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EPISODE 285: DECATHLON

July 25th, 2021
EPISODE 285: DECATHLON

In ATARI BYTES episode 285, we’re playing the David Crane (squee!) 1983 Activision (squee!) title DECATHLON in honor of the increasingly misnamed 2020 Olympics! With ten events, is this game ten times the fun? We’ve got our tank top and tight shorts and are ready to find out. Bad Poetry Corner: DEAD CAT LON Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Spring”.  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime and Jason Sez Stuff themes. Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for info,... Read More

EP 63: SCHULZ ARCHIVIST SARAH BREAUX & "WHO ARE YOU, CHARLIE BROWN?"

July 15th, 2021
EP 63: SCHULZ ARCHIVIST SARAH BREAUX & "WHO ARE YOU, CHARLIE BROWN?"

In IT’S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 63, we go deep into the dark closets, boxes and hidden recesses of the endless Snoopy’s doghouse that is the Charles M. Schulz Museum & Research Center. Our guest is museum archivist Sarah Breaux. You can ask her anything about Peanuts…the comic, not the legume.  After that, we discuss the new Apple TV+ documentary “Who Are You, Charlie Brown?” Maybe they should have asked Sarah.  We’ve also got an episode of “Peanuts by Schulz” called “A Friend Indeed” and a “Random Strip of the Month”. Thanks... Read More

EPISODE 284: ZAXXON

July 11th, 2021
EPISODE 284: ZAXXON

Episode 284 of ATARI BYTES gets its groove ON with the 1982 Sega port of ZAXXON! (That’s a terrible set up. But the episode is good. I promise. Probably. Maybe. Look, just listen, please. ) This week’s short story: ZACH’S ON Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Spring”.  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the “Storytime” and “Jason Sez Stuff” themes. www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you should go for info, show notes and links for ATARI... Read More

EPISODE 283: INTELLIVISION MONTH – TRON DEADLY DISCS

June 27th, 2021
EPISODE 283: INTELLIVISION MONTH - TRON DEADLY DISCS

Intellivision Month 2021 concludes this month in ATARI BYTES episode 283. We’re playing TRON DEADLY DISCS, inspired by the “cult classic” movie. It’s a collision of cult classic movie and cult classic podcast! (I might be delusional.) This week’s short story: DEADLY DISCS – A STEVE STETSON, 1980s SUPERSPY, ADVENTURE Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creation commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball Spring”. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the “Storytime” and “Jason Sez Stuff”... Read More

EPISODE 282: INTELLIVISION MONTH – NIGHT STALKER

June 20th, 2021
EPISODE 282: INTELLIVISION MONTH - NIGHT STALKER

INTELLIVISION MONTH 2021 barrels forward on ATARI BYTES 282. Much as we do with the twisty maze that is life, we’re winding our way through the twisty maze of Mattel’s 1982 Intellivision offering NIGHT STALKER, a/k/a the 2600 game “Dark Cavern”. (spoiler!)  But…are you stalking the bats/spiders/robots. Or…are they stalking YOU? More importantly, who keeps dropping all these guns all over? Seems like very poor gun safety. So many questions. BAD POETRY CORNER: NIGHTY NIGHT, STALKER  Thanks to Kevin MacLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs... Read More

EPISODE 62: "Peanuts Nerd" Nat Gertler, "It’s Only a Game" & "The Snoopy Show" S1, Ep 6

June 15th, 2021
EPISODE 62: "Peanuts Nerd" Nat Gertler, "It's Only a Game" & "The Snoopy Show" S1, Ep 6

IT’S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episode 62 offers up shocks – Schulz wasn’t a one-comic man in the ’50s! He also did, with Jim Sasseville, the sport-themed gag panels “It’s Only a Game”. The scandal! Tearful goodbyes – episode 6 of “The Snoopy Show” is the S1 finale! And the makings of an international incident – Author/publisher/”peanuts nerd” Nat Gertler tells us why we should hate Canada. As if we needed another reason! (Kidding!) And, of course, there’s another “Peanuts by Schulz” episode review and... Read More

EPISODE 281: INTELLIVISION MONTH – SUB HUNT

June 13th, 2021
EPISODE 281: INTELLIVISION MONTH - SUB HUNT

You’re gliding along peacefully, when suddenly your periscope shoots upward. Through the murky depths you are shocked to see rocketing toward you… ATARI BYTES episode 281! Intellivision Month continues this week with Mattel’s 1982 nautical adventure SUB HUNT. Is it a thrilling submarine simulator or a soul-crushingly boring, slow-paced game bogged down by an overly dense manual? Gee, I dunno… This week’s short story: Bad Poetry Corner – Floaters and Sinkers Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”,... Read More

EPISODE 280: INTELLIVISION MONTH – STAR STRIKE

June 6th, 2021
EPISODE 280: INTELLIVISION MONTH - STAR STRIKE

INTELLIVISION MONTH 2021 has arrived in episode 280 of ATARI BYTES! *Deafening cheers erupt* **Also an angry stampede out the door by some Atari purists** We kick things off with Mattel’s 1981 title STAR STRIKE, which may or may not be inspired by Star Wars; which is true of much of life really. That’s why I dress as an Ewok much of the time. Can anyone recommend a good conditioner? This week’s short story: Star Strike Celebrity Bowling Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Reformat”, “Take a Chance” and “Pinball... Read More

EPISODE 279: IS ATARI TOO OLD TO BE POP CULTURE?

May 30th, 2021
EPISODE 279: IS ATARI TOO OLD TO BE POP CULTURE?

Doing something a little different this week in ATARI BYTES episode 279. Setting aside the games (Wait! Come back!) to share some thoughts I had while working a booth at a recent convention to promote the show and my books. In short, I noticed Atari did not have a huge presence, nor indeed did very much from before the 1980s. What gives? Could it be Atari is TOO OLD to be pop culture anymore?  Whoa. Let’s talk about it.  We’ll also read entries from the Pac-Man-story-t-shirt-giveaway I did at that con. This week’s short story: Bad Poetry Corner: ONE GROUP, MANY FANDOMS Thanks... Read More

EPISODE 278: STEEPLECHASE

May 23rd, 2021
EPISODE 278: STEEPLECHASE

Take a deep breath. Smell that? That’s episode 278’s equine-filled game. On this week’s ATARI BYTES, we’re playing the 1980 horse-racing game, STEEPLECHASE.  Jockey your way to this episode and mount your steed. This week’s short story: STEEPLECAUGHT Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs “Take a Chance”, “Reformat” and “Pinball Spring”.  Thanks to Sean Courtney for “Storytime” and “Jason Sez Stuff” themes. www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you need to be for... Read More