Hi everyone, this episode featuring Vanguard and Phoenix is SUPER LATE and I apologize. My sister  and her family are all moved in in TN and Sarah's sister and her family are in their new home in Maine, with their big items coming next week. As I stated in the episode I recorded what seems like months ago, the next episode featuring Oystron, INV and Mondo Pong by Piero Cavina will be released on July 15. Upcoming episodes will include Chuck Norris Superkicks and Artillery Duel by Xonox; Rocky and Bullwinkle (unreleased), Kool-Aid Man, and Super Challenge Football by M Network; and Swordquest Waterworld and Swordquest Airworld (vaporware) by Atari. If you have any feedback for any of these games or any I've already covered (see the link for Jose's amazing spreadsheet for my show), send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening, and thank you again for your understanding and support.

Pertinent Links

KLOV - Vanguard
KLOV - Phoenix
No Swear Gamer 42 - Vanguard
Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars concept art
Vanguard 531 explanation in Atari Age magazine
Vanguard easter Eggs/Bugs on 2600 Connection
Michael Feinstein's blog (last entry 2011)
NetSeer site (John Mracek's current company)
Rob Fulop interview by Scott Stilphen
Newspaper report on Atari-Imagic lawsuit
Infoworld article on the same lawsuit

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Direct download: 102_-_Vanguard_and_Phoenix_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:08am EST

This is a short special episode about my visit to Crabtowne USA. If you don't know, it's a restaurant with an arcade that has over 100 classic arcade and pinball games. Nothing earth shaking, but I thought it might be fun to talk about. Thank you for listening everyone!

Crabtowne USA web site
DMV Pinball League
Layout of Crabtowne arcade from 2011 (layout is different now, some different games too)


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Direct download: Crabtowne_USA.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:24am EST

Hello everyone, I do apologize for the wait once again. The episode 100 contest has been extended until episode 102, so please get your entries in to win the Atari 2600 with a bunch of games to me by June 16th. Today's episode is all about Shootin' Gallery and Riddle of the Sphinx, both by Imagic. Next time I will be covering Phoenix and Vanguard by Atari. In the coming weeks I will be looking at Oystron, INV and INV+, and Mondo Pong, all of which are homebrews by Piero Cavina; Chuck Norris Superkicks and Artillery Duel by Xonox; Rocky and Bullwinkle (unreleased), Kool-Aid Man, and Super Challenge Football by M Network; and Swordquest Waterworld and Swordquest Airworld (vaporware) by Atari. If you have any feedback for any of these games or any I've already covered (see the link for Jose's amazing spreadsheet for my show), send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Michael Becker interview by Valter Prette
How to Beat the Home Video Games - Riddle of the Sphinx
RotS Contest - Bob Smith and Charles Compton picture
Chris ++ article on Riddle of the Sphinx
Geeky Antics home page

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Direct download: 101_-_Shootin_Gallery__Riddle_of_the_Sphinx_by_Imagic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:43am EST

Hi there! Thank you all so much for helping me get to episode 100. In this Intellivisionaries-sized episode, I am celebrating by discussing one of my favorite Atari 2600 games, Pitfall by Activision. Extra giant super special humongous thanks to Willie! from the Colecovisions podcast for surprising me with an interview with the awesome David Crane! Thank you so much Willie, and thanks much also to David Crane for talking with us, it was my honor.

In two weeks I will be discussing Shootin' Gallery and Riddle of the Sphinx by Imagic. I will also endeavor to fix up my list because it needs fixing, so in the next episode I will announce more games that are coming up. If you have any feedback for these games, or any games I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for listening. You all have made this such a wonderful experience and I am excited to cover many more games!

Pertinent Links

Jose's AMAZING spreadsheet for my podcast! Thank you Jose!
David Crane Pitfall Post-mortem at GDC
2013 PRGE panel with David Crane, Garry Kitchen, & Bob Smith
David Crane at Louisville Arcade Expo 2015
David Crane interview on Broken Token podcast
David Crane interview by Michael Thomasson
David Crane interview by Tristan Donovan
1/84 Hi Res magazine article on David Crane by Colin Covert
David Crane interview by Chris Bieniek
Matt's How To Win at Activision Games book that he made in 1982! Awesome!
Pitfall on Atari Protos
David Crane's comments on the 2 prototypes on Digital Press
No Swear Gamer 149 - Pitfall!
No Swear Gamer - Pitfall Walkthrough!
Activision Mobiles thread on Atari Age
Pitfall Jacket picture on Good Deal Games
Other Pitfall promo items on Atarimania
Pitfall map
Pitfall 2 on KLOV
Pitfall Patch
...and the letter that accompanied it
Heckle and Jeckle cartoon intro
How To Beat The Home Video Games - Pitfall!
John Reder's web page with his 2600 homebrew games
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Direct download: 100_-_Pitfall_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:32pm EST

This episode you get 4 games for the price of 2! Well, sort of. Realsports Football and Atari Video Cube are covered, along with Rubik's Cube and 3D Rubik's Cube. Congrats to Rick Reynolds, he won the SNES Podcast-sponsored contest for the 20 dollar Atari Age gift certificate. Thank you Greg for sponsoring the podcast! There will be another contest in episode 100, and lastly, please stay tuned to the end of this episode for a special announcement.

Episode 100 will be Pitfall by Activision. Upcoming episodes will include Shootin' Gallery and Riddle of the Sphinx by Imagic; Vanguard and Phoenix by Atari, and Oystron, INV, and Mondo Pong, all homebrews by Piero Cavina. If you have any thoughts on these games or any games I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net.Thank you so much for listening, it really means the world to me.

Pertinent Links

AA thread about 3D Rubik's Cube Discovery
3D Rubik's Cube on Atari 2600 Homebrew
David Winter's page for 3D Rubik's Cube on Pong Story
RS Football - Atari Protos
Atari Video Cube - Atari Protos
Rubik's Cube - Atari Protos
3D Rubik's Cube - Atari Protos
No Swear Gamer 143 - Realsports Football!
James' AA thread about his friend Jacques Groslouis
Rob Zdybel, Bob Smith, and Joe DeCuir at PRGE 2013
Atari 1983 In-house promo video (with Peter Niday)
Rob Zdybel interview on RGR 75
CGE 2014 Atari panel on RGR 86
Atari Video Cube manual
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Direct download: Episode_99_-_Realsports_Football__Atari_Video_Cube_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

Hi there, I'm so sorry for the wait. Episode 98 features Super Cobra and Reactor, both arcade ports from Parker Brothers. On May 6th I'll be looking at Realsports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari. The contest that Greg from the SNES Podcast is sponsoring will be extended to May 5th at 11:59 PM EST. You can win a 20 dollar gift certificate to the Atari Age store, and all you have to do is tell me your favorite homebrew game for the 2600, either at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, or on the pinned Facebook post. Thanks Greg!

Episode 100 will be Pitfall by Activision. Upcoming episodes will include Shootin' Gallery and Riddle of the Sphinx by Imagic; Vanguard and Phoenix by Atari, and Oystron, INV, and Mondo Pong, all homebrews by Piero Cavina. If you have any thoughts on these games or any games I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

Tax Avoiders thread on Atari Age
Tax Avoiders thread 2 on AA
List of Dunhill Electronics copyrights
The No Swear Gamer 132 - Reactor!
The No Swear Gamer Reactor Easter egg
Reactor at KLOV
Super Cobra at KLOV
Super Cobra sweepstakes ad
Reactor manual at 2600 Connection
Paul Crowley's blog
InfinaDyne website
Charlie Heath interview by GDRI
Parker Brothers reunion with Charlie Heath
AA thread with Charlie Heath interview
Charlie Heath's company Town Websites
Charlie Heath's Reactor Easter egg on AA
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Direct download: 98_final.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:46am EST

I hope you all had a wonderful Passover/Easter/Spring Break! It's time to get back into the games, and today we're looking at Tax Avoiders (Happy Tax Day too!) by American Videogame and Boing! by First Star Software. Both are the lone releases for the 2600 of their respective companies. Greg from the SNES Podcast is sponsoring a contest on my show! He is giving away a $20 gift certificate to the Atari Age Store. All you have to do is tell me your favorite homebrew Atari 2600 game in order to be entered in the contest. I will draw one winner at random on April 28th at 11:59 PM EST. Send your entries to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net or check Facebook for the pinned post. Thank you Greg!

Next week I'll be looking at Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers. In the upcoming weeks we'll have Realsports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari; Pitfall by Activision; Shootin' Gallery and Riddle of the Sphinx by Imagic; Vanguard and Phoenix by Atari, and Oystron, INV, and Mondo Pong, all homebrews by Piero Cavina. If you have any thoughts on these games or any games I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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No Swear Gamer 8 - Tax Avoiders
Tax Avoiders haunts Retro Obscura!
Boing! on Atari Protos
Boing! manual on 2600 Connection
Play Tax Avoiders on Archive.org
Wii Arcade Zone by Activision
Dumb Things with Doug and Kevin
First Star Software web site
Fernando Herrera interview by Kevin Savetz
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Direct download: Episode_97_-_Tax_Avoiders_and_Boing.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:48am EST

Hi folks, sorry for the delay. My Libsyn account is now free from hackers thank goodness. Well, maybe not, as this is a sportsball episode. Realsportses Volleyball and Soccer (better known as Football), to be exact. Next week I'll be taking off due to the holiday and family time, but I will return on the 15th with Tax Avoiders by American Videogame and Boing! by First Star Software. Coming up will be Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers; RealSports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari; and episode 100 will be on Pitfall by Activision. If you have any thoughts on any of these games or any I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening, see you next Wednesday!

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No Swear Gamer 130 - Realsports Volleyball
No Swear Gamer RS Volleyball Easter Egg
No Swear Gamer 129 - Realsports Soccer
RS Soccer video with comment from Michael Sierchio
Warren Robinett Adventure post-mortem from GDC
Howard Scott Warshaw Yars' Revenge post-mortem from GDC
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Direct download: Episode_96_-_Realsports_Volleyball_and_Realsports_Soccer_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:46am EST

Join Bob the Baker for some history about the amazing chocolate chip cookie, then listen in as he bakes some that you can't have. Later Bob is joined by Miss Sarah as they try several brands of chocolate chip cookies to determine which is the best. Get yourself a glass of milk and thanks for listening! All glories to @drquest.

Direct download: 41_-_Chocolate_Chip_Cookies.mp3
Category:Cookies -- posted at: 5:03am EST

Coleco had more than its fair share of vaporware for the Atari VCS, and this week I cover one of them (or at least what I can of it). Cosmic Avenger never came out and still has not been found, but Smurf and Carnival did! Also, congratulations to Jose Quezada, he won the Atari Flashback 5 from Willie from the Colecovisions podcast. Thank you to all who entered, and thank you to Willie for sponsoring and coming up with the contest!

Next week I will be covering two Realsports titles, Volleyball and Soccer (or Football if you're nasty). Coming up will be Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers; Tax Avoiders by American Video Game and Boing! by First Star; and RealSports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari. If you have any thoughts on any of these games or any I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening, see you next Wednesday!

