Episode 1: Gamer Intelligence, BASIC, International DRM, Webkinz, and Vintage PC Soundcards

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Armchair Arcade is proud to present its first official episode of Armchair Arcade Radio! This episode, hosted by Matt Barton, features material from each member of AA's staff: Bill Loguidice, Mark Vergeer, Christina Loguidice, and Chris Kennedy. Enjoy the episode and don't forget to tell all your retro computing and gaming friends! Stay tuned to Armchair Arcade for future episodes.

Episode One 48K version (23 Megabytes)
Episode One 128K version (60 Megabytes)

Topics include:

  • Does playing videogames make you smarter?
  • What was the first "recognizable" personal computer to offer BASIC?
  • How do international copyright laws and DRM hamper the European gaming scene?
  • What are Webkinz, why are they so popular, and is it part of a larger trend?
  • How does your choice of sound card affect the quality of your vintage gaming PC?

The podcast is available in 48K and 128K formats. Don't forget to comment below on what you think of the episode. If you are not a member of AA, just use the Join/Contact Us button above to set up your account.

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Thanks to "Plucky Dan 77" for the "Armchair Arcade" growl at the beginning.

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Carl Williams
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All Will Improve With Time/Experience

Just want to say up front, the show was awesome.  I mean, having poked around here for awhile now and liked what I have seen so far, the radio show is easily going to be a nice addition to the site and Youtube stuff.  Great job on your first outing.

 

I think having Matt leading the show as a host of sorts is a great idea, his voice is instantly recognizable for Youtube fans coming over and his sense of humor comes across rather well (though, I do miss seeing the interesting and unique shirts from the videos).  Matt's segment was great and on par with what fans have come to expect.

Mr. Loguidice, loved the content.  An extremely large amount of information that was presented in a great format that was clear and coherent, something many would probably have fumbled on.  My only advice would be to make your script your own, you came across as a little stiff but I am confident this will definitely improve as you get more comfortable behind the microphone.

Mr. Vergeer, thank you for bringing to the forefront a topic that many in areas of the world like the US simply don't know about.  I had no idea that gaming was that restricted due to licensing anywhere in the world.  Definitely content that I am pretty sure that will not be discussed on other radio shows for one reason or another.  Please, continue covering this situation for the rest of us.

Mrs. Loguidice, I must say, definitely the surprise segment for me in probably the last 50 or so radio shows I have listened to.  Informative, interesting and unique qualities were abound in your segment.  I don't have children and had no idea about options like "Webkinz" or even the McDonald's codes on Happy Meals.  Another segment that sets this show apart from others and definitely one that I hope continues with more content in a similar fashion.

Mr. Kennedy, I was a console gamer during the late 80's (didn't get into computers for gaming till about 1998), while I had friends that had computers that they gamed on, if they had had a sound solution like the ones that you discussed, I might have been a PC gamer sooner.  Your segment really captured the unique opportunity that a radio show offers listeners, the ability to compare audio and to use audio clips (especially in the manner you did) really blows simple words away in presentation.  There was some stiffness but as in Mr. Loguidice's situation, nothing that experience won't cure.

There were some spots that could have been improved with a little more editing but after I thought about it, too much editing removes the essence of the person talking.  You lose their personality if you go through and remove too much of the "ums" or slight stutters.  You all are (I am a southerner) off to a great start with the first episode.  Please continue making them as I feel the show as a whole fills a void that is in radio shows right now and there is a rather large audience waiting for it to be filled.

Mark Vergeer
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Thank you Carl Williams

Carl, thank you for your elaborate feedback! Glad you liked the show. We'll no doubt improve.

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Peter Hull
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I'm half way through

I'm half way through listening to the show and I have to say that this has been a great idea - really enjoyable so far...

Bill - you gotta speak slower - I'm not being rude but what you had to say was SO interesting but I just couldn't keep up! - Not kidding Bill, I really thought that your piece on the show was great - "more!"

