Episode 11: Mystery Science Theater 3000

Back in the saddle for episode 11 of Radd's Basement! I took a break over the past few weeks, because my video game repro shop was looking like a ghost town. So if you take a look over there, a lot of titles are back for sale and more are on the way over the next couple weeks! </shameless_promo>.

I've enjoyed a number of television shows over the years, but there's a few in particular that are very near and dear to my heart. One of those is Mystery Science Theater 3000. There's never been another like it, and for sheer comedy value it can't be beat. More laughs per hour (or two hours) than any show you'll ever see. A simple premise, a mad scientist forces some poor dope to watch bad movies. Said dope survives the ordeal by heckling the movies with the help of two robots. Simple right? The charming low-budget look and loveable characters made this one a cult hit in nerd circles, and it ran for 10 years, first on Comedy Central, then moving to Syfy. 

More recently, the original creator, Joel Hodgson brought it to Kickstater for a revival and achieved success beyond wildest expectations. The result is Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back, with new episodes currently airing on Netflix. So today I get together with some of the biggest MST3K fans I know of, and we talk about this wonderful series, it's history, and the current series.

I'm joined by returning guests Mike Vallas & Danyon Carpenter, and the three of us are joined by a new voice, former EGM editor and co-founder of Gaming FM with Danyon and me, Mark (Duckhead) Sarnecki! We talk MST3K, I argue with them about the correct pronunciation of the word "gif", and then the conversation degenerates into old EGM stories as it inevitably does whenever we get together. Sit back, shut up, and enjoy! Also Like on Facebook, and Follow on Twitter.



25th Anniversary of EGM's Sheng Long April Fool's Trick!

I just had the privilege of attending the Sheng Long April Fools anniversary event at Pixel Blast Arcade. If you listen to my podcast, you know my history at EGM and how fortunate I am to have been right there to watch Ken Williams A.K.A Sushi-X change the course of video game history with what we thought at the time was just a simple, but great gag for the April 1992 issue of EGM. Who knew 25 years later the legacy of what Ken did back then would be alive and well every time someone plays Street Fighter and picks Akuma. Ken was on hand to sign autographs and fight all warriors at Street Fighter II Hyperfighting. I snuck in a couple wins until Ken got wise to my tactics and finally ended our final match with a perfect win. He's still got it folks! I'm honored to call this guy my pal, and look forward to many more good times with him and all my EGM buds in the future!

Also, this was when I invented the flaming Dragon Punch. You're welcome.