Retro Game Guys (A Retro Gaming Podcast)
New Year’s Eve 2020 Special

New Year’s Eve 2020 Special

December 31, 2020

In this episode, the Retro Game Guys look back on our most memorable podcast moments of 2020, give thanks to our community, & chat with a secret guest. Two of the Guys also try and convince Alex that Wizards & Warriors is a great game.

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Interview with Warren Davis, Creator of Q*bert

Interview with Warren Davis, Creator of Q*bert

December 21, 2020

Retro Game Guys Podcast is proud to welcome Warren Davis. Warren has a long list of accomplishments in the video game industry, including programming the classic arcade hit Q*bert. Released in 1982, Q*bert has since become one of the most popular arcade games of all time, and a beloved pop culture character.

Following Q*bert, Warren developed the Laserdisc game Us Vs. Them. He also broke new ground in game design by developing digitization technology that was used to create the iconic visuals in Mortal Kombat, Terminator 2 the Arcade Game, Revolution X starring Aerosmith, and Narc.

In 2018, Warren was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame alongside a couple of other legends that we have had the pleasure of interviewing: Howard Phillips and David Crane. 

Warren has a book titled “You Can’t Call It @!#?@! - Stories from a life making video games.” (The "@!#?@!" is the cartoon balloon that pops up when Q*bert loses a life in the game.)

We talked to Warren about a range of topics including his time at Gottlieb and Williams, the shortcomings of Laserdisc games, his favorite ports of Q*bert, and what he's up to now. Follow Warren on Twitter: @WarrenDavis29. 

Hope you enjoy the interview.

 

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S3 Ep3: Kung Fu (or Beat Fred Savage)

S3 Ep3: Kung Fu (or Beat Fred Savage)

December 16, 2020

In this episode, the guys play the classic beat ‘em up title Kung Fu (NES, 1985). Learn about the history of this black box game, find out how to play as Sylvia, and listen in as we reveal some big scores and crazy strategies in our most epic Beat Retro Game Guys competition to date!

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Quick Play: Missile Command

Quick Play: Missile Command

December 2, 2020

In this Quick Play episode, the Guys play the arcade and Atari 2600 classic Missile Command! Learn more about the programmer's nightmares and hear what the Guys think of the modern update.

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S3 Ep2: Twisted Metal (or the John Tesh of Rocket League)

S3 Ep2: Twisted Metal (or the John Tesh of Rocket League)

November 18, 2020

In this episode, the guys play their first PlayStation game and dive right into the vehicle combat of Twisted Metal (1995). Learn about the history of this best-selling game, hear about the Hollywood dreams of the game's director, and discover the connection between the Infrequent Gamer, Nicolas Cage, and Twisted Metal!

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Quick Play: Paperboy

Quick Play: Paperboy

November 4, 2020

In this Quick Play episode, the Guys play the arcade classic Paperboy for the NES, Genesis, and even Lynx! Learn more about the connection to Star Wars and what the Guys thought of the isometric view.

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S3 Ep1: DOOM (or Keeping Books from Children)

S3 Ep1: DOOM (or Keeping Books from Children)

October 20, 2020

Welcome to the kickoff of Retro Game Guys season 3! For this Halloween episode, the guys play the classic first-person-shooter DOOM (1993) for the PC. Listen in as they discuss the legends of id Software, the connection to Tom Cruise, and the iconic Nintendo game that inspired the id team. The guys also talk briefly about a change to the podcast for season 3. 

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Interview with Howard Phillips, the Game Master

Interview with Howard Phillips, the Game Master

August 1, 2020

As part of our Super Mario Bros SUPER celebration, we are proud to present our interview with former Nintendo of America Spokesman Howard Phillips! 

 

If you grew up with the NES, Super Mario Bros. and Nintendo Power magazine like we did, there’s a name that you will surely recognize: Howard Phillips aka the Game Master. Howard was Nintendo’s most prominent spokesman here in the US during the golden age of the NES and his Game Master Persona - a friendly guy with a bowtie and mad gaming skills - was someone who all of us kids wanted to be.

But Howard was much more than just a public face of Nintendo back in the day, as we will learn much more about in this interview. He played many roles within the company, had a hand in the success of the NES, Super Mario Bros. and countless other games. He also helped Nintendo evolve from the arcade-focused company that they were in the early 80’s to the dominant force in console gaming that they became in later years. It’s clear that video gaming would not be what it is today without the work of Howard Phillips, the Game Master.

 

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S2 Ep13: Super Mario Bros. Part 2 (2nd Anniversary Celebration)

S2 Ep13: Super Mario Bros. Part 2 (2nd Anniversary Celebration)

July 29, 2020

It's a SUPER Celebration! The guys celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the podcast and 35 years of Super Mario Bros. in a big way! In Part 2 of the episode, the guys share their memories of Super Mario Bros along with Howard Phillips and Retro Game Guys listeners. You'll also hear who came out on top in the #BeatRetroGameGuys score competition. 

 

Be sure to catch the full, hour-long interview with Howard Phillips! (Out 8/1/2020)

 

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S2 Ep13: Super Mario Bros. Part 1 (2nd Anniversary Celebration)

S2 Ep13: Super Mario Bros. Part 1 (2nd Anniversary Celebration)

July 29, 2020

It's a SUPER Celebration! The guys celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the podcast and 35 years of Super Mario Bros. in a big way! In Part 1 of the episode, the guys run through the history of Super Mario Bros which includes input from the Game Master himself and former Nintendo of America spokesperson Howard Phillips! 

 

Be sure to catch Part 2 and the full, hour-long interview with Howard Phillips! (Out 8/1/2020) 

 

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