Retronauts Cusses Up the Classic Arcade With a Look At Q*Bert

Retronauts Cusses Up the Classic Arcade With a Look At Q*Bert

Plus, a video upgrade! You can listen to our classic gaming podcast this week... but you can also watch it, if you prefer.

Back when we first kicked off the Retronauts Micro series, I experimented with the possibility of creating a video companion to help make up for the episodes' brevity. This idea turned out to be far too labor-intensive for its own good, and I immediately abandoned it to preserve my sanity.

But as every Lovecraft reader knows, sanity is a fragile and fleeting thing. Which is why the Retronauts Micro Video Edition is back in business, beginning with this week's Q*Bert retrospective:

But don't worry, videophobes! It's still a podcast, too. You can also simply listen, if you prefer. The content is the same in both audio and video versions—only the formatting differs:

You can thank this week's topic for the return of video; after recording this episode, I realized Q*Bert is such a decidedly visual game that a mere audio podcast doesn't do it justice. The game is confusing enough to play, but it's even trickier to visualize! So rather than leave everything to your imagination (or previous experience), this episode offers a visual supplement as well.

Download Links

Libsyn (8:24) | MP3 Download | SoundCloud

Episode Description

Journey back in time to 1982 and the sassiest mascot character ever to cuss up an arcade: Q*Bert. And if this episode seems a bit brief, well, be sure to check out the video version on or!

The background music this time around comes from arguably the most obscure Q*Bert sequel of all: Q*Bert 3, a Super NES exclusive. It's not great music, but it's the closest the series ever came to having a soundtrack.

Recommended Links:

  • HG101's Q*Bert retrospective: A comprehensive look at each game in the series as well as the franchise's legacy of knock-off games and pop culture references.
  • Q*Bert on Yahoo! Games: A competent if not precisely amazing Flash rendition of the arcade classic for you to try yourself.

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