Happy Halloween boils and ghouls! It’s time for us here at The Arcade to celebrate the season of ghosts, goblins, and candy by shelving the video game talk for one week to bring you a hearty helping of Halloween-appropriate songs on our annual Halloween Music Special! Despite what commercial radio would have you believe, there are more Halloween songs out there than Thriller and the Monster Mash, and we’ve brought some of them together on this year’s show. Our playlist ranges all the way from Elvira to King Diamond, remixes of 90’s kids TV show themes to German power metal about a Stephen King novel, and songs from Broadway musicals to a song about the Great Old One himself, Cthulhu! So tune in and let us be your soundtrack for this scary season. As always, we encourage you to follow the iTunes links below to purchase these songs for yourself, to enjoy at Halloween and beyond.
Hey Friends, we’re taking this week off in order to put together our annual Halloween Music Special, which will be posted for all to enjoy next week. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our NES 30th Anniversary episode from last week where we had a chance to talk to Jeff Ryan, Blake J. Harris, and Nathan Altice about the Nintendo machine which paved the way for the modern era of gaming.
Friends, we’re using this week’s show to celebrate an important milestone in the history of modern video gaming: the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System releasing in North America! To celebrate, we interviewed some really smart people to discuss the NES, its history, and some interesting information you might not have known about the machine itself.
Jeff Ryan, author of Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America, (which is available for purchase here), discussed the legacy of the NES and Super Mario Bros.
Blake J. Harris, author of the book Console Wars, (which is available for purchase here), spoke with us about Nintendo of America and the people involved with helping to bring the console to North American homes in 1985.
Nathan Altice, author of I AM ERROR, (which is available for purchase here), shed some light about the actual hardware of the NES, and what went in to making it work.
The man who wonders who died and put the librarians of the Chicago Public Library in charge of replacing the traditional anniversary gifts.