VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 5: June 1993

In this fifth episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we travel back to June 1993, where Midway releases the final revision of the digitised live actor driven fighting fantasy Mortal Kombat II. There is summertime amusement aplenty as well, with the thrill ride-like cabs of Lucky & Wild and Alien 3: The Gun, by Namco and SEGA respectively. And Technos and Data East were bringing some new and exciting twists to the beat ’em up genre.

Meanwhile, the Unabomber is still on the loose and Hulk Hogan gets defeated by a James Bond gadget-like photo camera. Also, Jurassic Park’s roaringly successful release is the mark of a new era in blockbuster cinema, Star Fox (or Starwing) pushes polygons on PAL SNESes and Hip-Hop music by credible artists invades mainstream-inclined homes everywhere. And will Michiel’s winning streak in the Video Wizards Quiz finally be broken?

Alien 3: The Gun

Shadow Force

Lucky & Wild

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Night Slashers

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 5, L-R: Alien 3: The Gun, Shadow Force, Lucky & Wild, Night Slashers

Show theme tune: NEON CITY, composed by Ed 「イートレム」 Tremblay for Mudprints Music and licensed exclusively to The Video Wizards Podcast, ©2019 Mudprints Music, all rights reserved.

Other music used in this episode:

  • TV Theme Style (The Winner) – by Colin Thomson, 2018
  • Story Intro – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat II, 1993
  • The Living Forest – by Dan Forden for Mortal Kombat II, 1993
  • BGM 2 – by ??? for Alien 3: The Gun, 1993
  • Secret Forest – by Kazunaka Yamane for Shadow Force, 1993
  • Stage 1 & 4 – by Etsuo Ishii for Lucky & Wild, 1993
  • BGM 3 – by Tatsuya Kiuchi & Tomoyoshi Sato for Night Slashers, 1993
  • Town Stage – by Masaki Izutani & Kouji Murata for Sengoku Ace, 1993
  • Corneria – by Hajime Hirasawa for Star Fox, 1993
  • Chief Rocka – by Lords of the Underground, 1993
  • Deeper (Instrumental) – by Def Jef for Bo$$, 1993
  • Dre Day – by Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg, 1993
  • I Get Around – by 2pac, 1993
  • The Unforgiven (Live in Milton Keynes ’93) – by Metallica, 1993
  • Tease Me – by Chaka Demus & Pliers, 1993
  • From Despair to Where – Manic Street Preachers, 1993
  • That’s The Way Love Goes – by Janet Jackson, 1993
  • Where the Hell Have I – by Alice in Chains, 1993
  • Fawlty Towers Theme – by Dennis Wilson, 1975

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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Video Wizards is a podcast about the arcade games of the 1980’s and 1990’s and their cultural context, by Ben Cartlidge and Michiel Kroder.

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