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April 29, 2019
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 036 (Pac-Land)
For this latest episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast I tackle Pac-Land – the side-scrolling platformer release by Namco in 1984. This is yet another title that I sadly didn’t get to enjoy at the Showbiz Pizza of my youth or at one of the local arcades in my neck of the woods. As I mention in the show itself it wasn’t until 1997’s Namco Museum Volume 4 for the Playstation – although thankfully the arcade received a cabaret model a couple of years back. Pac-Land has most certainly become one of my favorite arcade games at work – it’s also worth pointing out that there are some elements of the gameplay that would be echoed by Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. a mere year later. Pac-Land features power-up’s and some impressive platforming – all in the attempt to help Pac-Man get a lost fairy home! In the show I make sure to cover the basics of the gameplay for Pac-Land as well as the team that helped usher the game into existence. In addition I cover the legacy in video games of those creators where applicable – like Hiroshi Ono who just so happened to have had a hand in the designing of another Namco classic arcade title – 1982’s Xevious. Pac-Land I feel is truly an exceptional game and one that doesn’t get the amount of love that it rightfully deserves. One of the reasons I chose it as the game to cover in this episode is the many secrets it has – for example – pushing on a fire hydrant at a certain spot in the game will reward a Player with a power-up, etc. It’s almost like peeling an onion, when you think you’ve discovered everything there remains another layer to surprise you. I hope that after listening to this particular show you’ll check out Pac-Land yourself and you might see why I find it so special. Oh, I should mention that on this episode I am joined by a very special guest – none other than Henry Holder, one of the Arkadian Kids I am constantly referring to as well as the holder of many of the high scores at the arcade. He has something to share in regards to Pac-Land – a first for this show – a challenge to a fellow Player at the Arkadia Retrocade! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too. Looking for an older episode? Check out the Diary of an Arcade Employee archive. I hope you will enjoy this episode of the Diary podcast on Pac-Land and I thank you as always for taking time to listen to the show. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:
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32 min
March 31, 2019
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 035 (Bionic Commando)
For this latest episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast I answered a fan request as the arcade does not currently have Bionic Commando in it’s collection. I’m not sure when you might have come across Capcom’s 1987 arcade platformer but for myself it was thanks not to playing the game at my local Showbiz Pizza or gas station but on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It wasn’t until a few year after that 1988 home port that I had an opportunity to play the actual arcade game – both versions of the title feature an extremely unique control system – namely that you aren’t able to jump and must swing as well as climb with your grappling arm. This is what I did on long afternoons when playing the NES version of Bionic Commando – just hanging around. In this episode for Bionic Commando I made sure to attempt and deliver an in-depth study of game creator Tokuro Fujiwara – that includes an actual explanation as to why he felt that jumping shouldn’t be allowed in the game. That interview came courtesy of Glitterberri’s Game Translations page and as I mention in the show itself, it’s certainly worth your time to read the entire interview as Tokuro has worked on everything from Pooyan to Resident Evil. In addition I give a brief look at the work of Bionic Commando‘s composer – Harumi Fujita. As with all Diary episode I do my very best to cover the gameplay mechanics as well as interesting facts or observations – such as the complicated history of the game’s hero ‘Super Joe’. I also have managed to include a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure related to the game and Capcom. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too. Looking for an older episode? Check out the Diary of an Arcade Employee archive. I hope you will enjoy this Bionic Commando episode of the Diary podcast and I thank you as always for taking time to listen to the show. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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28 min
February 28, 2019
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 034 (BurgerTime)
Friends, welcome back to a new episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast – for this show we are tackling BurgerTime, Data East’s 1982 classic platform arcade game. I didn’t think many of you would be stumped by BurgerTime being the subject of the show for this go around but I will admit I was a little surprised by how many private messages and e-mails I received with the answer – I guess everyone enjoyed that Centipede episode? Time to make the burgers! On this podcast I give you a bit of history on Data East, the developer and producer of BurgerTime – in particular how it was designed for their novel DECO cassette system. As I explain in a little more detail on the show itself – it was a system that was meant to make it easier for an arcade owner to switch up the games they had on the floor, once the popularity of a title was wearing out. As mentioned on this BurgerTime episode, I found this YouTube video that shows not just the DECO cassette system in action but what might be the only arcade in the World still using it! BurgerTime did extremely well and that meant there were ports of the arcade game to the more popular home consoles and personal computers of the day. As an audio treat I’ve included three original commercials for these home ports on this episode – including that iconic live-action version… that just so happens to feature the terrifying Mr. Hot Dog ending. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too. I hope you will enjoy this BurgerTime episode and thank you as always for taking the time to listen to the show. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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23 min
