Five Years of Clan of the Gray Wolf!

Tomorrow, June 3, 2014, marks the 5-year anniversary of Clan of the Gray Wolf!  And we have the fans to thank for supporting us long enough to even get this far.  Thank you!

To celebrate, we’re going to have an anniversary-a-palooza for Echo Screen Live this Wednesday, June 5th!  Join us here at 9pm Eastern to reminisce, get some behind the scenes info, a sneak preview of what’s coming, and ask your questions!  Just leave your favorite memories of and questions for Clan of the Gray Wolf in the comments below.  (Now’s your chance to ask about more Painful Memories in Gaming…)

Until Wednesday, please enjoy the cringe from our very first video: 16-Bit Gems #1 – Illusion of Gaia.

Also, a PSA: Echo Screen Live is now a grown-up podcast!  We’re working on getting on iTunes, etc.  But in the meantime, you can point your favorite podcast aggregation app to http://feeds.feedburner.com/Echo_Screen to join the fun on the go!

6 Comments

  • tacos_rule89
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 1:13 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations Roo and the Commodore on a successful 5 years! Quick note, Wednesday is the 4th. Other than that, even though I am a newcomer to the site I have been watching 16-Bit Gems for about a year and really enjoy watching the Earthbound Episodes (which I watched again today).

    I started watching the Echo Screen last fall, and got to participate watching the Charity Event last year. Even though I only got to watch on Friday, I had a blast staying up late interacting with the guys and other viewers. My favorite memory was watching the Commodore struggle through Lester the Unlikely.

    I really enjoy listening to Roo’s and the Commodore’s discussions on various geek culture issues and news. Thank you both so much for your hard work, and I look forward to another 5 years of COTG. And remember, there is no reset button.

  • KuraraII KuraraII
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    Wow, has it been so long?

    I remember when I first browsed through the website. I was bored and browsing through things while I sat at a lecture, an hour early. Commodore’s beautiful rendition of Dracula and Roo’s Gems convinced me to sign-up.

    Here’s to five more years!

  • Markies
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM | Permalink

    My first memory of COTGW was Roo posting the 16 Bit Gem for Lufia II. That is one of my favorite SNES games and I was absolutely amazed that somebody else had heard of it. After that, I came here and then watched as many episodes I could get my hands on. I also watch the ESL every Thursday at work. The interaction is just perfect and really makes my day go by faster.

    RPG’s are hardly discussed online especially by reviewers cause they hate how long it takes to play the game. People become so jaded about games that they can never talk positively anymore about them. Also, most people dumb down their conversations and talk down to their fans.

    COTGW reverses all of these and it is my favorite part of the website. It is nice great to see people that actually enjoy RPG’s and are willing to gush about how much they love them. Also, all of their discussions is very intelligent and I just feel the conversation raise above the usual internet muck.

    That and the Commodore/Roo banter and off topic talking is the best. Who cares if it goes on for 3 hours? I want more silly talk!

  • DTX180
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    My first memory of CotGW was back in the late summer of 09. I knew the site was fairly new, but wow I didn’t know it was only a few months old.

    Anyway, I was somewhat depressed that time period as I moved to a new region with no family of friends around me to do anything with. I think most people get a bit nostalgic when depressed, and video games were such a big part of my life as a kid in the 90s that I started searching for “video game nostalgia” in google and other places. The echo screen about the topic showed up.

    The entire podcast episode was great. “The other guy” (not sure if I’m allowed to name him–hope hes doing well btw) mentioned Civ, and I got excited. Roo then mentioned FF6 and I knew these guys came from a diverse gaming background (PC strategy, SNES RPG) which i loved. But i knew i struck gold with CotGW when commodore mentioned heroes of might and magic 3, and the podcast showed a brief clip of (by far) my favorite installment, heroes 3. I have so many nostalgic moments with heroes 3 from playing it with a friend every friday night at his house before we’d walk to the movie theater, or summer days after swim team practice playing heroes by myself from afternoon to night.

    I bookmarked the forums, and for the longest time just posted there, missing out on the first 30 or so weekly wringers and the first bunch of Roo’s 16 bit gems. Some of those old weekly wringer topics I wish I got to comment on, but I knew I had to get in on it, ASAP, and first commented on the PS1 important games topic.

    Thanks for 5 years, hope you keep going for 5+ more!

  • Mr. K Mr. K
    Posted June 7, 2014 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

    I have still not yet played through Illusion of Gaia or Terranigma. I need to, though.

    I still remember seeing this video in the first place. It’s the reason I played through Soul Blazer.

  • widdowson91 widdowson91
    Posted June 9, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

    I first visited here back in 2011. I was actually made aware of the site thanks to Mases at Zelda Dungeon, who linked Roo’s 16-Bit Gems video of the BS Zelda games on the SNES Satellaview. I watched the video over at Zelda Dungeon (a site that I sadly no longer visit), and afterwards I clicked the link he left at the bottom and visited CotGW for the first time. I spent the next few days, maybe even a week, watching the backlog of videos that were posted before I was introduced to the site. I watched all the 16-Bit Gems that were already on the site at the time(I love those videos Roo, congrats on making something so entertaining), and I even watched most of your other videos too, including the ones with Boomer. Thanks to work, and life in general really, I don’t visit the site as often as I used to. When I started visiting you were releasing content fairly often, and everytime I checked there was something new. But as you became busier in your own lives so did I. I haven’t commented as often as I would have liked to, and because I live in Britain I’ve never had the chance to catch the Echo Screen when it was broadcast live, but I just want to thank Roo and The Commodore for the entertainment you have all given me over the last few years. Keep it up, and hopefully you can last another 5 years.

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