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EPISODE 89: PLANET PATROL

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Last week on the podcast, in KEYSTONE KAPERS, our beat consisted of the back alleys and mean streets of Keystone where Harry Hooligan made his mischief. This week, in Spectravision’s 1983 adventure PLANET PATROL, our beat is, well, the whole darn planet. It’s like when, after the sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” ended, the castaways ended up in the cartoon “Gilligan’s Planet”. Yeah. Exactly like that. 

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 so much, much more here.

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

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Here’s the Mental Floss article about the popularity of retro gaming we talked about in the show.

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EPISODE 88: KEYSTONE KAPERS

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Leapin’ Lizards! 

Sorry, that’s Annie. Is there an Annie Atari game?

Anyway, leapin’ leprechauns! In the 1983 Activision (We love us some Activision on the podcast) game KEYSTONE KAPERS, Harry Hooligan is on the loose, plundering Southwick’s. Arguably, the store deserves it, given it leaves huge bags of money sitting all over the sales floor, but Keystone Kelly, finest kop on the force, is determined to bring in his man. The keystone kops are an elite law enforcement unit here to protect you from villainy, even if they can’t spell very well.

So, slap on the thumb cuffs and then use one of your free fingers to hit “play” on this crime-busting episode!

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 87: PIGS IN SPACE

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This week’s episode drops on September 24, which is also the birthdate of Muppet creator Jim Henson (9/24/36 – 5/16/90) and is dedicated to his memory. Doctor Who, Star Wars, Peanuts and Muppets pretty much sum up my childhood preoccupations (with a sprinkle of “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Superfriends” for color)

The game we’re playing this week is the 1982 Atari children’s title (the last of the line) PIGS IN SPACE, based on the recurring sketch from the 1970’s iconic series THE MUPPET SHOW. And really, for one price of admission, you’re getting THREE games in one! The crew of the Swinetrek – Captain Link Hogthrob, first mate Miss Piggy, and Dr. Strangepork – are here to save the universe from ridiculousness. Lord knows somebody should. 

It’s time to start the music, it’s time to light the lights. it’s time to get things started on the ol’ podcast tonight!

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

Atari Bytes show notes and more are available here.

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

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EPISODE 86: SUPER CHALLENGE FOOTBALL

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You barely have time to adjust your athletic supporter before ATARI BYTES episode 86: SUPER CHALLENGE FOOTBALL is thrust upon us. Is this game super and/or a challenge? Discuss. In this week’s story, this rag-tag team just needs some 21st century motivation…

The articles we referenced this week: Monopoly in the Park ; Atari Planned to incorporate ColecoVision in 1983

My 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 so much more here.

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

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EPISODE 85: TRICK SHOT

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Quick! Name every pool/billiards – related movie you can! There’s “The Hustler”, “The Color of Money”, and, uh, there’s a great pool scene in “The Cat From Outer Space” (What’s that, you ask? The title says it all. Go check it out. Sandy Duncan and Ken Berry at their finest. Trust me.) And, of course, the game of pool reduced River City to a radioactive, rubble-strewn Hellscape in “The Music Man”.

So with that pop culture pedigree, we couldn’t resist checking out iMagic’s 1982 TRICK SHOT this week for the show. Does the game scratch on the break or bank the eight ball to glory? Chalk up your cues and come join us to find out!

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 84: SOLARIS

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Classic ’80s detective series “Magnum P.I.” was supposed to end ****SPOILER HORN FOR THIRTY YEAR OLD SHOW**** with Magnum dying from multiple gunshot wounds, the last shot of the episode being Magnum walking up to the pearly gates with a contented smile on his face. That finale was actually aired. But then CBS convinced Tom Selleck to return to the show and Magnum survived.

What does any of this have to do with this week’s game, the 1986 Atari space odyssey SOLARIS? Absolutely nothing. Except for this. SOLARIS was a follow up to STAR RAIDERS that came out in 1986, the dregs of Atari’s end of days – it was about as dead as Magnum on that ER exam table – just before the NES really started to stomp all over all other gaming consoles. SOLARIS allowed Atari, instead of dying, to sit up once more and gasp, “I want a pint of stout”. Seriously, you need to go find “Magnum, P.I.” on Netflix.

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 so much more here.

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EPISODE 83: JOUST

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A running gag in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” finds the knights riding on imaginary horseback. What does that have to do with JOUST, the 1982 Atari port of the Williams Electronics arcade classic? Absolutely nothing, except that both involve knights. Also, I just realized as I type these notes, the Python story and my backstory for the game both involve catapulting four-legged creatures – cows for them, horses for me. I could be the next generation Python! See ya, suckers!

In JOUST, you are thrust into a world of airborne jousts over fire pits, but that’s not the weirdest part: everyone insists on calling the ostrich you ride a buzzard. It’s clearly not. Learn your birds, people!

Here are links to the articles I mentioned in the news segment of the episode: Chuck E. Cheese is phasing out its animatronic bands; Atari partners with LGBT Media to Make More Inclusive Games; Kit Kat accused of copying Atari game Breakout; Real life Mario Kart has life in Missouri.

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, episodes and so much more here. 

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

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EPISODE 82: PHOENIX

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This week on episode 82, like the Phoenix of old, the podcast rises from the ashes, says “Ow! That’s hot!”, then jumps into the cooling waters of Taito’s 1980 classic PHOENIX (well, the 1982 Atari 2600 port anyway) about what happens when the mythological bird from ancient Greece goes bad.

We also say “hi” to Ferg from Atari 2600 Game by Game. A lot.

Oh, and we learn more about sting ray tails than you’d ever want to know. Yes, really.

And when I say “we”, I mean it. For this week, the studio is a wee bit crowded…

The Digital Antiquarian article about “Adventure” can be found here.

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, episodes and more.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey! That’s my other show! Check it out here!

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EPISODE 81: DIG DUG

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In episode 81, we DIG deep into yet another game and leave no stone, worm, or dog turd unturned until we’ve DUG up the truth about the 1982 Namco classic DIG DUG. If we hit the center of the Earth, we’ll tell Jules Verne you said “hi”.

Grab a motor-powered shovel 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 and more here.

It’s a Podcast, Charlie Brown – Hey, that’s my other show! Find it here!

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The Newsweek article about time travel can be found here.

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EPISODE 80: CONVERSATION BYTES WITH CENTIPEDE COMICS ARTIST EOIN MARRON

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This week on the podcast, we’re excited to offer another Conversation Bytes segment. This time, we’ve got Eoin Marron, the artist drawing the new “Centipede” comic from Dynamite Entertainment. 

Centipede is a classic 1982 arcade shooter and a favorite among Atari fans. The game about a giant, rampaging centipede, angry, jumping spiders, and mushrooms galore already got the comics treatment via a pack-in comic from DC in the ’80s. THAT story gave us little Oliver, magic wands and wizards. We don’t want to spoil anything for you, but we can assure you the new “Centipede” is NOT your father’s (Or brother’s. Or your) Centipede comic. Less engaging in whimsical hijinks; more being hell bent on revenge. 

(By the way, you can hear my CENTIPEDE game review and story within the game in episode 11 of this very podcast.)

Thanks again to Eoin Marron for giving me a little of his time. I really enjoyed talking to him. I think you’ll enjoy listening. So do that thing right NOW!

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

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

Atari Bytes show notes and more.

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