Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Christmas Spectacular!

Thank you to Kevin Zerbe for his recording of "Joy To The World" which opens the show. Thank you also to all the other artists whose songs I borrowed as a bed. Sorry.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and everything in between. I hope your end of year celebrations are wonderful.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I love all of you.

Please be kind to one another.

-- Ferg

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2656, Mr. Do!

Hello all, this week I talk almost all about Mr. Do! I recorded it in a fragmented way, so I have forgotten stuff and repeated myself, but it is out a little early, so there's that. One thing I forgot to mention is the game over screen, just a simple screen with Mr. Do and game over on the screen, but I don't think I've seen much of that yet. Matt brought it up in his email but it still flew right by me. Also, the PAL version of the game shows your extra Mr. Do!s as full bodies, instead of just a head in the US version. Curioser and curioser. Despite this I really hope yopu enjoy the show.

If you'd like to send in a Christmas memory, you have until the 17th to do so, and that episode will probably be out on Wednesday. The three days after for me will be eat, sleep, and work, not necessarily in that order. It's usually pretty hectic and I won't have much time for anything those three days. Also, Space Battle will be coming up sometime in January, please watch Facebook and Twitter for that. You can send your feedback to me at Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Mr. Do on KLOV
Mr. Do! arcade prototype footage
Mr. Do! on Random Terrain's site
Arcade USA - Mr. Do!
No Swear Gamer 285 - Mr. Do!
Colecovisions Podcast 22 - Mr. Do! and Dig Dug
Classic Gaming Bookcast by Chris Federico for FREE!
Willie's 3000 Subscriber Contest Video on Arcade USA
Shinto's Game by Game Podcast hub (it's .com, not .net, sorry Shinto)
The Retrogaming Times bi-monthly online magazine

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AX-025, Keystone Kapers!

Happy Gluttonous Shopping Season everyone! Please be sure to visit your local mom and pop stores this season, they'll feel good and you will too. Today I am discussing Keystone Kapers by the one and only Activision! I apologize for the refrigerator this episode, it sounded really loud and distracting on my end, so I hope you don't hear it. Next up on the show will be Mr. Do by Coleco, and I'll also throw in 3 Coleco games that had part numbers but never made it to programming, at least not that we know of. If you have any comments on Mr. Do or any game I've already covered (say, Mousetrap fer instance), please send it to me at Also, if you have any Christmas or holiday memories of really any kind that you'd like to share, I would love to hear them! Please send those to me by December 16th. Thank you for listening everyone!

Egg Nog (makes 1 gallon, cut it down to the quantity you like)

2 quarts half and half
1 dozen eggs (I use large)
1 tablespoon vanilla extract (DON'T USE THE FAKE STUFF, I WILL FIND YOU)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups sugar
1 cup rum
1 cup brandy
1 cup bourbon

Beat eggs in a blender until frothy and lemon yellow colored. Add sugar, vanilla, and salt and blend well. Pour into a large container (save your gallon milk jugs!) and add the remaining ingredients. Shake well to combine. PUT THE CAP ON FIRST. Sprinkle some nutmeg in there if you like that. Do NOT sprinkle pumpkin pie spice in there (see vanilla extract). Don't worry about cooking it, all of the alcohol will take care of whatever salmonella is in the eggs. I'm still here, aren't I? Refrigerate unused portion and shake well before you serve it again. Unused portion, that's a good one. Enjoy! :)

Pertinent Links

Batteries Not Included show with Garry Kitchen
Keystone Kapers on Atari Protos
Keystone Kapers scratch card from Atarimania
Keystone Kapers 2 entry on Digital Press Rarity Guide
Activisions Spring 1983 issue on Atari Age
KK patch on DP
KK patch accompanying letter
Play Block the Knight by Rex Allison right in your browser!
Atari Flashback Portable Compatibility List from AA

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

GCG1001T, Music Machine!

This week I discuss one of the two religious games released for the 2600, Music Machine by Sparrow. It's an expensive game but worth your time if you use emulators or Harmony cartridges. Next, uh, time on the show, I will be talking about Crazy Climber by Atari, one of the Atari Age magazine mailaway exclusive games. So yeah, another rare game, I promise I did not plan that! If you have feedback for Crazy Climber, you can send it to me at Please be sure to join me this weekend for Extra Life, and if you can donate, there are plenty of people to choose from in the links! Thanks to all who donated, and I thank you all for listening. I hope you had a Happy Halloween!

