Friends, welcome back to the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast – for this episode we are going to be tackling Elevator Action, which was released into the wilds of the arcades by Taito back in 1983. Right up front I will warn you this is one of those episodes where the majority of the people responsible for designing or programming a classic arcade title -is simply not known. Although having said that I still managed to shine a spotlight on Taito and Yoshio Imamura – the iconic composer responsible for a few themes and tunes from the heyday of the arcades. I do share my memories of experiencing Elevator Action for the first time – a rather surprisingly positive encounter with some teenagers at the local gas station. Of course as always I have brought along a few vintage audio treats for your listening enjoyment – plus with this episode there was some viewer mail from the Popeye show, giving me a chance to talk a little more about my duties at the Arkadia Retrocade.
On this episode I make mention of a publication that any of you fans of old school gaming should check out – the Old School Gamer magazine. For one thing, Brett Weiss, who frequently shares videos and articles on this site also provides content for the magazine. I am also happy to say that Earl Green joins me on the podcast again – in this case to discuss the many ports of Elevator Action to the home consoles and computers of the day. In addition we have a brand new segment featuring none other than Gary Burton – the chief tech at Arkadia who gives you a little insight as to what his job entails at the arcade.
Friends, as always I do hope you will enjoy the show and I truly thank you for taking time out of your schedule to listen to the podcast. So don your trench coats and sunglasses and prepare to hear the ups and downs of 1983’s Elevator Action!
For even more pop culture related goodness by Earl – make sure to check out his own website, the Logbook.Com – absolutely one of the best and longest running sites for all your retro needs.
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