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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

03206, Solar Storm!

Finally, another Imagic game is on the show! That's right, after a 2 year hiatus, Imagic is back with Solar Storm this episode. I hope that you enjoy it.

Coming up next is Polaris by Tigervision, yet another Yellow Submarine game. So you know what that means. If you have any thoughts on Polaris, please send them to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of day Monday, May 14th.

Also, on May 8th at 4 pm EST I will be hosting a Head To Head Adventure Game Night! Click on the link below and come play with us.

Thank you so much for listening!

Head to Head Adventure Game Night, May 8th 4 pm EST, come and play!
Solar Storm on Random Terrain
Solar Storm t-shirt on eBay
Solar Storm poster on Atarimania
Dennis Koble interview by Scott Stilphen
Michael Becker interview by Scott Stilphen
Atari Handheld games on Handheld Museum
Imagic Release Order thread on Atari Age
Into The Vertical Blank podcast
No Swear Gamer 388  - Solar Storm
No Swear Gamer Solar Storm gameplay

Monday, April 23, 2018

CX 2688, Jungle Hunt!

Better late than never when dealing with hungry crocodiles, right? This episode is about the Taito arcade game turned into an Atari 2600 cartridge, Jungle Hunt. Are you game for wild adventure? ARE YOU?? If you are, then I will need you to sign a few release forms. You know, in case of crocodiles.

Next up is Solar Storm by Imagic. Do you have some thoughts on this game? Would you like to send them to me? You can, just drop a line to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by the end of the day on Monday April 30. I will play or read it on the show, and then you will be slightly internet famous. Probably very slightly.

Thank you so much for listening! Watch out for that cannibal! OH NO THERE'S ANOTHER ONE HALP

Jungle Hunt on KLOV
Jungle King on KLOV
Pirate Pete on KLOV
Jungle Hunt on Random Terrain
Jungle Hunt on Atari Protos
John Allred's RTIME patent
Atari post from Michael Feinstein's blog
Patricia Goodson's website
Atari Safari duffel bag on Atarimania
Arcade USA Ataricade 2600, Jungle Hunt
No Swear Gamer 432, Jungle Hunt
Don Croswhite's art work
Atari fonts on Atari Age
Norm's Board Game Museum on Youtube
Woodgrain Wonderland blog

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CM 005, Mines of Minos!

This week we're going deeper and deeper underground with scary alien monsters on our tail in Mines of Minos by Commavid! Can YOU make it to the alien command center and triumph? I can't.

Congratulations to Richard, he won the Strudders Score contest and will be receiving his copy of Mines of Minos just in time for Halloween, which is definitely scary. Thanks to all of you who entered the contest, and special thanks to Strudders for donating the prize.

Next up is the Atari arcade port of Jungle Hunt! Did you play this as a kid? Do you have a great Tarzan impression that you don't get to bust out often? Why not tell everyone by sending your thoughts and yells to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. If you're sending an audio clip, PUT YOUR DAMN NAME IN THE SOUND FILE ALREADY. Or not, 6 files named junglehunt.mp3 is fine. NO REALLY, IT'S FINE.

Thank you all for listening!

Pertinent Links

Please Stand By Gamers Show Episode 1
Mines of Minos on Random Terrain
Irwin Gaines magazine article on Digital Press
Commavid article on Digital Press
Mines of Minos Romox instruction sheet from Atarimania
Mines of Minos complete playthrough by Pixelize45
Motherboard featuring Dona Bailey

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

AX-027, Plaque Attack!

Welcome to the exciting world of TEETH! This week I'm taking a look at Plaque Attack by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision. This is NOT the other Atari 2600 teeth game, so there. Next time I'm covering Mines of Minos by Commavid, and there will be another Strudders Score contest! If you'd like to win a copy of Mines of Minos courtesy of Rob, all you need to do is guess the combined score rating that Strudders and Mini Strudders will give the game WITHOUT GOING OVER. Keep in mind that the scoring is from 0-10, so don't guess over 20 you sillies! Please email your entries to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. PLEASE put "Minos Contest" in the subject line, and if you have feedback for the game, please send a separate email. All entries and feedback should be in by April 3rd at 6:55 PM EST. Thank you all for listening!

