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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?).

Mar 17, 2019

This week, episode 164 of ATARI BYTES is drenched in sweetness. So much squeaky clean gaming joy, it'll make your teeth hurt.

This is bad because of the teeth gnashing you'll do trying to have fun playing STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: MUSICAL MATCH-UPS. To be fair, you're probably not a preschooler who's into mixing and matching the heads, torsos and legs of Strawberry and her friends Lime Chiffon, Huckleberry Pie and Blueberry Muffin. That jerk Purple Pieman has messed them all up. It's basically "Frankenstein" with a fruity pastry scent.

After you get through that, stick around for a big ol' slice of this week's "Untitled Strawberry Shortcake Story". It's like the a la mode to your gaming pie. 

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and more here.

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

Pick up Atari Bytes merchandise on the AB_Pod_Store podcast store on Zazzle.com

You can support the show financially on our Patreon page here. Thanks in advance for doing so!

Mar 10, 2019

Wallaby darned! It's another episode of ATARI BYTES! Though the game is actually KANGAROO! Not Wallaby! Which makes the pun even more annoying! If that's possible!

That's right. This week, episode 163 is devoted to the largest marsupial in the family Macropodidae, that icon of Australia that isn't Crocodile Dundee: the kangaroo.

KANGAROO is a 1982 Sun Electronics arcade game distributed by Atari, which caused some hard feelings. Know who else is experiencing some hard feelings? The kangaroos in this week's short story "Kanga-Ruined". 

So throw some shrimp on the barbie and hop on over and give us a listen. 

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for our "Mad Mike Hughes" theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and social media here.

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

Pick up Atari Bytes merchandise at the AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

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

Mar 3, 2019

This week, episode 162 of the podcast isn't just coasting in neutral. We pop the clutch, pop a wheelie and burn rubber down the track! It's DRAGSTER from 1980, one of Activision's first efforts for the Atari. 

I know there's been some controversy about world record scores and what not. But know what isn't controversial? This week's poem written (Why not?) in the style of Schoolhouse Rock's "A Noun is a Person, Place or Thing", though not really. Did Schoolhouse Rock feature a clown named Mr. Soggy Pants? Well, MY poem does!

But please listen anyway.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.

You can support the show financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks in advance.

Pick up Atari Bytes merchandise in the AB_Pod_Store on Zazzle.com

Atari Bytes social media, episodes and more here.

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

Feb 24, 2019

BRIAN COLIN IS A FLIPPIN' GENIUS.

How do I know? Well, he helped design two of the most beloved fun, whimsical arcade games of ALL TIME. RAMPAGE and XENOPHOBE, among many others. And then they were adapted for the home video console market which was...almost as good?

We've talked about Rampage in the past. This week on episode 161, we've got the 1988 Atari 7800 port of XENOPHOBE. Does it live up to it's arcade progenitor? Ancestor? Daddy? 

This game about beaming aboard a space station overrun by aliens and blasting them with your phaser - which is totally different than Star Trek - is the backdrop for this week's story "To Go Where No One Has … But Not Boldly". The story centers on a character who is basically the space equivalent of Hermie from 1960's TV's "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer". 

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

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the storytime theme.

Thanks to Mike Mann for the Mad Mike Hughes update theme.

Atari Bytes show notes episodes and more. 

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

Check out the merch in our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store.

You can support the show financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page here.

 

Feb 17, 2019

WOOOHOOOO! Check it out, y'all! We're doing CODEBREAKER on episode 160 of Atari Bytes!

ZZZZZZZZZ.

Sorry! Nodded off there. Seriously though, in 1978 when this game came out, the idea of using a keypad controller to play a game by entering numbers on the pad that show up on a TV screen was probably pretty compelling. Today though? Well, listen to the show to hear our thoughts.

BUT...our favorite 1980s superspy STEVE STETSON, does drop by to save the world in this week's short story "DEATH BY THE NUMBERS: A STEVE STETSON, 1980s SUPERSPY, ADVENTURE".

So there's that.

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!

Thanks to Mike Mann for his Mad Mike Hughes update theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime Theme.

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

You can pick up Atari Bytes merch on our Atari Bytes store, AB_Pod_Store, on Zazzle.com

Feb 10, 2019

In this divided world we live in, it's fitting episode 159 features ENTOMBED, the U.S. Games title from 1982. It's a game about running blindly through a maze, not really knowing where you're going. You stay alive by putting up walls between you and those with whom you conflict. Also, your enemies are zombies. Substitute Internet trolls for zombies and it's just like real life.

Relationships also are at the heart of this week's story "Wall-Eyed".  Archaeologist Roger Lipton's brain says one thing; his heart says another. What's an adventurer to do?

