VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 20: March 1981

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”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 19: Winter 1990 / 1991

In the 19th episode of Video Wizards, we again travel back to 3 months in one single episode: December 1990 and January and February in 1991. And we find ourselves in a tumultuous time, with a lot of political twists and turns on the world stage and the arcade industry being on the brink ofContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 19: Winter 1990 / 1991”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 18: Autumn 1986

In the 18th episode of Video Wizards, we again travel back to 3 months in one single episode: September, October and November, all in the year 1986. And do things get more 1980s than this one? Perhaps not when arcade games like Out Run and movies like Top Gun see a release in this timeContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 18: Autumn 1986”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 17: Summer 1996

In this episode of Video Wizards, we ambitiously travel back to 3 months in one single episode: June, July and August, all in the year 1996. In this Olympic summer, arcade floors are dominated by 3D fighting games like Last Bronx, Star Gladiator and errr… Fighters’ Impact by Taito. SNK, meanwhile, represent two dimensions withContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 17: Summer 1996”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 14: March 1984

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”

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 ofContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 13: February 1982”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 9: October 1988

Episode number 9 of the Video Wizards Podcast sees us travel back to October 1988, where things are about to get all sorts of horrifying! In the arcades, werewolves are fighting zombies, vile monsters and a dark sorcerer in SEGA’s legendarily oddball autoscrolling beat ’em up Altered Beast. Also, Ryu Hayabusa ends up in hisContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 9: October 1988”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 8: September 1995

The 8th episode of the Video Wizards Podcast is a huge one: we travel to a little bit over the middle of the mid 90s, namely the month of September in the year 1995. This is a real moment of transition, where 3D polygons start eclipsing 2D graphics in popularity, both in the arcades andContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 8: September 1995”

VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 6: July 1985

In the 6th episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we travel all the way back to July in the year 1985. In this month, Yu Suzuki and SEGA go “full body” and unleash the Super Scaler revolution on arcade goers with the legendary superbike racer Hang-On. Namco show their quirkier side with the autorunner inspiringContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 6: July 1985”

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 NamcoContinue reading “VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 5: June 1993”