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Remember those classic Atari 2600 games? They were sure fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they sent a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What Yar was seeking revenge against? What made those robots go berserk? Me too? ATARI BYTES is more than a game review podcast. It's an exploration of the games to divine what exactly the story within the game is. And if we can't find those answers, we'll make 'em up.
 
The Atari XE Gaming System was a version of their XE 8-bit line of computers but attempting to compete against the successful Nintendo Entertainment System. At the same time offering the computer option. Our podcast will focus on the cartridge games made for this system but, because this is essentially an atari 8-bit computer, we'll also review games that will play on this system.
 
In 1954, the United States government ordered the construction of the world’s largest particle accelerator. The facility was complete in 1969, located deep below the pastoral countryside of Garrett, Maryland. The local population called this marvel of technology The Loop. The year is now 1987, and we have lived alongside The Loop for almost 20 years, but not all is as it seems in Garrett, Maryland. Strange things are happening in the Atari Twilight of the 80's that never was...
 
A Podcast about growing up In the 70s and 80s, at the dawn of video games, navigating family strife, punk rock, Star Wars obsessions, and trying to understand to the world while developing an inexplicable love for everything “Atari”. -- We are twin brothers who grew up "Atari" or as we call it, in The Vertical Blank. The Vertical Blank is space between the lines. It's the the second half of Generation X. It's the where work occurs you never see on screen. It's the nuances that makes nostalgi ...
 
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Jungle Hunt brought the recently-renamed Jungle King home to the Atari 8 bits with a quality port! Watch live on Twitch! https://twitch.tv/amigosretrogaming 0:00 Big Game Hunter More Amigos Retro Gaming! Amigos: Everything Amiga - A weekly, wacky Commodore Amiga Podcast https://bit.ly/amigospodcast ARG Presents - Spin the wheel, make the deal! http…
 
In this episode Steve and Jeff turn calendar to 1989 and discuss what it was like gaming on the Atari ST back then. They list and discuss close to 50 games that they purchased and played that year. for the Atari ST Computer. Games Mentioned in this Episode: Action Fighter (Firebird) - Sega Arcade Port Airborne Ranger (Microprose) - Military Sim Axe…
 
I say this too much, but I thank you for being patient with me as I navigate through my lovely depression. This long overdue episode features the homebrew game AVCStec Challenge by Simon Quernhorst and Paul Slocum. It's based on the very difficult (to me) Aztec Challenge by Paul Norman, for the Commodore 64. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Next …
 
In episode 312, we've got tunnel vision, focused only on bringing you a doozy of an episode! This time, it's the 1983 CBS Electronics game TUNNEL RUNNER, a ground-breaking, immersive 4D experience. Okay, actually, they call it it 3D. We added the fourth D for "DAMN!" Original Short Story: TUNNEL VISION Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for …
 
ANTIC Episode 90 - Lets All Retire! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Brad regales us with his motherload of new Atari stuff, Kay solves the mystery of “Have You Played Atari Today?”, and we discuss lots of other Atari news READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast AtariArchives.org AtariMagazines.com Kevin’s Book “Terribl…
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Lo Studio Koba, sviluppatore spagnolo sconosciuto fino a 5 minuti fa, esordisce con un titolo full vintage. Dite quello che vi pare ma per me è OK. #naritaboy #studiokoba #team17 #atariteca Il canale dei Vintage People: https://www.youtube.com/c/SimoneGuidi1972 La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta…
 
Call the Orkin man! (Gratuitous Orkin Man shout out. Send me a check.) In episode 311, I'm sorry to tell you, you've got termites. And not just any termites. Giant, space-faring, killer nest-building termites. It's COSMIC SWARM, the 1982 title from CommaVid. Termites all over the darn place. And you, friend, must destroy them. Fight that creepy cra…
 
In Episode 17, we take a double shot at some light gun games. First, we head out to the country to help Grampa rid his farm of all sorts of critters in Barnyard Blaster. Then we hit the big city to deal out some street justice in Crime Buster. Show Notes How a light gun works (Note: This is just one of many on YouTube) Gun Assist by Matthew Ratclif…
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
Use slick animation, vibrant colors, and a complete lack of limbs to defeat the evil Mr. Dark in Rayman! In this giant-spiky-fruit-sized episode, we learn the history of Ubisoft as well as Rayman's platform-hopping path to production. We then walk through the game, compare the different ports, find a Portuguese typo, and cover more previews and rev…
 
