Episode #179: Reflections on Childhood Video Games Part 1


My brother joins me on this trip into the past as we look at some of the computer games we grew up with.  I’ve written and talked about this before but have been meaning to have a longer discussion with my brother for a long time.  We touched on a number of things that I hadn’t thought of in awhile, like some classic adventures games like the King’s Quest series.  Here are a few screenshots I found from the game, King’s Quest 6, the first one we were able to play through fully, and the one we remembered most fondly.  My brother and I distinctly recall being blown away by the graphics at the time:

King’s Quest 6 had a full CD-quality ballad on the disc that played during the ending credits, “Girl in the Tower,” a very 80s/90s love ballad with verses done in piano, an electric guitar solo, sappy lyrics (in other words, all the qualities for a stellar song in my mind).  If you click on the picture above, you can listen to the whole song with scenes compiled from KQ5 and KQ6.  Apparently, the song was reused in parts of updated King’s Quest adventures:

The final fight Alexander has in King’s Quest 6.  I distinctly recall at one point when he gets tired, he says something like, “Zounds, this sword weighs a ton!”

Some pictures associated from other games mentioned in the episode that I photographed from old Nintendo Power issues and box cover art.


If you haven’t checked out “Arcade Days,” the song and video Jeff Finley, Brent Simon, and I have been working on the past year, click on the link below to do so!


You can find more pictures and preview clips of “Arcade Days” on IG as well as this podcast’s FB page.

Also check out a preview of a new album from Starfarer, who was on the show back in episode 143.  Stay tuned for an upcoming t-shirt contest!

Lastly, the podcast is now on Spotify!  Check it out.


Between Two Worlds, the synth EP follow up to Long Ago Not So Far Away is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

The bonus track, called “Flight of the Cloudrider” has a 80s movie mashup music video (see if you can identify all the movies!) which is available on youtube.   This app was largely created with the iphone app Auxy.

between 2 worlds EP cover 2

Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!


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