This week I cover two more Games by Apollo, Space Cavern and Racquteball! Space Cavern programmer Dan Oliver generously gave his time to answer my questions this week, and that Q & A will be posted to the blog shortly. Next week will be Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics. Upcoming games include Stampede and Ice Hockey by Activision; Othello and RealSports Baseball by Atari; Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck By Sirius/20th Century Fox; and Surround and A Game of Concentration (aka Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari. If you have any stories or memories you'd like to share about these games or any games I've covered so far, send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Everything gets read or played on the show. Thank you all so much for listening!

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Atari Age thread with lots of contributions from Dan Oliver
Dan Oliver's web site
Telepathy on Atari Protos site
How to Beat the Home Video Games - Space Cavern

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Direct download: Episode_50_-_Space_Cavern_and_Racquetball_by_Apollo.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:29am EST

Sorry about the lateness of the episode my friends! This one is about Dodge 'Em and Missile Command by Atari. Missile Command was definitely one of my favorites as a kid, not as much these days but only because my horizon has been broadened. Next week is Racquetball and Space Cavern by Games by Apollo. Upcoming games include Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics; Stampede and Ice Hockey by Activision; Othello and RealSports Baseball by Atari; Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck By Sirius/20th Century Fox; and Surround and A Game of Concentration (aka Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari. Send your stories and memories for any of these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I love getting your feedback, and I read all of the submissions on the show! Thanks so much for listening!

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Head On on KLOV
Missile Command at KLOV
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focus RS: Missile Command!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focus RS: Dodge 'Em!
How To Beat The Home Video Games: Missile Command
Missile Command Kids Stuff album
Missile Command TB (Trak Ball) by Thomas Jentsch 
Brian's blog about Missile Command 
Missile Command Game Matrix 
Bruce Lee - Be Water

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Direct download: Episode_49_-_Dodge_Em_and_Missile_Command_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:03pm EST

Hi ho! Today's episode is about the Imagic games Cosmic Ark and No Escape. Love both of them, No Escape was a new one on me. I love finding these hidden gems in the 2600 library! Next week it's Missile Command and Dodge 'Em by Atari. Upcoming games include Space Cavern and Racquetball by Games by Apollo; Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics; Stampede and Ice Hockey by Activision; Othello and RealSports Baseball by Atari; Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck By Sirius/20th Century Fox; and Surround and A Game of Concentration (aka Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari. Send your stories and memories for any of these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I read all of the submissions on the show. Eventually. :(

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog for my Q&A with No Escape programmer Michael Greene! Thank you so much for listening everyone!

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Zap arcade game on KLOV
Space Zap on KLOV
How to Beat the Home Video Games - Cosmic Ark
Rob Fulop's blog about Cosmic Ark
Atari Age thread on Cosmic Ark star field
Easter egg/bug page for Cosmic Ark on 2600 Connection site
1985 Talking Teacher review by Edward Semrad
MATH*Ability video
MATH*Ability web site 
Cosmic Ark source code
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focus RS - Cosmic Ark



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Direct download: Episode_48_-_Cosmic_Ark_and_No_Escape_by_Imagic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:27am EST

This week's episode is about the M-Network games Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man, Loco-Motion, and Computer Corridor. Computer Corridor was in my list as Computer Revenge, which I didn't find in my initial research, but I happened upon it while I was doing the research for this show. Hence my adding it at the last minute. But it was never finished like Loco-Motion was, so you're not missing much. Extra special thanks to Jeff Ratcliff for answering my questions this week, thank you Jeff! Next week, Cosmic Ark and No Escape by Imagic. Upcoming games include Dodge 'Em and Missile Command by Atari; Space Cavern and Racquetball by Games by Apollo; Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics; Stampede and Ice Hockey by Activision; and Othello and RealSports baseball by Atari. You can send your memories of these games and any Atari VCS/2600 memories to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I read everything on the show! Thanks everyone for downloading and listening, it makes me happy. :)

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Intellivision He-Man page on Intellivision Lives!
M-Network He-Man page on Intellivision Lives!
M-Network unreleased games page on Intellivision Lives!
Locomotion arcade game on KLOV 
Intellivision Lococmotion game play footage
Locomotion at Atari Protos site
Entex Stargate footage 
Justin Kyle's The A to Z of the Atari 2600 book on Amazon
Doug McCoy's Mcoycast site
Watch this video to improve your life.



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Direct download: Episode_47_-_Computer_Corridor_He-Man_and_Loco-Motion_by_M_Network.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:48am EST

I have to apologize for this episode folks. I think my microphone is going bad, there was a hum that was pretty prevalent through the show and it made me very sad. I tried using the noise reduction on it 3 times but it's still there. It sticks out like a sore thumb to me, maybe you won't hear it as much as I do. Hopefully. I'm not very happy with this but there's nothing I can do until I get a new microphone, which is on its way. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Next week I'll be looking at He-Man and the Locomotion prototype by M-Network. I played He-Man a bit today and I am finding it very frustrating. I will do better as the week goes on, I think. Upcoming games include Cosmic Arp (heh) and No Escape by Imagic, Dodge 'Em and Missile Command by Atari, Racquetball and Space cavern by Games by Apollo, Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics, and Ice Hockey and Stampede by Activision. Send your stories and memories to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you guys for your patience and for listening!

