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Special Guests

Retronauts

Jeremy Parish will be joining us at Uplink! The original classic gaming podcast continues its endless quest to explore the history of video games, one game at a time. From forgotten black-and-white arcade machines to modern-day remakes, Retronauts spans more than four decades of vintage gaming greatness!

CAGcast

Join us as the CAGcast celebrates it’s 15th year anniversary with a very special live stream!  Since 2005, the CAGcast has been a pretty silly podcast about video games and the topics that affect gamers. Hosts CheapyD, Wombat, and Shipwreck talk industry news, review games, supply game shopping tips and generally share too much of our personal lives. Giving new meaning to “Talk is Cheap”, the CAGcast is the official Podcast of the video game shopping community, CheapAssGamer.com

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Wulff Den

Wulff Den will be participating in Uplink this summer. Two brothers who have been talking about video games and comic books on YouTube for almost 6 years, but to each other for a little bit longer than that. You might know us from our Nintendo Switch videos. Long Island’s own.

8-Bit Guy

David Murray, known by most as the 8-Bit Guy, produces videos focused on emerging technology of the 1980s and 1990s. He is especially well known for creating “how it works” videos on the older technology.

Talk Nintendo Podcast

Talk Nintendo Podcast Presents “The GameCube’s (Almost) 20th Anniversary”

Casey and Perry of the Talk Nintendo Podcast take a look back at the best console to ever don a handle and all of its glory.
 

Retro RGB

RetroRGB has almost a decade of experience in bringing people the latest info on classic consoles and ways to play those on all displays ranging from a basic CRT to a 4K OLED. 

Brett Weiss

Video game historian, freelance writer, and national columnist Brett Weiss has been a respected journalist and historian in the gaming and pop culture communities for well over two decades. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Old School Gamer, Game Informer, Gameroom Magazine, Classic Gamer Magazine, the Pingame Journal, Video Game Collector, Video Game Trader, Fangoria, Filmfax, and AntiqueWeek, among many others. 

Weiss is also the author of 10 books, including the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and The SNES Omnibus volumes 1 and 2. In addition, Weiss is the host of a quickly growing YouTube show, Tales from a Retro Gamer.

Brian Funk

Brian Funk is a New York-based musician, producer, and Ableton Certified Trainer. He’s a writer, podcaster, and curious sound designer, who loves to explore music production and the creative process.

Inti Creates

Inti Creates was founded on May 8, 1996 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan by a group of game industry veterans including current President and long time producer Takuya Aizu, Executive VP and game designer Yoshihisa Tsuda and Company Director and sound mastermind Ippo Yamada. Over the years, Inti Creates has worked very hard to become one of Japan’s biggest and most successful independent developers. Starting back on April 23, 1998 with the development their very first game, Speed Power Gunbike that was released on the Playstation 1 in Japan, they have gone on to develop over 50 games for major video game publishing companies like Capcom, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Sega, and Sony Computer Entertainment. Since 2014, they have self-published lots of titles based off their own original IPs like the Azure Striker Gunvolt series, Gal*Gun series, and Dragon Marked for Death alongside original titles made using licensed IPs like Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, Mighty Gunvolt Burst, and the Blaster Master Zero series.

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Greg Farrell

Well-known in the international gaming and modding community, Greg Farrell is an experienced Game Boy modder and customizer who has built and sold hundreds of units. Greg has recently published the definitive guide book to game boy modding with No Starch press nostarchpress.com/gameboymod. He has an active Instagram account dedicated to Game Boy modding with thousands of followers (@gamechanger_mods). 


88bit

88bit is the alter ego of Cleveland-based pianist, Rob Kovacs, where he performs note-for-note piano arrangements of classic video game soundtracks from the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Kovacs’ performances are unique in that they recreate early electronic music that was never intended to be performed by humans, stretching the limits of traditional piano playing.

Kovacs has been performing as 88bit since 2018 and has played at events such as Super MAGFest, MAGWest, PAX West, PAX South, the Mensa National Gathering, NeoSonic Fest, Classic Game Fest, Confluence and others. He has been interviewed by gameinformer.com, by NPR’s “Sound of Applause” (WCPN Cleveland), NPR’s “Shuffle” (WKSU Kent), and for blown-speakers.com.

