Friends, welcome back to the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast – for our third episode of this second season of the show we are going to be talking about The Empire Strikes Back from ’82. This was a game cartridge for the Atari 2600 but more importantly it also was the very first video game licensed for Star Wars from Lucasfilm – and while I touch upon it in the podcast itself – this also meant that Atari was unable to port their own arcade title to their very own home console! Now you might be wondering why we decided to go with the Parker Brothers release instead of say the 1985 arcade game by Atari – the simple truth is that it happens to be a very good game, quite challenging but fair. As usual I have done my best to shine the spotlight on those individuals responsible for designing and producing the game – in this case that was Rex E. Bradford and Sam Kjellman. In addition I share my first experience with playing The Empire Strikes Back and have brought along a few vintage audio treats for your listening pleasure.
On the last couple of episodes I have pointed you to the Old School Gamer magazine – but for this show I found a fantastic interview with both Sam Kjellman and Rex E. Bradford on the Retro Gamer site. I included just a small piece of said interview – you owe it to yourself to check out the full article when you have the free time. In addition I am very happy to say that joining me on the show once again are Earl Green and Gary Burton with two new segments.
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 everyone don your flight suits and get those Snowspeeders warmed up – because it is time to go face those AT-AT’s in The Empire Strikes Back!
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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