So, cat-a-COMB on over and listen! (Get it? Like COME on over...Just humor me.)

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

Atari Bytes - episodes, social media and more.

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Consider support the show financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page here. 

You can pick up sweet Atari Bytes merch at our Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

Thanks to Mike Mann for our Mad Mike Hughes Theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime Theme.

Feb 3, 2019

Come in! Come in! Welcome to "The Grille"! Sit anywhere. Grab a menu. It's short. You can have anything you want as long as it's a burger on a bun. What's that? Oh, that cursing from the assembly room is just Short-Order Sam trying to fill all the orders himself. You can't pay minimum wage to every one. Wait? Come back! He doesn't drop all the toppings on the floor...

In episode 158, we're playing PRESSURE COOKER. Short-Order Sam single-handedly defends "The Grille" from bad Yelp reviews. Sam works hard, but is he happy? What brought him to this junction on life's highway? We have thoughts in this week's short story. 

So grab some onion rings and some napkins. These burgers are messy.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for our "Storytime" theme.

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and more

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

Check out merchandise in the Zazzle.com store AB_Pod_Store

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

Jan 27, 2019

Episode 157 features a game whose name is both a title and cogent life advice: DODGE 'EM. 

No time to write out the full word "THEM". This race car game moves too fast! Can you gobble all the pellets in the maze before you get caught? Does that sound a lot like Pac-Man? That's weird...

Why are you, car driver, so desperate for speed and pellets? This week's short story has an idea...

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and more here. 

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

You can pick up Atari Bytes merchandise on Zazzle.com

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

 

Jan 20, 2019

Plunk down your chips, put on your poker face and shove an extra Ace wherever you need to. It's time to play some cards!

This week on episode 156 of the podcast, we're playing CASINO, from Atari, 1978. And you can BET the FULL HOUSE that this week's story, "A Quarter of the Way There" will DEAL you a HANDful of feels.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his Mad Mike Hughes update theme.

Thanks to Sean Courtney for our Storytime theme.

Atari Bytes show notes and more.

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

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

 

Jan 13, 2019

Are you ready for some football?

Well, too bad. This week on episode 155 we're gonna slam dunk on Kareem Abdul Jabbar as we're playing Atari BASKETBALL from 1979. Then we'll celebrate Dr. James Naismith's creation of the wholesome American game of basketball with some mildly suggestive poetry in the style of Victorian era erotic literature. I'm not slapping the "explicit" tag on this episode, but don't say I didn't warn you. 

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for the Mad Mike Hughes update theme. 

Thanks to Sean Courtney for our brand NEW storytime theme.

Atari Bytes show notes and more are here. 

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

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

Here's a link to the Strategy Wiki article about the various Atari Basketballs.

Jan 6, 2019

Episode 154 fires at you like a cannonball, screaming profanity and peeing itself with fear like a human. That's right, we're playing from Atari's early days the "what the hell, let's try this" title, the 1978 classic HUMAN CANNONBALL.

Those of you who didn't get enough of your aggressions out by splatting flailing stick figures into the ground in "Circus Atari", this game is for you. But does this week's short story land dead center in the water tank or smack the dirt?

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

If you're still interested in a review of 2018 written in the style of classic children's book "Goodnight Moon", well I wrote one! Go read it here.

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and what not. 

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

 

Dec 30, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! You could ring in 2019 watching a ball drop, while drenched in expensive champagne and kissing your favorite person. OR...

...you could crack open whatever was on sale and come on out to the movies. Tuxedo is optional.

This week on episode 153, we're reviewing the 1982 action hit sort of action-y flop MEGAFORCE. This is the movie which inspired the MEGAFORCE game. (See episode 129). Who is "we"? Well, making his first appearance on ATARI BYTES, it's FERG! That's right, Robert Ferguson of the Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast stops by to talk with me about this movie. I wonder if he'll ever come back. 

So put on your blue headband and pilot your flying motorcycle into the cargo plane that is this movie. You probably won't be sorry.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes and more here.

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

You can support the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks in advance. 

Christmas is over, but Santa is a jolly old elf for all seasons. And in my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, he quits! He befriends a famous author with emotional problems and a multiple alien abductee. In this Santa story for adults, the three men learn about friendship, about themselves and - wait for it - save Christmas as we know it. Here's on of the many places you can order it. 

My annual review written in the style of classic children's book "Goodnight Moon" is up! Check out GOODNIGHT, 2018! on the blog.

Dec 23, 2018

Ho - Ho - HO...ly cow! It's the Christmas episode of ATARI BYTES!

In episode 152, we set aside the egg-nog-drenched game console to wish you all a joyous holiday season. To thank you for your support throughout the year, please enjoy the world debut of my original poem 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE ATARI CHRISTMAS.

