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EPISODE 117: MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC WRAP UP

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I just flew in from Milwaukee and boy are my arms tired.*

*I didn’t actually fly. I drove.**

**My arms are fine. Thanks for asking.

I just came back from the 2018 Midwest Gaming Classic where I had a great time at the Atari Bytes table talking to current listeners and lots of potential new listeners. If you are one of those new listeners, welcome to the party!

I also picked up some great new games from the various vendors selling their wares, played some great arcade games and met a slew of well-known gaming people from the guys at the “Guys, Games and Beer” podcast to legends Billy Mitchell and Walter Day, and from game designers like Jeff Lee to Brian Colin.

This was my first time at MGC and the “Pie Factory” guys, Jim and Sean, were invaluable to making my experience awesome. Thanks, guys!

On episode 117, I talk about my time at MGC. AND…I read some of the “mad lib” style stories visitors to the AB table at MGC wrote for me. One lucky writer might win an ATARI BYTES t-shirt, like the one I wore at MGC. (Not the SAME shirt, mind you. That would be gross.) WHO WILL IT BE??????

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring” and “Reformat”. 

Atari Bytes show notes, social media, episodes and more on our site here.

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EPISODE 116: RAMPAGE (7800)

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A political hot button issue is the state of America’s infrastructure. Our bridges, roads and buildings are crumbling before our eyes. It’s a national crisis. And, yet, our politicians do nothing.

What the liberal media WON’T tell you about, though, is the plague of mutated dinosaurs, werewolves and gorillas that are single-handedly (triple-handedly?) devouring our great cities and pooping the rubble into those devastated roads. 

The Atari 7800 port of the 1986 Bally Midway arcade classic RAMPAGE, our focus in episode 116 of ATARI BYTES, puts you in the role of those mutant monsters. Sure, politicians squabble while our buildings crumble, but they lack the style of an irradiated werewolf. Except you-know-who. From Vermont I think? It’s just a rumor, but everyone hears the howling. Just sayin’. 

(In related news: I was once in a band called Dino Poop Rubble.)

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring” and “Reformat”. 

Atari Bytes show notes, social media and so much more!

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show!

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EPISODE 115: LASER BLAST

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As you emerge from your chocolate Easter bunny sugar coma, let episode 115 of ATARI BYTES spool soothing wake up game info into your ear holes.

Back in 1980-81-ish, we imagine, the folks at Activision had this new space battle game, sort of a top-down Missile Command with alien invaders and ground forces and lots of laser battles. “What should we call it?” someone asked. They came up with lots of cool options, but couldn’t agree on one. It was getting to be 5 o’clock and the production team wanted to get to the bar, so someone said, “Screw it. Let’s just call the thing LASER BLAST and get out of here.” And so they did.

And now we’re playing the most generically named video game since “Combat”. But the story within the game is UNIQUE and EXCITING! At least, we think so. Hope you do too.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”.

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media and episodes!

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. All the Snoopy, all the time.

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EPISODE 114: SEA HUNT

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Here, in episode 114, there be monsters!

In Froggo’s 1987 treasure-hunting adventure SEA HUNT, it’s raining gold doubloons. The pieces of eight are scattered like our dreams on the ocean floor as you, fearless skin diver, harpoon man-eating fish and sea monsters to get to a sunken Spanish galleon. Is the game a treasure chest or a bucket of chum? Whatever the answer, the story within might be the key to Davey Jones’ locker…and his heart.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring” and “Reformat”. 

Atari Bytes – show notes, episodes, social media and stuff…

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here, every month.

AB_Pod_Store – that’s our store on Zazzle.com where you can get “Go play some old games” shirts and more…

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EPISODE 113: VIDEO PINBALL

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Hey, Pinheads! Don’t biff the bumpers, just nudge the podcast machine – DON’T TILT! – and check out this week’s kick-out hole of an episode before it goes down the drain. 

Obviously, this week’s episode is all about golf. 

Kidding! Don’t do a panic flip. 

