Friday, September 21, 2018

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 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by 10 PM EST on October 2nd. Please put Summer of Tanks contest in the subject line. If you've already won something from my show, please sit out this one if you could. Thank you all for listening!

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PG 206, Bobby Is Going Home!

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 send your feedback to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by the end of the day, 30 September. Thank you all so much for listening, and for your patience.

Pertinent Links

Bobby Is Going Home on Atarimania
Ample Ace Co. web site
Supergame VG 2800
Supergame VG 3000
No Swear Gamer 413 - Bobby Is Going Home
No Swear Gamer Bobby Is Going Home gameplay
Kulihat ibu pertiwi
Flanders 72 - Bobby Is Going Home video
Flanders 72 on Bandcamp

Saturday, September 1, 2018

2665, Front Line!

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 for listening and enjoy the rest of your summer, of which we have three more weeks. No matter what schools and pumpkin spice lattes say.

Pertinent Tanks

Front Line on Random Terrain
Front Line on KLOV
Ed Temple interview by Scott Stilphen, Joe Santulli, and John Hardie
Jim's Ferg demo. Thanks Jim!
No Swear Gamer 472 - Front Line
No Swear Gamer Front Line gameplay
Eugenio's interview with Brian Colin
Zero Page Homebrew Video Games on Facebook

Sunday, August 26, 2018

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

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

AZ-028, Robot Tank!

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 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Tank you for listening!

Robot Links

Keystone Kapers 2 on Youtube
Robot Tank on Random Terrain
Alan Miller interview by Al Backiel on Digital Press
Medal of Merit patch on Digital Press and the accompanying letter
Cross of Excellence patch on DP and the accompanying letter
Star of Honor patch on DP
USAF Legion of Merit medal
Robot Tank TC rom by Thomas Jentzsch
Don's Teepublic shop
Committee to Stop Killer Robots

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

707-111, Tanks But No Tanks!

The 2018 Summer Of Tanks kicks off with Tanks But No Tanks by Zimag, an NTSC version of the PAL game Phantom Tank by Bit Corporation. Don't know what Summer Of Tanks is? Well, fear not, it's only a listen away! Coming up next on Summer Of Tanks is Robot Tank by Activision, which may contain tanks. You have been warned. Do you like Robot Tank enough to shout about it? Well then, direct your shouting over to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com, and your shouting will be shouted or played shoutingly on the show. I hope you enjoy the episode and I tank you very kindly for listening! HAHAHA

Links But No Links

Activision Circle A Box Mark thread on Atari Age
March 1983 Video Game Update on Atari Compendium
Tanks But No Tanks on Random Terrain
No Swear Gamer 459 - Tanks But No Tanks
NSG Tanks But No Tanks gameplay video
8 Bit Rocket Essential Guide to Flash Games book infomercial
Earl Green's GoFundMe page
Earl's Atomic Arcade review
Retrogaming Times - History of Pac-Man on the 2600 by Eugenio
Edladdin Controllers

Friday, July 6, 2018

RA 4300, Fireball!

Hello everyone! Thank you for your patience, I hit a bit of a podcasting wall right before summer started, and now we have quite a few weeks of visiting with family, which has been great. The schedule for summer will be a bit up in the air, so please continue to bear with me, and I thank you. This episode is about Fireball by Arcadia/Starpath, a Breakout style game for the 2600. Sarah always tells me I sound tired when I record the podcast, and I can never hear it. It is very obvious in this episode however, and I do apologize for that. I really wanted to rerecord it, but that would have taken a few more weeks. I hope that you enjoy it regardless, there's lots of great feedback to listen to in the second half of the show at least.

The hardly promoted Summer of Tanks will happen, hopefully it will not become the Autumn of Tanks! The next game in the podcast will be Tanks But No Tanks by Zimag. You can start sending in feedback now if you'd like, I will announce the episode a week before it drops (fingers crossed) so you have enough time to get feedback in. Please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so very much for listening, and enjoy your summer!

Epyx/Summer Games History page by Tobias Weihmann
Arcadia/Starpath Catalog page with Frantic
Fireball on Random Terrain
No Swear Gamer 405 - Fireball
NSG Fireball gameplay
Syd Bolton's web site
Personal Computer Museum web site
Lost Treasures of Gaming Podcast with Syd Bolton

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Climber 5 by Dennis Debro!

Greetings fellow Climbers! In this episode, I speak with Dennis Debro about his first homebrew game, Climber 5! We also talk about his Pac-Man 4K homebrew and much of the work he's done helping other homebrewers. It was a great conversation and I am grateful to Dennis for talking with me.

Next up will be Fireball by Starpath, another paddle game, yay! If you have any thoughts on this game, please send them to me by end of day June 10th at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com.

Don Croswhite's Jungle Ferg design will be available on TeePublic starting tomorrow, May 31st, at 8 am. You will be able to buy shirts, Coffee mugs, and stickers at a discounted price until June 3rd at 8 am. Please support Don, he does great work!

Thank you so much for listening.

Crabtowne USA
Alien Attack on Good Deal Games (scroll down)
Pickle Contest on Atari Age
Ted Dabney memorial by Benj Edwards
Ted Dabney on Retro Gaming Roundup podcast and Transcript
XYPE web site
Climber 5 original version thread on Atari Age
Climber 5 by James Rogers in Compute Magazine
Kason's Tower by James Rogers in ANALOG Magazine on Atari Magazines
How to Draw a Playfield by Nick Bensema on Random Terrain
Climber 5 Label Contest
Climber 5 on the Atari Age Store
Dennis Debro's Pac-Man 4K on the Atari Age Store
David Thiel at Portland Retro Gaming Expo
Space Invaders sound chip by Ken Shirriff
Croswhite Designs on TeePublic

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7-007, Polaris!

On today's episode we plumb the depths of the game Polaris by Tigervision, a port of the Taito arcade game. Will it be a great game, or will it be subpar? Yes, these are the quality jokes that you can expect from this show. Up next will be the homebrew game Climber 5 by Dennis Debro, with whom I will be talking for the episode. Thank you so much to Dennis for that! If you have any feedback on Climber 5, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of day on May 27th. The night before that, Sarah and I will be at Crabtowne USA in Glen Burnie, MD. Lots of classic games there to play, so please come and say hello if you're in the area. Thanks so much for listening!

Barnstorming glitch story on Kotaku
Polaris on KLOV
Polaris on Random Terrain
Polaris on Atari Protos
First Polaris launch from USS George Washington 
No Swear Gamer 445 - Polaris
Glen Planamento's Flashback 7 Review