On this episode we take a look at the M Network game Frogs and Flies, which was based on the Intellivision game Frog Bog. We also cover programmer extraordinaire Dave Rolfe for the first time, and we even read one of his interesting essays. I hope you enjoy it! Coming up next is A-VCS-tec Challenge, by Simon Quernhorst with music by Paul Slocum. If you would like to try this game out, you can get the rom at Simon's web page. Please send me your feedback for A-VCS-tec Challenge by May 30th, to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thanks so much for listening!

Van Mai story on Video Game History Foundation

Frogs and Flies on Random Terrain

Frogs and Flies on Blue Sky Rangers

Intellivision Frog Bog on Blue Sky Rangers 

Frogs by Gremlin on KLOV

Willie! plays Frogs on Arcade USA

Dave Rolfe's website on Wayback Machine

Dave Rolfe interview by Valter Prette

Dave Rolfe interview by Scott Stilphen

Dave Rolfe interview by Michael Thomasson

Star Fire on KLOV

Fire One! on KLOV

Kreepy Krawlers on KLOV

Star Fire 2 prototype on KLOV

Direct download: Frogs_and_Flies_by_M_Network.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 10:01am EDT

Hello my friends, thank you once again for your patience for this new episode featuring Laser Gates by Imagic. A fun time was had by almost all! Coming up next is Frogs and Flies by M Network. If you have any feedback for Frogs and Flies, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of the day on May 17th. I should be able to get it out on time despite this episode being late. Upcoming games include A-VCS-tec Challenge by Simon Quernhorst and Paul Slocum; Cookie Monster Munch by Atari; Master Builder by Spectravideo, and Gauntlet by Answer Software. Thanks so much for listening!

Atari XP preorders

Limited Run Atari preorders (only 1000 of each will be made, I said 1500 in the show because I can no longer read)

Laser Gates on Random Terrain

Laser Gates (Innerspace) on Atari Protos

Innerspace on Atarimania

My email interview with Dan Oliver

Is Laser Gates Inner Space? Atari Age thread

Dan Oliver's Waterbug Design site on Wayback Machine

Just Kidding Imagic segment, 1983

Laser Gates review by Phil Wiswell Jan 1 1984

Direct download: Laser_Gates_by_Imagic.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 7:44am EDT

Hello my friends, I was not feeling well last night so I went back to bed. The Laser Gates episode won't be out today, but I wanted to let you know the winners of the contest that my buddy Richard so kindly sponsored. Please give a listen to see if you won a set of Sesame Street carts, and congrats to the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered, and I thank you all for listening.

Direct download: Sesame_Street_Cartridges_Contest_Winners.mp3
Category:Contest -- posted at: 9:23am EDT

In this episode I look at the Activision game Private Eye, by Bob Whitehead. I hadn't put any time into this game before, and I couldn't put enough time into it for the podcast, but I did enjoy it and hope to come back to it. Next up will be Laser Gates by Imagic. If you have feedback for the game that you'd like to hear on the show, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by May 2nd. Thank you all very much for your kind words about my return, it means a lot to me. i appreciate you all hanging in there. and as always, thank you for listening.

Sesame Street games contest!

Private Eye on Random Terrain

Interview with Bob Whitehead by Scott Stilphen

Private Eye patch

Rawson Stovall review Feb 10 1984

Michael Blanchet review Oct 24 1984

Private Eye maps by Stan on Electric Frankfurter

Direct download: Private_Eye_by_Activision.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Welcome back to the podcast everyone! I hope you all are well, and I very much appreciate all the kind words and patience. Today we start the 5 digit Atari part numbers with Oscar's Trash Race, a product of Atari and the Children's Computer Workshop, a tiny little division of Sesame Street. This is the first in a series, so there's lots to talk about. I hope that you enjoy it. Coming up in 2 weeks is Private Eye by Activision. If you have feedback for Private Eye that does not include the Hall and Oates song, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by April 18th. Please make sure you listen to the end of the podcast for a very special Sesame Street game related contest, sponsored by friend of the podcast Richard Grounds. Thanks Richard! I'll post a separate entry for the contest in a few days, but you can send your entry as soon as you hear the episode. Once again, thank you for your patience, your kindness, and of course, for listening. Extra special thanks to my beautiful wife Sarah for getting this ball rolling again. 💖

Oscar's Trash Race on Random Terrain

Oscar's Trash Race on Atari Protos

Oscar's Trash Race on Atarimania

Children's Computer Workshop on Muppet Wiki

CGE 2012 Atari Programmers panel

Preston Stuart interview, Electronic Fun with Computers and Games March 1983, page 40

Atari Age "Loaner Cartridge" thread, shows perhaps final version of Oscar

AA OTR 10-20-82 WIP thread OMGWTFBBQ

AA OTR 3-30-83 WIP thread

1983 CES Atari 2600 Video

OTR Prototype pictures on Atari Compendium

Unreleased static screen version pictures on Atari Compendium

Posts from Guy Hutchinson's Big Bird Bridge blog about Sesame Place:

The Computer Gallery

Games at the Computer Gallery

Computer Gallery game photos

Computer Campus

Detail from Computer Gallery computers

Closeup of Computer Gallery age logo

Sesame Place (Images of Modern America) by Guy Hutchinson on Amazon

 

Direct download: Oscars_Trash_Race_by_Atari.mp3
Category:Video Games -- posted at: 12:57pm EDT

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