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EPISODE 98: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

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ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK…

…With another episode. Number 98 to be specific.

This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we’re playing the game based on episode II of the original Star Wars trilogy, which *actually* was episode V of the overall story.

Hey, wake up. This is nerdery at it’s finest.

Anyway, we’re playing STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Is it a good time or do we need the Force just to get through the thing? And by storming ice planet Hoth, what exactly are those AT AT’s playing at at?

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 and much more 

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

Here’s a place where you can pick up my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus novel for adults.

Pick up Atari Bytes shirts, mugs, bags and more at our Zazzle.com store, AB_Pod_Store

Please consider helping with the production costs of this podcast by supporting the show financially on our Patreon page.

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EPISODE 97: MOUSE TRAP

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Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Well, that’s assuming they can find the door. It’s like a maze out here. Hasn’t anyone heard of Google Maps?

This week on episode 97 we’re playing Exidy’s 1981 game MOUSE TRAP (Well, specifically we’re playing Coleco’s later Atari port of said game) and then we’ll dissect the motives of the titular mouse. Is it really all about the cheddar?

Crowd around your podcaster apparatus to listen, but on your way grab a big, gooey bowl of cheese fondue and some delectable items to dip. Or a trowel with which to apply the cheese directly to your skin. You do you.

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, episodes, social media and more here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Go there for your Charlie Brown and Snoopy fix.

It’s the holidays! Check out the t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, stickers and more at our absurdly named Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

If you can, consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here to help offset some of the web hosting and other costs. Thanks!

Also, since the holidays are upon us, do please check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. One of the places you can get it is here. Please do leave a review to help others find the book!

“Mad” Mike Huges Cancels Rocket Launch to Prove Earth is Flat

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EPISODE 96: KABOOM!

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The bomber in Activision’s 1981 game KABOOM! is mad. How do we know? The exclamation point in the title, obviously!

That doesn’t stop him from dropping bombs with cartoony lit fuses though. What are you supposed to do? Call the bomb squad? Flee the scene? 

Nope. Just get out you buckets of water and start fielding those explosive pop flies. Miss one and bucket water won’t be only thing splattered all over the computer landscape. 

Why is all this happening? We’ll blow the lid clean off this mystery. 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 and more

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

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

You can get show-inspired mugs, shirts, tote bags and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME – my novel about three men thrown together during the holidays, one of which is Santa himself. It’s a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. Here’s one of the many places you can get it.

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EPISODE 95: THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR

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In the Spectravision B-movie pirate serial THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR…*Show notes interrupted by a note passed to the host by the editor*

What? THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR is an Atari game?**

**Yes. Yes, it is. From Spectravision, 1982.

But I thought Spectravision was a format 1950s TV was presented in.***

***You’re fired. Also, there are no pirates in it.

Anyway, I guess this is a game where you fly through some sort of colorful space vortex thing and shoot space saucers that look less like saucers and more like an unnamed licensed property, the name of which, in Pig Latin, is Rsta Swar Eti Rfighte.

Classic Arcade Machines Make a Comeback $100 a Pop

If you like my podcast: first, thanks! Second, consider checking out my writing! My novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults (it even has guns and naughty words!) is available wherever you like to get books. Here’s one of those places.

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

Atari Bytes social media links, show notes, episodes and more here.

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

Find Atari Bytes mugs, shirts, stickers, bags, etc. at our Zazzle.com store here AB_Pod_Store

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page. You can do that here. I am thankful for all of you.

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EPISODE 94: SQUEEZE BOX

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Feeling claustrophobic? Like the walls are moving in on you? No, you’re not coming down from one too many espresso shots. You just have SQUEEZE BOX fever!

And you know what they say about fevers: starve a cold and feed a fever, right? Like, maybe, you could feed it some Quaker oats, which would be appropriate since a division of that company, U.S. Games, released SQUEEZE BOX in 1982. And it’s our focus in episode 94.

In the game, you’re a prison inmate, desperate to escape as the walls literally squeeze in on you. Don’t worry, though, this isn’t one of those lame prisons where you have to make due with turning a spork into a shank. In this prison, you have your own gun. Why? Dunno. But we’ll make something up!

