Batman in Video Games

Pretty Pixels Podcast

Feb 5 2022 • 3 hrs 1 min

Some podcasters just want to watch the world burn. We just want to talk about Batman. With the newest Bat-flick coming in March, fellow mega-Bat-fan Paul and I wanted to walk through Batman’s history in video games. We do kind of breeze through the entire history of Batman games, but we focus most of our discussion on the games we’ve played (or that seem odd or important). We also talk more broadly about our own history with the character and universe, our favorite villains and Batman actors, toys, and all kinds of other Bat-details. We also talk about Sony’s acquisition of Bungie, which Nintendo character we think would start an OnlyFans, Hitman 2 and 3, and more.

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The timestamps below are mostly only for major discussion points. There are a bit too many games and some we barely talk about. As mentioned in the episode, I’ve included links to emulations of some games from the Internet Archive.

00:04:00: New York Times buys Wordle

00:06:35: Sony acquires Bungie for $3.6 billion

00:18:11: Paul’s still on the prowl for a bae in Stardew Valley and the whole gang is still on its Halo Infinite trip

00:23:10: Joey’s drawing maps in Persona Q and *silenced pistol sound*ing his way through Hitman 2 and 3

00:27:40: Batman!

00:28:30: How we came to love Batman (early Batman movies, animated series)

00:44:07: Our favorite villains

00:49:50: Our favorite Batman actors

00:57:56: Batman (EU 1986, Ocean Software, for the Amstrad CPC and PCW, MSX, and Sinclair ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/zx_Batman_1986_Ocean

01:00:27: Batman: The Caped Crusader (EU/NA 1988, Special FX Software/Ocean for the Amiga, Apple II, MS-Dos, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/zx_Batman_The_Caped_Crusader_Part_1_A_Bird_in_the_Hand_1988_Ocean

01:05:02: Batman (The Video Game) (EU/NA 1989, Ocean Software for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, GX4000, Amstrad CPC, MSX, ZX Spectrum) https://archive.org/details/msdos_Batman_-_The_Movie_1990

01:06:38: The Revenge of Shinobi (JP/NA 1989, EU 1990, Sega for Genesis)

01:09:50: Batman (JP 1989, EU/NA 1990, Sunsoft for NES) https://archive.org/details/batman-uprototype

01:15:32: Batman: Return of the Joker (JP/NA 1991, EU 1992, Sunsoft for NES, Game Boy, Genesis) https://archive.org/details/sg_Batman_Return_of_the_Joker_1992_Sunsoft_US https://archive.org/details/batmanreturnofthejokerprototype

01:21:06: Batman Returns (JP/NA 1992, EU 1993, Konami, Malibu Interactive, more for SNES, Genesis, Sega Master System, NES, Atari Lynx, Amiga, Game Gear, MS-DOS) https://archive.org/details/batman-returns-japan-sample https://archive.org/details/msdos_Batman_Returns_1993

01:29:10: The Adventures of Batman & Robin (NA/EU 1994, Sega/Clockwork Tortoise and Konami for Genesis, Game Gear, Sega CD, SNES) https://archive.org/details/gg_Adventures_of_Batman_and_R_The_1995Sega

01:31:47: Justice League: Task Force (1995, Sunsoft and Blizzard Entertainment for SNES, Condor for Sega Genesis)

01:34:45: Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (NA/EU 1996, JP 1997, Acclaim for arcade, PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Windows) https://archive.org/details/arcade_batmanfr https://archive.org/details/psx_batmanf

01:37:05: Batman & Robin (NA/EU 1998, Probe Entertainment for PlayStation and game.com) https://archive.org/details/psx_batnrob

01:40:30: Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (NA/EU 2000, Kemco/Ubisoft for Game Boy Color, N64, and PlayStation) https://archive.org/details/psx_batmnbey

01:44:39: Batman: Vengeance (NA/EU 2001, Ubi Soft Montreal for GameCube, PS2, Xbox, Windows, GBA)

01:46:13: Batman: Dark Tomorrow (NA/EU/JP 2003, Kemco for GameCube and Xbox)

01:53:20: Batman Begins (NA/EU 2005, Eurocom for GameCube, PS2, Xbox, GBA)

02:00:35: Lego Batman: The Videogame (NA/EU 2008, Traveller’s Tales for PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Nintendo DS, PSP)

02:03:25: Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe (2008, Midway for Xbox 360 and PS3)

02:05:53: Batman: Arkham Asylum (NA/EU 2009, Rocksteady Studios for PS3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac)

Batman: Arkham City (2011, Rocksteady Studios for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Windows, Mac)

Batman: Arkham Origins (2013, WB Games Montreal for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, Windows)

Batman: Arkham Knight (2015, Rocksteady Studios for PS4, Xbox One, and Windows)

02:24:42: Batman: Arkham VR (2016, Rocksteady Studios for PS VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive)

02:31:43: Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013, NetherRealm Studios for Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Windows, PS Vita)

02:39:05: Batman (2013, Specular Interactive for arcade)

02:44:30: Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014, Traveller’s Tales for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii U, PS Vita, Windows, 3DS)

02:48:30: Batman: The Telltale Series (2016, Telltale Games for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, Windows)

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