The Shocking Truth About Video Games (Ep. 053)

Movie Theater Seat With Castle QuoteHere’s the shocking truth. Nolan Bushnell, Atari, and Allan Alcorn—names associated with the granddaddy of video games, Pong—all owe a debt of gratitude (if not royalties) to a man who presaged the era of interactive entertainment and modern video games. Only he did it in the late 1950s while pursuing his passion to “scare the pants off America.” In Episode 53, Out Of My Mind podcast host Jay Douglas tells the story of Hollywood’s Abominable Showman, William Castle, the great-granddaddy of audience interactivity.

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Read Jay’s blog post at The Out Of My Mind Blog. And don’t miss the Mind Doodle at the end of the post for a little-known story about Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

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