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Episode 145: Our Top Ten Consle Games (click for more!)

Yeah, yeah, we know. "NEW EPISODE SO SOON?!?" Due to the logistical nightmare we all call life, our originally scheduled topic had to be postponed, so instead, after realizing we haven't done an off-topic episode in a while, maybe we should change our pace for a bit, and here we are. Thank you all for hanging in there with us!
Released April 5, 2024
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Episode 144: Buggy Boy And X-Men (click for more!)

Pie Factory Podcast is back with episode 144! Today we discuss the ins and outs of opposing prepositions, while our listeners enjoy complex sentences and the deep meanings of racing with superheroes. Enjoy, dear friends, for this will likely be the last ever episode of January 2024.
Released January 30, 2024
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Episode 143: Namco Classic Collection (click for more!)

There are exactly two things that everybody likes: podcasts and video games. Nothing else. And boy, do we have some good news for you: for the first time ever, Jim and Sean have put the two together! Your 2023 will certainly go out on a high note as the two trade barbs over two arcade compilations. Who will win? What will their ultimate settlement be? The world may never know.
Released Decemter 27, 2023
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Episode 142: Join 'em And Phozon (click for more!)

We here at Pie Factory Podcast do not do turkey drops; we do EPISODE drops. There's more to do in the world than just eat (although, listening to this episode, you'd never know that). We also like to play video games from time to time. So join us!
Released November 20, 2023
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Episode 141: Ghosts 'n Goblins And Mosnter Bash (click for more!)

Just in time for Portland Retro Gaming Expo (kinda), we present episode 141! This time, instead of the usual booing from people listening, the boos we here are from the spooky creatures that come herewith and thereto and therein with two creepy-themed games. Join us for our usual reviews, commentary, and side-splitting hair-raising banter!
Released October 14, 2023
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Episode 140: Astro Invader (redux) And Astro Fighter (click for more!)

Rumor has it that episode 141 has been released. Well, we're here to completely dispel that rumor: it's actually episode 140 that's been released. But not even a party band outside of Pie Factory Podcast's south headquarters could prevent Jimmy G from bringing you all the important news about a couple of 40-something-year-old video games, with the somewhat undying help of his cohost Sean. It's all about dedication, friends.
Released September 6, 2023
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Episode 139: Shootin' The Breeze And Burning Our Throats (click for more!)

Summer schedules can be a beast. And believe me, we have tried to alter that beast, but we find ourselves standing in the shadows of that beast. It's been a while, so we figured we'd better get y'all up to speed as to how our lives have been going, what we've been playing, and why we are who we are.

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Episode 138: Front Line And Subroc-3d (click for more!)

For the first time EVER, the guys from Pie Factory are back with discussion on the games you see in the title of this episode. A couple of shooty-powy games. One from the earth, one from the water. (They’re trying to get shooty-powy games from the other two ancient elements, too; patience, friends, patience.) If nothing else, this is CERTAINLY the very last episode of the podcast to be released during the month of May 2023, but we make no guarantees.

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Episode 137: Super Cobra And Silk Worm (click for more!)

Episode 137 is out, so listen to it NOW! Chop-chop! (See what we did there?) Silk Worm, Super Cobra, Midwest Gaming Classic, geography, and other such topics are discussed in this mammoth blockbuster installment of Pie Factory Podcast.

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Episode 136: Exerion And Fast Freddie (click for more!)

Happy spring, Pie Factorians! We hope you spring…fast…and, uhh…we can’t make a really bad pun out of Exerion right now, but…well, just listen!

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Episode 135: Assault And Vindicators (click for more!)

Welcome to the 2023, they’re calling it this year. Sean and Jim offer up their thoughts and experiences on these particular games because, well, they’re arcade video games. That’s why we’re all here, right? We hope you enjoy this episode. Jim and Sean believe it’s the best episode they’ve produced all year.

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Episode 134: Port Man And Arkanoid (click for more!)

A new dawn brings a new day. A new day brings a new episode of Pie Factory Podcast (sometimes). In Episode 134, Jim and Sean discuss an obscure Pac-Man clone and a side-scrolling shoot-’em-up in which you defend the planet against mutant spiders. We hope you enjoy this deep, thoughtful discussion. (Please note: Pie Factory Podcast does not guarantee 100% accuracy in episode descriptions.)

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Episode 133: S.T.U.N. Runner And Hard Drivin' (click for more!)

Jimmy G and Sean introduce a spoooooooky new episode during this spooooooktacular season!! Mwahahaahaahahahaa!!! In this haunting installment they discuss a couple of scaaaaaaaaary spooky games (that is, if you find racing games spooky).

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Episode 132: Loco Motion And Amidar (click for more!)

Look, we don’t care that arcadehistory(dot)com and Wikipedia put a hyphen between “Loco” and “Motion.” You know why? ‘Cuz on the marquee there is no hyphen. So we’re not putting one there. Don’t believe us? Look it up! See?…SEE?!?!!?!?

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Episode 131: Snake Pit And Wacko (click for more!)

School’s in, kids! It’s time for Sean and Jim to school you on a couple of games from the early-ish ’80s. That is, old-school games. Games that you may have played after school. The only thing more appealing than this episode would be a school of fish. School.

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Episode 130: Pong (click for more!)

If you’re the kind of person who likes stuff, well…you’re in the right place because episode 130 is certainly stuff! This time we stray from our usual format to talk about everybody’s favorite diagonally-scrolling platform shoot-’em-up, the long lost sequel to Dragon Ball Z: a little Atari game called Pong! Nobody will be seated during the last ten minutes of the episode.

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Episode 129: Mr. Driller And Dig Dug Ii (click for more!)

