The Oral History of Video Games

This is a Nerdy Show episode years in the making! For the past two years we've been collecting interviews from every host on the Network and nearly every celebrity guest we've had on the show, asking one simple question: what's your first video game experience? In doing so, we unearthed a treasure trove bigger than the E.T. landfill: an oral history of video games. These are stories set against a backdrop of bowling alleys, Circle Ks, Christmas mornings, basement bedrooms, and the din of the arcade. Each formative tale sheds light on a seldom-shared moment in gaming's nearly 50-year history, all of them wildly different - some even life and death. Join the entire Nerdy Show Network and the nerdiest names in pop culture as we take a journey through video game history, from Pong to present.


MUSIC: Claire Evans (YACHT, Omni Reboot) | Dr. Vern (Sci-Fried) | Jeremy Soule (The Elder Scrolls, Guild Wars) | K-Murdock (Panacea, Forever Famicom) | Marc With a C | Mouth's Cradle | Paul Haslinger (Tangerine Dream, Underworld) | Professor Shyguy | The Protomen | Random aka Mega Ran | Schaffer the Darklord | "Weird Al" Yankovic

MOVIES/ TV: Casper Kelly (Too Many Cooks) | Chris Carter (X-Files) | Dave Willis (Aqua Teen Hunger Force) | David X. Cohen (Futurama) | Jay Levey (UHF) | Travis Beacham (Pacific Rim)

COMICS / NOVELS: Brian Clevinger (Atomic Robo) | Joe Harris (Great Pacific, X-Files Season 10) | Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens, Peter Panzerfaust) | Michael Grant (Animorphs, BZRK, Gone) | Rob Venditti (Green Lantern, The Surrogates) | Roc Upchurch (Rat Queens) | Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo) | Steve Murphy (TMNT: Adventures, Puma Blues)

SCI-TECH: Mark Frauenfelder (WIRED, Boing-Boing) | Neil Harbisson (The Cyborg Foundation)

GAMING: Charlie Verdin (Fangamer) | Kilplix (Kilplixism) | Michael Mendheim (Mutant League Football

Profound thanks to Nerdy Show listener Benjamin Britt for this episode's topic.

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