Here’s something I didn’t know about Donkey Kong until I listed to the arcade episode of the You Don’t Know Flack podcast today. If you’ve read Arcadian, you know I talk about encountering a blue Donkey Kong arcade cabinet (and being turned off by the color). In the podcast, Flack talks about finding a red one. Did I make a mistake in the book? No. As Flack continues, he explains that Donkey Kong had originally been made to fill unused Radar Scope cabinets. Apparently, that’s where the red ones came from. Also apparently, the Donkey Kong cabinet I encountered in the convenient store was not one of these original red ones but one of the later and more common blue ones.
Check out the arcade episode of You Don’t Know Flack and the other episodes as well. Also check out Flack’s (real name Rob O’Hara) ebooks: Invading Spaces (about collecting arcade games) and Commodork (about Commodore BBSes). If you liked Arcadian, you’ll like these as well.