Smurfy Smurfs

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The Atari 5200 Super Podcast
Cosmic Avenger on KLOV
Carnival on KLOV
Kevin MacLeod's royalty free music at Incompetech
Todd Marshall interview by Scott Stilphen
Smurf prototype on Youtube
Smurf prototype box on Atarimania
The No Swear Gamer 125 - Carnival!
Steve Kitchen on the Computer Chronicles 1984



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Direct download: Episode_95_-_Cosmic_Avenger_Smurf__Carnival_by_Coleco.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:23pm EST

Sorry for the lateness of this episode focusing on Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision. Also I apologize for not putting links to all of my podcast friends here that I mentioned in the episode. You know where they are. Next week I'll be looking at Smurf and Carnival (with the vaporware Cosmic Avenger thrown in). Upcoming games include RealSports Soccer & Volleyball by Atari; Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers; Tax Avoiders by American Video Game and Boing! by First Star; and RealSports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari. If you have any thoughts on any of these games or any I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening, see you next Wednesday!

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Atari 5200 Super Podcast! on Facebook
Warren Robinett at GDC article at Ars Technica
Retro Video Gamer interview with Steve Cartwright
Steve Cartwright interview by Tim Duarte
GDC presentation by Steve Cartwright and David Crane
Retrogaming with Racketboy podcast - Steve Cartwright interview
Megamania commercial featuring the Tubes
Megamania patch
...and the letter that accompanied the patch
Megamania store standee on eBay
How to Beat the Home Video Games - Megamania
The No Swear Gamer 125 - Megamania!
Scott Stilphen's interview with Bob Whitehead
The No Swear Gamer 121 - Sky Jinks
Sky Jinks patch
...and again, the accompanying letter
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Direct download: Episode_94_-_Megamania__Sky_Jinks_b.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:30pm EST

Hi, it's me again. Today I am covering the final released text/picture label game on the part list, Brain Games, and the unreleased prototype game Frog Pond. Please check out the episode to find out how to find the clues to Willie's Fergquest contest; once you get all the clues you have to make 4 of them into the phrase that pays. I have extended the contest until March 24th at 11:59 PM EST. If you've already sent in an entry, you can send another one. Next week I'll be covering the Activision games Megamania and Sky Jinks. After that it will be Cosmic Avenger, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Carnival by Coleco; RealSports Soccer & Volleyball by Atari; Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers; Tax Avoiders by American Video Game and Boing! by First Star; and RealSports Football and Atari Video Cube by Atari. Episode 100 will feature a very special game, and I think it will probably be my longest episode to date. I don't want to say yet what it is, because I may start getting feedback now and then I will forget to put it in the show. I will give you ample time to send feedback, don't worry. If you have any thoughts on any of these games or any I've already covered, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening, see you next Wednesday!

Pertinent Links

Larry Kaplan interview by Scott Stilphen 
Swordquest comics on Atari Age
Cliff Spohn's Ahta Dee
2600 Connection Frog Pond article
Atari Touch Me on KLOV
Touch Me at the Handheld Museum
Cassidy Nolen's Frog Pond manual
Atari Age magazine Frog Pond announcement
Frog Pond at Atari Protos
Frog Pond thread on Atari Age (photo of Hozer Version)
The No Swear Gamer 118 - Brain Games!
Cassidy Nolen's Home Made Frog Pond CIB thread on Atari Age (with photos)
Silver label Frog Pond repro on eBay
1982 CES footage with Frog Pond demo on Atarimania
Pinball Wizard Arcade
Pinball Wizard Arcade on the Retroist
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Direct download: Episode_93_-_Brain_Games__Frog_Pond.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Hi, welcome back from my vacation! Today's games are Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys. Also, today is the final batch of clues for Willie's FergQuest contest, where he is giving away a Flashback 5. You have to figure out the 4 word phrase that pays and send it to me in an email by March 17 11:59 PM EST. In case of a tie I will use random.org to determine the winner. If I don't get any correct answers by the next show, I will give you a clue. Good luck!

Next week I'll be looking at Brain Games and the prototype game Frog Pond, both by Atari. Coming up I'll be talking about Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision; Cosmic Avenger, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Carnival by Coleco; Realsports Volleyball and Realsports Soccer by Atari; and Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers. If you have any memories to share about these or any of the games I've already covered, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Telesys Fast Food commercial with some history, from director Rich Yacco's web site
The No Swear Gamer episode 114 - Fast Food
Waterworld comic book 
Edladdin Controllers
Our Brooklyn Bites podcast
The Log Book (with the Escape Pod podcast)
The SNES Podcast
Atari 7800 Game by Game podcast
Strudders' Score Compendium!

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Direct download: Episode_92_-_Fast_Food__Ram_It_by_Telesys.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:47am EST

Hi there! This week I discuss two more of Tigervision's Atari 2600 cartridge output, Threshold and River Patrol. River Patrol is SUPER RARE L@@K. And they're not kidding. The next episode will be on March 4th and will be about Ram It and Fast Food by Telesys, and will also have the last installment of Willie's FergQuest contest! Upcoming games will include Brain Games and Frog Pond by Atari; Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision; Cosmic Avenger, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Carnival by Coleco; Realsports Volleyball and Realsports Soccer by Atari; and Super Cobra and Reactor by Parker Brothers. If you have any memories to share about these or any of the games I've already covered, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Astro Blaster at KLOV
River Patrol at KLOV
Warren Schwader interview by James Hague
Warren Schwader's Solitaire Network
Play "Jones in the Fast Lane" online
No Swear Gamer 105 - Threshold!
No Swear Gamer 106 - River Patrol!
River Patrol at Atari Protos
Atari Swordquest Fireworld comic book
OTR Playlist - The Great Gildersleeve
Intarivisions - Carnival!
Delta 80s Safety Video
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Direct download: Episode_91_-_Threshold__River_Patro.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:55pm EST

Hi everyone! This week I talk about the Atari games Hangman and Road Runner. Please mind the gap. Also, you'll get the first set of clues for FergQuest, where you can win an Atari Flashback 5 from Willie from Arcade USA and the Colecovisions podcast! Thanks Willie! Next week I will be discussing Threshold and River Patrol by Tigervision. Upcoming games include Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys; Brain Games and Frog Pond by Atari; Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision; Cosmic Avenger, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Carnival by Coleco; and Realsports Volleyball and Realsports Soccer by Atari. You can send feedback on these or any of the games I've already discussed to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening!

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Bob Polaro's web site
Alan Miller interview by Al Backiel
Bob Polaro interview by Al Backiel
Road Runner at Atari Protos
Road Runner at KLOV
Zerbinator land - 80-89 podcast
Action Figure Blues podcast
Toys R Us Report podcast
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Direct download: Episode_90_-_Hangman__Road_Runner_by_Atari_copy.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:35am EST

Hi there, thanks for your patience. This week's episode deals with the 'myths" of Mythicon! See what I did there? The games are Star Fox, Fire Fly, and Sorcerer, some of the worst reviewed games on the Atari 2600. UNTIL TODAY (spoilers). Next week I'll be discussing Hangman and Road Runner by Atari. Upcoming games include Threshold and River Patrol by Tigervision; Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys; Brain Games and Frog Pond by Atari; Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision; and Cosmic Avenger, Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel's Castle, and Carnival by Coleco. You can send feedback on these or any of the games I've already discussed to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening!

Bruce de Graaf interview by Scott Stilphen
Bruce de Graaf's nature photography site
Thor Bradsher's website
Confessions of a Programming Geek by Thor Bradsher
Mythicon thread on Atari Age, with more info from Bruce de Graaf
eBay auction with paperwork from Mythicon store display
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Direct download: Episode_89_-_Sorcerer_Fire_Fly__S.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:49am EST

Congratulations to Greg Miller, he is the winner of the Star Raiders contest! Thank you to everyone for entering!

This week I am looking at Okie Dokie and Stell-A-Sketch, both made by Bob Colbert in the late 90s. Check the links below to see how to get these games. In the next episode I am talking about Sorcerer, Firefly, and Starfox by Mythicon; Hangman and Roadrunner by Atari; Threshold and River Patrol by Tigervision; Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys; Brain Games and Frog Pond by Atari, and Megamania and Sky Jinks by Activision. Any feedback you have on these or any games I've already covered can be sent to 2600gamebygame@podcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

Pert-I-Nent Links

Making Okie Dokie - from Bob Colbert's archived website
Bob Colbert's archived home page (the links for the 2 games still work)
Download Sabotage WIP from Bob Colbert's archived web site
Bob Colbert interview by Michael Thomasson
Okie Dokie registry
Pictures of Stell-A-Sketch/Okie Dokie cassette on Atari Age
Okie Dokie at Hozer Video Games (scroll down)
Okie Dokie at Packrat Video Games
Okie Dokie at Atari Age
The No Swear Gamer Episode 92 - Okie Dokie!
Chris' book Classic Gaming Bookcast on Smashwords;
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Direct download for the Christmas episode 85 (edited on Stitcher)
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Direct download: Episode_88_-_Okie_Dokie__Stell-A-Sk.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:33am EST

Well hello. Today's episode is about Star Raiders by Atari. Fun game, but I did find some other games in this style to be better (spoilers). You can win a Star Raiders cart with manual, touch pad controller, and overlay! Just send an email with "Star Raiders Contest" in the subject to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, or check Facebook and Twitter for a pinned post regarding the contest. I will take entries until 11:59 PM EST January 20th. Next week will be Okie Dokie and Stell-A-Sketch by homebrew programmer Bob Colbert. In the following weeks I will be profiling  orcerer, Firefly, and Starfox by Mythicon; Hangman and Roadrunner by Atari; Threshold and River Patrol by Tigervision; Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys; and Brain Games and Frog Pond by Atari. Any feedback you have on these or any games I've already covered can be sent to 2600gamebygame@podcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!
 
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Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! - Star Raiders
The No Swear Gamer Episode 90 - Star Raiders
Player/Missile podcast episode 1 - Star Raiders
Carla Meninsky interview by Will Nicholes
Doug Neubauer's web site
10 most important video games article
Stalking the Retro Episode 69
Quset For The Golden Chalice - Homebrew Coleco version of Adventure!
Atarimax Colecovision Ultimate SD Cartridge
Star Raiders at Atariprotos.com
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Direct download: Episode_87_-_Star_Raiders_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:01am EST

Happy New Year everyone, it is great to be back doing the podcast! This week I cover two Starpath cassette games, Rabbit Transit and the Official Frogger. In my opinion both of them are really fun. Next week I'll be talking about Star Raiders by Atari. In the upcoming weeks I will be discussing Okie Dokie and Stell-A-Sketch by Bob Colbert; Sorcerer, Firefly, and Starfox by Mythicon; Hangman and Roadrunner by Atari; Threshold and River Patrol by Tigervision; and Fast Food and Ram It by Telesys. Any feedback you have on these or any games I've already covered can be sent to 2600gamebygame@podcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

Auld Links Syne

 

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Direct download: Episode_86_-_Rabbit_Transit__The_Of.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:55am EST

Merry Christmas everyone! Today's episode is about the homebrew game called Toyshop Trouble, and also your Christmas Atari 2600 memories! I was absolutely not expecting more submissions than last year's Christmas show, thank you so much! I love hearing your memories of the 2600 and the Christmas ones are terrific. The show will return on January 7th with Rabbit Transit and The Official Frogger by Starpath. Upcoming games will include Star Raiders by Atari; Okie Dokie and Stell-A-Sketch by Bob Colbert; Sorcerer, Firefly, and Starfox by Mythicon; and Hangman and Roadrunner by Atari. Any feedback you have on these or any games I've already covered can be sent to 2600gamebygame@podcast.net. Thank you all so much for a wonderful year, and I wish you all Merry Every Holiday!

