Win an Atari 2600 and Games (Some Effort Required)

Hi! would you like to win an Atari 2600 and games donated by my friend Tim? You would? Well, here’s how you do that. I have taken 10 2600 games and retitled them with similar words (kind of like crossword puzzle clues), thanks to my friends at the Stone Age Gamer podcast (which means I ripped them off). You have to identify all 10 of them and send the answers to me at ONLY 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Be sure to put “Contest” in the subject line. I will pick a winner at random from all of the correct entries (or as close to correct as you can get, some of these are hard).

As an example, if the clue is, “1960s TV Show About World War 2 Starring Vic Morrow,” then the answer would be Combat. See? Okay, here are the clues:

1. Butter, Wheat Chex, Rice Chex, Nuts, Salt, Worcestershire Sauce, Baked in 300 Degree Oven for 30 Minutes
2. Golden State Festivities
3. Without Underwear
4. Timrek
5. Mispronounced Punctuation Mark
6. Isosceles Onions or Shorts
7. Terrible 1970s Sci-Fi film shown on MST3K
8. Owner of Grieg’s Hall
9. Pitch Black Enchanter
10. Diarrhea in Mexico

I have two hints for you all: one is a homebrew game, and another is a game that’s more plentiful in the PAL format.
Please send your answers by April 15th. 2600gamebygame@gmail.com, and don’t forget “Contest” in the subject line. This contest is open to everyone! Good luck and thank you for listening.

Source:: Win an Atari 2600 and Games (Some Effort Required)

      

135 – SCSIside & Ultra SCSIside by Joe Grand

I had the extreme privilege to speak with Joe Grand, the creator of this week’s game, SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside. Why are there two versions? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out! I would again like to thank Joe for taking the time to talk with me for the podcast, it was a great experience that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did.

There’s an announcement at the end of the episode that I really would like your feedback on. You can send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. You can also get a jump start on feedback for the next game, which is Atari’s Galaxian. As always, thank you all so much for listening and for your support.

Joe’s Grand Idea Studio
SCSIside page on Grand Idea Studio site (lots of goodies here, especially the SCSIside archive download and roms)
SCSIside on Atari Age (roms available here too)
Gamasutra: SCSIside Post-mortem by Joe Grand
Atari Age pictures from Philly Classic 3
AA Ultra SCSIside label contest
Joe Grand’s Youtube page
All Prototype This episodes on Youtube
Dakotacon March 31- April 2 2017 (you can livestream the con on the site)
GRay Defender on Youtube

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Source:: 135 – SCSIside & Ultra SCSIside by Joe Grand

      

Episode 2 – Combat (2017 Remaster)

My first game episode was episode 2 about Combat. It came out March 3, 2013. I discovered later that I screwed up the sound (I had Audacity experience before doing the podcast, but not with a microphone). Since it’s the 4th anniversary of that show (or it was, THANKS AUDACITY), I decided to clean it up the best I could and re-release it as a treat. If you think tortorous first podcasts are a treat. Anyway, thank you for four wonderful years (with many to come) and for my Facebook page reaching 1000 likes. I’m glad you all are here, and I thank you for listening.

Pertinent Links

Racing The Beam, by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost
Combat Machine Code (within Combat in Context, by Nick Montfort, scroll about halfway down)
Tank at KLOV
Jet Fighter at KLOV
Digital Press Interview with Joe DeCuir
Atari History Museum Interview with Joe DeCuir
Steve Fulton article on the early history of Atari
Larry Wagner resume
Larry Wagner’s Combat design notes
Larry Wagner’s programming notes for the 9 launch titles
Cliff Spohn’s artwork
Kee Games VCS prototype (photo by Earl Green)
Michael Current’s Atari Timeline
Sears Wish Book Blog by Greg Maletic (also features unreleased Tank console)
Scott Stilphen’s Atari Compendium – Combat Easter Eggs
AA Combat page (hacks listed here)
Tank-Plus picture label on Atarimania
Arcade USA on YouTube

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Source:: Episode 2 – Combat (2017 Remaster)

      

Protocast – Racer by Roklan Software

Welcome to the first Atari 2600 Game by Game Protocast. This series will focus on prototypes that do not have a part number. This episode features Racer, which was made by Roklan Software for Atari, but it never came out and is not in the part list. I’ve been wanting to start this for a while, but this episode is due to the fact that I was having trouble getting to the SCSIside research, so that episode will have to wait. Also, I picked this game and started research, but I had trouble getting the game on my Flashback portable. Later I found out that the rom from Atarimania will not work. But I started the research and I wanted to get something out this week, so here it is. My idea was to insert these episodes in between the main episodes; I normally don’t get much (if any) feedback on prototypes (especially if you can’t play them, I guess), so it wouldn’t take long to put the episodes together. Like always, if you have thoughts on these prototypes, I will be happy to read or play it on a subsequent episode. Thank you for listening and for your understanding.

