252 episodes

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
    • 4.1 • 14 Ratings

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.

    INFILTRATE

    INFILTRATE

    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

    • 55 min
    TAZ

    TAZ

    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

    • 40 min
    AIR RAIDERS

    AIR RAIDERS

    MMMMMMMMM!

    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

    • 35 min
    CHASE THE CHUCK WAGON

    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

    • 42 min
    THE EARTH DIES SCREAMING

    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.

    Well, crap. 

    This week's short story: ALL OVER BUT THE SCREAMING

    • 34 min
    DUKES OF HAZZARD

    DUKES OF HAZZARD

    Episode 247 revs its podcast engine to soar over the pond of other podcasts, leaving them in the dust as we fly down the dirt roads of the Internet. Yee-haaaah!

    From 1984, we're playing Atari's developed, but unreleased, DUKES OF HAZZARD, inspired by the classic TV show "I Love Lucy". 

    Just kidding. Or am I? Tune in to find out.

    This week's short story: THE DUKES OF HAZARDS

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

2600Dude ,

Great show!

Great reviews of each Atari game...plus some good humor thrown in!

Champ427 ,

*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!

XxerdocxX ,

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.

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