January 2, 2019
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 033 (Centipede)
Friends, with the start of a brand new year, it’s time to roll out another episode of the Diary podcast. For this show I discuss Atari’s 1981 classic fixed shooter, Centipede! As I mention on the episode itself this show was supposed to be published much sooner but due to time constraints like work obligations and with my computer dying on me – Centipede is making a debut in 2019 instead of 2018. Hopefully you will find the show itself worth the wait as I feel it’s safe to say we tackle one of the greatest video games of all time! On this show I make sure to shine a spotlight on Centipede co-creator, Dona Bailey, the first female programmer hired by Atari back in the day. Thanks to some vintage audio interviews and from the likes of a 1983 Video Games magazine article – I feel you get a little taste of what it was like for Bailey during the Golden Age of Atari. Furthermore I add some quotes from her co-creator and fellow legend, Ed Logg in the show – I even managed to find an incredible interview with former Centipede champion Eric Ginnis in the pages of Joystik magazine to share with you all! Centipede really broke records when it was released to the arcades back in the day. Which naturally meant that it received a lion’s share of home ports to the consoles and computers of the time. In this episode I share how in 1983 DC Comics along with Atari finally gave fans of the game a rather whimsical backstory for Centipede. This show I have a wonderful segment provided by Jacob Ashley – who just so happens to create beautiful pieces of art that you can check out and purchase on his Wooden Arcade Etsy store. In this episode, Jacob shares his first memories with the classic arcade game in addition to attempting to find an arcade cabinet of his very own! Also on this episode I reference and include an audio clip from 2015 interview with Dona Bailey by Motherboard – which you can watch for yourself. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too. I hope you enjoy the Centipede podcast and I want to thank you again for being patient with this episode’s delay. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3)
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29 min
October 31, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep 032 (Satan’s Hollow)
Friends, a very Happy Halloween to you one and all! This episode of the Diary podcast was originally going to be all about Atari’s Centipede. However a good friend to the show pointed out that since this was the Season – a more spooky game might be better suited. Which is why on the Diary Facebook page, Rich Adams made a request to discuss 1982’s Satan’s Hollow. Released to the wilds of the arcades by Bally/Midway, a game where Players must contend with an army of Gargoyles and dastardly devils – well – it kind of made Satan’s Hollow seem like the perfect game to talk about on the show, right? In this episode, which to be upfront is a little shorter than the average show, I touch upon some of the people responsible for bringing Satan’s Hollow to the arcades. While Bill Adams was the main designer for the arcade title, he had help from both Jim Love and Jeff Nauman. Between the three they were responsible for the likes of such arcade classics as Rampage, Tron, and even Spy Hunter. Speaking of that 1983 game – in the podcast I share a TV commercial for Pontiac that is inspired by the arcade title! [Via] Mastercom Tube As in all of the Diary episodes, I do share my personal first experiences with the game in question, in addition I have done my best to find vintage ads, in this case a few that fit the spirit of the season. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too. So without further ado, screw your courage to the sticking place as we venture into Satan’s Hollow! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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19 min
August 28, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Ep 031 (Pooyan)
Friends, I apologize about not getting a post uploaded the other day but to be honest I was working on this new Diary podcast. As you can plainly see the subject of this episode happens to be none other than 1982’s Pooyan. One of my favorite classic arcade titles even if it appears I am in the minority in seeing the virtue of Konami’s game. Now to be fair it was Stern electronics that handled the releasing of Pooyan cabinets here in the United States. For this episode I do my best to tell you some of the more interesting elements of the game. Background information on those responsible for bringing Pooyan to the public, etc. As well as touching on the game’s legacy – which I have to say you might be mighty surprised to see where Konami has decided to give Pooyan a tip of the hat. As always with the Diary podcast, I give an explanation of not only the gameplay but my personal memories of when I first encountered the game. In addition to including a few vintage audio treats related to the subject of the episode. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too. Now then, make sure all of your little Pooyan are safely secure and enjoy the episode! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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22 min