Episode 310 is going to the dogs...er, rabbits. We're playing Apollo's 1982 title WABBIT for the 2600. The bunnies are on a fluffy rampage! So grab your carrots...er, joysticks and join us! This episode's original short story: THE CABAL Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "…
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
s5:e3 Xenon 2 and the Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 1 Steve and Jeff are joined by Tony Longworth to discuss Xenon 2: Megablast for the Atari ST, in the first of a multi-part series on 1989 Atari ST games Part 2 will be be a discussion of 50+ games from 1989 that Steve and Jeff purchased in the USA and Part 3 will be a survey of some of the hi…
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
ANTIC Episode 89 - Choke on it! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… Brad regales us with his motherload of new Atari stuff, Kay solves the mystery of “Have You Played Atari Today?”, and we discuss lots of other Atari news READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast AtariArchives.org AtariMagazines.com Kevin’s Book “Terrible Ne…
 
In ATARI BYTES 309, I hear voices. This is nothing new, but this time, I know the voices are coming from outside my own head. Probably. We're closing out Intellivision Month on the podcast by playing the 1982 Mattel title "Space Spartans" with - holy crap! - the "Intellivoice" voice synthesizer module. Is the game fun? Who cares! There's a robotic …
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
To go forward, we have to go back and this time around, we're going back to a very different 1988... Garrett is undefended. Garrett needs heroes. The Autobots are...elsewhere. Will you fight for Garrett? Will you fight for the 80s? Will you fight for the world entire? Twist of Fate, An Atari Twilight supplemental campaign starring the Keystones. 'I…
 
It’s been a couple of months since we recorded this and we all have gone through an adventure or two. But finally, here it is! Episode 14: Dogfight! The gang reviews two of the lowest rated games for the system, Congo Bongo and Quest for Quintana Roo. And just a heads up, Pete owns this episode, and it’s great! Of course, we have the usual amount o…
 
Episode 308 of ATARI BYTES is a blast! A GAS blast, specifically! It's true! In SPACE HAWK, your gas is the only thing that can save the universe. Tell you significant other to stop complaining. The 1982 Mattel title SPACE HAWK is for the Intellivision console. Why an Intellivision game on an Atari-based podcast? Well, it's our annual INTELLIVISION…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Dove I Cugini Del Terribile escono dal loro corpo e hanno molta paura di vedere il bignami semplificato di Obi-Wan Kenobi #obiwankenobi #kenobi #starwars #disney #disney+ #atariteca Il canale di Luca Cusani dove vedere la 100° puntata: https://www.youtube.com/c/Luk74Channel La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentil…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Ricordiamo insieme Douglas E. Smith: programmatore dell'alba, creatore di Lode Runner, e uno dei campioni del videogiocare dei giusti #loderunner #broderbund #dougsmith #videogiochi #videogames #retrogaming Il canale di Luca Cusani dove vedere la 100° puntata: https://www.youtube.com/c/Luk74Channel La sigla di…
 
Does the 1983 nuclear terrorism game COUNTERMEASURE for the 5200 measure up to the quality you've come to expect from this podcast? Counter point: Don't sweat it. The podcast is free. Short Story: MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE...TO THE BONE Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pi…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Vieni per i videogiochi e le loro colonne sonore. Resti per il fine commento musicale di Jonathan Ghidotti sentito su Mangianastri Podcast #mangianastri #mangianastripodcast #jonathanghidotti #videogiochi #blablaland #blogfullybooked Il sito di Mangianastri Podcast: https://mangianastripodcast.substack.com/ La…
 
ANTIC Episode 88 - We need more Atari shows! In this episode of ANTIC The Atari 8-Bit Computer Podcast… lots of Atari action and news, loading Atari software from VHS, and a call for more Atari-specific shows READY! Recurring Links Floppy Days Podcast AtariArchives.org AtariMagazines.com Kevin’s Book “Terrible Nerd” New Atari books scans at archive…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] L'imbarazzo di parlare di Mr.Do! sapendo che nessuno si è accorto di quando ha salvato l'industria dei videogiochi arcade #mrdo #kazutoshiueda #universal #digdug #arcade La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://bluefixxer.bandcamp.com/releases Per tutto il resto c'è il sito di A…
 
On this episode we take a look at the M Network game Frogs and Flies, which was based on the Intellivision game Frog Bog. We also cover programmer extraordinaire Dave Rolfe for the first time, and we even read one of his interesting essays. I hope you enjoy it! Coming up next is A-VCS-tec Challenge, by Simon Quernhorst with music by Paul Slocum. If…
 
Let ye who is without Sin-istar, cast the first pod. Well, fortunately for us, we DO have this episode's game SINISTAR, the 1984 Atari 2600 port prototype of the arcade game. Is the game a heavenly delight or sinfully awful? Count your luck stars and join us. Bad Poetry Corner: THE SINN SISTERS HOST A BRUNCH Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.co…
 
