Saturday, December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas 2021!

I'm sorry this is so late, time got away from me this year. Sarah and I wish you peace, health, and happiness this holiday season. I love each and every one of you and I am eternally grateful to you all. A better group of friends I could not have asked for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, have a safe and happy 2022. We will see you very soon. As always, thank you so much for listening.

Photo courtesy of Dan Beicke (R)

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Podcast Update

It's been awhile since you heard from me, I'm sorry about that. I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and are currently enjoying the Christmas season. The Oscar's Trash Race episode was supposed to come out before Thanksgiving. You may have noticed it is not yet out. Unfortunately, it will still be awhile before you hear it. It has been a bad month, and I just cannot seem to concentrate on doing the research for the show. I always have the best of intentions and then I get distracted. Perhaps due to lack of sleep; that's been rampant this past month. I was hoping that if I bought new accessories for my old CPAP mask, I would sleep better, but no. I know a lot of my problems are due to my weight, but I'm always tired and not in the mood to exercise or cook something healthy. Lots of grilled cheese and ramen, it tastes good but not the best for you. Also, our new kitty Ruby has a growth on her spine that causes her limbs not to function properly. Surgery may not be an option because the growth is so close to her brain, but she is on a medication that is helping quite a bit. But I have been worried sick about her, she still falls down a lot and it is both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time. But she is a trooper and a sweetheart so I'm clinging to that. 

A few days ago Mike Nesmith passed away. I did not know Mike Nesmith of course, but I know his music very well, and all musicians put themselves into their music in many ways, so I knew him that way. He is very important to me, and I don't know for sure, but I think the Monkees preceded the Beatles in my life due to the fact that they were on television and I watched them when I was very young. Some people think it's silly to grieve over famous people, but I do not, and his death affected me greatly. That's another reason why I haven't felt like doing anything this weekend.

I know I don't need to explain all of this, you all have said numerous times that the show comes out when it comes out, and that's okay. Please tell me how you guys can think that so I can too :)  I have decided to stop tearing myself up about it and try to enjoy the rest of the month, and I hope you understand. The first episode for January, Private Eye, will be out on the 12th I think. I have some days off coming so I should be able to get Oscar out after Christmas and before Private Eye. I am not canceling the Christmas show, but I do need submissions! It doesn't have to be about games anymore, but if it is, that's great. Anything you'd like to share would be wonderful, I always enjoy recording the Christmas shows with Sarah. If you have a Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) submission, please send it to by December 16th.

I love each and every one of you. Please enjoy the rest of the year and I will talk with you very soon. Thank you for listening!

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

1006, Demolition Herby!

Hello there, thanks for joining me today to talk about the final released Telesys game, Demolition Herby. There's also a few interesting tidbits about the end of Telesys, as well as a few prototypes that we'll cover in a future show. I hope that you enjoy it. Coming up next, the first of many Sesame Street character games from Atari, Oscar's Trash Race. If you have any feedback for the Grouch, please send it to by November 14th. 

My Extra Life stream is coming up this weekend, Friday and Saturday from 8PM to 8AM EST. Fingers crossed. if you'd like to donate, you can do that here. Thank you so much!

As always, I thank you very much for listening.

Demolition Herby on Random Terrain

Telesys Prototype thread on Atari Age

Short Is'Action entry on GDRI

Impossible Game article by Leonard Herman

Telesys article March 16 1983, Arizona Republic

The Store (Kandyman Sales) Atari ad, July 16 1983 Wichita Eagle

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

112-008, Frankenstein's Monster!

Happy Halloweeeeeeeeeeen almost! We end Spooky Season on the podcast with the great Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age. If you haven't played this because you think all Data Age games are garbage, you have been misled. I urge you to give this a try, it is one of the best on the system. Up next we will give thanks for Demolition Herby by Telesys! If you have thoughts on this one, please send them to me at by November 1st. I haven't played this in years so I don't remember it, but it was recommended in the Video Game Update newsletter, so I am excited to try it out. Enjoy the rest of the Spooky Season and thank you for listening!

Frankenstein's Monster on Random Terrain

Frankenstein's Monster on Atari Protos

Video Game Update April 1983 on Atari Compendium

Aracde Express May 8 1983

1985 Wichita Eagle profile of George Jabara/Kandyman Sales Part 1

1985 Wichita Eagle profile of George Jabara/Kandyman Sales Part 2

Video Games magazine September 1983

Atari Internal CES Review document June 1982

KMS web site

jlun2 TAS of Frankenstein's Monster

Brian from Albuquerque's Youtube page

France Gall - Frankenstein

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Skeleton+ by Eric Ball!

Boo there! Thanks for being patient with me once again. It's spooky season and that means spooky games! We begin with Skeleton+,  a homebrew game by Eric Ball from way back in 2002. It's a lot of fun and I hope you are able to try it out! Next up is the amazing Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age, which was kind of their final released game. If you have feedback or thoughts on Frankenstein's Monster, please send them to by October 18th. No need to summarize the game, I'll take care of that. Only 4 more episodes until the Christmas special! That seems weird. But maybe not, I did buy egg nog this week. Thank you all for listening!

Initial Skeleton WIP thread on Stellalist

Skeleton complete on Stellalist

Skeleton 1.1 release on Stellalist

First Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age

Enhanced Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age

Final Skeleton+ thread on Atari Age

Eric Ball's intro thread on Atari Age

Eric Ball's first 2600 demo

Hozer Video website

Order Skeleton on Packrat Games

Order Skeleton on Atari Age

F n Z Show and Far Cry Z podcasts/videocasts

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

99006, Sir Lancelot!

