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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)

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EPISODE 107: WINTER GAMES (7800)

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As the episode rolls out, the 2018 winter Olympics are underway. The competition! The pageantry! The steroid scandals! To celebrate, we’re leaping off the ski jump into the future to play the 1985 game WINTER OLYMPICS from Epyx FOR THE ATARI 7800!!!

If the story WITHIN the game we’ve come up with can be believed (it can’t), the drama and intrigue on the ski jump, bobsled, speed skating rink and biathalon (biathalon? Really?) is NOTHING compared to the thrilling adventure going on behind the scenes. Good thing our old friend, Steve Stetson, superspy, is on the case. 

So cinch up your leotard, grab a bowlful of steroids and join us at the medal ceremony that is this episode!

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

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

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

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EPISODE 106: COMMANDO RAID

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This week on the podcast, we’re going commando!

Aren’t you glad this is an audio podcast?

Of course, we’re actually referring to this week’s game COMMANDO RAID, a 1982 game from U.S.Games, a division of Quaker Oats. The odor of heavy artillery fire and oatmeal hangs heavy in the air.

In this week’s story within the game, we wonder: in the war between the humans and androids, are there any winners?

R.I.P. Mort Walker

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

Atari Bytes episodes, show notes, social media here

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

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EPISODE 105: STAR VOYAGER

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When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are…though retro gamers get preferential treatment. Am I right???

Well, we wished upon a star and we got episode 105 of Atari Bytes – STAR VOYAGER, the iMagic game from 1982. We wanted to be 6″1″, with a chiseled physique and good cheekbones. But this is a good consolation prize. I’ve still got some Ranch Doritos in the kitchen, so it’s all good.

In STAR VOYAGER, you travel among the stars protecting star ports from the treaty-breaking Zakorans. Be careful, or the only wish you’ll be making is to not have your atoms scattered among the stars. In this month’s story, we imagine Jimminy Cricket in a space helmet singing to space Pinocchio. We might have been heavily medicated when we recorded this.

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 what-not can be found here.

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EPISODE 104: E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

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If they only knew.

If only Elliott and those soft-hearted scientists knew.

In 1982, extra-terrestrials invaded Earth – by leaving a so-homely-he’s-cute alien being to wander the planet, seeking only to feed his addiction to sugary snacks and flowers. This horror was chronicled by some brave journalist named Steven Spielberg in the documentary “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial”. Our government finally caught the would-be conquerer of Earth. Phew! Crisis averted!

But then…they let him go

And as a result, a fate worse than the destruction of Earth crashed down on us.

The same year, Atari self-destructed by way of a pretty bad E.T. game that everyone hated, single-handedly destroying the video game industry. Earth went on a-spinnin’, but life as we know it was over.

At least, I think that’s how it happened.

This month, as we mark two years since this podcast launched, episode 104 of ATARI BYTES picks through the wreckage to try and figure out why E.T. was the…man? thing? to  bring Earth to its knees. Why, E.T.? WHY??????

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

Atari Bytes – show notes, episodes, social media links and on and on.

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Here’s that Den of Geek interview with Howard Scott Warshaw

Unearthed ‘E.T.’ Atari Games Sell for $108,000 at Auction

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EPISODE 103: MAZE CRAZE

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In 1978, Atari was all set to unleash upon the world another maze game. But then someone said, “We can do better. We can make this maze game something more…something with higher stakes. We can turn an ordinary maze game into a SUPER maze game of chases. We could make this game…a game of COPS AND ROBBERS! We have the technology.”

And MAZE CRAZE was born. And it, in turn, begat this podcast episode a mere forty years after that. Funny how fate works.

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 oh, so much more

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EPISODE 102: VANGUARD

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We can thank the 1981 arcade game VANGUARD, and the 1982 Atari port we’re talking about this week, for giving us many firsts: the “continue” feature, four-direction shooting, multi-direction stage scrolling, and invincibility power-ups. 

But can VANGUARD give us the love we so desperately need? 

Failing that, how about egg rolls? I feel like some egg rolls…

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!

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

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EPISODE 101: TAPPER

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As 2017 slinks off the stage wiping from it’s jacket bits of rotten tomato, we prepare to usher in a new year full of promise and, of course, Atari games. The (root beer) taps are open. Let’s celebrate!

And celebrate we do with Bally Midway’s 1983 root beer (*wink*) -slinging party TAPPER. Cheers!

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

Pick up Atari Bytes mugs and more at our AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

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

My 2017 year-in-review “GOODNIGHT, 2017!” is up at my oft-neglected blog here.

Don’t forget to please check out my book IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. It’s never too late to start on next year’s Christmas spirit.

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EPISODE 100: CHRISTMAS EVE!

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Egg the nog, yule the log and send Rudolph to guide Santa through the fog. It’s CHRISTMAS EVE!

Oh, and it just happens to be episode 100 of this here podcast thingy. 

So what does all this mean for this week’s ATARI BYTES episode?

I dunno. Let’s find out together! Happy holidays, everyone!

Links:

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

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 every month. 

Zazzle.com – pick up cool show merch in our store AB_Pod_Store.

Atari Bytes Patreon – Our Patreon page is here. Consider supporting the show if you can.

Here’s one of the places you can pick up my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults, ALL YEAR ‘ROUND! And if you’ve already bought the book, thanks! Don’t forget to go where you ordered it and leave a review!

Check out my year-in-review, GOODNIGHT, 2017!, here. It’s written in the style of classic children’s book GOODNIGHT MOON, by Margaret Wise Brown (my apologies)

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EPISODE 99: REACTOR

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So, here’s what I think happened:

In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said something about the nuclear arms race and the dangers of nuclear waste. The designers waged all out war, each entrenched in their positions. Until Mr. Parker Brother said, “Work together or you’re fired.”

And, thus, REACTOR was born. 

Those designers compromised to merge their ideas and create something new. Does the premise, flying your space ship inside a nuclear reactor and fighting evil photons and neutrinos, make any sense? We find out in episode 99. (Spoiler: No)

But there was no way they were going to mix their chocolate and peanut butter.  Some principles just can’t be compromised. 

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, episodes, social media and more

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

Zazzle.com – Get cool mugs, shirts, totes and more at my Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Patreon – please consider financially support the show on our Atari Bytes page here

My holiday novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME is still available. In fact, you can get this Santa Claus story for adult anytime! Click here for one of the places you can do that.

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