August 2012

Episode 201

posted on Aug 23, 2012 | Comments (2)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 201

Talking video games with our NJ friends….
Joe Santulli, co-founder of Digital Press, Classic Gaming Expo, and the Video Game History Museum.
Frankie V, member of the Digital Press Podcast.

In this episode:

  • celebrity deaths (Sally Ride, Leroy Neiman, Rodney King, Ernest Borgnine, Nora Ephron, Sherman Hemsley, and Sage Stallone),
  • Steve Martin and Steven Seagal doing bad Italian accents,
  • the lights turned out on Bruce Springsteen’s concert with Paul McCartney in London,
  • High Score (2006) documentary (watch on Hulu),
  • Missile Command,
  • was The King of Kong (starring Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe) a fraud?,
  • a YouTube video featuring accusations by video game record holder Dwayne Richard,
  • former and current Donkey Kong champs Tim Sczerby and Hank Chien,
  • the Twin Galaxies video game record board,
  • would a dog raise a human baby?,
  • What Ever Happened To? (Teri Hatcher, Lauren Graham, and Carlos Mencia),
  • Gallagher does a GEICO commercial (video),
  • Sugar Daddy and other bad hard candy,
  • annoying door-to-door cable television salespeople,
  • knowledgeable forum,
  • Dolph Lundgren is actually a chemical engineer,
  • Fred Willard may or may not have pulled a Pee-wee Herman,
  • Rob invented dine-in movie theaters,
  • poor presentation of a film at an AMC theater,
  • interview with founder of Digital Press Videogames Joe Santulli,
  • his decision to go from game collector to retailer,
  • what does his wife think of his collecting?,
  • Atari Airborne Avenger pinball wall art (photo),
  • what you’ll find in the Digital Press store in Clifton, NJ,
  • rare and unique items “in the wild” traded into the store,
  • video game grading services,
  • monthly NAVA (North Atlantic Videogame Aficionados) gatherings,
  • the concept behind the Video Game History Museum,
  • is the future of gaming fully downloadable content?,
  • promoting the community aspect of gaming,
  • our interview with Frankie V. of the Digital Press Video Game Podcast,
  • gory horror arcade game Chiller by Exidy,
  • Atari Lynx,
  • great Lynx games like Electrocop,
  • is Sony’s PlayStation Vita this generation’s Lynx?,
  • the open platform game system Ouya,
  • a return to hobby-developed gaming like in the 1980s,
  • Android and iOS gaming vs. traditional portable consoles,
  • and “crowdsourcing” via Kickstarter.

Visit for more information on the Digital Press store and the audio/video podcasts!

Pictures taken during the July 28, 2012, NAVA gathering at Digital Press in Clifton, NJ:
Flickr – Digital Press in Clifton, NJ 7/28/2012
Enjoying 3D Gaming

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Episode 200

posted on Aug 9, 2012 | Comments (6)

The Paunch Stevenson Show episode 200

In this episode:

  • longtime listener Esteban in Florida returns!,
  • difficulties keeping track of listeners,
  • nicknames for Paunch listeners,
  • where do our topics come from?,
  • Rob’s pop culture deficiencies,
  • our Stan Lee impersonation,
  • a 1977 Stan Lee interview on video,
  • our old recording secrets,
  • Paunch in Time (Cuban Missile Crisis),
  • the genesis of Esteban’s Roboplastic Apocalypse podcast,
  • Esteban meeting legendary cartoon voice actors at conventions,
  • Gregg Berger (Grimlock from The Transformers) disrespected by cosplayers,
  • the location of Botcon conventions,
  • old age of Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, and Michael Bell,
  • will they turn grey when they die?,
  • our thoughts about meeting and interviewing quasi-celebrities,
  • tidbits about our Ted Danson and Ed Begley Jr. interviews,
  • the Paunch Show archive,
  • the Target Deli,
  • the backstory of Rob meeting Britta Phillips in 2003,
  • the Old Jingles of the Episode (“Galaxy Glue” song from The Incredible Shrinking Woman and the theme to Zoobilee Zoo),
  • Esteban seeking out Optimus Prime’s creator,
  • Transformers model kits by Revell,
  • the reason certain robots in Transformers catalogs never appeared in the cartoon,
  • our review of the Transformers: Prime animated show (slow pacing, Frank Welker’s Megatron voice, lack of robots, etc.),
  • Hasbro’s poor handling of the Transformers franchise,
  • our review of the new ThunderCats series on Cartoon Network (art and music quality, non-talking Snarf, strong backstories, etc.),
  • Esteban meeting and aggravating Larry Kenney (original voice of Lion-O),
  • people not posting their photos of celebrity encounters online for the public to see,
  • the Beardo,
  • our brief review of the new Tron: Uprising cartoon,
  • newly released “classic” yet low quality Voltron toys,
  • the complicated origins of the original Voltron cartoon,
  • the Transformers Generation 1 re-released toys,
  • and other 1980s robot toys that deserve credit (Gobots, Robo Force, Zoids, and Starriors).

200th Episode Bonuses from the Achrive!

Finally, it’s the video of Greg and Rob interviewing Ed Begley Jr. in 2008, from Episode 101!

Our long unseen video commentary of the disappointing WBHS Belleville NJ public access TV station’s 25th anniversary celebration in 2006, from Episode 41!

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