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Crashing the Galloping Ghost, The Largest Arcade in the United States

Posted in nostalgia, personal, pop culture, roadtrip, video games with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2015 by Paxton

Cavalcade Arcade

It’s not often I get to profile an actual arcade on Cavalcade Arcade, but that is my pleasure today. While you’ve probably seen and heard that both the Nerd Lunch and Atomic Geeks podcasts united in Chicago for C2E2, a few of us broke away from the convention nuttiness to live out a boyhood dream of playing in a dedicated video arcade. And one just happened to exist in the suburbs of Chicago.  And it’s called the Galloping Ghost Arcade, reportedly the largest indoor video game arcade in America.

Galloping Ghost arcade

So, without further ado, here is a journal of my adventures with Jeeg and Christian traveling to outer Chicago to find the mythical Galloping Ghost Arcade.

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The day started off with breakfast at McDonald’s, then Jeeg, Christian and I had to hightail it to Union Station to catch a train to Brookfield. We were cutting it close, but we made it. Here’s Jeeg running for the train.

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Jeeg, Christian and me.  Train buddies. Traveling to a mythical nirvana of pixels, CRT monitors and nostalgia.

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Right off the train stop in Brookfield, there was this awesome little ice cream shop called Cock Robin. I was afraid to walk over to it because I didn’t want to ruin the illusion of a time warp to a 50s diner in perfect hibernation.

Galloping Ghost entrance
And after planes, trains and automobiles, we finally arrive. The Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL.  HALL-LE-LU-JAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH! HALLELUJAH!

Walking through the door for the first time, you literally have to stand back for 5 minutes to even process everything that you’re looking at.

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Then expect another 10-15 minutes just walking around open mouthed looking at the games. You’ll literally say over and over again in your head, “They have THAT?!” or “I haven’t seen that in YEARS!”

So you shamble over to the counter, pay a $15 cover and begin your own personal spirit walk.  Everything is set to free play.  No quarters.  No tokens.  Just bliss.

After taking stock of the situation, it was really hard to decide which game would come first.  What should start off this massive orgy of electrical consumption?  The arcade made that decision for us.  Or at least, for Jeeg and me.

Krull game

We had literally just done our Krull episode for Nerd Lunch and I discussed how 100% of my knowledge of that movie comes from this game.  We had to play it.  And play it we did.

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That game was a fun blast from the past.  And with that, the seal had been broken.  Before we split up after playing this game, Jeeg and I stated that our goal before we left the arcade was to play each other in Karate Champ, a very favorite of both of us growing up. Making that pact, we split up and explored the wonders that lay within The Galloping Ghost.

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A plethora of podcasting!

Posted in comic books, movies, podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , , , , on April 28, 2015 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Lots of podcasting goodness to get you through this week.

First off, check out the latest episode of Nerd Lunch with returning guests Shawn Robare and Reilly from ReillyGeek who makes her celebrated return to the show after a two year absence. This episode we are doing the Summer Preview episode in which we all reveal things we are looking forward to doing over the summer. We discuss movies, TV and even food items. Check it out.

Download this episode from iTunes, Stitcher or listen to it on Feedburner or online right here.

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Also, the nerds and I make TWO appearances on the Atomic Geeks this week. Check out CT, Jeeg and I on episode 30 of The Atomic Geeks which was recorded LIVE in Chicago during C2E2!  The group of us take on a giant episode of Versus in which we pit pop culture things together in a giant battle royal.  Check out Swamp Thing vs Groot, Angry Whopper vs Big Mac and The Duke Boys vs Miami Vice.  It’s an action packed episode that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

While in Chicago with the Geeks, we all recorded an extra special Supplementary episode.  Check it out on The Atomic Geek’s feed.  It’s all of us talking about C2E2, the stuff we saw, toys, celebrities and cosplay.  Lots  and lots of fun discussions.

All of this is waiting for you to drop in your ears.

The Atomic Geeks Podcast reaches episode 250 with surprisingly little casualties

Posted in podcast with tags , , on April 17, 2014 by Paxton

The Atomic Geeks

The Nerd Lunch Podcast’s big brother podcast, The Atomic Geeks, are celebrating 5 years of podcasting awesomeness. After 5 years of Geek News (well, almost 5 years of that), Atomic Picks, Meat and Potatoes, Crying Out Loud and reviewing movies at gunpoint they have finally clawed their way to their 250th episode.  And with only a few casualties along the way (Andrew “Twilight lovin'” Bloom and their dignities).

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CT has spent the better part of the last 6 months combing through the Geeks’ archive and creating the greatest clip show in broadcasting history.  And then he recruited Mark Dury to interview each of the Geeks and talk about the last 5 years and present all of these awesome clips.  Expect to hear Downs’ talking about Boxwood Brewing, Christian talking about his terrible food analogies and metaphors and Bloom’s unconditional love of Twilight.

It’s a massively entertaining show and if you are even the slightest fan of the Atomic Geeks you owe it to yourself to listen to this 2+ hour retrospective extravaganza.  It’s got EVERYTHING.  So click one of the images above to go check out the Atomic Geeks’ 250th episode celebration.

