The Pocket Arcade and Retro Podcast

Join Neil Cairns and Marc Bell in a pocket sized dose of arcade and retro game discussion! Neil and Marc discuss barcade events and competitions, console games, arcade games, pinball, computer games, and the general culture around gamings best times.

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Episodes

Wednesday Jan 03, 2024

The Ghost Bros say goodbye, for now! In this episode they break all the rules and go well over 30minutes, as well as not publish the episode for well over a month (this was recorded back in November!). Yes unfortunately the Bros have decided to hang up the lance and their strawberry patterned undies, and call it a day for the foreseeable future. Is it goodbye forever, or just a brief holiday?

Wednesday Nov 15, 2023

In this episode of PARP, Neil and Marc spend a fair chunk of time going through the Edge magazine's top 100 games as part of their 30th anniversary edition. Get the pitchforks ready because you can bet your favourite games are missing or criminally placed high in the list!

Sunday Nov 05, 2023

Neil is still in a funk but still managed some Depth Charge and some tabletop RPGs. Marc has some arrivals in the arcade which prompts a full teardown and clean of the game room. Then there's just a few minutes left to talk about a couple of classic moments from the Ghost Bros past.

Sunday Oct 29, 2023

A new PARP for your pants! Neil has been busy with socialising and Halloween events, and hasn't been feeling the pull for games lately. However, Elevator Action is on the horizon... Marc catches South by South West Sydney (sort of), and then repairs a Mortal Kombat 2 rebooting issue. All this plus Ultimate Denizen coming on November 18th at Netherworld!

Sunday Oct 15, 2023

Neil and Marc are back after a week off! Marc has some parps big and small, but mostly really big. Neil reports back from PAX after a huge weekend of board games, retro and classic games, and a visit to Arcade Garage!

Monday Oct 02, 2023

Neil's been charging more depths, playing a little more pinball, and looking forward to PAX next week. Marc's been catching up on some reading of retro magazines and books while on holiday, as well as some Nintendo Switch gaming. As well as that, Marc finally receives his New Wave Toys Replicades of Ghosts n Goblins and Ghouls n Ghosts. Then the guys chat about some more feedback from J.M, including wrist, hand and forearm exercises. All in this weeks pocket sized retro instalment!

Saturday Sep 23, 2023

Neil's been doing more work in the new Boneyard Arcade, prepping for PAX, as well as Moon Patrol and... Pinball? Marc thought he might have a permanent injury from Gun.Smoke, and is looking forward to South By South West which is happening in Sydney soon. The guys then tackle a bit of a tricky topic: how much do graphics really add to a game, and would they be better without the veneer? All in this episode of PARP!

Saturday Sep 16, 2023

It's an extended PARP this week as Neil and Marc delve into Battle of the Arcades 2023! The stories, the legends, the blood sweat and tears. There's stats, surveys and feedback, and a rundown on where each arcade placed and who took out top 3 spots in each game. There's also a brief discussion of the new Game the System Ranking Points Leaderboard system which launched last week!

Monday Sep 04, 2023

A busy week means a delayed PARP! Neil's signing in from The Boneyard Arcade and has been playing some Puzzle Bobble. Marc's been setting up and playing in the annual Karn-Off, and prepping for the launch of GTSRPL this coming Thursday. All this plus reports from the fighting comp at 1up Arcade, Game the System GoTM, and Battle of the Arcades this coming weekend!

Saturday Aug 26, 2023

In this episode of PARP, Neil starts arranging games in the new gameroom, and plays some more Depthcharge. Marc talks about a bunch of exciting things coming up: Karn-Off 2023 and the race that stops the nation, and the impending reveal of GTS RPL and a new way to measure skill in gaming. Then some brief talk about Battle of the Arcades 2023 and the fun that will soon ensue!

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