Michael Park: Swan and Fujiboink Demos, MIDI Maze Michael Park created two well-known demos that are familiar to many Atari enthusiasts: the Swan Demo and FujiBoink. In the Swan demo, a bird flies gracefully across the screen, in front of a spinning fuji logo. In FujiBoink, the Atari fuji spins and bounces over a red and white checkerboard, reminis…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Dove l'Omone e Raffaele Cinquegrana parlano di una trilogia epica di cui nessuno ha il coraggio di dire male #pinballdreams #pinballfantasises #pinballillusions #dice #amiga Il sito di Console Generation: http://www.consolegeneration.it/ La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://…
 
Hello my friends, thank you once again for your patience for this new episode featuring Laser Gates by Imagic. A fun time was had by almost all! Coming up next is Frogs and Flies by M Network. If you have any feedback for Frogs and Flies, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of the day on May 17th. I should be able to get it out on tim…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Dove il vostro Omone torna indietro nel tempo e va nello spazio dove nessuno può sentirti urlare che questo gioco è una gran figata #elite #frontier #davidbraben #elite2 La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://bluefixxer.bandcamp.com/releases Per tutto il resto c'è il sito di A…
 
Hello my friends, I was not feeling well last night so I went back to bed. The Laser Gates episode won't be out today, but I wanted to let you know the winners of the contest that my buddy Richard so kindly sponsored. Please give a listen to see if you won a set of Sesame Street carts, and congrats to the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered, an…
 
The 5200 love-fest continues in 305 with QIX. This 1982 puzzling, strategizing, flashy lights game is a keeper...of addictive frustrations. SHORT STORY: QIX-SAND Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring". Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime theme. Head to w…
 
5200 coverage in magazines from January through March 1983. Plus a special bonus look at a NY Times article about Warner's stunning December 1982 earnings shortfall caused by Atari's massive financial loss. 1983 Q1 1983 First Quarter P.O.P. (Point Of Purchase) Support Jan 1983 Video Games Vol 1, #4 Jan 1983 ANALOG Computing #9 Jan 1983 Joystik Maga…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Mentre in USA ci si sfondava nelle sale giochi, in Italia ci si sfondava nei Bar. E nasceva una leggenda #zaccaria #modelracing #atari #olympia #vernimark #MarcoVernillo #kenobit La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://bluefixxer.bandcamp.com/releases Il sito di Marco Vernillo:…
 
Adam is back! Following the announcement of Gravitar: Recharged, we return with a Let's Play to dive into what's new in the latest series entry, answer some questions, and try to restrain our profanity along the way. Watch here:https://youtu.be/g4GylKcW9ug Wishlist Gravitar: Recharged on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1905430/Gravitar_Re…
 
Scott Savage: Lefty, the Checkers Playing Robot "Lefty" was the name of the world's first checker-playing robot, which was located at the Omniplex science museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The robot arm would play games of checkers against museum visitors, picking up and moving pieces on a physical checkerboard. Lefty's game logic ran on an Atari …
 
S5: E1 - Generation Atari In this opening episode for season 5, after a tumultuous season 4, inspired by some feedback, we reaffirm just why we are here and what we mean by “The Vertical blank” and “Generation Atari. BCB #36 - "The Atari Generation" (Delving "Into the Vertical Blank.") https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tRdFWpt3L0&t=1180s “Video Game…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Un videogioco che la dice lunga sullo status della violazione dei diritti d'autore nell’era della salvaguardia dei diritti d'autore #atari #tetris #atarigames #AlexeyPajitnov #Mirrorsoft La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://bluefixxer.bandcamp.com/releases Per tutto il resto…
 
In this episode I look at the Activision game Private Eye, by Bob Whitehead. I hadn't put any time into this game before, and I couldn't put enough time into it for the podcast, but I did enjoy it and hope to come back to it. Next up will be Laser Gates by Imagic. If you have feedback for the game that you'd like to hear on the show, please send it…
 
In episode 304, you're joining the podcast at an historic moment...the debut of our brand-new (refurbished) ATARI 5200 CONSOLE (Thanks, Jose!) We launch into the stratospheric heights of new game possiblities by falling into the dungeon, the SPACE DUNGEON, to be specific. The 1983 Taito arcade port is my focus in this one...until my cameraman wrest…
 
Anthony Ramos: Parrot, Creepy Caverns Anthony Dandrea is better known to Atari computer enthusiasts as Anthony Ramos. Anthony programmed Creepy Caverns, a type-in BASIC game that was published in Antic magazine's August 1984 issue. Anthony also created the software for Parrot, a $40 4-bit sound sampler and playback package that was marketed by Alph…
 
[Segui @simone_atariteca su Instagram] Ho per voi uno scoop incredibile! Vi faccio ascoltare di quando Atari sponsorizzò una band opinabile: i Sigue Sigue Sputnik #atari #siguesiguesputnik #domark #flauntit La sigla di Atariteca è stata gentilmente offerta da Bluefixxer: https://bluefixxer.bandcamp.com/releases Per tutto il resto c'è il sito di ATA…
 
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