Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AK 045, Pete Rose Baseball!

Play ball! This episode looks at Pete Rose Baseball by Absolute Entertainment, a late entry in the 2600 library. How does it measure up to Home Run? Listen and find out! I apologize for the sound issues I was having within the episode. Next up will be Buck Rogers Planet of ZOOOOOOOOMMMMM by Sega. If you have any feedback for this or any game I've covered, I would love to hear it! Send your text or audio submissions to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Mediagenic article by Jimmy Maher/The Digital Antiquarian
Digital Press review of Pete Rose Baseball
No Swear Gamer 190 - Pete Rose Baseball
Ballblazer's collection thread on Atari.io
Tim's Atari inspired music on Bandcamp
Stone Age Gamer 150 - If Mountain Dew Was A Sound
Colecovisions Podcast 29 - Miner 2049er and Quest For The Golden Chalice
Atari Bytes - Swordquest Earthworld with Chad Bowers and Chris Sims
Swordquest #0 (not sure if it's still free)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

CX 2684, Galaxian!

Join me today as I talk about the wonderful port of Galaxian for the Atari 2600! There's lots of great feedback, as well as the song Galaxian from Dya's album Neon Dreams. Thanks to Aaron Hickman for giving me permission to use the song. Next episode will be about Absolute's Pete Rose Baseball. If you have any thoughts on this game or any game I've already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening and for your support!

Pertinent Links

Galaxian on Atari Protos
Galaxian on Random Terrain
Galaxian on KLOV
Galaxian patent by Mark Ackerman and Glenn Parker
Mark Ackerman's web site
Hiro Kimura's web site
The basketball art by Kimura that I mentioned.
Galaxian comic on Atari Age
Get the Neon Dreams album by Dya (Aaron Hickman)
Atari Age - Nukey Shay's Galaxian Expanded
Atari Age - KevinMos3's Galaxian Arcade Expanded & Galaxian Vector
Atari Age - espire's Galaxian Expanded Graphics hack
No Swear Gamer 273 - Galaxian
Willie and Ferg play Salvo!
MS Walk Donation Page - Thank You!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Atari 2600 and Games Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Robert Zambon, he won the Atari 2600 with games by correctly guessing all 10 of the games in the contest. he was one of many and then picked at random. I am too lazy to copy/paste the clues here and then type the answers, so please listen to the episode. Thank you all for entering the contest, and special thanks to Tim for donating the prize. Stay tuned to the feed for another contest soon! Thanks for listening!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bonus Track: Herman's Hermits

This episode was inspired after Sarah and I went to see Peter Noone play down the road, something I have been waiting most of my life to do. I talk a little about the history of the band, but more about MY history with the band. Some of the things I forgot include the fact that their name came from the fact that Peter Noone resembled Sherman, from the Mr. Peabody and Sherman cartoon. I also forgot their movie appearances. They starred in 2 films of their own and appeared in another (none of which I've seen, I'm ashamed to admit). I did check Spotify after I recorded the episode in hopes of making a playlist, but most of the regular albums aren't there. There's a LOT of re-recorded stuff though, which I avoid like the plague, and I suggest you do the same if you have any interest in listening. I did find some cool live stuff that I hadn't heard before, so that was good.

I hope you enjoy the episode! There's still a few days to get your contest entries in, so if you haven't done that yet, please do. I will be on vacation after Easter, so there won't be any episodes of any kind until after that. Thanks for listening!

Links

Peter Noone's web site
Barry Whitwam's web site
Keith Hopwood's Pluto Music
Cool (but old) Herman's Hermits web site

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Bonus Track: My Year as a Paperboy

Hi there, here's my first Bonus Track episode about working as a paperboy back in the 80s. The inspiration for this was an episode of Klickitcast, which is a podcast about Beverly Cleary books. In one of her early books, Henry Huggins has a paper route and it reminded me of my own paper route. One thing I had wrong was that the News Tribune merged with the Home News, not the Courier News. Thank you all again for your kindness and for listening, I hope you enjoy these bonus tracks.


