This is a short episode rounding up the multitude of news that has recently been happening in the Atari 2600 world. Much later than all the other podcasters and Youtubers have done, of course. :)

As always, thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Hyperkin video of RetroN 77 from E3
Ataribox
Atari Codebreaker TM
Atari Games TM
Atari Touch Games TM
Flashback 8 Gold Activision edition (I didn't know abnout this one)
Flashback 8 Gold
Flashback 8 Classic
Flashback Portable
Dynamite Comics Atari offerings
Intellivision Lives web site
Tribute to Keith Robinson by Kishi from Retronauts
Keith Robinson's Making It comic strip

Direct download: Atari_2600_News_Break_-_RetroN_77_Ataribox_and_more.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:22am EDT

Biddi biddi biddi my friends, here's an episode about the Sega arcade port Buck Rogers, Planet of Zoom! I hope that you enjoy the game and the episode. Next up will be Survival Run by Milton Bradley, which was packaged with its very own controller! Thank you to Strudders for sending me a copy of the game to give away to one lucky listener. If you'd like a shot at winning the game, all you have to do is guess the combined Strudder's Score of Strudders himself and also Mini Strudders. So for example, if Strudders rates it 6 out of 10 and Mini Strudders gives it 5 out of 10, the entrant who comes closest to 11 (over or under, this ain't the Price Is Right) will win the game! In case of a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner. Please get your entries in to me by June 26th, and if you have any feedback you'd like me to read on that show, please try to have it in by then as well. As always, thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Buck Rogers on KLOV
Buck Rogers Pinball on KLOV
Buck Rogers on Atari Protos
No Swear Gamer 301 - Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers on Random Terrain's site
Video Game Player Aug/Sep 1983 (page 21) on Atari Compendium
Buck Rogers vs. the Tiger Men from Mars
Creation of Q*Bert, by Warren Davis on Coinop.org
All Things Considered segment on E.T.

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Direct download: 138_-_Buck_Rogers_Planet_of_Zoom_by_Sega.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:16am EDT

Play ball! This episode looks at Pete Rose Baseball by Absolute Entertainment, a late entry in the 2600 library. How does it measure up to Home Run? Listen and find out! I apologize for the sound issues I was having within the episode. Next up will be Buck Rogers Planet of ZOOOOOOOOMMMMM by Sega. If you have any feedback for this or any game I've covered, I would love to hear it! Send your text or audio submissions to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Mediagenic article by Jimmy Maher/The Digital Antiquarian
Digital Press review of Pete Rose Baseball
No Swear Gamer 190 - Pete Rose Baseball
Ballblazer's collection thread on Atari.io
Tim's Atari inspired music on Bandcamp
Stone Age Gamer 150 - If Mountain Dew Was A Sound
Colecovisions Podcast 29 - Miner 2049er and Quest For The Golden Chalice
Atari Bytes - Swordquest Earthworld with Chad Bowers and Chris Sims
Swordquest #0 (not sure if it's still free)

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Direct download: 137_-_Pete_Rose_Baseball_by_Absolute_Entertainment.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:25am EDT

In this Protocast episode, I cover the Data Age prototype Secret Agent. It would have been a late paddle game release, had Data Age not gone out of business. I hope to have Pete Rose Baseball for you to listen to next week. If you have any comments on that game or Secret Agent, or any other game I've covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

Secret Agent on Atari Protos
Secret Agent 2001 release on Atari 2600 Homebrew
Secret Agent on Atarimania
Secret Agent from Data Age catalog (Atari Age)
Secret Agent trademark information
Atari Spot finds video featuring Data Age sample cartridges (starts at 18:45)
Box made by Shyone
Box made by Marc Oberhauser
Another picture of Marc Oberhauser's box with a cartridge
Marc Oberhauser's web site for 2600 boxes
Fan site for Celal Kandemiroglu
Crime Time for PC

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Direct download: Protocast_-_Secret_Agent_by_Data_Age.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Join me today as I talk about the wonderful port of Galaxian for the Atari 2600! There's lots of great feedback, as well as the song Galaxian from Dya's album Neon Dreams. Thanks to Aaron Hickman for giving me permission to use the song. Next episode will be about Absolute's Pete Rose Baseball. If you have any thoughts on this game or any game I've already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening and for your support!

Pertinent Links

Galaxian on Atari Protos
Galaxian on Random Terrain
Galaxian on KLOV
Galaxian patent by Mark Ackerman and Glenn Parker
Mark Ackerman's web site
Hiro Kimura's web site
The basketball art by Kimura that I mentioned.
Galaxian comic on Atari Age
Get the Neon Dreams album by Dya (Aaron Hickman)
Atari Age - Nukey Shay's Galaxian Expanded
Atari Age - KevinMos3's Galaxian Arcade Expanded & Galaxian Vector
Atari Age - espire's Galaxian Expanded Graphics hack
No Swear Gamer 273 - Galaxian
Willie and Ferg play Salvo!
MS Walk Donation Page - Thank You!


