Tuesday, April 6, 2021

1043, Condor Attack!

Hi there! Today's game is a bit late, is it worth waiting for? Have a listen to Condor Attack by Ultravision and find out for yourself. Big thanks go to Rob @Atarispot on Twitter, who helped me with the research into this game and company. Next up is the big 200th episode, which will feature Q*bert's Qubes by Parker Brothers and a PlusCart contest courtesy of Doug. But first, I need a vacation. The 200th episode will be out on April 21st, so if you have feedback for Q*bert's Qubes, please get it to me by April 18th. I hope you all have a wonderful Passover and Easter, and I thank you very much for listening.


Condor Attack on Random Terrain

Arcade Express October 10 1982 on Atari Compendium

Video Game Update November 1982 on Atari Compendium

Irving Rill obituary

Leonard Herman's Video Game Business cards

Condor Attack longplay by RickyC

InfoWorld January 17 1983 issue

Ultravision on the Video Game Console Library site

Thunktronix on Etsy, Purveyors of Fine 8-Bit Crafts

Eric talking about me and the podcast (in French) on No Two Mornings Are Alike on Radio Canada

Harry and Nick's RCA Studio 2 Game by Game Podcast

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

CX 2697, Mario Bros.!

Happy Mar10 Day everyone! Today we are taking a look at Mario Brothers, the Nintendo arcade game ported by Atari. Lots of opinions and info in this one, it seems like a simple game but there's a lot of nuance to it. I really hope that you enjoy listening to it. Next up will be Condor Attack, the first game I am covering from Ultravision. If you'd like to tell me your thoughts on Condor Attack, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by March 21st and I will get them into the show. We are almost to 200 episodes! If you're thinking there will be a celebration when we get to 200, I'm sorry, you would be incorrect. Thank you so much for listening and helping me get this far.

Mario Bros. on KLOV

Mario Bros. on Random Terrain 

Mario Bros. on Atari Protos

Mario Bros. Easter egg page on Atari Compendium

A Better Mario Bros. thread on Atari Age

Game Machine magazine July 15, 1983

Atari inter office memo mentioning Mario Bros. Sales, November 1983

Return of Mario Bros. hack on Atari Age

Harry's Mario Bros. Tips and Tricks video

Mario Bros. on Arcade USA

Mario Bros. on No Swear Gamer

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

7-005, Marauder!

Welcome to the show! This week we are looking at Marauder, by Tigervision. It's a pretty rare and expensive game, but worth the play if you have the means. I really enjoyed it. Coming up next is the Atari game Mario Brothers, yet another terrific Dan Hitchens arcade port. If you have any feedback for Mario Brothers, please get it to me by the end of the day on March 7th. I will tell you all about the game, no need to repeat that stuff, just tell me what you think of it. you can send all feedback to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!


Marauder on Random Terrain

Paul Stinson Studio web site via Wayback Machine 

Laine Nooney's blog post on Sierra artwork

Laine Nooney at MAGFest 2020

A New Marauder homebrew/hack by More Work Games

A New Marauder on Atari Age

Sunday, February 14, 2021

VC 2001, Gopher!

Hello there, this week's once again late entry is all about Gopher, by US Games. Coming to you from the Wickstead Design Associates arm of US Games, Gopher is a pretty fun title. I hope that you enjoy the show. Next up will be Marauder by Tigervision. If you have any feedback for Marauder, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by the end of Monday the 22nd. I hope you all are well, thank you for your patience and for listening.


Gopher on Random Terrain

February 1983 Video Game Update on Atari Compendium

Todd Marshall interview on Atari Compendium

Henry Will Notebooks on Atari Age

James Wickstead Design Associates web site

Greg Degeneffe's high score video on Twin Galaxies

No Swear Gamer 565 - Gopher

No Swear Gamer gameplay video

Sunday, January 31, 2021

AZ - 032, Pressure Cooker!

This week, a little late, I am discussing the wonderful Activision game Pressure Cooker, by Garry Kitchen. If you haven't played this one, you really owe it to yourself to try it. Coming up next is Gopher by US Games. It's not about the Ship's Purser on The Love Boat, but that would probably be a cool game. Please send feedback on Gopher to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by 6 PM EST on Tuesday, February 9th. I have an appointment on Wednesday morning so I have to have the show done in a more timely manner. Also, please don't forget the contest Doug is sponsoring to win a PlusCart that he made! There have been a lot of entries so far, I hope to get more. Send me an email with PlusCart as the subject, and in the body, tell me your 5 favorite 2600 games. I'll announce the winner on the Gopher episode. Also, check the links below to see the contest video that Doug posted on his YouTube channel. Thank so much Doug! I hope you all are doing well, or at least better than I, and I thank you very much for listening.

