Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 034 (BurgerTime)

Diary Of An Arcade Employee Ep. 034 (BurgerTime)

Friends, welcome back to a new episode of the Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast – for this show we are tackling BurgerTime, Data East’s 1982 classic platform arcade game. I didn’t think many of you would be stumped by BurgerTime being the subject of the show for this go around but I will admit I was a little surprised by how many private messages and e-mails I received with the answer – I guess everyone enjoyed that Centipede episode?

Time to make the burgers!

On this podcast I give you a bit of history on Data East, the developer and producer of BurgerTime – in particular how it was designed for their novel DECO cassette system. As I explain in a little more detail on the show itself – it was a system that was meant to make it easier for an arcade owner to switch up the games they had on the floor, once the popularity of a title was wearing out. As mentioned on this BurgerTime episode, I found this YouTube video that shows not just the DECO cassette system in action but what might be the only arcade in the World still using it!

BurgerTime did extremely well and that meant there were ports of the arcade game to the more popular home consoles and personal computers of the day. As an audio treat I’ve included three original commercials for these home ports on this episode – including that iconic live-action version… that just so happens to feature the terrifying Mr. Hot Dog ending.

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I hope you will enjoy this BurgerTime episode and thank you as always for taking the time to listen to the show.

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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 3 Comments

  1. Good episode Vic. I absolutely love Burgertime. We were an Atari 2600 home and I burned with jealousy as my buddy had the Colecovision version which was fantastic. My 2600 port? Eh……

  2. Awesome, can’t wait to listen to it I was terrible at this game when I was young, and I am still not very good at it now, but it is one of my favorites to play when I visit an arcade

  3. Dr. Clown and Jeremiah – many thanks for taking the time to listen to the show, very much appreciated it I assure you. For the record I think the Intellivision version is an incredible port – sadly haven’t had the opportunity to play the Colecovision one yet!

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