Welcome to the Ten Pence Arcade!
This is a podcast focusing on arcade games from our youth – especially if you were a kid in the late ’70s to the mid ’90s. We will be focusing on some of the slightly less popular games from the arcades, but ones we hope you’ll remember. If not, hopefully we’ll encourage you to check them out on arcade emulation software, or if like us, maybe track down the original arcade PCB hardware to play on your own arcade machine. We will review and play a chosen game each time and compete for a best score. We want our listeners to join in too. As well as the chosen game, we will also give hints and tips on maintaining, restoring and even building your own arcade machines. Collecting these machines and things that go with arcade video games is our passion…Long live nerds.
Meet your hosts
It was the Sausage’s fault! It was at the “Sleepy Sausage’ roadside cafe in the Midlands where the tiny seven year old Victor was first introduced to Space Invaders. The hairy biker playing the pinball next to him didn’t even bother his Alien killing spree. Fast forward about eighty six years and he started collecting these behemoth machines. In his house! They are now tidily in the garage. He decided to turn his arcade lurve into a fortnightly podcast to connect with other arcadists. Also, there wasn’t a UK one at the time and he really thought there should be. Sorry about that.
My fantasy cabinet list: Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Bosconian, Ladybug, Death Race, Mr Driller, Kicker, Q*Bert, 1942, SkyCurser
Shaun’s lifelong passion has been a lifelong passion for video arcade games, about which he has long been passionate. When he was born, his mother, who was close by at the time, said that his first word was ‘scanlines’. Throughout the 1980s Shaun ran with a pack of cool kids across the feral plains of East Anglia, laying waste to local high scores whilst smoking cigarettes indoors and drinking plenty of Lilt. He became a ‘shoot-em-up’ specialist, specialising in the special ‘shoot-em-ups’ that he found to be particularly shooty and special. And nowadays he finds himself still completely addicted to the clean graphics, chirpy chip tunes, and deceptively simple gameplay of these old titles, knowing full well that a session spent with any one of these classics will reveal its hidden secrets, much like that time he found out what his grandmother used to do with lemons.
My fantasy cabinet list: 1942, Centipede, Vulgus, Cyvern, Moon Patrol, Time Pilot, Scramble, Flicky, Star Force, Juno First