The Memory Machine #63 – The History (and Present!) of Text Adventures

For this episode of the podcast, Nate has on Jason Dyer to talk about the wide and wonderful world of interactive fiction, from its nascent period with “game books” all the way up to present day interactive fiction competitions. Jason Dyer is a prolific blogger on the topic of interactive fiction, and his blog Renga… Read More The Memory Machine #63 – The History (and Present!) of Text Adventures

Stormtrooper Attack – Making Your Own Video Games, 1970’s Style (Part 3)

Hoo boy. Building this one was a doozy. This is probably the game in the book that intrigued me most as a nine year old when I first borrowed this book from the LaGrange Public Library. It’s the one that most resembled a game I was familiar with, in this case, Space Invaders. An interesting… Read More Stormtrooper Attack – Making Your Own Video Games, 1970’s Style (Part 3)

A Simple Tag Game – Making Your Own Video Games, 1970’s Style (part 2)

If you remember the last time I wrote about this, after much wrestling and tinkering I finally got the main video circuit working! Mistakes were made both on my end and the original schematics I was working off of, but I was able to overcome these things with raw determination in spite of my relative… Read More A Simple Tag Game – Making Your Own Video Games, 1970’s Style (part 2)

The Memory Machine #60 – Josie and the Pussycats, and Early 2000’s Youth Culture

Well, this is quite a departure from the last several episodes, eh? This week on the show, Nate is joined by Kate Lockhart and Molly Burke to talk about the 2001 cult favorite JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS, what it had to say about the pop culture of the era, and how its satire is viewed… Read More The Memory Machine #60 – Josie and the Pussycats, and Early 2000’s Youth Culture

The Memory Machine #59 – The Birth of Pinball (w/ Ethan Johnson)

This week, Ethan Johnson returns as we talk about the next great chapter in arcade game history: the birth of Pinball (or Pigeonhole, if you must). It’s a big topic with an appropriately long runtime, so get ready to fill your ears with a lot of ballyhoo! (pun is ABSOLUTELY intended.) Ethan excellent blog is┬áThe… Read More The Memory Machine #59 – The Birth of Pinball (w/ Ethan Johnson)

The Memory Machine #58 – Gaming Alexandria (w/ Dustin Hubbard)

This week on the Memory Machine, Nate has on the stalwart archiver par excellence and grand potentate of the Gaming Alexandria website, Dustin Hubbard to talk about adventures in scanning magazine, dumping ROMs for obscure computers, and even grumble a little bit about copyright law. Please check out the Gaming Alexandria website to check out… Read More The Memory Machine #58 – Gaming Alexandria (w/ Dustin Hubbard)