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Remember those classic Atari 2600 games? They were sure fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they sent a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What Yar was seeking revenge against? What made those robots go berserk? Me too? ATARI BYTES is more than a game review podcast. It's an exploration of the games to divine what exactly the story within the game is. And if we can't find those answers, we'll make 'em up.

ATARI BYTE‪S‬ William Pepper

    • Video Games

Remember those classic Atari 2600 games? They were sure fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they sent a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What Yar was seeking revenge against? What made those robots go berserk? Me too? ATARI BYTES is more than a game review podcast. It's an exploration of the games to divine what exactly the story within the game is. And if we can't find those answers, we'll make 'em up.

    Q*BERT'S QUBES

    Q*BERT'S QUBES

    ATARI BYTES 271 revisits an old friend. A twitchy, large-nosed, profanity-obsessed friend who just won't just hold still for goodness sakes. We all have a friend like that. If you're not sure about that, it's probably you.

    It's Q*BERT'S QUBES, the 1983 follow-up to the adorable arcade-er (I'm trying to make that a word. Help me out. I'll be rich!). Is the game fun cubed, or just for squares, man?

    This week's short story: NOT THE CUBES YOU EXPECTED

    • 35 min
    QUADRUN

    QUADRUN

    Guys, if life has taught us nothing else, we all should know by now that we must pick up our balls.

    This is especially true in Atari's 1983 let's-stick-it-to-em-and-see-how-mad-they-get, QUADRUN, our focus in ATARI BYTES episode 270. Tune in to find out just how frustrated this game makes me. 

    This week's short story: CAGE FREE

    • 34 min
    SOLAR FOX

    SOLAR FOX

    In episode 269 of the ATARI BYTES podcast, we play SOLAR FOX, the 1983 CBS Electronics port of Bally/Midway's 1981 arcade game. Much like Icarus, we fly a wee bit too close to the sun, but do we get burned? Listen and find out!

    This week's short story: THE SOLAR FOXES REBOOT

    • 42 min
    PEPSI INVADERS

    PEPSI INVADERS

    ATARI BYTES episode 268 is bubbling over with tasty goodness. We're playing PEPSI INVADERS, a 1983 cartridge created by Atari to cheer up sad Coca-Cola sales people sad about losing the "cola wars" to Pepsi. This episode is both sugar and caffeine free, so you'll just have to rely on my dulcet tones to keep you awake. Sorry. 

    This week's short story: THE COLA WARS BUBBLE OVER

    • 40 min
    ALIEN

    ALIEN

    In 1979, Twentieth Century Fox unleashed an iconic sci-fi movie called ALIEN.

    In 1982, Atari released the game version, in the maze style of iconic game Pac-Man.

    In 2021, the podcast ATARI BYTES did an episode about ALIEN. It was...wait for it...iconic.

    THIS WEEK'S SHORT STORY: BAD POETRY CORNER - WHEN PERSEVERANCE RAN OUT

    • 33 min
    RUBIK'S CUBE 3D

    RUBIK'S CUBE 3D

    We're back to cram more square pod pegs into your round ear holes. It's another cubist's delight in 266 with RUBIK'S CUBE 3D. The three "D"s are "delightful", "delicious" and "de-wonderful", to borrow from an old song. 

    Or are they?

    Tune in this week to find out. With this 3D, there are no glasses required. Or pants. 

    Short Story: 3D-NYED

    • 32 min

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