseur of the group, and the only one brave enough to watch Persona Trinity Soul. From there we tackle Persona 4: The Animation, and the upcoming Persona 3 movies. Most of the discussion spotlight was on the Persona 4 anime, and our general feelings on how it handled the story, plot, and characters from the game.

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Host: Levito

Co-hosts: ArmadaTaleSpun, jello44, cjkeats

We haven’t been approved on the actual itunes store yet, but here’s how you can sub and download on itunes via our RSS feed:

-Open iTunes.

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And remember…

Episode 3: New Days

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The S.Link FM podcast rises to the top of a mountain made of burning questions and shared experiences to to summon a storm of LBGT topics for discussion! Is Kanji gay? Who is the Sumaru Genie? Were you guys offended by that babe hunt scene in Persona 3? Why isn’t anybody talking about the casino guys in Persona 1? Our guests shidoshi (writer for EGM, podcast legend of WAHP, and pressing issues panelist) and Inorigo (writer for GameRanx and RPGSite) lay down the knowledge and perspective you’ll need to conquer society’s many pitfalls. Lend us your ear for another S. Link FM!

As we now have an RSS feed you can now listen to and download episodes through the itunes and Zune applications. Additionally, you can stream and download directly from S.LinkFM.com now.

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Host: Levito

Co-hosts: Armada, cj_iwakura, shidoshi, TaleSpun

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Episode 2: Persona 4-2

The S.Link FM podcast returns to speculate upon hopes, dreams, and what little “info” we have about Persona 5. Our guest Inorigo (@Talespun, writer for GameRanx and RPGSite) chimes in with some great points for your consideration. We ask questions about Persona 5’s combat, social link system, dungeons, cell phones, release date and even what console/handheld it might be on. Will our dreams come true or is S.Link FM a place where dreams go to die? You’ll just have to listen and find out!

S.LinkFM Episode 2:  Persona 4-2

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Host: Levito

CoHosts:  TaleSpunCJ KeatsArmada

Currently in the process of submitting the show to itunes, so we’re uploading Episode 1 & 2 onto the blog and hosting them here. Now that the show is available here on SLinkfm.com(and hopefully itunes as well) we’ve decided there’s no further need to upload to Soundcloud or Youtube now. You can stream the podcast AND directly download it from here now.

Episode 1: Enter The TV

In the very first episode of S.Link FM, we decide to start things off a little casually and go over how each of us got into the Persona series. We decided to do this podcast on a whim last night so I apologize if the first episode seems disorganized. Nonetheless, we manage to talk about how great Persona 2 is, how we got into the series, Persona 4 Arena at EVO2013, Persona 5 speculation, and jello’s utilikilt.

S.Link FM Episode 1: Enter the TV

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Host: Levito

CoHosts:  Jello, CJ Keats, Armada

Currently in the process of submitting the show to itunes, so we’re uploading Episode 1 & 2 onto the blog and hosting them here. Now that the show is available here on SLinkfm.com(and hopefully itunes as well) we’ve decided there’s no further need to upload to Soundcloud or Youtube any further. You can stream the podcast AND directly download it from here now.

Well, it’s about time to say hello!

S.Link FM is a new podcast dedicated to all things related to the critically acclaimed and cult followed Persona series. Created by members of the Persona community from NeoGAF, we intend to go over many topics surrounding the series in each episode. In addition to this, we’ll be inviting a variety of guests and members of the community to join us on future episodes, especially about subjects we feel need to be represented.

S.Link FM Episode 1: Enter the TV

Description: In the very first episode of S.Link FM, we decide to start things off a little casually and go over how each of us got into the Persona series. We decided to do this podcast on a whim last night so I apologize if the first episode seems disorganized. Nonetheless, we manage to talk about how great Persona 2 is, how we got into the series, Persona 4 Arena at EVO2013, Persona 5 speculation, and jello’s utilikilt.

S.Link FM Episode 2: Persona 4-2

Description: The S.Link FM podcast returns to speculate upon hopes, dreams, and what little “info” we have about Persona 5. Our guest Inorigo (@Talespun, writer for GameRanx and RPGSite) chimes in with some great points for your consideration. We ask questions about Persona 5’s combat, social link system, dungeons, cell phones, release date and even what console/handheld it might be on. Will our dreams come true or is S.Link FM a place where dreams go to die? You’ll just have to listen and find out!

Episode 3 will be recording tonight(April 5th) and should be up soon. We’re still working on getting the show on RSS feeds and itunes soon, and the general layout of the S.Link FM site isubject to change in the coming days. Hope you’ll stick around, we’ve got some amazing guests lined up!