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EPISODE 126: INTELLIVISION MONTH- SUPER VIDEO ARCADE BOWLING

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In episode 126, Intellivision Month comes to an end. *SOB*

Does the epic conclusion of this Atari Bytes experiment bowl a strike or land in the gutter?

The question is apt, because this week we’re playing SUPER VIDEO ARCADE BOWLING from Mattel, 1980. After we enjoy some pin action and virtual chili cheese fries, we enjoy this week’s story inspired by the game featuring the first appearance of BOBBY PINS: GALACTIC BOWLER.

So refill your beverage, disinfect your rental shoes and chalk your palms. IT’S TIME TO BOWL!

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

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EPISODE 125: INTELLIVISION MONTH – MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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The grassy outfield. The roar of the crowd. I’ve got my cap and cup. Put me in, Coach. I’m ready to game! Take me out to the ball game. Take me out to the…game room?

Intellivision month continues on Atari Bytes episode 125 with Mattel’s Major League Baseball (aka “Super Video Arcade Baseball”, aka “Big League Baseball”, aka just, you know, “Baseball”) It’s a dandy 1979 title even my dad would play when I was a kid. 

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, etc.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Join us for a deep dive into the comic strips, TV, movie and merchandise from the beloved Peanuts juggernaut.

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EPISODE 124: INTELLIVISION MONTH – ASTROSMASH

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Intellivision Month continues on episode 124 with ASTROSMASH, which, contrary to what you might think, does NOT include the Hulk in an astronaut suit smashing lunar modules. 

The 1981 Mattel game is like a cross between Asteroids and Space Invaders, taking elements from both – especially the laser blasts. Why would they do this? And what is motivating the laser battery commander (aka you) to act? Not to give anything away, but we think it’s the NEED TO DANCE!

What do we mean by that? Listen to find out!

Here’s the Atari Times article comparing Atari and Intellivison.

Here’s a link to that Venture Beat article about Tommy Tallarico’s plan to bring back Intellivision. 

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

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

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

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EPISODE 123: INTELEVISION MONTH – BURGERTIME

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Order up! Ever go to a burger joint expecting the familiar, tasty bacon double with crispy onion rings you love, only to find out they’ve changed the menu to some sort of tofurky burger or something? Then you’re all worried, but discover it’s pretty tasty too? Episode 123 is kind of like that.

This month, our nice Atari 2600, story-based podcast has been overrun by Intelevision bandits. They even ate all my onion rings! 

Now, every Sunday in June, we’re featuring an Intelevision title. We kick things off with the iconic BURGERTIME from Bally Midway. Compared to the Atari port (which we covered on the podcast WAY back in episode 25!), does the Intelevision port stack up like your favorite bun full of meat, or more like trying to stack the ketchup packets at the bottom of the bag? And what, exactly, is Chef Peter Pepper up to this time?

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

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

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Love the Peanuts comics, TV shows, movies and merchandise? So do we! We cover it all on this podcast, which drops on the 15th of every month.

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EPISODE 122: CHINA SYNDROME

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The star power driving the nuclear fission that is this week’s episode, 122, of the podcast is off the (radiation) charts

There’s me, of course.

But we’ve also got Jane Fonda! Michael Douglas! Jack Lemmon!

Oh, and some super naughty Muppets!

Okay, technically, none of those people is on the show. They’re all in the 1979 movie China Syndrome. A “China syndrome” is a theory that an exploding nuclear reactor could punch a hole through the Earth from North America to China. This theory inspired the 1982 Spectravision game of the same name. Because there’s nothing kids love more than nuclear physics.

Oh, there’s no Muppets actually on the show either. There’s still me, though, and I’m pretty sure I’m not a Muppet. No matter what my eighth grade teacher said. 

We’ll take the atoms floating around this game reactor and smash them together to unleash the story energy within. Or something.

Beware the Atari Mushroom Cloud awaits.

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, social media, on and on and on

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! Anything you want to know about the Peanuts strip, films, TV, merchandise. We do it all.

