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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 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 wit 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.

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 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 wit 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.
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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 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 wit 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.

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Episodes

S2:E12: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 2

10/3/2019
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In the follow-up episode to the Season 2, Episode 12, Steve and Jeff continue their discussion of the impact that Star Wars on their video game experience and video games in general. They also add in a story by Steve and have a game play session of the Arcade, Atari 2600, and Atari 400/800/XL/XE version(s) of Star Wars Death Star Battle. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Instagram:...

Duration:01:16:42

S2:E11: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 1

9/22/2019
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In this two-part series we delve deep into Star Wars (or Star Wars:A New Hope for those who didn’t see the movie in the summer of 1977). We examine the movie’s affect on us as 70’s kids and how Atari’s 1983 coin-operated “Star Wars: The Arcade Game” finally gave us the chance to be Luke Skywalker. See the photos from Sept. 26th, 1977 here: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/09/22/s22es2e11-star-wars-and-atari-in-the-vertical-blank-part-1/ References: -Coin Connection, May 1983 -Jed...

Duration:01:15:48

S2:E10: Playing Outside in Generation X

9/13/2019
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To salute the end of summer, w e are re-running a story from last season named "Big Mouse And Little Mouse" that has been updated, expanded and remastered. This is a story about the type of imaginative play that occurs when kids are trying to discover the world. This was play in world of the mid 70's, without screens (except the wood console one on the living room). The events in this story are all real, and all took place on a single day that I recall vividly from our childhood. The story...

Duration:00:26:02

S2:E9: DragonStomper And The Birth Of Console RPGs

8/22/2019
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Into the vertical blank: Generation Atari: Season 2, Episode 9 DragonStomper In the episode, Steve and Jeff take a deep look at the Atari 2600 game Dragon Stomper, what it meant to them in the grand scheme of gaming, and also how it had an effect on early 80’s video and computer games as a whole. AtariProtos.com Dragon Stomper Page http://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/dragonstomper/dragonstomper.htm Halcyon Days Interview with Steve...

Duration:00:55:20

S2:E8: The Exact Moment Nintendo Won The Video game War (A Short, Left Handed Episode)

7/26/2019
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In this short summer bonus episode, Steve explores what he thinks is the exact moment Nintendo beat everyone and and won the video game war. I imagine, it's not exactly what you expect.

Duration:00:11:12

S2: E7 Pele's Soccer, Atari, and A Summer Story

7/7/2019
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Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Season 2 Episode 7 : Emits a shower of sparks: How we stopped playing soccer and started playing Atari (along with Pele) In this episode, Steve and Jeff cover Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600, and the cultural as well as business atmosphere surrounding the game. This game fit perfectly into the summer episode slot as Soccer in the USA is mostly a summer sport, but also because Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600 was one of the first games to include...

Duration:00:54:56

'Claw Hammer' : Father's Day Special Edition

6/16/2019
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This is a rebroadcast of the the story 'Claw Hammer' from season 1, episode 2. specially for father's day.

Duration:00:27:06

S2:E6: Why We Collect Atari

6/9/2019
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In this episode, Steve and Jeff have a frank discussion about what they collect and why they collect Atari. Also includes a couple segments from Steve's "Fultonbot's Atari Quest" blog series, as well as an impromptu live remote visit to their favorite retro game store.

Duration:01:09:54

S2:E5: Electronic Games Magazine

5/16/2019
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In this epiosde of Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari, Steve and Jeff celebrate the magazine that started it all. The first publicaion in the USA that was strictly devoted to video and electronic games. The brothers bring you two stories of thos glories magazine, each featuring a different issue of that impacted their childhood in a remarkable way. Digital Press Landing pages for Electonic Games Magazine Scanned...

Duration:01:01:10

s2:E4: Top-10 Worst Real-Life Products For Classic Video Gamers

4/26/2019
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What were some of hidden factors that led to the fall of Atari and the golden age of classic video game consoles? Did the world at large really understand video games at all? In this episode we set out to prove, through the lens of some truly awful products and ideas, that the industry might have killed itself. The back pages and new products sections of Electronic Games magazine in 1982 and 1983 were filled with all sorts of products, services and offers that were dubious at best, and...

Duration:00:19:51

S2: E3. We Always Wanted To Work for Atari

4/6/2019
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Steve and Jeff provide two new stories about wanting to work for, with, or somehow adjacent to classic Atari. The pair also answer feedback, to explain recent Irata, and give some responses to their favorite podcasts. Tony Longworth’s incredibly melodic industrial grunge track “Into the Vertical Blank” again accompanies this episode, along with original music and audio productions from the Fulton Brothers. Tony Longworth’s Music: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyLongworth The Atari...