Good morrow gentle Swain! Alright, enough of that. This week we are looking at Sir Lancelot by Xonox, maybe a Joust tipoff but it's a lot of fun! Next month is October already, sheesh. We'll be celebrating all month with S C A R Y games! First up will be the Homebrew game Skeleton+ by Eric Ball, followed by the wonderful Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age. I'm really looking forward to these games, and I hope you are too! iIf you have feedback for either game, please send it to me at I will need feedback for Skeleton+ by October 4th, and October 18th for Frankenstein's Monster. Thanks so much for listening!

Sir Lancelot on Random Terrain

Xonox Press Kit on Atarimania

Xonox on GDRI

Gordon Martin and Associates on GDRI

Sir Lancelot manual on Atari Compendium

Kurt Howe Memorial thread on Atari Age

Sunday, September 12, 2021

CX 26100, Bugs Bunny!

Long time no see doc! *smak* This week we are discussing the prototype/reproduction game Bugs Bunny, originally from Atari. This Bob Polaro/Alan Murphy collaboration was shelved in the 80s and finally saw limited release at the late, lamented Philly Classic in 2002. It's a beautiful game that I hope you will seek out and try. Coming up next is Sir Lancelot by Xonox. If you have feedback for this guy, please send it to me at by September 21st at 10 PM EST. You get a smidge more time for this one, then hopefully I'll get back on track and stay that way. HA HA HA HA. Thank you again for all the kind words about the Space Shuttle episode, and thank you so much for listening.

Bugs Bunny on Atari Protos

Bob Polaro's web page

Bob Polaro interview by Sarah Szefer

Bob Polaro interview by Al Backiel

Alan Murphy on Artstation

Atari Promo Video 1983 Bugs Bunny Footage

Photos from Philly Classic 3/Bugs Bunny release Bugs Bunny Press Release

Atari Compendium Easter Egg page

Easter egg thread on Atari Age

Video Dames 0 by Kate Willaert

Porno Hustlers of the Atari Age by Kate Willaert on Kotaku

Sunday, September 5, 2021

AZ-033, Space Shuttle!

The day many of you have been waiting for (and waiting and waiting, sorry about that) is finally here. Today is the finale of the Summer of Shuttles, and I am covering Space Shuttle by Activision. I'm not a simulator fan at all, so I hope I have done this game justice and I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up pretty quick since I want to keep my schedule is the prototype game Bugs Bunny by Atari. I said in the episode to get me your feedback by the 10th, but let's change that to the 11th at 10PM EST, because when I recorded the episode I thought it would go out on the same day. You can send your feedback to me at Thank you again for your patience, and as always, thank you for listening.

Space Shuttle on Random Terrain

Space Shuttle on Atari Protos

Electronic Fun article February 1984

Video and Computer Gaming Illustrated article January 1984 (yes, there is no page 75)

Video Game Update article November 1983 (Atari Compendium)

Computer Chronicles episode February 1984

Space Shuttle manual on Atari Age

Space Shuttle Pilot patch on Digital Press

Space Shuttle Commander patch on Digital Press

STS 3 page on Spacefacts

AA thread with Nukey Shay's fuel and docking hacks

Barbara Morgan watches the Challenger 1986

Space Shuttle Operator's Manual by Kerry Mark Joels

Antic Interview 420 with Brenda Laurel

Space Camp home page

Space Camp Movie on Youtube

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

50040, Shuttle Orbiter!

Hello and welcome to the Summer of Shuttles! (It's only a month.) First up we are talking about the Avalon Hill game Shuttle Orbiter, which I enjoyed but found a little frustrating. Lots of great feedback as usual, I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is the one a lot of you have been waiting for, Space Shuttle, a Journey Into Space, by Activision. My attitude towards simulation games precedes me, but I will give this a fair shake. I just can't promise I will be able to figure it out. If you have feedback for Space Shuttle (I know you do), please send it to me at by AUGUST 21ST. I'm going to need all the time I can get for this one. I'm sure the description of the game will be rather long, so no need to summarize the gameplay in your feedback, I just want your thoughts and/or memories of the game. Thank you so much for listening!

Shuttle Orbiter on Random Terrain

Phosphor Dot Fossils - Shuttle Orbiter

STS-7, second Challenger flight on Wikipedia

Woodgrain Wonderland - Shuttle Orbiter review

Shuttle Orbiter on The Log Book

35th Anniversary of the Challenger disaster from NASA

Sunday, July 25, 2021

4363, Spitfire Attack!

Hello everyone! Sorry about the delay, but now here is the Spitfire Attack episode for you, by Milton Bradley. We also discuss the Flight Commander controller that came with it. I never had one but we do have a few listeners who did, which is exciting! Also exciting is what's coming up next month, the Summer of Shuttles! I will be covering Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill and Space Shuttle by Activision. If you have feedback for either of these games, please send it to me at I will need the Shuttle Orbiter feedback by August 9th, and the feedback for Space Shuttle by August 21st. I'm expecting a bit for Space Shuttle 😂

As always, I thank you for your patience, and for listening. Please stay safe and stay cool.

Dennis Debro's Spitfire Attack mod