My childhood best friend Roman Banias talks about the games he made for fun as a young child. We discuss the magic and wonder of type-in programming books, the home computer as a toy, the act of creation as a natural extension of childhood play, and the Alien Zit Cinematic Universe.
Phil Salvador of The Obscuritory talks about his tenure as an administrator of the Mario Fan Games Galaxy. We discuss the driving energy behind goofy joke games, the fragile nature of early internet communities, the interconnected nature of fan sites, and Waligie, a community icon born from a random poster's terrible spelling.
Kirk Israel talks about JoustPong, a game he has made and remade many times over the years. We dive into the homebrew community surrounding the Atari 2600 in the early 2000s, the strain of obsessive assembly coding on relationships, and the challenge of finding a supportive community.