HTP Episode 083 – Kieren McCarthy

 

Kieren McCarthy is a journalist on staff at The Register, and was one of the few writers to voice concerns over Atari’s latest console attempt.  Kieren’s skepticism escalated considerably when he met with the Atari team in person at GDC, and detailed his misgivings in the now-famous article ‘We sent a vulture to find the relaunced Atari Box – and all he got was this lousy baseball cap’.  Atari responded by claiming Kieren made up the story, despite there being a recording of the meeting.  

In this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, Kieren and I discuss why critical thinking seems to be lacking when it comes to video-game-centric discussion, and areas where Atari could have actually released a better product, had they had a mind to.

You can follow Kieren’s journalism on Twitter, or his personal account, if you’d like.  He also maintains a website, kierenmccarthy.com.  In addition to those, his main social media, Kieren maintains a Facebook account as well.

Kieren’s Atari VCS articles:

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HTP Episode 061 – Liz Priestley

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Liz Priestley is an accomplished stage actress, currently transitioning into film with her upcoming movie, Concrete Cowboy.  The movie stars Idris Elba and gives a look into the world of the urban cowboy.  During our chat, Liz and I look at the movie and see it as an example of modern filmmaking empowering artists, and audiences having better access to great films than ever.  Not only that, but we look at the COVID wild card that has been thrown into everyone’s creative process.

Keep tabs on Liz’s career on IMDB!

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HTP Episode 060 – Dan Decker

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Dan Decker is the host of the Bad Choices & Bourbon podcast, a show that looks at the lives of prominent scifi fans on the internet.  Dan’s conversations provide a deep, personal background for each guest, and each chat is a great way to see a detailed story about how fandom has made one person’s life better.  Dan’s appearance on Hungry Trilobyte continues a conversation we started when I appeared on his show.  Lots of great chat about how communication and discussion has grown over the years, and maybe how we can bring the good stuff from the pre-social-media era back!

During this episode, Dan and I mention a lot of wonderful online friends, such as @BathlethBabe, @TheIrishTrekkie, @TrekLad, @Starfleetboy, @OliviaJ_8 and @Zoidberg95 .  All would be great people to follow!

Check out Dan on Twitter, and subscribe to Bad Choices & Bourbon.  You can track the podcast on Twitter as well.

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HTP Episode 057 – Mike James, “UKMike”

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Mike James aka UKMike, is the author of the upcoming book, ‘Smoke and Mirrors: The Rise and Fall of a Serial Antipreneur”. The book is a dissection of the Coleco Chameleon farce of 2015, when hobbyist Mike Kennedy attempted to bluff his way into a $2 million Kickstarter for a new game console, despite having no skills, technology, or (quite frankly) common sense. Mike and I give a basic history of the story for the benefit of newcomers, and share some of our personal opinions of when the story went from bad to worse.

Smoke and Mirrors has its own website, and the Kickstarter page is here.  Follow the Twitter account to check the progress of the new saga!

If you’d like to read about the scandal in real-time, back from the original sources, you can follow the original announcement thread on AtariAge.  Don’t forget the follow-up thread about the Coleco Chameleon.

UKMike is a regular on the Retro Gaming Roundup Podcast.

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HTP Episode 054 – Laurie Ulster Returns!

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First appearing in Episode 16, Laurie Ulster has returned to Hungry Trilobyte to talk about how fandom is changing in 2020… and unlike a lot of things in 2020, it’s changing for the better! She and I discuss how Star Trek is branching out in new creative directions and how to maximize your enjoyment of it. Or, if you’re not the type of fan who’s enjoying it, how you can redirect your fandom energy and still be as much of a Trekkie as ever. We also get into a pretty good chat about what it was like to be a fan in the days when being a geek wasn’t cool. Not to be missed is our discussion on how Ethan Phillips admit’s Neelix’s crush on Janeway, and Andrew Robinson’s views on Garak’s gay crush on Bashir.

One of Laurie’s best works is an interview with Connor Trinneer.  Here’s where you can check out the rest of her stuff:

All Access Star Trek Podcast, Pressfolios, Twitter, Trekmovie

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HTP Episode 040 – Frank Cifaldi


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Frank Cifaldi is a pioneering figure in the field of video game preservation. He is the director of the Video Game History Foundation, and has contributed to many projects such as the Disney Afternoon Collection and the Mega Man Legacy Collection. In this episode, Frank and I discuss the increased focus on video game history in recent years, and how he has managed to use his blog and his career as a developer to uncover new nuggets of gaming history, including the recently uncovered, unreleased NES Days of Thunder. Spoiler alert: The exact release date for Super Mario Bros. continues to elude us.

Frank’s work can be found with the Video Game History Foundation at GameHistory.org. They have a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Channel as well. You can follow Franks’s personal Twitter (@frankcifaldi) as well.

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HTP Episode 035 – Ming Chen

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Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.

You can follow him on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, as well as A Shared Universe PodcaStudio— the studio which powered this episode!

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HTP Episode 023 – “Captain” Deana Dolphin


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Deana Dolphin, MST3K’s “Fan Ambassador” has become a champion for the show and for getting MSTies around the world together– both online and in real life. Hosting watch parties, live events, and meet-ups, Deana reaches out to fans everywhere. In this episode, she and I talk about her adventures in the fan community, visiting the MST3k set, and her love of Agonywolf Media. Currently, she’s trying to organize the 5th Annual Turkey Day MSTie Meet Up.

Here’s where you can find Deana: Twitter, Instagram, Reddit

Deana’s Facebook page is open to new fans, and here are the groups she admins or in which she’s an active member:

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Mystery Singles Theater 3000

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Watch Together Group

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Postcard Exchange Group

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Secret Santa Group

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MSTies & More Group

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RiffTrax Group

Deana also supports MSTie Minute, another great collection of fans, and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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HTP Episode 021 – Zoe Plait

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Zoe Plait is one of MST3K’s biggest “Professional Fans.” She worked with Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff on “The Mads are Back” live show, and in this episode of Hungry Trilobyte, she and I sit down and get to the heart of what makes the show great. More than that, we address how fandom can have a positive effect on mental illness, and ponder her future writing projects. During the episode, we also bring up the MST3K Playstation Underground issue.

Here’s where you can keep tabs on Zoe’s projects:

Twitter, Miss Misery (Official Site)

Geek Resource: National Alliance on Mental Illness – A great resource for getting a little extra help in life.

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HTP Episode 020 – Mur Lafferty


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Mur Lafferty is an author and podcasting pioneer. Having released her first book, Playing for Keeps, free as an audio podcast, she helped pave the way for e-books and audio distribution as we know it today. Authoring the novelization of the Solo movie, this brings her into the Star Wars universe, and with her latest book, “Minecraft: The Lost Journals,” she brings life to the amazing video game franchise. Currently, she continues to connect with her fans via her podcasts “I Should Be Writing”, “Ditch Diggers” and “Escape Pod”. In this episode, we discuss how the digital landscape has changed since she got her start, what it’s like to be an established writer, and how to keep up your motivation to be creative.

Here’s where you can check out Mur’s Universe:

Twitter, Murverse (Official Site)

Geek Resource: Manuscript Wishlist – The big site for getting to know what the writing market is hungry for!

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