Wednesday, February 24, 2021

7-005, Marauder!

Welcome to the show! This week we are looking at Marauder, by Tigervision. It's a pretty rare and expensive game, but worth the play if you have the means. I really enjoyed it. Coming up next is the Atari game Mario Brothers, yet another terrific Dan Hitchens arcade port. If you have any feedback for Mario Brothers, please get it to me by the end of the day on March 7th. I will tell you all about the game, no need to repeat that stuff, just tell me what you think of it. you can send all feedback to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!


Marauder on Random Terrain

Paul Stinson Studio web site via Wayback Machine 

Laine Nooney's blog post on Sierra artwork

Laine Nooney at MAGFest 2020

A New Marauder homebrew/hack by More Work Games

A New Marauder on Atari Age

Sunday, February 14, 2021

VC 2001, Gopher!

Hello there, this week's once again late entry is all about Gopher, by US Games. Coming to you from the Wickstead Design Associates arm of US Games, Gopher is a pretty fun title. I hope that you enjoy the show. Next up will be Marauder by Tigervision. If you have any feedback for Marauder, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by the end of Monday the 22nd. I hope you all are well, thank you for your patience and for listening.


Gopher on Random Terrain

February 1983 Video Game Update on Atari Compendium

Todd Marshall interview on Atari Compendium

Henry Will Notebooks on Atari Age

James Wickstead Design Associates web site

Greg Degeneffe's high score video on Twin Galaxies

No Swear Gamer 565 - Gopher

No Swear Gamer gameplay video

Sunday, January 31, 2021

AZ - 032, Pressure Cooker!

This week, a little late, I am discussing the wonderful Activision game Pressure Cooker, by Garry Kitchen. If you haven't played this one, you really owe it to yourself to try it. Coming up next is Gopher by US Games. It's not about the Ship's Purser on The Love Boat, but that would probably be a cool game. Please send feedback on Gopher to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by 6 PM EST on Tuesday, February 9th. I have an appointment on Wednesday morning so I have to have the show done in a more timely manner. Also, please don't forget the contest Doug is sponsoring to win a PlusCart that he made! There have been a lot of entries so far, I hope to get more. Send me an email with PlusCart as the subject, and in the body, tell me your 5 favorite 2600 games. I'll announce the winner on the Gopher episode. Also, check the links below to see the contest video that Doug posted on his YouTube channel. Thank so much Doug! I hope you all are doing well, or at least better than I, and I thank you very much for listening.

Doug's Pluscart contest video

Pressure Cooker on Random Terrain

Pressure Cooker on Atari Protos

Garry Kitchen's writings on Medium

Garry Kitchen's web site

Eugenio's interview with Garry Kitchen on Retro Video Gamer

Batteries Not Included By Josh Folan with Garry Kitchen

Wilson Oyama's Pressure Cooker high score video

Pressure Cooker patch on Digital Press

Warren Chang's art on Gallery 30 South

Interview with Warren Chang by Walter Ryce

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Tooth Protectors!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year finds you well and hopeful. We are starting this year off with Tooth Protectors, the mail away advergame sponsored by Johnson and Johnson and put together by Camelot Marketing Services Group and Diversified Software Development. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Coming up next on the show is Pressure Cooker by Activision. If you have any feedback for Pressure Cooker, please get it to me by January 24th at the end of the day. Also, our friend Doug has built a Plus Cart that he is giving away on the show! If you would like to enter the contest to win, please send me an email listing your top 5 Atari 2600 games. Put Plus Cart in the subject line and send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by February 7th. I will pick a winner and announce the top games as chosen by you on the February 10th episode. I think we have a good year coming up, thank you for coming on this journey with me, and thank you for listening.


Please donate to the Stella Emulator project here

Tooth Protectors on Random Terrain

Diversified Software Development on GDRI

Michael Doherty's resume on Usenet, 1997

Game-a-Tron arcade games on KLOV

Joseph Lancellotti obituary

Atari Age Tooth Protectors order form thread

Atari Age 2006 Tooth Protectors eBay sale thread

Marc Oberhauser's blog on Atari Age

Sesame Street Kids Just Love To Brush

Yo Gabba Gabba Brush Brush Brush by Of Montreal

Fonzie brushes his teeth

Thursday, December 24, 2020

2020 Christmas Memories!

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Kwanzaa! Whatever you celebrate, I hope that you all have a wonderful time at the end of this weird year. I am hopeful for the future and I hope that for you as well. We have some newcomers sharing memories with us, and some very touching stories as well. I hope that you will enjoy the show, Sarah and I enjoyed making it for you. I am grateful to all of you for listening to this show and I wish you nothing but the best for the new year.