Pertinent Links

Palmtex/Super Micro Cartridge based system
Sparrow Records today
Peter Engelbrite's Music Machine page
2009 Kotaku article about sealed copy on eBay
2013 eBay auction for sealed copy
Video from above auction
Stella at 20 on Internet Archive
Art of Atari by Tim Lapetino
My Extra Life donation page
Rick's Extra Life donation page
Wade's Extra Life donation page
Bill's Atari Party Extra Life donation page
Marc Allie's Extra Life donation page

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

RA 4201, Sword of Saros!

Finally, Part 2 of episode 127 is now available, featuring Sword of Saros by Starpath. From now on, each episode will feature one game and hopefully sometime in the future will be released weekly! I'm sure I'm going to regret that. Next time I'll be looking at Music Machine by Sparrow. Afert that, it will be Crazy Climber by Atari; Keystone Kapers by Activision; Mr. Do! by Coleco; Space Attack by M Network; Q8Bert by Parker Brothers; and Glib by Selchow and Wrighter. Any thoughts or comments on these games can be sent to me at Don't forget to check out the forums! Another great idea. Thanks so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Sword of Saros description in Arcadia catalog
Atari Age thread - Homemade cassette liner by Dan Skelton
Late Starpath Flyer - front
Late Starpath Flyer - back
Starpath Internal Docs thread on Atari.IO
Stephen Landrum interview by James Hague
No Swear Gamer 269 - Sword of Saros!
My Extra Life donation page
Rick's Extra Life donation page
Wade's Extra Life donation page
Bill's Atari Party Extra Life donation page
Get the Lego Atari 2600 by Chris McVeigh here!
McIntyre Musings on Facebook
BOSS! for the Atari 2600 IndieGoGo page

Sunday, September 25, 2016

RA 4200, Escape From The Mindmaster!

So yeah, putting both games into this episode didn't work out, so you're only getting Escape From The Mindmaster this time. The next show will contain Sword of Saros and the feedback for both games. After that it will be one game per episode including feedback. Sorry about that. Speaking of feedback, if you have some for either or both of these games, please send it to me at Thanks so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Interview with Dennis Caswell by Mat Allen
Dennis Caswell's web site
Escape From The Mindmaster on Atari Protos (Labyrinth page link at bottom)
Complete Playthrough by Spolan
No Swear Gamer 270 - Escape From The Mindmaster!
Scott Stilphen's Easter egg page for Escape From The Mindmaster

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Atari 10400 Game by Game Podcast Featuring the No Swear Gamer!

This is a special episode featuring Phil from the No Swear Gamer channel on Youtube and the Atari 7800 Game by Game podcast. Phil was nice enough to send me a large audio submission talking about all of the games since his last submission, so I made it into its own episode. Huge thanks to Phil for doing this, please help me say thank you by checking out his stuff. I also explain a little about what is next for this podcast. Thank you all very much for listening, I hope you enjoyed your summer!

Classic Gaming Bookcast by Chris Federico (RGR Forum post, has all the links where you can buy the book)
Bally Alley Astrocast
Omega Race controller hack by Thomas Jentzsch

Sunday, September 4, 2016

CX 2682, Krull!

Part 2 of episode 126 is all about Krull by Atari. Thanks for your continued patience with me, I wasn't feeling great this week. The next episode will hopefully have 2 games, those being Sword of Saros and Escape From The Mindmaster by Starpath. Like I mentioned in the show, I am shooting to publish this 2 weeks from this past Wednesday, but if it does get delayed, it should be the last time that happens for awhile. Again, thank you for your patience and for listening, it really means a lot to me.

Atari In-House Promo film, featuring 1983 new releases
The No Swear Gamer 262 - Krull!
Web page on Dave Staugas' NeoChrome
Krull on Atari Protos
Krull on KLOV
Krull on Internet Pinball Database
Ian's Risk of Rain video
Wade's 1632 ATARI podcaST
My friend Bill's website
Bill's Youtube page
Mr. Moribund's Theater of Terror!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

CX 2681, Battlezone!

Yes, another split episode. I just wanted to get something out there, this is the best way for me to do that right now. Maybe it's the way I should be doing this, who knows? That was the original plan. At any rate, this episode is all about Battlezone by Atari, and next time I will cover Krull and the feedback for both games. So if you have any thoughts on either game, you still have time to send it to me at Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Battlezone on Atari Protos
Battlezone on KLOV
Michael Feinstein blog post about GCC and Atari
Voice Commander unit picture in AA thread (Post 19)
Voice Commander unit drawing in 1983 Atari catalog on AA
Brown label Battlezone cartridge
Brown Battlezone box
Battlezone Tank Control hack by Thomas Jentzsch
The No Swear Gamer 261 - Battlezone
I was wrong, new VR version of Battlezone will be released by Rebellion in October. Bad podcaster!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Part 2: 8056100286, California Games!