Buy Toyshop Trouble on Atari Age
Toyshop Trouble Easter Egg
Edladdin Controllers - Get 10% off your order with coupon code FERG
SNES Podcast
Arcade USA, with your host Willie!
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Direct download: Episode_85_-_Toyshop_Trouble__Your_Christmas_Memories.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:34am EST

This episode was totally unplanned (you can tell by listening) and I lay the blame at the feet of No Quarter podcast. I just wanted to talk about arcade games for a bit, so here it is. I hope you can get some enjoyment out of it. Also, if you have Christmas memories or feedback for Toyshop Trouble, please get it to me by the 19th to be included in the show. You can send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks everybody, enjoy your week!

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Direct download: Bonus_debatable_Episode_-_Arcade_Memories.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:59am EST

Today I am discussing in horribly long detail Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari. This is the result of 2 weeks of research and 3 hours of recording, probably the most I've put into a show so far. I really hope you enjoy it and don't get too bored. Once again, your feedback makes the show better and I thank you for that. No show next week due to cookies. The Christmas memories episode will come out the week of Christmas. Additionally I will be looking at the homebrew title Toyshop Trouble, which is really a great game. Unfortunately I don't have the cash to buy this right now, nor would it get here in time if I did. But I need to start covering Christmas games, so I should be able to get this one done in time. Please send me your Atari Christmas memories and any feedback for Toyshop Trouble by December 19th for it to be included in the show. You can send that to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you all so much for listening!

Links! Why'd it have to be Links?

How To Beat The Home Video Games - Raiders of the Lost Ark
ROTLA quick playthrough
Atari ROTLA commercial
Chris++ ROTLA walkthrough
1983 Joystik ROTLA walkthrough
2600 Connection ROTLA Easter eggs and bugs listing
The No Swear Gamer's ROTLA Review
NowGamer article on Howard Scott Warshaw
Jerome Domurat interview by Scott Stilphen
Jerome Domurat's business website 
Edladdin Controllers
Bill Kendrick's New Breed Software page
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Direct download: Episode_84_-_Raiders_of_the_Lost_Ark.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:45pm EST

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate that sort of thing. Thank you for your patience waiting for a new episode, it will be much worse this month. :(  Speaking of new episodes, next week I will be looking at Raiders of the Lost Ark, by Atari. I am very glad that I made that its own show, I already have 12 pages of notes just on the manual and hint sheets! It will probably be a long show, so hopefully that will tide you over for awhile. GET IT, TIDINGS! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Sorry. After Raiders I most likely won't be doing anymore games until 2015, but that is tentative. Also, please send me your Christmas memories by December 19th so I can record the Christmas memories show that weekend. Please don't take me for one of those militant Christmas people, I just didn't get any Hanukkah or Kwanzaa memories last year. If you have some, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I hope to get another show's worth of Christmas stories, I think last year's was awesome. Thanks for listening everyone!

Pertinent Links

Intarivisions on Facebook!
UK Bomb magazine ad
Video Color Yamin commercial
Greg's SNES Podcast
Atari Age thread about Bomb and Spectravideo
Assault longplay video (thank goodness)
Stalking the Retro podcast
Toys R Us Report
Retrogaming Roundup 81 (Activision panel starts at 61 minutes in)
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Direct download: Episode_83_-_Assault__Great_Escape.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:56am EST

Eh up! Today I discuss Chopper Command and Starmaster, two Activision games that were formerly Atari games. Next week I will be taking off for Thanksgiving, but I will resume the following week with Assault and Great Escape by Bomb. Hopefully that's not prophetic. The following week will be Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari. After that I will play it by ear, but I will have a Listener Christmas Memories show the week of Christmas. So if you have any Christmas memories, or if you would like to comment on upcoming games or any games I've already covered (the Bomb episode might be a good episode for past game comments). Send it all to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening, and I hope you all have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving! EAT HEAVY

Pertinent Links

Intarivisions Podcast!
Activision 1982 in-house video
Bob Whitehead interview by Scott Stilphen
Chopper Command patch
Chopper Command patch letter
How To Beat The Home Video Games: Chopper Command
The No Swear Gamer: Chopper Command
Alan Miller interview by Al Backiel
Starmaster main patch
Starmaster additional patches
Starmaster patch letter
Starmaster Promotional patch
Starmaster with awesome graphics!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! Starmaster
How To Beat The Home Video Games: Starmaster
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Direct download: Episode_82_-_Chopper_Command__Starmaster_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Hi everyone, this episode is about the 20th Century Fox games Mega Force and Alien, both based on their movies. Congratulations to Matthew Edwards for winning the Strudders' Score contest! Thanks to everyone for participating. Next week I'll be looking at Chopper Command and Starmaster by Activision, then I will be taking the week of Thanksgiving off. The first week of December I will be covering Assault and Great Escape by Bomb, then Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari. I would like to release another Christmas show on the 24th, but I will need more Christmas memories from you! The whole episode will be your feedback about anything associated with Christmas and the VCS/2600. I did one last year and it was very successful; the reason it is only feedback is because I am very busy in December with Christmas and my birthday, both at home and at work. So if you do have any feedback about any of these games, games I've already covered, or your Christmas memories, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

Deeds, not Links

Bryan Cranston in Mega Force commercial! 
Paul Laughton interview on the ANTIC podcast
Doug Neubauer's Wiki
Doug Neubauer interview with James Hague
Doug Neubauer 1986 interview with Lee Pappas
Player/Missile Podcast Star Raiders episode
The No Swear Gamer's Math Gran Prix review
Willie's Arcade USA contest video! Win a Colecovision with 10 games!
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Direct download: Episode_81_-_Mega_Force__Alien_by_2.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Hi there Mathletes! This week we are looking at two math-based games for the VCS, Math Gran Prix and Basic Math (aka Fun With Numbers). I hear your rapturous applause, thank you so much. Next week will be Alien and Mega Force by 20th Century Fox, and don't forget Strudders' Score Contest! See here for more details. Afterwards I will be looking at Chopper Command and Starmaster by Activision; Assault and Great Escape by Bomb; Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari; Okie Dokie and Stell-A-Sketch by Bob Colbert; Rabbit Transit and The Official Frogger by Starpath, and Hangman and Road Runner by Atari. If you have any feedback on any of these games or any of the games I've already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

Pythagorean Links

Alan Miller interview on 2600 Connection
Math Gran Prix YouTube review
Atari 1980 catalog
Sears Math manual
Beanie Baby Bash  by Jim Goebel
Michael Current's Atari Timeline
OTR Playlist on the Throwback Network
Jimmy G's podcast - The Side Project Live
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Direct download: Episode_80_-_Math_Gran_Prix__Basic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:07am EST

I apologize for the delay, I ran out of space on Libsyn. I will make sure it doesn't happen again.

Hello once again, today I talk about the Imagic games Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol (which went unreleased in the 80s). Also, Strudders is giving away copies of Alien and Mega Force in a contest on my show! You can check out the details at the link below. Next week I'll be looking at Basic Math (Fun With Numbers) and Math Gran Prix, both by Atari. The next episode will be on the aforementioned Alien and Mega Force by 20th Century Fox. Listen to the show for more details as to why there are not more games mentioned here. Your favorites are coming, don't worry. Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support for my Extra Life marathon, I made $500 for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and almost made it the entire 24 hours. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

Strudders Score Contest! Win Alien and Mega Force! The games, not the movies!
Sky Patrol on Atari Protos
Sky Patrol on 2600 Connection
Sky Patrol mockup box
Sky Patrol mockup cart label
Brad Stewart interview by Scott Stilphen
The No Swear Gamer - Fire Fighter video
Bill Grubb and Dennis Koble interview, Video Games magazine (scroll down, scans will open in new window)


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Direct download: Episode_79_-_Fire_Fighter_and_Sky_Patrol_by_Imagic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:52am EST

Hi there! To-day I discuss Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age, for all of 18 minutes. There just wasn't much to say about these games. Next week I'll be talking about Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol, both by Imagic. Upcoming games will include Math Grand Prix and Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari, Mega Force and Alien by 20th Century Fox; Star Raiders and Fun With Numbers (Basic Math) by Atari; Assault and Great Escape by Bomb; Chopper Command and Starmaster by Activision; and Hangman and Road Runner by Atari. If you have any feedback regarding these games or any others that I've covered already, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I will read it or play it on the show. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent LinkssS

Mindscape flexi disc on YouTube
Lock is Lit Podcast
2 Dudes and a NES Podcast
Greg's 2 Worthy Video Game Podcasts thread post
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Direct download: Episode_78_-_Sssnake_and_Airlock_by_Data_Age.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:09am EST

This week, the Swordquest saga continues with Swordquest: Fireworld. Two games left in the series, and only one was actually made. It will be coming up soon. Well, soon in the grand scheme of things. Next week I'll be talking about Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age. Upcoming games will include Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic; Math Grand Prix and Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari, Mega Force and Alien by 20th Century Fox; Star Raiders and Fun With Numbers (Basic Math) by Atari; Assault and Great Escape by Bomb; and Chopper Command and Starmaster by Activision. If you have any feedback regarding these games or any others that I've covered already, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I will read it or play it on the show. Thank you for listening!

Inflamed Links
Swordquest Archive of Adventure: FireWorld
FireWorld contest photos
Swordquest Revisited (overview of entire contest)
FireWorld comic uninked! (PDF file)
Kabbalah Tree of Life
Give this guy a medal.
FireWorld at Atari Protos
FireWorld walkthrough
FireWorld contest photos
Robert Ruiz FireWorld solution
Michael Rideout interview
Mark's Pepsi Invaders cart


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Direct download: Episode_77_-_Swordquest__FireWorld_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:42am EST

Hiya kids! Today I wax moronic about Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers, and also get a little creative all up in here. Very little. Despite that, I hope you enjoy the episode. Next week, the Swordquest saga continues with game 2 in the series, Fireworld. Who will win the Sword of Ultimate Sorcery? Who indeed! In the coming weeks and months and YEARS I'll be covering Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age; Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic; Math Grand Prix and Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari, Mega Force and Alien by 20th Century Fox; Star Raiders and Fun With Numbers (Basic Math) by Atari; and Assault and Great Escape by Bomb. If you have any feedback regarding these games or any others that I've covered already, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I will read it or play it on the show. Thank you for listening!

 


Splooched Links

Ed English's company Elerts web site
Ed English's Plates USA web site
David Lamkins interview by Scott Stilphen at 2600 Connection
David Lamkins' web site
David Lamkins' Lisp programming language book
David Lamkins on SoundCloud
Information about Executive Games at Pong Story
Ed Temple video interview by Scott Stilphen
How to Beat the Home Video Games - Frogger
General Mills/Parker Brothers Merger: Playing by Different Rules by Ellen Wojahn
Frogger at KLOV
Amidar at KLOV
Fidelity Chess game example
The Tenkop Youtube channel
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! - Amidar
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! - Frogger

 


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Direct download: Episode_76_-_Frogger_and_Amidar_by_Parker_Brothers.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:00am EST

Hi! Today I am talking about 3 M Network games, AD&D Treasure of Tarmin, BurgerTime, and In Search of the Golden Skull. The middle one was released, but the other two never were. Next week is Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers! Upcoming games include Swordquest: Fireworld by Atari; Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age; Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic; Math Grand Prix and Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari, and Mega Force and Alien by 20th Century Fox. If you have any feedback regarding these games or any others that I've covered already, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I will read it or play it on the show. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

Player/Missile podcast
BurgerTime thread on Atari Age
BurgerTime thread 2 on Atari Age (picture of later release innards)
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! BurgerTime
BurgerTime on KLOV
BurgerTime on Intellivision Lives
Jerry Lawson interview
Channel F Files podcast - Talks with Jerry Lawson
In Search of the Golden Skull on Atari Protos
In Search of the Golden Skull on Intellivsion Lives
Treasure of Tarmin on Intellivision Lives
Treasure of Tarmin on Atari Protos
Intellivisionaries podcast Treasure of Tarmin episode
Holiday Special podcast
Greatest American Hero podcast
Telegames catalog
Strong Museum of Play Jerry Lawson papers (this is just a list, you have to go to the museum to look at them)
Videosoft Atari 2600 titles by Jerry Lawson, available at Good Deal Games (3D Ghost Attack, 3D Genesis, 3D Havoc, Atom Smasher, Depth Charge & S.A.C. Alert)
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This time I talk about the first two homebrew games made for the Atari 2600, SoundX and Edtris 2600, both written by Ed Federmeyer. There are arguments that some other games are the first, but these were first after the 2600 ceased to be. SoundX is a sound utility program, and Edtris 2600 is a version of Tetris. Next week I'm looking at In Search of the Golden Skull, AD&D Treasure of Tarmin, and Burgertime by M Network. Only one of these games was actually released! Coming up I'll be yakking about Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers; Swordquest: Fireworld by Atari; Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age; Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic; Math Grand Prix and Raiders of the Lost Ark by Atari, and Mega Force and Alien by 20th Century Fox. If you have any feedback for any of these games or any of the games I've covered so far, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening everyone!

