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ATARI BYTES

Remember those great Atari 2600 games? Sure, they were fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they needed to call a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What exactly Yar was seeking revenge against? What the Defender was defending? What was making those robots so Beserk? Me too! ATARI BYTES is a game review podcast like no other. On this show, we take a BYTE (get it?) out of a classic Atari 2600 game and see if the story within the game BYTES (now do you get it?) us back.
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Remember those great Atari 2600 games? Sure, they were fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they sent a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What Yar was seeking revenge against? What the Defender was defending or why those robots went Berserk? Me too! ATARI BYTES is a game review podcast like no other. We review not just the game play, but the STORY within these classic games. We take a BYTE out of the story (get it?) and see if that story BYTES us back (now do you get it?).

Apr 15, 2018

A political hot button issue is the state of America's infrastructure. Our bridges, roads and buildings are crumbling before our eyes. It's a national crisis. And, yet, our politicians do nothing.

What the liberal media WON'T tell you about, though, is the plague of mutated dinosaurs, werewolves and gorillas that are single-handedly (triple-handedly?) devouring our great cities and pooping the rubble into those devastated roads. 

The Atari 7800 port of the 1986 Bally Midway arcade classic RAMPAGE, our focus in episode 116 of ATARI BYTES, puts you in the role of those mutant monsters. Sure, politicians squabble while our buildings crumble, but they lack the style of an irradiated werewolf. Except you-know-who. From Vermont I think? It's just a rumor, but everyone hears the howling. Just sayin'. 

(In related news: I was once in a band called Dino Poop Rubble.)

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Atari Bytes show notes, social media and so much more!

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show!

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You can support the show financially on our Patreon page here.

Apr 8, 2018

As you emerge from your chocolate Easter bunny sugar coma, let episode 115 of ATARI BYTES spool soothing wake up game info into your ear holes.

Back in 1980-81-ish, we imagine, the folks at Activision had this new space battle game, sort of a top-down Missile Command with alien invaders and ground forces and lots of laser battles. "What should we call it?" someone asked. They came up with lots of cool options, but couldn't agree on one. It was getting to be 5 o'clock and the production team wanted to get to the bar, so someone said, "Screw it. Let's just call the thing LASER BLAST and get out of here." And so they did.

And now we're playing the most generically named video game since "Combat". But the story within the game is UNIQUE and EXCITING! At least, we think so. Hope you do too.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and episodes!

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. All the Snoopy, all the time.

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Apr 1, 2018

Here, in episode 114, there be monsters!

In Froggo's 1987 treasure-hunting adventure SEA HUNT, it's raining gold doubloons. The pieces of eight are scattered like our dreams on the ocean floor as you, fearless skin diver, harpoon man-eating fish and sea monsters to get to a sunken Spanish galleon. Is the game a treasure chest or a bucket of chum? Whatever the answer, the story within might be the key to Davey Jones' locker...and his heart.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Atari Bytes - show notes, episodes, social media and stuff...

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here, every month.

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Mar 25, 2018

Hey, Pinheads! Don't biff the bumpers, just nudge the podcast machine - DON'T TILT! - and check out this week's kick-out hole of an episode before it goes down the drain. 

Obviously, this week's episode is all about golf. 

Kidding! Don't do a panic flip. 

Now, let me do a lazarus ball to get these show notes back on track. This week, on episode 113, we're playing VIDEO PINBALL, Atari's 1980 port of it's own 1978 coin-op machine. Is the game (and the story therein) a house ball or a gobble hole? Insert your quarters where indicated and let's find out.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Atari Bytes episodes, social media, show notes and more here...

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here, every month.

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Here's the Mental Floss article where we got the pinball slang used in the episode.

Mar 18, 2018

Sorry! No show this week. We've gone fishin'...

Just kidding! In episode 112, we've gone fishin' AND we're doing a show.

How is this possible? Well, obviously we're playing the 1980 Activision (squee!) game FISHING DERBY. So is playing this game like landing a lunker or is it the one that got away? And why, we wonder, are these fish derby-izing?

Unlike the typical fish story, we actually check the facts on this one. Pull up a bucket of chum and join us!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here.

AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com - pick up "Go play some old games" shirts here.

Patreon - support the show financially on the Atari Bytes page here

Mar 11, 2018

We could have phoned in this week's episode, #111 to be specific.

We could have tossed Encounter at L-1 at you.

Maybe even L-2 with nary a thought. 

Encounters L-3 and 4? Probably good enough.

But we here at ATARI BYTES believe that any encounters below L-5 are for chumps, which is why we've got for you:

ENCOUNTER AT L-5 from Data Age, 1982.

No need to thank me. But what do we find on our Encounter at L-5? Tune in to find out...

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring, "Gustav Sting" and "No Frills Salsa".

