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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 when we can't find those answers, well, we make 'em up.

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 when we can't find those answers, well, we make 'em up.
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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 when we can't find those answers, well, we make 'em up.

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EPISODE 117: MIDWEST GAMING CLASSIC WRAP UP

4/22/2018
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I just flew in from Milwaukee and boy are my arms tired.* *I didn't actually fly. I drove.** **My arms are fine. Thanks for asking. I just came back from the 2018 Midwest Gaming Classic where I had a great time at the Atari Bytes table talking to current listeners and lots of potential new listeners. If you are one of those new listeners, welcome to the party! I also picked up some great new games from the various vendors selling their wares, played some great arcade games and met a slew...

Duration:01:09:13

EPISODE 116: RAMPAGE (7800)

4/15/2018
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A political hot button issue is the state of America's infrastructure. Our bridges, roads and buildings are crumbling before our eyes. It's a national crisis. And, yet, our politicians do nothing. What the liberal media WON'T tell you about, though, is the plague of mutated dinosaurs, werewolves and gorillas that are single-handedly (triple-handedly?) devouring our great cities and pooping the rubble into those devastated roads. The Atari 7800 port of the 1986 Bally Midway arcade classic...

Duration:00:28:49

EPISODE 115: LASER BLAST

4/8/2018
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As you emerge from your chocolate Easter bunny sugar coma, let episode 115 of ATARI BYTES spool soothing wake up game info into your ear holes. Back in 1980-81-ish, we imagine, the folks at Activision had this new space battle game, sort of a top-down Missile Command with alien invaders and ground forces and lots of laser battles. "What should we call it?" someone asked. They came up with lots of cool options, but couldn't agree on one. It was getting to be 5 o'clock and the production...

Duration:00:53:04

EPISODE 114: SEA HUNT

4/1/2018
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Here, in episode 114, there be monsters! In Froggo's 1987 treasure-hunting adventure SEA HUNT, it's raining gold doubloons. The pieces of eight are scattered like our dreams on the ocean floor as you, fearless skin diver, harpoon man-eating fish and sea monsters to get to a sunken Spanish galleon. Is the game a treasure chest or a bucket of chum? Whatever the answer, the story within might be the key to Davey Jones' locker...and his heart. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for...

Duration:00:35:42

EPISODE 113: VIDEO PINBALL

3/25/2018
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Hey, Pinheads! Don't biff the bumpers, just nudge the podcast machine - DON'T TILT! - and check out this week's kick-out hole of an episode before it goes down the drain. Obviously, this week's episode is all about golf. Kidding! Don't do a panic flip. Now, let me do a lazarus ball to get these show notes back on track. This week, on episode 113, we're playing VIDEO PINBALL, Atari's 1980 port of it's own 1978 coin-op machine. Is the game (and the story therein) a house ball or a gobble...

Duration:00:39:19

EPISODE 112: FISHING DERBY

3/18/2018
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Sorry! No show this week. We've gone fishin'... Just kidding! In episode 112, we've gone fishin' AND we're doing a show. How is this possible? Well, obviously we're playing the 1980 Activision (squee!) game FISHING DERBY. So is playing this game like landing a lunker or is it the one that got away? And why, we wonder, are these fish derby-izing? Unlike the typical fish story, we actually check the facts on this one. Pull up a bucket of chum and join us! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at...

Duration:00:29:51

EPISODE 111: ENCOUNTER AT L-5

3/11/2018
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We could have phoned in this week's episode, #111 to be specific. We could have tossed Encounter at L-1 at you. Maybe even L-2 with nary a thought. Encounters L-3 and 4? Probably good enough. But we here at ATARI BYTES believe that any encounters below L-5 are for chumps, which is why we've got for you: ENCOUNTER AT L-5 from Data Age, 1982. No need to thank me. But what do we find on our Encounter at L-5? Tune in to find out... Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative...

Duration:00:37:41

EPISODE 110: DEADLY DUCK

3/4/2018
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Episode 110 of the podcast is silent...but DEADLY. That is to say, we're playing DEADLY DUCK, the 1982 20th Century Fox game. It's sort of like waterfowl nested inside a Space Invaders game and QUACKED everything up. Also, there are brick-wielding crabs and dragonflies armed with bombs. Because why not? What story could I possibly make out of this? Hope I don't lay a (duck) egg on this one. Listen to find out if I do. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of...

Duration:00:37:02

EPISODE 109: BOXING

2/25/2018
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Ding-Ding! In the left corner, weighing in at episode 109, it's BOXING by Activision, 1980. In the right corner, weighing in at...well, he's working on it. Gotta get back on that treadmill. It's PODCASTER BILL. Gentlemen...fight! Dirty tricks and junk-punching totally okay. Our salute to the Olympics concludes this week with an Activision game. We do love us some Activision here on the podcast. Does this game disappoint? Listen and find out. Then hang around the ring for this week's...

