Ep. 20: Apr 1982: Jumpman

The culmination of the first “season” of the Player/Missile podcast is a review of my favorite game and the announcement of the project undertaken by Kevin Savetz and myself to reverse engineer the game. We’re sponsoring a level design contest, and there’s still time to enter! Oh, and I’m taking a hiatus until I can collect the physical magazines. You can help out with your contributions!

Listener Written Programs

Source:: Ep. 20: Apr 1982: Jumpman

      

Ep. 19: Mar 1982: Getaway!

Game review of Getaway! and interview with the author Mark Reid. The program won the Atari Star Award and the $25,000 prize in 1983. I also introduce Omnivore, the 8-bit binary editor that I’ve been working on during the hiatus. Kevin Savetz has a guest review of the APX Spring Catalog, and we add a new section to the podcast, the countdown to the Tramiel takeover.

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MAME Cabinet

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Source:: Ep. 19: Mar 1982: Getaway!

      

Ep. 18: Feb 1982: Flight Simulators, Part 2b

Part 2b of the flight simulator roundup with Chris Olson, reviewing helicopter sims and the all-time classic F-15 Strike Eagle. Plus: an update on speeding up Star Raiders.

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Source:: Ep. 18: Feb 1982: Flight Simulators, Part 2b

      

Ep. 17: Jan 1982: Shamus

The universe of games really begins to expand in 1982. From here on out we’ll have a huge selection of choices to talk about, and Shamus by Cathryn Mataga leads us off. Also, an interview with Michael Portuesi who is both a published author in Compute!’s books and a listener to the podcast.

Magazines

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Source:: Ep. 17: Jan 1982: Shamus

      

Ep. 16: Dec 1981: Flight Simulators, Part 2a

The first half of the military flight simulator roundup with Chris Olson. I’ve included a bonus tech section at the end discussing a clever display list technique used by the MicroProse sims. Guest reviews: Michael Glaser of the XEGS Cart-by-Cart podcast covers SoftSide and Kevin Savetz summarizes the APX Winter 1981 Catalog.

Source:: Ep. 16: Dec 1981: Flight Simulators, Part 2a

      

Ep. 15: Nov 1981: Reversi II

Two new magazines for the coverage: Computer Gaming World and my first magazine from the UK: Computer & Video Games, and two guest reviewers of magazines. An overview of KansasFest from the Atari point of view, and a review of the APX game Reversi II.

Source:: Ep. 15: Nov 1981: Reversi II

      

Ep. 14: Special Episode: Game Draft #1

Jack Nutting of the Retro Computing Roundtable, Victor Marland of Ten Pence Arcade, Wade Ripkowski of Inverse Atascii and Kevin Savetz of ANTIC join me for a 5 round draft of Atari 8-bit games.

Victor’s Picks

Wade’s Picks

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Source:: Ep. 14: Special Episode: Game Draft #1

      

Ep. 13: Oct 1981: Missile Command

Summary of Bill Kendrick’s Atari Party 2015 and review of the excellent port of Missile Command. In magazine coverage, I’ve added MICRO: The 6502/6809 Journal, and new contributor Michael Glaser takes over SoftSide Magazine.

MAME Cabinet

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Source:: Ep. 13: Oct 1981: Missile Command

      

Ep. 12: Sep 1981: Flight Simulators, Part 1

Flight simulator roundup where Chris Olson and I review 5 noteworthy civilian aircraft sims on the 8-bits (military sims will be the subject of part 2). Also added Byte to the magazine to the coverage due to the serializiaton of De Re Atari.

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Source:: Ep. 12: Sep 1981: Flight Simulators, Part 1

      

Ep. 11: Aug 1981: Interview with James Hague

Interview episode with game developer James Hague who was published in ANALOG and Antic magazines, is the author of Halcyon Days & maintainer of the Giant List of Classic Video Game Programmers. Atari Party 2015 is just around the corner!

Source:: Ep. 11: Aug 1981: Interview with James Hague