Homebrewed Links

Hozer Video Games web site (order the games here)
Inverse Atascii Podcast
Player/Missile Podcast
Player/Missile Podcast Space Invaders contest! Submit your guesses!
Channel F Files podcast
Colecovisions Podcast
Arcade USA on Youtube


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Direct download: Episode_74_-_SoundX_and_Edtris_2600_by_Ed_Federmeyer.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:49am EST

This week I am looking at Swordquest: Earthworld and the ill fated contest that this game started off for Atari (SPOILERS). Very interesting stuff, please make sure you check out the links for great photos and even more info. Next week I am discussing Edtris 2600 and Sound X, both homebrews by Ed Federmeyer. From what I have read, Edtris 2600 is considered the first Atari 2600 homebrew cart. Upcoming games include In Search of the Golden Skull, AD&D Treasure of Tarmin & Burgertime by M Network; Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers; Swordquest: Fireworld by Atari; Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age; and Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic. Got any feedback for these games, or any of the other games I've covered so far? Send it to me in text or mp3 form at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net.    

Don't forget, Rob from Player/Missile Podcast is very generously sponsoring a contest! He is giving away an e-book copy of Racing the Beam, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost (it is an Amazon gift e-book, you need to be in the US and have an Amazon account, sorry about that). The next episode of his podcast is devoted to Space Invaders; both of us will be playing the game on the other's system, and you have to guess our combined scores (without going over) to win the book. You have until October 6th, and you can send your guesses to my email address above or post it to the pinned post on the Facebook page.

Thank you for listening everyone!                                                

Earthlinks

2600 Connection Earthworld Solution page
2600 Connection Swordquest Revisited article (Lots of links here)
John Michael Battaglia's web site
John Michael Battaglia interview by Scot Stilphen
Contestant James Schweitzer interview
Robert Ruiz's Earthworld solution
AVGN Swordquest Video
Swordquest: Earthworld at Atari Protos.com
Contest EPROM entry on Atarimania
Masquerade book
The Secret book Wiki (FASCINATING and still unsolved for the most part)


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Direct download: Episode_73_-_Swordquest__Earthworld_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:10pm EST

Hi there. Thank you for your patience for this show, I had some issues that I talk about in the episode.

Today's episode talks a little about Avalon Hill and the first of their games on my show, Death Trap and London Blitz. Coming up next week is Swordquest: Earthworld by Atari. There's a lot of info on that game and the accompanying contest, so I thought each of those should get its own episode (except Airworld, which never came out). Coming up will be Edtris 2600 and SoundX by Ed Federmeyer; In Search of the Golden Skull, AD&D Treasure of Tarmin & Burgertime by M Network; Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers; Swordquest: Fireworld by Atari; Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age; and Fire Fighter and Sky Patrol by Imagic. If you have any feedback on any of these games or any of the games I've already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I love hearing from you!

In the meantime, Rob from Player/Missile Podcast is very generously sponsoring a contest! He is giving away an e-book copy of Racing the Beam, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost (it is an Amazon gift e-book, you need to be in the US and have an Amazon account, sorry about that). The next episode of his podcast is devoted to Space Invaders; both of us will be playing the game on the other's system, and you have to guess our combined scores (without going over) to win the book. I will give a cutoff date soon, but it will be sometime in early October. That will be fun!

Extra thanks this week to Avalon Hill CEO Jackson Dott, and Avalon Hill artist Jim Talbot for contributing to my show. Thank you for listening!

Links, Jolly What!

Rebecca Heineman interview by Scott Stilphen
Rebecca Heineman's web site
Jackson Dott's Realtor page
Jim Talbot's web site
Avalon Hill's current site (now owned by Hasbro/WOC)
Now You're Playing with Podcast
Player/Missile Podcast
Atari Age thread about new 4k Pac-Man rom (you can download the rom here)
London Blitz manual


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Direct download: Episode_72_-_Death_Trap_and_London_Blitz_by_Avalon_Hill.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:15am EST

Greetings programs! This week I'm looking at Barnstorming and Grand Prix, both by Activision. Next week I'll be discussing the Avalon Hill company and two of their games, Death Trap and London Blitz. Upcoming games include Swordquest: Earthworld by Atari; Edtris 2600 and Sound X by Ed Federmeyer; AD&D Treasure of Tarmin, Burgertime, and In Search of the Golden Skull by M Network, Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers, and Sssnake and Airlock by Data Age. If you have any stories about these games that you'd like to share, or about any of the games I've already covered, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. All get read or played on the show, and it is my favorite part of recording the podcast. Thanks for listening!

Prixotic Links

Barnstorming patch
Grand Prix patch
Grand Prix patch accompanying letter
Grand Prix medal (scroll down to bottom for large pic)
Willie's Grand Prix video! Awesome!
Willie's Barnstorming video
Steve Cartwright's web site
How To Beat the Home Video Games - Barnstorming
Super Action Pak Easter Egg
1984 Info World David Crane interview
James' Howard Scott Warshaw interview CGE 2005
James' HSW Once Upon Atari commercial


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Direct download: Episode_71_-_Barnstorming_and_Grand_Prix_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:39am EST

Today I look at two of my favorites for the 2600, Haunted House and Yars' Revenge. There's a lot to talk about, and now that I've finished recording I forgot to mention the Kids Stuff records. Yars' Revenge had an LP and a book and 45, each having some exclusive content. Like Asteroids, the LP is online but I could not find the 45. Now that's 2 videos I have to make, maybe Willie! will give me some pointers. :) Next week it's Barnstorming and Grand Prix by Activision! Seems like it's been awhile for Activision on my little show here. After that, it will be Death Trap and London Blitz by Avalon Hill; Swordquest: Earthworld by Atari; Edtris 2600 and Sound X by Ed Federmeyer; AD&D Treasure of Tarmin and Burgertime by M Network (I may add another game here, as Tarmin was not released and remains unavailable), and Frogger and Amidar by Parker Brothers. If you have any feedback or memories you'd like to share for any of these games, or if you're getting caught up with my show and want to talk about a game I've already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, in written or audio format. I love hearing from you! Thank you all so much for listening!

Haunted Links

Haunted House Easter Eggs
How to Beat The Home Video Games: Yars' Revenge
Willie's awesome Haunted House Video
Willie's Yars' Revenge video (featuring Clutch Cargo as Yar)
Yars' Revenge Kid Stuff album
Mystery Mansion (Haunted House prototype)
Howard Scott Warshaw interview by Scott Stilphen
HSW Keynote at Electronicon, 1997, filmed by Scott Stilphen (this is part 1 of 5, the other parts will show on the right)
HSW on Matt Chat (part 1 of 2, see above)
HSW's Once Upon Atari site
HSW's personal site
HSW's books on Amazon
Original Steve Hendricks Haunted House artwork (scroll down)
Hiro Kimura's web site
Brian's Yars' Revenge review



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Direct download: Episode_70_-_Haunted_House_and_Yars_Revenge_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:58am EST

This week's episode is about the adult games released by Mystique, Custer's Revenge, Bachelor Party, and Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em. Controversial games all, please be advised that this episode has the explicit tag, so do not listen if you are offended by sex or if there are children anywhere near the mp3 player of choice. Next week will be much safer, it will be about Yar's Revenge and Haunted House, two of the better games that Atari made for their system. If you have any feedback about these two games, please send it along to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. It should be a fun show. Thank you for listening!

Palm Beach Post article
White Mountain Apache tribe resolution (PDF)
Porn and Pong book by Damon Brown
Ocala Star Banner article
NY Times article
People Magazine article
Info World magazine article
Canadian news segment
American Indian Community House
American Indian Movement



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Direct download: Episode_69_-_the_Mystique_Adult_Games.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:37am EST

This week's episode talks about Blackjack, Casino, and Slot Machine by Atari. I apologize for the delay, I am still trying to get over being sick. Thankfully, my dad should be getting out of the hospital on Friday, and again, I thank you all for your patience and your well wishes. It really does mean a lot to me. Next time, since I am a 12 year old boy at heart (as I mention in this episode and should be readily apparent), episode 69 will be about Custer's Revenge, Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em, and Bachelor Party. These are the three Mystique adult games that cause a lot of controversy and at least one lawsuit when they were originally released. I will have a warning at the beginning of the episode and it will also be labeled explicit in iTunes. I realize this will be offensive to some. I don't want to leave these games out because they are part of the game library, so if you are offended by this kind of material or if you listen with your kids, please skip this episode and come back for the Haunted House and Yar's Revenge episode right after this one. As always, if you have any feedback, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I am thinking that episode 69 will probably not be out until the 13th; hopefully after that I can go back to once a week, because all of this stuff is driving me crazy. Thank you for listening everyone, see you next time!

Pertinent Links

Bob Whitehead interview by Scott Stilphen
Ryan's Atari 2600 site
Player/Missile podcast
Zerbinator Land



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Direct download: Episode_68_-_Blackjack_Casino_and_Slot_Machine_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:45am EST

Hi everybody, I feel a little guilty about not having an episode this week. This one is not about the 2600 though; rather, it's about the other toys I had and enjoyed as a kid. I don't necessarily think of the 2600 as a toy, but it was the last toy-like thing that I remember getting. I was 11 when I got it and was 8 months away from Middle School, which changed a lot of things for me. I was also a year from my first job as a paperboy, so I had cash in my pocket for the first time. I would either save up for an Atari cartridge or blow it at an arcade, I don't remember buying toys. Not until my 20s at least, which you'll hear about soon on the Retro Junkies Mini episode I did. I hope you like this episode, but I won't blame you for skipping it. Don't forget, next week we'll be taking a trip to the Atari Casino with Blackjack, uh, Casino, and Slot Machine. If you have any feedback you can send it to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks everyone, enjoy the week and I'll see you on the 23rd!

