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A retrospective of the Atari 8-bit home computer systems, the magazines that covered them, and a somewhat chronological review of games as they arrived on the platform.

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A retrospective of the Atari 8-bit home computer systems, the magazines that covered them, and a somewhat chronological review of games as they arrived on the platform.

    Ep. 34: 8-bit vs 5200 Part 2: Q1 1983

    Ep. 34: 8-bit vs 5200 Part 2: Q1 1983

    5200 coverage in magazines from January through March 1983. Plus a special bonus look at a NY Times article about Warner's stunning December 1982 earnings shortfall caused by Atari's massive financial loss.


    1983

    Q1 1983 First Quarter P.O.P. (Point Of Purchase) Support
    Jan 1983 Video Games Vol 1, #4
    Jan 1983 ANALOG Computing #9
    Jan 1983 Joystik Magazine
    Jan 1983 Electronic Games Vol 1, #11
    Jan/Feb 1983 Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #5
    Feb 1983 Video Games Vol 1, #5
    Feb 1983 Creative Computing Vol 9, #2
    Feb 1983 Electronic Games
    Mar 1983 ANALOG Computing #10
    12/19/82 NY Times article “The Game Turns Serious at Atari”


    Mar 1983 Video Games
    Worm War 1 TV commercial


    Mar/Apr 1983 Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #6


    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 34
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Ep. 33: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 3

    Ep. 33: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 3

    Coverage of a few magazines I missed last time. Live plays of two games, tips to speed up disk drive I/O, and articles on how automation has changed TV and film production.


    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    Softalk

    Softalk Vol 3, #4
    Assembly Lines book
    Total Replay harddisk image
    Axlon RAMDISK 320k
    Passport auto-cracking tool




    Nibble

    Nibble Vol 3, #8
    Nibble disk






    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 33
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 32: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 2

    Ep. 32: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 2

    Coverage of Atari Connection, APX, Byte, C&VG, Micro, Softside, Page 6 & Atari I/O for Dec 1982. Another Chris Crawford article on game design, a review of Steve Wozniak’s US Festival, and will Forth become the official language of the podcast?


    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    Atari Connection

    Atari Connection Vol 2, #4
    Mastering Rubik's Cube by Don Taylor
    Josh Malone’s USB CX-85 numeric keypad mod




    APX Catalog

    APX Catalog Winter 1982




    Byte

    Byte Vol 7, #12
    Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock
    Byte Magazine Atari articles only by Kay Savetz
    TRON soundtrack composer Wendy Carlos
    Women in Electronic Music
    Sisters with Transistors documentary film




    Computer & Video Games

    C&VG Issue #14




    Micro 6502/6809 Journal

    Micro #55




    SoftSide

    Softside #36
    Starting Forth online edition
    Edsger W Dijkstra
    Dijkstra’s rant on languages
    History of Forth language
    Forth cross compiler
    History of Computing Podcast episode on Pascal




    Page 6

    Page #1
    History of Page 6 magazine




    Atari Input/Output

    Atari Input/Output #1






    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 32
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 57 min
    Ep. 31: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 1

    Ep. 31: Dec 1982: Magazines, Part 1

    Coverage of Antic, Compute!, Creative Computing, Dec 1982. Chris Crawford on Legionnaire, first rumors of the IBM PCjr, and two articles predicting the future: Compute! does OK while Creative Computing gets a bunch of whammies. Also: Bullwinkle’s restaurant, sexism and mansplaining about whether educational software should ask kids their gender, and Bahrain doctors, video games & epilepsy.


    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    Antic

    Antic Vol 1, #5
    Stratos by Neil Larimer
    ANTIC Podcast interview with Linda Schreiber
    Legionnaire by Chris Crawford




    Compute!