Atari Bytes show notes and much more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show

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Mar 4, 2018

Episode 110 of the podcast is silent...but DEADLY.

That is to say, we're playing DEADLY DUCK, the 1982 20th Century Fox game. It's sort of like waterfowl nested inside a Space Invaders game and QUACKED everything up. Also, there are brick-wielding crabs and dragonflies armed with bombs. Because why not?

What story could I possibly make out of this? Hope I don't lay a (duck) egg on this one. Listen to find out if I do.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and so much more.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here.

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You can also support the show financially on our Patreon page here.

Feb 25, 2018

Ding-Ding! In the left corner, weighing in at episode 109, it's BOXING by Activision, 1980. In the right corner, weighing in at...well, he's working on it. Gotta get back on that treadmill. It's PODCASTER BILL.

Gentlemen...fight! Dirty tricks and junk-punching totally okay.

Our salute to the Olympics concludes this week with an Activision game. We do love us some Activision here on the podcast. Does this game disappoint? Listen and find out. Then hang around the ring for this week's story devoted to the "sweet science"...

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes - episodes, social media and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show! Get your fix of all things Snoopy here.

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Feb 18, 2018

Our salute to the Olympics continues this week in episode 108. Like all elite Olympic athletes, I've got a beer and a pocket full of nachos (I hope those are nachos). Why? Because we're going BOWLING! The 1978 Atari version that is. 

You might argue bowling is not an actual Olympic sport. I submit to you that, as with doughnuts being a health food, in my reality Olympic bowling darn well is a thing.

In this week's story: what mystery and intrigue lurks at the other end of the lane? 

Grab your balls and join us!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media, episodes, puppies and chocolates (guess which one is a lie)

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - get all your Snoopy needs met here.

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Feb 11, 2018

As the episode rolls out, the 2018 winter Olympics are underway. The competition! The pageantry! The steroid scandals! To celebrate, we're leaping off the ski jump into the future to play the 1985 game WINTER OLYMPICS from Epyx FOR THE ATARI 7800!!!

If the story WITHIN the game we've come up with can be believed (it can't), the drama and intrigue on the ski jump, bobsled, speed skating rink and biathalon (biathalon? Really?) is NOTHING compared to the thrilling adventure going on behind the scenes. Good thing our old friend, Steve Stetson, superspy, is on the case. 

So cinch up your leotard, grab a bowlful of steroids and join us at the medal ceremony that is this episode!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat", "Pinball Spring", "Volatile" and "Killers".

Atari Bytes - show notes, episodes, social media and more here

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show.

The AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com - pick up show merchandise here.

Patreon - you can support the show on our Atari Bytes page here

Feb 4, 2018

This week on the podcast, we're going commando!

Aren't you glad this is an audio podcast?

Of course, we're actually referring to this week's game COMMANDO RAID, a 1982 game from U.S.Games, a division of Quaker Oats. The odor of heavy artillery fire and oatmeal hangs heavy in the air.

In this week's story within the game, we wonder: in the war between the humans and androids, are there any winners?

R.I.P. Mort Walker

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".

Atari Bytes episodes, show notes, social media here

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here every month.

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Jan 28, 2018

When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...though retro gamers get preferential treatment. Am I right???

Well, we wished upon a star and we got episode 105 of Atari Bytes - STAR VOYAGER, the iMagic game from 1982. We wanted to be 6"1", with a chiseled physique and good cheekbones. But this is a good consolation prize. I've still got some Ranch Doritos in the kitchen, so it's all good.

In STAR VOYAGER, you travel among the stars protecting star ports from the treaty-breaking Zakorans. Be careful, or the only wish you'll be making is to not have your atoms scattered among the stars. In this month's story, we imagine Jimminy Cricket in a space helmet singing to space Pinocchio. We might have been heavily medicated when we recorded this.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes, social media and what-not can be found here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show! Get your Snoopy fix! Show notes, episodes and social media links here.

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Jan 21, 2018

If they only knew.

If only Elliott and those soft-hearted scientists knew.

In 1982, extra-terrestrials invaded Earth - by leaving a so-homely-he's-cute alien being to wander the planet, seeking only to feed his addiction to sugary snacks and flowers. This horror was chronicled by some brave journalist named Steven Spielberg in the documentary "E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial". Our government finally caught the would-be conquerer of Earth. Phew! Crisis averted!

But then...they let him go...

And as a result, a fate worse than the destruction of Earth crashed down on us.

The same year, Atari self-destructed by way of a pretty bad E.T. game that everyone hated, single-handedly destroying the video game industry. Earth went on a-spinnin', but life as we know it was over.

At least, I think that's how it happened.

This month, as we mark two years since this podcast launched, episode 104 of ATARI BYTES picks through the wreckage to try and figure out why E.T. was the...man? thing? to  bring Earth to its knees. Why, E.T.? WHY??????