Congrats guys on the 5 years.  We hope you get at least 5 more out of it.

 

Nerd Lunch Episode 112: Secret Santa Gunpoint Review

Posted in Christmas, holiday, movies, nostalgia, podcast, pop culture, Santa Claus with tags , , , , , , , on December 18, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to our annual TAG Christmas crossover. CT, Jeeg and I are visited by The Atomic Geeks; Digio, Downs and Christian, for a friendly round of Gunpoint Reviews.

Secret Santa Gunpoint Review

For this week’s show, the Geeks assigned us a secret Christmas movie and we assigned them a secret Christmas movie. We both watched the movies and had to review them to each other on the show.  We assigned the Geeks the Mexican holiday movie classic Santa Claus (1959-60) and they assigned us Santa Claus vs The Martians (1964).  Much fun is had trying to describe the absolute lunacy of the movie plots to the other members of the show.  Come on over a take a listen to some holiday hijinx courtesy of the TAG network.

The closing song in this episode was done by none other than former Atomic Geek Andrew Bloom!

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Or listen to this train wreck online here.

TAG Network Summer Crossover 2013

Posted in podcast with tags , , on July 23, 2013 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

The next week will be a crazy one for the podcasts on the TAG Network. We are getting all mixed up.

For episode 95 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast, The Atomic Geeks; Digio, Christian and Downs, take over and are joined in the fourth chair by Ryan from the Perpetual Geek Machine podcast to do their version of Fan Fiction reviews.  Lots of awesome fan fic content including an Incredible Hulk/Knight Rider crossover, some Good Omens fan fic and another Police Academy sequel?  That’s also erotica?  I love you fanfiction.net.

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Since the Geeks laid seige to the Nerd Lunch Podcast, CT, Jeeg and I took over the Atomic Geeks podcast for Episode 217.  While over there we bring back the long missing Geek News segment and then hold each other hostage for a round of Gunpoint Reviews.  Fun is had by all and I get to drop more than my share of profanities in my efforts to mimic Mr Mike Downs.

So download and listen to the latest episode of Nerd Lunch today featuring The Atomic Geeks from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner.

Also, don’t forget to download episode 217 of The Atomic Geeks to hear the Nerd Lunch crew this week.  You can also get that episode on iTunes or directly on the Atomic Geeks website.

There is a lot more TAG Network Crossover craziness going on in the next few weeks.  My other podcast, Cult Film Club, will cross over with Classic Film Jerks in a two episode epic throwdown.  Expect to see those episodes tomorrow.  Also, the other podcasts; Geek Fallout, Bloke Show and Random Nerdness will switchup hosts to permanently confuse their listeners.  It should be a lot of fun.

Nerd Lunch and Atomic Geek crossover episodes!

Posted in nostalgia, podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2012 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

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This is week #2 of the HUGE Nerd Lunch/Atomic Geeks Summer Crossover series. This week, the casts of both shows get all mixed up and swap members.

First up is Nerd Lunch Episode 48.  Digio and Downs join CT and Kristen from the Geek Girls Network for an in-depth, expletive-laden discussion of Doctor Who.

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Since Jeeg and I weren’t on this episode, I literally have no idea what they talked about…well, other than Dr Who. And maybe the Tardis. And Daleks. But that is the sum total of my Dr Who knowledge.

While Nerd Lunch yells at each other about the “easy fix button” that is the Sonic Screwdriver (I guess I knew that term, too) Jeeg and I traveled over to the Atomic Geeks for Episode 172 in which we discuss “Mash Ups” with Christian and Bloom.

Mashup or Shutup

I can tell you we talked about mashing up such things as board games and 80s-90s sitcoms, Super heroes and the AFI 100 greatest movies list and Pac-Man and horror movies. It’s all mixed up and confusing, much like this Summer Crossover series, but it’s a lot of fun.

To get Nerd Lunch Episode 48:
Download the episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. Or, listen to the show on NerdLunch.net.

To get The Atomic Geeks Episode 172:
Download the episode from iTunes or listen to it on The Internet Machine at the Atomic Geeks’ website.

I talk about Casablanca on Classic Film Jerks Episode #8

Posted in movies, nostalgia, podcast, pop culture with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2012 by Paxton

For the next two weeks, The Atomic Geeks and Nerd Lunch podcasts are having a summer crossover extravaganza. To start things off, I am the first guest ever on the podcast Classic Film Jerks. I am brought in by Digio and Bloom for Episode #8 in which we watch and discuss the Bergman/Bogart classic, Casablanca.

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The three of us talk about the movie, if there was anything we liked/disliked about it or if anything stood out as being anachronistic or “out of date”.  We also recast the movie if it had been made today. At the end during our recast, I blow the other guys’ minds by mentioning that there was a TV show based on this movie in 1983 starring one of the guys from Starsky and Hutch.  It’s a pretty fun show.

You can listen to this podcast on iTunes or check it out on the Classic Film Jerks website.