February 15, 2019 – Week Off

Hi folks,

As we mentioned at the end of last week’s episode, this is a pre-planned week off for The Arcade for two reasons.  One, our normal recording day falls on Valentine’s Day this year and, as much as we enjoy being with you, we’d be remiss if we didn’t spend that day with our significant others.  And two, this week falls on a long weekend where we live, so we’d like to enjoy it and relax before getting back to the show next week

In the meantime, we encourage you to get your fill of our smooth sounds by checking out the many past episodes available for download on both our iTunes and Google Play pages.

February 8, 2019

Ludicrous Leadoffs:

News of the Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who is foolishly putting too much stock in the opinions of groundhogs this year

Blast From The Past:

February 1, 2019 – No Show This Week

Hi folks,

Unfortunately, there will not be a new show for you this week as Mike found himself bogged down and unexpectedly busy with work all week.  Hopefully, things will clear up and allow him to join Dennis in bringing you a new episode next week.

In the meantime, we encourage you to get your fill of our smooth sounds by checking out the many past episodes available for download on both our iTunes and Google Play pages.

January 25, 2019

Ludicrous Leadoffs:

News Of The Week:

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who looks forward to a day when he is no longer shackled to the arduous task of brainstorming a new nickname for himself every week

Blast From The Past:

January 18, 2019 – 2018 Year In Review (Part 2)

Friends, this week The Arcade continues its look back on the past year with part two of our 2018 Year In Review.  On this episode, we’ll focus our attention on some of the remaining big and big-ish stories that we’ve yet to have our say on from the year that was.  Included in this are Billy Mitchell and his disqualification from the Twin Galaxies record books, Telltale Games abruptly closing their doors, Epic Games and Discord tackling Steam head-on, and Atari doing some strange things, just to name a few.

What was discussed:

  • Telltale Games Shuts Down Out Of Nowhere
  • Epic Games, Others, Look To Challenge Steam In Digital Game Store War
  • Retro Companies Up To Some Odd Things
  • Billy Mitchell, Twin Galaxies, & Disputed High Scores
  • Ubisoft Opens A Studio In Winnipeg
  • Hello Games Finally Starts To Fulfill The Potential Of No Man’s Sky
  • Sony Releases Own Attempt At Retro Mini-Console, It Flops
  • Microsoft Is Busy Buying Game Dev Studios
  • Sony Announces It’s Plan To Skip E3 2019
  • The Vatican Launches Pokémon Go-Like Game Where You Collect Catholic Saints

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who shouldn’t be, but is always surprised by how outraged people become over clickbait

January 11, 2019 – 2018 Year In Review (Part 1)

Greetings friends, and welcome to 2019!  Hopefully, all of you out there managed to survive 2018, and we here at The Arcade are glad to be getting back into the swing of things after an enjoyable holiday break.  This week, we’ll take a look back at some of the bigger stories that played out last year for part one of our 2018 Year In Review.

The Big Topics of 2018:

  • Fortnite: The Game Sensation Sweeping The Nation
  • Nintendo: Switch Sales Still Staying Strong
  • Microsoft & Sony: Next Console Generation Already On The Horizon
  • Loot Boxes Finally Start To Get Their Cumuppins
  • Crowdfunding: Cautionary Tales Abound In 2018
  • eSports Continue To Grow In North America

Dennis’ Nickname:

The man who thinks 2019 should “gear down big-rig, you’re all over the road…. already”

December 22/18 – January 4/19 – 12th Annual Christmas Music Special

Friends, the holiday season is firmly upon us and what better way to feel the warmth of the season than with our 12th annual Christmas Music Special.  As we have with all of our past Christmas Music Specials, we endeavor to bring you some holiday songs that you probably haven’t heard before because, by this point, Jingle Bell Rock is rocked out and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is hard to take after the 786th listen.

On the show this year, we bring you a festive assortment of musical treats spanning different countries, eras, and genres too.  We start things off with some “prime cuts” from the new holiday album by recently released by William Shatner.  After that experience, we go back in time to a bygone era to experience some classic soul Christmas music from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Brown, and the recently departed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.  From there, the show makes a hard left turn and comes home for an all-Canadian Christmas group which spans the country by including the Crash Test Dummies, Dan Mangan, the Barenaked Ladies, and the late Rita MacNeil.  Closing out the show, we wanted to lift you up out of your chair and get you moving, so we put together a little bit of a Christmas dance party.  Because, why wouldn’t we?  Getting you bopping around will be tunes from Dragonette, John Legend, Dinosaur Jr., Eton John, and RuPaul.

As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself and add them to your collection.  We hope you enjoy this show, and we wish all of you out there a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

What Was Played:
(click on the links to buy!)

Dennis’ Nickname:

(nickname goes here)

December 14, 2018 – No Show This Week… Again

Hi folks,

The best way to describe this week would be to borrow a line from Leonard Snart/Captain Cold on an episode of The Flash when he said, “Make the plan.  Execute the plan.  Expect the plan to go off the rails.  Throw away the plan.”

You see, the sore throat that sidelined Mike for the last two weeks had at last subsided, and he could finally talk for long periods without discomfort.  Mike and Dennis lined up their respective schedules and managed to pick a date and time for when they could get together and record a show.  The news items were all selected and everything was pointing in a positive direction.  Unfortunately, however, what couldn’t be planned for was Dennis getting sick, which is exactly what happened this week.

For some reason, the fates decided to bless Dennis with one of those bad cold/borderline cases of flu that come and kick your butt for a few days.  Thankfully, the worst of it has now passed for him and he’s on the road to getting well, but was still in no condition to record a show.

We apologize for the lack new shows over the last several weeks.

In the meantime, we encourage you to get your fill of our smooth sounds by checking out the many past episodes available for download on both our iTunes and Google Play pages.

December 7, 2018 – No Show This Week

Hi folks,

Unfortunately, we still do not have a new show for you.  The culprit this week was the devastating one-two punch of scheduling conflicts and less than 100% health.  Last week, Mike was suffering from a sore throat, which was the main factor in not doing a show.  Alas, with a week’s time, Mike’s poor pharynx proves positively problematic and is still not yet up to enough snuff to survive the rigors of recording.  Ideally, if his current pace of recovery continues without issue, then he *should* (fingers crossed) be well enough for a show next week.  If anything changes on that front, watch this space.

In the meantime, we encourage you to get your fill of our smooth sounds by checking out the many past episodes available for download on both our iTunes and Google Play pages.

November 30, 2018 – No Show This Week

Hi folks,

Unfortunately, there will not be a new show for you this week as both Mike and Dennis have been under the weather for the past few days.  Mike, in specific, has been struck with a sore throat which makes it unpleasant to talk, and also makes him sound like he’s going through puberty for a second time.  Hopefully, with this week off, both will be back up and close to 100% to deliver a new show for you next week.

In the meantime, we encourage you to get your fill of our smooth sounds by checking out the many past episodes available for download on both our iTunes and Google Play pages.