Racer on DP Rarity Guide
Racer overview on Atari Protos
Racer photos and screen shots on Atari Protos
Stilphen’s Racer video
Original AA Racer thread
AA Racer artwork contest thread
AA Racer production bids thread
AA Reserve Sale thread
AA 2nd Racer prototype found thread
Roklan Software on GDRI
Antic Podcast – Ronald Borta interview by Kevin Savetz

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Source:: Protocast – Racer by Roklan Software

      

134 – Glib by Selchow and Righter

This week I’m covering Glib by Selchow and Righter, the only released adult word game for the Atari 2600! I would like to offer a huge thank you to Mike Montana, the son of Glib programmer Rich Montana, for talking with me on this episode! I apologize for some buzzing during the interview, it did not sound like that during the recording. Mike was extremely nice to me and I’m so glad that he contacted me about Glib, in addition to telling me about his part in the programming. I will also be publishing a write up about Glib that Mike did, with his blessing. Thank you again Mike!

In two weeks I will be covering the homebrew game SCSIside/Ultra SCSIside, by Joe Grand. If you have any thoughts on this game, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Random Terrain – Glib
Swear Gamer 297 – Glib
Scrabble tile distributions and score values (English)
Don Sauter’s Scrabble pages
8 Bit Workshop by Steven Hugg
USA – Q*Bert Minicade by Basic Fun

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Source:: 134 – Glib by Selchow and Righter

      

133 – Q*Bert by Parker Brothers

Thanks for your patience for this new episode on Q*Bert by Parker Brothers. Q*Bert is a fantastic arcade game and has a great port on the 2600, as well as many other systems! I hope you enjoy the episode. Next up in 2 weeks will be Glib by Selchow and Wrighter, the only adult word game released for the 2600 (I guess Hangman and Word Zapper are word games, but in my opinion they’re skewed toward kids). If you’ve played Glib and would like to share your thoughts on the game, please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent LinQ*s

Tom Sloper’s Sloperama
Tom Sloper interview by Scott Stilphen
Tom Sloper interview by CRV on Game Developer Research Institute’s site
Q*Bert on KLOV
Random Terrain’s Q*Bert page
Atari Age thread about gap in pyramid
Q*Bert 2600 arcade hack by RevEng
No Swear Gamer 295 – Q*Bert!
SNES Podcast 4 – Q*Bert 3 with meeeeeeee
USA Minisode – Q*Bert!
Intellivisionaries Podcast 11 – Q*Bert, again with me!
Kenner Q*Bert 5 pack figure auction
USA Q*Bert Minicade by Basic Fun
Atari 2600 Homebrew Facebook group

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Source:: 133 – Q*Bert by Parker Brothers

      

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

      

2016 Year in Review

Happy New Year! I was hoping to get this out before 2017, but we had super extenuating circumstances that prevented that from happening. Sarah and I played through all the games that I covered in 2016, some of which I couldn’t remember everything about, but that was kind of the point. I have forgotten many of the games I’ve covered, so going forward I think this will be a yearly tradition of helping me remember. Like I said in the show, listening on an AUDIO podcast to people playing VIDEO games may not be everyone’s cup of tea, so you have been warned. All in all it was a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve! I wish you all health and happiness for 2017, thank you for sticking with me for so long. I will see you very soon!

Source:: 2016 Year in Review

      

2016 CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!

Thank you to Kevin Zerbe for his recording of “Joy To The World” which opens the show. Thank you also to all the other artists whose songs I borrowed as a bed. Sorry.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and everything in between. I hope your end of year celebrations are wonderful.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I love all of you.

Please be kind to one another.

— Ferg

Source:: 2016 CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!

      

131 – Mr. Do! by Coleco

Hello all, this week I talk almost all about Mr. Do! I recorded it in a fragmented way, so I have forgotten stuff and repeated myself, but it is out a little early, so there’s that. One thing I forgot to mention is the game over screen, just a simple screen with Mr. Do and game over on the screen, but I don’t think I’ve seen much of that yet. Matt brought it up in his email but it still flew right by me. Also, the PAL version of the game shows your extra Mr. Do!s as full bodies, instead of just a head in the US version. Curioser and curioser. Despite this I really hope yopu enjoy the show.

If you’d like to send in a Christmas memory, you have until the 17th to do so, and that episode will probably be out on Wednesday. The three days after for me will be eat, sleep, and work, not necessarily in that order. It’s usually pretty hectic and I won’t have much time for anything those three days. Also, Space Battle will be coming up sometime in January, please watch Facebook and Twitter for that. You can send your feedback to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you so much for listening!

Pertinent Links

Mr. Do on KLOV
Do! arcade prototype footage
Mr. Do! on Random Terrain’s site
USA – Mr. Do!
Swear Gamer 285 – Mr. Do!
Colecovisions Podcast 22 – Mr. Do! and Dig Dug
Classic Gaming Bookcast by Chris Federico for FREE!
3000 Subscriber Contest Video on Arcade USA
Shinto’s Game by Game Podcast hub (it’s .com, not .net, sorry Shinto)
The Retrogaming Times bi-monthly online magazine

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Source:: 131 – Mr. Do! by Coleco