This is part 2 of episode 125, where I discuss California Games by Epyx, and read and listen to your feedback on all the Epyx games. Next up is Battlezone and Krull, both by Atari. I am hoping to watch the Krull movie before the episode since it is available on YouTube. If you have any feedback on these games, as always you can send it to me at Please be sure to check out Geekade's Twitch channel on August 20th for their Pain in the Ass-a-thon, which is a charity benefit for the Colon Cancer Alliance. You can donate during the 24 stream at the Twitch site. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

Epyx on C64 Wiki
History of Epyx on the Dot Eaters
Peter Engelbrite's web site
Peter Engelbrite interview by Gregory George
Inspired Idea web site
Fuddy Duddy Games
Steve Baker's web site from 2008
Steve Baker's Pachinko game
Steve Baker interview by Scott Stilphen
Steve Baker interview by Randy Kindig, Antic podcast
Steve Baker interview by Willie, ArKay and Captain Bob, Atari 5200 Super Podcast
Tod Frye interview by Randy Kindig, Antic Podcast
No Swear Gamer 175 - Summer Games
No Swear Gamer 259 - Winter Games
No Swear Gamer 260 - California Games
1997 Online Telegames Atari 2600 catalog
Atari Bytes Podcast
Atari Kong Podcast
Geekade Pain In The Ass-a-thon Facebook page
Sing's nutty eBay auction find for Stellar Track
Devin's Pac-Man creepy pasta on AA

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Interview with Bill Kendrick

In this episode I talk with Bill Kendrick, founder and host of the Atari Party, which is an annual event held in Davis CA (this year on July 30th). Bill is also a co-host of the Atari XEGS Cart by Cart podcast, and also contributes a segment to the Antic Podcast. Thank you to Bill for talking with me, and thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

New Breed Software
Atari Party 2016
Atari XEGS Cart by Cart Podcast
Antic, the Atari 8 Bit Podcast

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Too Many Games Wrapup Special

Last weekend I was able to get to the Too Many Games video game convention in Pennsylvania. This is just a short episode about what I saw and did there. It was a lot of fun and I will be there again next year, hope to see you there!

Too Many Games web site
Rich's band Kickbax
Sega Nerds web site
Geekade on Youtube
Mega Visions magazine Kickstarter
Blind Blades by Heavy Key Studios
Super Rock Blasters by QuadraTron Studios

Sunday, May 29, 2016

My Top 10 One Player Games & a Special Announcement

This episode was suggested by Matt (@stormsurge) and will be part of a continuing series over the life of the podcast. The special announcement is that I will be slacking off the podcast this summer. ;)   Well, kind of. Please stay tuned to the episode for details on that. Thanks for listening everyone, see you soon!

These are the coasters that I mentioned in the podcast (you can also see them on Twitter and Facebook, I posted them back in 2014):

Pertinent Links

Digital Press 99 Classics (NOT including Frankenstein's Monster)
Toy Tomb Podcast
Stone Age Gamer & Waveback podcasts on Geekade
The Retro League Podcast
Too Many Games! Forums

Friday, May 20, 2016

AX-023, Oink! and AX-024, Dolphin!

Hey everyone, thanks for your patience this week. This episode is about two of Activision's early 1983 titles, Oink and Dolphin. Next on the podcast I will be looking at Lost Luggage and Shark Attack (Lochjaw) by Apollo. If you have any feedback on these or any of the games I've covered, please send it to You can check the calendar on the blogpage for the upcoming shows, I have updated it. A bit. I have some vacation time coming up, and while I don't have an episode listed for those weeks, I am going to try to get something out then. I also have an upcoming project, we are putting in a new floor in my gameroom/podcasting room, but I'm hoping that won't disturb the schedule. Much.

Thanks for listening everyone!

Pertinent Oinks

Matthew Hubbard interview by Scott Stilphen
Scott Stilphen's Dolphin Easter Egg page
Oink on Atari Protos
Dolphin on Atari Protos
Oink Patch on Digital Press
...and the accompanying letter
Friends of Dolphins patch on DP
...and the accompanying letter
Secret Society of Dolphins patch on DP
Activisions newsletter announcing Dolphin and Oink
Matthew Hubbard's Blogger profile (he has a few blogs there)
The No Swear Gamer 252 - Oink!
The No Swear Gamer 253 - Dolphin
Warren Robinett's Adventure web site
Inventing the Adventure Game by Warren Robinett (unpublished manuscript)
Classic Game Room - Oink!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CX 2679, Realsports Basketball, and CX 2680, Realsports Tennis!

