Listen to me on this week’s You Don’t Know Flack Podcast about Podcasting


Rob O’Hara, who you might know as Flack, asked me to submit a segment for his long-running podcast, “You Don’t Know Flack”. The episode is on the subject of podcasting and includes a bunch of great contributors including:

– Guy Hutchinson of the Adventure Club Podcast, Flux Capaci-cast, Drunk on Disney and several other shows, all of which can be found at
– Earl Green from The Escape Pod(cast) hosted by
– Robert “Ferg” Ferguson, host of the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast
– Rick and Paul from The Intellivisionaries
– Doug McCoy of McCoyCast (including Never Seen It, Crazy Creepy Cool Movies, and the 80?s Anthology: Episode by Episode podcasts)
– Carrington Vanston, co-host of both No Quarter and the Retro Computing Roundtable
– Sean Johnson, founder of Throwback Reviews, OTR Playlist and my partner on Throwback Network

If you are interested in podcasting yourself and want some advice or just want to hear opinions from some experienced folks, you can download and subscribe at the You Don’t Know Flack website, or listen to the show below.

You Don’t Know Flack – Episode 139 – The Galloping Ghost Arcade

Episode 139 of You Don’t Know Flack is all about the Galloping Ghost Arcade, located in Chicago, Illinois. I was in Chicago last week for a business trip and was able to swing by the Ghost and check it out.

With 400 games available to play, the Galloping Ghost is currently listed as “the biggest arcade in North America” — even bigger than Funspot! All the classics are there, but even more impressive to me were some of the rarer titles the arcade has on the floor. Every retro arcade worth its weight in tokens has a Donkey Kong cabinet, but it’s been a long time since I saw Ikaruga, Splatter House, or Elevator Action II running at an arcade. Galaga is pretty common at these places; Galaga 3, not so much.

I was 11 years old the first time I basked in the black light glow of a Tron cabinet, simultaneously working the spinner and twitching my trigger finger as I blasted my way into the Master Control Program’s cone. I never would have imagined that some day I would be standing behind my 11 year old son, explaining to him how to do the same.

This year alone I have visited the 1984 Arcade in Missouri, Arkadia Retrocade in Arkansas, Insert Coin(s) and the Pinball Hall of Fame (both in Las Vegas), and Funspot in New Hampshire. How does the Galloping Ghost Arcade stand up to all of those? Tune in and find out!

Link: You Don’t Know Flack Episode 139: The Galloping Ghost Arcade

You Don’t Know Flack Podcast: Arcade Auctions

While I don’t normally like to plug my own projects here on the site, here’s one that I think some of you might be interested in.

Episode 114 of my You Don’t Know Flack podcast is all about Arcade Auctions. In this episode I share some of my past experiences with arcade auctions, both good and bad. I started buying arcade machines (yes, the big, giant wooden ones!) back in 1994, and have bought somewhere around 70 machines since then. Many of the stories and tips in this podcast appear in my book Invading Spaces: A Beginner’s Guide to Collecting Arcade Games, but if you just want the information regarding arcade auctions … here you go. In this episode of YDKF I talk about arcade auctions, how they work, what to bring, when not to buy, and more.

Link: You Don’t Know Flack Episode 114: Arcade Auctions