Wednesday, July 12, 2017

4362, Survival Run and the Cosmic Commander controller!

This long-gestating episode is about the Milton Bradley game Survival Run, as well as its accompanying controller, the Cosmic Commander! I talk a lot about Milton Bradley as a company in this episode, I hope you like old commercials. I will also announce the winner of the Survival Run cartridge in the Strudders' Score segment at the end of the show, thanks to both Strudders and Mini Strudders for doing that! Next time will be Space Raid, the homebrew game by Oscar Toledo Gutierrez, aka nanochess on Atari Age. If you have any thoughts on this game or any that I've covered in the past, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com and you'll hear it on the show. Thanks so much for listening, enjoy your summer!

Pertinent Links

Buck Rogers thread on AA
Review in Computer Games magazine April 1984
Review in Electronic Fun with Computers and Games magazine February 1984
Video Games article on Milton Bradley's 2600 controllers April 1984
Article in Videogaming and Computer Gaming Illustrated Dec 1983 (cont. p. 48)
Creative Computing blurb on MB controllers Sept 1983
Cosmic Commander video by Sharkie
MBX Expansion System
HD2000 joystick ad
Space Age joystick
1983 Atari Catalog with Space Age joystick and drawing of Voice Commander
Voice Controller on Atari Compendium
Unreleased MB games on Atari Compendium
2600 High Score Showdown on Facebook (Dragonfire)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Summer Podcast "Progress" Report

Here's a little update on what I've been doing instead of working on the Survival Run episode. That episode will be out next Wednesday. And don't forget the contest!  If you'd like a shot at winning Survival Run (provided by Strudders hisself), all you have to do is guess the combined Strudders' Score of Strudders himself and also Mini Strudders. So for example, if Strudders rates it 6 out of 10 and Mini Strudders gives it 5 out of 10, the entrant who comes closest to 11 (over or under, this ain't the Price Is Right) will win the game! In case of a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner. Please get your entries in to me by July11th, and if you have any feedback you'd like me to read on that show, please try to have it in by then as well. As always, thank you so much for listening! Happy 4th of July!

Pertinent Links

UDairy Creamery in Newark DE
Coleco thread on Atari Age
Stone Age Gamer Podcast 2017 Too Many Games panel discussion
Tube Tunes Podcast
Crabtowne USA
Follow AtariSpot on Twitter! He posts awesome pictures!
Gauntlet Slayer Edition review on IGN
Atari's Forgotten Arcade Classics by Benj Edwards

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bonus Track: Batman

Batman is my favorite super hero of all time, which oddly enough I did not mention in the episode (I'm assuming a podcast episode makes that obvious). I talk a little about my history with Batman in all its permutations, which is a lot. I hope you enjoy this episode, thank you so much for listening!

PS - I thought Bill Finger was the artist of the original Batman comics, he was one of the writers. I think Dick Sprang did some of the art for the early comics.

Pertinent Links

A26GBG - Favorite Childhood Toys Other Than The Atari 2600
Mego Batman Figures
Batman Colorforms commercial, holy crap!
Batman From The 30s to the 70s book
Toy Biz DC Heroes figures
Kenner Batman Returns action figures
Batman at DC Comics
Geek Show Podcast
Fat Man on Batman podcast

Sunday, June 11, 2017

005-01, Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom!

Biddi biddi biddi my friends, here's an episode about the Sega arcade port Buck Rogers, Planet of Zoom! I hope that you enjoy the game and the episode. Next up will be Survival Run by Milton Bradley, which was packaged with its very own controller! Thank you to Strudders for sending me a copy of the game to give away to one lucky listener. If you'd like a shot at winning the game, all you have to do is guess the combined Strudder's Score of Strudders himself and also Mini Strudders. So for example, if Strudders rates it 6 out of 10 and Mini Strudders gives it 5 out of 10, the entrant who comes closest to 11 (over or under, this ain't the Price Is Right) will win the game! In case of a tie, I will use random.org to determine the winner. Please get your entries in to me by June 26th, and if you have any feedback you'd like me to read on that show, please try to have it in by then as well. As always, thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Buck Rogers on KLOV
Buck Rogers Pinball on KLOV
Buck Rogers on Atari Protos
No Swear Gamer 301 - Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers on Random Terrain's site
Video Game Player Aug/Sep 1983 (page 21) on Atari Compendium
Buck Rogers vs. the Tiger Men from Mars
Creation of Q*Bert, by Warren Davis on Coinop.org
All Things Considered segment on E.T.

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