Released to the arcades of 1981 by Rock-Ola – although produced by the little company known as Namco, Warp Warp is an arcade title that I literally didn’t know existed until it was rolled into the arcade one day. I said as much on the Diary podcast for the game – one that I believe holds the record for being the absolute shortest episode as there is literally no information on those responsible for creating it. When I first started playing Warp Warp I was quite amazed by it’s seemingly simple gameplay – like many of the golden age arcade titles though there was a beguiling amount of strategy involved with playing it well. What I was not aware of was that my fellow Retroist Author – Earl Green was also quite the fan of Warp Warp – in fact when he and his charming boys were able to visit the arcade we decided to have a challenge. It should come as no surprise whatsoever that Earl trounced me at the game – and my co-worker Andy Pickle was on hand to make sure that a photograph was taken of the event!
Here on the Retroist, Earl Green wrote some amazing articles on both soundtracks as well as such posts as the building of the Cygnus – the epic space vessel featured in Walt Disney’s sci-fi spectacular from 1979. But here is the thing, friends, Earl is a well known pop culture and video game historian in his own right. Running the LogBook.Com since – oh – around 1989 I believe when it was a Star Trek episode guide on a local BBS. I could be mistaken on the dates of course – but I believe it was back in 1996 that his video game historian side emerged with Phosphor Dot Fossils – which has provided hundreds and hundreds of reviews on not just classic arcade games but home consoles in the process too! Also throw into that mix that Earl has written two books on Doctor Who and one on Star Trek, as well as a more personal look at his own life with Fatherhood, Fandom, and Fading Out. I suppose what I’m trying to get at is that Earl knows his stuff…and I will relucantly admit…he knows more about obscure television shows than I do.
Now then, the reason for this article is to let you know that about 6 months ago – Earl threw his hat into the ring with a YouTube video series for Phosphor Dot Fossils. I will be picking some of Earl Green’s Phosphor Dot Fossils episodes and sharing them here on the Retroist. I thought it best to start with his video on 1981’s Warp Warp as we not only both love the little known game but have a personal connection with it – thanks to the arcade. In the nearly 13 minute presentation – Earl gives you a rundown on the basics of the game – while letting you check out the game in action while he is playing. In addition he share his memories of where he first encountered Warp Warp in his youth.
I want to thank Earl for being kind enough to let me share his video series on the Retroist – make sure to subscribe to the official LogBook YouTube channel after you finish the video.