We at Pie Factory Podcast have been hard at work to bring you a new savory, salty, and potentially sweet episode. So here, for about the 129th time, we present to you…an episode. A pumpful episode. So pump it up! The jam, the volume…if it’s pumpable, you’ll like this one!

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Episode 128: Three Stooges And Splat! (click for more!)

Our love goes out to those suffering because of the situation in Ukraine, and in fact, our next Patreon payout will be donated to Doctors Without Borders for their team in Ukraine. (And we thank all of you for making this donation possible.) We hope in these dark times we can bring some enjoyment to our listeners.

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Episode 127: Bad Dudes Vs. Dragonninja And Zero Wing (click for more!)

Bad Dudes vs. DragonNinja and Zero Wing….ahh, just how Sean likes his fried chicken. Warm yourselves up to the soothing voices of him and Jimmy G with this 127th-ish numbered episode of the series, and first episode of the new year. And move Zig.

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Episode 126: The, Uhh...New Episode (click for more!)

This is indeed a new episode of Pie Factory Podcast. In that it’s a new episode, about 99.44% new material, and it’s Pie Factory Podcast. Only thing is…well, we had to shift the focus a bit for this one time. You’ll get what we mean when you listen.

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Episode 125: Pepper Ii And Cosmic Chasm (click for more!)

It’s a Thanksgiving miracle – a video game sequel that has no corresponding original? Oooh, you’ll have to listen to find out about that! Hear this and more gobbledygook (see what we did there?) as you feast your ears on this very special episode.

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Episode 124: Toobin' And Pooyan (click for more!)

What?? A new episode already?! Yuh-huh!!! This time your ever-lovin’ Midwestern video game fan duo take a look not only at the featured games but also indigenous urban cuisine. Episode 124 is guaranteed to be a mammoth blockbuster with several listeners.

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Episode 123: Bubble Bobble And Toypop (click for more!)

Having returned from their spiritual retreat to Fishfuj, Iowa, Jim and Sean are back with a new episode. Will they reveal the secret relationship between Bub and Bob? Is the toyshop in Toypop an allegory about the Russian Revolution? Listen and find out.

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The Next Episode: The Next Episode (click for more!)

We’re calling this “the next episode” because it’s not the previous episode. It’s also not the first episode nor the last episode, unless something REALLY weird happens. Look…it’s an episode. And we actually remembered to mention our RedBubble store.

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Episode 122: Mikie And Name That Tune (click for more!)

Ikey and Mikie, in a most exclusive place, were held up by a mugger, who cut up Ikey’s favorite coat and robbed him, and hit him with a hose. But Mikie grabbed the scoundrel, and punched him in the no-good head repeatedly, until he ran away, so Ikey and Mikie went back to Name That Tune.

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Episode 121: Double Dragon And Kung-Fu Master (click for more!)

One game is about kids who answer trivia questions and run through a chocolate and slime filled obstacle course. The other is about a New Jersey kid who moves to California and is bullied by martial arts jocks. What could the theme be? Only you, the listener, will find out.

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120...and a half???: Episode 120...Revisited! (click for more!)

Thanks to the response from Listeners Like You™, we decided to go back and address feedback from our previous episode. Your top ten desert island games (assuming your desert island has an adequate power source, of course) and of course all the other heartwarming (or heartburning?) dialog you’re familiar with from Jim’n’Sean are discussed in this Very Special Episode®️.

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Episode 120: Our Top Ten (click for more!)

If each of the hosts of Pie Factory Podcast had his druthers, which games would he’d ruther have in his home arcade over all the other ones? Tune in to this exciting frost-biting candy-throwing installment to hear the gory details!

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Episode 119: Hang-On And Golden Axe (click for more!)

New month, new year, new U.S. President, New Balance Stores Phoenix, and…oh, yeah! NEW EPISODE! Woohoo! What more can we say, but….vroom! Chop!

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Episode 118: Discs Of Tron And Mad Planets (click for more!)

For this final episode of the year, Sean and Jim talk about the world situation, economics, and their five Christmas wishes. (Wait, was that this episode? Hmmm…maybe that was another…) But what could this week’s theme be? Is it games with pluralized round things in their names? Only The Shadow knows.

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Episode 117: Turkey Shoot And Chiller (click for more!)

While you’re enjoying turkey with your family, why not put Pie Factory Podcast on as your background? Jim’n’Sean discuss two fairly unusual arcade games in episode 117. And so should you.

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Episode 116: The Legend Of Kage And Raiden (click for more!)

Once upon a time there were two Midwesterners named Jim and Sean. One was tall, the other was…well, also tall, but who cares? There came a time when the two decided that their mission was to discuss two arcade games from Japan, leading them to…well, you’ll just have to listen to find out!

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Episode 115: Astro Invader And Space Zap (click for more!)

In episode 115, does Sean love Space Zap as much as Jim? Will they agree on a Space Invaders-esque shooter? Will George be reunited with his ticker tape machine? The Shadow knows.

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Episode 114: 720º And Congo Bongo (click for more!)

Yep, that’s how hot it gets in the summer, so break out your percussion instruments and play along with episode 114! Satisfaction guaranteed! (Note: satisfaction not guaranteed.)

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Episode 113: Space Fury And Tac/Scan (click for more!)

So…an episode for your amusement! Prepare for a podcast! (See what we did there?) We swear, this is the absolute last episode we will be releasing this month. If you want another one, sorry; you’ll have to wait.

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Episode 112: Bump'n'jump And Daytona Usa (click for more!)

You like cars? Good. Vroooom!

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Episode 111: "modemland" And The Bbs Scene (click for more!)

Jim and Sean take a break from the usual arcade game talk and invite friends to join them in a discussion of socializing over online media before there was social media…or widespread Internet.