Epcot Candlelight Processional from 2019

Give The Kids The World Village Night of a Million Lights

Amoeba Jump Hack, Santa Jump, for the Atari 2600

Mean Santa for Colecovision

Lynxmas 2020 Game Jam on Atari Age

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CX 2696, Asterix!

Thank you for listening to the final game for this year, Asterix by Atari. It's basically the same as Taz, but Taz actually appears later in the part number order, and we'll get to that game next year. Coming up on January 13th is Tooth Protectors by DSD/Camelot. If you have any feedback for Tooth Protectors, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by January 10th. also, the Christmas episode is coming up fast! if you have any kind of holiday or birthday video game memories or whatever, please send them to me by December 13th. Enjoy the holidays the best you can, and I thank you very much for listening.

Steve Woita's web page

Steve Woita's media appearances

Asterix on Atari Protos

Asterix NTSC thread on Atari Age

Who got this Asterix thread on Atari Age

Atari Spot's NTSC Asterix Twitter thread

Atari Archive release dates by Kevin Bunch

The Official Asterix site

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

CM-008, Cakewalk!

Hi there! This week we are taking a look at a game that kind of involves my profession, Cakewalk by Commavid. Spoilers, I hate making cakes. But I think I have a fun episode for you, Mrs. Ferguson the Librarian is back, and be sure to stay tuned at the end for some really filthy bloopers. Don't worry, I bleeped them. Bleep bloop! Next up is the last game this year, another super rare one, Asterix by Atari. It's loosely based on the French comic series of the same name. I'll tell you all about it in two weeks, so if you have any feedback for Asterix, please get it to me by November 29th. You can send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. You can also send me some holiday or even birthday video game memories for the Christmas show,  I would like to have those in by December 13th Jim. Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, please stay safe. I thank you for listening.

You can still donate to my Extra-Life campaign here! Thank you!

Cakewalk on Random Terrain

Cakewalk on Atari Protos

Cakewalk Review, Video Games Player magazine Nov 1983

Columbia House Video Game Flyers on Digital Press

Gameliner Magazine October 1983 on Atari Compendium

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Interview with Jan Hermanns, Blinky Goes Up

I was delighted when Jan Hermanns agreed to speak with me for the podcast about his terrific game Blinky Goes Up. We talk about programming the game, Jan's artwork and other hobbies, and also a tantalizingly half finished game that he has! I really enjoyed talking with him and I hope you will give the interview a listen and try Blinky Goes Up if you haven't already. Thanks for listening!


Jan Hermanns's artwork on Instagram

Jan's new site for Blinky Goes Up

Blinky Goes Up by Jan Hermanns!

It's a homebrew episode this week, featuring the absolutely wonderful Blinky Goes Up by Jan Hermanns. I'm sorry about the lack of homebrews lately, I was working on my list recently and I put more in to be covered in the coming months. I also interviewed Jan and had a great time talking with him, you can find that interview here when I post it, which should be soon. Next up is the autobiographical Cakewalk, by Commavid. If you have any thoughts or feedback on the game, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by November 15th. you don't need to tell me how to play the game, I will have already told you, so just tell me what your feelings are for the game. Thanks for listening!


Jan Hermanns' Blinky Goes Up site (archived)

The new Blinky site, with the source code

Atari Age Blinky thread

Atari Age Super Mario Goes Up thread

Blinky Goes Up at Videogame Homebrew

Blinky stream on Zero Page Homebrew

Blinky Goes Up speedrun by CAKmusic

Blinky Goes Up perfect game by Excaliburxx7

Buy Blinky Goes Up on the Atari Age Store

Minigame-Compo web site

Super Mario on the TI-84 calculator

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

AP-2007, Kyphus!

Hi everyone, today we are looking at an unfinished prototype by Apollo called Kyphus. It's not really playable, but there is some interesting stuff to go into. And I apologize for posting the wrong date for feedback on Facebook and Twitter, if you didn't get your feedback in for Kyphus because of that I'm sorry. Please do send it next time if you can. The next game is the homebrew Blinky Goes Up by Jan Hermanns. Blinky is so cute! If you have feedback for this game, you can send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of the day November 1st. That is the correct date. Thank you so much for listening, please stay safe and I'll see you soon. 

Atari Protos - Kyphus

Kyphus on Atari Compendium

Kyphus on Atarimania

Cash Foley blog about MicroGraphicImage

Bad Game Hall of Fame - Spelunker

Tim Martin's Enlightened Technology page

Atari Age thread showing Kyphus prototype

Atari Age Kyphus Artwork thread

Atari Age Fixing ET thread

Recompile's Fixing ET web page

Atari Age thread on 7800 Difficulty switches

Eugenio's Nazca line photos