Every month, Ben Cartlidge and Michiel Kroder take a look at the same month in a random year from the last two decades of the 20th century. They discuss what video games were popular in the arcades of that moment in time, but also what was going on in popular culture and the world around us, from a joint UK and Netherlands perspective.
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 16: May 1987
The hits keep on coming as the Video Wizards travel back to the heydays of ninja related crimes in May 1987 and discuss monumental arcade games like Double Dragon, Taito’s Rastan Saga and Super Hang-On. But there is also Konami’s Combat School, which failed to prepare Ben and Michiel for its final level in theContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 16: May 1987"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 15: April 1992
In this episode of the Video Wizards Podcast we’re traveling back to April 1992 to an arcade landscape that differs wildly from the one we left in the last episode. In the wake of 1991’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, we find the scene reinvigorated, with big budget games and showy machines occupying theContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 15: April 1992"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 14: March 1984
In this episode, the Video Wizards find themselves in March 1984, where they are confronted with the wreckage left by Atari on the North American video game market and its effect on releases in European arcades. It’s nothing but obscure coin-ops this month as SNK quietly introduce the now little known sequel to Vanguard, CorelandContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 14: March 1984"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 13: February 1982
In this episode, the Video Wizards travel back further in time than they ever have, all the way to February 1982. In this month, SEGA make a splash with the visually striking axonometric space shooter Zaxxon while Atari revisits Asteroids in a tethered fashion for Space Duel. Gaming’s first diva appears in the form ofContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 13: February 1982"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 12: January 1997
In this episode of Video Wizards, we travel to January 1997 to witness the sad slow demise of the arcades in Western Europe, with cabinets getting replaced by slot machines in all but the last remaining dedicated gaming halls. But in these bright and colourful sanctuaries, there’s still a lot of video game fun toContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 12: January 1997"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 11: December 1989
In this final Video Wizards Podcast episode of 2020, we travel back 31 years, to the month of December 1989. With the last holiday season of the 1980s upon us, we are visited by Santa Haggar, backed up by Cody and Guy, for Capcom’s genre redefining Final Fight. Konami, meanwhile, set out their own brawlingContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 11: December 1989"
Glad I don’t work at Atari
I came for the video games chat. I stayed for the local Dutch news. Great podcast.
Two incredibly interesting and comfortable friends talk about specific months from decades past. Detailing arcades, video games, movies, hip-hop, rock, news, Dutch shenanigans and Snake It. Informative, compelling, funny and warm. Give it a listen, it’s rad.
Feel like this podcast is tailor-made for me. If you’re like me and love you some 80’s and 90’s nostalgia, do your self a favour and subscribe to the video wizards podcast. Ben and Michiel are like an English/Dutch yin and yang when it comes to covering the games, music, and general zeitgeist of the (so far) mid 80’s to mid 90’s era.