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take  Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Atari Bytes - show notes, episodes, social media links and on and on.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show! Here's the episodes for all your Snoopy and Charlie Brown needs.

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Here's that Den of Geek interview with Howard Scott Warshaw

Unearthed 'E.T.' Atari Games Sell for $108,000 at Auction

Jan 14, 2018

In 1978, Atari was all set to unleash upon the world another maze game. But then someone said, "We can do better. We can make this maze game something more...something with higher stakes. We can turn an ordinary maze game into a SUPER maze game of chases. We could make this game...a game of COPS AND ROBBERS! We have the technology."

And MAZE CRAZE was born. And it, in turn, begat this podcast episode a mere forty years after that. Funny how fate works.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes show notes and oh, so much more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Check out episodes here.

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If you can, please support the production of this podcast on our Patreon page here.

Jan 7, 2018

We can thank the 1981 arcade game VANGUARD, and the 1982 Atari port we're talking about this week, for giving us many firsts: the "continue" feature, four-direction shooting, multi-direction stage scrolling, and invincibility power-ups. 

But can VANGUARD give us the love we so desperately need? 

Failing that, how about egg rolls? I feel like some egg rolls...

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes show notes and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show!

The Atari Bytes merchandise store is at AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

Dec 31, 2017

As 2017 slinks off the stage wiping from it's jacket bits of rotten tomato, we prepare to usher in a new year full of promise and, of course, Atari games. The (root beer) taps are open. Let's celebrate!

And celebrate we do with Bally Midway's 1983 root beer (*wink*) -slinging party TAPPER. Cheers!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". 

Pick up Atari Bytes mugs and more at our AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

If you can, support the show financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page.

My 2017 year-in-review "GOODNIGHT, 2017!" is up at my oft-neglected blog here.

Don't forget to please check out my book IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. It's never too late to start on next year's Christmas spirit.

Dec 24, 2017

Egg the nog, yule the log and send Rudolph to guide Santa through the fog. It's CHRISTMAS EVE!

Oh, and it just happens to be episode 100 of this here podcast thingy. 

So what does all this mean for this week's ATARI BYTES episode?

I dunno. Let's find out together! Happy holidays, everyone!

Links:

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and, this week, "Happy Happy Game Show".

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here every month. 

Zazzle.com - pick up cool show merch in our store AB_Pod_Store.

Atari Bytes Patreon - Our Patreon page is here. Consider supporting the show if you can.

Here's one of the places you can pick up my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults, ALL YEAR 'ROUND! And if you've already bought the book, thanks! Don't forget to go where you ordered it and leave a review!

Check out my year-in-review, GOODNIGHT, 2017!, here. It's written in the style of classic children's book GOODNIGHT MOON, by Margaret Wise Brown (my apologies)

Dec 17, 2017

So, here's what I think happened:

In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said something about the nuclear arms race and the dangers of nuclear waste. The designers waged all out war, each entrenched in their positions. Until Mr. Parker Brother said, "Work together or you're fired."

And, thus, REACTOR was born. 

Those designers compromised to merge their ideas and create something new. Does the premise, flying your space ship inside a nuclear reactor and fighting evil photons and neutrinos, make any sense? We find out in episode 99. (Spoiler: No)

But there was no way they were going to mix their chocolate and peanut butter.  Some principles just can't be compromised. 

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes - show notes, episodes, social media and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show! Get your Snoopy fix here.

Zazzle.com - Get cool mugs, shirts, totes and more at my Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Patreon - please consider financially support the show on our Atari Bytes page here

My holiday novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME is still available. In fact, you can get this Santa Claus story for adult anytime! Click here for one of the places you can do that.

Dec 10, 2017

ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK...

...With another episode. Number 98 to be specific.

This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we're playing the game based on episode II of the original Star Wars trilogy, which *actually* was episode V of the overall story.

Hey, wake up. This is nerdery at it's finest.

Anyway, we're playing STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Is it a good time or do we need the Force just to get through the thing? And by storming ice planet Hoth, what exactly are those AT AT's playing at at?

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes show notes and much more 

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get your Snoopy fix here.

Here's a place where you can pick up my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus novel for adults.

Pick up Atari Bytes shirts, mugs, bags and more at our Zazzle.com store, AB_Pod_Store

Please consider helping with the production costs of this podcast by supporting the show financially on our Patreon page.

Dec 3, 2017

Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Well, that's assuming they can find the door. It's like a maze out here. Hasn't anyone heard of Google Maps?

This week on episode 97 we're playing Exidy's 1981 game MOUSE TRAP (Well, specifically we're playing Coleco's later Atari port of said game) and then we'll dissect the motives of the titular mouse. Is it really all about the cheddar?

