76 episodes

A Podcast about growing up In the 70s and 80s, at the dawn of video
games, navigating family strife, punk rock, Star Wars obsessions, and
trying to understand to the world while developing an inexplicable
love for everything “Atari”.

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We are twin brothers who grew up "Atari" or as we call it, in The Vertical Blank. The Vertical Blank is space between the lines.
It's the the second half of Generation X.
It's the where work occurs you never see on screen.
It's the nuances that makes nostalgia real.
It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses.

In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now.

We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank.

Credits:
Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket
Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari Jeff Fulton & Steve Fulton

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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

A Podcast about growing up In the 70s and 80s, at the dawn of video
games, navigating family strife, punk rock, Star Wars obsessions, and
trying to understand to the world while developing an inexplicable
love for everything “Atari”.

--

We are twin brothers who grew up "Atari" or as we call it, in The Vertical Blank. The Vertical Blank is space between the lines.
It's the the second half of Generation X.
It's the where work occurs you never see on screen.
It's the nuances that makes nostalgia real.
It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses.

In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now.

We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank.

Credits:
Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket
Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

    Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 2: Fun Imported From Europe

    Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 2: Fun Imported From Europe

    In this episode Steve and Jeff turn calendar to 1989 and discuss what it was like gaming on the Atari ST back then. They list and discuss close to 50 games that they purchased and played that year. for the Atari ST Computer.
    Games Mentioned in this Episode: 

    Action Fighter (Firebird) - Sega Arcade Port
    Airborne Ranger (Microprose) - Military Sim
    Axel’s Magic Hammer (Gremlin) - Multi Screen Platformer
    BAAL (Psyclapse) -  Arcade Platformer / Shooter
    Bad Company (Logotron) 3D first person fly / drive and shoot
    Ballastix (Psyclapse) - Sports Marble game
    BattleHawks 1942 (Lucasfilm) - Battle / Air sim
    Blasteroids (Mirrowsoft/Imageworks) - Atari Coin-op Conversion
    Blood Money (Psygnosis) - Hor / Vert Scroll and blast
    Bloodwych (Mirrowsoft/Imageworks) - RPG 3D
    Breach (Omnirend) - Squad Strategy . Combat
    Captain blood (Mindscape) - Adventure /Arcade 2D
    Commando (Elite) - Capcom Arcade Conversion
    Darius + (Edge / Softek) - Horizontal Shooter - Arcade conversion
    Demon’s Winter (SSI / EA) - RPG 2D
    Double Dragon II (Virgin) - Arcade Scrolling Beat-em-up
    Dragon Spirit (Domark) - Namco Vertical Scroller Conversion
    Fighter Bomber (Activision) - Air Combat Sim
    Forgotten Worlds (ARC / US Gold) - Capcom Horizontal Scroller shooter
    US GOLD Giants - 1943 The Battle of Midway, Gauntlet II, Out Run, Street Fighter.
    Hard Drivin’ (Domark) - Atari Arcade Conversion
    Hostages (Infogrames) - Police Simulation 
    Hound of Shadow (EA) - Graphic Adventure
    License to Kill (Domark) Shoot’em Up Misc
    Lost Dutchman Mine (Magnetic Images / Innerphase) - Adventure Arcade 2D

    • 59 min
    s5:e3 Xenon 2 and the Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 1

    s5:e3 Xenon 2 and the Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 1

    s5:e3  Xenon 2 and the Atari ST Halcyon Days of 1989 Part 1
    Steve and Jeff are joined by Tony Longworth to discuss Xenon 2: Megablast for the Atari ST, in the first of a multi-part series on 1989 Atari ST gamesPart 2 will be be a discussion of 50+ games from 1989 that Steve and Jeff purchased in the USA and Part 3 will be a survey of some of the hidden gems of the 1989 Atari ST Library
    Notes: Tony’s new album - Godless Universe Random Pain
     https://tonylongworth.bandcamp.com/album/godless-universe-random-pain 
    Atari Mania Xenon II
    http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-xenon-ii-megablast_10904.html
    Mobygames Xenon II
    https://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/xenon-2-megablast
    Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton
    Music : Into the Vertical Blank - Tony Longworth : support Tony's Patreon music https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth
    Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/
    Find us here:
    http://intotheverticalblank.com
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

    • 49 min
    S5:E2: Atari 50th Anniversary: Our Top-50 Atari Games (from 2020)

