309 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

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    • 4.2 • 17 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.

    309: SPACE SPARTANS (INTELLIVISION)

    309: SPACE SPARTANS (INTELLIVISION)

    In ATARI BYTES 309, I hear voices. 
    This is nothing new, but this time, I know the voices are coming from outside my own head. Probably. 
    We're closing out Intellivision Month on the podcast by playing the 1982 Mattel title "Space Spartans" with - holy crap! - the "Intellivoice" voice synthesizer module. Is the game fun? Who cares! There's a robotic voice emanating from my blocky, outdated gaming console!
    Short Story: WHAT'S THE POINT? 
    Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Change", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring". 
    Thanks to Sean Courtney for the Storytime theme.
    Head over to carnivalofgleecreations.com for all the info you need about ATARI BYTES, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, books written by ME that can be owned by YOU, and so much more!
    Support the show on the ATARI BYTES page at patreon.com.
     

    • 44 min
    308: SPACE HAWK (INTELLIVISION)

    308: SPACE HAWK (INTELLIVISION)

    Episode 308 of ATARI BYTES is a blast!
    A GAS blast, specifically!
    It's true! In SPACE HAWK, your gas is the only thing that can save the universe. Tell you significant other to stop complaining.
    The 1982 Mattel title SPACE HAWK is for the Intellivision console. Why an Intellivision game on an Atari-based podcast? Well, it's our annual INTELLIVISION MONTH! If you have thoughts about this title or Intellivision, send them to me. If you're blasting gas, keep it to yourself. 
    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 theme.
    Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for info about this show, ATARI BYTES, and about my other show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN. 
    Support the show on patreon.com here.

    • 27 min
    307: COUNTERMEASURE (5200)

    307: COUNTERMEASURE (5200)

    Does the 1983 nuclear terrorism game COUNTERMEASURE for the 5200 measure up to the quality you've come to expect from this podcast?
    Counter point: Don't sweat it. The podcast is free.
    Short Story: MEASURE TWICE, CUT ONCE...TO THE BONE
    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" theme.
    Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com to find more about this show ATARI BYTES, and my other show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN. While you're there, check out books by ME that you can own for your ownselves.
    You can support the show at patreon.com here. 

    • 46 min
    306: A SINI-STAR IS BORN (2600)

    306: A SINI-STAR IS BORN (2600)

    Let ye who is without Sin-istar, cast the first pod.
    Well, fortunately for us, we DO have this episode's game SINISTAR, the 1984 Atari 2600 port prototype of the arcade game.
    Is the game a heavenly delight or sinfully awful? Count your luck stars and join us.
    Bad Poetry Corner: THE SINN SISTERS HOST A BRUNCH
    Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of "Pinball Spring", "Take a Chance", and "Reformat". 
    Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.
    Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com to find out more about ATARI BYTES, my other podcast IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and about books I've written, including "2nd Duck on the RIght & Other Very Short Stories". 
    Support the show at patreon.com 

    • 31 min
    305: QIX (5200)

    305: QIX (5200)

    The 5200 love-fest continues in 305 with QIX. This 1982 puzzling, strategizing, flashy lights game is a keeper...of addictive frustrations.
    SHORT STORY: QIX-SAND
    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 theme.
    Head to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for info about ATARI BYTES, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN and about books by ME, like 2nd Duck on the Right & Other Very Short Stories".
    Support the show at patreon.com!

    • 50 min
    304: SPACE DUNGEON (5200)

    304: SPACE DUNGEON (5200)

    In episode 304, you're joining the podcast at an historic moment...the debut of our brand-new (refurbished) ATARI 5200 CONSOLE (Thanks, Jose!)
    We launch into the stratospheric heights of new game possiblities by falling into the dungeon, the SPACE DUNGEON, to be specific. The 1983 Taito arcade port is my focus in this one...until my cameraman wrestles away control of both joysticks from his old man. Kids, man.
    SHORT STORY: HOME SWEET HOME
    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" theme.
    Support the show here at patreon.com
    www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is your one stop for info about ATARI BYTES, my other podcast IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, and about books written BY ME, like 2nd DUCK ON THE RIGHT & OTHER VERY SHORT STORIES.

    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

JimWh123432 ,

Fun listen.

It’s nostalgic and witty. It’s also fun to listen to his interplay with his kids; and hear their reactions.

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!

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