Crowd around your podcaster apparatus to listen, but on your way grab a big, gooey bowl of cheese fondue and some delectable items to dip. Or a trowel with which to apply the cheese directly to your skin. You do you.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance", and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes, social media and more here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Go there for your Charlie Brown and Snoopy fix.

It's the holidays! Check out the t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, stickers and more at our absurdly named Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

If you can, consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here to help offset some of the web hosting and other costs. Thanks!

Also, since the holidays are upon us, do please check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. One of the places you can get it is here. Please do leave a review to help others find the book!

"Mad" Mike Huges Cancels Rocket Launch to Prove Earth is Flat

Nov 26, 2017

The bomber in Activision's 1981 game KABOOM! is mad. How do we know? The exclamation point in the title, obviously!

That doesn't stop him from dropping bombs with cartoony lit fuses though. What are you supposed to do? Call the bomb squad? Flee the scene? 

Nope. Just get out you buckets of water and start fielding those explosive pop flies. Miss one and bucket water won't be only thing splattered all over the computer landscape. 

Why is all this happening? We'll blow the lid clean off this mystery. Join us!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes show notes and more

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show!

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

You can get show-inspired mugs, shirts, tote bags and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME - my novel about three men thrown together during the holidays, one of which is Santa himself. It's a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. Here's one of the many places you can get it.

Nov 19, 2017

In the Spectravision B-movie pirate serial THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR...*Show notes interrupted by a note passed to the host by the editor*

What? THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR is an Atari game?**

**Yes. Yes, it is. From Spectravision, 1982.

But I thought Spectravision was a format 1950s TV was presented in.***

***You're fired. Also, there are no pirates in it.

Anyway, I guess this is a game where you fly through some sort of colorful space vortex thing and shoot space saucers that look less like saucers and more like an unnamed licensed property, the name of which, in Pig Latin, is Rsta Swar Eti Rfighte.

Classic Arcade Machines Make a Comeback $100 a Pop

If you like my podcast: first, thanks! Second, consider checking out my writing! My novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for adults (it even has guns and naughty words!) is available wherever you like to get books. Here's one of those places.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes social media links, show notes, episodes and more here.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show!

Find Atari Bytes mugs, shirts, stickers, bags, etc. at our Zazzle.com store here AB_Pod_Store

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page. You can do that here. I am thankful for all of you.

Nov 12, 2017

Feeling claustrophobic? Like the walls are moving in on you? No, you're not coming down from one too many espresso shots. You just have SQUEEZE BOX fever!

And you know what they say about fevers: starve a cold and feed a fever, right? Like, maybe, you could feed it some Quaker oats, which would be appropriate since a division of that company, U.S. Games, released SQUEEZE BOX in 1982. And it's our focus in episode 94.

In the game, you're a prison inmate, desperate to escape as the walls literally squeeze in on you. Don't worry, though, this isn't one of those lame prisons where you have to make due with turning a spork into a shank. In this prison, you have your own gun. Why? Dunno. But we'll make something up!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring". 

Atari Bytes show notes, social media links and so much more.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Get all your Snoopy news here.

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here. Thanks in advance!

Pick up cool Atari Bytes shirts, mugs, totes, stickers and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

The holiday season is upon us. If you'd like to check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, please do! Here's one place you can do that. This Santa Claus story for adults is available anywhere you buy books and makes a great physical and/or digital stocking stuffer!

Nov 5, 2017

As Jimmy Buffett sang, "I like mine with lettuce and tomato. And hot dogs. And ice cream. And pickles. Not the purple ones though. Eatin' my pickle in paradise!"

(Parrotheads send your angry emails now.)

The 1982 Telesys game FAST FOOD recalls a more innocent era - high calorie snacks. Parachute pants. Urkel. We know the mission in the game is to gobble as much food as you can (We Americans do love our excessive consumption!) and we know WHAT to eat. (Hold the purple pickle!). But do we know WHY we eat?

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes show notes and more.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Got a hankering for some Peanuts? This show has you covered!

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Oct 29, 2017

This week's episode of ATARI BYTES, number 92 for those keeping score, is all about Benjamin Franklin.

Well, not really. But thanks to this week's co-host, my kid Henry, there is a long digression from talking about the 1983 Data Age game FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER to talk about the mechanics of the founding father's famous key-on-a-kite-string experiment. Just a little extra info for you, our faithful listeners, at no extra charge. You're welcome.

Getting back to the game, what lurks in the creepy depths of Dr. Frankenstein's castle? Any why is it so angry? How big is its power probe exactly? Can we do NOTHING about this unsightly green wall it hides behind? 

No tricks, only treats in this Halloween episode!

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and more.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show!

You can support Atari Bytes financially on our Patreon page here.

Pick up cool shirts, mugs, stickers, blankets, totes and more at our Atari Bytes store on Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store.

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