Episode 7: Ausretrogamer

When Alex Boz dug his Commodore 64 out of storage, he was transported instantly back to his childhood, and that set him on the path to rediscover a lost passion and find a community he could call home.

Thank you to everyone who's donated via PayPal or Patreon so far — especially Anuar Lequerica and James Weiner, whose very generous monthly pledges are helping me buy new gear to make a better-sounding show.

Alex Boz runs the Ausretrogamer website and Twitter handle.

Song Credits:

  • Oneiri and Remedy for Melancholy by Kai Engel
  • Under Suspicion and Snakes by Lee Rosevere
  • The Life and Death of a Certain K Zabriskie, Patriarch by Chris Zabriskie
  • Python, Ladybug Castle, and Itsumo no yƍ ni by Rolemusic
  • Passing Time by BoxCat Games
  • Scattered Knowledge by Revolution Void
  • Cheap for Free by Aglow Hollow
  • C64 Revenge by hkisve
  • Welcome Player, Epilogue, and End Credits by Visager
  • The Adventure by Mikael Norrgard
  • And samples from Super Mario Bros for Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore 64 game Decathlon

I also used a number of Creative Commons sound effects:

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Richard Moss

Besides being the creator of Ludiphilia and its award-nominated sister show The Life & Times of Video Games, I'm an award-winning writer, historian, and journalist who has covered technology, games, and science for over a decade. My work has been published in Ars Technica, Polygon, Game Developer, PC Gamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, New Atlas, EGM, Mac|Life, and many other publications.

I am also the author of two books (with more to come!) — The Secret History of Mac Gaming and Shareware Heroes: The renegades who redefined gaming at the dawn of the internet — and a producer on the upcoming CREATORVC documentary First Person Shooter.