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EPISODE 59: NIGHT DRIVER

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I wear my sunglasses at night.

This made it a bit difficult to play this week’s game NIGHT DRIVER, the 1980 game from Atari. I pretty much crashed into everything, then just reset the game and pretty much acted as if nothing happened. It’s kind of like what Congress does.

Put on your sunglasses and hop into the driver’s seat.

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EPISODE 58: TUTANKHAM

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WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN…

Seriously. Do it. Do it now.

Okay, sit down, you look ridiculous.

This week on the podcast, we have a 1983 Parker Bros. game about looting ancient Egyptian ruler King Tut’s tomb. The game is called TUTANKHAM, and is apparently so good, you won’t have time to put the last “en” on the name before you must rush off to play it.

Do we agree? More importantly, what stories has the mysterious ancient tomb left to tell?

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 57: STAR FOX

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We wondered why one reviewer declared that the best thing about Mythicon’s 1983 game STAR FOX, the intended first in a series of games, was that Mythicon didn’t make any more games in that series.

Now we know.

This space adventure(?) has something to do with recuing mysterious space-y energy crystals, which might just be Walter White’s blue meth, for all we learn from the game, from some vague enemy race.

Sound fun? No, really. Does it?

Well, a bad day of Atari is still better than a good day at work. Right? And if work is bad too, maybe this good (?) episode will get you through it.

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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EPISODE 56: CHOPPER COMMAND

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We love us some Activision on the podcast, so doing the 1982 high-flying adventure CHOPPER COMMAND was a no-brainer.

But is this helicopter game hella-good? Will the Sun God Helios be favored or displeased by all the heli-stuff that isn’t him?

So many questions. Also, we shoot things with lasers. Go find an air sick bag and join us!

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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EPISODE 55: SNEAK ‘N PEEK

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Red rover, red rover…

Bubblegum, bubblegum, in a dish…

Olly olly oxen free…

So, at some point in the early 1980s, someone had the idea to turn the perennial children’s backyard pastime, good ol’ hide and seek, into a two-dimensional, piexelated video game. SNEAK ‘N PEEK, 1982, from U.S. Games Corporation, was the result. How’d that work out? About as well as you’d expect.

But we played it anyway.

Also, the junior podcaster, Henry, is along for the ride to help us through this nonsense as only he can.

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 54: DOUBLE DRAGON (7800)

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This week on the podcast, we experience our own days of future past as we leap forward in time to the 7800 era of Atari to check out the 1987 classic DOUBLE DRAGON, a throwback ’80’s mullet and leg warmers classic. Also, lots of people get punched in the face.

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

Thanks also to bensound.com for the use this week of his song “Funny Song”.

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EPISODE 53: SKIING

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This week on the podcast, we hit the slopes for a little downhill fun…by which we mean sit in the ski lodge with a hot toddy. Or two.

Activision’s 1980 SKIING is our focus. We love us some Activision on the podcast. Does this game make all the gates in record time or is it just one big ugly series of moguls all the way down? Tune in to find out.

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

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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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