Doing something a little different this week in ATARI BYTES episode 279. Setting aside the games (Wait! Come back!) to share some thoughts I had while working a booth at a recent convention to promote the show and my books. In short, I noticed Atari did not have a huge presence, nor indeed did very much from before the 1980s. What gives? Could it be Atari is TOO OLD to be pop culture anymore?
Whoa. Let's talk about it.
We'll also read entries from the Pac-Man-story-t-shirt-giveaway I did at that con.
This week's short story: Bad Poetry Corner: ONE GROUP, MANY FANDOMS
Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime and Jason Sez Stuff themes.
Take a deep breath. Smell that? That's episode 278's equine-filled game.
On this week's ATARI BYTES, we're playing the 1980 horse-racing game, STEEPLECHASE. Jockey your way to this episode and mount your steed.
This week's short story: STEEPLECAUGHT
Thanks to Sean Courtney for "Storytime" and "Jason Sez Stuff" themes.
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What's that in your teeth?
Why, it's another episode of ATARI BYTES!
In episode 277, we take a huge, wet bite out of TOOTH PROTECTORS and let juices drip down our chin. This is the Johnson & Johnson (yes, the one-shot vaccine people) 1983 mail order, promo game. Instead of saving planets, shooting monsters or winning races, the goal is good oral hygiene. What kid doesn't love that?!?!
This week's short story: THE PARABLE OF THE SUGAR BUGS
Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" and "Jason Sez Stuff" themes.
This planet sucks.
Wait! Don't go! This isn't political or cultural commentary. THIS PLANET SUCKS, a self-published Greg Troutman title from 1997, is the name of this week's game on ATARI BYTES.
So, absolutely NO sucking to be had in episode 276. Well, no more than usual...
Thanks to Sean Courtney for "Storytime" theme and the "Jason Sez Stuff" theme.
For those of you who lack the physicality to dance to the time warp, ATARI BYTES episode 275 has you covered. In the 1983 Coleco port of TIME PILOT, the time warp requires no dancing, just wave after wave of aerial dogfighting. Not even Tim Curry can help you.
This week's short story: MARKING TIME
Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Jason Sez Stuff" theme and the "Storytime" theme.