Doug's Pluscart contest video

Pressure Cooker on Random Terrain

Pressure Cooker on Atari Protos

Garry Kitchen's writings on Medium

Garry Kitchen's web site

Eugenio's interview with Garry Kitchen on Retro Video Gamer

Batteries Not Included By Josh Folan with Garry Kitchen

Wilson Oyama's Pressure Cooker high score video

Pressure Cooker patch on Digital Press

Warren Chang's art on Gallery 30 South

Interview with Warren Chang by Walter Ryce

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Tooth Protectors!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year finds you well and hopeful. We are starting this year off with Tooth Protectors, the mail away advergame sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and put together by Camelot Marketing Services Group and Diversified Software Development. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Coming up next on the show is Pressure Cooker by Activision. If you have any feedback for Pressure Cooker, please get it to me by January 24th at the end of the day. Also, our friend Doug has built a Plus Cart that he is giving away on the show! If you would like to enter the contest to win, please send me an email listing your top 5 Atari 2600 games. Put Plus Cart in the subject line and send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by February 7th. I will pick a winner and announce the top games as chosen by you on the February 10th episode. I think we have a good year coming up, thank you for coming on this journey with me, and thank you for listening.


Please donate to the Stella Emulator project here

Tooth Protectors on Random Terrain

Diversified Software Development on GDRI

Michael Doherty's resume on Usenet, 1997

Game-a-Tron arcade games on KLOV

Joseph Lancellotti obituary

Atari Age Tooth Protectors order form thread

Atari Age 2006 Tooth Protectors eBay sale thread

Marc Oberhauser's blog on Atari Age

Sesame Street Kids Just Love To Brush

Yo Gabba Gabba Brush Brush Brush by Of Montreal

Fonzie brushes his teeth

Thursday, December 24, 2020

2020 Christmas Memories!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa! Whatever you celebrate, I hope that you all have a wonderful time at the end of this weird year. I am hopeful for the future and I hope that for you as well. We have some newcomers sharing memories with us, and some very touching stories as well. I hope that you will enjoy the show, Sarah and I enjoyed making it for you. I am grateful to all of you for listening to this show and I wish you nothing but the best for the new year.

Epcot Candlelight Processional from 2019

Give The Kids The World Village Night of a Million Lights

Amoeba Jump Hack, Santa Jump, for the Atari 2600

Mean Santa for Colecovision

Lynxmas 2020 Game Jam on Atari Age

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CX 2696, Asterix!

Thank you for listening to the final game for this year, Asterix by Atari. It's basically the same as Taz, but Taz actually appears later in the part number order, and we'll get to that game next year. Coming up on January 13th is Tooth Protectors by DSD/Camelot. If you have any feedback for Tooth Protectors, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by January 10th. also, the Christmas episode is coming up fast! if you have any kind of holiday or birthday video game memories or whatever, please send them to me by December 13th. Enjoy the holidays the best you can, and I thank you very much for listening.

Steve Woita's web page

Steve Woita's media appearances

Asterix on Atari Protos

Asterix NTSC thread on Atari Age

Who got this Asterix thread on Atari Age

Atari Spot's NTSC Asterix Twitter thread

Atari Archive release dates by Kevin Bunch

The Official Asterix site

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

CM-008, Cakewalk!

Hi there! This week we are taking a look at a game that kind of involves my profession, Cakewalk by Commavid. Spoilers, I hate making cakes. But I think I have a fun episode for you, Mrs. Ferguson the Librarian is back, and be sure to stay tuned at the end for some really filthy bloopers. Don't worry, I bleeped them. Bleep bloop! Next up is the last game this year, another super rare one, Asterix by Atari. It's loosely based on the French comic series of the same name. I'll tell you all about it in two weeks, so if you have any feedback for Asterix, please get it to me by November 29th. You can send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. You can also send me some holiday or even birthday video game memories for the Christmas show,  I would like to have those in by December 13th Jim. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, please stay safe. I thank you for listening.

You can still donate to my Extra-Life campaign here! Thank you!

Cakewalk on Random Terrain

Cakewalk on Atari Protos

Cakewalk Review, Video Games Player magazine Nov 1983

Columbia House Video Game Flyers on Digital Press

Gameliner Magazine October 1983 on Atari Compendium

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Interview with Jan Hermanns, Blinky Goes Up

I was delighted when Jan Hermanns agreed to speak with me for the podcast about his terrific game Blinky Goes Up. We talk about programming the game, Jan's artwork and other hobbies, and also a tantalizingly half finished game that he has! I really enjoyed talking with him and I hope you will give the interview a listen and try Blinky Goes Up if you haven't already. Thanks for listening!


Jan Hermanns's artwork on Instagram

Jan's new site for Blinky Goes Up