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Episode 110: Guzzler And Munch Mobile (click for more!)

In this episode about a couple of somewhat obscure games, Jim discusses geology, whilst Sean waxes philosophical about parenthood. And games, too. Yeah, they both talk about games.

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Episode 109: Boot Camp And G.I. Joe (click for more!)

Happy April! It’s always a sunshine day when the Pie Factory Podcast brings you a new episode! This time, kick back with a couple of relaxing video games from the ’80s, following Jim and Sean through their adventures.
 
(Note: even though we at least twice mentioned the date we recorded this episode, we know that it’s easy to forget or not even notice, but…this episode was recorded before the stay-at-home orders were issued! We assure you we take our health and that of others seriously and as such we practice social distancing. Then again, it’s not much of a change of pace for either of us, given our social skills.)

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Episode 108: Kick And The Glob (click for more!)

With an episode title that sounds like a band name, Sean and Jim are back with another rip-roarin’ jaunt into the Golden Age of Video Games, asking that musical question: “Huh?”

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Episode 107: Solar Fox And Blueprint (click for more!)

Jim and Sean are back with a lively discussion of two arcade games. This time, both of the games have…color! And sound! And a control panel! It’s sure to set your RSS feed on fire!

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Episode 106: Home Consoles Iv (atari 5200 And Vectrex) (click for more!)

It’s been a while since we did a one-off about the consoles we had. This time, Sean and Jim invite a special guest to help out, and God knows they desperately need that help.

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Episode 105: Warlords And Circus (click for more!)

Need a break from your family? Didn’t get what you want for Christmas? Well, you’re in luck! Here’s a new episode for ya.

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Episode 104: Nba Jam And Atari Football (click for more!)

Gotta get away from your family for a bit this Thanksgiving? Let Pie Factory Podcast be your crazy uncle! And what’s more traditional on Thanksgiving than a football game? Let us be your new tradition!

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Episode 103: Peter Pack Rat And Turtles (click for more!)

Chicago Bears fans, hopefully a new episode will cheer you up. Philadelphia Eagles fans, celebrate by listening to a new episode. Those of you who don’t like American Football — hey, good news: you can listen to a new episode on Sunday!
 
In this episode, Sean and Jim talk about two games that are not the most common buggers you’ll see in the arcade world. But hey, it’s for some special friends, so why not?

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Episode 102: Looping And Space Panic (click for more!)

In this episode, Jim and Sean study the intricacies of the contrapuntal philosophies of the next-generation trends of the upper echelon and how they relate to the hoi polloi’s intrapersonal struggle with the id and the superego. Or…was that another episode?? Hmm…well, this episode talks about either that or a couple of old video games called Space Panic and Looping; we don’t remember for sure.

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Episode 101: Pac-Man Plus And Head On 2 (click for more!)

You know…we recently released episode 100, and, well…we loved doing 100 episodes so much, that we’ve decided, heck with it…let’s do 101! So here we are again with an Exciting New episode for your listening, uhh….experience? Yeah, let’s go with that.

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Episode 100: The Pie Factory Podcast 100th Episode Spectacular! (click for more!)

So we’ve lasted 100 episodes! Yay! And we’ve extended that savings on to YOU! Three special guests join our not-so-special hosts for a unique celebration of all things Pie Factory…well, maybe not all things Pie Factory, but…oh, just listen to The Pie Factory Podcast 100th Episode Spatula.

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Episode 99: Cloak & Dagger And Blaster (click for more!)

This time Jim and Sean talk about a couple of not-too-common arcade games that have a surprising number of things in common and some pretty interesting back stories.

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Episode 98: Willow And Dragon Spirit (click for more!)

We apologize for the lateness. We have switched to a 3-week schedule due to a little thing called life. Unfortunately, this coincided with the 4th of July holiday. But nonetheless…here’s the new episode!

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Episode 97: Star Castle And Super Breakout (click for more!)

This time we’re discussing two well-known but not-easy-to-find titles. Anything else that would be in this description would be filler because we’re not feeling creative right now with this description. Place more text here. Bye.

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Episode 96: Special Guest Ed Kelly (click for more!)

Hi, and welcome to Episode 96. We, uhh…totally forgot to mention in the entire episode that it’s episode 96, but trust us: it’s episode 96. To be followed by episode 107 (eventually). But we were honored to have the brains behind Edladdin Controllers join us for a hearty discussion.

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Episode 95: League Bowling And Punch-Out!! (click for more!)

Sean and Jim celebrate the anniversaries of the classic albums Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds, and The Who: Live at Leeds by talking about two games as suggested by a Patreon supporter. Oh…and neither of them say a peep about any of those albums. *ahem*

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Episode 94: Midwest Gaming Classic 2019 Recap (click for more!)

Jim and Sean just got drove back from Milwaukee, and boy, are their arms tired!….Hello?…..is this thing on???

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Episode 93: XYbots And Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters (click for more!)

Just the title of episode 93 is longer than some of the tweets we’ve sent out. Unlike with episode 92, these two games actually provide us with something substantial to say…imagine that! And we hope to see you at Midwest Gaming Classic today!

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Episode 92: New Rally-X And Super XEvious (click for more!)

Hey, what can we say? A new month, a new episode, a new Rally-X. (And of course a Super Xevious!) More info about the This Week In Robotron contest at Midwest Gaming Classic coming soon — keep your eyes and ears open!

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Episode 91: Atari St And Amiga (click for more!)

In this off-topic episode, Jim and Sean reminisce about life with their favorite 16-bit computers. COMING SOON: A SPECIAL MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC ANNOUNCEMENT!

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Episode 90: Boulder Dash And Pigskin 621 A.D. (click for more!)

