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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jakdin
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Captivating Opening!

Hi guys! I found the link to the new radio show from Facebook...those social sites actually do work! hehe.

I'm sitting here in my in-law's home in Sendai, Japan, bored off my axe, when I decided to try to feel a bit more connected with my own life. After only hearing the opening montage of your new radio show, I almost cried with joy!

I love it!
Great job!
Waiting for more!

I'll be taking the show with me as we travel around over on this side of the planet...

Thank you, all!

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I understand you all recorded

I understand you all recorded your portions separately. Why don't you use Ventrilo? There might be some lag but its usually not bad and audio quality is pretty exceptional.

Bill Loguidice
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Anonymous wrote:

I understand you all recorded your portions separately. Why don't you use Ventrilo? There might be some lag but its usually not bad and audio quality is pretty exceptional.

Thanks for the heads-up. The problem was not recording all of us together, actually, the problem was getting a time and day (as detailed in an earlier comment) that would all work for us. I think we're actually leaning towards being primarily individual segment-based so we can play to our particular strengths and provide informative topics rather than try to debate (which, as Matt mentioned, might prove challenging since we all tend to agree on things). Good heads-up, though, for when the opportunity presents itself, which I'm sure it will at some point in the not-to-distant-future.

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Carl Williams
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Keep the Show As Is For the Most Part

I personally like the show as it is already, individual segments with each person being able to run with content as they see fit. For instance, Bill's segment would be awfully convoluted with any others asking questions or commenting. The way it is, it was informative and interesting without "canned" questions designed to flesh it out.

I can say one thing though, Retro Gaming Roundup has a great segment (their monthly Top 10) that is done with all three main hosts and is sometimes hilarious and only once so far was boring for me (the pinball Top 10 because well, I never played pinball outside of on consoles or computer and while I have tried in real life, I just think I am not the demographic for it). Even in my least favorite segment, I was still able to find interesting and funny comments that made it worth listening too anyhow. Maybe if something similar could be developed for Armchair Arcade Radio?

I am extremely interested in hearing how the show develops over the coming months and can hardly wait for the next episode. I have been doing what I can to spread the word, hopefully it is helping because you all (I am from the South) deserve it.

Matt Barton
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Carl Williams wrote:

I have been doing what I can to spread the word, hopefully it is helping because you all (I am from the South) deserve it.

Greatly, greatly appreciated, Carl! BTW, I am from the South, too! Born and raised in Louisiana.

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Carl Williams
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My Southern Brother From Another Mother

That is really cool! You hide your accent really well (something many have said I fail horribly at). I will shoot you guys an e-mail about advertising if you are still interested in getting some revenue coming in from the show.

Armchair Arcade Radio is going to go far, I know it. Just keep rocking, people like me will worry about promoting it.

Bill Loguidice
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Carl Williams wrote:

I can say one thing though, Retro Gaming Roundup has a great segment (their monthly Top 10) that is done with all three main hosts and is sometimes hilarious and only once so far was boring for me (the pinball Top 10 because well, I never played pinball outside of on consoles or computer and while I have tried in real life, I just think I am not the demographic for it). Even in my least favorite segment, I was still able to find interesting and funny comments that made it worth listening too anyhow. Maybe if something similar could be developed for Armchair Arcade Radio?

I'm good (Internet) friends with the team over at RGR--they're undeniably good guys. They've always been good to us with mentions on their show and we in turn with them whenever possible (we try to announce their new show on the front page right after it drops, for instance). They do a tremendous job, putting out insanely long shows month after month, with no signs of slowing down. I enjoy the segment you're referring to a great deal, though - speaking strictly as a historian and person-in-the-know-with-direct-experience-with-this-stuff - their fact checking/accuracy in that and their news segment leaves something to be desired and gets under my anal-retentive-with-that-kind-of-stuff skin. With that said, I LOVE how they let their personalities show through and how they obviously care about entertainment above all else (not sweating necessarily over audio quality, and other things, which sounds like a back-handed compliment, but it's not--letting certain things go in the interest of entertainment is a noble angle to take in my opinion).

I think you're on to something there, Carl, as why we may not necessarily disagree on the issues in the world of videogames, we as a team certainly have opinions on things like the top games and why. With that said, it would need to be a unique angle, naturally. AA has never and will never copy off of anyone. So, we're certainly open to fresh ideas along the lines you're suggesting.

Carl Williams wrote:

I am extremely interested in hearing how the show develops over the coming months and can hardly wait for the next episode. I have been doing what I can to spread the word, hopefully it is helping because you all (I am from the South) deserve it.

Me too, actually. I think the first handful of shows - as with all new endeavors - will be squashing all of the technical bugs and getting a smooth and consistent process in place ("best practices" as it were). Once we have a solid foundation, we can start to introduce many more new ideas into the show.

As always, we appreciate your PR efforts. It's always good to have that kind of help!

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yakumo9275
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thumbs up guys. Good to see

thumbs up guys. Good to see you growing

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carl (not verified)
quite a nice podcast for

quite a nice podcast for first show.. Only main critism is that it sounds like Bill is just reading a wiki entry in his segment ... I know his segment is an info packed one but would prefer if he spiced it up a little and injected a bit more off the cuff comments etc

Bill Loguidice
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Thanks for the feedback,

Thanks for the feedback, Carl, I'll keep that in mind.

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