A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

October 22, 2020

Battle for the Living Room: from Atari to the Console Wars

The next generation of gaming is about to arrive, which makes this the perfect time to take a look at how we got here. Join the boys for a guided tour through the cutthroat history of gaming, and the battle for the living room. 


In this episode:

  • Edward Uhler Condon and the NIMATRON
  • Ferranti and the NIMROD
  • Ralph Baer and the Brown Box
  • Magnavox and the Odyssey
  • Atari and the VCS (2600)
  • Activision
  • 1983 Atari Shock, ET, and subpar PacMan
  • The rise of Nintendo
  • Famicon becomes the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • NES becomes the Super NES
  • TurboGrafx-16 and the 16-bit revolution
  • The Atari Jaguar flames out
  • The rise of Sega
  • The genesis of the Genesis
  • The story of Sonic
  • The golden era of SNES: Metroid, Street Fighter, Zelda, Mega Man
  • The rise of Sony
  • 32 and 64 bits
  • The Nintendo 64
  • The Sega Saturn
  • Playstation crushes the competition
  • The decline of Nintendo and the Gamecube debacle
  • Microsoft gets in the game
  • Enter the Xbox
  • Xbox 360 and the Red Ring of Death
  • Playstation 2
  • Playstation 3
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X and the Playstation 5


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