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EPISODE 129: MEGA FORCE

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In 1982, movie-goers were embracing a new, post-apocalyptic, motorcycle and explosion fueled popcorn movie. What was it?

That’s right: Road Warrior.

But a few people misread their ticket stubs and wandered into the 20th Century Fox motorcycle and explosion-fueled popcorn movie MEGA FORCE. Make that a very few people. Well, one, actually. The film’s star Barry Bostwick’s mother, we think.

Few people know Barry’s mom was a huge Atari fan too, so the 1982 game MEGA FORCE, and by extension episode 129 of Atari Bytes, was born. The game is mostly notable for blowing up a young Bryon Cranston in the commercial. Seriously, go look it up on YouTube.

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

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

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EPISODE 128: POOYAN

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This week in episode 128 of ATARI BYTES, it’s the Three Little Pigs (curly) tale LIKE NEVER BEFORE. We’re playing the 1982 Konami/Stern Electronics game POOYAN. That means “pig” in Japanese. See, you learned something. Congratulations, you!

Mama Pig is on the rampage. Not in Rampage, mind you, though the idea of a giant pig smashing buildings is a good one. The wolves have taken her little piglets. This aggression will not stand. Join her as she takes down each and every Canus Lupus with her trusty bow. How a pig shoots an arrow with hooves is not for mere mortals like us to ask. 

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 cupcakes. I’m lying about one of those things. Go see which one!

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EPISODE 127: FREEWAY

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Now that the sun has set on our trip to the gaming past/future during Intellivision month and my Sears Tele-Games is back in it’s lonely, dusty corner (to be fair, most corners in my house are dusty), we return to the present in episode 127 with the Activision (squee!) title FREEWAY from 1981.

What could be better than getting out on the highway for a little road trip? Well, mowing down some poultry while you’re at it, of course! But in this game, you get to channel your inner birdie, playing as the Gallus gallus domesticus trying to cross the road. Thing is, ten lanes of traffic don’t give a feathery fig if you actually make it. Keep your feathery head down and keep moving!

In this week’s story, we actually try to answer the question: Why did the chicken cross the road?

Thanks to Aretha Franklin! I couldn’t have done this week’s story without her.

Here’s the article about using Raspberry Pi to bring Doctor Who’s K-P back to life.

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

Atari Bytes show notes and more

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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”.

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Please consider supporting the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon.com page here. Thanks in advance.

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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.

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