Episode 372 – You can buy bottled water, but you can’t buy bottled internet

How archaic is Carmen Sandiego? This Week we’re browsing by boxart and streaming our games from a KGB cloud. There could be a reboot of Starcade, but it probably won’t have the sort of cool prizes we want to see someone win. How long can you survive without internet access? The failures of technology might […]

Episode 371 – Spicy Fighting

This week classic games are being poorly emulated and there are new projects for emulation hardware of questionable quality. We’ve found a get-rich-quick scam that is somehow video game related. Our listeners have some great predictions for the upcoming year and some regrets about games that were sold or lost. This Week in Gaming History […]

Episode 370 – The Year of the Chameleon

Are you an avid styrofoam insert collector who doesn’t mind if your game boxes are a little faded? Have you been wondering which celebrities were born in time for the Dreamcast? How can we all help fellow nerds who might be struggling with some difficult internal issues? Which video game was the first to feature […]

2016 Link Clearance

Each week we discuss the latest retrogaming headlines and re-releases. Sometimes we cut items from the agenda in the interest of time or because they’re too off-topic. Other times we completely forget to talk about something. Whatever the case, here are all the 2016 stories we saved but didn’t cover on the show: Teenage Mutant […]

Episode 369 – We Should Give The Aliens Bad Directions

If you’ve been waiting for a new 2-D platformer on Commodore 64 that lets you play as a bear, then this is your lucky week! We want to know what your favorite retro-game news item from the last year was and if there are any super-common games that are missing from your collection. How is […]

Bonus Round: Best Episode of 2016 Nominees

Here’s a little montage of clips from our Best Episode of 2016 Nominees as chosen by our listeners. Don’t forget to vote in our annual retro gaming awards poll before it closes on January 1st. Download this episode

2016 Retrogaming Awards

As we bid farewell to 2016 let’s look back at the biggest, and most controversial, news in the retrogaming community over the past year. Between now and January 2nd voting is open in our annual awards. The results will be announced in our first episode of 2017.

Episode 368 – Storming A Grind Is Both Costly And Difficult

This week we’re getting sentimental when a good game comes to an end, and we try to figure out what Mario is doing on smartphones. We have a whole bunch of crowdfunding projects that could use your help, but we still found a couple to point and laugh at. Capcom and Nintendo disagree about NES […]

Episode 367 – Casting Call

This week we’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone in your life, if they happen to really like turn-based grand strategy games set in feudal Japan. If not, perhaps they would like a Thwomp that plays retro video games. If they enjoy racing games, we have a few suggestions. We also suggest […]

Episode 366 – Real Ultimate Pokemon Power

This week we inadvertently talked a lot about movies. From Star Wars to Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and from Titanic to speculating about the upcoming Rampage adaptation, the only thing that could stop us from talking about movies is a Pokemon project that could lead to serious injury. We’ve also got our top 10 […]

Episode 365 – Exemplars of Retrogaming

This week we’re frustrated with Nintendo, eBay and the NES mini’s controller cords. We marvel at how colorful Atari Jaguar games were, and get back to BASICs. What does copyright law have to do with creating Legend of Zelda’s intro theme? Tune in to find out! This Week in Gaming History November 27, 1957 – […]

Episode 364 – Finally Upgrading From Dial-Up

This week we remember what a successful failure the 32X was, and we look forward to escaping from a Zelda-themed room. Because the Nintendo Wii console turned 10 years old in the last week, we chose to make an exception to our retro-rules and take this episode to talk about the history of Wii and […]

Episode 363 – Bootprints and Supply Shortages

You might have already heard about the trouble some people are running into trying to buy an NES classic edition, but have you seen which Sonic spin-off game is for sale at Half Price Books? There are two simultaneous crowdfunding projects for new Sega Genesis/Mega Drive games and someone has made a new isometric adventure […]

Episode 362 – Samurai Darts

This week Chris & Marcin join us to talk about Mega Visions, the new crowd-funded magazine about SEGA. We also talk about virtual party hats that are worth $1000’s, a possible new Daytona USA arcade game, a 90’s martial arts movie, and how Microsoft struck it big at IBM’s expense.  This Week in Gaming History […]

