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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast Ep 030 (Dig Dug)

Happy Atari Day, friends! Being the 26th of the month it means it’s time to celebrate all things Atari once again – what better way than talking about 1982’s Dig Dug on a new Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast? Bear in mind that it was indeed the legendary Namco that developed and produced Dig Dug. However it was Atari that handled the distribution of the classic game here in North America as well as Europe.

On the show I do cover the basics of Dig Dug as well as some strategies and interesting trivia. I try my best to point out the people of interest that had a hand in creating such a classic arcade game. In addition I discuss my feelings on the similarities of the gameplay to another 1982 classic title, I am referring of course to Universal’s Mr. Do!.

I also was able to share a really amazing and sort of rare piece of audio on this episode, related to the advertising of Dig Dug. Which was graciously uploaded by Matt Osborne, who just happens to have been the Son of the then Vice President of Atari. I have also included an interview with Matt and The Video Game Preservation Dump on his memories of this special audio treasure.
Dig Dug - Arcade - 1982

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too.

Now then, equip your best mining gear and join us as we delve into 1982’s Dig Dug!


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Would you like to know more about Atari Day?

Atari Day - Atari.IO

Image courtesy of Atari I/O’s Facebook page.


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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 029 (Rampage)

Wait a minute, just wait a minute. Didn’t we have two brand new Diary podcasts just last month? That is indeed a fact. So you might be wondering why we already have another new episode. Well, it could certainly be that I am spending more time at the arcade these days. It helps to get the juices flowing, my overwhelming desire to share my personal memories with all of you. On the other hand it might also have a just a little to do with the fact that Rampage is hitting theaters today. Although I do have some great memories to share with you as well as some interesting information on 1986’s Rampage!

On this episode, I will admit that I share a rather embarrassing event from my youth. All tied to Rampage of course. In addition however I was able to include some interviews on this particular podcast. Interviews featuring Brian Colin, one of the co-developers of the arcade title.

I share not just my first encounters with Rampage but touch upon the gameplay too. As well as the legacy of the game series. Not to mention I have included a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure.
Rampage - Mutations

Obviously with the 2018 film, which is of course based on the actual Rampage game, hitting theaters today. Perhaps you will find listening to this episode is a good way to spend time while you are standing in line at the movie theater?
Rampage - George

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee page too.

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I have no idea if the Rampage film will be any good. It does look fun however and I like giant monsters fighting each other.


You do as well, right?

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 028 (Space Invaders)

Two Diary podcasts in one month, have I gone insane? Some of you listeners might think that is indeed the case but today sees the release of Ready Player One. Judging by the trailers it appears that the classic 1978 Space Invaders makes an appearance. Which is of course why I decided to release this latest Diary podcast today. Because what better way to spend your time in line for the new Spielberg film than listening to the history of Space Invaders?
Space Invaders - Ready Player One

In this show, I naturally give you info on the origins of Space Invaders. As well as what I hope is a fascinating look at the intent of it’s creator, Tomohiro Nishikado. In addition, this episode is a bit longer than the usual Diary podcast. The reason being of course that such a monumental and groundbreaking arcade title has a lot to discuss.

I do share my first encounter with the legendary game in my youth. Furthermore I share the shocking night we received the game at the arcade. I have also managed to find a few audible treats for your listening pleasure as well.
Space Invaders - Arkadia Retrocade

In all honesty, my friends. I probably could have gone an entire hour with this episode. Interviews with Nishikado in USA Today, merchandising, home ports, and the legacy of Space Invaders. The game simply helped to change the landscape for video games as much as the likes of Pong or Pac-Man. This episode, unlike any other I found myself having too much information on the game!
Space Invaders - Arcade Game

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook page too.

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Now since Ready Player One motivated me to record this podcast covering Space Invaders. Why not watch the latest trailer?

[Via] Warner Bros. Pictures

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Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast 027 (Crystal Castles)

Welcome back, friends. To the latest episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. This go around I discuss the 1983 classic arcade game, Crystal Castles. Produced of course by Atari, this maze game is certainly one of my favorites. In addition Crystal Castles as you will hear, happens to have been an arcade title that caused me physical pain!
Crysal Castles - Trakball

Crystal Castles - Arcade Marquee
In this episode I of course discuss the notable employees of Atari that created Crystal Castles. As well as giving you the general rundown on the gameplay and interesting tidbits of information about this classic maze game.

Of course I also share some vintage audio related to Crystal Castles for your enjoyment. Moreover I share an exciting bit of news in regards to a game that Atari was working on at the time. But sadly, never released – due to the Video Game crash of 1983. I am pretty sure that like myself you will be blown away by that lost arcade title.
Crystal Castles - Gremlins

Now I would be remiss in my duties if I failed to mention that Christopher Tupa has created some fantastic artwork for Crystal Castles. Make sure to follow that link provided to learn how you can obtain this piece of artwork for yourself!
Crystal Castles - Christopher Tupa

If you have any suggestions for future games to cover or comments on the show itself you may email them to me at VicSage@Retroist.com. You can also contact me on Twitter and of course on Facebook. You can also keep up to date on what is going down at the Arkadia Retrocade by making sure to “Like” their Facebook Page. If you need a daily fix you can check out the Official Diary of an Arcade Employee Facebook Page too.

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Before you find out about 1983’s Crystal Castles – why not check out the game in action for yourself?

[Via] Old Classic Retro Gaming