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Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari

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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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United States

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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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English

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3109778012


Episodes

S2:E18 Bonus #2: Pork Chops And Retro Games Sizzle At CES 2020

1/15/2020
In this season 2 bonus episode, Steve makes a visit to CES 2020 and looks in all corners for signs of retro games. Some photos here: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2020/01/15/s218-bonus-2-porch-cjops-and-retro-games-sizzle-at-ces-2020/

Duration:00:18:16

S2:E17: Bonus - Book Review Of Galaga From Boss Fight Books And More!

1/1/2020
This episode is a quick apology for mixing an episode of The Alarm podcast into the Into The Vertical Blank Feed. This episode contains content that never made it into season 2 including book reviews for Galaga from Boss Fight Books and American Nerd, The Story Of My People, as well as a remote collecting excusrion and a lost intro for S2:E15. Again, sorry about the mix-up.

Duration:01:10:27

#22: 2019 Year-End New Year's Interview With Mike Peters

1/1/2020
In this New Years' episode, we interview Mike Peters about the present, which also happens to be the place the past and future collide.

Duration:01:08:25

S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best Atari Christmas Ever

12/22/2019
The Season 2 finale of Into The Vertical Blank. In this episode we pull out all the stops and explain exactly why Atari means so much to us. This honest, naked, all-cards-on-the-table, frank episode includes an Eponymous Story named "The Best #*@! Christmas Ever" that tells all. There is also discussion and a remix that incorporates the entirety of Season 2. This is probably not the final episode ever of Into The Vertical Blank, but if it was, we'd be satisfied that we achieved what we set...

Duration:01:24:33

S2: E15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems

11/29/2019
In this episode we dig into American Thanksgiving 1986 and discuss our transition from the Atari 800 to the Atari ST with the Atari 7800 squeezed in between. Tony Longworth: https://patreon.com/tonylongworth Some of the music in this Episode was created using an 8bitweapon Loop Library: https://8bitweapon.com/ The original Atari playfield From 8bitrocket.com http://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/07/28/atari-play-field-atari-st-games-1-michtron/ All other audio content, production and...

Duration:01:14:38

S2:14: Asteroids 40th Anniversary

11/3/2019
We salute Asteroids 40th anniversary with a discussion of how things have changed since 1979, and with a rebroadcast of the story "Escape To The Asteroids Zone"

Duration:00:51:23

S2:E13: The Haunting of the Vertical Blank : Now With Photos!

10/20/2019
Into the vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 2 Episode 13 : The Haunting of the Vertical Blank See some photos of the actual ESP tests here: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/10/20/s2e13-the-haunting-of-the-vertical-blank/ This time the guys discuss “scary” Atari games (mostly *not* scary all), some real-world experiences that beg the question “Was Jeff and Steve’s 520 Atari ST haunted?”, a story about a creepy pen and paper “game” that had a profound effect on the pair growing up, and...

Duration:01:08:41

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

10/3/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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

S2:6.5: Claw Hammer : Father's Day Special Edition

6/16/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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

S2:E1.5 Friday Display List: Feedback and response

3/16/2019
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