Sunday, January 29, 2023

AB-035, Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns!

Happy New Year! If I can still say that when it's almost Groundhog Day. I hit a snag right out of the gate, which seems to be typical now. But, Pitfall II by Activision is finally available, and it's a doozy. The part about the game and its history etc. is twice as long as it usually is, I had a lot of fun researching this game. And of course, playing it. It's one of my favorites. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is the super rare game Gamma Attack, by a tiny company called Gammation. Not as much history on this one, but what I've seen so far is very interesting. if you have any thoughts on this game, or even if you have a copy, I would love to hear about it. Please send them to me at by February 7th. Thanks so much for your patience, and thank you as always for listening.

Pitfall 2 on Random Terrain

Pitfall 2 on Atari Protos

David Crane interview by Scott Stilphen

DPC Chip patent

Explanation of DPC chip by David Crane on Atari Compendium

Atari Compendium article about "Super Chips," including the DPC chip

UK Activision Fun Club Newsletter Summer 1984 from Atari Compendium

Pitfall 2 patch

Pitfall 2 patch accompanying letter

Get MattBuc's repro Pitfall 2 patch here!

Pitfall! Masked Menace Mess

Pitfall! Raiders of the Lost Shark

Pitfall 2 The Lost Caverns on KLOV

Pitfall 2 Arcade playthrough by Old Classic Retrogaming 

Super Pitfall 30th Anniversary Edition NES patch

Chris and Adam's Pitfall articles on Orphaned Games

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Mean Santa by Tim Duarte and John K. Harvey!

Boy oh boy, it's been a rough year. This episode featuring Mean Santa by Tim Duarte and John K. Harvey almost didn't come out for Christmas. I am truly very sorry about how this year has gone, I need to change a lot of behaviors in the coming year. Regardless of what holiday (if any) you celebrate, I hope it is was a joyous and peaceful time. I am grateful to and for all of you and I do not deserve you. I will see you in 2023 where we will start the year with Pitfall II by Activision. Thank you for listening.

The Mean Santa Journey on Experienca Odyssey

ROM and Source Code for Free on Atari Age

2600 Connection Issue 100 thread

2600 Connection Mean Santa Sales Announcement on the Wayback Machine

Original YouTube video of game footage, posted August 10 2009

Tim Duarte's web page

John K. Harvey's web page via Wayback Machine

Order Mean Santa from Tim Duarte

Willie! plays Mean Santa on the Odyssey 2

Friday, December 23, 2022

Merry Christmas 2022!

It's been a bad year for me and podcasting, I'm sorry I haven't put that much out this year. I also have not been looking forward to Christmas, but today with the help of a friend, I got a boost of Christmas spirit! I'm going to try and extend it through next year the best I can. Thank you for sticking with me for so long. I love you all and I wish you the happiest of holiday seasons. Thank you for listening 💗💚

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

ASC 1002, Gauntlet!

Welcome to the show! In this episode I will tell you what I know about Gauntlet by Answer Software. Other than how to play, it's not much; although I am very confident in telling you that this is NOT a port of the Atari arcade game Gauntlet. I can also tell you that despite what you read on the internet, the arcade Gauntlet was partially inspired by the 8 bit computer game Dandy, written by John Palevich. It was not inspired by Atari's console game Dark Chambers, which came out 3 years after Gauntlet. Dark Chambers was also inspired by Dandy. With that pedantry out of the way, I do hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is the last game for the year, Mean Santa, a homebrew game designed by Tim Duarte (founder of the 2600 Connection newsletter), and programmed by John K Harvey. The rom has been released for free, and you can get it here if you'd like to try it out. If you'd like to send feedback containing your thoughts on the game and not how to play it, which I cover every episode, please send them to me at by November 28th. I will post an updated list of upcoming games to your right (if you're not on a phone) very soon. To all who celebrate American Thanksgiving, I wish you a safe and healthy-ish holiday. I am very thankful for all of you, and I thank you for listening.

You can donate to my Extra Life campaign until December 31st!

Gauntlet on Atari Age

Gauntlet on Random Terrain

Answer Software catalog on Atarimania

April 1983 Video Game Update newsletter on Atari Compendium

Al Backiel's writeup on the PGP-1 on Digital Press

Gauntlet thread on Atari Age

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

SA-210, Master Builder!

I am back this week to discuss a Spectravideo game, after 7 years! This game is called Master Builder, and I really hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next will be Gauntlet by Answer Software. If you have thoughts on Gauntlet, you can send them to me at Please just tell me your thoughts, I'll take care of the rest. The last game for the year is Mean Santa by John Harvey and Tim Duarte. If you have feedback for Mean Santa, I'll need it by November 28th. Finally, if you have any video game Christmas memories (it doesn't need to be Atari 2600, but please keep it to video games), I will be doing another Christmas show this year, provided I get enough submissions. Please get those to me by December 16th. Tune in to YouTube this weekend at 8 pm on November 4 and 5 to watch me play games badly for Extra Life. I don't know why you would want to watch that, but I'm glad you do.

Thank you as always for your kindness, and for listening.

Donate to my Extra Life campaign here!

Master Builder on Random Terrain

Columbia Video Game Club thread on Atari Age

Columbia Video Game Club magazines on Digital Press

Ace Moon Gaming channel plays Master Builder, very well

Thursday, October 20, 2022

CX 26102, Cookie Monster Munch!

