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Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari

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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 nostalgia real. It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses. In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now. We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank. Credits: Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

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 nostalgia real. It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses. In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now. We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank. Credits: Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

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United States

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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 nostalgia real. It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses. In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now. We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank. Credits: Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

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English

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Episodes

S3:E25: 1981 - Atari VCS Christmas

12/23/2020
S3:E25; 1981 - Atari VCS Christmas For the 2020 Christmas episode we go back 39 years to 1981 and talk about how it felt to want, and ultimately, get, an Atari VCS that year. We have a story from Steve about our twin scheming and planning to get a VCS, and then we have a discussion about our top-10 VCS games available at the end of 1981. We hope these memories and stories help you have a good holiday in 2020 no matter what you celebrate or what your situation might be. Merry Christmas and...

Duration:01:42:34

S3:E24: Three Ghosts From Christmas Past

12/20/2020
As we we prepare for the 2020 Chirstmas episode of Into The Vertical Blank, here is a supercut of three Christmas stories from past seasons told for the first tiem, in Chronological order: -The Best @*#! Christmas Ever (1983) -Atari 7800 Christmas (1986) -The Christmas Train (1982-2011)

Duration:01:48:28

S3: E23. Why We Are Thankful for STOS: The Game Creator

11/20/2020
S3: E23. Why we are Thankful for STOS: The Game Creator In this episode the brothers talk about the creation of their one and only completed Atari ST game (“Zamboozal Poker Dice”) and the tools that helped them complete it: the Mandarin / JawX Software products under the STOS banner. Come along for the ride as they discuss the old days of making games on their favorite 16 bit computer. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music -...

Duration:01:10:31

S3:E22: Haunted House and the top 27 Scary Things For Atari Fans

10/29/2020
In this episode Steve and Jeff cover the Wii Haunted House port from 2010, and also make their list of the top 27 things that scare Atari Fans (or at least scare Steve and Jeff). They also feature an Easter egg from their past and a fantastic Tony Longworth tune. Listen here or on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify. Steam Store Haunted House: https://store.steampowered.com/app/9960/Haunted_House/ Credits Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by...

Duration:01:06:20

S3E21: News Update! Plus the Top-50 Toys and Products from the 1977 Sears Wish Book

10/19/2020
Right before the Atari VCS, Star Wars toys, and Lego hit big in the 70's there was the 1977 Sears Wish Book. It's like an archive of everything "cool" before things got real. Every year in September or October, the Sears Wish Book would arrive in the mail, and our job was to circle the things we wanted for Christmas. In this episode we dive into the top-50 weird and wonderful products from the 1977 Sears Wishbook (plus some extras) You can follow along in the links below: Wishbook Pages...

Duration:01:34:02

S3:E20: The Ballad Of Castle Park Arcade

10/4/2020
In this episodes we take you back to an era when arcades in the shape of rockets and castles ruled the land, and TV shows like CHiPs ruled the airwaves. Most every kid who grew-up in the Golden Age of video games had a favorite place to play games. For us, it was Castle Park in Redondo Beach, CA. In this episode we have a story about Castle Park named "Ode To Castle Park", and we do something brand new: We recap an entire episode of the TV show CHiPs. Season 6, episode 13 of the show CHiPs...

Duration:01:28:53

S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and IrataOnline Give Plato New Life

9/23/2020
Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and Irata-Online Give Plato New Life Fujinet is an exciting new creation for Atari 8bit computers that, among other things, allows them to connect up to the internet and load disk images straight off of FTP sites. It is the brainchild of the genius Thomas Cherryhomes who would like to have this type of device built for all home computers. Thomas started out by building IrataOnline, a version of...

Duration:01:28:17

S3:E18: News Updates and Musing On The Amazing "Karateka"

9/8/2020
In this episode we have updates on news from around the world of Atari, including the very sad and depressing passing of Curt Vendel, who we only just interviewed this season. We also have a discussion about the game "Karateka" along with a book review of Jordan Mechner's "The Making Of Karateka" Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional Music : 8bit Wonderland by Tony Longworth Visit...

Duration:01:02:11

S3 E17: Our Top 50 Favorite Games from Atari

8/11/2020
Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Episode 50! In this Episode we both ranked out top 50 games released by Atari across all platforms and came up with our combined top 50 + about 30 honorable mentions. Systems - Atari 2600, 5200, 400/800/XL/XE, ST, Lynx Jaguar and even more. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “8 Bit Wonderland” By Tony...

