Episode 66 – Nintendo Switch Conference Reactions

Nintendo finally announced the release date andeverything coming out for the system! We give you the entire scoop on everything from the system and what it comes with, accessories, and games announced for it’s release and the rest of the year.

We finally both got to see Star Wars Rogue One. Find out if its any good.

Source:: Episode 66 – Nintendo Switch Conference Reactions


ANTIC Interview 266 – Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64

Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64

Sheldon Leemon was the creator of Instedit, a character set editor; and Circuit Lab, an electronics learning program that he co-created with with Mark Davids. Both programs were published by Atari Program Exchange. He wrote for several computer magazines, including Softside — where he wrote many reviews, and a game called Outer Space Attack; Compute!, and Creative Computing. He also wrote several computer books, including Mapping the Commodore 64, Compute’s AmigaDOS Reference Guide, and Inside Amiga Graphics.

This interview took place on January 9, 2016. In it, we discuss Arlan Levitan, Jerry White, and several other people that I’ve previously interviewed. There are links to those interviews, and Sheldon’s programs and articles, in the show notes at AtariPodcast.com.

Teaser quotes:

“They’re having so much fun that they don’t want to take time to stop. Having a meal? It could take half an hour or an hour! You could be doing really cool stuff with that half an hour or an hour.”

“We looked at people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as the really bad guys. … He wants to charge money for something that everybody else is giving away for free.”

Video version of this interview: “>https://

Instedit in the winter 1982-1983 APX catalog

Circuit Lab in the summer 1983 APX catalog

Outer Space Attack in SoftSide magazine

Some of Sheldon’s articles in Compute! magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/index/index.php?author=Sheldon+Leemon

Some of Sheldon’s articles in Creative Computing magazine: http://www.atarimagazines.com/creative/index/index.php?author=Sheldon+Leemon

Arlan Levitan interview

Jerry White interview

Source:: ANTIC Interview 266 – Sheldon Leemon: Instedit, Circuit Lab, Mapping the Commodore 64


The Toys R Us Report Ep.106. The Top 5 Breakfast Cereals Of All The Times!

Hey kids! Thanks for stopping by. We have a super fun show ahead of us this week. We start off with an interesting dog walking story and then we get a neat mix by my main man Iceberg 13 and after that we move into At The Movies where we take a look at a flick I saw called Passengers. I thought that it was pretty good and I’ll tell you all about it.

After that we take a super fun look at cereal. Man, I love cereal. It’s so yum. So over the course of an hour we examine my personal Top 5 Cereals Of All The Times…!!!! It’s great, one of my favorite Top Fives to date!

Support The Report and check out how you can get the ISR Supertape VHS Tape! While helping to support the show. Man, we need all the help that we can get.

Also hop on over to VirtualDirtmall.com The ISR Superstore and take care of some of your Retro Junk Shopping needs while also supporting The Toys R Us Report.

Source:: The Toys R Us Report Ep.106. The Top 5 Breakfast Cereals Of All The Times!


Podcast 78 : Alien Syndrome

Christmas has been and gone and we’ve been off work enjoying gaming, relaxing and tinkering with things. Alan has had his syndrome and been to level 5 and looped repectively. Let’s get 2017 on line with more arcade goodness, HURRAH!

What we’ve been up to since the last podcast – 0m 0s
Interview With Andy @ Arcade Club – 18m 10s
Arcade News – 25m 18s
Pickups – 41m 20s
Feedback – 51m 07s
Shout Outs! – 1h 1m 32s
Music Quiz! – 1h 2m 55s
Musical Interlude – 1h 5m 29s
Featured Game Review – 1h 6m 53s
Arcade Ports 2 Computer / Console – 1h 40m 18s
Next Show’s Game – 1h 44m 6s
Blooper! – 1h 47m 51s

