Sunday, May 26, 2013

M8793, Gorf, & M8794, Wizard of Wor!

This week's episode is about CBS Toys/Video Games/ Electronics and their first two games for the 2600, Gorf and Wizard of Wor. I also talk a tiny tiny bit about Roklan Software and I received two audio submissions this week! I would love to get more of those! Next week's show is dedicated to Adventure by Atari. I would love to know how you found out about the secret room and the dot (Spoilers)! You can send your stories to me at in written or audio form. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Gorf on KLOV 
Wizard of Wor on KLOV
2600 Gorf Glitches
Alex Leavens thread on Atari Age
The Gameboy Database
Retro Junkies podcast
The Log Book, featuring the Escape Pod podcast
Wasted Seconds podcast
Throwback Reviews podcast

Sunday, May 19, 2013

AP 1001, Skeet Shoot, & AP 2001, Space Chase!

In this episode I look at Games by Apollo and two of their games, Skeet Shoot and Spacechase. These games are, well, not the greatest. Bear with me, the next few weeks will be dealing with better games. Next week is CBS Electronics' Gorf and Wizard of Wor, and in 2 weeks, it's Adventure! Send your stories and memories to Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Ed Salvo interview by Scott Stilphen
Ernie Runyon interview by Scott Stilphen
Arnie Katz's Monogrammed Space Chase footage
PM Magazine segment on Games by Apollo

Saturday, May 11, 2013

CX 2611, Indy 500, & CX 2612, Street Racer!

This week's games are by Atari and are two of the original launch titles, Indy 500 and Street Racer. I was very fortunate to be able to contact Indy 500 programmer Ed Riddle this week, and he graciously answered my questions about his life and Indy 500. Thank you Mr. Riddle! Next week the focus is on Games By Apollo and their games Skeet Shoot and Space Chase. Please send me your stories of these games or any 2600 memories you'd like to share and I'll read them on the show. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

Indy 800 at KLOV
Ed Riddle's Self And Other website
Interview with Ed Riddle and other Macintosh team members by Daniel Terdiman
"It Ain't Easy" by the Rich Gritty Band (Ed Riddle is in the white yachting hat in the back)
Larry Wagner's programming notes for the 2600 launch titles at Digital Press
Larry Kaplan Interview by Scott Stilphen
Ben's I See Robots blog
Rob and Landon's Retro Junkies Super Show podcast
Rob O'Hara's You Don't Know Flack podcast

Sunday, May 5, 2013

AG 003, Checkers, and AG 004, Fishing Derby!

This week's episode deals with two of Activision's first four releases, Checkers and Fishing Derby. There aren't a lot of sounds in this episode because both games have little sound, and it seemed silly to add in variations of the same sounds. Next week I'm going back to Atari to discuss Indy 500 and Street Racer, both launch titles. Upcoming games include Gorf and Wizard of Wor by CBS games; Star Voyager and Atlantis by Imagic; Star Strike and Adventures of Tron by M-Network, and Adventure by Atari. If you have any stories or memories of these games that you would like to share, please send them in text or mp3 format to You can click the link above to listen, or subscribe on iTunes or stream on Stitcher. Thank you for listening!

Pertinent Links

Al Backiel's Interview with Alan Miller on Digital Press
Keith Stewart's Interview with Alan Miller on the Games Blog of the Guardian
Buy CGE Adventures from Retrogaming Roundup
Retrogaming Roundup Podcast
Adventure Club Podcast
You Don't Know Flack Podcast
I See Robots page
Batman and Robin