July 26, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Ep 030 (Dig Dug)
Happy Atari Day, friends! Being the 26th of the month it means it’s time to celebrate all things Atari once again – what better way than talking about 1982’s Dig Dug on a new Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast? Bear in mind that it was indeed the legendary Namco that developed and produced Dig Dug. However it was Atari that handled the distribution of the classic game here in North America as well as Europe. On the show I do cover the basics of Dig Dug as well as some strategies and interesting trivia. I try my best to point out the people of interest that had a hand in creating such a classic arcade game. In addition I discuss my feelings on the similarities of the gameplay to another 1982 classic title, I am referring of course to Universal’s Mr. Do!. I also was able to share a really amazing and sort of rare piece of audio on this episode, related to the advertising of Dig Dug. Which was graciously uploaded by Matt Osborne, who just happens to have been the Son of the then Vice President of Atari. I have also included an interview with Matt and The Video Game Preservation Dump on his memories of this special audio treasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too. Now then, equip your best mining gear and join us as we delve into 1982’s Dig Dug! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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27 min
April 12, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 029 (Rampage)
Wait a minute, just wait a minute. Didn’t we have two brand new Diary podcasts just last month? That is indeed a fact. So you might be wondering why we already have another new episode. Well, it could certainly be that I am spending more time at the arcade these days. It helps to get the juices flowing, my overwhelming desire to share my personal memories with all of you. On the other hand it might also have a just a little to do with the fact that Rampage is hitting theaters today. Although I do have some great memories to share with you as well as some interesting information on 1986’s Rampage! On this episode, I will admit that I share a rather embarrassing event from my youth. All tied to Rampage of course. In addition however I was able to include some interviews on this particular podcast. Interviews featuring Brian Colin, one of the co-developers of the arcade title. I share not just my first encounters with Rampage but touch upon the gameplay too. As well as the legacy of the game series. Not to mention I have included a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. Obviously with the 2018 film, which is of course based on the actual Rampage game, hitting theaters today. Perhaps you will find listening to this episode is a good way to spend time while you are standing in line at the movie theater? If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee page too. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:[iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast:Episode Mirror #1 (MP3)Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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32 min
March 28, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 028 (Space Invaders)
Two Diary podcasts in one month, have I gone insane? Some of you listeners might think that is indeed the case but today sees the release of Ready Player One. Judging by the trailers it appears that the classic 1978 Space Invaders makes an appearance. Which is of course why I decided to release this latest Diary podcast today. Because what better way to spend your time in line for the new Spielberg film than listening to the history of Space Invaders? In this show, I naturally give you info on the origins of Space Invaders. As well as what I hope is a fascinating look at the intent of it’s creator, Tomohiro Nishikado. In addition, this episode is a bit longer than the usual Diary podcast. The reason being of course that such a monumental and groundbreaking arcade title has a lot to discuss. I do share my first encounter with the legendary game in my youth. Furthermore I share the shocking night we received the game at the arcade. I have also managed to find a few audible treats for your listening pleasure as well. In all honesty, my friends. I probably could have gone an entire hour with this episode. Interviews with Nishikado in USA Today, merchandising, home ports, and the legacy of Space Invaders. The game simply helped to change the landscape for video games as much as the likes of Pong or Pac-Man. This episode, unlike any other I found myself having too much information on the game! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too. https://ia801508.us.archive.org/27/items/DiaryOfAnArcadeEmployeeEp28SpaceInvaders/Diary-of-an-Arcade-Employee-Ep-28-Space-Invaders.mp3 Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) Now since Ready Player One motivated me to record this podcast covering Space Invaders. Why not watch the latest trailer? [Via] Warner Bros. Pictures
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27 min
March 15, 2018
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 027 (Crystal Castles)
