RadioRadar podcast 97: Parallel Lines

We get back into the swing of things talking about two stories crossing over, a cavalcade of previews, and playing a bunch of classic arcade games...

Hosts: Henry Gilbert, Ashley Reed, Anthony Snyder, Ryan Taljonick, Tony Wilson

Question of the week: What classic arcade game do you have happy memories of? Let us know in the comments and you might just win something!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky




  • winner2 - July 24, 2014 9:38 p.m.

    Jurassic park cabinet with the moving seat and the light guns that barely worked in most arcades. Never even got past the t-rex. I never got into arcades I guess.
  • Spieg89 - July 24, 2014 7:10 p.m.

    When I was in middle school and early in high school my family would go on a vacation during Spring Break to a hotel near the beach in Washington state where I grew up. The hotel was a good fun time with the pool and me and my brothers would go and play in the ocean. However what me and my brothers really enjoyed doing was playing in the arcade in the hotel which consisted of about 2 games. One I don't remember but I do remember playing one of the Area 51 games don't remember which one but I do remember playing it a lot. We always used to see who could make it farther in the game. I usually did. Because I am a badass.
  • CleverGirl - July 23, 2014 noon

    Just like Ashley, my favorite arcade game was The Lost World: Jurassic Park. We used to have "lock-ins" at the local Brunswick bowling alley and that was the game I spent the most time on. As a young aspiring paleontologist I was entertained by the experience of shooting dinosaurs that I might one day study. I remember hopping into the Jeep with friends and screaming as we fended off waves of Velociraptors with shotguns.
  • Ghostwriter - July 22, 2014 11:59 p.m.

    The game that i have the best memory of is Virtual Fighter 2, not for the game itself but what it represented at the time. Allow me to explain. Back in 1996 I won tickets for a friend and I to go to SegaWorld at the London Trocodero. It was 8 floors with 400+ arcade games, 7 indoor rides and also had stuff like bumper cars. We'd heard that it was always being updated the latest games and even had 8 of the "ride in" Daytona machines all hooked up together for tournaments, so you can see why we were excited about getting these tickets. The highlight though was when me and my mate walked up to the first game cabinet (Virtua Fighter 2) to test a rumour. We pressed the start button (even though we put no money in) and suddenly realised that all of the games were free to play. As kids, that blew our frickin' minds!
  • profile0000 - July 21, 2014 4:20 p.m.

    QOTW: My older sister used to play soccer when I was a kid, and I'd get dragged to all her indoor games during the winter. The facility had maybe 25 arcade machines on the ground floor, and every time I was there you'd see roughly two dozen children aged 7 to 10 running around either playing games, watching other children play games, or looking in every crevice for lost quarters. My mom never gave me anything, so my fondest memories at this arcade were watching other people play Die Hard Arcade, X-Men arcade, or House of the Dead 2. HotD2 was my favorite, because I knew my parents would be pissed if they saw my 8 year old self watching it. A more recent arcade memory is playing Capcom's Quiz & Dragon's at an arcade named Pinball Pete's which was less than a quarter mile from my dorm. I don't know what it was like to play at the time of its release, as I wasn't born yet, but playing it now with its outdated pop culture questions, odd co-op gameplay, and unique presentation is an absolute blast. This sucker is not a short game, and I'm proud to say I've been it three times.
  • DarthEnderX - July 21, 2014 12:59 p.m.

    QotW: When I was pretty young, I was at some sort of Chuck E. Cheese-type place playing Double Dragon. One of the employees who worked there was going around emptying tokens out of the machines, when he got to mine, he opened it up and left it open and joined in the game with me. We just sat there with the machine open reusing the same tokens over and over and ended up beating the game. One of only 2 Beat-em-ups I ever beat in the arcade(the other being Simpsons). And yes, after the last boss was defeated, the guy totally kicked my ass in the player-vs-player fight at the end, like ya do in Double Dragon(much to my surprise).
  • wittynickname - July 21, 2014 9:37 a.m.