Duration:01:01:29

S2:E2: Going,Going,Gone (Fun Factory, Sears, Pizza Parlours)

3/22/2019
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This week we are inspired by one of our all-time a favorite podcasts This American Life. Taking a cue from Ira Glass’s often copied, but never duplicated style, we have collected three new stories on single topic: Going Going, Gone. Our first “Going” story from myself, Steve, called “Surprise Box” is about a seaside arcade that is destined to close forever. Our next “going” story S from Jeff called “The Magic Basement” is about a certain retail establishment that is now on its last legs, but...

Duration:00:49:20

Bonus #2 Friday Display List: Feedback and response

3/16/2019
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This week, 8bitjeff gets into a some awesome listener feedback and provides some of his own for the Atari 5200 Podcast. First up some questions and answers for Tony Longworth, who’s Into The Vertical Blank song gets its own full length airing in the episode. Next up is an incredible story by Bill Lange about his father, his childhood, Christmas and Lionel Trains. To finish off the episode, Jeff provides instant feedback to the 5200 Podcast on their most recent episode about Star Wars games...

Duration:00:29:01

S2:E1: The Disappearance Of Charley Chuck : Atari Food Fight

3/10/2019
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In this first episode of season 2 the Fulton’s dive into a mystery: Why hasn’t Atari’s magnificent 1983 game “Food Fight” appeared any of their retro game collections? Where has it is gone? Episode features an in-depth interview with the fabulous Jonathan Hurd, creator on the Food Fight arcade game for GCC and Atari. Atari 2015 IP Catalog: http://news.calyptus.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atari-IPs-Sept15.pdfAtari Production Numbers Memo: http://www.atarigames.com/atarinumbers90s.pdfAtari...

Duration:01:07:32

Bonus Podcast: A Trip To The Retro City Festival In Pomona, CA

1/10/2019
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In this Bonus podcast between Season 1 and Season 2, Steve takes his family to the Retro City Festival in Pomona, CA . Mild, family friendly hijinks ensue.

Duration:00:38:41

S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank plus The Christmas Train

12/23/2018
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In this season 1 finale, the Fulton brothers discuss the early years of Atari and Christmas, culminating in a Christmas story that ties a bow on a few of the previous stories and themes from this season. There are also some surprises, weird occurances, and awkwardness. Lots and lots of awkwardness. What were you expecting? Some Images To Illustrate The Podcast

Duration:01:27:11

S1:E9: Laser Blast And The Weird Family Thanksgiving

11/22/2018
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S1:E9: The Weird Family Thanksgiving In the Vertical Blank In the penultimate episode of season one of Into The Vertical Blank, travel back to Thanksgiving holidays of the past to find out how pop culture, games and Atari fit into The Vertical Blank. This episode features a story by Steve Fulton named "The Weird Family" and Story by Jeff Fulton named "4 Days In...

Duration:01:07:19

S1:E8: Wild Gunman and The Bronze Age Of Arcade Games

10/25/2018
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S1:E8: The Bronze Age of Arcade Video Games In this episode Steve and Jeff discuss their favorite games and memories of the Bronze Age of arcade video games, a period that spans 1971 (pong) to 1978 (Space Invaders). The pair talk about what was special about those games, and why they matter today. Also included: new music by Jeff, Atari Haiku, a remix by Jeff, and brand-new story by Steve named “Sharpshooter”. Games Mentioned Pac-Man 256: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86_pplPreoBard’s...

Duration:01:08:03

S1:E7: Playing The VCS Together, Interview with Jamie Lendino

9/18/2018
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This episode takes a slightly more personal turn as twin brother hosts Jeff and Steve Fulton tell stories and relive memories of playing together in both analog and digital ways in the 1970’s. The episode includes an original non-fiction story by Steve Fulton titled “Big Mouse And Little Mouse 1.0”. This episode also features an interview with Jamie Lendino about his book “Adventure: The Atari VCS At The Dawn Of Console Gaming”. Show Notes Extreme Tech Website edited by Jamie Lendino:...

Duration:01:18:37

S1:E6 - How The Atari ST and MIDI Might Have Ruined Our Favorite 80's Rock Band

8/21/2018
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The only thing from the 80's that could rival our love for Atari was our love for punk rock and new wave, and especially, our favorite band: The Alarm. In 1987 those two things combined in an unexpected way. So unexpected in fact, that we were only able to fully understand impact of those two world's clashing more than 30 years later. This episode documents that journey to understanding. In 1987 we gave up the "Little Blue Desktop " of Atari 800 DOS for the Little Green Desktop of the Atari...

Duration:00:57:30