Episode 4 is up! Old Man River, that Old Man River...He says, "Keep the noise down!" What noise? EXPLOSIONS! This week's game is the 1982 Activision game RIVER RAID. It has jets. It has helicopters and fuel depots. Boats and bridges all over the place. And they're all blowing up...Thanks to you. I've been playing Atari games for 30+ years, but I've only had this one about a week. AND IT'S AWESOME. Where has this thing been all my life? And yet, such is the nature of this podcast that we have to ask, "Sure, blowing up stuff is fun, but WHY?" And so we do. Take your Dramamine and hop aboard.
If your knowledge of the Old West comes primarily from "Back to the Future III", then this is the episode for you. OUTLAW is our game; the game where gunslingers rule the town...unless there's a stagecoach or a cactus blocking their path. This 1978 Atari game promises players they "can become expert gunslingers during these games". Go head to head and leave your opponent in the dust. Throw in a sarsaparilla six-pack and shine my spurs and I am all in.
Music provided by Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com via creative commons license.
Q*Bert! He was adorable, wasn't he? Sure he was. But man, he was a little guy with issues. Can't really blame him though, what with Coily and Sam trying to push him off that pyramid. All the guy wanted to do was change the color of those cubes. In this episode, we decide whether this plot makes any sense and, along the way, psycho-analyze a fictional character from a thirty-year-old video game. Anyone who tells you the Internet is a waste of time...should listen to this podcast.
Thanks to Kevin McLeod, as always, for the creative commons license to the songs "Pinball Spring", "Reformat", and "Take a Chance".
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Here it is! Episode 1! We're a real show now! The 1981 Atari game Yar's Revenge is our focus. Who is Yar? Why does Yar want revenge? Against whom? Does Yar succeed? All this and more in this episode.
Music: Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for the use via Creative Commons License of "Take a Chance", "Reformat", and "Pinball Spring".
The Atari Age website has a ton of great Atari news and history, including all the Atari Force and Swordquest comics. Here's the link:
Music on the show courtesy of a creative commons license by Attribution 3.0 from Kevin McLeod at Incompetech:
"Discovery Hit" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
"Pinball Spring: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
"Take a Chance": http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Remember those classic Atari 2600 games? They were fun to play, but didn't you kind of wonder why they sent a plumber to take down Donkey Kong? What the Defender was defending? What Yar was trying to get revenge against? What made those robots go berserk? Me too! This podcast tries to divine those answers from within the games. Then, if we can't, we make 'em up.