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

Monday, April 11, 2022

Sesame Street Game Contest!

Not pictured: second copy of Oscar. I have it, so you'll get it by Thanksgiving

In case you missed it on the Oscar episode, my friend Richard is sponsoring a contest where you can win loose Atari 2600 Sesame Street carts! It's very simple to enter, all you need to do is send me an email at, with Contest in the subject header. There will be 3 winners! 2 people will win loose carts of all 4 of the Sesame Street games: Oscar's Trash Race, Alpha Beam with Ernie, Big Bird's Egg Catch, and Cookie Monster Munch. The 3rd person will win loose carts of Alpha Beam with Ernie, Big Bird's Egg Catch, and Cookie Monster Munch, but without end labels. If you already have the games or if you've won something from the podcast before, please let others have a turn. Please send me your entries by April 30th, and the winners will be announced on the Laser Gates episode. Thanks to Richard, and thank you all for listening!

Saturday, April 9, 2022

CX 26101, Oscar's Trash Race!

Welcome back to the podcast everyone! I hope you all are well, and I very much appreciate all the kind words and patience. Today we start the 5 digit Atari part numbers with Oscar's Trash Race, a product of Atari and the Children's Computer Workshop, a tiny little division of Sesame Street. This is the first in a series, so there's lots to talk about. I hope that you enjoy it. Coming up in 2 weeks is Private Eye by Activision. If you have feedback for Private Eye that does not include the Hall and Oates song, please send it to me at by April 18th. Please make sure you listen to the end of the podcast for a very special Sesame Street game related contest, sponsored by friend of the podcast Richard Grounds. Thanks Richard! I'll post a separate entry for the contest in a few days, but you can send your entry as soon as you hear the episode. Once again, thank you for your patience, your kindness, and of course, for listening. Extra special thanks to my beautiful wife Sarah for getting this ball rolling again. 💖

Oscar's Trash Race on Random Terrain

Oscar's Trash Race on Atari Protos

Oscar's Trash Race on Atarimania

Children's Computer Workshop on Muppet Wiki

CGE 2012 Atari Programmers panel

Preston Stuart interview, Electronic Fun with Computers and Games March 1983, page 40

Atari Age "Loaner Cartridge" thread, shows perhaps final version of Oscar

AA OTR 10-20-82 WIP thread OMGWTFBBQ

AA OTR 3-30-83 WIP thread

1983 CES Atari 2600 Video

OTR Prototype pictures on Atari Compendium

Unreleased static screen version pictures on Atari Compendium

Posts from Guy Hutchinson's Big Bird Bridge blog about Sesame Place:

The Computer Gallery

Games at the Computer Gallery

Computer Gallery game photos

Computer Campus

Detail from Computer Gallery computers

Closeup of Computer Gallery age logo

Sesame Place (Images of Modern America) by Guy Hutchinson on Amazon