24 episodes

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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    • 4.7, 16 Ratings

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. 23: Jun 1982: Quarxon

    Ep. 23: Jun 1982: Quarxon

    Phase 2 begins with the usual magazine coverage and a review of Quarxon, a two-player shoot-each-other game with prominent use of Display List Interrupts. In the tech section, I use Omnivore to discover how these DLIs work.

    Introduction

    Stef Animal's Bandcamp page
    Stef Animal's Pico-8 game: The Spooky House
    Pico-8 virtual machine (a "fantasy video game console")
    XLXE Podcast




    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    ANTIC

    Antic Vol 1, #2




    Atari Connection

    Atari Connection Vol 2, #2




    Byte

    Byte Vol 7, #6
    Full text of De Re Atari

    ... For 14 more links, see the show notes

    • 1 hr 47 min
    Ep. 22: Special Episode: Phase 2

    Ep. 22: Special Episode: Phase 2

    Introducing Phase 2 of the Player/Missile extended podcastimatic universe. The magazine coverage will stay the same, but instead of a typical game review, I will focus on reverse engineering to discover interesting game programming techniques used by the authors of these classic games. I intend it to be a tutorial on the use of Omnivore, the desktop application I've designed that includes many reverse engineering tools, including a built-in emulator and debugger.

    Tech Section

    Omnivore, my 8-bit reverse engineering platform

    • 5 min
    Ep. 21: May 1982: Fujirun

    Ep. 21: May 1982: Fujirun

    The hiatus is over. With my new slimmed-down post-production, I now plan to get back to regular episodes. For this one, it's the usual magazine coverage and some talk about the retro-computing projects I've been doing in the last year.


    Introduction

    KansasFest!




    Richard Broadhurst's Programs

    Astroblaster
    Carnival
    Frogger
    Phoenix
    Emulated hardware arcade port of Circus




    Tech Section

    Omnivore, the Atari 8-bit Binary Editor




    Magazines

    Atari 8-bit magazines


    ANALOG

    Analog #6
    Antic Podcast Interview #214: Ron Hartman of K-Byte Software

    ... For 13 more links, see the show notes

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Ep. 20: Apr 1982: Jumpman

    Ep. 20: Apr 1982: Jumpman

    The culmination of the first "season" of the Player/Missile podcast is a review of my favorite game and the announcement of the project undertaken by Kevin Savetz and myself to reverse engineer the game. We're sponsoring a level design contest, and there's still time to enter! Oh, and I'm taking a hiatus until I can collect the physical magazines. You can help out with your contributions!


    Introduction

    KansasFest!
    Chris Torrence's Softalk Apple (video) Podcast
    I'm a guest on Antic Episode 33!
    Atari 8 bit ads
    Intellivisionaries
    Addison-Wesley Book of Atari Software 1984
    Article and photo of Mark Reid winning the 1983 Atari Star Award




    Listener Written Programs

    Wade's windowing system in Action!




    MAME Cabinet

    MAME cabinet progress (AtariAge forum thread)
    More details on MAME cabinet




    Tech Section

    Omnivore, the Atari 8-bit Binary Editor
    AtariAge forum post announcing Omnivore
    Jumpman Level Editor for C64

    ... For 19 more links, see the show notes

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Ep. 19: Mar 1982: Getaway!

    Ep. 19: Mar 1982: Getaway!

    Game review of Getaway! and interview with the author Mark Reid. The program won the Atari Star Award and the $25,000 prize in 1983. I also introduce Omnivore, the 8-bit binary editor that I've been working on during the hiatus. Kevin Savetz has a guest review of the APX Spring Catalog, and we add a new section to the podcast, the countdown to the Tramiel takeover.

    Introduction

    Omnivore, the Atari 8-bit Binary Editor
    Player/Missile Blog
    AtariAge forum post announcing Omnivore
    AtariAge forum post with Wade's new Getaway! level
    Dan Boris's Atari Disk Explorer
    Atari Disk Explorer on github




    Feedback

    San Leandro Computer Club
    SLCC home page
    AtariAge forum post: 1200XL Owners Club (serial tracker)
    Atari Party 2016! Saturday, Jul 30, 2016
    Vintage Computer Festival West, Aug 6-7, 2016




    Listener Written Programs

    Tom Raidna's Windows IDE & code builder for his TUI (Text User Interface)

    MAME Cabinet

    ... For 48 more links, see the show notes

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Ep. 18: Feb 1982: Flight Simulators, Part 2b

    Ep. 18: Feb 1982: Flight Simulators, Part 2b

    Part 2b of the flight simulator roundup with Chris Olson, reviewing helicopter sims and the all-time classic F-15 Strike Eagle. Plus: an update on speeding up Star Raiders.

    Introduction

    Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
    Pictures from the AtariAge booth at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo
    XEGS Cart-by-Cart Podcast
    They Create Worlds Podcast
    They Create Worlds Blog




    Feedback

    Interview with Dona Bailey, Centipede co-creator
    Hidden Maze from Compute!'s First Book of Atari Games
    Wikipedia article on maze generation
    Bill Kendrick's maze generator web game
    Bill Kendrick's printable mazes
    Bill Kendrick's 10-line BASIC maze generator
    San Leandro Computer Club
    SLCC home page




    Listener Written Programs

    RetroChallenge in January!




    MAME Cabinet
    ... For 33 more links, see the show notes

    • 2 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

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.

fergojisan ,

Great Show!

I don't have a lot of experiences with the Atari 800, but I enjoy hearing about it. Rob does a great job of bringing that era to life for me. If you had an Atari 800 back in the 80s and loved playing the games, check out this great podcast!

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