Now go ask Santa to stop using the Pac-Man cart as a coaster for his milk. And the E.T. cartridge is not a cookie plate.

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", and "Oh, Christmas Tree". 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme.

Atari Bytes - show notes, social media and more. 

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

Support the show on the Atari Bytes Patreon.com page here.

Want to keep the holidays going for a bit, at least in your own brains? Check out my Santa Claus novel FOR ADULTS. It's called IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, available wherever you like to order books, such as this place. 

Dec 9, 2018

Much like the unnamed karate-practitioner in Broderbund's 1988 port of KARATEKA for the Atari 7800, my moves are lightning fast and totally ineffectual. But we both look great with bare feet. Bunions are in now, right?

Why is Mr. No Name - let's call him "Ed" - storming the castle of evil warlord Akuma? Why does Akuma leave his doors unlocked? Is the lovely, Princess Mariko longing to be saved by...Ed...or is she doing just fine on her own, thank you?

We'll take a flying drop kick into episode 150, roundhouse the deets on this game and then, as the story within the game lies convulsing on the floor, we'll FINISH HIM

(Note to self, less coffee before writing the show notes for next episode.)

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes Theme". 

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes, and social media.

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

Patreon - You can support Atari Bytes financially here. 

Zazzle.com - the Atari Bytes merchandise store is here. If you have suggestions for items you'd like to see, let me know.

You can order my novel IN THE ST. NICK IN TIME pretty much anywhere you want (support your indie book stores!), but here's a common location. And don't forget to leave a review!

Dec 2, 2018

Episode 149 offers up GOPHER, a 1982 U.S. Games title for those among us who long to bash in the brains of a furry little creature with a shovel. 

In the game, you are a farmer defending your carrot patch from relentless gophers stealing your crop. You are armed with a shovel which you wield with merciless glee. Sometimes you actually use to fill in the holes the gopher leaves, but, mostly, you're all about the bonking. Who doesn't love to bonk their pocket gopher now and then?

So what's this week's story about? I, too, am scared to imagine...

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" theme.

Atari Bytes show notes and more.

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

You can, if you're able, support the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks!

If you're so inclined, check out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story for ADULTS. Humor, gun play, and St. Nick in an existential crisis. Hope you enjoy! Here's one of many places you can order it. 

Nov 25, 2018

What goes better with reheated Thanksgiving leftovers than the disturbing jelled, canned cranberry podcast equivalent ATARI BYTES?

If I had to venture a guess, I'd say this week's episode IS THE SINGLE GREATEST PODCASTING EXPERIENCE YOU WILL EVER HAVE... during the time you listen to this particular podcast. 

In episode 148, we're playing VENTURE, Coleco's 1982 port of the classic arcade game that I never actually played. Treasure hunters seek their booties in deep, dark dungeons. Meanwhile monsters shake their booties in pursuit of those same hunters. 

You'll be relieved to know that I don't think the word "booty" appears anywhere in this week's story.

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

Atari Bytes - the website

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for our Mad Mike Hughes Theme!

Consider checking out my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, a sort of Santa Claus story...for adults! You can order wherever you like to order books. Here's one of those places!

Please consider supporting the show financially on our Atari Bytes Patreon page. You can do that here. Thanks. 

Nov 18, 2018

Take a deep breath and bend over to touch your toes! Your tic-tac-toes, that is. And 1 and 2 and 1 and 2...

This week on episode 147, we're playing an early Atari effort from 1978: 3D TIC-TAC-TOE. Was making tic-tac-toe three dimensional an innovative twist on a perennial diner placement favorite or was it a distracting, pancake-themed riddle over nothing more worthy than a gravy stain on that placemat?

Thanks to Mike Mann for the Mad Mike Hughes Theme.

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 and what not.

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

You can support the show financially on the Atari Bytes Patreon page here. Thanks. 

Here's one of many places you can pick up my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME - a sort of Santa Claus story for adults. Don't like this retailer? Pick your own! You can order it pretty much anywhere! Thanks in advance!

Nov 11, 2018

Despite the waves of political unrest, some 8 million tourists visit Egypt every year to take in such amazing sites as the Great Sphinx. Therefore, when the listener stats come in for episode 146 of the show, iMagic's RIDDLE OF SPHINX, we're expecting similar numbers. That's reasonable, right?

*Ahem*

Anyway, as the son of the Prince of Egypt, you are the ultimate tourist striving to get in line ahead of death god Anubis at the funnel cake stand. Or something.

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. 

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes Theme".

Please consider supporting the production costs for Atari Bytes by joining the Patreon. You can do that here. Thanks in advance!

Here is one of the places you can pick up IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME, my holiday Santa Claus story for adults. 