Welcome back, friends. To the latest episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. This go around I discuss the 1983 classic arcade game, Crystal Castles. Produced of course by Atari, this maze game is certainly one of my favorites. In addition Crystal Castles as you will hear, happens to have been an arcade title that caused me physical pain! In this episode I of course discuss the notable employees of Atari that created Crystal Castles. As well as giving you the general rundown on the gameplay and interesting tidbits of information about this classic maze game. Of course I also share some vintage audio related to Crystal Castles for your enjoyment. Moreover I share an exciting bit of news in regards to a game that Atari was working on at the time. But sadly, never released – due to the Video Game crash of 1983. I am pretty sure that like myself you will be blown away by that lost arcade title. Now I would be remiss in my duties if I failed to mention that Christopher Tupa has created some fantastic artwork for Crystal Castles. Make sure to follow that link provided to learn how you can obtain this piece of artwork for yourself! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too. https://ia601509.us.archive.org/35/items/DiaryOfAnArcadeEmployeeEp27CrystalCastles/Diary-of-an-Arcade-Employee-Ep-27-Crystal-Castles.mp3 Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) Before you find out about 1983’s Crystal Castles – why not check out the game in action for yourself? [Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming
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24 min
November 26, 2017
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 026 (Warlords)
Welcome back, friends. To an unexpected but I hope nonetheless welcome episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee Podcast. This special is all about Atari’s fantastic 1980 arcade classic Warlords. In addition with this of course being the 26th episode as well as the 26th of the month. You know what that means, Happy Atari Day! Seriously, what better way to celebrate the day than discussing Warlords, right? While I of course realize it has been nearly a year since the last episode. I honestly felt that with the recent Saturday Frights Podcast specials I should tackle Warlords. After all I did kind of tease it on the Sunset Riders episode. And tackling a game with as much history as Warlords just felt like it had to be done. On this episode I do talk about the differences between the upright as well as cocktail cabinets. I give a brief overview of the gameplay and also share some of the interesting trivia I found on the game. Of course I also share some vintage audio related Warlords commercials for your enjoyment. Moreover, on this episode I found an amazing interview over on the AtariAge forums by Will Nicholes. Where he chats with the Atari 2600 Warlords programmer Carla Meninsky. Who reminisces on what it was like working at Atari back in the Golden Age. Furthermore I share some information on the graphic novel for Warlords that was released back in the day by DC comics! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) Before you find out about 1980’s Warlords – why not check out the game in action for yourself?
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24 min
December 13, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 025 (Sunset Riders)
With November having passed the month long hiatus is over. To celebrate the return of the podcast, for this go around I am discussing 1991’s Sunset Riders. Released to arcades by Konami – this is the first 4 player arcade title on the show. In addition, on this episode I am joined by a very special guest. Quite possibly the youngest fan we have in fact. William Burton. Who just happens to also be a big Sunset Riders fan as well. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on TTwitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page! Our ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth. Furthermore you can listen to more of his work on SoundCloud! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) To the sunset…Sunset Riders!
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35 min
October 29, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 024 (Splatterhouse)
It is nearly Halloween, so it means we need to talk Splatterhouse! On this 24th episode of the podcast I have chosen the 1988 arcade game by Namco. In addition I share my memories of the Turbografx-16 home version of the game. Furthermore I do cover the confusion of whether it was released in North America at the arcades at all! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page! Our ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can listen to more of his work on SoundCloud! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) Now in this podcast I mention the custom cabinet for Splatterhouse at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games. You can reach his Facebook Page by clicking that link. In case you want to see that beauty for yourself – be warned the video has an accidental slip of very salty language!
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32 min
September 30, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 023 (Congo Bongo)
For the 23rd episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast the subject is 1983’s Congo Bongo by SEGA – sort of. On this show I talk a little about who actually designed and programmed the game as well as it’s success in the Golden Age of arcades. As always I’ve made sure to share some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page!. Our ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth. You can listen to more of his work on SoundCloud! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes. (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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23 min
August 31, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 022 (Street Fighter II)
Street Fighter II is the subject of the 22nd Diary of An Arcade Employee Podcast! On this episode I talk about the impact and legacy of Capcom’s 1991 and 1992 arcade phenomenons Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Street Fighter II: Champion Edition. Also of note is my good friend and fellow arcade employee, Andy Pickle, is back as a special guest on the show to discuss his own memories with the legendary game. As always I’ve made sure to share some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a rating if you enjoyed the show? (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) A big thanks as always to Arcade Flyer Archive for that awesome flyer!