Now, let me do a lazarus ball to get these show notes back on track. This week, on episode 113, we’re playing VIDEO PINBALL, Atari’s 1980 port of it’s own 1978 coin-op machine. Is the game (and the story therein) a house ball or a gobble hole? Insert your quarters where indicated and let’s find out.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring” and “Reformat”. 

Atari Bytes episodes, social media, show notes and more here…

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here, every month.

You can get “Go play some old games, they’ve missed you.” shirts nd more at our Atari Bytes Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

Consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here.

Here’s the Mental Floss article where we got the pinball slang used in the episode.

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EPISODE 112: FISHING DERBY

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Sorry! No show this week. We’ve gone fishin’…

Just kidding! In episode 112, we’ve gone fishin’ AND we’re doing a show.

How is this possible? Well, obviously we’re playing the 1980 Activision (squee!) game FISHING DERBY. So is playing this game like landing a lunker or is it the one that got away? And why, we wonder, are these fish derby-izing?

Unlike the typical fish story, we actually check the facts on this one. Pull up a bucket of chum and join us!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring” and “Reformat”.

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media and more

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here.

AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com – pick up “Go play some old games” shirts here.

Patreon – support the show financially on the Atari Bytes page here

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EPISODE 111: ENCOUNTER AT L-5

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We could have phoned in this week’s episode, #111 to be specific.

We could have tossed Encounter at L-1 at you.

Maybe even L-2 with nary a thought. 

Encounters L-3 and 4? Probably good enough.

But we here at ATARI BYTES believe that any encounters below L-5 are for chumps, which is why we’ve got for you:

ENCOUNTER AT L-5 from Data Age, 1982.

No need to thank me. But what do we find on our Encounter at L-5? Tune in to find out…

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance”, “Pinball Spring, “Gustav Sting” and “No Frills Salsa”.

Atari Bytes show notes and much more

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show

AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com for “Go play some old games” shirts and more

Patreon.com – You can support the show financially here

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EPISODE 110: DEADLY DUCK

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Episode 110 of the podcast is silent…but DEADLY.

That is to say, we’re playing DEADLY DUCK, the 1982 20th Century Fox game. It’s sort of like waterfowl nested inside a Space Invaders game and QUACKED everything up. Also, there are brick-wielding crabs and dragonflies armed with bombs. Because why not?

What story could I possibly make out of this? Hope I don’t lay a (duck) egg on this one. Listen to find out if I do.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Spring”. 

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media and so much more.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here.

The AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com for show shirts and more

You can also support the show financially on our Patreon page here.

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EPISODE 109: BOXING

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Ding-Ding! In the left corner, weighing in at episode 109, it’s BOXING by Activision, 1980. In the right corner, weighing in at…well, he’s working on it. Gotta get back on that treadmill. It’s PODCASTER BILL.

Gentlemen…fight! Dirty tricks and junk-punching totally okay.

Our salute to the Olympics concludes this week with an Activision game. We do love us some Activision here on the podcast. Does this game disappoint? Listen and find out. Then hang around the ring for this week’s story devoted to the “sweet science”…

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”.

Atari Bytes – episodes, social media and more

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! Get your fix of all things Snoopy here.

Zazzle.com store at AB_Pod_Store – get your “go play some old games” shirts here

Patreon – If you can, support the show financially on our Atari Bytes page on Patreon

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EPISODE 108: BOWLING

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Our salute to the Olympics continues this week in episode 108. Like all elite Olympic athletes, I’ve got a beer and a pocket full of nachos (I hope those are nachos). Why? Because we’re going BOWLING! The 1978 Atari version that is. 

You might argue bowling is not an actual Olympic sport. I submit to you that, as with doughnuts being a health food, in my reality Olympic bowling darn well is a thing.

In this week’s story: what mystery and intrigue lurks at the other end of the lane? 

Grab your balls and join us!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”.

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media, episodes, puppies and chocolates (guess which one is a lie)

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – get all your Snoopy needs met here.

Zazzle.com – AB_Pod_Store – that’s my store with “Go Play Some Old Games” shirts and more

Patreon – support the show financially here

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