I started playing video games around 1984. During visits to my Aunt's house, I used to school my older cousin on Pac-Man and Space Invaders on his Atari 2600. 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 thousands of 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.
The Retro Game Guys podcast (listen here) is a bi-weekly series that focuses on one game from the 80’s and 90’s (the 8- and 16-bit eras). Each episode features game history, interesting facts, our fond video gaming memories, and our experiences revisiting the game.
And while the podcast and hanging with my buddies is fun, the magic is when people play along with us. We have built a community that rediscovers each the game with us and competes with us using #BeatRetroGameGuys. And we do our part to make it fun by chatting with our listeners on social media, sharing listener comments and scores on the podcast, and giving way games.
We hope you enjoy the podcast and that it brings you back to a much simpler time.
Thank you for listening!
Zack "The Retro Gaming Guru"