Links? For what?

Courier News Online
Hangly Man on KLOV
John Lennon Whiskey Decanter
Cornell Dubilier Electronics Superfund site in South Plainfield
Corner Deli in South Plainfield on Yelp

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Atari 2600 SPECTACULAR GIVEAWAY ZOMG

Hi! would you like to win an Atari 2600 and games donated by my friend Tim? You would? Well, here's how you do that. I have taken 10 2600 games and retitled them with similar words (kind of like crossword puzzle clues), thanks to my friends at the Stone Age Gamer podcast (which means I ripped them off). You have to identify all 10 of them and send the answers to me at ONLY 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Be sure to put "Contest" in the subject line. I will pick a winner at random from all of the correct entries (or as close to correct as you can get, some of these are hard).

As an example, if the clue is, "1960s TV Show About World War 2 Starring Vic Morrow," then the answer would be Combat. See? Okay, here are the clues:

1. Butter, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Nuts, Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Baked in 300 Degree Oven for 30 Minutes
2. Golden State Festivities
3. Without Underwear
4. Timrek
5. Mispronounced Punctuation Mark
6. Isosceles Onions or Shorts
7. Terrible 1970s Sci-Fi film shown on MST3K
8. Owner of Grieg's Hall
9. Pitch Black Enchanter
10. Diarrhea in Mexico

I have two hints for you all: one is a homebrew game, and another is a game that's more plentiful in the PAL format.

Please send your answers by April 15th. 2600gamebygame@gmail.com, and don't forget "Contest" in the subject line. This contest is open to everyone! Good luck and thank you for listening.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside with Joe Grand

I had the extreme privilege to speak with Joe Grand, the creator of this week's game, SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside. Why are there two versions? You'll have to listen to the episode to find out! I would again like to thank Joe for taking the time to talk with me for the podcast, it was a great experience that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

There's an announcement at the end of the episode that I really would like your feedback on. You can send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. You can also get a jump start on feedback for the next game, which is Atari's Galaxian. As always, thank you all so much for listening and for your support.

Joe's Grand Idea Studio
SCSIside page on Grand Idea Studio site (lots of goodies here, especially the SCSIside archive download and roms)
SCSIside on Atari Age (roms available here too)
Gamasutra: SCSIside Post-mortem by Joe Grand
Atari Age pictures from Philly Classic 3
AA Ultra SCSIside label contest
Joe Grand's Youtube page
All Prototype This episodes on Youtube
Dakotacon March 31- April 2 2017 (you can livestream the con on the site)
GRay Defender on Youtube

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Cx 2601, Combat! (4th Anniversary Remaster)

My first game episode was episode 2 about Combat. It came out March 3, 2013. I discovered later that I screwed up the sound (I had Audacity experience before doing the podcast, but not with a microphone). Since it's the 4th anniversary of that show (or it was, THANKS AUDACITY), I decided to clean it up the best I could and re-release it as a treat. If you think tortorous first podcasts are a treat. Anyway, thank you for four wonderful years (with many to come) and for my Facebook page reaching 1000 likes. I'm glad you all are here, and I thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Racing The Beam, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost
Combat Machine Code (within Combat in Context, by Nick Montfort, scroll about halfway down)
Tank at KLOV
Jet Fighter at KLOV
Digital Press Interview with Joe DeCuir
Atari History Museum Interview with Joe DeCuir
Steve Fulton article on the early history of Atari
Larry Wagner resume
Larry Wagner's Combat design notes
Larry Wagner's programming notes for the 9 launch titles
Cliff Spohn's artwork
Kee Games VCS prototype (photo by Earl Green)
Michael Current's Atari Timeline
Sears Wish Book Blog by Greg Maletic (also features unreleased Tank console)
Scott Stilphen's Atari Compendium - Combat Easter Eggs
AA Combat page (hacks listed here)
Tank-Plus picture label on Atarimania
Arcade USA on YouTube