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Jan 15, 2020

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 to some major headaches for kids? Why does Jeopardy mine Twitter for Tetris knowledge? We go deep into arcade...


Jan 1, 2020

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 us the most popular arcade games ever made. How did pinball lead to Pac-Man? Is George...


Dec 18, 2019

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 are lunar were-yetis on the arcade cabinet? Where did all the yen...


Dec 4, 2019

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 on Sea-Doos, fat shaming, Lionmen, Tenacious D-ragon, and...


Nov 20, 2019

All litigious hell breaks loose as Capcom takes on Data East’s game, Fighter’s History, on the biggest stage of them all - the United States District Court. What was it about Fighter’s History that caused Capcom to sue? Why is Data East already familiar with this setting? Who has even seen a Fighter’s History...