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EPISODE 121: SPACE CAVERN

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In space, can anyone hear you fall into a cavern?

The 1982 Games by Apollo shooter with the most Five-PM-On-A-Friday-Trying-To-Get-Out-Of-The-Office title ever, SPACE CAVERN is our focus this week in episode 121. 

Where is this cavern? Is it just floating in space? Is that even possible? Instead, is it on a planet and, if so, shouldn’t the game be called “Planet Cavern” or maybe just “Cavern”? What is an electrosauri? Why does it want to kill us?

All these questions (and more) will be answered in this week’s story (or not).*

*Which is to say, probably no questions will be answered.**

**And more will probably be generated. Such is life.

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

Atari Bytes – show notes, episodes, social media, etc.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! Have a need to know about Snoopy and friends in any form – strip, TV, film or merchandise? We’ve got you covered.

AB_Pod_Store is our merchdise store on Zazzle.com – get yer “Go play some old games” mugs and stuff here.

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EPISODE 120: I WANT MY MOMMY

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What up, moms of the world!

What better way to celebrate on the day in which we honor the mothers in the world who do so much for us than by putting on headphones and ignoring them while we listen to podcasts?

This week, on episode 120, we’re checking out I WANT MY MOMMY from Zimag. It’s a game deliberately targeted to the under-eight-year-old set. We assume that’s chronological age, not maturity level. Will this game delight us or leave us weeping for OUR mommies? 

In this week’s story, WHY exactly do we want our mommies? The mystery awaits…

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, links, social media, episodes and more can be found here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! If it exists in the Peanuts universe, we talk about it on this show. Check it out.

AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com – get her “Go play some old games, they’ve missed you.” shirts, mugs and more here.

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EPISODE 119: SORCERER

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On episode 119 of ATARI BYTES, there’s magic all around us.

*Waits patiently for my Dr. Strange cape to wrap itself around me. Nothing happens. I sigh heavily and move on.*

We’re playing the 1983 Mythicon game SORCERER. The wizards fight the sorcerer – you – for the treasure Pitfall Harry apparently left behind. We’ll take Harry’s leftovers. We’re not picky. You could wonder why, if you’re a sorcerer, you can’t just conjur your own treasure. But perhaps it’s best not to ask so many questions. The plot in this week’s story doesn’t just have holes. It has craters. Bring your climbing equipment. 

Here’s a link to the complex.com 50 greatest Saturday morning cartoons we talked about.

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

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show. Interested in some aspect of the Peanuts universe? We probably cover it.

Pick up “Go play some old games” shirts, mugs and more at our Zazzle.com AB_Pod_Store here.

Please consider support the show at our Patreon page here.

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EPISODE 118: THE RAMPAGE MOVIE

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Hollywood has unleashed monsters on an unsuspecting country. No, I don’t mean predatory Hollywood executives. 

We’re talking, of course, about the 2018 Duane Johnson blockbuster movie “RAMPAGE”, based on the beloved 1986 arcade game. An evil corporation loses it’s “gene-editing” sample. A wolf, a crocodile and a gentle, though foul-mouthed (tsk)(via sign language), gorilla named George grow to thirty feet tall and go on a, well, on a RAMPAGE to Chicago. As one does. 

This week, on episode 118, we’re taking a break from playing games and making up stories about them to watch a MOVIE based on a game and analyze its story. Let someone else do the work for once. We’re busy eating popcorn.*

*And Junior Mints.**

**I was hungry. Stop judging. 

I’m pretty sure Duane Johnson will be calling any day now to be on the podcast after he hears this episode.

Oh, and in the episode, I shamelessly beg creamy, refreshing Junior Mints to sponsor the show. Junior Mints, call me! 

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, episodes and more

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

Check out “Go play some old games” mugs and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Support the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

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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.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! Your one stop source for all things Peanuts.

Check out Atari Bytes “go play some old games” shirts, mugs and more at AB_Pod_Store, our Zazzle.com store here.

Please consider supporting the show financially as you are able on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

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