Steve Cartwright interview by Tim Duarte
Steve Cartwright interview on Retro Video Gamer forum
Steve Cartwright on Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast
Steve Cartwright on Racketboy podcast
Steve Cartwright's web site
Plaque Attack on Random Terrain
Plaque Attack patch
Plaque Attack patch letter (superior tubesmanship!)
Plaque Attack manual
Atari Age Facebook High Score Showdown, Plaque Attack
No Swear Gamer 412, Plaque Attack
Plaque Attack 2nd place high score video
H2H Adventure, PLAY IT
H2H Adventure review
The N64 Podcast

Sunday, March 11, 2018

3120, Mogul Maniac!

I'll be in the lodge by the fire drinking coffee while you go out and attack the slopes, you Mogul Maniac! Maybe I'll stand on the Joyboard for awhile and pretend I'm out there with you. Naahhh, I don't want to spill my coffee.

Oh hi! I didn't see you come in, sorry. Won't you join me in discussing Mogul Maniac and the Joyboard controller by Amiga? Well, it will be more like a lecture, I don't like listening to other people talk, Shush! You can write to me instead if you'd like, I have another game coming up called Plaque Attack by Activision. If you have any thoughts on the game, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. All the entries are read on the show, so it's kind of like you're talking, right? Please get your submissions in by March 20th or your teeth will rot. Who said contest? Shhhhhh. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

H2H Adventure by Ro Anders
Q*Bert 2600 bug discovered
Mogul Maniac on Random Terrain
Jerry Lawson interview by Benj Edwards
Jay Miner interview by Mike Nelson
History of the Amiga by Jeremy Reimer
Amiga History Guide Atari game info
Hrothgar's Joyboard page
Amiga Power Play arcade carts on Atari Protos
RJ Mical talks about Zen Meditation Game
Guru Meditation by Ian Bogost
No Swear Gamer 419 - Mogul Maniac

Sunday, February 25, 2018

CX 2687, Tempest!

In this episode I talk about Atari's unreleased prototype of Tempest, which is also their arcade game that I love so very much. The next episode will hopefully get me back on schedule, and that one will feature Mogul Maniac by Amiga. If you have any thoughts on that game, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of day March 5th.

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my very first episode. I've had a lot of highs and lows while doing the podcast, but I still enjoy doing it and I'm glad you all are still with me. I'm looking forward to the next 5 or 10 or 20 years of doing this podcast. Thank you so much for listening!

Tempest on Atari Protos
Tempest on KLOV 
Tempest: Geometries of Play by Judd Ruggill and Ken McAllister
Tempest on Atari Compendium
Chris Bieniek article in Ultimate Gamer Jan 1996 (via Atari Compendium)
Chris Bieniek's Video Game Ephemera website 
1995 Usenet thread on Tempest proto
Fixing Tempest proto thread on AA
Todd Rogers interview by Bill Kunkel and Scott Stilphen
Joystik Magazine Dec 1982
Omnigamer's video
Dick Moreland dispute thread on Twin Galaxies
Polygon article on Nolan Bushnell and GDC controversy by Owen Good
Kotaku article with interviews with several female Atari employees by Cecilia D'Anastasio
Ted Dabney interview by Michael Thomasson
Ted Dabney interview transcript from Retro Gaming Roundup podcast from Computer Space Fan site
Stone Age Gamer Podcast discussing Todd Rogers
Pie Factory Podcast discussing Todd Rogers and Nolan Bushnell
CU Podcast segment about Todd Rogers
CU Podcast segment about Nolan Bushnell
The Polybius Conspiracy podcast
Typhoon 2001 download for Windows