RetroGaming with Racketboy Podcast #3: Wizard of Wor

Note from racketboy: The newest installment of the podcast finds Dave sitting down with two world record holders for Wizard or Wor, one of the two games featured in this month’s Together Retro.

Wizard of Wor is a tough game.  Anyone who has played the game for an extended period of time can appreciate seeing a good run in the game – for most of us it is something we don’t get to experience first hand.  In fact, the difficulty is so legendary that John Madden, before his own foray into gaming, once promised potential purchasers of the home version a money back guarantee if they found the game to be too easy.


That difficulty makes the feats accomplished by the guests for this show even more impressive.  Ville Vahervuori and Doug Lowry hold world records in the single player, three-man version of Wizard of Wor.  Ville accomplished his feat through MAME, and Doug accomplished his feat on an original cabinet.  Both men have high scores in the 400,000 range, and in this show they offer their own impressions of the game, provide tips for doing well, and discuss what it takes to break a record.  Their dedication to the record shines through in their answers, and both men have a clear passion for the  game.   A special thanks to Twin Galaxies for setting up these interviews.  Be sure to check out their site for more high score records!

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Show Outline:

  • (The Cincinnati Pops – Main Titles from Wizards and Warriors)
  • Dave’s Intro
  • Interview with Ville Vahervuori
  • John Madden’s Wizard of Wor commercial
  • Interview with Doug Lowry
  • Dave’s Outro
  • (Black Sabbath – “The Wizard”)


SmartOne says:

clipping = bad

gszx1337 says:

Awesome choice of song for the end. 😉

dsheinem says:

@ SmartOne – is the clipping much worse or more noticable in this one? I’m still trying to find a happy balance between too quiet and too loud…

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