Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

CX 2685, Gravitar!

In this episode I discuss the Atari Club mailaway game Gravitar, as well as the Video Game Masters contest of which it was a part. I also announced a contest sponsored by the Atari 5200 Podcast! You can win a copy of John Champeau's wonderful 2600 homebrew version of Ladybug, complete with manual! To enter, just send your favorite Atari 5200 game to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com with 5200 Contest in the subject line. Please get your entries in to me by September 19th and I will announce the winner on the next episode. Which will be Bermuda Triangle,  so if you have feedback for that game, be sure to send it to me at the aforementioned email. Thanks so much for listening!

The Atari 5200 Podcast
Atari Retro Handheld at Funstock
Gravitar at KLOV
Gravitar at Random Terrain's site
Gravitar on Atari Protos
Atari Age magazine vol. 2 no. 3
Video Game Masters Gravitar patch
Gravitar box schematic (?) on Atarimania
Dan Coogan's Gravitar web site
Gravitar longplay by Dick Moreland
No Swear Gamer 348 - Gravitar
Charity Navigator - Hurricane Harvey relief

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AX-026, Enduro!

So. This episode is about Activision's racing game Enduro, but it is not the only episode about Enduro that I will be doing. I expected a good amount of feedback for this game, and I got an enormous amount instead. Which is absolutely wonderful, I am ecstatic to get so much feedback this far into the podcast. However, it is late and I am tired. Rather than wait to put out the whole show, I am putting out what I have so far, and the rest will go out this weekend. I kept telling Sarah that I was getting a lot of feedback, and she kept telling me to split the show into two parts. Of course I said I didn't want to do that, because I'm dumb. I had almost everything recorded before yesterday, and it still took forever to edit. So, enjoy this first half and I will see you again this weekend. Thanks for listening!

Part 2 can be found here. Thanks for your patience!

Links

Enduro at Random Terrain's site
Enduro pace car photo from Atarimania
Dan Devendorf photo in Billboard
Enduro blurb in Billboard May 28 1983
Article about Enduro remake on IOS
No Swear Gamer 337 - Enduro

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Space Raid by Oscar Toledo Gutierrez!

Space Raid is a homebrew game by Oscar Toledo Gutierrez that is what Zaxxon should have been on the 2600. I had a lot of fun playing it, Oscar did a great job programming it. I hope you enjoy the episode. Next up will be Enduro by Activision! Please check the blog page for the list of other upcoming games. You can send any feedback you have on any upcoming game or any game I've covered to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Oscar's web site
Interview with Oscar by Tim Duarte
Original AA Space Raid thread by Oscar
Interest Check AA thread by Oscar
Preorder AA thread by Collectorvision
Get IntyBasic Showcase 1 at Intellivision Revolution
Team Pixelboy Budget Series (no longer available; scroll down to see the games)
GoSub for Intellivision by 2600 Connection
Ms. Hack by Nukey Shay AA thread
Anguna WIP AA thread
Jala's GoFundMe page
Jala's Twitch page

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4362, Survival Run and the Cosmic Commander controller!

This long-gestating episode is about the Milton Bradley game Survival Run, as well as its accompanying controller, the Cosmic Commander! I talk a lot about Milton Bradley as a company in this episode, I hope you like old commercials. I will also announce the winner of the Survival Run cartridge in the Strudders' Score segment at the end of the show, thanks to both Strudders and Mini Strudders for doing that! Next time will be Space Raid, the homebrew game by Oscar Toledo Gutierrez, aka nanochess on Atari Age. If you have any thoughts on this game or any that I've covered in the past, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com and you'll hear it on the show. Thanks so much for listening, enjoy your summer!