So, here we are: ninety episodes in. Fun fact: if you listen to an episode of Pie Factory Podcast every day for ninety days, it will take close to three months to complete. While you’re at it, play a couple of rounds of Dark Ages rugby, but don’t fall under a rock.

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Episode 89: Q*bert's Qubes And Crater Raider (click for more!)

Wait…isn’t Pie Factory Podcast a biweekly podcast? Didn’t they just put out a show five days ago? But…how? And then they…but there’s another…hoo, boy; how did they do it? (It’s called physics.) Look, just enjoy the show, mac.

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Episode 88: Columns And Tetris (click for more!)

Falling blocks discussed by these falling blockheads: what could possibly be more fitting? In this landmark 2019 comeback, join Sean and Jim as they talk about not Ferg. That’s right, Ferg will not be mentioned in this episode. Listen to find out why!

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Episode 87: Arm Wrestling And Sf-Hisplitter (click for more!)

With episode 87, Jim and Sean decided to end 2018 on a…well, let’s face it…weird note. I mean, come on! Who’s ever HEARD of these games?! Well…SOMEBODY must have, or else there wouldn’t be a podcast talking about them! Podcasts just don’t talk about games that don’t exist! (or do they?) Regardless, this certainly is a podcast episode, and we hope you will all agree.

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Episode 86: Marble Madness And Domino Man (click for more!)

Who says Friday is black? We at Pie Factory Podcast say it’s, uhhh….black also. So yeah. What does that have to do with episode 86? We, uhmmm…haven’t the foggiest idea. Just listen.

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Episode 85: Space Encounters And Buck Rogers: Planet Of Zoom (click for more!)

At long last, Sean and Jim have returned with episode 85 of their ambivalently named downloadable quasi-radio show, this time investigating a couple of outer space themed games in which somehow explosions are still audible in a vacuum. Tell your friends!

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Episode 84: Astro Blaster And Avalanche (click for more!)

With winter coming soon, Sean and Jim figured they’d better hurry up and discuss a game with a snow theme for episode 84. And lately there’s been some sort of Star Wars movie coming out at about the same time, so what the hey, why not a space fighter? This episode is sure to be a mammoth blockbuster!

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Episode 83: National Suicide Prevention Month (click for more!)

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE IS IN THIS EPISODE. Taking a break from discussing video games, we are taking the opportunity to discuss not just suicide prevention but also depression and other mental concerns. We feel this is a very important topic that needs to be addressed.

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Episode 82: Mr. Do!'s Castle And Mr. Do!'s Wild Ride (click for more!)

In today’s fourscore and second official installment of Pie Factory Podcast, your hosts Do! their best to edutain you. Do! you want to join in on the fun? Of course you Do!. (Okay, we’ll stop Do!ing that.)

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Episode 81: Reactor And Aliens (click for more!)

How do Jim and Sean spend their three-day weekend near the end of summer? By servicing you, our friends, the listeners, with a brand new episode! This time we wax philosophical about another movie game and another Gottlieb game. We hope you’re not…alienated by this episode, but we guarantee you some kind of…reaction.

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Episode 80: Qix And Quantum (click for more!)

We at Pie Factory Podcast like to record episodes. We like it so much, we’ve done it more than 80 times. We hope that you’ll add this episode about “Q” games to your podcast queue. (See what I did there?)

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Episode 79: Liberator And Millipede (click for more!)

Well, it’s Monday, and as such we cannot come up with a creative announcement for episode 79. So here it is. Episode 79. Millipede and Liberator. Listen to the podcast. Trade it with friends. Post a link in your next bathroom graffiti.

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Episode 78: Eyes And Anteater (click for more!)

Whoa-oh, here she comes. Watch out WITH YOUR EYES, boy, she’ll chew you up. Whoa-oh, here she comes. She’s an ANTEATER. (See what we did there?) Despite Sean and Jim striking fear in the hearts of those who try to re-create their “oops, we screwed up” music, here they are with episode 78.

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Episode 77: I Want To Ride My... (click for more!)

In this super special episode of Pie Factory Podcast, Sean and Jim discuss the latest retro gaming news (which is not news anymore because post production takes such a long time!), but then eschew the usual format to discuss their adventures on two wheels. A super special guest helps out as well!

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Episode 76: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom And Return Of The Jedi (click for more!)

I think this is the longest title we’ve had for an episode so far. Is it? Hmm….I don’t know. I’ll have to check. Wait…why am I typing this? Anyway…here’s a show about a couple of George Lucas film games. Yeah.

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Episode 75: Apb And Super Pac-Man (click for more!)

Here we are with another instalment of Pie Factory Podcast, an arcade game podcast that most certainly exists. What do you get when you combine Atari and NAMCO? Well, maybe Pac-Mania, but in this case, you get cops and a superhero. This episode will certainly be just that: a episode!

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Episode 74: Midwest Gaming Classic 2018 (click for more!)

That rough, ragged trip down I-94 brings forth some thoughts and interviews from one of the biggest gaming conventions in the country. If this doesn’t get you excited for what will be happening again in about 51 weeks, then…we dunno, maybe something else will??

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Episode 73: Turbo And I, Robot (click for more!)

It’s Monday! And when a new episode of Pie Factory Podcast comes out on a Monday, it means Monday’s FUNday, Charlie Brown! In their last episode before Midwest Gaming Classic, Jim and Sean discuss, well…two arcade games and reveal a common theme. Duh. If you’re in Milwaukee, come to MGC and see us in the vendor hall. (Or at least visit the statue of The Fonz.)

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Episode 72: Tutankham And Wizard Of Wor (click for more!)