Pivot Pool
Video of Pivot Pool
Earthquake Tower record
Earthquake Tower (with action photo!)
PlaySkool Holiday Inn set
Lego Swiss Villa set
Video of Swiss Villa by a collector
Mego Batman figures
Mego Magnetic Batman figure commercial
Atari Touch Me on KLOV
Police ripoff Simon commercial
More weird Simon commercials
Electronic Quarterback Android app!
Electronic Quarterback at Handheld Museum
Electronic Quarterback hilarious commercial
World of 2-XL
Play 2-XL online! It's awesome!
1978 2-XL commercial

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Hello dere. This week I'm profiling a Coleco Game, Mouse Trap, and what was supposed to be a Coleco game, Lady Bug. Lady Bug is actually a home brew done by Champ Games/John Champeau, it was never released by Coleco back in the 80s despite being advertised and given a part number. See, vaporware has been around forever! I am spending a few days next week with my dad who is visiting from Arizona, so the show will resume on July 23rd with Blackjack, Casino, and Slot Machine by Atari. If you have any feedback for any of these games, or for any games I've already covered, I would love to read or play it on the show! Just send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Enjoy your Cow Appreciation Day and I'll see you on July 23rd. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

Mouse Trap on KLOV
Lady Bug on KLOV
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! Mouse Trap
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie! Lady Bug
How To Beat The Home Video Games - Mouse Trap
Interview with John Champeau by Scott Stilphen
Champ Games fan page
Interview with John Champeau from the Champ Games fan page
Order Lady Bug from the Atari Age store
Nathan Strum's CheepTech web site
Henry Will's PM Lessons Learned Podcast



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Direct download: Episode_67_-_Mouse_Trap_by_Coleco_and_Lady_Bug_by_Champ_Games.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:17am EST

This week's episode is about Asteroids and Berzerk, two great early arcade ports for the 2600. Big thanks once again to Willie Culver for sponsoring the contest for this episode, where he gave away an Atari Flashback 4! Willie is a great guy, make sure you watch him on Youtube at Arcade USA or listen to the Colecovisions podcast and the upcoming Channel F Files! As I say in the show, I should have split these games up to make it a little easier on me, but then the Swordquest games wouldn't have been on the same show, and that seems wrong. So it works out. I'm still editing, but I think this may be the longest episode yet. In the future I may do more single-game shows for games I think will garner a lot of feedback. Next week I'll be talking about Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau. I'm hoping my copy of Ladybug is here soon! In future episodes I'll be doing Blackjack, Casino, Slot Machine, Yar's Revenge and Haunted House by Atari; Grand Prix and Barnstorming by Activision; Death Trap and London Blitz by Avalon Hill; and Swordquest: Earthworld and Swordquest: Fireworld by Atari. Send your feedback in any shape or size to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you everyone for listening!

Pertinent Links

Asteroids on KLOV
Berzerk on KLOV
Photo of Atari Asteroids tournament machine
Willie's Asteroids video
Willie's Berzerk video
Willie's contest winner video! Thanks Willie!
How to Beat the Home Video Games: Berzerk
How to Beat the Home Video Games: Asteroids
Kid Stuff Asteroids Album



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Direct download: Episode_66_-_Asteroids_and_Berzerk_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:55am EST

Hi there! This week I discuss Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games. Next week is a big one, Asteroids and Berzerk, both by Atari. Upcoming games include Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau, Blackjack, Casino, Slot Machine, Yar's Revenge and Haunted House by Atari; Grand Prix and Barnstorming by Activision; and Death Trap and London Blitz by Avalon Hill. If you have any feedback for any of these games or any of the games I've already covered, please send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Don't forget to guess Willie's combined score on Asteroids and Berzerk to win an Atari Flashback 4! Go to Arcade USA and watch the video, then leave your score there in the comments or on my Facebook page. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

Henry Will IV's blog page
Amiga Power Play Arcade series on Atari Protos
Willie's Commando Raid video


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Direct download: Episode_65_-_Word_Zapper_and_Commando_Raid_by_U.S._Games.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:13am EST

This is the second Spectravision show I've done, this time featuring the games Cross Force and Tape Worm. If you don't know Spectravision, try these games out, I think you will enjoy themNext week on the show I'll be looking at Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games. Upcoming games include Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari; Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau, Blackjack, Casino, Slot Machine, Yar's Revenge and Haunted House by Atari; and Grand Prix and Barnstorming by Activision. If you have any feedback for these or any of the games I've covered so far, send it to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening, see you next time!

Pertinent Links

Willie's Atari Flashback 4 contest video for episode 66
Willie's Cross Force video
Willie's Tape Worm video
How to Beat the Home Video Games: Tape Worm
Submarine Commander on Atari Protos site
Phenomenal Phil the No Swear Gamer on Youtube
Nibbler on KLOV



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Direct download: Episode_64_-_Cross_Force_and_Tape_Worm_by_Spectravision.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:56am EST

This episode is about Submarine Commander (the last Sears exclusive on this show), and one of my childhood favorites, Video Pinball (both by Atari). Be sure to stick around to hear me ramble for quite some time about playing pinball as a kid. Next week I'll be talking about Cross Force and Tapeworm by Spectravision. Upcoming games include Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games; Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari; Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau, Blackjack, Casino, and Slot Machine by Atari; and Yar's Revenge and Haunted House, also by Atari. Send your feedback on these games or any game I've already covered to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, and I'll read or play it on the show. Thanks for listening everyone, see you next week.

Pertinent Links

Matt Hubbard's This Day in Science Fiction blog
Marilyn Churchill's Mystic Heroine Adventures web site
Sea Wolf on KLOV
Sea Wolf II on KLOV
Video Pinball on KLOV
Atari Video Pinball console
Willie's Video Pinball video
Willie's Submarine Commander video
People Playing Atari - Video Pinball
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Direct download: Episode_63_-_Submarine_Commander_and_Video_Pinball_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:05am EST

This week's episode is about the CommaVid carts Magicard and Video Life. It was a tough one, I really don't possess a basic understanding of programming (Magicard) or elementary science (Video Life), not to mention that I was off for three weeks and was out of the habit of my usual procrastination, which turned it into unusual procrastination. I hope that you will forgive me and enjoy the episode anyway, I did get some good feedback which as always saves the show. Next week I'll be talking about Submarine Commander and Video Pinball by Atari. Video Pinball is one of my favorites. Upcoming games include Cross Force and Tape Worm by Spectravision; Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games; Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari; Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau, and Blackjack, Casino, and Slot Machine by Atari. Any thoughts or memories that you have about any of these games or any of the games I've already covered can be sent to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for your patience and for listening!


Pertinent Links

CommaVid Story on Digital Press
Irwin Gaines magazine article
John Bronstein's Atari 2600 reverse engineering contraption
Magicard manual (PDF)
Chess rematch with Rick from the Intellivisionaries
Willie's Flashback 4 contest video
Next Level Video Games in Blackwood, NJ
Magicard program binaries on Atari Age



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Direct download: Episode_62_-_Magicard_and_Video_Life_by_CommaVid.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:39am EST

This week I talk about two more of Sega's Atari 2600 games, Thunderground and Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator.  I found both of them to be fun to play. Next episode will not be out until June 4, I am taking a few weeks off. That will be MagiCard and Video Life by CommaVid. The MagiCard manual is horribly long and complicated, so the extra time will be nice. Upcoming games include Submarine Commander and Video Pinball by Atari; Cross Force and Tape Worm by Spectravision; Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games; Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari; and Mousetrap by Coleco and Ladybug by John Champeau. I'm including this homebrew (first one!) because it was slated to be released by Coleco but wasn't, and Champeau later released a great port of the game. So if you have any stories or memories of any of these games, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you everyone, have a great Memorial Day if you're in the US and I'll see you in June!


Highly Illogical Links

June 1983 Videogaming Illustrated Star Trek article
Star Trek at KLOV
Borderline at KLOV
Classic Console Gamernews
Now You're Playing With Podcast
The Intellivisionaries Podcast
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie - Star Trek
Pixa on the iTunes Store
Thunderground manual from 2600 Connection (.PDF)

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This week is all about Pac-Man by Atari. Got a ton of feedback and audio submissions, so you are in for a treat! Next week I will be looking at Thunderground and Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator by Sega. I'll get to CommaVid eventually. Thank you everyone, hope you enjoy the show. Thanks for listening!

Pac-Links

Pac-Man on KLOV
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie: Pac-Man
Pac-Man schematic (for fun)
2600 Connection Pac-Man Easter Eggs (check here for bug videos)
Nukey Shay's Pac-Man 8K on Atari Age

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Direct download: Episode_60_-_Pac-Man.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:57am EST

This week I look at half of the Absolute Entertainment games, Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin.' Next week on the show I will be covering Pac-Man! A very polarizing game for sure. I already have quite a few emails for that show, I would love to hear what you think (and thought!) about this game. In the coming weeks I'll be doing MagiCard and Video Life by CommaVid; Submarine Commander and Video Pinball by Atari; Thunderground and Star Trek by Sega; Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari; Cross Force and Tapeworm by Spectravision, and Word Zapper and Commando Raid by US Games. I would love to hear your thoughts on these games or any of the games I've already covered; please send them in text or mp3 form to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

Interview with Alex DeMeo on 2600 Connection
Skateboardin' map on Atarimania
Earl Green's post about the Alamagordo excavation



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Direct download: Episode_59_-_Title_Match_Pro_Wrestling_and_Skate_Boardin.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:30am EST

This week I stupidly cover 3 Atari games, Codebreaker, Flag Capture and Video Chess. Stupidly only because it was Easter and I was more busy than I've ever been. Sometimes 3 in a show is a necessary evil. Next week I'll be delving into Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin' by Absolute. Upcoming games include Pac-Man by Atari; Magicard and Video Life by CommaVid; Submarine Commander and Video Pinball by Atari; Thunderground and Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator by Sega; Asteroids and Berzerk by Atari (if that show isn't close to 90 minutes with feedback then I'm doing something wrong); and Cross Force and Tapeworm by Spectravision. If you have any stories or memories of any of these games that you would like to share, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. This of course is not a guarantee that I will read it on the correct show, as I am wont to overlook them sometimes. I just realized I forgot to read Jeff's email this week, I apologize to Jeff and I will read them on next week's show. I hate it when I do that. Thanks for listening everyone.

Pertinent Links

Venetian Blinds by Activision on Atari Protos site
Computer Chess by Atari on Atari Protos site
Win a free game on the Retro Junkies Forum!
Willie's Video for the Retro Junkies 5000 likes contest!
Intellivision vs. Atari VCS Chess!

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Direct download: Episode_58_-_Codebreaker_Flag_Capture_and_Video_Chess_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:49am EST

This week's episode deals with Gyruss and James Bond 007 by Parker Brothers. Upcoming games include Codebreaker, Flag Capture & Video Chess by Atari; Skateboardin' and Title Match Pro Wrestling by Activision; Pac-Man by Atari; MagiCard and Video Life by CommaVid (tentatively); Submarine Commander and Video Pinball by Atari; and Thunderground and Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator by Sega. Send me your memories of these games or any games I've already covered to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening everyone.

This episode is dedicated to the memory of fellow video game podcaster Kevin Cronin.

Pertinent Links

Gyruss on KLOV
Alternate James Bond 007 artwork on Atarimania (scroll to the bottom)
GoFundMe donation page for Kevin Cronin
Video Game Rescue podcast
James Bond movie intros, featuring the red swirly thing, which now looks like a gun barrel. I am a dope.
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie - Gyruss

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Direct download: Episode_57_-_Gyruss_and_James_Bond_007_by_Parker_Bros..mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:22am EST

Back to the wonderful Supercharger for two more of its games, Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites. I forgot to mention in the show that the Prototype version of Suicide Mission, Meteoroids, has a similar descending note scale like the arcade version of Asteroids. You can hear that in the sound clip I played in that section (it speeds up as there are fewer meteoroids onscreen). The released version only has 2 of these notes, and it sounds really weird. Next week on the show I'll be yakking about Gyruss and James Bond 007 by Parker Brothers. Upcoming games include Codebreaker, Flag Capture and Video Chess by Atari; Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin' by Absolute; Pac-Man by Atari; Magicard and Video Life by CommaVid, and Submarine Commander (Sears exclusive) and Video Pinball by Atari. You can send me your stories or memories of any of these game or any of the games I've already covered to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Intellivision vs. Atari II: Electric Boogaloo - Checkers!
Steve Hales interview in Halcyon Days by James Hague
Steve Hales' Igor Software Labs web site
Kevin Norman's Science Wiz web site
Suicide Mission at Atari Protos web site
Favorite Atari 2660 Games of Willie - Killer Satellites!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Willie - Suicide Mission!

