Friends, thank you for joining us again for a new episode of the Diary of An Arcade Employee podcast – on this show we tackle Bosconian, the space-themed multi-directional shooter released by Namco back in 1981. Unlike last week’s episode, Bosconian is an arcade title that I was able to experience at that Showbiz Pizza of my youth – sort of – although as I point out in the show itself, the Arkadia Retrocade does sport the game in it’s collection. As always I have done my level best to shine the spotlight on those individuals we have to thank for bringing the game to life – in this case that was a little tougher than usual as multiple sources online have claimed a handful of different people were responsible for Bosconian. In addition I was able to find a few helpful articles online that shed some light on the possible popularity of the Namco title, in particular on this episode I quote from Galaga Boss Fight Books #4 by Michael Kimball. As usual I have included some of the memorable sound effects of the game itself as well as 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 – before recording this show I wasn’t able to find time to go through their back issues. However I am grateful to have both Earl Green and Gary Burton back on the show with two brand new segments. Earl goes into detail on the handful of Bosconian ports to the home computers of the day – to say nothing of a recent and unexpected port to the Atari 2600 thanks to the resourcefulness of the homebrew community. Gary on this episode shares another behind the scenes look at his work at the arcade – although in this case it has to do with another Namco title.
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 strap into your nearest star destroyer fighter ship and blast off to face the threat of the onslaught of the galactic armada known as Bosconian!
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