This week I cover two more games in the RealSports line, Tennis and Basketball. Basketball was an unfinished prototype that saw the light of day near the turn of the century. I think there is only one more RealSports title left, Boxing, which oddly came out much later than the rest. Next time I'll be discussing the Activision games Oink! and Dolphin, so if you have any thoughts on these games (or the RealSports games, I expected the feedback to be a bit light and I was not mistaken), please send it to me at You will not regret it! Thank you so much for listening, and this Sunday, please say hi to your mother for me.

Pertinent Links

RealSports Tennis on Atari Protos
RealSports Basketball on Atari Protos
Supergames 8 in 1 on Atari Protos
Unused RS Tennis art on Atarimania
No Swear Gamer 251 - RS Tennis!
RS Basketball in 1982 Rev F catalog
RS Basketball screenshot in 1983 Rev A catalog
RS Basketball 2002 Repro on Atari Age
Scott Stilphen's Easter Egg page for RS Basketball
Highretrogamelord's RS Basketball video
Intellivisionaries 18 - Basketball(s)!
Intellivisionaries 7 - Baseball(s)!
SNES Podcast 45 - Frogger!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

PB 5340, Tutankham, and PB 5350, Sky Skipper!

Hi there, today's episode deals with Tutankham and Sky Skipper, both arcade ports from Parker Brothers. Both games are... interesting. Next time I'll be talking about two Realsports titles, Tennis and Basketball. Basketball did not come out at the time, but it is available. If you have any thoughts on these games or games I've covered previously, please send them to me at Thanks so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Tutankham on KLOV
Dawn Epstein's web site
Dawn Epstein's Applied Chaos web site
Tutankham map by Ben Valdes
Sky Skipper on KLOV
Shipping Box seller on eBay
The No Swear Gamer 248 - Tutankham!
WaveBack Podcast - The Legend of Zelda

Thursday, April 7, 2016

4L-2520, Tunnel Runner, and 4L-2737, Omega Race!

This week I'm looking at two of the CBS Electronics Ram Plus games, Tunnel Runner and Omega Race, as well as the Booster Grip controller! Thanks for your patience this week, and thanks again for the donations, it is greatly appreciated. I think I have settled on a mixer so I can record the sounds from the 2600 itself, and also, I think I may be able to use that to play the audio submissions live so you can hear me react to them. My current mixer is a Kitchen Aid, so that one won't work. Next episode will be about Sky Skipper and Tutankham by Parker Brothers, so if you have any feedback on those games or games I've already covered, please send it to, or Thank you so much for listening, you guys are the best!!

Pertinent Links

Ram Plus Chip patent
Dick Balaska interview by Red 5 on AA
Dick Balaska's website
Robert Hunter interview by Roy Trakin, Video Games magazine
Stuart Ross interview by Scott Stilphen
Stuart Ross drawing of Black Box
Scott Stilphen's Tunnel Runner Easter Egg page
Omega Race on KLOV
Omega Race controller hack by Thomas Jentsch
Omega Race Genesis controller hack by Omegamatrix (plus a lot more games!)
The No Swear Gamer 246 - Tunnel Runner
The No Swear Gamer 247 - Omega Race
Atari Leaf's Booster Grip video
Throwback Network Facebook group

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

IA 3611, Dragonfire, and 03205, Fathom!

Hi guys, this episode is about Dragonfire and Fathom, two more games by the great software company Imagic. I hope that you enjoy it. In two weeks I'll be talking about Omega Race and Tunnel Runner by CBS Electronics. If you have any thoughts on these games or games that I've already covered, please send them to me at or Thank you very much for listening, and if you celebrate Easter or Spring Break, have a great one, or both.

Pertinent Links

Bob Smith interview in Numb Thumb Club magazine
Get the Dragonfire source code here or here
Scott Stilphen's Dragonfire Easter Egg page
Dragonfire on Atari Protos
An Act of Creation by Rob Fulop (Video Games Dec. 1983)
Rob Fulop interview by Scott Stilphen
Rob Fulop's blog entry about Fathom
Rob Fulop interview by Chris Federico
Michael Becker interview by Valter Prette
Scott Stilphen Fathom Longplay
Scott Stilphen's Fathom Easter Egg page
The Monkees' Head - Porpoise Song
Intarivisions ep 4 - Dragonfire
No Swear Gamer 244 - Dragonfire
No Swear Gamer 245 - Fathom - Phil also shows you the Easter eggs!
12 year old Bill Kendrick's Atari 800 clone of Dragonfire, called Crown Quest!
Atari Vault video, showing all of the games
Atari Flashback 2 in an Atari cartridge by lovablechevy
Pinside forum thread with Nick Baldridge's photos from 2015 White Rose show

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

CX 2677, Dig Dug; CX 2678, Dukes of Hazzard, and Stunt Cycle!