So it’s come to this…Sean and Jim have released twelve episodes six times. SIX TIMES. Can they do it a seventh time? Stick around for episode 84 and find out! In the mean time, here’s episode 72, examining works by Konami and Bally Midway.

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Episode 71: Contra And Ikari Warriors (click for more!)

Jim and Sean were getting lazy and restless with episode 71, so they did what anybody else would do: invite two guests to join them and do all the dirty work. Enjoy this special foursome as they present their intercourse on Contra and Ikari Warriors.

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Episode 70: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker And Trivial Pursuit (click for more!)

Question: What did Sean get wrong *this time*? Answer: it’s probably somewhere in this episode. So is a missing sequined glove (probably). Anyway, just listen to episode 70. Because that’s what it certainly is: an episode.

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Episode 69: Gravitar And Bosconian (click for more!)

What? You thought Sean and Jim would let January end without you getting another episode in your podcast player?! Pshaw! Here with the long-awaited episode 69 are your beloved hosts waxing philosophical about two early ’80s space games. We’re sure to sell a million units…in January.

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Episode 68: Juno First And Battlezone (click for more!)

Everybody’s fourth-favorite midwestern video game podcast hosts have returned from their monthlong tour of Europe, Scandinavia, and the subcontinent with deep thoughts about Battlezone and Juno First. Certainly this episode will go down in history as “The Show Notes Episode.”

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BONUS EPISODE!: (shhh...It's A Secret!) (click for more!)

Jim and Sean offer you a holiday gift: an extra episode! The Pie Factory hosts aren’t too afraid of…public speaking…to offer one more…broadcast…for 2017. Normally they talk about video games, but this time they get…behind the microphone…another way to talk about a topic pertinent to their past lives. For the…record…this episode’s transmission may make your head spin! We hope you stay…stationary…and don’t get…carted…away! In fact, we hope you end up walking on…the air!

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Episode 67: Buster Bros And Blasteroids (click for more!)

The last episode of 2017 brings you two guys talking about two late ’80s games with two…uhhh…something or other. Ooh…and is there a special something for Patreon supporters? Only time will tell.

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Episode 66: Lunar Lander And Red Baron (click for more!)

Jim and Sean wax philosophical about two Atari vector graphics games. (And unfortunately, new computer = new audio issues, for which they apologize.) Are Sean and Jim stealing No Quarter’s “Novecter” idea? Only time will tell, but listen for details…if any!

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Episode 65: Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator And Galaxian (click for more!)

So here’s the situation. It’s October. It’s 2017. By process of elimination, that means it’s October 2017. Putting two and two together, you get twotwo. Strategically simulate operations and shoot some suicidal space creatures with Sean and Jim as they answer that musical question: “Huh?”

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Episode 64: Lock'n Chase And Thief (click for more!)

That’s right, it’s time for another enliftening episode of Pie Factory Podcast. What? You think you’ll skip this one? No, don’t…..cop….out! ha ha! You’ll be…robbed…of some amazing listening! *snort!* (See what I did there?)

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Episode 63: Space Harrier And Out Run (click for more!)

Congratulations: you survived the end of the world! Your reward is getting to listen to the soothing sounds of Jim’n’Sean waxing nostalgic about two Sega games. Will Jim finally find the lost chord? Will Sean be reunited with his ticker tape machine? Listen and find out.

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Episode 62: Moon Patrol And Rampart (click for more!)

So it’s come to this: the last episode of Pie Factory Podcast for the summer! Jim and Sean wax poetically about each of their adventures the great summer of 2017 has thrust upon them, and they make their fall predictions.
 
Oh, wait…never mind; they never got around to doing that. Instead, they talked about classic arcade video games. Maybe episode 63? Only time will tell.

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Episode 61: Krull And Q*bert (click for more!)

Our thoughts are with those affected by Harvey right now; if any of our listeners are among them, we hope that this episode gives them at least a little bit of a silver lining. But hey, want to learn some algebra? 2 x Gottlieb = episode 61. Whoa.

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Episode 60: Interview With Jeffrey Lee (click for more!)

Despite our best efforts at putting out a quality Podcast, Jeff Lee, creative genius behind Q*Bert, managed to sit through an entire episode to talk to us about his games, books, artwork, and other hobbies. If there ever was an episode of a podcast, this certainly is one of them.

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Episode 59: Crossbow And Rip Off (click for more!)

Two games. Two arcade games. You play ’em. You shoot stuff. And one of the games has a dangling preposition in the title. And this will be the final Pie Factory Podcast episode until the next one. Which will be 60. Followed by 61 and 68, with possible episodes in between. Mark your calendar as such.

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Episode 58: The Empire Strikes Back And Paperboy (click for more!)

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Episode 57: Two Tigers And 1942 (click for more!)

Believe it or not, this is not the first episode of Pie Factory Podcast to come out in July 2017. Except it is. And it’s about two games this time. Just like almost all of the other episodes. You listen now. And you wish Steve Touhy of Touhyville a happy birthday. Now.

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Episode 56: A Coupla Nintendo Titles! (click for more!)

If we got any more specific, the theme would be too easy to guess! But we hope you enjoy this rollicking little kickoff to summer as your Pie Factory Podcast hosts are joined by a special guest to keep things a bit more under control.

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Episode 55: Centipede And Black Widow (click for more!)

Jim fights his laptop over good audio while Sean repeatedly gets the name of a Pretenders song wrong. It’s all a barrel of fish until someone gets hurt, right here on Pie Factory Podcast.

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Episode 54: Bubbles And Make Trax (click for more!)

What is the sound of one hand clapping? Why, it’s the next installment of the witty, irreverent, and third adjectiveless Pie Factory Podcast. Sean and Jim go all Williams on y’all for the last episode during meteorological spring; see you in June! (Yes, we’re watching you!)

