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.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: JOURNEY TO RIVENDELL
FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: JOURNEY TO RIVENDELL.
As the sun rises on Hobbiton, you find yourself in possession of the one podcast episode to rule them all. Don't lie! You have it! What has it gots in its pockets, precious!?!?!?
Yes, a "Hobbit" reference about a "Lord of the Rings" thing. Go ahead and rat me out to Gandalf.
We got this 1983 unreleased prototype in a secret, late night exchange. No. Wait. That was something else.
Anyway, this ep's short story is: FELLOWSHIP OF THE STRING
In ATARI BYTES episode 252, we play the the 1981 Apollo game INFILTRATE; a game which feels like it should have an exclamation point at the end of its name, but doesn't. But is that the only disappointment? Listen and find out.
Also, I mention how much I like Lego. I mean, Christmas is coming...
THIS WEEK'S SHORT STORY: ENTERING S.H.E.I.L.A.: A STEVE STETSON, 1980's SUPERSPY, ADVENTURE
Looney Tunes fans rejoice! In episode 251 of ATARI BYTES, we're playing Atari's 1983 offering TAZ, featuring the tornadic glutton, the Tasmanian Devil. Whether you think the game is brilliant or garbage or brilliant garbage, nothing compares to one particular line in the instruction manual. I promise you this line has never appeared before or since. I won't spoil it here. Tune in to experience the awesomeness!
This week's short story: BAD POETRY CORNER: I'M SO FULL
There's some tasty gaming going on in ATARI BYTES ep 250. MMMMMMMMM! as in "M NETWORK" that is!
We're playing the 1982 flight simulator AIR RAIDERS. Is the game a dogfight utopia or just a dog?
This week's short story: CORPORATE AIR RAIDERS
CHASE THE CHUCK WAGON
Episode 249 of ATARI BYTES is going to the dogs.
We're playing powerhouse gaming publisher Purina's maze game...
Hold on...*checks notes*
Yep, PURINA. Ok...see, in 1983 Purina ran a deal where you could send in proofs of purchase (kids, go ask your parents) from bags of dog food and get an Atari game called CHASE THE CHUCK WAGON. Spectravision did the programming. Such as it is. But we'll get into that. WOOF!
This week's short story: CHUCK WAGON, THE ANACHRONISTIC COWBOY
THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING
I know Halloween is coming, but after all the chaos of this year, politically, culturally and pandemically, it would be great if the game in episode 248 is a quiet, relaxing affair. Let's see...what have we got this time?
THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING, 20th Century Fox, 1983.
This week's short story: ALL OVER BUT THE SCREAMING
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Great reviews of each Atari game...plus some good humor thrown in!
*Murdoc Scream* ATAAAAARRRRRRIIIIIII!!!!!
Love this show! Bill brings a very funny and relaxed brand of humor to the episodes, as well as a great revisit to each game. Highly recommended!
Kid as sidekick
Heard this mentioned on another podcast and, as someone raised on Atari, I thought I’d give it a try.
Started with the Raiders of the Lost Ark episode.
Unsubscribed after twenty minutes of the Raiders of the Lost Ark Episode.
The kid sounds adorable.
But kid as precious sidekick fails every single time.
Ok, I changed from 1 star to 3 because I deeply admire and respect anyone who endeavors to make an Atari podcast.