    Without a doubt, my favorite arcade memory is the day I beat Smash TV in the little arcade/minigolf place in my hometown. My sister kept grabbing quarters out of my pocket and changing them for tokens at the front counter so I never had to stop, and as I got closer to the end and word started to spread around the place that "hey, some kid might actually BEAT Smash TV over here..." the crowd around me grew to the point that, eventually, pretty much the whole place was gathered around during the final boss fight against the host of the show. Even the two crusty old biker guys playing pool in the back of the room ended up hovering nearby just to see what all the fuss was about. I felt like a rock star when the closing credits rolled, and it was totally worth having burned through about a month's worth of saved allowance money in the course of a couple of hours.
  • Porkfriedrice7 - July 21, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    There must be something about pulling teeth and playing games. My dentist had a basement full of arcade games but the one that stood out to me was Sonic Fighters. I would literally make my mom get there 30 minutes early just to play. If you haven't played or heard of it, look it up. It's a pretty poorly done 3D fighting game, but something about landing a punch and seeing those rings fly out made it special to me.
  • Ensoul - July 21, 2014 7:23 a.m.

    QOTW: Living were I did for a majority of my life (small town) I don't have a deep arcade history despite living during the time period when they were both still a thing and quite popular. Nonetheless I did get to play some now and then, and it while was waiting to see Back to the Future 3 I found a stand up cabinet of Road Blasters. Everything about it was cool.The actual steering wheel and gas pedal, the red car, shooting cars you came across, collecting orbs of gas as you raced to the finish line before you ran out of gas, the sweet drift turn as you crosses the bright flickering checkered finish line. But then things got even better as on the next race a futuristic plane drops down from the top of the screen, while "CATCH U.Z. CANNON" blinks below. You catch it and start rapid firing anything in your way, for awhile. There was just something very Hot Wheels cool about that game that stuck with me. Playing Mortal Kombat 2 for the first time and accidentally pulling of Mileena 's "kiss and eat" fatality was pretty sweet too.
  • SpadesSlick - July 20, 2014 9:53 p.m.

    Corrections: Gilbert refers to the Gravemind from Halo 2 as a giant talking plant but a Gravemind is just the collective bio-organic mass of thousands of flood that eventually gains self-awareness. More of a giant lovecraftian tentacle monster all things considered. - Signed one of the few people that actually gives a shit about Halo's Lore.
  • antiAntag0nist - July 21, 2014 1:31 p.m.

    I like Halo's lore as well. I am not too well versed in it, but I do find it interesting. Halo 4's campaign was my favorite so far due to how well the story is told, and I also consider myself a fan of the expanded universe. I haven't picked up a novel in a while, but there was a stretch where I read about 5 of them; I thought each one was a great read.
  • SpadesSlick - July 21, 2014 7:38 p.m.

    Ghosts of Onyx and The Cole Protocol were both fantastic reads. It is a real shame that they never let the book spartans appear as they all have such varied personalities. Way more interesting characters than bland ass Sarah Palmer.
  • antiAntag0nist - July 21, 2014 8:08 p.m.

    Thinking back, Palmer wasn't the most compelling character; even Jennifer Hale couldn't do anything about. Considering there are still Spartan II soldiers who are still alive (assuming they haven't died while I wasn't paying attention) I wonder if they will finally be integrated in the games story. The last novel I read was Glasslands, and I know a few were still kicking.
  • SpadesSlick - July 22, 2014 1:01 a.m.

    No just about all the book spartans are still alive, hell the comics just showed that the Spartans from Halo Wars just appeared in normal space as well so they are kicking too. I think most of them were just integrated into the spartan 4 program. Really i'd rather have Kelly or Fred any day in comparison to Palmer. I got a feeling though that 343 much rather pimp their own bland character than the more interesting ones from the bungie EU.
  • shanghaisix - July 20, 2014 12:20 p.m.