Mark had me worried - he was so angry - when he spoke about the sausage dangling in front of his face and not being able to bite it...? Well... I thought, well, I didn't know what to think to be honest but he did sound... tormented...!
My advice would be to definitely move from the Netherlands to either the US or UK - just kidding, it must be terribly frustrating not being able to purchase/download certain games/software etc due to the short sightedness of some companies/distributers - Mark's point about the rise in the Piracy movement in response to the situation was an interesting one.

Looking forward to listening to the remaining part of the show - keep up the good work everybody and thank you.

Bill Loguidice
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Improvements
Peter Hull wrote:

Bill - you gotta speak slower - I'm not being rude but what you had to say was SO interesting but I just couldn't keep up! - Not kidding Bill, I really thought that your piece on the show was great - "more!"

I expected Matt's to be good, because he speaks in front of audiences for a living, but I didn't expect everyone else to do so amazingly well out of the gate (simply because I haven't heard them in such a setting), so the bar is definitely raised for me from the outset. I have "issues" speaking that are always a challenge for me to deal with, and I didn't help matters by messing up the editing. However, if you listen to Christina's segment, I already improved the editing of that (and that was just a few days later), so I'm hopeful for me for the future. Priority one will definitely be slow the heck down, which I think will make the biggest improvement along with not messing up the editing.

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Mark Vergeer
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Well done Bill!

Bill I think you did a great job. You WILL get better at this as it is just a matter of letting go a little control = editing.

http://www.youtube.com/v/s4c8bKshusE&hl=nl_NL&fs=1?rel=0

Just listen to how you're speaking here! Just like us! And it sounds great too!
I felt very self conscious talking into the mic all by myself. I actually pulled up the 'about us' page and imagined talking to you guys and that helped!

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Mark Vergeer
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Tormented
Peter Hull wrote:

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Mark had me worried - he was so angry - when he spoke about the sausage dangling in front of his face and not being able to bite it...? Well... I thought, well, I didn't know what to think to be honest but he did sound... tormented...!
My advice would be to definitely move from the Netherlands to either the US or UK - just kidding, it must be terribly frustrating not being able to purchase/download certain games/software etc due to the short sightedness of some companies/distributers - Mark's point about the rise in the Piracy movement in response to the situation was an interesting one....

LOL Well I am/was tormented. I'm not sure where that sausage came from actually. :P
I actually did contemplate moving to the US way back - even did USMLE exams to be able to work as an MD in the US but alas I did not and now have to suffer for it. Perhaps a move to the UK will improve my predicament. But I doubt that they will let me in. LOL

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Matt Barton
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Thanks, guys! Do you have any

Thanks, guys! Do you have any suggestions for topics to be covered in the next episode? I thought about wading into the computers vs. console debate, since that's always good for raking up the coals. devil

We will definitely have some type of Skype conversation on a future episode. Our schedules just didn't work out last time, and we didn't want to put the show on an indefinite hold until time cleared up. It's more likely that two of us or maybe three will meet up for a conversation segment, but only if there's a good reason. It's also true that some of us do better with a written script and would probably suffer unnecessarily trying to do something like that. There's also the issue that we all pretty much agree on everything, so it'd be a pretty one-sided conversation. smiley

Boy am I overdoing it with the smilies today. I heartsmiley!

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TripHamer
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Good First Show

Pretty good first show and will no doubt get better with age.

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Lorfarius (not verified)
Impressions

Pretty good start for a first podcast, really enjoyed it. Couldn't find it on iTunes though! Maybe it's just me looking in the wrong place place but would love somewhere to subscribe for more episodes.

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iTunes
Lorfarius wrote:

Pretty good start for a first podcast, really enjoyed it. Couldn't find it on iTunes though! Maybe it's just me looking in the wrong place place but would love somewhere to subscribe for more episodes.

I submitted it a few days, but haven't heard anything back yet.

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