The Bobby Blackwolf Show Episode 712: June 7, 2020


Visiting An Arcade During A Pandemic, Video Game History IS Black History

  • We took last week off because our voices were not the ones that needed listening to. That being said, I do reflect on my own views on the systemic biases that are prevalent in society today, and how I am attempting to fix how I was raised.
  • On that note, I discuss a pair of black video game pioneers that weren't in history books until recently. (Not kidding - I actually look for them in my gaming history books from 2001 and they're not mentioned at all.)
  • Jerry Lawson was the inventor of the game cartridge for the Fairchild Channel F. He came up with the solution to allow for ROM chips to be swapped out without electrocuting the user. His design paved the way for Atari, Nintendo, and Sega to take gaming to new heights.
  • Ed Smith was the lead engineer and salesman for the MP1000 console and its accompanying Imagination Machine. While the console didn't do well in the marketplace, it was a technical achievement and personal triumph. His autobiography was published in January and I've got a copy coming.
  • Like it or not, Georgia is further along in opening than many places. So, I visited Portal Pinball Arcade in Kennesaw, GA, to see what playing pinball was like during a pandemic.
  • Then we talk to OLR about what's going on in the world, what we missed last week, and Clubhouse Games.

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