Arcade Castle is a family friendly podcast that discusses board games, video games, and items that are a little bit of both. The main discussion of each episode revolves around a board game based on a video game franchise, or a series of board games that have a similar theme or are from the same video game genre. Arcade Castle takes an in-depth look at the basic principles that drive a specific video game title, or franchise, to figure out what makes them work and what people ‘expect’ when they start playing Super Mario or The Legend of Zelda, for example. Arcade Castle then changes their focus to look at the board game version of the video game to see how developers translated something from the digital medium to the physical world. How does the Super Mario Board Game compare to the video game? What can we take away from the experience and help inform how we play? What can our examination of these artifacts help explore how we, as players, interact with a game, and each other, either in front of a television or over the tabletop?
John and Patrick met one another at the University of Louisville in 2004 during first year classes. A mutual love of Mario Kart Double Dash and Domino’s Double-Melt Pizzas led to friendship that is a bit more than video games and pizza now. Despite their shared interests in video games in the early 2000s, John and Patrick had differing video game backgrounds. John, brought up on his father’s Atari 2600 and Sega Channel, Patrick enjoyed early computer gaming on his Uncle’s PC and his times in coin-op arcades. However, their interests and friendship has grown over the years as they each graduated, moved away, got jobs, and moved back again to Louisville, KY.