    S5:E2: Atari 50th Anniversary: Our Top-50 Atari Games (from 2020)

    From 2020 for Atari's 50th Anniversary: Our Top-50 Games From Atari.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    S5: E1: Generation Atari

    S5: E1: Generation Atari

    S5: E1 - Generation Atari
    In this opening episode for season 5, after a tumultuous season 4,  inspired by some feedback, we reaffirm just why we are here and what we mean by “The Vertical blank” and “Generation Atari.
    BCB #36 - "The Atari Generation" (Delving "Into the Vertical Blank.")https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tRdFWpt3L0&t=1180s
    “Video Games For The ‘Basest Instincts Of Man’” 
    Jan, 28, 1982 (New York times Subscription required)Opinion | VIDEO GAMES FOR THE 'BASEST INSTINCTS OF MAN' - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
    Not mentioned in the episode but a good resource on this subject is “The Atari Age:The Emergence Of Video Games In America” by Michael Newman

    Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America (The MIT Press): Newman, Michael Z.: 9780262536110: Amazon.com: Books

     
    Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton
    Music : Into the Vertical Blank - Tony Longworth : support Tony's Patreon music https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth
    Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/
    Find us here:
    http://intotheverticalblank.com
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

    • 1 hr 10 min
    S4:E14: Atari Pac-Man Day 40th Anniversary Documentary

    S4:E14: Atari Pac-Man Day 40th Anniversary Documentary

    Clocking in at almost 3 hours, this episode is a remastered super-cut of Into The Vertical Blank Season 3, Episode #1, #4 and #6 (2020) that cover April 3, 1982: Atari Pac-Man Day and it's lasting effects on the company. Yep, this one is all about Atari VCS Pac-Man, but so much more as well. It features a discussion with the late Curt Vendel, in one of his final interviews, speaking very very passionately about what we all believed to be "Atari's Biggest Mistake".
    Written, edited, produced and hosted by Steve And Jeff FultonMusic by Tony LongworthBranding by Daryl Litts
    Rest In Peace Mr. Vendel, we miss you very much

    • 2 hr 45 min
    Bonus Atari ST Games That Rock: LLamatron ++: Llamatron, Jeff Minter and Heart of Neon

    Bonus Atari ST Games That Rock: LLamatron ++: Llamatron, Jeff Minter and Heart of Neon

    In this episode, the brothers discuss recent Christmas, the latest Atari recharged  releases and then bring on their brother from another mother (and father) Tony Longworth to discuss the Jeff Minter Classic, LLamatron for the Atari ST.  They also disuss the Jeff Minter Documentary, Heart of Neon, and play a new Tony track made for the film. 
    Discussion Video Version: https://youtu.be/D1E45ePl6rU with Music Video by Heart of Neon Film maker, Paul Docherty
    Notes: 
    Heart of Neon: https://www.heartofneon.com/
    Buy a Jeff Minter Game or swag here:  http://www.minotaurproject.co.uk/Minotaur/theshop.php
    ST Section of the Llamasoft site: http://www.llamasoftarchive.org/oldsite/llamadloads2.html#AtariST
    Atarimania Llamatron Page: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-llamatron_31157.html
    Tony’s LLamatron Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxqqSSUMelI
    Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton
    Music : Perpetual Darkness - Tony Longworth : You can download this exclusive track by supporting Tony's Patreon music campaign @: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth
    Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/
    Find us here:
    http://intotheverticalblank.com
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

    • 1 hr 18 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

tomas de mercado ,

Second Only to Ferg

Love the stories, love the interviews. But the best thing for me about this amazing, incredibly listenable pod is the presence and continued emphasis on the 7800. As a fan and budding 7800 home brew programmer myself, I can’t wait to hear where this show seems to be headed! Looking forward to it!

Retroalias ,

Great Retro Gaming Podcast

As an Intellivision junkier back in the day this is one of the best Atari specific gaming podcasts around! Their stories and the great interviews are unmatched. I hope they’ll be around for many years to come!

B@t@ri ,

Awesome podcast!

One of my absolute favorite podcasts. The stories and memories are a joy to listen to. While I did not grow up in California(I was a Midwest kid), I can so easily relate to the stories and nostalgia. Brings back so many fond memories of life in the 80’s, or more accurately, life in the ‘vertical blank’!

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