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39 min
August 5, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 021 (Star Trek)
Welcome friends to the 21st Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. On this episode I talk about the SEGA arcade hit Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator from 1982. I also made sure to bring a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our special ending theme for this episode was provided by Earl Green of the The Log Book.Com by way of the Kasatochi chip tune cover band! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a rating if you enjoyed the show? (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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21 min
June 30, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 020 (Showbiz Pizza)
Welcome friends to the 20th Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. On this episode I wasn’t able to discuss my intended subjects so instead, as a sort of bonus episode I discuss my first encounter with that fabled arcade of my youth, Showbiz Pizza! I also made sure to bring a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to hisSoundCloud Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a rating if you enjoyed the show? (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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27 min
May 31, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 019 (Zaxxon)
Welcome friends to the 19th Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Sega/Gremlin’s 1982 arcade classic “Zaxxon” and we also have a special guest for this episode, John Monkus – one of the chief techs at the arcade. I also made sure to bring a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a review if you enjoyed the show? (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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28 min
April 22, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 018 (Mappy)
Welcome friends to the 18th Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Namco’s 1983 arcade classic “Mappy” and I’ve also included a few vintage video game commercials for your listening pleasure! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook . You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! To check out the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast that I mentioned on the show you can find them by clicking here. If you would like to read that article in The Telegraph discussing Shigeki Toyama’s robotics work just follow that link provided. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a review if you enjoyed the show (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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24 min
March 14, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 017 (Joust)
Welcome friends to the 17th Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Williams Electronic’s 1982 arcade classic “Joust”. In this episode I do not have any vintage commercials to share as I am fortunate enough to have something far more awesome, audio featuring Lonnie “Lon” McDonalds from when he visited the Arkadia Retrocade to roll our Joust machine to Ten Million points, making it the 106th Joust cabinet that he has done this on. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on . You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! To learn more about Lon McDonald and his World Record accomplishment of 100 Rollovers in 100 Weeks of Joust machines and beyond visit his Joust site at Joustmaster. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes and why not leave us a review if you enjoyed the show (MP3) Directly Download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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35 min
February 20, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 016 (Mario Bros.)
Welcome friends to the 16th episode for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Nintendo’s 1983 classic arcade game and the first step in a gaming dynasty with Mario Bros. I also share some of the more interesting history on the creation of the game as well as a few choice vintage home video game commercials for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page or you can check in on the Official Diary of An Arcade Employee Facebook Page for your daily fix. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! To check out the Ten Pence Arcade Podcast (which you should!) just follow the link to their page here! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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21 min
January 15, 2016
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Episode 015 (Sinistar)
Welcome friends to the 15th episode for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Williams Electronics’ 1983 classic arcade game, Sinistar, I also share some of the more interesting history on the creation of the game as well as a few choice vintage video game commercials…and a special bit of vintage awesomeness at the end of the show. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! If you would like to read that awesome interview with Noah Falstein in it’s entirety you can follow the link here. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG) RUN, COWARD, RUN!