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Direct download: Episode_56_-_Suicide_Mission_and_Killer_Satellites_by_Starpath.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:53pm EST

This week's episode is a little dry, it features the Atari games Surround and Hunt 'n' Score (aka A Game Of Concentration). What this episode lacks in gameplay makes up in audio submissions! I wasn't expecting much feedback this week, but I did get some, which included audio from Shinto and Rob O'Hara. I really appreciate everyone that sends feedback, especially those who take the time to actually record it. I am trying to do that more myself for other podcasts, even though I think my voice sounds worse on other podcasts than it does on mine. Anyway, next week I'll be looking at the Starpath games ("tapes" would be an acceptable term for these, and only these) Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites. Upcoming games include James Bond 007 and Gyruss by Parker Brothers; Codebreaker, Flag Capture & Video Chess by Atari; Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin' by Absolute, Pac-Man by Atari, and Magicard and Video Life by CommaVid. You can send your feedback for these games or any game I've already covered to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Than you for listening everyone!

Pertinent Links

Al Backiel interview with Alan Miller (contains a picture of Larry Wagner's launch title list)
Dominos on KLOV
Blockade on KLOV
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Surround
Hunt 'n' Score bitmaps from the manual

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Direct download: Episode_55_-_Surround_and_Hunt__Score_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:16am EST

This week I look at Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck by 20th Century Fox, makers of fine films and video games. Next week it's back to the early days of Atari with Surround and Hunt 'n' Score, aka A Game of Concentration. Upcoming games include Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites by Starpath; James Bond 007 and Gyruss by Parker Brothers; Codebreaker, Flag Capture & Video Chess by Atari; Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin' by Absolute, and a big one, Pac-Man by Atari. That one should generate some discussion. Send me feedback, including your memories and opinions of these games and any of the games I've covered so far to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks everyone!

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Interview with Mark Turmell, I Am Entertainment magazine
Deadly Duck manual cover (blecch)

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Direct download: Episode_54_-_Fast_Eddie_and_Deadly_Duck_by_20th_Century_Fox.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:49am EST

This week I talk about Othello and RealSports Baseball, the latter being the first silver label game that I'm discussing! Rick from the Intellivisionaries Podcast and I pitted our respective consoles against each other in Reversi/Othello, which you can watch on Youtube via the link below. Special thanks to Rick for suggesting this, and also for recording it and hosting it on the Intellivisionaries Youtube page! Next week I'll be talking about Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck by Sirius/20th Century Fox. Upcoming games include Surround and A Game of Concentration (AKA Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari; Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites by Starpath; James Bond 007 and Gyruss by Parker Brothers; Codebreaker, Flag Capture & Video Chess by Atari; and Title Match Pro Wrestling and Skateboardin' by Absolute. You can send your thoughts and memories of these games or any games I've already covered to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Your submissions are what make this show fun! Thank you everyone!

Pertinent Links

Atari 2600 vs. Intellivision: Reversi vs. Othello
LONG Ed Logg interview (PDF download)
Atari Protos RealSports baseball page 
Atari Museum page on the Atari 2600 Jr.
RealSports Baseball commercial with Billy Martin

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Direct download: Episode_53_-_Othello_and_RealSports_Baseball_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:04am EST

This week's episode is about two more Activision games, Stampede and Ice Hockey. These games are so simple that I think I spent much more time on the packaging then on the actual gameplay! Next week is two more Atari games, Othello and RealSports Baseball (I think it's the first Atari silver label cart in the podcast that wasn't a reissue). Coming up isFast Eddie and Deadly Duck by Sirius/20th Century Fox; Surround and A Game of Concentration (AKA Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari; Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites by Starpath; James Bond 007 and Gyruss by Parker Brothers; and Codebreaker, Flag Capture & Video Chess by Atari. If you have any stories or memories for these games or any games I've already covered, send your email or audio submission to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks everyone!

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How To Beat The Home Video Games - Stampede
1982 Activision Corporate video
Ice Hockey commercial with the late great Phil Hartman
Retro Junkies forums
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Stampede
Atari Age thread on Rally X by Ed Fries
Atari 2600 by Little Brother
Solar Wolf game on Python (corrected link)

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Direct download: Episode_52_-_Stampede_and_Ice_Hockey_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

Hi ho everyone! Episode 51 deals with Blueprint and Solar Fox by CBS Electronics, both really great games for the 2600 in my opinion. Next week I'll be looking at Stampede and Ice Hockey by Activision. In the coming weeks you can expect to hear about Othello and RealSports Baseball by Atari; Fast Eddie and Deadly Duck by 20th Century Fox/Sirius; Surround and A Game Of Concentration (aka Hunt 'n' Score) by Atari; and Suicide Mission and Killer Satellites by Starpath. If you have any stories or memories for these games or any of the games I've already covered, I want to hear from you! Send an email or an audio submission to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. You can also comment on Facebook or Twitter. Thanks for listening everyone, have a great week!

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In depth review of Solar Fox (all versions) on RF Generation
Solar Fox on KLOV
Blue Print on KLOV
Blueprint at Atariprotos.com 
Kickman at KLOV 
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Blueprint! 
Solar Wolf, Solar Fox update for Python
Solar Fox commercial with maybe Jane Krakowski

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Direct download: Episode_51_-_Blueprint_and_Solar_Fox_by_CBS_Electronics.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:32am EST

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

No, this is not a rerun. I was just so happy that I finally got the paddles to work with Stella so I could record sounds from paddle games, and I corrected what in my opinion was a horrible oversight in the Circus Atari episode. Anyway. This episode is about one of the greatest paddle games ever, Kaboom!, and Freeway. I can't say enough good things about Kaboom. Next week I'll be looking at Night Driver and Golf by Atari, followed by Ghost Manor and Spike's Peak by Xonox, Turbo and Venture by Coleco, and Maze Craze and Video Checkers by Atari. Sandwiched in between there will be, let's just call it the holiday memories show at this point. If you have any stories or memories of any of these games, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. For the holiday memories show, please get those in by the 20th so I can put it together over that weekend. Thank you everyone, hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, and mazel tov!

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Good Deal Games interview with David Crane
Freeway patch
Bloody Human Freeway on Atari Protos
Avalanche at KLOV
Kaboom Easter Eggs on 2600 Connection
Wow.
How To Beat The Home Video Games - Kaboom!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Kaboom!
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Freeway!
Kaboom patch
2004 Activision Keynote Address at CGE

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Direct download: Episode_41_-_Freeway_and_Kaboom_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:31am EST

Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving everyone! Let us celebrate and give thanks for the mighty Space Invaders, savior of the Atari VCS (later the 2600). We'll talk a little about the arcade game, the 2600  programmer Rick Maurer, and a whole lot about the different packaging variations. One thing I didn't mention in the podcast was my assumption that Atari had an iron grip on the US console rights for Space Invaders for many years. It came out on many systems in Japan, but didn't see any kind of US release until the 90s. That's pretty amazing. Next week, I'm going back to the Activision well with Freeway and one of my very favorites, Kaboom. Hopefully I can get my USB paddle adapter to work so you can hear my amazing prowess at this game! I am good at some games! As always, send your stories and memories to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Also, please send me your Christmas and Hanukkah Atari related memories by December 20th, there will be a special Christmas show released (he says) on December 24th. I am thankful for all of you! Enjoy your holidays!

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Space Invaders on KLOV
Excerpts from James Hague's interview with Rick Maurer
Pepsi Invaders page at Atari Protos site
Coke Wins article at Digital Press Archives
2005 CGE Keynote Address: Jerry Lawson
2004 CGE Keynote Address: Atari 2600 Programmers (with Rick Maurer) mp3
Feb 2012 World Coin News article by Mark Fox disproving the yen shortage thing (I also forgot to mention this on the show, dammit!)
Now You're Playing With Podcast's Comic Sans Invaders shirt
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS - Space Invaders
Double bullets trick on Youtube
How To Beat The Home Video Games - Space Invaders


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Direct download: Episode_40_-_Space_Invaders_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 5:53am EST

This episode deals with Konami's entire released output for the Atari 2600, Pooyan, Strategy X, and Marine Wars. I tried not to be too heavy handed with the editing, because it was taking forever. I hope that it's still an enjoyable listen! I heard some mistakes during editing that I couldn't go back and fix: I said NTC where I should have said NTSC; I misused the words "diatonic" and "chromatic;" I forgot to mention the islands in Marine Wars that block you from hitting the ships; and lastly, Gakken released the PAL versions of these games. Next week is a big one: Space Invaders! I forgot to mention on the show that I am working on Wednesday next week, so the show may be released later on Wednesday instead of early in the AM. If you can, please send your stories to me as early as possible next week. Upcoming games include Frreway and Kaboom by Activision, Night Driver and Golf by Atari, Ghost Manor and Spike's Peak by Xonox, and Turbo and Venture by Coleco. Send your stories and memories of these games to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Also, please send in your Atari-related Christmas stories! Listen to the episode for full details, but please have those in by Friday, December 20th. Thank you all so much for listening, I am very grateful to all of you!

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Pooyan at KLOV
Strategy X at KLOV
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focusrs - Pooyan!


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Direct download: Episode_39_-_Pooyan_Strategy_X_and_Marine_Wars_by_Konami.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:01am EST

King Kong and Jawbreaker are two games that I was pretty unfamiliar with prior to this episode. I only own 3 out of the 10 Tigervision games, they are pretty rare. I was pleasantly surprised by both of these games for the most part! I hope you'll give them a try. Next week I'll be talking about the 3 Atari 2600 games made by Konami, Pooyan, Strategy X, and Marine Wars. On Thanksgiving Eve (I hope), I'll be looking at the first killer app for the Atari 2600, Space Invaders! I am expecting a lot of feedback for that show, you can send that to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I love hearing your stories, please keep sending them in! Thanks to all of you who have done so so far, and of course I thank you for listening and making my show so much fun for me to do! I am very happy that you are enjoying this as much as I am.

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Tiger Electronics page at Handheld Museum
John Harris interview by James Hague
John Harris interview (about the AmigaDE OS) by Boing Attitude
Paul Slocum's 2600 Music and Sound Programming Guide
Atari 2600 Console Repair Tutorial on Youtube

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Direct download: Episode_38_-_King_Kong__Jawbreaker_by_Tigervision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:37am EST

This week's extra large episode deals with Circus Atari and Superman, another two of my favorite games for the Atari 2600. (I have a lot of favorite games.) Big giant extra special thanks this week to John Dunn, Susan Jaekel, and Mike Lorenzen for graciously sharing their memories of their time with Atari! It was very cool hearing from all of them! Next week I'll be doing King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision. If you have any memories of these games that you'd like to share with the class, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Please check out the episode for more upcoming games, I am running late and don't want to type them all. As always, thank you for listening, I hope you enjoy it!