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Direct download: 136_-_Galaxian_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:32am 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

I had the extreme privilege to speak with Joe Grand, the creator of this week's game, SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside. Why are there two versions? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out! I would again like to thank Joe for taking the time to talk with me for the podcast, it was a great experience that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

There's an announcement at the end of the episode that I really would like your feedback on. You can send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. You can also get a jump start on feedback for the next game, which is Atari's Galaxian. As always, thank you all so much for listening and for your support.

Joe's Grand Idea Studio
SCSIside page on Grand Idea Studio site (lots of goodies here, especially the SCSIside archive download and roms)
SCSIside on Atari Age (roms available here too)
Gamasutra: SCSIside Post-mortem by Joe Grand
Atari Age pictures from Philly Classic 3
AA Ultra SCSIside label contest
Joe Grand's Youtube page
All Prototype This episodes on Youtube
Dakotacon March 31- April 2 2017 (you can livestream the con on the site)
GRay Defender on Youtube

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Direct download: 135_-_SCSIside__Ultra_SCSIside_by_Joe_Grand.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

My first game episode was episode 2 about Combat. It came out March 3, 2013. I discovered later that I screwed up the sound (I had Audacity experience before doing the podcast, but not with a microphone). Since it's the 4th anniversary of that show (or it was, THANKS AUDACITY), I decided to clean it up the best I could and re-release it as a treat. If you think tortorous first podcasts are a treat. Anyway, thank you for four wonderful years (with many to come) and for my Facebook page reaching 1000 likes. I'm glad you all are here, and I thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Racing The Beam, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost
Combat Machine Code (within Combat in Context, by Nick Montfort, scroll about halfway down)
Tank at KLOV
Jet Fighter at KLOV
Digital Press Interview with Joe DeCuir
Atari History Museum Interview with Joe DeCuir
Steve Fulton article on the early history of Atari
Larry Wagner resume
Larry Wagner's Combat design notes
Larry Wagner's programming notes for the 9 launch titles
Cliff Spohn's artwork
Kee Games VCS prototype (photo by Earl Green)
Michael Current's Atari Timeline
Sears Wish Book Blog by Greg Maletic (also features unreleased Tank console)
Scott Stilphen's Atari Compendium - Combat Easter Eggs
AA Combat page (hacks listed here)
Tank-Plus picture label on Atarimania
Arcade USA on YouTube

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Direct download: Episode_2_-_Combat_2017_Remaster.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

Welcome to the first Atari 2600 Game by Game Protocast. This series will focus on prototypes that do not have a part number. This episode features Racer, which was made by Roklan Software for Atari, but it never came out and is not in the part list. I've been wanting to start this for a while, but this episode is due to the fact that I was having trouble getting to the SCSIside research, so that episode will have to wait. Also, I picked this game and started research, but I had trouble getting the game on my Flashback portable. Later I found out that the rom from Atarimania will not work. But I started the research and I wanted to get something out this week, so here it is. My idea was to insert these episodes in between the main episodes; I normally don't get much (if any) feedback on prototypes (especially if you can't play them, I guess), so it wouldn't take long to put the episodes together. Like always, if you have thoughts on these prototypes, I will be happy to read or play it on a subsequent episode. Thank you for listening and for your understanding.

Racer on DP Rarity Guide
Racer overview on Atari Protos
Racer photos and screen shots on Atari Protos
Scott Stilphen's Racer video
Original AA Racer thread
AA Racer artwork contest thread
AA Racer production bids thread
AA Reserve Sale thread
AA 2nd Racer prototype found thread
Roklan Software on GDRI
Antic Podcast - Ronald Borta interview by Kevin Savetz

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Direct download: Protocast_-_Racer_by_Roklan_Software.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:12am EDT

This week I'm covering Glib by Selchow and Righter, the only released adult word game for the Atari 2600! I would like to offer a huge thank you to Mike Montana, the son of Glib programmer Rich Montana, for talking with me on this episode! I apologize for some buzzing during the interview, it did not sound like that during the recording. Mike was extremely nice to me and I'm so glad that he contacted me about Glib, in addition to telling me about his part in the programming. I will also be publishing a write up about Glib that Mike did, with his blessing. Thank you again Mike!

In two weeks I will be covering the homebrew game SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside, by Joe Grand. If you have any thoughts on this game, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Random Terrain - Glib
No Swear Gamer 297 - Glib
Scrabble tile distributions and score values (English)
Don Sauter's Scrabble pages
8 Bit Workshop by Steven Hugg
Arcade USA - Q*Bert Minicade by Basic Fun

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Direct download: 134_-_Glib_by_Selchow_and_Righter.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:30am EDT



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