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Episode 139: VIDEO CHESS

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“Wouldn’t you rather play a nice game of chess?” – Joshua, the WOPR US defense computer, speaking to Matthew Broderick in “Wargames”.

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” – Matthew Broderick, though I think that was in a different movie.

Anyway, this week, we’re playing the 1979 Atari stalwart VIDEO CHESS. You thought you knew chess, but you haven’t lived until you’ve seen rooks and bishops and whatnot rendered in digital form. It’s gonna get CRRRAZZY up in here! How can I ever make a story from this game? No, seriously. HOW?

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike” theme.

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EPISODE 138: CRACK’ED

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Sometimes, the setups for these blurbs write themselves.

Are you ready?

Here we go.

This week’s game is Atari’s 1988 offering for the 7800 console CRACK’ED. Join us to find out if this game is all it’s CRACKED up to be.

Low-hanging fruit, friends. Or low hanging eggs, we should say. And we have to protect them from snakes and relentless birds. Seriously, Hitchcock’s movie “The Birds” has nothing on this game.

And why are the eggs in the trees? And in the sewer? And UNDER THE FLIPPIN’ SEA FOR CRYING OUT LOUD???

So many questions, so little time. We’ll ignore most of them and instead, make lots of egg-related puns. It would be egg-cellent if you joined us!

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

Thanks also to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike” Hughes theme. 

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media and more. 

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EPISODE 137: GALAGA (7800)

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This week, we’re battling the flagship of the Galagan fleet on ATARI BYTES, the flagship of all the podcasts on the Internet.*

*Might not be the actual flagship.**

**The podcast is mostly just tolerated.

We’re playing the 1987 Atari 7800 port of Namco’s legendary GALAGA. The. Best. Game. Ever. Okay, that’s debatable, but as much as has been said about the virtues (and some deficits) of the game, has anyone ever speculated about what was ticking off the Galagan Fleet? What it was like to be drafted into the Intergalactic Warrior Fleet? No. No. They haven’t. Until now.

So jump into your flight suit, squirt some space meatloaf into your maw and strap in for the space battle of all space battles. 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his Mad Mike Hughes update theme.

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

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EPISODE 136: SHARK ATTACK

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the podcatcher…

ATARI BYTES Episode 136 SHARK ATTACK (formerly known as LOCHJAW) is circling ever closer to its prey – I mean its listener – offering you a unique take on this 1982 Apollo game. 

This week’s story could feature sharks…but that’s a little on the nose, don’t you think? We might go with a “My Dinner With Andre” type think piece instead.

Or maybe not. You’ll just have to listen and find out!

Thanks to Mike Mann for his “Mad Mike Hughes Theme”

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

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EPISODE 135: WARPLOCK

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If your lock is warped, do you need a skeleton key with scoliosis to open it?

We have many questions in episode 135, WARPLOCK from Date Age, 1982. None of which will be answered.

How will the ship get free of the space/time warp leaving it at the mercy of the space pirates? If you warp time, does that mean I can watch Sharknado 6 live again? If you lock space, and you call a locksmith, can you just carpool with the locksmith back to where the ship is since you now occupy the same space?

Will any of these questions be answered? No. No, they will not.

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

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EPISODE 134: BUCK ROGERS PLANET OF ZOOM

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In 2018, the ATARI BYTES podcast life support systems malfunctioned, freezing the host and leaving him in suspended animation. When he was revived five hundred years later, no one had a podcast app.

NOOOOOOO!

The future is scary, friends.

But the future is a safe space in episode 134, BUCK ROGERS PLANET OF ZOOM from Sega, 1982. Why? Because Buck is here protecting us. Well, not actually US. He’s protecting Planet Zoom. Or fighting it? And I guess it’s never really clear that it’s Buck in the ship. Could be Luke Skywalker for all I know.

Basically, we have questions about this game. But not about the story (we made up) within the game. That is quite good. *Pats self on back. Cries over dislocated shoulder.*

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 other stuff. 

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – My other show! Get your fill of all things Snoopy here. 

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

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EPISODE 133: COSMIC CREEPS

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In Episode 133 of Atari Bytes, we release our bopper! 

It’s both creepy and cosmic, man!

Our game this week is COSMIC CREEPS from Telesys, 1982. Your orbinaut must save the cosmic kids from the space station before the planet’s orbit is in retrograde and the moon is in Sagittarius, but only when Uranus is visible. Or something.

And why, exactly, are we unleashing our bopper in front of the orbinaut? Well, you’ll have to stick around for the story to find out.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for providing our “Mad Mike Hughes Update” theme!

Atari Bytes – show notes and infinitesimally more.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! You know you love the Peanuts gang (or know someone who does). On this show, we cover everything in Snoopy’s TARDIS doghouse and more.

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EPISODE 132: WORM WAR I

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Imagine slimy worms maneuvering blindly through the topsoil, pooping and plotting the demise of civilization. Not unlike this podcast.

In episode 132 of ATARI BYTES, we’re playing the 1982 20th Century Fox game “WORM WAR I”. War is hell, inspiring much moving poetry. It also inspired this week’s somewhat less moving poetry. 

Thanks to whoever wrote the kid’s nursery rhyme “Inchworm” for making this week’s poem possible!

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his Mad Mike Hughes update jingle.

Atari Bytes – show notes, social media, episodes and more

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EPISODE 131: MOUNTAIN KING

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Yodelayheehoo! The hills are alive with the sound of…sparse, but integral music in episode 131, MOUNTAIN KING. 

This 1983 CBS Electronics game boasts a dark cave, diamonds, spirts, both flame and skull, and a quest for the mysterious golden crown. Bats and spiders and grumpy spirits bar your way. Sort of like life. 

The look of the game is simple..but what about the narrative lying underneath the surface? As our explorer unearths the temple, we are on a quest to unearth the story within this game. (And there just might be a bonus second story in this week’s offering!)

Hope a giant spider doesn’t sit on me. Unless he says “please”.

*Audio Note* – There’s quite a bit of crinkling paper in the audio for this one. Sorry about that. My cohost was busy writing during the recording and I failed to realize how much the microphone picked up. My bad.

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

Thanks also to Mike Mann for providing the Mad Mike Hughes jingle.

Atari Bytes show notes, social media and more here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Come inside a Snoopy’s doghouse full of strips, TV specials and movies, merchandise and the mind of Schulz himself. We do it all here on the 15th of every month.

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EPISODE 130: SSSNAKE

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Question: What’s lower than a snake’s belly?

Answer: Your mood after playing SSSNAKE, 1982, from Data Age.

Sorry. Spoilers!

It’s got a bad reputation, but is SSSNAKE really as bad as we’ve heard? And, even if it is, can we shove our forked tongue into the meat of the story within the game to shed some literary goodness into your podcast-listening mechanisms?

Man, I hope so.

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

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