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EPISODE 52: ROAD RUNNER

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BEEP BEEP!

This week, we take a bird seed break, which should give us just enough time to talk about the 1985 Atari game ROAD RUNNER before the coyote catches us.*

*Kidding. You’ve seen Looney Tunes, right? No WAY is he going to catch us.**

**Actually, I haven’t gotten past level 2, so the coyote does catch us. A LOT.

Discussion topic for the week: Is the Acme Corporation really just the 1940s version of Amazon? I’ll expect your five-hundred word essay answers on my desk by Monday morning.

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 51: ADVENTURE

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Well, 2017 has firmly affixed itself to our calendars, much like a parasite feeding on our very souls.

So! Do we hide in a carton of ice cream and binge Netflix? Or do we embrace the adventure that life has in store?

Well, we here at Atari Bytes have a compromise. If adventuring outside is too scary…just play this week’s game –  Atari’s 1980 legend ADVENTURE!*

*You can still have the ice cream.

Side note: the artwork on the cartridge is great. That just needed to be said.

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 50: GALAXIAN

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hey! Wake up. Splash some cold water on your face and drown your hangover in coffee. Then crawl feebly onto the couch to check out this first episode of 2017.

Our focus this month is Atari’s 1983 port of the legendary GALAXIAN (legendary mostly in the sense of being the forerunner of the way more popular Galaga). Like the Baby New Year, does this game fills the diaper of our souls with the promise of great things to come or a steamy pile of eight-bit poo?

Now, let’s fire up the Atari and get our galaxi-ON!

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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The video of that dude making me look bad by getting 99 points in Sky Diver is right here. Grrrrrrr! How I hate that guy!*

*I don’t really hate him.**

**Well, maybe a little.

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EPISODE 49: THE CHRISMYSTERY EPISODE

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It’s Christmas Day! Merry Christmas! (If you’re listening to this in, like, June, then, um, happy Tuesday or whatever.) Here’s a brand new, shiny yuletide package of pod-goodness from me to you.

And maybe, just maybe, if I’ve been a good little podcaster, there’ll be a new game under my audio tree. But what game will it be….? It’s a Chrismystery!

So ignore your relatives for thirty-eight minutes or so and come find out!

My 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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Check out my year in review at my blog. It’s GOODNIGHT, 2016! presented in the style of “Goodnight, Moon”.

Here’s an Amazon link to Bill’s novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, but you can get it wherever you like to get books.

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EPISODE 48: STAR WARS: JEDI ARENA

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This week, episode 48 of the podcast is going to the dark side. In fairness, it wasn’t a long journey given life in late 2016.

But it’s all good because we’re celebrating the release of STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE by playing the 1983 Parker Brothers game STAR WARS: JEDI ARENA.  You versus a fellow Jedi in a fast-moving battle of light saber on light saber action. If this is not the droid game you’re looking for…moving along. But not until after you listen to this episode.

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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GOODNIGHT, 2016!

(With apologies to Margaret Wise Brown)

In the year gone by…

There was a US election

And Russian hackers

And a picture of –

A Pokemon Go icon

And there were a bunch of Dems sitting-in in Congress

And too little good news (pity the year-in-review writer)

And a basket of deplorables

And a little Zika virus

And SAINT Mother Theresa

And earthquakes and shootings and Flint’s water is bad

And a noisy president-elect who was tweeting out “Sad!”

Goodnight Brexit

Goodnight John Glenn

Goodnight exploding Samsungs

Goodnight Standing Rock

And the World Series champion Cubs (well, there’s something good, anyway)

Goodnight Lemmy

Goodnight Anna Dewdney

Goodnight Edward Albee

And goodnight David Bowie

Goodnight Muhammad Ali

And goodnight Leonard Cohen

Goodnight Syria ceasefire

And goodnight Umberto Eco

Goodnight Janet Reno

And goodnight Scalia

Goodnight nobody

Goodnight life’s mush

And goodnight to the new president 

To whom we – respectfully – whisper “hush”

Goodnight stars

Goodnight air

Goodnight noises everywhere

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! MAY YOUR 2017 BE ALL YOU COULD ASK FOR!

 

EPISODE 47: SKY DIVER

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This week on the show, we plummet into the abyss and hope the parachute opens.

It’s like life, really.

Our focus is Atari’s 1979 port of the class arcade game SKY DIVER. As you plummet to the ground from a zooming plane hoping to hit the tiny landing pad, you’ll wish you had that golden parachute. That’s dumb, of course, since a gold parachute would be way too heavy and you’d crash to the ground like a bag of wet sand. Maybe it’s best if you just stay in the plane and order another drink.

My 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 46: SPACE INVADERS

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You know how sometimes people say “this isn’t your father’s…whatever” to imply that the version of that thing YOU have is way cooler than what YOUR DAD had?

Well, this week on the show, we talk about your father’s whatever.

That sounds weird. I’ll explain.

The focus this week is Atari’s 1980 port of the 1978 arcade classic SPACE INVADERS. When pong clones (soon to be a BBC series starring Tatiana Maslany) killed the video game market in 1977, an invasion of aliens marched in lock-step to bring the market back. SPACE INVADERS became so closely identified with gaming, that the little aliens are still iconic of that era.

But what about the game itself? Any good? Why are they invading? What do they want? Why are you the only one that can defend the Earth? So. Many. Questions.

Join us, won’t you?

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

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EPISODE 45: TOWERING INFERNO

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This week on Atari Bytes, we’re burnin’ down the house! Well, burnin’ down a skyscraper anyway. Also, technically, we’re supposed to be saving the building. Would have been nice to know that sooner.

Our focus is the 1982 U.S. Games production TOWERING INFERNO, which may or may not be based on the 1974 classic disaster film “The Towering Inferno”. (Pick whichever enhances your enjoyment of the experience.)

In the game, you are a firefighter braving relentless flames, going floor-by-floor searching for survivors. I don’t want to brag about my firefighting skills, but I’m going to be Mr. January in next year’s “shirtless firefighter” calendar. So watch for that!

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 44: AIR SEA BATTLE

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A funny thing happened on the way to the podcast, this week…

We intended to do Codebreaker, as announced on the last episode. Turns out, though, that you need keypads to play it. This is a problem inasmuch as I didn’t know Atari keypads existed. Fear not! Armed with this knowledge, Codebreaker will appear in a future episode.

Instead, we’ve got one of the original nine Atari games: 1977’s AIR SEA BATTLE. This is a good time for a game based on conflict given that November 2016 has seen SO LITTLE conflict in American life. Oh well. It’s play time!

My 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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