November 10, 2020
A lot of people would argue that The Simpsons should have stopped churning out episodes years ago, because the quality isn't what it used to be. I can't believe that you can say the same thing about their video games, but maybe you can.
The Simpsons Arcade Game was the first video game made for the franchise. It's a pretty primitive beat 'em up, and while it may not be as complex or ambitious as some of their future games, I think most Simpsons fans would agree that it's still more fun. And seeing as it came out in 1991, around the same time 'Simpson-Mania' took off, it's understandable that so many old-school fans of the series have fond memories of playing it.
Fellow Simpson nerd and frequent guest Chris Heber is back on the show this week, and we went over our memories of pumping quarter after quarter (or Chuck-E-Cheese token after Chuck-E-Cheese token) into this game back in the day, and while it's still so well regarded almost 30 years later.
And before we talk about Marge's vacuum swinging antics, it's the fabled 'Remember The Game?' intro! I talk about gaming franchises I'd like to see squished together, whether or not people should sell their PS4s and Xbox Ones, and more!
We also have another ripping edition of 'Play One, Remake One, Erase One'. This week it's the 'Beat 'em Up' edition, starring Double Dragon, Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, and Streets of Rage 2.
If you want to skip to something specific, here's where to go:
0:00 - 3:27 Intro
3:28 - 8:38 Initial self-indulgent rambling
8:38 - 17:00 'Blowing In The Cartridge' (Listener comments & questions, and Letter Time!)
17:01 - 26:48 'Play One. Remake One. Erase One.' - Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage, Streets of Rage 2, Double Dragon.
26:49 - 28:45 What have I been playing?
28:46 - 31:30 Listener's Simpsons Arcade Game Memories
31:30 + Simpsons Arcade Game Talk!
Enjoy the podcast!