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M*A*S*H by 20th Century Fox

In this episode we take a look at the 20th Century Fox game M*A*S*H, and also do a mini Bonus Track on the TV show, sorry about that. Next up on the show will be Quest For Quintana Roo by Sunrise. If you have any feedback on this game, please send it to me at by end of the day September 21. NO STRAGGLERS. :) There were no entries for the surprise contest in the Malagai episode. Either no one listened to the end of the show, or the clues were too, wait for it,...


Malagai by Answer Software

Hi there, thanks so much for your patience for the last 6 months of my podcast drought. Today I bring you Malagai by Answer Software, and I also discuss their Personal Game Programmer. Next up on the show will be M*A*S*H by 20th Century Fox. If you have any feedback for that game, please send it to me at by September 7th. Thank you very kindly for listening, and once again I am grateful for your patience and kind thoughts and words. There's still time to donate...


Video Store Golden Age with Greg

In this episode I talk with Greg aka SoulBlazer from the SNES Podcast and the Playstation Power Podcast. He helped establish NES game rentals in the video store that his mother managed in the 80s and 90s. It's a fun interview and I hope that you enjoy it. As always, I thank you for listening. The photo used as the artwork was found on Roger Ebert's web site without a photographer credit. Please don't sue.


Long Overdue Podcast Update

Just a quick update on what's happening with the show. Thanks for your support, patience, and as always, for listening.


Crackpots by Activision

Today's episode is about Crackpots, the Activision game that was the first 2600 game by Dan Kitchen, who went on to make many more (and is still making them!). I hope that you enjoy the episode. Next on the podcast is Malagai, by Answer Software. If you have this game, I would love to see a photo of it on Facebook or Twitter, see the links below for those. If you have any thoughts on the game, please send them to me at by end of day 17 February. Just tell me what...


Pengo by Atari

This episode is all about the very cute Sega arcade game Pengo, as ported by Atari. Not by GCC, which is surprising for this time period. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Next up is Crackpots by Activision. If you have any thoughts on Crackpots, please get them to me at by 6 PM EST on 5 February. Thank you for your patience, and for listening. Pengo on Random Terrain Pengo on Atari Protos Pengo on KLOV Mark Hahn interview by Scott Stilphen Mark Hahn's web...


Interview - Jeff Ronne, Tron Deadly Discs

Greetings and welcome to my hopefully new feature, interview episodes! First up is Jeff Ronne, who was the programmer for Tron Deadly Discs from M Network. I really enjoyed talking with him and I am grateful to him for his time. He's an interesting guy and also one of the few programmers at that time who programmed games for multiple systems. If you have any comments, you can email them to me at, or leave them on the Facebook or Twitter pages. Thanks so much for...


Tron Deadly Discs by M Network

Happy New Year! The first episode of 2019 is all about Tron Deadly Discs, by M Network, a tiny little division of Mattel Electronics. Please stay tuned to the feed for an interview with programmer Jeff Ronne. I enjoyed talking with him and I hope that you will give it a listen. Next up will be Pengo by Atari. If you have any feedback for Pengo, please get it to me by the end of the day 20th January. Thank you all so much for listening! Tron Deadly Discs on Random Terrain Jeff Ronne on...


Christmas 2018

Thank you all so much for everything this year. It means so much to me that you are all enjoying and contributing to the show. Sarah and I wish you all the best holiday season ever. Paul Rickards Pen Plotter site Puerto Rican Christmas music from Eugenio More from Eugenio A little bit more from Eugenio Pixel Advocate Podcast Waveback Podcast Gal Walks Into A Comic Shop Podcast Bill's The Escapist website


Bonus Track - Toys R Us

The closing of Toys R Us has been rolling around in my head for months, I finally had some time to sit down and record it. I guess it's appropriate since it's Christmas time. I hope you enjoy it, thank you for listening! Toys R Us bankruptcy press release Vintage Toys R Us on Retro Junk Sunnyvale Toys R Us on Computer History Museum (thumbnail photo) Doug McCoy's Nintendo Get With It Kit video Jean Shepherd's Route 22


Infiltrate by Apollo

In this episode I will be looking at (and also talking about) the Apollo game Infiltrate, which is kind of like a dumbed down Elevator Action for our Atari 2600. I don't have an exact date for the next game yet, but it will be tron Deadly Discs by M Network and will come out in January. If you have any Christmas memories that you would like to submit to the 6th annual Christmas show, please send them to me by the end of the day on December 16th. Also, I will be announcing a date and time for...