88bit is supported by an amazing group of generous supporters on Patreon. Learn more at www.88bitmusic.com

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Dan Kitchen

Dan, one of the original Activision Game Designers, is a passionate gamer credited with developing and producing over 240 commercially released titles across 25 platforms.  He is renowned for such Atari 2600 retro classics as Crackpots™, Ghostbusters™, F-14 Tomcat™, Crossbow™, Ikari Warriors™, Double Dragon™, Commando™, River Raid II™ and Kung-Fu Master™. 

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The Immortal John Hancock

Extreme video game collector and gamer who is passionate to share my knowledge of video games with others.

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Patrick Hickey Jr.

Patrick Hickey Jr. Is the author of The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult And Classic Video Game Developers, which was released in April 2018 and is chock full of interviews with legendary developers, in an ESPN 30-for-30 style that allows them to tell their story. His second book in the series, The Minds Behind Adventures Games, was released in December 2019. His third book, The Minds Behind Sports Games, is set for a Spring 2020 release. At least two more sequels to the series have also been confirmed.

In addition to video game journalism, Hickey Jr. is a voice-actor, having starred in the 2018 indie hit and 2019 Switch, PS4 and Xbox One release, The Padre (also serving as English language Story Editor), from Shotgun With Glitters and is currently writing the story for the upcoming game, KROOM, where he will also be performing voice-over duties. Hickey also plays the role of Rex in the upcoming indie game “Relentless Rex,” and served as the narrator in “The Kaiju Offensive,” which hit Steam in 2019.

Playable Characters Podcast

The Playable Characters Podcast will be joining us for Uplink! After last year’s groundbreaking show that critics are STILL talking about, where they interviewed Mega Man 1 Box Art Guy and 2 Dueling Pokemon Trainers, who will be joining them this year? Kratos? Lara Croft? That jerk Mario?

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Hardcore Gaming 101

Hardcore Gaming 101’s Editor-in-chief Kurt Kalata will be joining us at #UPLINK!

 

RGT85

Shawn Long, better known in the gaming community as RGT 85, covers everything on YouTube from retro gaming to the Nintendo Switch.

Frank Cifaldi

Frank Cifaldi is a video game archivist, historian, and developer living in Oakland, California. Game titles he has worked on include Mega Man Legacy Collection, #IDARB, and Sharknado: The Video Game. Prior to this he had a decade-long career as a journalist and an editor, primarily at Gamasutra and 1UP. He is on the advisory board for the National Videogame Museum and the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, and has facilitated donations of rare video game artifacts to the Strong Museum of Play and the Library of Congress.

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Elea Tsentzelis

Elea “Guywiththehair” Tsentzelis has spent the last 4 years building and creating his brand on youtube, twitch, podcasts, and all over major conventions. He and his team create funny and entertaining content in all shapes and sizes.

Coming from a television background, he understands the knowhow of how to make a video, and how to make it right. As a gamer, he is well involved in the gaming community shares his insights in gaming news and culture!

See for yourself! YouTube.com/guywiththehair

DOSNostalgia

Anatoly Shashkin’s “DOS Nostalgia” is about memories, re-examining the past, and software preservation. Tune in to discover a whole new world of MS-DOS games and learn about what makes them so special, or to revisit your IBM PC memories.

CUPodcast

Pat Contri and Ian Ferguson will be participating in #UPLINK! The boys discuss the latest in video games, movies, retro game topics, and take Q and A from the audience!  It’s the Completely Unnecessary Podcast!

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NESMaker

NESmaker is software for PC that allows users to create brand new, hardware playable, cartridge based games for the Nintendo Entertainment System in a modern development environment.  Users with zero coding experience can begin building their dream NES games without ever writing a line of code, while more advanced users can make use of NESmaker’s development tool chain while going as far as writing entire engines from scratch.  NESmaker can help users of all skill levels create new experiences for this classic gaming system!  NESmaker games will play on any hardware based system that can play NES games, and on any NES emulator that supports mapper 30. 

Michael Battaglia

Michael Battaglia has devoted most of his life learning all types of computer programming. This includes coding on retro computers, such as the Commodore 64, to modern PCs and mobile devices. During his presentation he will be discussing the basics of programming in assembly for the Commodore 64 and what tools are available so anyone can get started.

My Life in Gaming

Join Coury Carlson and Marc “Try4ce” Duddleson as they recollect their experiences with video games over the years, explain how to get the best picture from your retro consoles, and occasionally mash up new video games with VHS technology from the 80’s and 90’s.

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