Nov 4, 2018

This week on episode 145 of ATARI BYTES, we dive deep into the valley of the poisonous mountain cacti (plural for cactus) that is the intersection of philosophy and science. For example:

If the universe encompasses everything we know, but the universe is also expanding, WHAT is it expanding into?

Mallory said he climbed Mt. Everest simply because it is there. What the hell does that mean?

That second wondering is prompted by this week's mountain climbing game SPIKE'S PEAK, Xonox, 1983. It was hard getting hold of this one. A cadre of strong men put all their effort into turning the double ender cartridge we played "Ghost Manor" on last week around so that we could play SPIKE'S PEAK. We're exhausted. You're welcome. 

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for our "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme.

Atari Bytes show notes, episodes, social media, puppies*

*No actual puppies. 

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - My other show is chock full of Chuck Brown, Snoopy, and cartoonist Charles Schulz himself

The Atari Bytes Patreon page is here. If you can donate to the show, we thank you in advance. 

 

Oct 28, 2018

We've got a spook-tacular Halloween-ish episode this week. You won't get any candy, but it could be worse. You could get a bag full of rocks. (Sorry, Charlie Brown)

We scare ourselves silly* with the 1983 Xonox title GHOST MANOR.

*Not actually that scary.**

**The game has not so much in the way of ghosts as it does have frolicking little boys and girls playing amongst the tombstones.***

***That's pretty weird though.

So, if you think you're brave enough, join us for a chillingly good time...

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike" update theme.

Atari Bytes show notes and what not.

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

The Atari Bytes Patreon page is here.

Oct 21, 2018

This week on episode 143, we get a demonstration of what happens when you title a game by smashing two words together to create a third word. 

This week's game is ASTROBLAST, an unholy union of "astronomy" or "astronomical" and "blast". Personally, I thing "Astronomical Blast" is just as, if not more, inviting a game title as Astroblast, by M Network in 1982 never asked me. 

The title is enough to tell us this game is about blasting things wherever astronomy is. That probably means space! And that is awfully fun. 

So is this week's original short story!

So much goodness in one podcast episode. 

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Hughes" theme

Atari Bytes - show notes, episodes, social media

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

The Atari Bytes Patreon page can be found here. Please consider donating. Thanks in advance.

Oct 14, 2018

In "Ghostbusters", Rick Moranis told Sigourney Weaver he was the key master. Well, cool as Rick was, he's got nothing on you, my friend. For, with a little luck, you can be the STARMASTER.

This week, we're playing the 1982 Activision game STARMASTER. Anyone can wish upon a star. Catch a falling star. See stars if you smack your head on the game console after passing your eighteenth straight hour of Pitfall II. But only the elite listener of this podcast can attain the rank of STARMASTER. Good luck.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike Theme".

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

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey! That's my other show. Everything you wanted to know about the Peanuts strip, animation, the mind of cartoonist Charles Schulz, and the strip's place in the universe.

You can support the show financially on the Atari Bytes patreon page here.

Oct 7, 2018

You got to know when to hold 'em. Know when to fold 'em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run. 

Then prepare to get laughed at and possibly shot by the dudes you're playing with at the Old West saloon, because we're not playing poker on episode 141 of the podcast, we're playing BLACKJACK. 

This 1977 title from Atari is one of the original nine the company released with this new-fangled devil-machine unleased on the unsuspecting masses who'd only just recovered from the mind scramble that was pong.

After the cards are dealt, we have a short story inspired by the sweet science of blackjacking. Or whatever.

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his Mad Mike Hughes theme.

Atari Bytes - our site with all our episodes, show notes, social media and what not.

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - Hey, Peanuts fans (and you know you are), here's my other podcast. On the 15th of every month, dive deep into the lore of the strips, the TV specials, the movies, the mind of cartoonist Charles Schulz itself. 

Please consider supporting the show financially to keep the lights on here at the studio. You can do that at our Patreon page here. Thanks.

Sep 30, 2018

This week's episode is dedicated to tennis great Serena Williams, who was beaten recently by a young upstart. Serena, if you're listening (and reading those show notes), you are welcome to come play TENNIS from Activision with me anytime. I assure you, you will have no trouble beating me.

That's right, in episode 140, we're playing the 1981 Activision (squee!) game TENNIS. "What's this one about?" you ask. Then I ignore you because, really, that should be self-evident. 

We're talking about this sports game, Bert & Ernie, the origins of the cliché "Tennis, anyone?", and the curvature of space/time. Also, we've got a nice little short fiction piece about boys growing up in the early 1980s...until things take a turn...

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

Thanks to Mike Mann for his "Mad Mike" update theme.

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

It's a Podcast, Charlie Brown - the show that meets all your Snoopy needs

Please consider support the show on our Patreon page which you can do here. 

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