Well, hello. This extremely late episode is all about the wonderful game Dig Dug, and the unreleased games Dukes of Hazzard, Stunt Cycle, and Dukes of Hazzard. Thank you again for your continued patience, I hope very much that you enjoy the show. Next WEEK (that's WEEK, singular, I hope) will be on Dragonfire and Fathom, by ye olde Imagick Companie. If you have any feedback on these games, or any that I've already covered, please send it to me at or Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

My Spotify 1982 Playlist
Bob Polaro on Antic podcast with Kevin Savetz
Bob Polaro interview by Al Backiel
The Crazy and Profitable Origin of Ms. Pac-Man, by Preston Burt
Doug Macrae at California Extreme 2010
Doug Macrae on Cache and Release (a geocaching podcast)
Doug Macrae's Geocaching site
Mark Hahn interview by Scott Stilphen
Atari Protos - Dig Dug
Atari Protos - Dukes of Hazzard
Atari Protos - Stunt Cycle
Dukes of Hazzard map on Digital Press
Dukes of Hazzard repro box on eBay
Dukes of Hazzard Easter eggs on 2600 Connection
Most likely unauthorized Dukes of Hazzard cart and box on eBay
Sold Best Electronics Dukes of Hazzard with B&W label on eBay
Stunt Cycle on Game Reproductions web site
Arcade USA - Stunt Cycle: Arcade, dedicated console & 2600 versions
Check out the Retro Junkies at Lexington Comic Con March 11-13!
Atari vs Sears artwork on Atari Protos
Game Dev Tycoon by Greenheart Games
No Swear Gamer 189 - Dig Dug!
Insane Ian - DiG DuG
VectrexRoli on Youtube
For Amusement Only EM and Bingo Pinball Podcast
Steve Thomas Art, Arcade Propaganda prints. NOT FROM THE 90s.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

CM 003, Cosmic Swarm, and CM 004, Room of Doom!

Hi everyone, this week's extremely short compared to the episodes lately episode is about Cosmic Swarm and Room of Doom, both by Commavid. I hope that you will try these games out if you haven't already, I think they deserve a chance. Next time I'll be discussing the Atari games Dig Dug and Dukes of Hazzard, and also the un-numbered Stunt Cycle, which was turned into a Dukes of Hazzard game after the fact. Do you have any feedback on these games or games that I've already covered? If so, please send it to or Thank you so much!

Pertinent Links

Irwin Gaines magazine article on Digital Press
Commavid article on Digital Press
Cosmic Swarm on Random Terrain's site
Cosmic Swarm second artwork
Sheriff by Nintendo on KLOV
Throwback Reviews podcast
Stone Age Gamer podcast
Select Game Odyssey 2 Podcast
Classic Console Gamernews Podcast
Classic Gaming Bookcast by Chris Federico

Thursday, February 11, 2016

2652, Rocky Battles the Champ; 2653, Donkey Kong Jr.; 2654, Looping; 2655, Pepper II!

Hi there, thanks for your patience! I had some issues yesterday. :)  Anyway, this episode deals with the released Coleco game Donkey Kong Jr., the prototype Looping, and the vaporware Pepper II (sadly) and Rocky Battles the Champ. Next time I'll be talking about the Commavid games Cosmic Swarm and Room of Doom. If you have any thoughts on these games or any I've already covered, you can send them to I've been having some issues with email on my new computer, so I have made a new email address that you can also use, which is That one shouldn't be too hard to remember!

Thank you very much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Harley Puthuff's web site
Ed Temple interview by Scott Stilphen
Looping on KLOV
Pepper II on KLOV
Looping on Atari Protos
Looping on 2600 Connection
Looping release on Atari 2600 Homebrew
DK Jr arcade flyer (2600 label art)
Rocky Battles the Champ Flyer
Looping Flyer
Pepper II Flyer
DK Jr. Flyer, why not
Doug Macrae at California Extreme
Arcade USA - Pepper II
No Swear Gamer 211 - Donkey Kong Jr.