Alien Syndrome Flyer (JP – Front)
Alien Syndrome (JP – Back)
“>CharlieFar 1CC Alien Syndrome Video
New SNK Games?
Game Mania Blackpool
Battle Garrega on PS4
Starcade Returns!
Super Bario Glasgow
Arcade Tales 2 Facebook Comic
Arcade Games Turn 40 (Arcade Heroes)
Retro Games Party E-Store
SkyCurser Podcast
Victor’s Tinkerings Theremin

BBC Carnival
BBC Frogger
C64 Frogger

Charlefar 814,000
Shaun 728,300
Chris MoonCrestaBootleg 508,000
Neil 20to5 449,600
Ian Cullen 366,300
Vipp 353,600
Paul McCaskie 331,100
Ross Ross 324,700
Victor 289,500
Mick Orwell 273,000
Mark Happydude 244,200
Stacey King 206,300
Taggsta 203,200
Matthew Bridge 174,300
SiniSteve 158200
ButtonMashinFun 151,800
Trollnads 107,300
Giggity 61,400
Ruby 20to5 15,400
Rory 20to5 13,500

NEXT SHOW’S GAME – Konami’s Amidar, 3 Lives, Extra at 50k & 80k

Source:: Podcast 78 : Alien Syndrome


S02E03: Games People Play (Part 1)

In this episode I present series synopses and theme music of five of the most popular game shows to air on American daytime and prime time television, starting with the few venerable game shows that are still running today. Here are the five shows (and 26 themes) I’m featuring:

(1956-1965; 1972-present)
[1956-1961 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1961-1964 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1972-present Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1972-1976 Weekly Nighttime promo w/Dennis James]

(1963-1977; 1980; 1984-1986; 1990-1991; 2003; 2009-present)
[1967-1977 Weekly Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[1984-1986 Weekday Daytime opening theme]
[1990-1991 Weekday Daytime opening theme]
[2009-present Weekday Daytime opening theme]

-Commercial Break-

(1964-1975; 1978-1979; 1984-present)
[1964-1975 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1984-present Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]

[1975-1983 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1989-1994 Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[2002-2006 Weekday Nighttime opening theme]

-Commercial Break-

(1976-1985; 1988-1995; 1999-present)
[1975-1985 Weekday Daytime opening & closing themes]
[1994-1995 Weekday Nighttime opening & closing themes]
[2006-2010 Weekday Nighttime opening theme]
[2010-present Weekday Nighttime opening theme]

In keeping with the fun nature of this episode’s focus, I’ve included vintage commercials for classic board games such as Operation, Battleship, Mouse Trap, and Gnip Gnop. And you’ll also have fun listening to some ads that my podcasting friends provided to me to promote their own great podcasts; be sure to check them out.

Many, many thanks to Zerbinator for his continued support. His encouragement and expertise are very much appreciated by me. You can find all of his fun-to-listen-to podcasts here, including my favorite, “Please Stand By.” And I’d also like especially to thank him for providing the opening and closing theme music for Tube Tunes; all of his fantastic music can be found here. And, again, thanks are in order for him for providing TUBE TUNES with the “We’ll Be Right Back” drops heard during the podcast. Thanks, Burford.

I would also like to again thank Rob “Flack” O’Hara and Sean Johnson for adding TUBE TUNES to The Throwback Network. It’s a great place to find just about any retro-themed podcast you can think of. Please check out the network here.

I also need to thank the Free Music Archive for the following musical artists and songs that were used in this episode under the Creative Commons License: “The Savers” by Jean-Jacques Perrey and Gershon Kingsley (used as the theme music for THE JOKER’S WILD), “Animal Booster Kiss” by The Cow Goes Moo, and “Happy Jambo” by Angel Garcia.

Finally, my thanks to Ferg of The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast. His inspiration and dedication to covering every game cartridge ever made for the Atari 2600 (I think over 1000 of them!) is what gave me the courage to begin this podcast. And his continued support and promotion of TUBE TUNES on his excellent podcast is greatly appreciated by yours truly. Please, check out his podcast, even if you’re not an Atari 2600 collector; or at least visit his website here.

