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, Ben Cartlidge and Michiel Kroder 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 discuss 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.
The hits keep on coming as the Video Wizards travel back to the heydays of ninja related crimes in May 1987 and discuss monumental arcade games like Double Dragon, Taito’s Rastan Saga and Super Hang-On. But there is also Konami’s Combat School, which failed to prepare Ben and Michiel for its final level in theContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 16: May 1987”
In this episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we’re traveling back to April 1992 to an arcade landscape that differs wildly from the one we left in the last episode. In the wake of 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, we find the scene reinvigorated, with big budget games and showy machines occupying theContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 15: April 1992”
In this episode, the Video Wizards find themselves in March 1984, where they are confronted with the wreckage left by Atari on the North American video game market and its effect on releases in European arcades. It’s nothing but obscure coin-ops this month as SNK quietly introduce the now little known sequel to Vanguard, CorelandContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 14: March 1984”
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