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 28: May 1993
In episode 28 of the Video Wizards podcast, we are confronted with a persisting theme of assassinations and gun violence in popular media as we head back to the month May in 1993. In the arcades, Frank Castle drags Nick Fury with him into a cycle of carnage on a rampage through the underworld, inContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 28: May 1993"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 27: April 1989
In the 27th episode of Video Wizards, we close in on the end of the Cold War as the political system of communism takes hits left, right and center, in the month of April, 1989. Not in the least as Strider Hiryu bowls into Moscow and assassinates all members of the Duma, in Capcom’s arcadeContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 27: April 1989"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 26: March 1985
In episode 26 of Video Wizards, we get sucked into the cultural maelstrom of March 1985, where the global arcade industry has picked up the pieces and is striking back with, well, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by our good friends at Atari and Konami’s cutesy, sugary vertical shoot ’em up TwinBee. Namco, meanwhile,Continue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 26: March 1985"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 25: Winter 1983/1984
For this 25th episode of Video Wizards, we find ourselves back in the earlier 1980s, when health and safety regulations were of a lesser concern. It’s the cold, cold winter of 1983 going on 1984 and the arcade industry was rocked to the core by the “Atari Shock”. Picking up the pieces and strapped forContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 25: Winter 1983/1984"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 24: Autumn 1998
In the 24th episode of Video Wizards, we travel to a time close to the “mark of the millennium”, as we find ourselves covering the autumnal months of September, October and November of 1998 for yet another very substantial seasonal spectacular. Arcade games increasingly lose floor space to slot machines and the ones that don’tContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 24: Autumn 1998"
VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 23: Summer 1994
In episode 23 of Video Wizards, we return to the year 1994 to bask in the sunrays of the summer, for another seasonal spectacular. With the midpoint of the ’90s just one year away and the ’80s now full and well behind us, we find ourselves in a period of cultural turmoil, where the arcadeContinue reading "VIDEO WIZARDS PODCAST – Episode 23: Summer 1994"
Stick it, Jon!
This podcast gave me a new found disrespect for Bon Jovi. Keep up the good work!
What I lack in gaming knowledge I make up for in goosebumps when I hear something I can relate to from my childhood.
As a kid who played the ZX Spectrum (with the in built tape player) and then progressed to a Sega Master system before finding Championship Manager, the best thing about being caught shoplifting when I was 13 was being grounded all summer and being able to play it all day everyday til my mum got home from work 😂
Keep up the good work guys 👍👍
Glad I don’t work at Atari
I came for the video games chat. I stayed for the local Dutch news. Great podcast.