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The 2600 Game By Game Podcast will delve into the history, gameplay, and personal stories of every game made for the Atari 2600.

The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast Ferg

    • Video Games
    • 4.9, 87 Ratings

The 2600 Game By Game Podcast will delve into the history, gameplay, and personal stories of every game made for the Atari 2600.

    Moonsweeper by Imagic

    Moonsweeper by Imagic

    Hi there, thanks for sticking with me through all of this, I hope you all are well. This episode is about the Imagic game Moonsweeper, by programmer extraordinaire, Bob Smith. If you haven't already checked the game out, I hope you will after listening. Next up will be Party Mix by Starpath. If you have any feedback for Party Mix, please get it to me by Sunday the 12th. Send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. I am shooting for the episode to be out on the 15th, but please keep in mind that may change. Please stay safe, and I thank you for listening.
     
    How to donate to Black Lives Matter
    Covid-19 relief charities
    Moonsweeper on Random Terrain
    Numb Thumb News Vol. 2 1983
    Numb Thumb interview with Bob Smith
    Imagic Catalog 1983
    Bob Smith ANTIC interview by Kay Savetz
    Michael Becker interview by Scott Stilphen
    Edladdin Controllers
    Atari2600/7800: a visual compendium by Bitmap Books

    Check out Jose's awesome spreadsheet for the list of games I've already done, with links to the episodes! Thank you Jose!
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Interview with Steve Cartwright

    Interview with Steve Cartwright

    Hello friends, this is a rare interview edition of the show, in which I talk to Steve Cartwright about his career. We talk about his time at Activision, Accolade, and Electronic Arts, as well as what he's doing now and even touch on some of his hobbies. It was an honor and a privilege to talk to Steve, and I thank him very much for speaking with me. I hope that you enjoy it and I thank you for listening.
     

    • 54 min
    Frostbite by Activision

    Frostbite by Activision

    Thanks so much for tuning into the show, this is a very special episode featuring Frostbite by the great Steve Cartwright. It also marks the release of a heretofore unknown work in progress prototype of Frostbite called Iceman, which you can find in the links below. Please listen to the episode for the whole 22 year journey of Iceman! Steve Cartwright was gracious enough to do a phone interview with me as well, that will be coming up in the feed very soon.

    Next up is Moonsweeper by Imagic, which was done by another great programmer, Bob Smith. Please send your feedback on Moonsweeper to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by May 17th to be included in the show. Thank you again for listening, and huge thanks to Curt, Rob, Dennis and GlitchCat7 for helping me get Iceman to you.

    Iceman prototype ROM
    Steve Cartwright's web site
    Steve Cartwright interview by Pretty Old Pixel
    Steve Cartwright interview by Baixa Definicao
    Steve Cartwright on Retrogaming with Racketboy Podcast
    Steve Cartwright with Garry Kitchen and David Crane at CGE 2010
    Steve Cartwright's YouTube page
    Activisions newsletter Fall 1983
    Activision patch on Digital Press
    ...and the accompanying letter
    My original Usenet post about the Iceman prototype
    Dennis Debro's Frostbite Disassmbly
    Atarius Maximus' Frostbite Hacks
    GlithCat7's amazing Frostbite playthrough
    GlitchCat7 on Twitch
    Waveback Podcast - Waveback Awards
    Waveback Overplay

    Check out Jose's awesome spreadsheet for the list of games I've already done, with links to the episodes! Thank you Jose!
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    • 1 hr 39 min
    Pole Position by Atari

    Pole Position by Atari

    Hello there, I hope that you all are safe and sane during this weird and difficult time. Today's episode is about Pole Position, the Namco arcade game that was ported to various Atari systems by General Computer Corp. (GCC if you're nasty). Coming up next is the wonderful Frostbite, by Activision's Steve Cartwright. If you have any thoughts on Frostbite (and I know that you do), please send them to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by the end of the day on May 3rd. Thank you so much for listening and please take care of yourselves, I love you all!


