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The Arcade Files

Want to go to the arcade? That was my favorite question growing up and in this podcast, I'll dive into the history of arcades. Join me as I talk about the most famous arcade games of the past, introduce you to some you may have never heard of and explore the world of arcades.PS. They are still out there. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

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Ms. Pac-man

How does one follow up the massive success of Pac-man? Well, apparently you work with a third party entity to develop the idea. That's exactly what happened with Ms. Pac-man, not originally conceived by Namco or Midway, but by General Computer Corporation. How did this happen? Only one way to find out, enjoy the episode! Source codes article mentioned in today's episode: https://github.com/historicalsource?tab=repositories Social Media Links Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles The old fashioned email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

27mins

5 May 2021

Rank #1

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Star Castle

It's September of 1980 and Cinematronics released Star Castle to the arcades. Using experimental artificial intelligence (A.I.) to challenge the player, Star Castle helped pave the way for future creators in expanding computer A.I. for video games even into today's time. This was also "color" vector graphics game, which wasn't common at the time. Star Castle has a great history and I hope you enjoy the episode. Link to Bandai Namco Studios Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYC5taNHZWnASB-Z0Mf3BHA Follow the show on social media! https://twitter.com/arcade_files https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/ Or email the show at thearcadefiles@gmail.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

17mins

15 Apr 2021

Rank #2

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Phoenix

It's December of 1980, a new game shows up at the local arcades from Centuri it's called Phoenix. Never heard of it, but it's an important one. Doing something Space Invaders and Galaga didn't do, introducing a "boss" as the final encounter of the game and progressive level game design, no repeats here, a true first indeed. Enjoy the episode! Follow the show on social media! Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/ Or send the show an email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

15mins

31 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Rally-X

In late 1980, Namco released a maze chase game, Rally-X, in Japan and with the help of Midway, Rally-X was brought to North America in 1981. Originally, Rally-X was thought to be a big hit, however, when it finally released against Pac-man and Defender, it fell to the wayside. Regardless, Rally-X was a pioneer in the video game industry, being the first to have a bonus stage and background music. Enjoy the episode! Twitter: @arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

16mins

15 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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Wizard of Wor

It's 1980 and arcades are dominated by One Player games. However, Midway is here to solve the problem with Wizard of Wor, a pioneer of Two Player cooperative play, even with the computer AI helping if you are a lone gamer. Also an early adopter of synthesized speech and a maze like game at that. A truly unique title during the early years of the Golden Age. Enjoy! Forbes Article Link mentioned in today's episode https://www.forbes.com/sites/mattgardner1/2021/02/19/insanely-rare-sega-arcade-cabinet-found-abandoned-in-uk-field/?sh=4195c73256bd Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

20mins

4 Mar 2021

Rank #5

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Qix

It's 1981 and arcades are in desperate need of some variety. Enter Qix, the first puzzle game for the arcades and developed by a married couple. Qix went on to be a initial big hit for Taito America and is an incredibly unique game to this day. What many consider a sleeper hit today, this game paved the wave for future puzzle games that would later pop up in the gaming industry. Enjoy the episode! Email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com Social Media Twitter: @arcade_files Facebook & Instagram: thearcadefiles--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

16mins

15 Feb 2021

Rank #6

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Scramble

Released in 1981 by Stern in North America, Scramble made quite a bit of money and brought some new features never before seen in an arcade game. However, many have forgotten about this pioneer, but not today. Enjoy a very early game in the shoot-em-up genre, that helped define it. Check out the social media links and email for the podcast, as well as, articles and YouTube video mentioned in today's episode. Email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Arcade Heroes article: https://arcadeheroes.com/2021/01/16/newsbytes-atgames-launches-arcadenet-new-videos-vr-wow-arcade-ports/ Wilcox Arcade article: https://www.wilcoxarcade.com/single-post/my-thoughts-on-arcade-port-begging YouTube Video with discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS8XRSskN30 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

22mins

30 Jan 2021

Rank #7

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Galaxian

It's the late 1970s and Taito dominated the arcades with Space Invaders. However, Namco wanted to cash in as well by releasing Galaxian in 1979. They had developed never before seen hardware and a complete 100% RGB color game, Galaxian quickly became the game to play in the early 1980s. Galaxian has a history and story worth sharing, helping propel Namco in the arcade scene, especially in North America and creating the iconic little spaceship we all know and love. Enjoy today's episode and check out the links mentioned in the podcast. Play Conquest Online: http://www.codemystics.com/conquest/ Follow The Arcade Files on Social Media Twitter: https://twitter.com/arcade_files Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/ Email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

23mins

15 Jan 2021

Rank #8

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Star Wars: The Arcade Game

It's May 1983 with Star Wars: Return of the Jedi coming out in theaters and Atari has timed it just right to release a Star Wars arcade game. With the blessing of George Lucas, Atari created a beloved game that is still enjoyed today. This is the story of Star Wars: The Arcade Game, enjoy! Email: thearcadefiles@gmail.com Social Media Links: https://twitter.com/arcade_files https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/ https://parler.com/profile/TheArcadeFiles/--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

19mins

30 Dec 2020

Rank #9

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Gorf

It's 1981 and the Gorfian Empire is invading Earth, you must protect it all cost! Gorf was a pioneer in during the Golden Age of Arcade, being an early adopter to use synthesized speech and the first arcade game to feature multiple screens. We can thank Jamie Fenton for creating this little gem and giving other developers new ideas for future titles. I hope you enjoy the history and story of Gorf. Follow The Arcade Files on social media: https://www.facebook.com/thearcadefiles https://twitter.com/arcade_files https://www.instagram.com/thearcadefiles/ https://www.parler.com/thearcadefiles Insert Coin Documentary https://www.insertcoindoc.com--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thearcadefiles/support

18mins

15 Dec 2020

Rank #10