Pertinent Links

Buck Rogers thread on AA
Review in Computer Games magazine April 1984
Review in Electronic Fun with Computers and Games magazine February 1984
Video Games article on Milton Bradley's 2600 controllers April 1984
Article in Videogaming and Computer Gaming Illustrated Dec 1983 (cont. p. 48)
Creative Computing blurb on MB controllers Sept 1983
Cosmic Commander video by Sharkie
MBX Expansion System
HD2000 joystick ad
Space Age joystick
1983 Atari Catalog with Space Age joystick and drawing of Voice Commander
Voice Controller on Atari Compendium
Unreleased MB games on Atari Compendium
2600 High Score Showdown on Facebook (Dragonfire)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Podcast "Progress" Report

Here's a little update on what I've been doing instead of working on the Survival Run episode. That episode will be out next Wednesday. And don't forget the contest!  If you'd like a shot at winning Survival Run (provided by Strudders hisself), all you have to do is guess the combined Strudders' Score of Strudders himself and also Mini Strudders. So for example, if Strudders rates it 6 out of 10 and Mini Strudders gives it 5 out of 10, the entrant who comes closest to 11 (over or under, this ain't the Price Is Right) will win the game! In case of a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner. Please get your entries in to me by July11th, and if you have any feedback you'd like me to read on that show, please try to have it in by then as well. As always, thank you so much for listening! Happy 4th of July!

Pertinent Links

UDairy Creamery in Newark DE
Coleco thread on Atari Age
Stone Age Gamer Podcast 2017 Too Many Games panel discussion
Tube Tunes Podcast
Crabtowne USA
Follow AtariSpot on Twitter! He posts awesome pictures!
Gauntlet Slayer Edition review on IGN
Atari's Forgotten Arcade Classics by Benj Edwards

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bonus Track: Batman

Batman is my favorite super hero of all time, which oddly enough I did not mention in the episode (I'm assuming a podcast episode makes that obvious). I talk a little about my history with Batman in all its permutations, which is a lot. I hope you enjoy this episode, thank you so much for listening!

PS - I thought Bill Finger was the artist of the original Batman comics, he was one of the writers. I think Dick Sprang did some of the art for the early comics.

Pertinent Links

A26GBG - Favorite Childhood Toys Other Than The Atari 2600
Mego Batman Figures
Batman Colorforms commercial, holy crap!
Batman From The 30s to the 70s book
Toy Biz DC Heroes figures
Kenner Batman Returns action figures
Batman at DC Comics
Geek Show Podcast
Fat Man on Batman podcast

Sunday, June 11, 2017

005-01, Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom!

Biddi biddi biddi my friends, here's an episode about the Sega arcade port Buck Rogers, Planet of Zoom! I hope that you enjoy the game and the episode. Next up will be Survival Run by Milton Bradley, which was packaged with its very own controller! Thank you to Strudders for sending me a copy of the game to give away to one lucky listener. If you'd like a shot at winning the game, all you have to do is guess the combined Strudder's Score of Strudders himself and also Mini Strudders. So for example, if Strudders rates it 6 out of 10 and Mini Strudders gives it 5 out of 10, the entrant who comes closest to 11 (over or under, this ain't the Price Is Right) will win the game! In case of a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner. Please get your entries in to me by June 26th, and if you have any feedback you'd like me to read on that show, please try to have it in by then as well. As always, thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Buck Rogers on KLOV
Buck Rogers Pinball on KLOV
Buck Rogers on Atari Protos
No Swear Gamer 301 - Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers on Random Terrain's site
Video Game Player Aug/Sep 1983 (page 21) on Atari Compendium
Buck Rogers vs. the Tiger Men from Mars
Creation of Q*Bert, by Warren Davis on Coinop.org
All Things Considered segment on E.T.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AK 045, Pete Rose Baseball!

Play ball! This episode looks at Pete Rose Baseball by Absolute Entertainment, a late entry in the 2600 library. How does it measure up to Home Run? Listen and find out! I apologize for the sound issues I was having within the episode. Next up will be Buck Rogers Planet of ZOOOOOOOOMMMMM by Sega. If you have any feedback for this or any game I've covered, I would love to hear it! Send your text or audio submissions to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Mediagenic article by Jimmy Maher/The Digital Antiquarian
Digital Press review of Pete Rose Baseball
No Swear Gamer 190 - Pete Rose Baseball
Ballblazer's collection thread on Atari.io
Tim's Atari inspired music on Bandcamp
Stone Age Gamer 150 - If Mountain Dew Was A Sound
Colecovisions Podcast 29 - Miner 2049er and Quest For The Golden Chalice
Atari Bytes - Swordquest Earthworld with Chad Bowers and Chris Sims
Swordquest #0 (not sure if it's still free)