Dan & Manny talk to Warren Davis, the creator of 1982's hit arcade game Q*bert. Warren talks about going from RPI engineering student to improviser at Chicago's Second City to developing Q*bert at Gottlieb, he takes Dan & Manny on a serious deep-dive into how Q*bert went from a simple coding exercise to an arcade smash, are schooled on some arcade game history from the 80s & 90s, and Warren talks about his contributions to Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, & T2: Judgement Day. This is an amazingly nerdy episode!
If you want to learn even more about Warren Davis and the arcade gaming world, buy his new book Creating Q*bert and Other Classic Video Arcade Games, and get it autographed by Warren!
You can follow Warren Davis on Twitter & Facebook @WarrenDavis29.
Mentioned In This Episode:
- 🎥 The Orange Years: The Nickelodeon Story w/ Director Scott Barber
- Centipede arcade game
- Museum of the Moving Image
- Grasshopper’s Comics
- Magic the Gathering
- Gottlieb Games
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- The Second City Chicago
- Josephine Forsberg
- Jeff Lee
- Ron Waxman
- Howie Ruben
- Atari 2600
- Tim Kazurinsky
- Police Academy Franchise
- Sega Genesis
- Faster, Harder, More Challenging Q*bert
- David Thiel
- The MAMA Project (Multi Arcade Machine Emulation)
- Joust Arcade Game
- Popeye Arcade Game
- Laser Disc Arcade
- Dragons Lair
- Space Ace
- Us vs Them Arcade Game
- Mortal Kombat
- NBA Jam
- T2: Judgement Day Arcade Game
- Ed Boon
- John Tobias
- Mark Turmell
- Revolution X
- George Petro
- Jack Haeger
- Oculus Quest
- Shivers (game)
- The Pandora Directive (game)
- The Room (game)
- The Incredible Machine (game)
- Maniac Mansion (game)
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This was recorded on January 24th, 2022, on Zoom so there are some small sound discrepancies but don't worry, the content still rocks!
The intro and outro music ('Neon Attack 80s') is by Emanmusic.
The other music ("ABCD") is by Pudge. Any other music you hear, The Nostalgia Test Podcast does not own.
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