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.

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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 EDT

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!

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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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!

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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT



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