Duration:00:28:20

EPISODE 108: BOWLING

2/18/2018
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Our salute to the Olympics continues this week in episode 108. Like all elite Olympic athletes, I've got a beer and a pocket full of nachos (I hope those are nachos). Why? Because we're going BOWLING! The 1978 Atari version that is. You might argue bowling is not an actual Olympic sport. I submit to you that, as with doughnuts being a health food, in my reality Olympic bowling darn well is a thing. In this week's story: what mystery and intrigue lurks at the other end of the lane? Grab...

Duration:00:53:51

EPISODE 107: WINTER GAMES (7800)

2/11/2018
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As the episode rolls out, the 2018 winter Olympics are underway. The competition! The pageantry! The steroid scandals! To celebrate, we're leaping off the ski jump into the future to play the 1985 game WINTER OLYMPICS from Epyx FOR THE ATARI 7800!!! If the story WITHIN the game we've come up with can be believed (it can't), the drama and intrigue on the ski jump, bobsled, speed skating rink and biathalon (biathalon? Really?) is NOTHING compared to the thrilling adventure going on behind...

Duration:00:36:09

EPISODE 106: COMMANDO RAID

2/4/2018
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This week on the podcast, we're going commando! Aren't you glad this is an audio podcast? Of course, we're actually referring to this week's game COMMANDO RAID, a 1982 game from U.S.Games, a division of Quaker Oats. The odor of heavy artillery fire and oatmeal hangs heavy in the air. In this week's story within the game, we wonder: in the war between the humans and androids, are there any winners? R.I.P. Mort Walker Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of...

Duration:00:32:13

EPISODE 105: STAR VOYAGER

1/28/2018
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When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...though retro gamers get preferential treatment. Am I right??? Well, we wished upon a star and we got episode 105 of Atari Bytes - STAR VOYAGER, the iMagic game from 1982. We wanted to be 6"1", with a chiseled physique and good cheekbones. But this is a good consolation prize. I've still got some Ranch Doritos in the kitchen, so it's all good. In STAR VOYAGER, you travel among the stars protecting star ports from the...

Duration:00:37:48

EPISODE 104: E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1/21/2018
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If they only knew. If only Elliott and those soft-hearted scientists knew. In 1982, extra-terrestrials invaded Earth - by leaving a so-homely-he's-cute alien being to wander the planet, seeking only to feed his addiction to sugary snacks and flowers. This horror was chronicled by some brave journalist named Steven Spielberg in the documentary "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial". Our government finally caught the would-be conquerer of Earth. Phew! Crisis averted! But then...they let him...

Duration:00:49:04

EPISODE 103: MAZE CRAZE

1/14/2018
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In 1978, Atari was all set to unleash upon the world another maze game. But then someone said, "We can do better. We can make this maze game something more...something with higher stakes. We can turn an ordinary maze game into a SUPER maze game of chases. We could make this game...a game of COPS AND ROBBERS! We have the technology." And MAZE CRAZE was born. And it, in turn, begat this podcast episode a mere forty years after that. Funny how fate works. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at...

Duration:00:42:13

EPISODE 102: VANGUARD

1/7/2018
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We can thank the 1981 arcade game VANGUARD, and the 1982 Atari port we're talking about this week, for giving us many firsts: the "continue" feature, four-direction shooting, multi-direction stage scrolling, and invincibility power-ups. But can VANGUARD give us the love we so desperately need? Failing that, how about egg rolls? I feel like some egg rolls... Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball...

Duration:00:37:02

EPISODE 101: TAPPER

12/31/2017
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As 2017 slinks off the stage wiping from it's jacket bits of rotten tomato, we prepare to usher in a new year full of promise and, of course, Atari games. The (root beer) taps are open. Let's celebrate! And celebrate we do with Bally Midway's 1983 root beer (*wink*) -slinging party TAPPER. Cheers! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". Pick up Atari Bytes mugs and more at our AB_Pod_Store on...

Duration:00:46:45

EPISODE 100: CHRISTMAS EVE!

12/24/2017
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Egg the nog, yule the log and send Rudolph to guide Santa through the fog. It's CHRISTMAS EVE! Oh, and it just happens to be episode 100 of this here podcast thingy. So what does all this mean for this week's ATARI BYTES episode? I dunno. Let's find out together! Happy holidays, everyone! Links: Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and, this week, "Happy Happy Game Show". Atari Bytes - show...

Duration:00:40:59

EPISODE 99: REACTOR

12/17/2017
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So, here's what I think happened: In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said something about the nuclear arms race and the dangers of nuclear waste. The designers waged all out war, each entrenched in their positions. Until Mr. Parker Brother said, "Work together or you're fired." And, thus, REACTOR was born. Those designers...

Duration:00:48:28

EPISODE 98: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

12/10/2017
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ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK... ...With another episode. Number 98 to be specific. This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we're playing the game based on episode II of the original Star Wars trilogy, which *actually* was episode V of the overall story. Hey, wake up. This is nerdery at it's finest. Anyway, we're playing STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Is it a good time or do we need the Force just to get through the thing? And by...

Duration:00:26:56

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