* Originally published on Retroist.com
As fans of nostalgia, wouldn’t you like a podcast that discusses the history of gaming? Maybe delve into how various video games companies started, or who created the first coin-op video game, or get a better understanding of video game mascots? Me too. Wish there is a podcast like that… Actually, there WAS a podcast EXACTLY like that and with your help, maybe we can bring it back.
“Play Value” debuted around 2007 from a now defunct media company called “On Networks”. The show had several hosts, but the main group seems to be Dan Ackerman, TJ Allard, Libe Goad, and Jeff Rubin. Are you familiar with VH1’s “I Love the 80s” show? Play Value had a very similar theme, but the personalities are better on the Play Value podcast. Just my opinion… There are just over 20 episodes of Play Value and they can be view on this YouTube page.
After watching the limited number of episodes, I can’t help but feel depressed that there aren’t new episodes being created. I think retro gaming is even bigger now than it was 6 years ago (makes sense, right?) Back in April of this year, I took to Twitter and pestered those hosts about the Play Value podcast. All four of them either retweeted me or favorited my tweet. That’s a good sign. Perhaps they too would like to see the podcast come back.
When I mentioned getting something going on Kickstarter to bring the show back, TJ Allard replied: “Hmmm now that’s a very interesting idea.” If you go to Jeff Rubin’s blog, he writes, “If they make more and call me, I’ll be there and make sure everyone knows.” I am asking my fellow retroists to tweet and/or email these hosts and tell them that you want PLAY VALUE back! I don’t know the legality of bringing a defunct podcast back from the grave, but where’s there’s a will, there’s a way.