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Episode 53: Gauntlet And Pole Position (click for more!)

Okay, okay, we get it: Sean needs to see more movies. But hey, listen to him discuss a classic dungeon game and a landmark racing game with Jimmy G, the man with a message. Or an awkward limp. We don’t remember for sure.

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Episode 52: Robocop And Smash T.V. (click for more!)

Yes, Sean and Jim are back ALREADY with another new episode! Listen to the hosts discuss Las Vegas, record collecting…oh, and maybe an arcade game or two.

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Episode 51: Pac & Pal And Uncle Poo (click for more!)

Congratulation! You have wisely chosen to listen to Pie Factory Podcast’s last episode before Midwest Gaming Classic 2017 — we’ll be back after MGC with any exciting news and developments we encounter. Now…
 
Let’s Uncle Poo!

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Episode 50: Bust-A-Move And Jungle Hunt (click for more!)

Home? I have no home. Hunted. DESPISED. The jungle is my home. Where I can bust a move and listen to the mammoth blockbuster episode 50 of Pie Factory Podcast. Now, stop tampering in God’s domain.

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Episode 49: Spy Hunter And Vanguard (click for more!)

Sean and Jim are back from their three-week tour of Europe, Scandinavia, and the subcontinent to talk about a coupla games. You guard a van, and you hunt spies. There. Now you don’t have to listen.
 
No, wait…yes, you do.

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Episode 48: Mappy And Wwf Wrestlefest (click for more!)

Super Podcast Brothers’ Andy Reierson joins Sean and Jim as they discuss two games that are such natural bedfellows that it’s a disgrace that Pie Factory Podcast went on for 48 episodes before this pairing finally happened. Prepare to be Timinized!

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Episode 47: Kangaroo And Arabian (click for more!)

Still a very new year, and the Pie Factory Podcast guys get yet another riproarin’ groundbreaking episode out. What are the odds? You’ll have to listen and find out.

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Episode 46: Missile Command And Mouse Trap (click for more!)

The Pie Factory Podcast gang opens the first episode of 2017 with some tender-lovin’ discussion of two of everybody’s favorite arcade games. Or maybe not EVERYBODY’s, I mean…whose favorite game is Mouse Trap? Maybe not yours, but…maybe someone’s?? I don’t know. Perhaps the episode will end with a huge honkin’ explosion.

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Episode 45: Rethinking The 5s (click for more!)

In a very special Pie Factory Podcast, Sean and Jim speak openly and frankly about the games they both rated 5 Continues, with the help of longtime featherless biped Ferg. ‘Swonderful. ‘Smarvelous. ‘Sthe final episode of 2016. What will 2017 have in store?

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Episode 44: Dig Dug And Pac-Mania (click for more!)

Now, this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside-down, and I’d like to take a minute – just sit right there, I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Pie Factory Podcast. Never gonna dig you up, never gonna Pac you down.

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Episode 43: Track & Field And Arch Rivals (click for more!)

“Christmas without presents is like Thanksgiving without pizza.” — Kelly Bundy
 
What better way to simulate Thanksgiving dinner than to play a basketball game that allows you to beat the living daylights out of your opponent?

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Episode 42: Nibbler And Rescue (click for more!)

By surprisingly (and tragically) popular demand, we present to you the Pie Factory Podcast episode that will hopefully provide you with the answer to life, the universe, and everything. (Gee, didn’t see that coming, did you?) We hope the Master will approve.

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Episode 41: Home Consoles Iii (sega Genesis) (click for more!)

The Great Pumpkin has found your sincere pumpkin patch, delivering you another heartwarming Pie Factory Podcast! Sean and Jim break from the usual arcade talk and have a special guest join them once again for a talk about console gaming, this time about what Ninten-don’t.

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Episode 40: Stratovox And Space Invaders (click for more!)

…or is it Space Invaders and Stratovox? *sigh* the world may never know. But that’s okay because maybe the world will be taken over by space invaders and all of our astronauts will be kidnapped before we can prevent that from happening. Wait, was I supposed to write that??

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Episode 39: Bagman And Sinistar (click for more!)

Celebrating the release of Ron Howard’s documentary of The Beatles’ touring years, Jim and Sean bring you their classic, internationally lauded musings on two well-known classics of days of yore. (Or is it days of Eeyore? Days of you’re? Days..oh, screw it; back in the Ferg.)

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Episode 38: Do! Run Run And Timber (click for more!)

Just like the trees in Timber, the latest Pie Factory Podcast episode drops. (See what I did there?) And along with that, so does this poster’s ability to come up with some kind of witty way to announce the show’s release. Enjoy! Or, perhaps, don’t enjoy — the choice is yours: it’s a free country.
 
On a serious note…at the very beginning of the episode, Jim and Sean briefly discuss a topic they both take very seriously, and as such, felt that certain language that normally would be bleeped should be left in untouched or else it would diminish the seriousness of the message. This is a one-time occurrence. After that, the rest of the show is its usual self.

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Episode 37: Gorf And Professor Pac-Man (click for more!)

Spelled backwards, the first game is “froG.” Spelled any way you want, the second game is obviously Sean’s favorite video game ever in the history of gaming. Oh…and did we say…contest?? That’s right — the winner of the Charles Nelson Reilly Contest is announced! Where else but Pie Factory Podcast?

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Episode 36: Omega Race And Tempest (click for more!)

Just in time for the sixth anniversary of the opening of the world’s largest arcade, the latest episode of Pie Factory Podcast drops. (YAAAAAAAAAY!) If only Charles Nelson Reilly were here to hear it. But at least we have a contest in his honor! Who survives the tempest? And who wins the Omega race? Listen to find out…#24 will blow your mind!

