(Friends, Vic Sage here, Brett Weiss asked me to write an introduction to his latest Tales From A Retro Gamer video – one in which he shares his memories of visiting the Classic Gaming Expo back in 2003. It certainly sounds like from the memories that Brett shares in said video that it was a pretty epic event – with the likes of David Crane (Pitfall!) as well as Garry Kitchen (Keystone Kapers, Pressure Cooker) – to say nothing of Warren Davis (Q*bert) and even Nolan Bushnell in attendance. This event was held in Las Vegas and apparently was the very first retro gaming convention that Brett was able to attend – in addition he shares a few of the treasures he was able to pick up while attending the 2003 CGE!
The main reason for this new Tales From A Retro Gamer video is for Brett to share his memories of first meeting Walter Day – who was hosting a tournament for the 1982 classic arcade game Mr. Do! by Universal. Which just so happens to be Brett’s favorite arcade title of all time, and I might add not only a game I’ve covered on the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast – but quite possibly the Retroist’s favorite game too. Great minds think alike and all that, right?
Not to give too much away but Brett is a very impressive player when it comes to the Mr. Do! home ports on the Colecovision and Super Nintendo – but when tackling the arcade version he was playing against some truly INCREDIBLE Players. I personally think that Brett is far too hard on himself by saying it was an epic fail – but at the very least he has these cherished memories of the event to share with us all.)
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Friends, back in the day on the Retroist site we engaged in something we called Atari Day, where on the 26th of every month – a date chosen by fans to celebrate all things related to Atari. What better way than talking about 1982’s Dig Dug on a new Diary of an Arcade Employee podcast? Bear in mind that it was indeed the legendary Namco that developed and produced Dig Dug – however it was Atari that handled the distribution of the classic game here in North America as well as in Europe.
On the show I do cover the basics of Dig Dug as well as some strategies and a bit of the more interesting trivia concerning the game. I try my best to point out the people of interest that had a hand in creating such a classic arcade title – in addition I discuss my feelings on the similarities of the gameplay to another 1982 classic title, I am referring of course to Universal’s Mr. Do!.
For what it might be worth, on this episode I was able to share a really amazing and sort of rare piece of audio – related to the advertising of Dig Dug. Which was graciously uploaded by Matt Osborne, who just happens to have been the Son of the then Vice President of Atari. I have also included an interview with Matt and The Video Game Preservation Dump on his memories of this special audio treasure.
Now then, equip your best mining gear and join us as we delve into 1982’s Dig Dug!
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