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Exidy's Circus
Bally-Midway's Clowns
James' interview with Jerry Lawson
John Dunn Interview by RH Ball
John Dunn's Algo Art website
Susan Jaekel's website
Atari art article by Andrew Webster
Superman map by Maurice Molyneaux
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focusrs - Circus Atari
Texas Chainsaw Massacre on Atari Protos
Nurmix' post about the TCM prototype
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Direct download: Episode_37_-_Circus_Atari_and_Superman_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:27pm EST

This special Halloween episode deals with the very rare games Halloween and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the only games released by Wizard Video, which was previously a video cassette distributor. Big, big thanks to Rob O'Hara for helping me fit into my costume! Thanks to all of you for listening, I hope you enjoy this episode!

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Wizard Video web site
Activision 10 in 1 Plug and Play unit review
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Direct download: Episode_36_-_Halloween_and_Texas_Chainsaw_Massacre_by_Wizard_Video.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:11am EST

This week's episode is a fond look at 2 early Activision games, Tennis and Laser Blast. Lots of feedback for these two, plus another audio submission from Rob O'Hara! By the way, I know it's Willy Higinbotham, I had already put the mic away when I caught it in editing. Thank you Willy for video games! Next week I'll be looking at Circus Atari and Superman, two more of my childhood favorites. Upcoming games include King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision, Pooyan, Strategy X, and Marine Wars by Konami, Space Invaders, Night Driver, and Golf by Atari, Ghost Manor and Spike's Peak by Xonox, and Turbo and Venture by Coleco. Please send your stories and memories of these games, any game I've already covered, or anything you'd like regarding the 2600 to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I love reading your emails! Thank you so much for continuing to download, listen to and enjoy the show!

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David Crane interview by Chris Bienik
Now You're Playing With Podcast
Classic Console Gamernews podcast
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of Focusrs: Laser Blast


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Direct download: Episode_35_-_Tennis_and_Laser_Blast_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:57am EST

This week's episode goes into two more of my favorite early Atari games, Bowling and Sky Diver. There's three audio submissions today, I think that's a record! Next week I'll be looking at Tennis and Laser Blast by Activision. Upcoming games include Circus Atari and Superman by Atari. King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision, Pooyan, Strategy X and Marine Wars by Konami, Space Invaders by Atari, and Karate and Spiderdroid by Froggo. If you have any stories about these games that you want me to read on the podcast, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening, I really appreciate it! You guys are awesome!


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Owen Rubin's web site
Sky Diver on KLOV
Sky Diver on Owen Rubin's site
Cannonball on Owen Rubin's site
Focusrs' Youtube video about Bowling

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Direct download: Episode_34_-_Bowling__Sky_Diver_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:24am EST

This episode is about two more Parker Brothers Star Wars games, Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure. I didn't mention this in the episode, but the reason that an unreleased (by the company) prototype (Ewok Adventure) is included in the show is because it was assigned a part number. This will be the same for all companies that have prototypes with part numbers, as long as they have since been discovered. Did that make any sense? Also, please continue to bear with me as I try to break away from using a script. I need to practice, and I'm sorry I have to practice on you. It will get better.

Next week I'll be looking at Bowling and Sky Diver, both by Atari. Upcoming games include Tennis and Laser Blast by Activision, Circus Atari and Superman by Atari, King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision, Pooyan, Strategy X, and Marine Wars by Konami, and the original killer app for the 2600, Space Invaders. Send your thoughts and memories of these games to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks so much for listening!

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My guest spot on Throwback Reviews
My guest spot an Adventure Club
Kevin Horton's list of bankswitched 2600 games
Kevin Horton's Atari 2600 mappers
Atari Age's Ewok Adventure page
Video Game Pricecharting's Ewok Adventure page
Scott Stilphen's 2001 interview with Larry Gelberg

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Direct download: Episode_33_-_Death_Star_Battle__Ewok_Adventure_by_Parker_Brothers.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:50am EST

In this week's episode I talk about the 3rd party company Telesys, and two of their games, Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps. Both are enjoyable games, but there's not a whole lot of info available for this company. I certainly make up for that in listener emails! Also, I am trying to get away from having a script for my shows, because it is extremely time-consuming to write and I don't read as well as I would like. This week's show is virtually script free; please bear with me on this, in order to get better I have to practice, and it will get better, it's just going to take some time! I hope you understand and can get past my stammering that I didn't edit out of this episode. Next week I'll be doing two more Star Wars games, Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure. After that it's Bowling and Sky Diver by Atari, Tennis and Laser Blast (paging Rob O'Hara) by Activision, Circus Atari and Superman by Atari, King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision, and all three of the Konami games, Pooyan, Strategy X and Marine Wars. Please send your thoughts and memories of these games or anything you'd like relating to the 2600 to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Text or audio, your choice, but try to keep it clean; I had a lot of people working blue this week! Well, not really. Thank you all so much for listening and have a great week!

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Newspaper article on game violence mentioning Telesys, from 1982
Earl Green's Escape Pod podcast
S1500's Classic Console Gamernews podcast
Chris' Classic Gaming Webcast on Youtube
James' People Playing Atari on Youtube

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Direct download: Episode_32_-_Coconuts__Cosmic_Creeps_by_Telesys.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:58am EST

I LOVE LOVE LOVE these two games this week! Not everyone feels the same as I do, and that's okay. To each their own. No audio submissions, but lots and lots of emails! And I even remembered all of them this time! Go me! Join me next week as I discuss Telesys and two of their games, Cosmic Creeps and Coconuts. Upcoming games include Star Wars Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure by Parker Brothers, Bowling and Sky Diver by Atari, Tennis and Laser Blast by Activision, Circus Atari and Superman by Atari, and King Kong and Jawbreaker by Tigervision. If you’d like to send me stories about any of these games, you can send them in text or mp3 form to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. You guys rock, thank you for listening!

This week I appeared on episode 19 of the Throwback Reviews podcast, and we talked all about the Atari 2600 of all things. You can check the show out here. I had a hard time getting used to listening to myself talk while I edit. Listening to yourself talk with other people is even weirder.

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Cannon Man thread on Atari Age
FocusRS' Favorite Games of the Atari 2600 - Human Cannonball
Craig's blog about his trip on the Pacific Crest Trail 


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Direct download: Episode_31_-_Miniature_Golf__Human_Cannonball_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:38am EST

In this week's episode I talk about Spectravision (later Spectravideo) and two of their early games, Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol. Guy Hutchinson has sent another great audio submission, and I am once again under coffee's big delicious thumb. Next week, two of my favorite games from kidhood, Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball. Upcoming games include Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps by Telesys, Star Wars Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure by Parker Brothers, Bowling and Sky Diver by Atari, Tennis and Laser Blast by Activision, and Circus Atari and Superman by Atari. You can send your memories of these games or anything related to the Atari 2600 to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Also, as I mentioned in the show, send me the list of games you had as a kid if you remember, and also let me know if you find any 2600 games out there in the big bad wild. Or on eBay, that's cool too. Thanks for listening!

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Syd Bolton's Watara Supervision Homepage
Hyperlync's web site
How To Beat The Home Video Games 2: Gangster Alley
Favorite Atari 2600 Games of FocusRS Episode 12: Planet Patrol

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Direct download: Episode_30_-_Gangster_Alley__Planet_Patrol_by_Spectravision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:50am EST

This week's episode details two of Atari's sports games that kinda sorta resemble the sport they're based on, Basketball and Football. Lots of stories and comments, Strudders' Score, and another audio submission from Guy Hutchinson! Also, please go to 1 More Podcastle and vote for the A-Team! Details are in the episode. Next week I'll be looking at Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol by Spectravision. Upcoming games include Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball by Atari, Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps by Telesys, Star Wars Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure by Parker Brothers, Bowling and Sky Diver by Atari, and Tennis and Laser Blast by Activision. You can send your memories of these games, or any memories you want to share about your experiences with the Atari 2600, to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks so much for listening!

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Atari Basketball on KLOV
Atari Football on KLOV
Atari Football manual
Focus RS' Basketball video on Youtube 
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Direct download: Episode_29_-_Basketball__Football_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 8:00am EST

In this week's episode I profile the first two Sega games for the Atari 2600, Tac-Scan and Sub Scan. This is just as confusing as Data Age's Airlock and Warplock, but those weren't in the same show. In this episode is a new Strudder's Score and an audio submission from Mr. Guy Hutchinson, podcaster extraordinaire. Here's a protip: if you run out of time to write a script for your show, don't think you can just use your notes and improvise, it ain't gonna happen. Next week I'll be looking at Football and Basketball by Atari. Hopefully I'm just going to look at them not actually play them, but I may be expected to do that. Upcoming episodes will include Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol by Spectravision, Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball by Atari, Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps by Telesys, Star Wars Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure by Parker Brothers, and Bowling and Sky Diver by Atari. You can send emails or mp3s containing your wonderful stories for any or all (recommended) of these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you all for listening!

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Tac/Scan on KLOV
Deep Scan on KLOV

Depth Charge on KLOV
William Culver (Arcade USA, FocusRS) on Youtube
Retro Junkies Super Show
Genesis Gems podcast
Turtle Flakes podcast
Adventure Club Podcast Network
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Direct download: Episode_28_-_Tac-Scan__Sub_Scan_by_Sega.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:39am EST

This week's extremely late episode deals with the early Data Age games Encounter At L-5 and Warplock. I'm sorry you had to wait so long for this lackluster episode. But there is an audio submission from Kevin, so it's not all bad. Next week's also delayed episode will be about Tac-Scan and Sub Scan, by Sega. Yes, it's the same Sega. Upcoming games include Basketball and Football by Atari, Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol by Spectravision, Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball by Atari, Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps by Telesys, and Star Wars Death Star Battle and Ewok Adventure by Parker Brothers. If you have stories for any of these games, please send them to me in text or mp3 form, 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I read every submission on the show and I really love hearing from you! Thanks for listening!

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Data Age Press Photo on eBay
Listen to the Data Age Mindscape on Atari Age
Kevin's Computer Space website
William's Arcade USA on Youtube

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Direct download: Episode_27_-_Encounter_at_L-5__Warplock_by_Data_Age.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:59am EST

This week's episode is about the early Atari games Breakout and Home Run. I received another audio submission this week, I love getting those so please keep sending them in! Next week I'll be discussing Warp Lock and Encounter At L-5 by Data Age. It may be a short show, there's not much info out there about Data Age. Upcoming games include Tac-Scan and Sub Scan by Sega, Basketball and Football by Atari, Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol by Spectravision, Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball by Atari, and Coconuts and Cosmic Creeps by Telesys. You can send your stories and memories of these games in text or audio form to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Breakout on KLOV
Pilgrim in the Microworld by David Sudnow
Brad Stewart interview by Scott Stilphen
Cliff Spohn at Fine Art America
Kevin's Computer Space Fan website
Adventure Club Podcast Network
Atari commercial featuring Breakout

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Direct download: Episode_26_-_Breakout__Home_Run_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:02am EST

This week's episode deals with Activision's Skiing and Bridge. Please note that I screwed up the production number of Bridge in the show, it should be AX 006. I totally missed that in the list and just noticed it now when I checked what the numbers were for the blog title. In this episode I got two great audio submissions from Shinto and Rob O'Hara, and I got some constructive criticism from James. Instead of recording at night this time, I recorded after I woke up, so if you're reading this James, please let me know if this made any difference! I think I sound a lot more awake, I'm sure that my wife will let me know too.