    Compute #31
    IBM PCjr
    HP 85 Computer
    Xanadu, the Home of the Future
    Monrobot desk computer




    Creative Computing

    Creative Computing Vol 8, #12
    CIA World Factbook on Bahrain






    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 31
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Ep. 30: 8-bit vs 5200 Part 1: 1982

    Ep. 30: 8-bit vs 5200 Part 1: 1982

    In a special multi-part series comparing the 8-bit computers to the 5200 console, this first episode focuses on 1982. Scanning the regular magazines for mentions of the 5200, I also scour other magazines for both 8-bit and 5200 coverage. Only in this special series will you hear article summaries from these periodicals: Electronic Games, JoyStik, Video Games, Video Games Player and Atari Age Magazine.


    Introduction

    Atari 5200 Super Community Podcast
    The Atari 5200 Podcast
    Atari 3200 prototype
    Gremlins: last official release for the 5200




    Technical References

    Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel
    Jan 1984 ANALOG Computing #15 article Transporting programs to the 5200
    Feb 1984 ANALOG Computing #16 update for 2-port 5200




    Magazine Chronology

    Jan 8, 1982: Atari Press Release Announcing the 5200
    Winter 1981/1982 Electronic Games
    Mar 1982 Electronic Games
    Command Line Heroes podcast about Jerry Lawson


    May 1982 Electronic Games
    May/Jun 1982: Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #1
    Jun 1982 Electronic Games
    Jul/Aug 1982: Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #2
    Aug 1982 Video Games Vol 1, #1
    Billy Mitchell & Perfect Pac-Man
    Historical overview of fake Pac-Man high scores & Billy Mitchell’s Fraud
    Background research for the above


    Sep 1982: Video Games Player
    Sept 1982: Joystik Magazine
    Sep/Oct 1982: Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #3
    Nov 1982 The Video Game Update Vol 1, #8
    Nov 1982 Joystik Magazine
    Nov 1982 Electronic Games
    Nov/Dec 1982: Atari Age Magazine Vol 1, #4
    Creative Computing Vol 8, #12
    Dec 1982 Joystik Magazine
    Dec 1982 Video Games Vol 1, #3
    Dec 1982 Electronic Games
    Arcadia 2001 overview


    Late 1982 Atari P.O.P. (Point Of Purchase) and Advertising Support




    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 30
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 50 min
    Ep. 29: Nov 1982: Byte, CVG, CGW, Micro, Softline, Softside

    Ep. 29: Nov 1982: Byte, CVG, CGW, Micro, Softline, Softside

    Coverage of the remaining magazines for Nov 1982.


    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    Byte

    Byte Vol 7, #11




    Computer & Video Games

    C&VG Issue #13




    Computer Gaming World

    CGW Vol 2, #6
    AtariAge forum post on cheat codes
    Legionnaire gameplay video




    Micro 6502/6809 Journal

    Micro #54




    Softline

    Softline #2.2
    Kay Savetz interview with Jerry White
    Jerry White’s software
    Bill Williams Atari Sounds, part 3




    SoftSide

    Softside #35






    Feedback

    Dennis Debro’s Atari 2600 disassemblies
    Free ringtones from Stef Animal
    Stef Animal creates a track in one day




    Production Notes

    Music: Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Episode page: Episode 29
    Twitter: @atari8bitgames

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

tomas de mercado ,

Please continue

Just discovered this gem. I hope this podcast hasn’t ended and that new episodes are coming. I’ll be burning through the old shows right quick.

theodoresquared ,

New format?

Just heard the latest podcast and details on new format that will be more technical. I think that’s great! While it’s nice to hear about how to play or win at a game, it’s even better to hear how the game does what it does in the Atari. Rob, this is a great idea and I look forward to your continued podcast whenever you are up and running again.

Edladdin ,

A Great Historical Review

I've been reading my way through digital copies of the very first magazine to which I ever subscribed - Electronic Games - so this month-by-month survey of the magazines dedicated to the Atari 8-bit computers provides a fascinating parallel. I also appreciate the occasional dip into a hardcore technical discussion about these machines and their capabilities/limitations.

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