Friday, December 8, 2017

Bonus Track - John Lennon 1940-1980

John Lennon has been a huge part of my life for decades. In this Bonus Track episode, I talk about how his murder affected me then and now. I know it's not the most happiest of topics around the holidays, I probably should have put this out on his birthday. But it didn't make sense to me to do that.

One thing I forgot to talk about during the show was one of my trips to NYC in the late 80s. I went with some friends to the Dakota building, where John Lennon lived and was murdered. I left feeling a renewed sadness about the murder, because the area where he was shot was so small. I had built it up in my head that since this was such an earth shattering event for me, the area where it happened would be bigger somehow. But it wasn't, it was just the entrance to an apartment building, albeit an expensive one. We went to Strawberry Fields in Central Park across the street afterwards, which made me feel a little better, but not much. I wasn't expecting so many flowers and trinkets left by fans on the Imagine mosaic almost a decade after the murder. I think a part of me was hoping to find some answers there as to why this happened, but I was disappointed. I don't think now that there are any answers. I would like to go back to Strawberry Fields someday, but I will stay away from the Dakota.

Regardless of the morose subject matter, I do hope you enjoy the episode and I thank you for listening. We all shine on.

John Lennon's Final Print Interview with Jonathan Cott
Lennon Remembers Part 1
Lennon Remembers Part 2
NYC Radio the night Lennon was killed
John Lennon's Last Radio interview with Andy Peebles

My favorite photo of John Lennon, by Richard Avedon. Unsurprisingly, it appears on the cover of the first Beatles album I was aware of, Love Songs. A copy of this poster hangs in my living room.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CX 2686, Quadrun!

Alfred E. Neuman once said, "Better late than never. Unless you're going to the dentist!" Oh, how we laughed. This episode is about the extremely elusive Atari Age magazine mailaway game, Quadrun. It is the first home video game to feature speech without having to use an add on unit, like those OTHER systems. It also makes its own gravy! Coming up in January is Popeye by Parker Brothers. If you have any feedback for this game or any I've already covered, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com and I will read or play it on the show. Also, if you have any Christmas memories you'd like to share for the Christmas episode, please send it in by December 15th. I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for listening.

Steve Woita's web site
Steve Woita interview by Ken Horowitz
Steve Woita interview on Planet Virtual Boy
Steve Woita interview by Michael Thomasson
Steve Woita interview by Scott Stilphen
Steve Woita interview by 8 Bit Rocket
Tiny Games web site
Quadrun Easter Egg page on Atari Compendium
Quadrun on Random Terrain
Atari Age magazine Quadrun announcement Nov 83 - Feb 84 issue
Atari Age magazine Quadrun Contest extended Mar-Apr 84 issue (last issue)
Quadrun Video Game Masters patch on Atarimania
Mighty Squirrel plays Quadrun 
No Swear Gamer 279 - Quadrun
Turbotastic Podcast on Facebook
Virtually Human Podcast - Waterworld

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Extra Life 2017 Wrap Up

Here's a short episode about the Extra Life Marathon I did which happened this past weekend. It is a great charity and an event that I look forward to doing every year. Thank you so much for all of your support, please check the links below if you'd like to make a donation. I believe you can donate until the end of the year. Thank you for listening!

My Extra Life donation page
Ryan's Extra Life Donation page
Rick's Extra Life Donation page
Greg's Twitch page

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

MT 5661, Armor Ambush!

Hi there, it's time for another episode! This one features Armor Ambush by M Network, plus a lot of great feedback from youse guys. Next time I'll be talking about Quadrun by Atari, so if youse guys have any thoughts on the game, or any game I've covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com.  Please also consider donating to my Extra Life marathon to benefit the Philadelphia Children's Hospital. It starts this Friday at 6 pm, and at 2 pm Saturday,  let's all get together on Steam to play some Atari Vault. See you then and thanks so much for listening!

You can donate to Extra Life here. Thank you!
Armor Ambush on Random Terrain
Armor Ambush on Intellivsion Lives
VG Update newsletter 9/82 on Atari Compendium
VG Update newsletter 1/83 on Atari Compendium
Hal Finney interview by Scott Stilphen
M Network button on Atarimania

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

2017 Halloween Spooktacular - Top 10 Scary Spiders on the Atari 2600!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! Did I scare you? I hope so. Join your host Urrrggggghhhhh as he counts down the top 10 scariest spiders appearing in Atari 2600 games. Theres lots of them, WATCH OUT THERE'S ONE BEHIND YOOOOOUUUUUUUUU!!!! Haha, got you again! I hope you enjoy the episode, and the Happiest of Halloweens to you and yours!

Check out music from Zerbinator on Bandcamp
Holiday Special Podcast, hosted by Rick Reynolds
Robert Nichol's Soundcloud page (allcastcoUK)
wut

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

112-007, Bermuda Triangle!

Thanks for your patience this week everyone! This episode is about the Data Age game Bermuda Triangle, I hope that you enjoy it. Congratulations to John Sturgis, he won the Ladybug cart provided by David at the Atari 5200 Podcast. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Next up will be Time Pilot by Coleco. Have any thoughts on this game? Send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Bermuda Triangle on Random Terrain
J Ray Dettling interview by Phil Wiswell
Marc Erickesen's blog
Marc Ericksen's illustrations site
Marc Ericksen prints for sale (includes Galaga)
Yellow Submarine hack by Kyle Pittman
Tangentg's Atari 2600 remakes
No Swear Gamer 350 - Bermuda Triangle
Ed's Tunnels of Doom page
Atari 5200 Podcast

Atari VCS/2600 10-20-30-40

Hello friends, please celebrate the Atari 2600's 40th anniversary with me by listening to the 10-20-30-40 of the Atari 2600 for 2017! Apologies to the Stone Age Gamer podcast (link below). Don't forget to send in your feedback for Time Pilot to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Also, I am playing in the Extra Life charity marathon again this year for the Philadelphia Children's Hospital, starting November 3rd. If you are able to donate to the cause, I would greatly appreciate it. I think you are able to donate until the end of the year. Thanks so much for listening!

Donate to Extra Life here, thank you so much!
Michael Current's Atari WCI Games 1977 Timeline
Stone Age Gamer podcast on Geekade
AA thread on 2600 launch pricing
Batari Basic website
Atari 2600 Homebrew website
AA development thread for Elevators Amiss
Buy Elevators Amiss on AA
Elevator Repairman - Atari 8 bit game video
Spy's Demise - Atari 8 bit game video
AA development thread for Gosub
AA development thread for Colony 7
Buy Colony 7 on AA
Colony 7 on KLOV
Cubis on Atari 2600 Homebrew (rom available here, whoops)


Wednesday, September 13, 2017