Duration:01:46:48

S3:E16: GCC Part 2: Ms. Pac-Man and the Sad Fate of the The Atari 7800

7/10/2020
In part 2 of our discussion with Steve Golson, we cover the glory of the Ms. Pac-Man, arcade game, and fate the lay ahead for GCC as Atari's silent but productive game and hardware producing secret weapon. Betty Ryan bio: http://www.atariwomen.org/stories/betty-ryan-tylko/ Electronic Games June 1982 :http://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_jun82.pdf Electronic Games September 1984:...

Duration:01:19:27

S3:E15: How A Few MIT Dropouts Became Atari’s Secret Weapon

7/3/2020
In this episode we talk to Steve Golson, hacker/engineer for GCC and creator of the hardware that converted Pac-Man into Ms. Pac Man. In part one of a two part conversation, we chat about the era of coin-op “speed-up kits” and how GCC's revolutionary ideas for converting "Missile Command " into “Super Missile Attack” led to the upstart company becoming Atari’s Secret Weapon. Don't miss this one! Golson is an amazing story teller! Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff...

Duration:01:07:02

S3:E14 - Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games

6/25/2020
S3:E14 Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games In this episode Steve and I discuss the games Tempest and Yars' Revenge and how they represented a change, at least to us, in the home and arcade gaming experience. We also have some home brew news, and a new song from Tony Longworth Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Spineless Wannabe Tinpot Dictator” By Tony Longworth Visit...

Duration:01:10:51

S3:E13: Common Off The Shelf Dad : A Father's Day Story

6/19/2020
A father's day story about being the "right-kind" of obsolete. Written, Recorded, Edited, Produced by Jeff And Steve Fulton Branding by Daryl Little Some music created with 8-bit Weapon Loop Library

Duration:00:14:10

S3:E13: Common Off The Shelf Dad

6/19/2020
A father's day story about the quest to become the "right-kind" of obsolete. Written, Recorded, Edited, Produced by Jeff And Steve Fulton Branding by Daryl Little Some music created with 8-bit Weapon Loop Library

Duration:00:14:10

S3:E12 :Atari News In A Time When You Probably Shouldn't Care About Such Things

6/4/2020
Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari: S3:E12 :Atari News In A time When You Probably Shouldn;t Care About Such Things In this episode we cover news from around the internet and the globe about all things Atari, New and old. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Beyond The Realms Of Possibility” By Tony Longworth Interviews Mentioned:: Johnny Wilson:...

Duration:00:54:24

S3:E11 Interview With Game Developer Jon Williams

5/27/2020
An Interview with Jon Williams a Gamer Developer for the Atari 8bit computers, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore C16, Amiga and many other platforms. We discuss some technical details about developing for the Atari 8bits, Commodore C16 and C64, and well as dive into his game development history and what he is working on now. Jon Williams Game...

Duration:00:55:37

S3:E10 : May 2020 News And Notes For Those Who Grew-Up Atari

5/20/2020
In this episode we cover Evercade Lynx 2, Pong Quest, Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast, Atari Bytes Podcast, Antic The Atari Podcast, Atari Party East, Champ Games VCS Robotron, Atari 7800 Dragon's Havoc, and more! -Written, edited, produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton -Additional Music - "Sense Delete" by Tony Longworth - -Branding By Tony Litts

Duration:00:54:24

S3:E9: One Left Turn: Discovering the Atari 8bit Computers In 1981

5/12/2020
A story about the day in 1981 when our mom made a split decision that helped us discover Atari computers. Written, engineeerd, and produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Additional music from Tony Longworth Branding by Daryl Litts

Duration:00:33:08

S3:E8: Westworld Redux 1976: Our First Venture Into An Arcade

5/4/2020
In this episode we discuss the affect the movie Westworld had on us as kids, and try to figure out why its' "anti-technology" message did not resonate. This episode also includes a remastered version of "Sharpshooter", the Westworld themed story from way back in Season 1. PS: We will soon have new branding by professional graphic designer and podcast listener Daryl Litts. Watch this space

Duration:00:42:44

S3:E7 Discussion with Curt Vendel about the Atari 7800 XM Module

5/1/2020
Into the Vertical Blank Generation Atari Season 3 Episode 7: Discussion with Curt Vendel about the Atari 7800 XM Module In this Episode we dive deep into the 7800 Expansion Module with Curt Vendel. We also discuss some history of the 7800, the original development and why it took Atari Corp so long to put it out into the market. Subscribe Links TunesGoogle Play Player FM Spotify Show Notes Tony Longworth https://tonylongworth.bandcamp.com/ http://www.atarimuseum.com/ Buy Atari...

Duration:01:55:17