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Episode 29 – 1To1 with David Crane

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May 2015

This is the fifth and final episode in our coverage of the 2015 Louisville Arcade Expo and we’re excited to be bringing you this very special interview with David Crane.

It’s hard to quantify just how excited I (Whitney) was to be able to sit down with David and get his time – uninterrupted – for an hour to ask him the questions that I’ve been wanting to ask for the past 30 years. His insight is incredible and his answers matter-of-fact and immediately genuine.   It’s hard – if not impossible – to cram an entire career’s worth of questions into this interview, but we covered as much ground as possible.  The interview starts with the cursory background on Activision and the founding of the company and then moves into game development, the personalities involved in creating the “rainbow” titles we all know and love, as well as the fall of the video game industry in the early/mid 80’s and how Activision responded as well as what happened with the people after the fact.  There’s a fair amount of technical and artwork discussion as well – we tried to squeeze as much in as we could!

We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoy bringing it to you!

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Episode 21 – An Evening with John Trudeau

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January 2015

We’re kicking off the new year in a massive way by sitting in with legendary Pinball designer, John Trudeau, and spending an evening discussing Stern’s newest title – Wrestlemania!

John gives us a candid and unplugged discussion around the back-story for the title while we talk game development, rule sets and all the new technology in this title.  Stern has packed this game to the gills with several legit new features and we talk through them all… from a new sound system to the innovative playfield mechanics and the brand-new modular Linux-based controller system alongside the introduction of LCD technology (in the LE) to the Stern line-up.

No kayfabe here gang… this is Stern’s A-game and we talk this baby from the swerve to the work and everything in-between.

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Lonnie McDonald makes some history in Louisville

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lonniemcdonald-joust-zanzabar-16Lonnie McDonald was recently in Louisville to promote the latest leg in his journey to score 10,000,000 points on every upright Joust machine listed in the Aurcade game tracking database.  I was fortunate enough to be onsite the night that Lonnie was at Louisville’s Zanzabar and was able to spend a little time talking to him before he settled in to begin the process of posting another 10 mil’ score.

Here’s what he had to say:

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Retro Spotlight : ArcadeRx & The Louisville Arcade Expo

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This is the first of what I intend to be a series of “Retro Spotlight” interviews that focus on local collectors and industry alumni.

Matt Fleitz, Joe Stith and Jeremy Fleitz from The Louisville Arcade Expo. - Image courtesy of the Louisville Voice Tribune

Matt Fleitz, Joe Stith and Jeremy Fleitz from The Louisville Arcade Expo. - Image courtesy of the Louisville Voice Tribune

For the first foray into honing my interview skills, I had the pleasure of sitting down for a couple hours with brothers Jeremy & Matt Fleitz and business partner/Luigi impersonator extraordinaire, Joe Stith. These guys are the brainchild (and strong backs) behind the Louisville Arcade Expo and also own the Expo’s parent company, ArcadeRx.

The guys were very gracious to invite me over to their shop and allow me to ask those ‘hard-hitting’ retro questions that we all want answers to.

And they offered up free beer.

Between all the discussion and the shop tour, I was able to get my version of almost “20 questions” answered up..

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Post King of Kong: RetroNL interviews Steve Wiebe… twice!

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Not sure how many of you are following Nintendo Life/Retro, so some of this might (will) be old news.  I’m pretty new to that site, so I’m working through some of the historical and current news they have posted there and I’m really pleased to see the coverage of the classic arcade hobby cast in a favorable (and personable) light.  One thing that I found of high interest are the interviews with Steve Wiebe.  If you are in any way remotely interested in what has happened with Steve since 2007′s King of Kong documentary, then these two interviews are well worth the time to read.

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