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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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VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 26: March 1985

In episode 26 of Video Wizards, we get sucked into the cultural maelstrom of March 1985, where the global arcade industry has picked up the pieces and is striking back with, well, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by our good friends at Atari and Konami’s cutesy, sugary vertical shoot ’em up TwinBee. Namco, meanwhile,…

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 25: Winter 1983/1984

For this 25th episode of Video Wizards, we find ourselves back in the earlier 1980s, when health and safety regulations were of a lesser concern. It’s the cold, cold winter of 1983 going on 1984 and the arcade industry was rocked to the core by the “Atari Shock”. Picking up the pieces and strapped for…

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 24: Autumn 1998

In the 24th episode of Video Wizards, we travel to a time close to the “mark of the millennium”, as we find ourselves covering the autumnal months of September, October and November of 1998 for yet another very substantial seasonal spectacular. Arcade games increasingly lose floor space to slot machines and the ones that don’t…

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