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

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

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

Frankenstein's Monster homebrew on the TI-99

Brian from Albuquerque's Youtube page

France Gall - Frankenstein