Retro Game Guys podcast revisits video gaming's history and nostalgia, one game at a time. Long-time friends and co-hosts Zack ("The Retrogaming Guru"), Dustin ("The Picky Gamer") and Alex ("The Infrequent Gamer") have very different experience and skill sets when it comes to gaming, which allows them to share unique perspectives on classic games...and a few heated disagreements.
Each episode features game history, interesting facts, our fond video gaming memories, and our experiences revisiting the game.
The podcast is very listener-centric: episodes feature listener memories, references to social media conversations, and a score competition where listeners try and beat the hosts' scores (see #BeatRetroGameGuys on Twitter). The podcast is also clean (no swearing) and is appropriate for a PG audience - so families can rediscover retrogaming together.
Since 2018, the Retro Game Guys podcast has covered the pinnacle of retro games: from Nintendo classics like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros., and The Legend of Zelda, to 16-bit hits like Sonic the Hedgehog and Aladdin, to notable non-console games like DOOM.
The guys have also had the pleasure of interviewing some of the most influential names in gaming, including former Nintendo of America spokesman Howard Phillips, Creator of Pitfall! and Activision co-founder David Crane, and Creator of Q*bert Warren Davis.
We hope the Retro Game Guys podcast brings you back to a simpler time!
The Retro Gaming Podcast is recorded in Silicon Valley, CA. For more info, DM us on social media @retrogameguys or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I started playing video games around 1984. During visits to my Aunt's house, I used to play my older cousin's Atari 2600, and would often beat my cousin and his friends at games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders. I fell in love with this new electronic "toy" and bugged my parents until they finally got me an Atari of my own.
Years later, I graduated to the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) which only deepened my love for video games. The NES featured games that actually looked like what my friends and I played in the arcades, and the games had more depth and excitement than what I remembered playing on my old 2600. The NES changed my life, as it did for millions of kids growing up in the 1980s. The home video game industry was exploding into a cultural phenomenon and my friends and I were right in the middle of it.
And while many of my friends moved on from video games in later years, I never stopped playing. I also picked up video game collecting, amassing a collection of over a thousand titles from the 70s-2000s.
But as fun as playing solo and collecting was... I really missed talking games with my friends.
And that’s why I wanted to start a podcast to recapture that long-lost feeling of hanging out with best friends, sharing the games that we loved, and talking a little smack here and there!
It took a few years to find the time - especially with raising two young kids - but as soon as time started opening up, I called up my friends Dustin (the host), Alex (the infrequent gamer), and JP (the obsessive collector). They all agreed to do a quick podcast demo. After a couple of months of sharing our demos and tweaking our format, we released our first 3 episodes (Mario Bros., Golden Axe, and Galaga) on September 10, 2018.
Since those early days, we have been lucky enough to build a small community of listeners from around the world and have had the pleasure of interviewing some of our gaming heroes. We have even done a few live shows at game shops like AFKxp in Campbell, CA.
Unfortunately, one of our founding members, JP, had to step away from the podcast in late 2020 but he continues to be a part of the podcast, along with a regular cast of characters that we have met while on this journey.
Thanks for listening and for coming on this adventure with us. We hope to share more exciting times together!
Stay well and game on!
Zack "The Retrogaming Guru"