Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja – Episode 022

Are you a bad enough dude or dudette to listen to this episode? That’s right, we’re talking about the game that sounds like it was made by an 80s word generator (and probably was) – Bad Dudes Vs. DragonNinja. The… Read more

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Golden Axe – Episode 021

What do you get when you mix a little Rambo, a lot of Conan, some Altered Beast, throw in some swords and sorcery, and put it all on a PCB that likes to kill itself? Golden Axe! Somehow this is… Read more

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Double Dragon – Episode 020

A new miniseries kicks (and punches) off with twin brothers trying to rescue their one lover — Technos Japan’s Double Dragon. What 1970s film did Technos use for inspiration to bring about the age of the arcade brawler? How many… Read more

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Arcade Obscura (Puzzlers) – Episode 019

It’s time to put all the pieces together and finish the Puzzlers miniseries with our choices for the overlooked or obscure games in the genre. What virtual insanity leads us to consider Jamiroquai a villain? Can Windows screensavers make compelling… Read more

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Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo – Episode 018

Capcom brings us the perfect mix of fisticuffs with gem debuffs – plus a heavy dose of chibi – with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. What is the connection between puzzles and violence that makes us love this game so… Read more

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Mr. Driller – Episode 017

In this ground-breaking episode we dig into a family tree that spawned not one, but two NAMCO classics. We discuss Mr. Driller and use geological genealogy to trace his origins to Dig Dug. Along the way we start spilling some… Read more

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Puzzle Bobble – Episode 016

Bustin’ makes us feel good as we explore the origins of Taito’s Puzzle Bobble (or Bust a Move). We try to make sense of the Bubble Bobble family tree which includes a long, lost ancestor. Why was this MVS cart… Read more

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Marble Madness – Episode 015

  It’s all downhill from here as we roll with Marble Madness. We discuss the Doogie Howser of arcade games who at the age of 18 created a major arcade hit for Atari and went on to do a whole… Read more

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Q*Bert – Episode 014

  Strap in for our most profane episode yet (or not, as we’ll explain). It’s time to talk about Gottlieb’s biggest arcade hit – Q*bert! Find out how this game by Warren Davis and Jeff Lee became a pop culture… Read more

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Tetris – Episode 013

The pieces have fallen into place for our new miniseries and we’re facing a Soviet invasion! Tetris breaks through the Iron Curtain to take hold of American and Japanese cultures, but in very different ways. Find out how Tetris has… Read more

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Arcade Obscura (Invaders from Space) – Episode 012

We’re bringing the Invaders from Space miniseries in for a landing as the co-hosts talk about their pick for underrated or obscure space shooter. Did Mr. SNK and PastBlaster switch brains? Is it possible to have romantic feelings for huge… Read more

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Sinistar – Episode 011

Beware, I live! The untold (until now) history of Sinistar is explored with the help of the co-creators of the game: John Newcomer and Noah Falstein. Get the inside information on how Williams created some of the best arcades of… Read more

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Galaga – Episode 010

We revisit Namco to talk about what they built on with Galaxian to bring us (arguably) the best arcade game ever – Galaga! What does an extinct species of shark have to do with spaceships? What is the proper way… Read more

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Defender – Episode 009

Williams breaks into the arcade scene (and record books) with Defender. Find out how a pinball company entered into the video game race and nurtured some thrilling talent that is still pumping out arcade games today. How did Williams harness… Read more

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Asteroids – Episode 008

My God, look at the size of that thing! Atari makes a cultural impact with Asteroids and introduces the masses to high scores. When did the golden age of video games get literal? How did landing on the moon lead… Read more

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Galaxian – Episode 007

Mission: Destroy Aliens! Arcade games enter the world of color (or so the non-colorblind tell us). We dig into the history of NAMCO which started with rocking horses and – with some unintended help from the Yakuza – eventually gave… Read more

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Space Invaders – Episode 006

Across the gulf of space… intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us. The Invaders from Space miniseries begins with first contact – Taito’s Space Invaders! Why… Read more

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Arcade Obscura (Fighting Games) – Episode 005

Finish Him! Our Fighting Game Wars miniseries wraps up with Arcade Obscura. Each host presents a little-known, underappreciated, or underrated fighting game to the audience. The other hosts make fun of their love for it! This episode also includes discussion… Read more

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