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!

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Ep. 10: Jul 1981: Interview with Chuck Bueche

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Ep. 9: Jun 1981: Interview with Michael Current

Interview episode with Michael Current, maintainer of the Atari 8-bit FAQ and the Atari History Timeline; also covering the magazines from June 1981. Tech section on building Star Raiders, MAME cabinet update, and the Atari Party: Davis CA, May 2, 2015!

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Ep. 8: May 1981: Eastern Front (1941)

Magazines from May 1981 and a review of Eastern Front (1941) by Chris Crawford, and the triumphant reinstatement of the tech section of the podcast because I’ve found a manageable topic. Also, info about the Atari Party 2015 which I will attend and give away a Raspberry Pi.

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Ep. 7: Apr 1981: Gem Drop (Homebrew)

Magazine coverage for April 1981 but jump ahead in time to cover our first homebrew game, Gem Drop by Bill Kendrick. Bill also invented one of the first software-driven graphics modes, called Super IRG, and we have an interview with him to talk about it.

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Ep. 6: Mar 1981: Sabotage

In addition to the usual magazine coverage for March 1981, we look at the Apple ][ game Sabotage, converted to run on the Atari. I talk with Paul Hagstrom to get background knowledge on the Apple hardware, and get the inside story on the Sabotage conversion by the guy who did it, AtariAge user Shamus.

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Ep. 5: Feb 1981: Jawbreaker

This episode reviews the game Jawbreaker by John Harris and covers the February 1981 magazines Compute #9, Creative Computing Vol 7 #2, and introduces coverage of SoftSide Magazine. Anacronisticly included is coverage of my trip to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2014.

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Special Section: Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2014

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Ep. 4: Jan 1981: Caverns of Mars

Welcome to January, 1981! Finally going month-by-month, Episode 4 includes the first ANALOG issue, Compute #8 and Creative Computing Vol 7 #1 and a review the game Caverns of Mars published first by APX then by Atari itself. And in my first interview, I talk with with Mike DesChenes, the co-founder of ANALOG Computing!

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Ep. 3: 1980, Part 2: Space Invaders

Finishing off 1980, Episode 3 includes coverage of the remaining 6 months of Creative Computing and Compute magazines, and a review of the game Space Invaders published by Atari.

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Ep. 2: 1980, Part 1: Super Breakout

Welcome to 1980! Episode 2 includes coverage of the Creative Computing and Compute! magazines through the first half of 1980 and a review of the game Super Breakout by Atari.

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Creative Computing v6, #1 Jan 1980

Creative Computing v6, #2 Feb 1980

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Source:: Ep. 2: 1980, Part 1: Super Breakout