BumbleKast #97 – F-Zero Games Retrospective


On this episode, Ian & Kyle take a high-speed trip down the memory lane in this retrospective of the F-Zero series.

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Your hosts:

  • Ian “BumbleKing” Flynn – Head writer of Sonic the Hedgehog comics for IDW Publishing and Mega Man for Archie Comics, also writing for Archie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and more
  • Kyle “KyleJCrb” Crouse – Founder & Administrator of the KNGI Network, host of the Nitro Game Injection video game music podcast

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Connall T.
Yo, you don’t have to think too much about this one, but the design of those infected by the metallic menace that is the Metal Virus looks a tad like the Prelates from the old comic run. Was this a reference of ideas of old, or was it a total coincidence that the heroes were dealing with shiny zombie dudes?

Today I’m curious about your feelings towards sidequests – do you prefer to prioritise them over the main game objective, or put them off until later, possibly even ignoring them entirely? Also, what are some of your favourite and least favourite sidequests in games? I often get annoyed by some of the Riddler missions in the Arkham games, but it’s oh so satisfying when I finally outwit him and lock him up.

Andrew D.
There is now an alternate zone (whether before the reboot or after) where everyone is gender swapped. You can incorporate characters and elements from either before or after the reboot into this reality (they can coexist, as this is an alternate reality. For example, genderswapped Julie-Su and genderswapped Relic can hang out together on Angel Island with genderswapped Knuckles.). Any ideas of what you would introduce? What would the characters be like? What names might they have, and would there be any personality changes among any of the cast? Would genderswapped Amy be seen as even more of a creep for stalking genderswapped Sonic? Have fun!

Liam B.
I feel conflicted when reviewing the idea of Antoine being killed. On one hand, my inner-child who is inevitably connected to the series (as it is a cartoon) wants everything to turn out great for these characters; and it’s not unrealistic to say the injury did serve the desired purpose and sometimes people in dire situations DO get better; on the other hand, there’s also a reality to the idea that sometimes, people we know and love are ripped from their lives and our own, and this reality has to be accepted. I know you made the choice to have him live, but, with time having passed, which of these two equally viable options do you feel would have worked better?

Clove Pronghorn
-there was a few redesigns of old game/cartoon characters in archie. If those characters were to come back, would their redesigns come with them?

Mary G.
I found your script bits here: https://bumbleking.com/forum/viewtopi… … I am an aspiring comic book penciller, can I use those scripts to draw from and use the pencilled pages I make as a portfolio to publishers as long as I give credit for where and who wrote the script? It’s one of my dreams to be a comic book penciller for the Sonic Comics. If I am not allowed to use the script bits, I understand and thank you for your time.

Hi there Ian, I love your stories, especially the Sonic comics! I hope you can continue with the great work and I look forward to more surprises and stories you have in store for the future.
But I’m looking for some help…
Ever since last year i’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, I see a lot of people tweeting depressing politics and all kind of negativity and it doesn’t seem to stop. I can’t enjoy most things anymore and on January I broke down. And we still haven’t found a therapist for me yet.
So Ian, can you help me, I could use some emotional support and help from you, I’m sorry that I’m venting to you but I would like some help from an inspiration.
I hope you can get back to me. And I hope you accept receiving vent messages.

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