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EPISODE 71: COMBAT

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For Episode 71, ATARI BYTES gets back to nature with an adventure in the animal kingdom – WOMBAT…

*Checks Notes*

Whoops! I meant, we’re playing the 1977 Atari original COMBAT. Tanks! Bi-planes! Jets! Mayhem abounds!*

*No wombats were harmed in the production of this episode.

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

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EPISODE 70: STAR RAIDERS

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EPISODE 70 invites you to be a star and to get your RAID on! STAR RAIDERS is here!

This 1982 Atari game was the first to utilize the space-age video touch pad peripheral. It was also the last. That may give you a clue how this game is going to go.

Speaking of firsts doubling as lasts, listen to this episode closely for the first appearance of my wife – Mrs. Bytes – on the show. She was thrilled to do it…so thrilled that this will also probably be her last appearance.

Yes, sir, this episode is one for the record books. Join us, won’t you?

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

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EPISODE 69: CANYON BOMBER

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What’s in a name? Exactly what you’d expect when the name is a title like the 1979 Atari game CANYON BOMBER. What’s that about? Well, there’s these canyons….and you bomb them. Truth in advertising!

Find some sandbags to hide behind, then join us. It’ll be a blast!

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

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EPISODE 68: SUPER BREAKOUT

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One day at the Atari Labs in the 1970s, they looked at Breakout and said, “Yeah, this is pretty good. But we can make it better. We have the technology. We can make the paddle smaller. The balls bouncier. The colors colorier. And we can make ‘colorier’ a word too. We’re Atari and there is zero chance we’ll implode in a video game crash just a few years hence.”

The result of this bravado was 1980(?)’s Atari game SUPER BREAKOUT. Is the game indeed super? Well, no. No, it’s not. Spoilers hurt sometimes.

But this episode definitely is SUPER. I’m wearing the cape and codpiece to prove it.

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 67: SWORDQUEST – EARTHWORLD and CONVERSATION BYTES WITH CHAD BOWERS & CHRIS SIMS

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We’re back!

After an unplanned week off at the exotic locale of my local hospital, ATARI BYTES is back. And we promise you, this episode is worth the wait!

First, we talk about the 1982 Atari legend SWORDQUEST: EARTHWORLD, the first in a famously unfinished series of games and pack-in comics at the center of a contest that also went unfinished, courtesy of the video game crash. 

Then, after the game stuff, you can hear my conversation with Chad Bowers and Chris Sims. (Thanks again, guys!) They are well-known comics writers on a lot of big things – Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men, to name but a few – and are now writing an all-new SWORDQUEST – inspired comic series for Dynamite Entertainment. Preview issue Zero just dropped on May 3 at the sweet, low, retro price of twenty-five cents!

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

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EPISODE 66: BREAKOUT

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On episode 66 of ATARI BYTES, we’re gonna BREAK…OUT. Mighty mighty. Gonna let it all hang out…

And by IT, we mean the 1978 Atari original BREAKOUT. It’s a game about smashing bricks and…well, smashing more bricks.

And providing the ying to our gaming yang, we also have a Lego correspondent in the studio giving a play-by-play of his assembly of a stack of Lego bricks into…well, you’ll just have to listen to find out.

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

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EPISODE 65: CONVERSATION BYTES – WITH OUR GUEST SCOTT RHOADES

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Join us for episode 65 featuring the debut of what we expect will become a recurring segment on the show: Conversation Bytes!

Our guinea pig guest for this new interview segment is Scott Rhoades, fiction author and longtime writer of technical manuals – including manuals for games like BasketBrawl and Shanghai on the Atari 7800 and the Lynx during a stint with Atari in the 1980s and ’90s. Thanks for chatting with me, Scott!

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

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EPISODE 64: FLAG CAPTURE

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See the flag. Capture the flag. It’s all in the name.

Our subject this week is: FLAG CAPTURE, a flag-ship game (see what I did there?) for Atari, being one of the first eleven games released in 1978. You and an opponent race across the field of play, striving to be the first to “capture” the “flag” and which point…well, not much happens.

Is this a pirate game? I don’t know, but it sure feels like a pirate game. Jolly Roger and all that? Mostly, I just want an excuse to wear an eye patch and say “arr” a lot. As if anyone needs an excuse for that sexy and totally not annoying behavior.

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

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EPISODE 63: HOME RUN

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Ahh! Baseball! The smell of the grassy outfield and the dusty infield. Does Atari’s 1978 appeal to the Louisville Slugger in all of us score a HOME RUN or is it the sporting equivalent of AMIDAR? (We’re never going to forgive that game for wasting our time.) Head down to your digital ballpark and find out!

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

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EPISODE 62: ROBOTRON 2084 (7800)

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We’re taking another spin through the time vortex and jumping out in the era of the Atari 7800 this week to play the 1986 iconic Atari game ROBOTRON 2084. If you’re one of the few who hasn’t heard of or played this legendary game, this might help: just imagine this is an even MORE dystopian version of the world set out in George Orwell’s novel 1984. It’s no surprise that Orwell might be interested in writing about robots. Orwell, famously, was a cyborg novelist.*

*That might not be accurate.**

**But how cool would that be????

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

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