VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 13: February 1982

In this episode, the Video Wizards travel back further in time than they ever have, all the way to February 1982. In this month, SEGA make a splash with the visually striking axonometric space shooter Zaxxon while Atari revisits Asteroids in a tethered fashion for Space Duel. Gaming’s first diva appears in the form of a yellow orb with a red bow and a beauty mark and chef Peter Pepper has ingredients coming after him in Burger Time by Data East. And then there is the pioneering, but rather mad Jump Bug by the fledgling Alpha Denshi.

Much like Video Wizard Ben in 1982, both gaming at home and the Hip-Hop genre of music in its recorded form are still in their relative infancy, with gaming consoles not being a widely adopted commodity in Europe yet and the home computer boom just barely waiting around the corner in the former’s case and record labels adopting a wait-and-see kind of attitude in the latter’s case. But the music charts bring the goods this time, with a lot of diversity and musicianship on full display. And movie theaters are blessed by the well performing cult flicks Swamp Thing and Death Wish 2.

All this, some shocking memories of gruesome accidents and much, much more is what you’ll find in this new episode of the Video Wizards podcast!

Burger Time

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Ms. Pac-Man

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Space Duel

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Jump Bug

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Other top billing arcade games of the era we discuss on Episode 13, L-R: Burger Time, Ms. Pac-Man, Space Duel, Jump Bug

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
  • Main Theme – by ??? for Burger Time, 1982
  • Act 1: They Meet – by Chris Rode for Ms. Pac-Man, 1982
  • Level 2 Mid-Point – by ??? for Jump Bug, 1981
  • That Girl – by Stevie Wonder, 1981
  • Call Me – by Skyy, 1981
  • Simon Says – by The Sequence, 1982
  • Run to the Hills – by Iron Maiden, 1982
  • Screaming for Vengeance – by Judas Priest, 1982
  • Town Called Malice – by The Jam, 1982
  • The Model – by Kraftwerk, 1978
  • Golden Brown – by The Stranglers, 1981
  • Senses Working Overtime – by XTC, 1982
  • Poison Arrow – by ABC, 1982
  • Cambodia – by Kim Wilde, 1981
  • I Won’t Let You Down – by Ph.D., 1981
  • Don’t You Want Me – by The Human League, 1981
  • Spirits in the Material World – by The Police, 1981
  • I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) – by Hall & Oates, 1981
  • Theme for The Equalizer, by Stuart Copeland, 1985
  • Intro (AVRO’s Kinderbios), by Clous van Mechelen (featuring Jody Pijper), 1981

And finally: our special thanks to Andy Hofle.

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Published by videowizardspod

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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