Wednesday, October 24, 2018

CX 2689, Kangaroo!

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 you see here who are doing Extra Life marathons (half marathons in my case), starting on November 3rd. Thank you for your generosity, and as always, for listening.

Please donate to my Extra Life campaign!
Sean's Extra Life page
Andrew's Extra Life page
Rick's Extra Life page
Bryce's Extra Life page
Kangaroo on KLOV
Kangaroo on Atari Protos
Kevin Osborn's Bald Wisdom blog
Kevin Osborn's YouTube page
May/June 1983 Atari Age ad for Kangaroo and Jungle Hunt
May/June 1983 AA Kangaroo New Cartridge Report
August 1983 Video Game Update newsletter - Kangaroo review (p. 67) and release date (p.80), from Atari Compendium
Mike Halley's Gravitar binder (scroll down to Memos, 1.1 and 1.2)
Arcade USA Ataricade 2600 - Kangaroo
No Swear Gamer 88 - Kangaroo
No Swear Gamer Kangaroo game play
Saturday Supercade - Kangaroo White Squirrel of Dover episode
Saturday Supercade - Kangaroo Tail of the Cowardly Lion episode

Sunday, October 7, 2018

11009, Crypts of Chaos!

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 2600gamebygame@gmail.com 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 up that long anymore, it's really the thought that counts. I will be playing once again for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Please donate at the link below, thank you for your support! And I thank you as always for listening.

Please donate to my Extra Life campaign!
Sean's Extra Life page
Andrew's Extra Life page
Crypts of Chaos on Random Terrain
Michael Rideout's CoC maps on Atari Age
John WS Marvin's Dread Unicorn Games site
Cyberroach interview with John WS Marvin
John WS Marvin on Iconic Podcast
John WS Marvin on Game Master's Journey Podcast
John WS Marvin on GM Intrusions Podcast
James Dowlen's web site
James Dowlen on The Computer Chronicles
Florian's Atari Age thread about Sun Science 
Weird Levi's commercial
No Swear Gamer 198 - Crypts of Chaos

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

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

Sunday, February 11, 2018

5003002, Wall Ball!

Hi there, thanks for your patience for this episode on Wall Ball from Avalon Hill. I was finishing the editing on Wednesday morning when Sarah went to work. We thought the front porch was wet, but it was covered with ice. She fell and it was very scary, she was in a lot of pain. I ended up bringing her to the doctor to find out she had bruised her ribs. She is doing better now but the pain sneaks up on her still. Thanks to all of you again for your patience and well wishes.

Extra special thanks to Hoji and Kate Scott, who both helped me with this show by telling me about the programmer, Duncan Scott. Duncan sadly passed away in 2011, but when I contacted Kate she was very gracious and willing to help. She got together with her mom and they both answered the questions I sent. Thank you both so much!

Next up is the prototype for Tempest, by Atari. This is readily available on Flashback systems and also on Atari Age. I would love to hear your feedback on Tempest which you can send to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Please send it to me by the end of the day February 18th. Thank you so much for listening!

Wall Ball Spring 1983 order form on Atarimania
Wall Ball on Random Terrain
Avalon Hill web site
Sports Illustrated Baseball on Board Game Geek
New Throwback Reviews with me!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

006-01, Congo Bongo!

Welcome to episode 148, where I discuss the Sega game and horrible fiery recurring death of Congo Bongo! Poor Congo Bongo, he never had a chance. Next up is Wall Ball by Avalon Hill, which is pretty rare. If you have any feedback on this game, why not send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com? You'll be glad you did! Thank you all for listening.

Pertinent Links

Congo Bongo on KLOV
Congo Bongo on Random Terrain
Congo Bongo on Atari Protos
Steve Beck's web site
Beck Tech Inforworld article October 1984
Ray Kassar interview by Tristan Donovan
This Week's Episode podcast featuring ME
Liam's blog about my show, thanks Liam!
Turbotastic Podcast with Bryce

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

PB 5370, Popeye!

Happy New Year! Today's episode is about Popeye by Parker Brothers, based on the Nintendo arcade game, which in turn is based on the Popeye cartoons, which in turn again is based on the original comic strip which didn't originally feature Popeye (I know, right?!). Lots of great feedback, thank you all so much! Coming up next is Congo Bongo by Sega. If you have feedback for this game, please get it to me by January 21st. I am trying to turn over a new podcasting leaf, hopefully starting on feedback earlier will help. Thank you all so much for listening!

Pertinentsk Linksk

Popeye on KLOV
Popeye on Atari Protos
Popeye on Random Terrain
Popeye Easter egg/bug page on Atari Compendium
Popeye scratchoff game card thread on Atari Age
Popeye Scratchoff card on Atarimania
Popeye plastic cup on Atarimania
Excerpt from The Voice of Betty Boop by James D Taylor
No Swear Gamer 357 - Popeye
No Swear Gamer - Bluto vs. Brutus
Special Ed Toys
Memory Machine Podcast
Atari Bytes Podcast 30 - Popeye