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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

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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.

    Frogs and Flies by M Network

    Frogs and Flies by M Network

    On this episode we take a look at the M Network game Frogs and Flies, which was based on the Intellivision game Frog Bog. We also cover programmer extraordinaire Dave Rolfe for the first time, and we even read one of his interesting essays. I hope you enjoy it! Coming up next is A-VCS-tec Challenge, by Simon Quernhorst with music by Paul Slocum. If you would like to try this game out, you can get the rom at Simon's web page. Please send me your feedback for A-VCS-tec Challenge by May 30th, to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thanks so much for listening!
    Van Mai story on Video Game History Foundation
    Frogs and Flies on Random Terrain
    Frogs and Flies on Blue Sky Rangers
    Intellivision Frog Bog on Blue Sky Rangers 
    Frogs by Gremlin on KLOV
    Willie! plays Frogs on Arcade USA
    Dave Rolfe's website on Wayback Machine
    Dave Rolfe interview by Valter Prette
    Dave Rolfe interview by Scott Stilphen
    Dave Rolfe interview by Michael Thomasson
    Star Fire on KLOV
    Fire One! on KLOV
    Kreepy Krawlers on KLOV
    Star Fire 2 prototype on KLOV

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Laser Gates by Imagic

    Laser Gates by Imagic

    Hello my friends, thank you once again for your patience for this new episode featuring Laser Gates by Imagic. A fun time was had by almost all! Coming up next is Frogs and Flies by M Network. If you have any feedback for Frogs and Flies, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by end of the day on May 17th. I should be able to get it out on time despite this episode being late. Upcoming games include A-VCS-tec Challenge by Simon Quernhorst and Paul Slocum; Cookie Monster Munch by Atari; Master Builder by Spectravideo, and Gauntlet by Answer Software. Thanks so much for listening!
    Atari XP preorders
    Limited Run Atari preorders (only 1000 of each will be made, I said 1500 in the show because I can no longer read)
    Laser Gates on Random Terrain
    Laser Gates (Innerspace) on Atari Protos
    Innerspace on Atarimania
    My email interview with Dan Oliver
    Is Laser Gates Inner Space? Atari Age thread
    Dan Oliver's Waterbug Design site on Wayback Machine
    Just Kidding Imagic segment, 1983
    Laser Gates review by Phil Wiswell Jan 1 1984

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Sesame Street Cartridges Contest Winners!

    Sesame Street Cartridges Contest Winners!

    Hello my friends, I was not feeling well last night so I went back to bed. The Laser Gates episode won't be out today, but I wanted to let you know the winners of the contest that my buddy Richard so kindly sponsored. Please give a listen to see if you won a set of Sesame Street carts, and congrats to the winners. Thanks to everyone who entered, and I thank you all for listening.

    • 2 min
    Private Eye by Activision

    Private Eye by Activision

    In this episode I look at the Activision game Private Eye, by Bob Whitehead. I hadn't put any time into this game before, and I couldn't put enough time into it for the podcast, but I did enjoy it and hope to come back to it. Next up will be Laser Gates by Imagic. If you have feedback for the game that you'd like to hear on the show, please send it to 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by May 2nd. Thank you all very much for your kind words about my return, it means a lot to me. i appreciate you all hanging in there. and as always, thank you for listening.
    Sesame Street games contest!
    Private Eye on Random Terrain
    Interview with Bob Whitehead by Scott Stilphen
    Private Eye patch
    Rawson Stovall review Feb 10 1984
    Michael Blanchet review Oct 24 1984
    Private Eye maps by Stan on Electric Frankfurter

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Oscar's Trash Race by Atari

    Oscar's Trash Race by Atari

    Welcome back to the podcast everyone! I hope you all are well, and I very much appreciate all the kind words and patience. Today we start the 5 digit Atari part numbers with Oscar's Trash Race, a product of Atari and the Children's Computer Workshop, a tiny little division of Sesame Street. This is the first in a series, so there's lots to talk about. I hope that you enjoy it. Coming up in 2 weeks is Private Eye by Activision. If you have feedback for Private Eye that does not include the Hall and Oates song, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by April 18th. Please make sure you listen to the end of the podcast for a very special Sesame Street game related contest, sponsored by friend of the podcast Richard Grounds. Thanks Richard! I'll post a separate entry for the contest in a few days, but you can send your entry as soon as you hear the episode. Once again, thank you for your patience, your kindness, and of course, for listening. Extra special thanks to my beautiful wife Sarah for getting this ball rolling again. 💖
    Oscar's Trash Race on Random Terrain
    Oscar's Trash Race on Atari Protos
    Oscar's Trash Race on Atarimania
    Children's Computer Workshop on Muppet Wiki
    CGE 2012 Atari Programmers panel
    Preston Stuart interview, Electronic Fun with Computers and Games March 1983, page 40
    Atari Age "Loaner Cartridge" thread, shows perhaps final version of Oscar
    AA OTR 10-20-82 WIP thread OMGWTFBBQ
    AA OTR 3-30-83 WIP thread
    1983 CES Atari 2600 Video
    OTR Prototype pictures on Atari Compendium
    Unreleased static screen version pictures on Atari Compendium
    Posts from Guy Hutchinson's Big Bird Bridge blog about Sesame Place:
    The Computer Gallery
    Games at the Computer Gallery
    Computer Gallery game photos
    Computer Campus
    Detail from Computer Gallery computers
    Closeup of Computer Gallery age logo
    Sesame Place (Images of Modern America) by Guy Hutchinson on Amazon

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Christmas 2021

    Christmas 2021

    I'm sorry this is so late, time got away from me this year. Sarah and I wish you peace, health, and happiness this holiday season. I love each and every one of you and I am eternally grateful to you all. A better group of friends I could not have asked for. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, have a safe and happy 2022. We will see you very soon. As always, thank you so much for listening.
    Photo courtesy of Dan Beicke (R)

    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
98 Ratings

98 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.


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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