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Episode 35: Robotron 2084 And Defender (click for more!)

See what happens when Sean and Jim take a week off? The episode gets longer, unlike Sean’s performance in this episode’s games. The hosts also discuss Video Game Summit, pickups, and a new arcade. Oh…and did somebody say…”contest”?

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Episode 34: The Adventures Of Robby Roto! And Targ (click for more!)

Jim and Sean light the fireworks with the games Roto to the Rescue! and Targ. (Or is it simply Robby Roto??? Or…whatever.) Wait…did someone say…contest?
 
#fangboner

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Episode 33: Frenzy And Scramble (click for more!)

In this heartwarming, heartburning, and heartbreaking episode, Sean and Jim discuss robots, skeletons, gas, Wilford Brimley, and a brand new arcade.

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Episode 32: The Simpsons And Road Runner (click for more!)

That Jimmy G’s really a crazy clown. When will he learn that he never can mow Sean down? Maybe he’ll prank Moe’s Tavern instead. Who knows? Listen to find out!

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Episode 31: Beavis And Butt-Head (click for more!)

Sean (a.k.a. The Great Pieholio) and Jim discuss their most heartfelt feelings of this unreleased 1996 Atari prototype arcade game. On a very special Pie Factory Podcast. Starring Meredith Baxter Birney. Or maybe not.

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Episode 30: Super Zaxxon And Asteroids Deluxe (click for more!)

Just in time for the end of Sega Week at Galloping Ghost Arcade, Sean and Jim express their abiding love for Sega’s classic Zaxxon sequel. And while they’re at it, they give some time to the little-appreciated Atari vector game. (Oh, and they forgot to mention that they’re on Google Play now. Smart, guys, REAL smart.)

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Episode 29: Galaga And Gradius (click for more!)

Jim and Sean eat tomatoes, tomahtoes, potatoes, and potahtoes and call the whole thing off as they argue over pronunciation and wax nostalgic about Midwest Gaming Classic. (Keep up with future episodes for more MGC coverage!)

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Episode 28: Popeye And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (click for more!)

You did it. You survived Monday. You deserve a reward. Here. Have a pie. In fact, have a whole factory of pies. Pie Factory Podcast, that is.
 
And while you’re at it, get your ticket for Midwest Gaming Classic, where we are proudly joining our friends from Underground Retrocade this coming Saturday. Be there. Or be somewhere else. We will at least try to do some live broadcasts, so please check our Facebook page and the news section of our web site (www.piefactorypodcast.com) before and throughout Saturday for updates!

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Episode 27: Satan's Hollow And Tron (click for more!)

Gooooooooooooooooooooood Friday morning, Pie Factory fans! What better way to start a Friday than with a new episode from Sean and Jim? Boy howdy, if there is a better way, we don’t think we wanna know.

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Episode 26: XEnophobe And Rampage (click for more!)

At long last, episode 26! Yep, Pie Factory Podcast just in time for Pi Day. Heh. Get it? Course you do. In addition to discussing these Midway classics, Sean and Jim reflect on their excitement (*cough cough*) about the then-impending Coleco Chameleon. Also, listen to a new song by the Buckner-Garcia Band.

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Episode 25: Puzznic, Lady Killer, And Miss World '96 Nude (click for more!)

Jim and Sean veer into, well…potentially NSFW territory…for one episode as they play Puzznic (Japanese version, we’ll just leave it at that), Lady Killer, and Miss World ’96 Nude for research purposes. Yeah…Research purposes! That’s why! History!

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Episode 24: Brian Colin Special (click for more!)

Sean and Jim break from the usual Pie Factory Podcast format to chat face-to-face (perfect for an audio podcast) with Brian Colin, designer of Rampage, Arch Rivals, Xenophobe, and many other games too numerous to mention to fit in the iTunes description. And yet more discussion of the pronunciation of Galaga.

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Episode 23: Elevator Action And Berzerk (click for more!)

Stuck in the big snowstorm? Boy, do we have amazing news for you! (Not stuck in the big snowstorm? Well…the news is just as amazing for you, too!) You humanoids can now escape after all…into Jim and Sean’s warm and magical Pie Factory world. We hope this episode will prove to be very…uplifting!

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Episode 22: Rally-X And Jr. Pac-Man (click for more!)

Pie Factory Podcast hopes to make those mourning the loss of (probably) the reason Ground Kontrol in Portland got its name feel better with the first new episode of 2016. Listen to discussion of these two not-so-common titles from arcade gaming’s Golden Years.

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Episode 21: Home Consoles Ii (atari 7800) (click for more!)

A late Christmas or Hanukkah present…or on-time Kwanzaa or Mystery Day of Christmas present…or early New Year present…from Sean and Jim! In one of the longest episodes of the podcast so far, Jim and Sean talk with a special guest (hint: watch your language!) about their all-time favorite console, the Atari 7800. Also, Sean tells his famous Lone Ranger story…but can he get Darlene Love to sing on the show? Listen to find out!

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Episode 20: Tapper And Food Fight (click for more!)

What better way to lead into the holidays than by knocking down a few beers and then knocking down a few chefs with watermelon slices? Listen to Jim’n’Sean get excited about flinging edibles at people!

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Episode 19: Pengo And Lady Bug (click for more!)

What?! You thought Thanksgiving weekend was over?! Ahh, think again, my huckleberry friends. The thanks never stops with the latest episode of Pie Factory Podcast, as Jim waxes poetic about Cleveland penguins and Sean probably gets a lot of stuff wrong.

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Episode 18: Crazy Climber And Fix-It Felix Jr. (click for more!)

