Congratulations to Robert Zambon, he won the Atari 2600 with games by correctly guessing all 10 of the games in the contest. he was one of many and then picked at random. I am too lazy to copy/paste the clues here and then type the answers, so please listen to the episode. Thank you all for entering the contest, and special thanks to Tim for donating the prize. Stay tuned to the feed for another contest soon! Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Atari_2600_and_Games_Contest_Winner.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:06am EDT

Hi there, I thought I would have time to put a short episode together today to announce the winner of the contest. I am getting ready for vacation and grossly misjudged how much time I would have to do that (I finished the bats episode last week). So I will extend the contest until the 22nd. If you haven't sent in an entry yet, now's your chance! Here is the original blog post with the clues, plus a link to the mp3 announcement:

Hi! would you like to win an Atari 2600 and games donated by my friend Tim? You would? Well, here's how you do that. I have taken 10 2600 games and retitled them with similar words (kind of like crossword puzzle clues), thanks to my friends at the Stone Age Gamer podcast (which means I ripped them off). You have to identify all 10 of them and send the answers to me at ONLY 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Be sure to put "Contest" in the subject line. I will pick a winner at random from all of the correct entries (or as close to correct as you can get, some of these are hard).

As an example, if the clue is, "1960s TV Show About World War 2 Starring Vic Morrow," then the answer would be Combat. See? Okay, here are the clues:

1. Butter, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Nuts, Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Baked in 300 Degree Oven for 30 Minutes
2. Golden State Festivities
3. Without Underwear
4. Timrek
5. Mispronounced Punctuation Mark
6. Isosceles Onions or Shorts
7. Terrible 1970s Sci-Fi film shown on MST3K
8. Owner of Grieg's Hall
9. Pitch Black Enchanter
10. Diarrhea in Mexico

 
I have two hints for you all: one is a homebrew game, and another is a game that's more plentiful in the PAL format.
 
Please send your answers by April 22nd. 2600gamebygame@gmail.com, and don't forget "Contest" in the subject line. This contest is open to everyone! Good luck and thank you for listening.
 
 
Thanks again for your patience, I have received quite a few entries so far, thank you!
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:14am EDT

April 17th is National Bat Appreciation Day! Celebrate with me by listening to this short episode featuring bats from 2600 games (hint: they're jerks). Thanks for listening!

Warren Robinett interview by A. Merrill
Crackbats by OmegaMatrix on Atari Age
Our attic in 2004

Direct download: National_Bat_Appreciation_Day.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:30am EDT

This episode was inspired after Sarah and I went to see Peter Noone play down the road, something I have been waiting most of my life to do. I talk a little about the history of the band, but more about MY history with the band. Some of the things I forgot include the fact that their name came from the fact that Peter Noone resembled Sherman, from the Mr. Peabody and Sherman cartoon. I also forgot their movie appearances. They starred in 2 films of their own and appeared in another (none of which I've seen, I'm ashamed to admit). I did check Spotify after I recorded the episode in hopes of making a playlist, but most of the regular albums aren't there. There's a LOT of re-recorded stuff though, which I avoid like the plague, and I suggest you do the same if you have any interest in listening. I did find some cool live stuff that I hadn't heard before, so that was good.

I hope you enjoy the episode! There's still a few days to get your contest entries in, so if you haven't done that yet, please do. I will be on vacation after Easter, so there won't be any episodes of any kind until after that. Thanks for listening!

Links

Peter Noone's web site
Barry Whitwam's web site
Keith Hopwood's Pluto Music
Cool (but old) Herman's Hermits web site

Direct download: Bonus_Track_-_Hermans_Hermits.mp3
Category:Bonus Track -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT

Hi there, here's my first Bonus Track episode about working as a paperboy back in the 80s. The inspiration for this was an episode of Klickitcast, which is a podcast about Beverly Cleary books. In one of her early books, Henry Huggins has a paper route and it reminded me of my own paper route. One thing I had wrong was that the News Tribune merged with the Home News, not the Courier News. Thank you all again for your kindness and for listening, I hope you enjoy these bonus tracks.


Links? For what?

Courier News Online
Hangly Man on KLOV
John Lennon Whiskey Decanter
Cornell Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield
Corner Deli in South Plainfield on Yelp

Direct download: Bonus_Track_-_My_Year_as_a_Paperboy.mp3
Category:Bonus Track -- posted at: 11:38am EDT

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