Stargunner by Telesys

Thank you to everyone for your patience waiting for this Stargunner episode. Of course, the research was all done the week before the episode was due out, then I got sick that weekend. So the lesson here is that procrastination is good. I have a lot of the research done for Infiltrate, so that will be out the week after Thanksgiving, and that will be the last game of the year. So if you have feedback for Infiltrate, please send it to by end of day November 25th. I...


Kangaroo by Atari

Today I'll be covering Atari's Kangaroo, a 1983 arcade port. It has a kangaroo in it, in case you were wondering. Two, actually. I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is Stargunner by Telesys, a pretty rare game. If you have a great many thoughts on this game, please send them to me by end of day 4 November, and I will include it in the show. Please make sure you put your name in the file if you send an audio submission! Also, please consider donating to me or any of my friends that...


Crypts of Chaos by 20th Century Fox

After a short delay, I am back with Crypts of Chaos by 20th Century Fox. A fine dungeon crawler if I do say so (and I do), a genre that is underrepresented on the Atari 2600. Coming up next is the arcade port Kangaroo by Atari. If you have feedback for this game, please send it to me by end of day October 18th, and the show will be out on the 21st. So he says. I am playing for Extra Life again this year, but I am going to split it between November 3rd and 10th. I am old and I can't stay...


Summer of Tanks Wrapup - Rank-a-Tank with Turbotastic Bryce

The Summer of Tanks officially closes with this great audio submission from Bryce, the host of the Turbotastic Podcast! He took all of the tank games on the 2600 and ranked them. I did the same, and I also posted polls on social media, so you'll hear what you think too! Also, if you'd like to enter the contest to win 5 of the 2600 tank games, please send an email to by 10 PM EST on October 2nd. Please put Summer of Tanks contest in the subject line. If you've already...


Bobby Is Going Home by Bit Corp

Today for the first time I delve into what I originally thought was a PAL exclusive game, Bobby Is Going Home by Bit Corporation. Music and fun, what more could you want? Special thanks to Flanders 72, a punk band from Brazil. They are a great band that has a song called Bobby Is Going Home, which they let me use for the show. You can buy the track at their Bandcamp site, as well as all of their other music, so please support them! Next up will be Crypts of Chaos by 20th Century Fox. Please...


Front Line by Coleco

We bring the #SummerOfTanks to a close with the wonderful Front Line by Coleco, a run and tank game kinda similar to Commando (which will be an episode in 2045). I hope you enjoyed the #SummerOfTanks because that will be the last themed season that I do on this show. It just happened to work out that way. Next time I'm covering Bobby Is Going Home, a very special PALcast requested very gently by my friend Rama. Please send in your feedback no later than 6 pm EST on 11 September. Thank you...


Game Masters Exhibition with Ian

In this special episode, I talk with my nephew Ian about our trip to the Game Masters Exhibition at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The exhibition is only there until September 3rd, so if you want to go, please hurry! Thank you for listening. Game Masters at Franklin Institute Game Masters Wikipedia page Botanicula by Jaromír Plachý Child of Eden by Tetsuya Mizuguchi


Robot Tank by Activision

The next entry in the Summer Of Tanks is Robot Tank, by Activision. Lots of great feedback for this game, thank you all! Coming up next will be Front Line by Coleco, which will be the last Summer Of Tanks game. The release will be slightly delayed due to my parents' visit, so please get your feedback in to me by 23 August. You can send it to me at Tank you for listening! Robot Links Keystone Kapers 2 on Youtube Robot Tank on Random Terrain Alan Miller...


Too Many Games 2018

It's been over a month, but I finally had a chance to sit down and talk about what I did at Too Many Games this year. I went for one of the three days, met some old and new friends, had a lot of fun, and yes, bought too many games. You may notice the extreme lack of tanks in this episode, I apologize for that. But as always, I do tank you for listening. Too Many Links Too Many Games home page Atari Texas on Youtube Len Herman's site Rolenta Press Brett Weiss' web site Pre-order...