On a very special Pie Factory Podcast, Sean wounds Jim’s inner child, and they talk about it. Oh, wait, never mind…that’s another episode. In this one they just talk about [pseudo-?] arcade video games.

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Episode 17: Revolution X And Journey (click for more!)

Rock out with Jim and Sean as they talk about two games, the theme of which being characters with the last name Perry. (And perhaps they should leave the kitchen if they can’t stand the heat? Listen for details!)
 
OH, CRAP!!!….gave away the theme!! Uhh, never mind! Pretend you didn’t see that!

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Episode 16: Tinkle Pit And Mr. Do! (click for more!)

It’s that time again: another exciting, mammoth blockbuster edition of Pie Factory Podcast! This time it’s about Mr. Do!, which is definitely not related to Dig Dug in any way at all, it looks nothing like that game, nothing to see here…and a ’90s Namco maze game released only in Japan. So get your favorite podcast grabber and enjoy this episode while you visit your tinkle pit! Show notes will be available on http://www.piefactorypodcast.com.

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15, Part 2: (part 2) Space Duel And Pac-Man (click for more!)

Jim and Sean continue their deep discussion about Pac-Man and recap their feelings about Space Duel. Part 2 begins with a very important message about something we both take very seriously, and we implore you to please pay close attention. Afterwards, celebrate Sean’s birthday with the PFP fun and special surprises!

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15, Part 1: (part 1) Galloping Ghost Arcade, Space Duel, And Pac-Man (click for more!)

We are proud to offer this mega-episode. Part 2 will be up in two weeks, but for part 1, we have a pretty exciting talk with Galloping Ghost’s Doc Mack. The rest of the show is a bit lop-sided toward Space Duel, but that’s only because Pac-Man is so monumental that we required literally more than an entire episode to talk about that one game that spawned a cultural phenomenon that has yet to show any hint of going away. We hope you’ll enjoy this one. Oh, and…do Jim and Sean finally settle their “Galaga” argument?

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Episode 14: Dragon's Lair And Time Pilot (click for more!)

What better way to celebrate the long weekend than with the latest fun filled frolics from Jim and Sean! Two 1983 classics, and…did someone say contest? CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED!! CONTEST WINNER ANNOUNCED!!! YAAAAAAAY!!!

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Episode 13: Donkey Kong Junior And Gyruss (click for more!)

There’s a wonderful and exciting world out there when we discover that we don’t need TV to entertain us: we have the Pie Factory Podcast. Join McSean and Jim as they help Junior rescue his papa and warp to Uranus with Gyruss. Oh…and did somebody say “contest”?

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Episode 12: Home Consoles I (click for more!)

Part 1 of a series of Jimmy G and Sean discussing the home consoles they’ve known and, quite possibly, loved! Oh…and did someone say CONTEST? Listen to this episode for the two arcade games Jim and Sean will be discussing for episode 13 for your chance to win a lovely prize package related to this episode’s Atari 2600 theme!

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Episode 11: Phoenix And Star Wars (click for more!)

Due to the absence of both their producer and booth announcer, Jim and Sean deal with audio difficulties as they wax philosophical about these space shooters. Oh…and did somebody say “contest”?

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Episode 10: Frogger And Asteroids (click for more!)

Jim and Sean celebrate the summer with two of the most remembered classic games ever…and some exciting news related to the previous episode. Oh…and did somebody say “contest”?

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Episode 9: Lost Tomb, XEvious, And Underground Retrocade (click for more!)

Complete with live gameplay commentary, Jimmy G and Sean (aka Shell Creeper) discuss two gems — one common and another, uhh…lost — as they visit Underground Retrocade. Won’t you come out to play?

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Episode 8: Joust And Mario Bros. (click for more!)

WAIT – your Independence Day celebration is NOT over…you can continue celebrating your independence from NOT having a new Pie Factory Podcast episode! To not listen would turn you into buzzard bait or make a Sidestepper VERY angry.

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Episode 7: Pac-Land And The Real Ghostbusters (click for more!)

Jimmy G and Nuance Oyster Sean wax philosophical about the Pac-Man platformer and the Data East movie-to-cartoon-to-video game zap-’em-up. Rumors of a contest coming up!

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Episode 6: Burgertime And Ms. Pac-Man (click for more!)

As you can tell, Jim and Sean were hungry. Hear them wax nostalgic about BurgerTime and Ms. Pac-Man and why Sean still holds a grudge against the latter after over thirty years.

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Episode 5: Commando And Terminator 2: Judgment Day (click for more!)

Jim and Sean discuss their experiences with two shooters — can you predict the theme before they announce it? Also, Sean still struggles with his identity crisis and keeps you informed about an exciting arcade event that already happened.

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Episode 4: Klax And Crystal Castles (click for more!)

In a welcome change of pace after the previous episode, Jim and Sean return with two fun, colorful games from Atari, while Sean has an identity crisis. And is that really Billy Mitchell in the lobby of the Royal Sonesta New Orleans?

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Episode 3: Zaxxon And Mortal Kombat (click for more!)

The final episode of Mad Men has aired. Now, you can listen to two other mad men — Jimmy G. and Sean — so find out why Zaxxon and Mortal Kombat makes them mad.

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Episode 2: Zoo Keeper And Firefox (click for more!)

Jim and Sean discuss lion taming and bad Clint Eastwood impersonations. (Spoiler alert: these are games that we absolutely love.)

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Episode 1: Donkey Kong And Donkey Kong 3 (click for more!)

Jim and Sean discuss strategies and memories of these two Nintendo classics.

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Episode 0: Welcome To Pie Factory Podcast! (click for more!)

Jim and Sean wax philosphical about MST3k, fun in the Midwest, and, of course, video games.

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