The Digital Press Podcast crew visit the inaugural "A Video Game Con" (AVGC) in Parsippany, NJ and chat with arcade legends Billy Mitchell (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede) and Joel West (Berzerk, Frenzy).
In our Season 3 finale author of "Console Wars", video game historian, and self-professed fan of Greg: Mr. Blake J Harris drops by to hang out and share his thoughts on the memorable battles fought between Nintendo and Sega.
As the reality of our friend, founder and fearless leader transplanting himself from the lush toxic waste dumps of New Jersey to the vast expanse of Texas sets in, we set out to catalog our knowledge (which is admittedly spotty at times) of the one and only Mr. Joe Santulli! The Our Brooklyn Bytes podcast team joins us for this "SUPER-TRIBUTE-CAST" where we touch on some significant classic gaming things that Joe played an integral part in and we all recount our fondest memories/experiences with him over the course of the past decade.
The regulars (Frankie, Mike and Greg) chat with Paul Solomine about his fully Kickstarter funded North Jersey video game convention: A Video Game Con (http://tinyurl.com/lqd8bdz), the upcoming cartridge based console: The Retro VGS and the preservationists at the Electronic Frontier Foundation taking the fight to the Entertainment Software Association!
The first podcast of 2015 includes some things to look out for while collecting for Nintendo 64 (N64); Leonard Herman joins the gang to reflect on the legacy Ralph Baer has left for all of us; Show & Tell includes custom-made Mike Tyson Punch-Out hardcover books and the new AT Games Atari paddle controllers.
The gang convenes during the holiday season of 2014 to talk about some of their memories of great Christmas gifts or nightmares of working in retail; the question "what is the most technologically superior Atari 2600 game" is addressed; show & tell includes videogame items new and very, very old.
The Videogame History Museum has found a permanent home; the gang discusses recent trends in "finds" as they're reported on the internet; show & tell includes a collection of rare boxed NES games, a Dreamcast flash mod and the Intellivision and Colecovision Flashback.
Much is covered in this slightly longer than usual episode. The gang discusses their favorite fiction and documentary videogame movies; how we determine what is considered "retro"; Greg reviews the Console Wars book; show and tell includes an Earthbound air freshener and C64 flash cart.
In the month of Pac-Man's 34th anniversary, the gang celebrates with a look back at favorite and not-so-favorite games in the franchise. Greg asks "what if the Atari 7800 were produced in 1984 when originally planned", and predictions and expectations for the upcoming E3 expo are discussed. All of this in addition to the usual show-and-tell segment cap off the episode.
Joe and Andrew report on their experience exhibiting with Videogame History Museum at SXSW 2014; on the eve of Wrestlemania XXX the gang discusses favorite retro wrestling games; Coleco tabletops, Super Game Boy and videogame-themed board games are shown.
Many a hot topic covered here, from Nintendo's recent closing of the Mario Kart DS servers' impact, the Jumpman Forever beta, a Hollywood treatment of Sega, the gang's recent finds, and Greg's demo of a modern day Vectrex 3D Imager reproduction.