    Pole Position on KLOV
    Pole Position on Random Terrain
    Pole Position on Atari Protos
    Pole Position on Atarimania
    Betty Ryan Tylko profile on Atari Women
    Atari Age thread about GCC credits
    Atari Age thread, Undocumented Pole Position loaner cart
    Atari Age thread - Pole Positn orange end label
    1983 Atari Booth at CES video
    Terry Hoff's web site
    Marc Ericksen's web site
    John Mattos' web site
    Nerd Lunch Atari 2600 Retrospective
    Batteries Not Included on Amazon
    Imperial Scrolls of Honor Podcast
    Nerd Noise Radio podcast

    Check out Jose's awesome spreadsheet for the list of games I've already done, with links to the episodes! Thank you Jose!
    Proud member of the Throwback Network!
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    Join the Discord server!
    My YouTube channel, for whatever reason
    Blog page
    WHAT A FORUM TOO
    Listen to the show on Stitcher!
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    Listen to the show on Tune In!
    Check out Don's awesome t-shirt designs!
    Please check out my other shows:
    Intarivisions Podcast
    Please Stand By!

    • 2 hr 23 min
    Bonus Track - Concert Ticket Stubs

    Bonus Track - Concert Ticket Stubs

    Hi there! I hope very much that you all are staying home when you can and staying safe. For the first time in a loooong time, I have a Bonus Track for you. In this episode I go through my concert ticket stubs that I saved (most of them from before my twenties), and talk about each show, if I remember anything about it. There's some fun stories in there that I hope you will like. Thanks to Sean and Lisa for the inspiration, there's an Autobiography of a Schnook episode where the two of them talk about the concerts they went to in 2019. As always, please take care of yourselves and thank you for listening.

    Autobiography of a Schnook Podcast

    • 56 min
    Z-Tack by Bomb

    Z-Tack by Bomb

    Hi there, I hope that you are all safe and staying home if you can. I know in many cases that is more difficult, a lot of my friends have to work from home while home schooling their kids, which I imagine is a lot. We will get through this! One thing that may or may not help with that is Z-Tack by Bomb, the super rare ripoff of a PAL game called Base Attack. I was kind of surprised that I got so much feedback for this game, thank you so much. Next time I'll be covering a big game, Pole Position by Atari. If you have any thoughts on this game, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by April 12th. I think there will be a lot of feedback for that one too. As always, I thank you so much for listening and I wish you all health and happiness.

    Z-Tack on Random Terrain
    Atari Age thread on Bomb and Bondwell
    Wilson Oyama's Z-Tack high score video
    Perry Rhodan thread on Atari Age
    Perry Rhodan Manifest B picture
    ITT Cosmic Town

    Check out Jose's awesome spreadsheet for the list of games I've already done, with links to the episodes! Thank you Jose!
    Proud member of the Throwback Network!
    Facebook page
    Twitter page
    Join the Discord server!
    My YouTube channel, for whatever reason
    Blog page
    WHAT A FORUM TOO
    Listen to the show on Stitcher!
    Subscribe to the show on iTunes, and leave a review! Reviews are nice!
    Listen to the show on Tune In!
    Check out Don's awesome t-shirt designs!
    Please check out my other shows:
    Intarivisions Podcast
    Please Stand By!

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
87 Ratings

87 Ratings

Retroalias ,

The Ultimate Gaming Podcast!

This is a great retro gaming podcast by a super passionate host! In fact, his stories are so awesome that even non gamers would enjoy this show. I also really enjoy the accessibility of the show along with the frequent community submissions.

It sets a high water mark for podcasts and I look forward to many more great episodes down the road!

YourPalPuddy ,

Best 2600 Podcast Out There

Ferg puts a lot into the production of these episodes. Great content and sound effects are on point!

I thought I knew about most VCS carts, but I’ve learned there were so many I’d never heard of.

Just wish he’d do a few more each month.

MYSHIFTKEYISBROKE ,

Biplane Purgatory

Love that my Garry Kitchen Batteries Not Included interviews on Amazon worked their way into your Keystone Kapers ep. Just found your pod and am voraciously consuming one ep after another, like the good little nostalgia addict that I am. Great work here, hoping to stumble across a Chopper Command ep before I reach the bottom of the well.

- Josh, Imperial Scrolls of Honor Podcast dude

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