Next Episode: “S02E04: Best of the Millennium” (available January 2017)

Source:: S02E03: Games People Play (Part 1)


ANTIC Interview 265 – Ronald Borta, Roklan Software

Ronald Borta, Roklan Software

Ronald Borta was co-founder of JACC, which made educational software under contract for Atari, where he programmed Atari States and Capitals and Atlas of Canada, and other software for the the Atari 400 and 800 computers. He moved to Roklan Software, the company that programmed hundreds of titles for the Atari computers and many other platforms of the time.

Roklan published a number of cartridges for the Atari computers, including Deluxe Invaders and Gorf. The company also produced Pac Man (published by Atari), Gyruss (published by Parker Brothers), Wizard of Wor (published by CBS), Mickey in the Great Outdoors (published by Disney), and myriad other game and educational titles. The company also created software for the Atari 2600 and 5200, Apple //, Commodore 64 and VIC-20, Texas Instruments 99/4A, ColecoVision, Intellivision, and other platforms.

Ed is known as the first person to have patented software.

This interview took place on December 9, 2016.

Teaser quotes:

“$25,000 that I got from Atari doing Pac Man turned out to be the best investment I ever made.”

“I only did video games that did not feature violence against people. Then I end up in weapons systems.”

Roklan software at AtariMania

1994 interview with Ronald in Atari Explorer Online: http://cd.textfiles.com/crawlycrypt2/txtfiles/aeo/aeo_0314/aeo_0314.txt

Roklan listing at GDRI: http://gdri.smspower.org/wiki/index.php/Roklan

ANTIC interview with Fred Thorlin: https://archive.org/details/FredThorlinInterview

Source:: ANTIC Interview 265 – Ronald Borta, Roklan Software


The SNES Podcast #64 — Street Combat

In this episode Greg and George look at the obscure fighting game Street Combat. Released during the SF II craze, this game came out in Japan as a Ramma themed game but all of that and more was changed for the US release. How did the game turn out and were the changes for the best or worst? Tune in to find out! Any comments, suggestions, etc. can be left on our FB page or e-mailed to thesnespodcast@yahoo.com Thanks again for your support!

Source:: The SNES Podcast #64 — Street Combat


Episode 77 – Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker

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Special thanks to Zeusdaz for in-game footage!

Next Week: Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker

Source:: Episode 77 – Jimmy White’s Whirlwind Snooker


ANTIC Interview 264 – Paul Cubbage, Atari Program Exchange

Paul Cubbage, Atari Program Exchange

Paul Cubbage was Director of Atari Program Exchange. There, he was head of reviewing software submissions and publishing the APX catalog. He worked at Atari from April 1981 through January 1984.

This interview took place on October 3, 2016.

Teaser quotes:

“First catalog, we went around and found every last utility or piece of software that we could put out there, unashamedly.”

“People used to complain about our royalty and I’d say ‘Go to a flea market and sell [your software] off the back of your station wagon. The royalty is the royalty. I know it’s not much.”

Fred Thorlin interview: https://archive.org/details/FredThorlinInterview

John Palevich interview

Art Prag interview

Gray Chang interview: https://archive.org/details/Atari_Gray_Chang_Interview

Source:: ANTIC Interview 264 – Paul Cubbage, Atari Program Exchange


132 – Space Attack by M Network

In this episode I discuss the M Network game Space Attack, which is the 2600 version of Intellivision’s Space Battle. Coming up next is Q*Bert, which I’m sure some of you have heard of. If you’d like to submit feedback on Q*Bert or any other game I’ve already covered, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Retro Gaming Discussion Show A to Zed of the Atari 2600
Space Attack on Random Terrain’s site
Hal Finney interview by Scott Stilphen
Sea Battle for the 2600
Atari 2600 Games of Willie! Space Attack
No Swear Gamer 281 – Space Attack

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Source:: 132 – Space Attack by M Network