Growing pains

As I truck on, continue to conduct interviews, and learn more and more each day that I am garbage at editing (for now), I’m learning that there is more to this than originally anticipated. And, honestly, I anticipated a lot.

The things I couldn’t anticipate for, though, have turned into true road blocks.

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Episode 5 — Newgrounds.com

“A living history of the internet.” Tom Fulp wasn’t wrong when he said that Newgrounds.com was just that.

Tom is the true pioneer to online content creation. His first webspace was up and running in 1995, but four years earlier, at the tender age of 13, Tom sought to bring people together (even if it wasn’t initially intended for the web).

Some of the Internet’s first truly viral content was created by Tom himself, including a flash game using the likeness of the childhood horror show the Teletubbies that earned him a pretty lawsuit courtesy of PBS. Inside Edition reached out at a time to cover another game — Assassin, a flash game that was uploaded around the same time as Club a Seal — that prompted Tom to purchase the domain name Newgrounds.com, and thus a surviving relic of the early internet was born.

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Episode 4 — Rampage

I somehow managed to steal Brian away from his booth at the Houston Arcade and Pinball Expo to get him to regale his time working at BallyMidway on a little game called Rampage.

You know, the game that’s being turned into a movie. With The Rock.

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Episode 3 — @!#?@

I had the chance to pal around with Warren Davis, PSPJohn Newcomer, and John Hardie over the summer during the 2017 Let’s Play Expo and at the National Video Game Museum (very neatly nestled up in North Texas!). He was kind enough to sit and chat with me about… everything. Well, not everything, but everything from his love of acting, to his time working for Gottlieb (and on Q*bert!), but we also talk about his time working for competitors like Williams, a little about a never-released game that Warren and John worked on together, his time as a Disney Imagineer, and more!

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Episode 2 — The Texas Video Game Championships

Okay, so this episode went online almost a week ago as evidenced by the handy-dandy RSS feed on the sidebar, BUT life has been crazy so I’m finally ready to share the show notes for Episode 2 — The Texas Video Game Championships.

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Billy Joe Cain (center, video game developer, 1982 Defender Champion, and founder/owner of the Radical Empathy Education Foundation), flanked by Walter Day and Billy Mitchell

In the newest episode of the show, I sit down to talk to Billy Joe Cain about… everything. Today’s show is the first part of our long interview, and I chose to break it up because Billy has an extensive history with the video game industry that began long before his time as a game developer.

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Episode One — The Importance of Preservation

OKAY. SO. IT IS HERE. The first episode of KakeBytes.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect interview for the first episode! Patrick Scott Patterson has been a friend of the show since the beginning and is responsible for the many many great opportunities that I’ve had since production on the show has started.

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Patrick Scott Patterson and KatyKakes (that’s me!) at the 2017 Houston Arcade and Pinball Expo

In today’s interview, we delve into the past of a young PSP and his first love: PAC-MAN, the National Video Game Team, his video game archival and preservation efforts, the conflicts that have arisen over the years as a result of sharing said history, and what we (the people) can do to help aid in preservation efforts of our own.

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and awaaay we go!

Well, here’s the website I’ve been promising for quite sometime. Everything is starting to come together now that we’re inching closer to the launch of the show.

I don’t have an official date yet, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on the progress. I can at least promise an October launch for episode one!

I’m currently working to finish my patreon. I’m struggling with deciding on rewards for patrons, so if anyone has any suggestions feel free to comment, tweet at, reach out by whatever means you would like.

I’m working out issues with my stream, but feel free to follow! I’m getting ready to go out of town, but once I get back I plan on streaming on some sort of schedule.

like & follow & thanks for reading!

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