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24 min
December 28, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 014 (Berzerk)
Welcome friends to the 13th episode for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Stern Electronics’ 1980 arcade classic “Berzerk”, I also share some of the more interesting history on the creation of the game as well as a few choice vintage video game commercials. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! To read that full interview with Alan McNeil hop over here. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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23 min
November 25, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 013 (Crazy Climber)
Welcome friends to the 13th episode for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss Nichibutsu/Taito’s 1980 arcade classic “Crazy Climber” as well as talk a bit about the first arcade that was in my neck of the woods and some of the fond memories I have of it. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link and make sure to hop on over to his SoundCloud Page! If you want to learn more about the Crazy Climber make sure to check out Earl Green’s excellent Phosphor Dot Fossils Site! What did the Retroist himself think of Crazy Climber’s port to the Atari 2600? Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: Episode Mirror #1 (MP3) Episode Mirror #2 (OGG)
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20 min
October 29, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 012 (Halloween Special 1 – Haunted House)
Welcome friends to the 12th episode and 1st Halloween Special for the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. For this show I discuss not an arcade game or what it’s like to be an employee of a fully functioning retro arcade but talk about Atari’s hit 1982 cartridge entitled Haunted House! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his SoundCloud Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1(MP3) Episode Mirror #2(OGG)
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18 min
October 21, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 011 (Ghosts ‘N Goblins)
Welcome friends to the eleventh episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. Since it’s October it felt like we should talk about Capcom’s 1985 arcade hit “Ghosts ‘N Goblins”! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud Page! Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes(MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1(MP3) Episode Mirror #2(OGG)
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23 min
September 30, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 010 (Dragon’s Lair)
Welcome friends to the tenth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss Cinematronic’s 1983 smash hit “Dragon’s Lair”! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page! If you would like to take a look at part of the Dragon’s Lair scrapbook from my youth, just click here. Subscribe to the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast: [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3) Directly download the Saturday Frights Podcast: Episode Mirror #1(MP3) Episode Mirror #2(OGG)
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29 min
September 1, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 009 (Toobin’)
Welcome friends to the ninth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss the 1988 Atari Games’ classic “Toobin’”! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!
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19 min
August 18, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 008 (TRON)
Welcome friends to the eighth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss the 1982 Bally/Midway classic “TRON” and have former Aladdin’s Castle arcade manager Gary Burton join me for an interview! This episode is quite a bit longer than usual with the info on TRON and the interview but I also announce the winner of the T-Shirt giveaway. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!
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44 min
August 3, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 007 (1942)
Welcome friends to the seventh episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I talk about Namco’s WWII themed vertical shooter 1942 and have an interview with special guest and Arkadia Retrocade gaming guru Michael Dietrich! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook page. Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth (Congrats on the Retribution gig!), you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page! For those interested in what the new Diary of an Arcade Employee T-Shirt’s look like for the giveaway (although my camera doesn’t do it justice, the color is actually a light blue):
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29 min
July 20, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 006 (Pac-Man Plus)
Welcome friends to the sixth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss Bally/Midway’s second unofficial sequel to Pac-Man with 1982’s Pac-Man Plus. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook page! Our new end theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page! To check out the arcade flyer I talk about on this episode make sure to visit the Arcade Flyer Archive For those interested in what the new Diary of an Arcade Employee T-Shirt’s look like (although my camera doesn’t do it justice):
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21 min
June 30, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 005 (Double Dragon)
Welcome friends to the fifth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss 1987’s Double Dragon as well as share some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page!
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19 min
June 12, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 004 (Warp Warp)
Welcome friends to the fourth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss 1981’s Warp Warp as well as share some vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure. If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.Com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page!
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12 min
May 24, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 003 (Golden Axe)
Welcome friends to the third episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. This episode I discuss 1989’s Hack and Slash classic, Golden Axe. I am also joined on this show for an interview segment by my good friend and co-worker at the arcade, Andy Pickle! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page! For more info on the film clips that were used in Golden Axe, make sure to check out the Retroist’s post from back in November of 2014!
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22 min
May 4, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 002 (Mr. Do!)
Welcome friends to the second episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. I’ve also included some vintage audio treats that pertain to the game for this show which is Mr. Do! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook Page! Your browser does not support the audio element. For more information on Mr. Do! why not give Episode 105 of the Retroist Podcast a listen? To take a closer look at what the Japanese version of Mr. Do! looked like hop on over to the Arcade Flyer Archive! For more interesting arcade information from the golden age you need only visit Earl Green’s Phosphor Dot Fossils site. I also certainly hope you will share your own memories of not just Mr. Do! but your favorite arcades in the comments section. Thank you for your listening time and May the 4th Be With You!
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17 min
April 18, 2015
Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 001 (Moon Patrol)
Welcome friends to the first episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at the Arkadia Retrocade. I’ve also included some vintage audio treats that pertain to the game for this show which is Moon Patrol! If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by “Liking” their Facebook page! Your browser does not support the audio element. For more information on the Bootleg games I mentioned on the show be sure to visit Earl Green’s Phosphor Dot Fossils site! I also certainly hope you will share your own memories of not just Moon Patrol but your favorite arcades in the comments section. Thank you for your listening time and have a great weekend!
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16 min
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