Friends, as always I thank you for joining us for another episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast – although I have to admit right up front that the subject of this show had to be changed at the last minute. I mention this all on the show itself but originally this episode was going to be shining the spotlight on Howard Scott Warshaw – the iconic game designer from the Golden Age of Atari. The fact of the matter is two things threw a monkey wrench into that original plan, the first was that I had a co-worker at my day job go on vacation and I had to cover all week – which didn’t allow me the necessary time to do proper research. The other element that reared it’s head is I am now under the weather – I have no fear of it being COVID-19 or the like – I just think I have sadly caught a stomach bug. In fact I would be surprised if you can’t tell that I am a little off on this show… well, more than normal I mean. Having said all of that however the subject for the podcast became Games People Play – that arcade of my youth before Showbiz Pizza rolled into town.

Remember the days when a TV ad would show Robotron 2084?

It would probably be best to kind of think of this as a bonus episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast – it’s a little more loose than the standard show as well as being a bit shorter. I did my level best to attempt to share with you what it was like to not just walk into my first video game arcade – but the first arcade to open up in my neck of the woods. In addition I do share some of my first arcade game experiences on this episode – although a few of them in truth have been covered in past episodes.

On the last couple of episodes I have pointed you to the Old School Gamer magazine – while there wasn’t any need for this episode – you should still check them out. Normally I am joined by both Gary Burton as well as Earl Green – although they sit this show out as it is a more personal episode – they’ll be back on the next show though!

Friends, as always I do hope you will enjoy the show and I truly thank you for taking time out of your schedule to listen to the podcast. So let me tell you about the electronic Xanadu that was Games People Play!

Remember that for even more pop culture related goodness – make sure to check out Earl’s own website, the Logbook.Com – absolutely one of the best and longest running sites for all your retro needs.

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Published by Vic Sage

An avid devotee to pretty much all things retro and retro related - I love to share my memories and passion for films, comics, gaming, podcasting... and curiously enough my overwhelming desire to never stop eating beef jerky.

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