    Had to answer this one. I'll never forget being an extremely young child going to the local Putt-Putt golf and games arcade, walking in and laying eyes on the Dragon's Lair laser disc machine. There was a literal crowd around the game, so they'd somehow jerry-rigged a monitor on top of the cabinet so you could watch the action. I was fascinated and horrified by what I was watching. A cartoon of Dirk the Daring being eviscerated, melted, crushed, drown and impaled at regular intervals. I mean, Tom and Jerry cartoon violence was one thing, but this was a whole new level of disturbing for my little 7-8 year old brain to wrap my head around. On top of that, as a kid, the game was nigh unplayable, so I would watch the adults cram quarter after quarter into the bizarre machine and watch Dirk torn apart over and over again.
  • AngelsandDemons1 - July 20, 2014 6:45 a.m.

    There was this arcade called the Outer Limits in a relatively low income shopping district. Their claim to fame is that they charged a quarter for all games to start and continue no matter the format and they had the most updated games. I used to have my parents drop me off here with $10-$20 and I'd have a field day. Well, during the times of SF2, I could never get on because of the crazy lines. And, when I did, I'd get killed because I had no chance to practice and would get beat down by the adults. On this day, I had gotten there early and I was playing that Spider-Man game with the 4 players and was emptying quarters into that sucker trying to beat it by myself. Next thing I noticed was that the SF2 cabinet was left all by its lonesome without anyone on it. I left my Spider-Man game in mid play and ran over to SF2 and had a full 20 mins to half hour on the cabinet uninterrupted. I made it to Sagat before others invaded my game and I was eventually bested by someone better. But, to have a 1/2 hour on a SF2 cabinet all alone was definitely an arcade memory to remember. No. 2 would be playing through Double Dragon with a stranger uninterrupted and having him beat me up after we beat the end boss together. Turning on your fellow brother was definitely a surprise.
  • supergiraffe - July 19, 2014 10:45 p.m.

    There was that really big Star Wars arcade game that let you play through different scenes from all 3 movies, and it was at the local Chuck E Cheese. I didn't get to play it a whole lot because Chuck E Cheese was mostly a party place, and childhood rules state that older kids and birthday kids get to go before you. I did watch the game a whole lot, seeing where people failed so that I could do better when my birthday eventually rolled around. I'd usually lose though.
  • EAC73 - July 19, 2014 8:47 p.m.

    Has to be my first experience with Street Fighter 2 at a local pizza place. I would go and pick up a pizza with my brother, and I would always try my best to beat it, always picking Blanka. Also started my love of Blanka, for sure in my top 3 favorite Street Fighter characters.
  • LordZarlon - July 19, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    I remember going to my local state fair, back in 1986, and they had a tent full of arcade machines. I had gotten eight dollars in quarters to take with me, which lasted a long time back in those days, and was enjoying the afternoon going from machine to machine when one stood out to me. It was a cool submarine game that looked like a periscope. You looked in the viewfinder and held on to the handles like a real periscope and you saw a scene of the ocean with ships going back and forth on the surface. You would launch torpedoes from the bottom of the screen and tried to hit the ships going by. I don't remember what it was called but it was really cool! I'll never forget it.
  • callyfornication - July 19, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    I'm only eighteen, and from a pretty rural area, so unfortunately classic arcade games were just dreams to me. But when I moved to a city for university, I started to frequent this - to use Henry's phrase - "hipster bar". It was the type of place that had Mario Kart 64 hooked up, Mario Kart Wii on a huge projector, etc. The best thing is, there's a Pac Man cabinet there, and when I went to put the money in to play it, I wasn't greeted with the familiar maze and ghosts. It was actually WWF WrestleMania in there. Being a huge retro wrestling fan, it was great to play as Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior. I got so into it at one point that I think everyone around me thought I was just a die-hard Pac Man fan. Safe to say, I found my regular haunt.

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