Next week's episode will be about Breakout and Home Run by Atari. If you have any stories or memories of these games, please send them along to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. You can send text or audio, and all of them get on the show. Upcoming games include Encounter at L5 and Warplock by Data Age, Tac-Scan and Sub Scan by Sega, Basketball and Football by Atari, Gangster Alley and Planet Patrol by Spectravision, and Miniature Golf and Human Cannonball by Atari. Thanks for listening!

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Glossary of Bridge terms on Wikipedia
Bridge "How Your Partner Bids" manual at Atari Guide
Focus On the Prize video for August on Youtube
Arcade USA videos on Youtube
You Don't Know Flack podcast
Now You're Playing With Podcast
Oklahoma Video Game Expo
Mismatched Activision games thread on Atari Age


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Direct download: Episode_25_-_Skiing__Bridge_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

This week's torturously long episode deals with Basic Programming and Video Olympics. Not my favorite ever. Be sure to check out Hugues Johnson's Basic Programming site, it's much better than this episode. Next week I'll be talking about Activision's Skiing, which I really love, and Bridge, which I have absolutely no idea about, so that should be another great episode. Upcoming games include Breakout and Home Run by Atari, Encounter at L5 and Warplock by Data Age, Tac-Scan and Sub Scan by Sega, and Basketball and Football by Atari. You can send your stories and memories of these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, and I'll read them on the show. Thanks for listening!

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Pong
Pong Doubles
Quadrapong
Superpong
Rebound
Goal IV 
Hugues Johnson's web site
The Retro League Podcast

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Direct download: Episode_24_-_Basic_Programming__Video_Olympics.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:21am EST

This episode is the first regarding U.S. Games, featuring the passable Space Jockey and the absolutely horrible Sneak n' Peek. The less said the better. There's some nice emails and an audio submission from Earl Green. Next week I'll be trying to talk about Basic Programming and Pong- er, Video Olympics by Atari. Upcoming games include Skiing and Bridge by Activision, Breakout and Home Run by Atari, Encounter at L5 and Warplock by Data Age, and Tac-Scan and Sub Scan by Sega. If you have any stories regarding these games, or anything about the Atari 2600, you can send them 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks for listening!

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Article about U.S. Games purchase by Quaker Oats (PDF download)
Now You're Playing With Podcast
Retro Gaming Roundup Podcast
You Don't Know Flack Podcast
The Escape Pod podcast at the Log Book
Genesis Gems Podcast
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Direct download: Episode_23_-_Space_Jockey__Sneak_n_Peek_by_U.S._Games.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:17am EST

This week it's back to some fun games with Imagic's Star Voyager and Atlantis! I also talk a little about the Amiga prototype Power Arcade carts, and the company Xante. Also we have two audio submissions, keep those coming in, they're great! Next week I'll be talking about US Games’ Space Jockey and Sneak and Peek. Upcoming games include Basic Programming and Video Olympics by Atari, Skiing and Bridge by Activision (as of July 28 2013, Skiing is one of the special games in a two week run on the Atari Age high score club, check out the link below. This show will be on the last day you can submit scores for Skiing, as well as Time Warp and Sky Jinks), Breakout and Home Run by Atari, Encounter at L5 and Warplock by Data Age, and Tac-Scan and Sub Scan by Sega. Please send your stories for these games or anything related to the 2600 to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks so much for listening!

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Atlantis 2 on Atari Age
Enterprise TV show: The Making of Atlantis, 1982
Bob Smith interview from Retrogaming Roundup podcast episode 47 (starts at 31:12)
Colony 7 on KLOV
Amiga Power Arcade carts at Atari Protos
Atari Age 2600 High Score Club
The Log Book by Earl Green
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Direct download: Episode_22_-_Star_Voyager__Atlantis_by_Imagic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:44am EST

This week's episode makes me wonder why the heck I took on this project in the first place. It was a rough week, the Stellar Track manual kicked my butt. Like Beavis said, you gotta have stuff that sucks if you wanna have stuff that's cool. Genius. Next week should be better, it will be Atlantis and Star Voyager by Imagic! Upcoming games include Space Jockey and Sneak n Peek by US Games, Basic Programming and Video Olympics by Atari, Skiing and Bridge by Activision, Breakout and Home Run by Atari, and Encounter at L5 and Warplock by Data Age. I'd love for you to send me your stories about these games, I read all of the submissions on the show! Send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. As always, thanks so much for listening!

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The Retro Junkies website
Benj Edward's interview with Carol Shaw on Vintage Computing
Carol Shaw's website, from archive.org
Qubic on Board Game Geek
Earl Green's The Log Book website
Wrath of Khan soundboard
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Direct download: Episode_21_-_3-D_Tic-Tac-Toe__Stellar_Track_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:54am EST

It's episode 20 and I'm talking about 20th Century Fox games for the first time. I wish I was smart enough to have planned that. Today's games are Worm War 1 and Beany Bopper, both really fun games, I hope you had a chance to try them out. Next week will be Atari's Stellar Track and 3D Tic Tac Toe. Stellar Track is a text adventure on the 2600, so that should be totally awesome! Upcoming games include Star Voyager and Atlantis by Imagic, Space Jockey and Sneak n Peek by US Games, Basic Programming and video Olympics by Atari, and Skiing and Bridge by Activision. Any stories or memories you have of these games can be sent to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, and I'll read it on the show. Thanks so much for listening, see you next time!

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Scott Stilphen's interview with David Lubar
David Lubar's website
Worm War 1 commercial
Genesis Gems podcast

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Direct download: Episode_20_-_Worm_War_1__Beany_Bopper_by_20th_Century_Fox.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:35am EST

This week's episode features 2 more Atari games, Championship Soccer and Backgammon. Also I get another visit from Mrs. Ferguson the Librarian! Next week I'll be looking at 20th Century Fox and their games Beany Bopper and Worm War 1. Upcoming games include  3D Tic Tac Toe and Stellar Track by Atari, Star Voyager and Atlantis by Imagic, Space Jockey and Sneak n Peek by US Games, and Basic Programming and Video Olympics by Atari. If you have any stories about any of these games or just about the 2600, you can send them in text or mp3 form to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you all for listening!

Steve Wright's website
Stella Programming Guide by Steve Wright (download)
Championship Soccer Manual
Backgammon manual
Backgammon Bugs on Atari 2600 Connection, by Scott Stilphen
Backgammon manual proof on eBay

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Direct download: Episode_19_-_Championship_Soccer__Backgammon_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:08pm EST

Episode 18 covers two of the first 4 games available for the Starpath Supercharger, Phaser Patrol and Communist Mutants From Space! The Supercharger is a very cool add-on for the 2600 that allows you to load games into your 2600 via cassette tape. Upcoming shows include the games Worm War I and Beany Bopper by 20th Century Fox; 3D Tic Tac Toe and Stellar Track by Atari; Star Voyager and Atlantis by Imagic, and Space Jockey and Sneak n Peek by US Games. Please send me your stories for these games, either in an email or an mp3 file. You can send these to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you all so much for listening!

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Welcome back! This week's episode deals with M Network and two of its games, Star Strike and Adventures of Tron. Special thanks this week to Star Strike programmer David Akers for offering us insight into his game! Also thanks to Strudders for sending the only email this week, I edited out the thank you by mistake. I got distracted by my ingenious M Network stacking solution. Sorry Rob! :(

Next week I'll be looking at the Starpath Supercharger and two of the games released for it, Phaser Patrol and Communist Mutants From Space. In two weeks, it's Pele's Soccer and Backgammon by Atari. If you have any stories or comments for these games, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_17_-_Star_Strike__Adventures_of_Tron.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 6:22am EST

This weeks episode features two early 80s paddle games from Atari, Steeplechase and Demons to Diamonds. Steeplechase was a Sears exclusive that did not have an Atari counterpart. I also debut a new segment, so please let me know how you like it! I think it will be a once in awhile segment. Next week I'm on vacation, so the next 2 games, M Network's Star Strike and the Adventures of Tron, will be discussed on June 23rd. You have 2 weeks to send me stories about these games or anything else related to the Atari! Send everything to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I read all submissions on the show, because people like that. I host my own podcast and I still get a thrill when I am mentioned on someone else's podcast. Thanks for listening and enjoy the beginning of summer!

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Direct download: Episode_16_-_Steeplechase__Demons_to_Diamonds.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:50am EST

This week's episode is all about my favorite video game of all time, Adventure, created by Warren Robinett. LOTS of great listener stories and memories this week, thanks for sending them! I also get a little ranty about E.T. and the Alamagordo landfill. Sorry about that. Next week's show will be about Demons to Diamonds and Steeplechase, both by Atari (although Steeplechase was a Sears exclusive). If you have any stories for these games, or any stories about the 2600 in general, or even if you're a new listener and you have a story about a game I've already covered, send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. As always, thank you so much for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_15_-_Adventure_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:43am EST

This week I spotlight CBS Toys/Video Games/Electronics and their first two games for the Atari 2600, Gorf and Wizard of Wor. Plus 2 audio submissions! Keep those coming! Next week's episode is all about Adventure by Atari. Everyone should have some kind of story for that one! Please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_14_-_Gorf__Wizard_Of_Wor.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 1:39am EST

In this episode I look at Games by Apollo and two of their games, Skeet Shoot and Spacechase. These games are, well, not the greatest. Bear with me, the next few weeks will be dealing with better games. Next week is CBS Electronics' Gorf and Wizard of Wor, and in 2 weeks, it's Adventure! Send your stories and memories to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you so much for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_13_-_Skeet_Shoot__Space_Chase.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:54am EST

This week I discuss two more of Atari's launch titles, Indy 500 and Street Racer. Thank you to Ed Riddle, programmer of Indy 500, for answering my questions and contributing to this episode! Next week's games will be Skeet Shoot and Space Chase by games by Apollo. You can send your memories and stories for these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_12_-_Indy_500__Street_Racer.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 11:27pm EST

Back to Activision this episode for 2 more of their first 4 releases, Checkers and Fishing Derby. Not the greatest games in terms of sound, and perhaps gameplay, but every game has its fans! Next week is Atari's Indy 500 and Street Racer, please send your stories and memories to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net.

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Direct download: Episode_11_-_Checkers__Fishing_Derby.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:48am EST

This week I get into Coleco games for the first time with Donkey Kong and Zaxxon. Finally the show has reached double digits! Chewie can listen now! Next week I go back to Activision with Checkers and Fishing Derby. Yep, you read that right. Your portable mp3 player will melt when you play the next episode! Upcoming games include Indy 500, Street Racer, Skeet Shoot, Space Chase, Wizard Of Wor, Gorf, Star Voyager, Atlantis, Star Strike, and Adventures of Tron. You can send me your stories and memories of these games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I love hearing them and I will read them on the show, and tens of other people will hear them! Thanks for listening!

 

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Direct download: Episode_10_-_Donkey_Kong__Zaxxon.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 3:44am EST

This week I go back to Atari for two of their more popular games, Defender and Warlords. Next week I'll be talking about Coleco's Donkey Kong and Zaxxon, so please send any of your memories or stories of those games to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net, and I'll read them on the show. Thank for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_9_-_Defender_and_Warlords.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 4:59am EST

This week I eneter the Star Wars universe (and the Parker Brothers universe) for the first time. Also you can hear my first mp3 story submission from Rob O'Hara! Next week's games are Atari's Warlords and Defender, so please send me your stories, in print or sound form (no built in mikes if you can help it) to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thanks so much for listening!

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Direct download: Episode_8_-_Jedi_Arena__The_Empire_Strikes_Back.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 2:35am EST



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