Welcome to the Video Wizards podcast
Video Wizards is a monthly podcast about the arcade games of the 1980s and 1990s and their cultural context, by two survivors of the scene.
Every month, hosts Ben Cartlidge and Michiel Kroder, with editing assistance by Juli Reed, take a look at what arcade games came out or were popular in that same month, in a random year from the last two decades of the 20th century.
We deliver a rich tapestry of talk and sounds of what was going on in the arcades, restaurants, pubs, cafes, snack bars and fish ‘n chips shops that housed the games we played, but also what was going on in popular culture and the world around us, with Ben bringing the UK perspective and Michiel looking at things from a Dutch point of view.
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In episode 22 of Video Wizards, we find ourselves in the glorious year of 1988, where the 2D shoot ’em up still reigned supreme as the most dominant video game genre. In the arcades we see releases of heavy hitters like Vulcan Venture a.k.a. Gradius II by Konami, Forgotten Worlds by Capcom and Silkworm byContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 22: May 1988”
In episode 21 of Video Wizards, we return to the mid nineties, in that period before Sony’s PlayStation was released to change the gaming landscape forever. In the arcades of April 1995, there is a lot of fighting and a lot of flying going on, as Midway drops the much anticipated third instalment in theContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 21: April 1995”
In episode number 20 of Video Wizards, we travel back the furthest yet: all the way to March 1981. With baby Ben keeping his parents awake all night with his lung and vocal chord exercises and Michiel celebrating his 5th birthday, the arcade game scene is typified by innovation and the establishing of brand newContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 20: March 1981”
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