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 links and so much more.

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

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here. Thanks in advance!

Pick up cool Atari Bytes shirts, mugs, totes, stickers and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

The holiday season is upon us. If you’d like to check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, please do! Here’s one place you can do that. This Santa Claus story for adults is available anywhere you buy books and makes a great physical and/or digital stocking stuffer!

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EPISODE 93: FAST FOOD

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As Jimmy Buffett sang, “I like mine with lettuce and tomato. And hot dogs. And ice cream. And pickles. Not the purple ones though. Eatin’ my pickle in paradise!”

(Parrotheads send your angry emails now.)

The 1982 Telesys game FAST FOOD recalls a more innocent era – high calorie snacks. Parachute pants. Urkel. We know the mission in the game is to gobble as much food as you can (We Americans do love our excessive consumption!) and we know WHAT to eat. (Hold the purple pickle!). But do we know WHY we eat?

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 and more.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Got a hankering for some Peanuts? This show has you covered!

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EPISODE 92: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER

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This week’s episode of ATARI BYTES, number 92 for those keeping score, is all about Benjamin Franklin.

Well, not really. But thanks to this week’s co-host, my kid Henry, there is a long digression from talking about the 1983 Data Age game FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER to talk about the mechanics of the founding father’s famous key-on-a-kite-string experiment. Just a little extra info for you, our faithful listeners, at no extra charge. You’re welcome.

Getting back to the game, what lurks in the creepy depths of Dr. Frankenstein’s castle? Any why is it so angry? How big is its power probe exactly? Can we do NOTHING about this unsightly green wall it hides behind? 

No tricks, only treats in this Halloween episode!

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, episodes and more.

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

You can support Atari Bytes financially on our Patreon page here.

Pick up cool shirts, mugs, stickers, blankets, totes and more at our Atari Bytes store on Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store.

Check out this episode!

EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY

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EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY, 1982, from U.S. Games, looks a lot like a game made by a company that mostly just makes oatmeal. ’cause it is! But we’re playing it anyway. 

Why so much space? Who, exactly, is this “jockey” of which the game speaks? Are YOU the jockey? Am I the jockey? There’s not a single horse in this thing, so why do we even need a jockey. I’m so confused. 

Thanks this week to Speck for the use of (a portion of) the song “I Don’t Care Anymore”.

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

Check out that cool Atari cake (that someone needs to get me RIGHT NOW!) here. 

Atari Bytes show notes, links and more.

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

Zazzle.com – AB_Pod_Store has many great shirts, mugs and more.

Please consider supporting the show on our Patreon page here.

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EPISODE 90: POLE POSITION II (7800)

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Way back in episode 12, we covered the Atari 2600 classic POLE POSITION. Now that you’ve been circling the block in your Formula I racer all this time, we’re finally ready in episode 90 to hit the track (or should I say tracks? There’s FOUR of them this time.) again in the Atari 7800 ProSystem pack-in game POLE POSITION II from Namco, 1983.*

*If you need to make a potty stop first, I totally understand. Get me a Snickers while you’re in the gas station.*

*This week’s episode sponsored by M&M Mars**

**No, it’s not. I can dream though.

Here’s the TV Guide article about the blue sky rangers I talked about in the show.

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

Atari Bytes episodes, show notes and more here.

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

Pick up Atari Bytes shirts, mugs, stickers, mouse pad, whatever, here at our AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Please consider supporting the show financially so that we can keep the lights on around here. Go to our Patreon page here. 

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EPISODE 89: PLANET PATROL

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Last week on the podcast, in KEYSTONE KAPERS, our beat consisted of the back alleys and mean streets of Keystone where Harry Hooligan made his mischief. This week, in Spectravision’s 1983 adventure PLANET PATROL, our beat is, well, the whole darn planet. It’s like when, after the sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” ended, the castaways ended up in the cartoon “Gilligan’s Planet”. Yeah. Exactly like that. 

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 and so much, much more here.

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

Pick up cool merchandise at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

Support the podcast financially here on Patreon.

Here’s the Mental Floss article about the popularity of retro gaming we talked about in the show.

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