Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 008 (TRON)

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Podcast – Episode 008 (TRON)

Welcome friends to the eighth episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast! Each show I will not only discuss a particular classic arcade game but share some behind the scenes information of what it’s like to work at a retro arcade. On this show I discuss the 1982 Bally/Midway classic “TRON” and have former Aladdin’s Castle arcade manager Gary Burton join me for an interview! This episode is quite a bit longer than usual with the info on TRON and the interview but I also announce the winner of the T-Shirt giveaway.

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.

Our new ending theme entitled “River Raid” was graciously provided by the talented Tony Longworth, you can visit his official site by clicking that link or hopping over to his Soundcloud page!


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. I have recently downloaded and listened to the previous seven episodes and have enjoyed them very much. I particularly enjoyed the 1942 and Double Dragon episodes.

    1942 was a game and one I played a lot as a kid, partly because I was good at it and partly because it seemed to be in a lot of arcades, game rooms and pizza places.

    When I was young my mother took my brother and I camping across the country. We spent a lot of time in KOA campground game rooms as a result. My brother and I usually only had a couple of quarters each but we could really make them last on games like 1942, Rush ‘n Attack and Contra.

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode as Tron was a really fun game.

    Keep up the great work and great podcast! Maybe one day I’ll make it out to the Arkadia Retrocade.

  2. Thank you very much for the kind words, BigOx737! 1942 sadly doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves in my opinion, although in the live feed yesterday at the arcade there was a guy ripping it up. :)

  3. Vic,, you’ve topped your podcast high score with this one!
    Not only a detailed breakdown of one of the finest arcade games ever produced but, conscript Gary Burton’s reminisences of arcade culture shock, foreign Star Wars, and general impressions of gamer life just blew me away.

    Hearing fellow retro-minded folks re-tell the journey of experiencing the media and technological breakthroughs as we lived them seem like a gift to me.
    It’s a ride in the TARDIS, it’s putting the pedal to the 88 m.p.h. mettle, it’s changing that dusty
    bulb in the attic of the mind, seeing old toy friends still smiling in the new glow.

    It’s why the Retroist podcast is like plutonium for my ride’s reactor, getting me where I wanna go.
    And yours is that bolt of lightning, striking that tower to juice up the travel.
    That’s the power of MP3.

    Yeah, and Gary’s fine after that impromptu drop to the Grid.
    His space battling skills quickly led him to pilot a cruiser back home, via an I/O tower.

    Thanks again to you and Gary the User for this rezzing of memories.

  4. Hey, thanks go out to you Atari Adventure Square for getting Gary off the grid safely! Thank you so very much for the kind words on the show as well, please cross your fingers for a possible interview in the future that will knock your socks off. :)

  5. It always frustrated me that Atari participated in the production of the TRON movie and contributed computer animations, etc. and yet failed to secure the licensing agreements for home and arcade video games. Seems like another lost opportunity for my favorite video game company.

    This was a fantastic episode! I’m really loving this podcast. When you’ve been into classic gaming for so long it’s a challenge to learn something new. That’s why I love this so much.

  6. Thank you very much for the kind words, Atari I/O! It really makes me wonder if Disney had some hand in a home port not coming out…it boggles the mind. :)

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