Sunday, June 30, 2013

AR 4000, Phaser Patrol, & AR 4101, Communist Mutants From Space!

Episode 18 covers two of the first 4 games available for the Starpath Supercharger, Phaser Patrol and Communist Mutants From Space! The Supercharger is a very cool add-on for the 2600 that allows you to load games into your 2600 via cassette tape. Upcoming shows include the games Worm War I and Beany Bopper by 20th Century Fox; 3D Tic Tac Toe and Stellar Track by Atari; Star Voyager and Atlantis by Imagic, and Space Jockey and Sneak n Peek by US Games. Please send me your stories for these games, either in an email or an mp3 file. You can send these to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you all so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Supercharger Page at Stella Wiki
Dennis Caswell's web site
Mat Allen's interview with Dennis Caswell
Dennis Caswell reading his poem "Epiphanette"
Communist Mutants From Space t-shirt on eBay
Interview with Stephen Landrum from 2600 Connection, issue 14 (not available online)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

MT 4313, Star Strike, and MT 4317, Adventures of Tron!

Welcome back! This week's episode deals with M Network and two of its games, Star Strike and Adventures of Tron. Special thanks this week to Star Strike programmer David Akers for offering us insight into his game! Also thanks to Strudders for sending the only email this week, I edited out the thank you by mistake. I got distracted by my ingenious M Network stacking solution. Sorry Rob! :(

Next week I'll be looking at the Starpath Supercharger and two of the games released for it, Phaser Patrol and Communist Mutants From Space. In two weeks, it's Pele's Soccer and Backgammon by Atari. If you have any stories or comments for these games, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links
NOTE: I had a bunch of links for the Intellivision Lives website, but none of them are working now. I'll check back later this week and add them if the site is back up.

Klax on KLOV
Escape From The Planet Of The Robot Monsters on KLOV
Match 5 from Classic Game Publishers
Hal Finney's website
Scott Stilphen's interview with Hal Finney on Digital Press
Hal Finney's post on Bitcoin Talk Forums
Now You're Playing With Podcast
No Quarter podcast
ANTIC the Atari 8 Bit podcast

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Just a Reminder!

Hello everyone,

As I mentioned on last week's show, there won't be a new episode until next week, June 23. That episode will deal with Star Strike and Adventures of Tron by M-Network. If you have any stories for these games or any memories of the Atari 2600 in general, please send them to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net.

The response to the show so far has been extremely gratifying! I thank you all very much for listening, and please tune in next week for more fun! :)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

CX 2614, Steeplechase, & CX 2615, Demons To Diamonds!

This weeks episode features two early 80s paddle games from Atari, Steeplechase and Demons to Diamonds. Steeplechase was a Sears exclusive that did not have an Atari counterpart. I also debut a new segment, so please let me know how you like it! I think it will be a once in awhile segment. Next week I'm on vacation, so the next 2 games, M Network's Star Strike and the Adventures of Tron, will be discussed on June 23rd. You have 2 weeks to send me stories about these games or anything else related to the Atari! Send everything to 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. I read all submissions on the show, because people like that. I host my own podcast and I still get a thrill when I am mentioned on someone else's podcast. Thanks for listening and enjoy the beginning of summer!

Pertinent Links

Scott Stilphen's Jim Huether interview
Ken Horowitz's Jim Huether interview
Nick Turner's website
Alan Murphy's website
Steeplechase on KLOV
Rob O'Hara's website

Sunday, June 2, 2013

CX 2613, Adventure by Atari!

This week's episode is all about my favorite video game of all time, Adventure, created by Warren Robinett. LOTS of great listener stories and memories this week, thanks for sending them! I also get a little ranty about E.T. and the Alamagordo landfill. Sorry about that. Next week's show will be about Demons to Diamonds and Steeplechase, both by Atari (although Steeplechase was a Sears exclusive). If you have any stories for these games, or any stories about the 2600 in general, or even if you're a new listener and you have a story about a game I've already covered, send them to me at 2600gamebygame@comcast.net. As always, thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Interview with Warren Robinett by James Hague
Interview with Warren Robinett by A. Merrill
Colossal Cave Adventure on Wikipedia
Adam Clayton's letter to Atari about Adventure (PDF download)
Scott Stilphen's Adventure Easter Eggs and Glitches page on the 2600 Connection site
Adventure on Robot Chicken
Adventure on Homestar Runner (Hover over the email button. Are there actual sketches too? Let me know!)
News story about Alamagordo excavation
You Don't Know Flack
I See Robots blog
Gameboy Database