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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 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.

AB_Pod_Store - that's our store on Zazzle.com where you can get "Go play some old games" shirts and more...

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

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.

You can get "Go play some old games, they've missed you." shirts nd more at our Atari Bytes Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

Consider supporting the show financially on our Patreon page here.

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

AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com for "Go play some old games" shirts and more

Patreon.com - You can support the show financially here

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.

The AB_Pod_Store at Zazzle.com for show shirts and more

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.

Zazzle.com store at AB_Pod_Store - get your "go play some old games" shirts here

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

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.

Zazzle.com - AB_Pod_Store - that's my store with "Go Play Some Old Games" shirts and more

Patreon - support the show financially here

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.

Pick up Atari Bytes "go play some old games' merchandise and other stuff in our Zazzle.com store here. AB_Pod_Store

Please consider supporting the show financially on Patreon. Thanks!

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.

Get Atari Bytes mugs, shirts and more at our store AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com here.

If you can, please support this show financially on Patreon here.

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.

Check out "Go play some old games, they've missed you" shirts and mugs and more at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store here.

Please consider helping out with the production costs of this show, by supporting us financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks!

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.

Check out the Atari Bytes shirts and more at AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

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.

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