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Channel F Videocart 10 - Maze
Maze Craze manual (with game matrix)
Checkers manual
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Maze Craze 
My Retro League appearance on Youtube

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Direct download: Episode_46_-_Maze_Craze_and_Video_Checkers_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:09am EST

I have a schedule for the podcast set up, so I am hoping that the whole process will be streamlined and easier for me to do. This week's episode is going out much earlier than normal, but I did have an extra day off so who knows. This is the first time I am doing a review of a game that I wasn't able to play, being Turbo. There may be more numbered protos coming up that haven't been discovered yet, we shall see. Next week is Video Checkers and Maze Craze by Atari, which should be fun. Upcoming games include He- Man and Loco-motion by M-Network, Cosmic Ark and No Escape! by Imagic, Missile Command and Dodge 'Em by Atari, Space Cavern and Racquetball by Games by Apollo, and Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics. Please send your stories and memories to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening everyone!


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Atari Age Thread - Fake Turbo prototype
Anthony Henderson's Turbo prototype video
Turbo in the Atari Age store
Atari Age thread - Actual Turbo prototype
Turbo on KLOV
Info on CommaVid on Digital Press
How To Beat The Home Video Games - Venture
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Turbo
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Venture
Tim Snider's Venture 2 on eBay
People Playing Atari - Spike's Peak

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Direct download: Episode_45_-_Turbo_and_Venture_by_Coleco.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:41am EST

Happy New Year Everyone! Unfortunately I am still on the old year's procrastination schedule. It has been really hard getting back into this, it felt like I had to learn it all over again. Lots of awkward silences to edit out. I hope this episode measures up to my usual standards. Next week I'll be talking about Turbo and Venture by Coleco, which I remember playing a lot in the arcades, but not so much at home. Especially Turbo, since I did not have a Colecovision. Upcoming games include Maze Craze and Video Checkers by Atari, He- Man and Loco-motion by M-Network, Cosmic Ark and No Escape! by Imagic, Missile Command and Dodge 'Em by Atari, and Space cavern and Racquetball by Games by Apollo. Send your stories for these games, and games I've already covered that you missed, or anything you'd like to share about your experience with the 2600 to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Your contributions really are the backbone of the show. Plus they make the show twice as long! I keed, I keed. Thanks to everyone for listening, have a great week!

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Steve Beck's web site
Xonox article by Jim Gorzelany, March 1984
Ghost Manor manual on Atari Guide
Focus on the Podcast with me!
Xonox television commercial


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Direct download: Episode_44_-_Ghost_Manor_and_Spikes_Peak_by_Xonox.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:53am EST

Hi everyone, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy New Year! This has been a great year for me, and one of the reasons is that I finally started this podcast and met so many of you online. I am very grateful for all of your positive comments and feedback, thank you so much. Again, no games today, just a quick wrap-up of the year and what you can expect next year (hint: podcasts about Atari 2600 games). I also inserted something you might be interested in, which is kind of fun and kind of depressing for me to listen to. Next week I'll be talking about Xonox and their games Ghost Manor and Spike's Peak. Upcoming games will include Turbo and Venture by Coleco, Maze Craze and Video Checkers by Atari, He-Man and Locomotion by M-Network, Cosmic Ark and No Escape! by Imagic, and Dodge 'Em and Missile Command by Atari. I know we're all out of practice, but if you have any stories or memories about any of these games that you'd like to share, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. You can also post them on Facebook or (less likely if you have a long story) Twitter. I encourage you to also send them as audio submissions! I love getting those.

To thank you for a really wonderful year, I am having a spur of the moment contest. You can win a complete in box (CIB) copy of Starmaster by Activision. In this episode, I talk about my most downloaded show, which I also mentioned on FB and Twitter. The first person who can tell me my second most downloaded show will win the game, and maybe even receive it in the same month! You can enter through email, Facebook or Twitter. If no one guesses by Sunday January 5, I'll put it back in the hopper for a future contest. Thank you so much to everyone for listening, I cannot express that enough, it means the world to me. I hope to bring you many more episodes featuring your favorite and not-so-favorite games for the Atari 2600 in the coming years!



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Direct download: 2013_Wrap_Up.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:24am EST

As I have been mentioning, this episode features your Christmas memories of the Atari 2600! I didn't get any Hanukkah or Kwanzaa submissions, so we'll just go with Christmas. There's some great stories here, thanks to everyone for contributing and for listening! Thanks especially to Ryan who let me use his Christmas photo from 1978! Next week will be a short episode containing a surprise, I won't be discussing any games. Think of it as a end of year wrap-up show. Merry Christmas everyone!

Direct download: Episode_43_-_Atari_Christmas_Memories.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:49am EST

Still feeling a bit under the weather, but I did manage to get this week's episode featuring Night Driver and Golf out this week. Thanks for your patience! Next week is the Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa memories show, you can send me your memories to be read on the show by December 20th. The games will resume on January 8th with Ghost Manor and Spike's Peak by Xonox. You can send any stories and feedback to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Whatever Holiday you celebrate, I hope that it is merry and happy and safe, and that you can play some Atari 2600! Thank you all for listening!

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Night Driver on KLOV
Odyssey 2 Computer Golf!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS: Night Driver!
Night Driver post on The Retroist site
Atari fonts on Atari Age. You can download them!
Atari Inc. - Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel

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Direct download: Episode_42_-_Night_Driver_and_Golf_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:03am EST



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