This video has been in the works since last October (2017), when I first started the playing Earthbound on the mini SNES Classic. It wasn’t originally meant to be an AVGN episode. It was for myself.
I never played much of Earthbound before, but it’s a game that always appealed to me. Yes, even when I saw the ads in Nintendo Power. The only reason I never played it much was because I was too busy with Final Fantasy 3 (6) and Chrono Trigger. SNES has so many amazing masterpieces, it’s almost impossible to play them all. But after more than 20 years, I owed it to myself to complete Earthbound.
The gameplay took me 45 and a half hours. After recording it all, I decided to put all those hours to good use, and make a video. At first, I didn’t think it would be an AVGN episode, but more of a casual “James review”. But I realized there were plenty of wacky moments in the game that the Nerd could react to.
If you’re wondering about the characters’ names such as “Milly” and “Lilly”, my 4 year old daughter named them.
To write the script, I had to search through 45+ hours of game footage, to confirm and describe accurately all the moments that I wanted to comment on. Then came a bunch of researching facts, and developing my own personal theories. It turned out, I had a ton to say. It became the longest single-part AVGN episode, by total accident (running nearly 40 minutes). On top of that, I couldn’t resist adding a dream scene with laborious green screen effects. In total, counting gameplay, writing, shooting, editing, the entire video took 137.5 hours to finish, making it the 2nd most time-consuming AVGN episode to date. (Episode 139: Mega Man still barely holds the record at 138.5 hours). Ironically Earthbound was meant to be a break for myself, but it turned into a major task, as all my other projects screeched to a halt.
I had fun with this video and am happy with it, but now that it’s finally done, I hope to get back to my personal long-term projects such as a film and a book I am trying to write. But I will always be jumping back and forth with AVGN episodes. I’m always trying to keep those coming.
The AVGN theme cover was by Andreas Hedlund.
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Replaying the game as an adult, I realized the dad phone calls in EarthBound are just like the dad phone calls in real life. He knows you're calling because you just need one minor thing, but you still need to visit on the phone for a minute to let him know you're doing alright.
I’ve never played this and I’m curious, did the camera man ever come to you when you were at magicant? I’m just wondering because it was created from his memories and it’d cease to exist when he wakes up. So it’d just be funny if the game was like “hecc that. YOURE GETTING YOUR PICTURE TAKEN”
23:35 James portrays this in the video so well, as a dad gamer myself i can relate to this so much. The developers of Earthbound clearly poured their hearts into this, il have to give it a go... best AVGN episode in years. Great work James
Since E.B was the 2nd installment, Buzz Buzz could be the Nickname for a Dev or coworker that stopped working on the Mother series before the Second games release.
Could be a memoriam to a friend or family member who died as well
Edit; 21:00 If you had no Limbs how'd you use the Controller?! Suspension of Disbelief ruined!
I know the Effects would've been a bigger pain but if you leaned over to hit the Button it'd save the whole Vid ;)
Now everyone knows that you only know true games, when the nerd says...he likes it. Everyone knows when the nerd likes a game, that’s something special! Also that means if it is confirmed as a good game by a true judgemental critic, that’s something real fucking special 🙂
I believe Ness's face in the Gygas boss fight is supposed to represent George (Ness's possible great great grandfather) who raised Gygas before running away with alien technology.
I also believe thats where Ness got Psi.