Long time no see! Today's episode is about the Atari and Children's Computer Workshop collaboration, Cookie Monster Munch. I loved Cookie Monster when I was a kid (I still do), and I also love cookies, but most cookies actually stay in my mouth, unlike some other monsters I could name. I hope that you enjoy the episode and that it was worth waiting for. Next up will be the very rare Master Builder by Spectravideo. Apparently my episodes covering Spectravideo games are also pretty rare. If you have feedback for Master Builder that does not include its history or how to play it, please send it along to by October 31st. On November 4th and 5th, I will once again be participating in Extra Life, to benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Hopefully I will have my streaming ability together by then. If you would like to donate to the kids, please see the link below. Thank you once again for your patience, and for listening.

Donate to my Extra Life campaign

Cookie Monster Munch on Atari Protos

Cookie Monster Munch on Random Terrain

Gary Stark's web site

Gary Stark's YouTube page

UPI article on CMM by Kenneth Clark, Feb 1983

Sharon Lerner on MuppetWiki

Joystick conversions of Cookie Monster Munch and Big Bird's Egg Catch by Omegamatrix

Sunday, August 7, 2022

A-VCS-Tec Challenge!

I say this too much, but I thank you for being patient with me as I navigate through my lovely depression. This long overdue episode features the homebrew game AVCStec Challenge by Simon Quernhorst and Paul Slocum. It's based on the very difficult (to me) Aztec Challenge by Paul Norman, for the Commodore 64. I hope that you enjoy the episode. Next up is Cookie Monster Munch by Atari and the Children's Computer Workshop. Please send any feedback on this or any previous game to by August 16th. Tell me your thoughts and/or memories of Cookie Monster Munch, I'll take care of the history and gameplay. Take care of yourselves and I thank you so much for listening.

Simon Quernhorst's web site

A-VCS-tec Challenge development page

Announcement thread on Atari Age

AA Title in Development page on Wayback Machine

AA Project of the Month thread

AA Late Development thread

Secret screen on Atari Age

Simon Quernhorst interview on Good Deal Games

Paul Slocum's web site

Tree Wave web site

And/Or Gallery web site

Buy the game on Packrat Video Games

Buy the game on Atari Age

Atari 50th: The Anniversary Celebration

Atari Mania (the game)

Yars Recharged

Limited Run Adventure and Missile Command (both sold out)

Atari 2600 Lego Set

New Howard Scott Warshaw interview by W. Amirul Adlan

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

5664, Frogs and Flies!

On this episode we take a look at the M Network game Frogs and Flies, which was based on the Intellivision game Frog Bog. We also cover programmer extraordinaire Dave Rolfe for the first time, and we even read one of his interesting essays. I hope you enjoy it! Coming up next is A-VCS-tec Challenge, by Simon Quernhorst with music by Paul Slocum. If you would like to try this game out, you can get the rom at Simon's web page. Please send me your feedback for A-VCS-tec Challenge by May 30th, to Thanks so much for listening!

Van Mai story on Video Game History Foundation

Frogs and Flies on Random Terrain

Frogs and Flies on Blue Sky Rangers

Intellivision Frog Bog on Blue Sky Rangers 

Frogs by Gremlin on KLOV

Willie! plays Frogs on Arcade USA

Dave Rolfe's website on Wayback Machine

Dave Rolfe interview by Valter Prette

Dave Rolfe interview by Scott Stilphen

Dave Rolfe interview by Michael Thomasson

Star Fire on KLOV

Fire One! on KLOV

Kreepy Krawlers on KLOV

Star Fire 2 prototype on KLOV

Sunday, May 8, 2022

03208, Laser Gates!

Hello my friends, thank you once again for your patience for this new episode featuring Laser Gates by Imagic. A fun time was had by almost all! Coming up next is Frogs and Flies by M Network. If you have any feedback for Frogs and Flies, please send it to by end of the day on May 17th. I should be able to get it out on time despite this episode being late. Upcoming games include A-VCS-tec Challenge by Simon Quernhorst and Paul Slocum; Cookie Monster Munch by Atari; Master Builder by Spectravideo, and Gauntlet by Answer Software. Thanks so much for listening!

Atari XP preorders

Limited Run Atari preorders (only 1000 of each will be made, I said 1500 in the show because I can no longer read)

Laser Gates on Random Terrain

Laser Gates (Innerspace) on Atari Protos

Innerspace on Atarimania

My email interview with Dan Oliver

Is Laser Gates Inner Space? Atari Age thread

Dan Oliver's Waterbug Design site on Wayback Machine

Just Kidding Imagic segment, 1983

Laser Gates review by Phil Wiswell Jan 1 1984

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

AG-034, Private Eye!

In this episode I look at the Activision game Private Eye, by Bob Whitehead. I hadn't put any time into this game before, and I couldn't put enough time into it for the podcast, but I did enjoy it and hope to come back to it. Next up will be Laser Gates by Imagic. If you have feedback for the game that you'd like to hear on the show, please send it to by May 2nd. Thank you all very much for your kind words about my return, it means a lot to me. i appreciate you all hanging in there. and as always, thank you for listening.

Sesame Street games contest!

Private Eye on Random Terrain

Interview with Bob Whitehead by Scott Stilphen

Private Eye patch

Rawson Stovall review Feb 10 1984

Michael Blanchet review Oct 24 1984

Private Eye maps by Stan on Electric Frankfurter