Episode 361 – We Call it the Tank Hole

Some people wonder if video games are art. If you melted a game console then would it be art? This week we have snacks based on bad video games and military software based on classic games. What do Sonic, Duke Nukem and Poochy the dog have in common? Find out in this episode of the […]

Episode 360 – Space Ghost

This week we’re using the methods of scientific collaboration to beat Super Mario Bros faster. The 90’s was a great decade for games, but had so much variety that it can’t be summed up by any one cliche. What happens if you search eBay for Nintendo Switch? You get ripped off most likely. This Week […]

Episode 359 – The First In-Game Sighting of the Mystical Mr. Dog

This week we dive into teenage escapism and find that the 1966 Batman TV series is making a comeback. We ponder the future of shopping malls and note the parallel declines of malls and arcades. We’ve got more scumbag eBay sellers to poke fun at and we’re morphing into magic dogs to fight samurai ghost-zombie-skeletons […]

Episode 358 – This Fantasy Won’t Reach a Finale Anytime Soon

This week our hearts and our wallets belong to retrogaming. We wonder which socks are appropriate work attire and we don’t know how someone could reach maximum playtime but still not power-up to max level. We talk about a couple of our favorite games and some of our favorite ’90s pump-up jams in this episode […]

Episode 357 – Built To Last

This week we near the end of our 1991 tournament and two giants of the 16-bit era are going head-to-head. An unreleased 16-bit comic-book game is finally available and a game developer who helped make Dark Souls made a cartoonish TG-16 game. We didn’t think it was possible to make talking teddy bears more disturbing, […]

1991 Tournament Finals

Our 1991 tournament started with 64 classic games and we’ve made our way to the final two. Deep down we all knew it would come down to these. Street Fighter II launched the 1:1 fighting arcade craze while Super Mario World launched Nintendo’s 16-bit console. Your vote will help determine which of these will be […]

Episode 356 – Last Podcast On the Planet

This week we can’t decide is it news or virtually retro. While we enjoy the movie Wargames it doesn’t leave us feeling great about our age. Our 25-year tournament is down to 4 picks, but it won’t be long before only 2 are left. We are finally able to break down betting on virtual weapon […]

1991 Tournament – Semifinals

It’s time for the semifinal round of our 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and October 1st. The full tournament brackets are here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on October 2nd to vote in the final round of the tournament. Cast your vote

Episode 355 – Lucky Gamers

This week we compare Konami to the rulers of ancient Egypt and finally recognize that the Tony Hawk Pro Skater series existed outside of the Game Boy Color. We discuss some interesting games with interesting stories that happen to have caught our interest, and the possibility of Sega re-releasing some Technosoft classics. If you don’t […]

1991 Tournament – Quarterfinals

It’s time for the bracket championship round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 24th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 25th to vote in the semifinal round of the tournament. Cast your vote

Episode 354 – Pac-Trivia and an Evil Mastermind Named Clancy

This week’s podcast is in “excellent condition” even though it needs a good tuning. We look back on how information circulated in arcades and look ahead to possibly playing games together in libraries. After another week more great games are being knocked out of our 25-year tournament, and headphone history repeats itself in this episode […]

Interview: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball

We’re kicking-off the football season by talking about Tecmo Bowl and the fans who keep it alive through web sites & tournaments. Link: Tecmo Bowl vs RBI Baseball Download this episode

1991 Tournament – Round 3 – Bracket Championships

It’s time for the bracket championship round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 18th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 19th to vote in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.

Episode 353 – Bonked Earth

This week our 1991 tournament is in full swing and everyone is placing their bets. We discuss some shady dealings using video games & fast food as a cover, and we wonder about an eBay listing that seems to be missing its video games. We’re going out to eat in order to play arcade games, […]

1991 Tournament – Round 2

It’s time for the second round of our 1991 25th anniversary tournament. Voting is open to everyone between now and September 11th. The full tournament brackets are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1G190LzI8TAMVGAtZdq59IoFDZUsjSigONJ4_s-Ijdfk/edit?usp=sharing Check back on September 12th to vote in the bracket championship round of the tournament.

Episode 352 (take 2) – This Time With Less Topics and More Street Fighter

This week we overcome some major technical problems to put out some kind of podcast. We don’t spend much time on the normal topics, but we talk a lot more about old Star Wars toys and the exact date which the Lion King Sega Genesis bundle hit the store shelves. We kick off our 1991 […]