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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.

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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.

    Sir Lancelot by Xonox

    Sir Lancelot by Xonox

    Good morrow gentle Swain! Alright, enough of that. This week we are looking at Sir Lancelot by Xonox, maybe a Joust tipoff but it's a lot of fun! Next month is October already, sheesh. We'll be celebrating all month with S C A R Y games! First up will be the Homebrew game Skeleton+ by Eric Ball, followed by the wonderful Frankenstein's Monster by Data Age. I'm really looking forward to these games, and I hope you are too! iIf you have feedback for either game, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. I will need feedback for Skeleton+ by October $th, and October 18th for Frankenstein's Monster. Thanks so much for listening!
    Sir Lancelot on Random Terrain
    Xonox Press Kit on Atarimania
    Xonox on GDRI
    Gordon Martin and Associates on GDRI
    Sir Lancelot manual on Atari Compendium
    Kurt Howe Memorial thread on Atari Age

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Bugs Bunny by Atari

    Bugs Bunny by Atari

    Long time no see doc! *smak* This week we are discussing the prototype/reproduction game Bugs Bunny, originally from Atari. This Bob Polaro/Alan Murphy collaboration was shelved in the 80s and finally saw limited release at the late, lamented Philly Classic in 2002. It's a beautiful game that I hope you will seek out and try. Coming up next is Sir Lancelot by Xonox. If you have feedback for this guy, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by September 21st at 10 PM EST. You get a smidge more time for this one, then hopefully I'll get back on track and stay that way. HA HA HA HA. Thank you again for all the kind words about the Space Shuttle episode, and thank you so much for listening.
    Bugs Bunny on Atari Protos
    Bob Polaro's web page
    Bob Polaro interview by Sarah Szefer
    Bob Polaro interview by Al Backiel
    Alan Murphy on Artstation
    Atari Promo Video 1983 Bugs Bunny Footage
    Photos from Philly Classic 3/Bugs Bunny release
    Atari2600.com Bugs Bunny Press Release
    Atari Compendium Easter Egg page
    Easter egg thread on Atari Age
    Video Dames 0 by Kate Willaert
    Porno Hustlers of the Atari Age by Kate Willaert on Kotaku

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Space Shuttle by Activision

    Space Shuttle by Activision

    The day many of you have been waiting for (and waiting and waiting, sorry about that) is finally here. Today is the finale of the Summer of Shuttles, and I am covering Space Shuttle by Activision. I'm not a simulator fan at all, so I hope I have done this game justice and I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up pretty quick since I want to keep my schedule is the prototype game Bugs Bunny by Atari. I said in the episode to get me your feedback by the 10th, but let's change that to the 11th at 10PM EST, because when I recorded the episode I thought it would go out on the same day. You can send your feedback to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. Thank you again for your patience, and as always, thank you for listening.
    Space Shuttle on Random Terrain
    Space Shuttle on Atari Protos
    Electronic Fun article February 1984
    Video and Computer Gaming Illustrated article January 1984 (yes, there is no page 75)
    Video Game Update article November 1983 (Atari Compendium)
    Computer Chronicles episode February 1984
    Space Shuttle manual on Atari Age
    Space Shuttle Pilot patch on Digital Press
    Space Shuttle Commander patch on Digital Press
    STS 3 page on Spacefacts
    AA thread with Nukey Shay's fuel and docking hacks
    Barbara Morgan watches the Challenger 1986
    Space Shuttle Operator's Manual by Kerry Mark Joels
    Antic Interview 420 with Brenda Laurel
    Space Camp home page
    Space Camp Movie on Youtube

    • 2 hr 32 min
    Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill

    Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill

    Hello and welcome to the Summer of Shuttles! (It's only a month.) First up we are talking about the Avalon Hill game Shuttle Orbiter, which I enjoyed but found a little frustrating. Lots of great feedback as usual, I hope you enjoy the episode. Coming up next is the one a lot of you have been waiting for, Space Shuttle, a Journey Into Space, by Activision. My attitude towards simulation games precedes me, but I will give this a fair shake. I just can't promise I will be able to figure it out. If you have feedback for Space Shuttle (I know you do), please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by AUGUST 21ST. I'm going to need all the time I can get for this one. I'm sure the description of the game will be rather long, so no need to summarize the gameplay in your feedback, I just want your thoughts and/or memories of the game. Thank you so much for listening!

    Shuttle Orbiter on Random Terrain
    Phosphor Dot Fossils - Shuttle Orbiter
    STS-7, second Challenger flight on Wikipedia
    Woodgrain Wonderland - Shuttle Orbiter review
    Shuttle Orbiter on The Log Book
    35th Anniversary of the Challenger disaster from NASA

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Spitfire Attack by Milton Bradley

    Spitfire Attack by Milton Bradley

    Hello everyone! Sorry about the delay, but now here is the Spitfire Attack episode for you, by Milton Bradley. We also discuss the Flight Commander controller that came with it. I never had one but we do have a few listeners who did, which is exciting! Also exciting is what's coming up next month, the Summer of Shuttles! I will be covering Shuttle Orbiter by Avalon Hill and Space Shuttle by Activision. If you have feedback for either of these games, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com. I will need the Shuttle Orbiter feedback by August 9th, and the feedback for Space Shuttle by August 21st. I'm expecting a bit for Space Shuttle 😂
    As always, I thank you for your patience, and for listening. Please stay safe and stay cool.
    Spitfire Attack on Random Terrain
    Dennis Debro's Spitfire Attack mod
    Milton Bradley video game article, June 5 1983
    Spitfire Attack Playthrough by Retro Dad
    No Swear Gamer 499 - Spitfire Attack
    Matt's Repro Pitfall 2 patch on eBay

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Tapper by Sega

    Tapper by Sega

    Hey there, this week I am covering the amazing port of Tapper, the Bally Midway arcade game programmed by Beck Tech for Sega. Please check this game out if you haven't, it is well worth your time. Coming up next on the show is the Milton Bradley game Spitfire Attack, which was packaged with the Flight Commander controller. If you have any feedback on Spitfire Attack, please send it to me at 2600gamebygame@gmail.com by July 19. I'm not quite sure what will happen after that, I want to get back on the opposite week schedule so I may take some time off. I will let you know for sure in the next episode.
    Tomorrow (July 8th) is national Video Game Day! Play something will ya!
    Thank you all so much for listening, it means so much to me.
    Swordquest Fireworld Contest Rom thread on Atari Age
    Tapper on KLOV
    Root Beer Tapper on KLOV
    MGA Tapper Patent
    Tapper on Atari Protos
    February 1984 Tapper newspaper article
    December 1984 Sears ad
    Steve Beck's web site
    Tom Sloper interview on Atari Compendium
    Tom Sloper interview on GDRI
    Arcade USA Ataricade 2600 - Tapper
    No Swear Gamer 535 - Tapper
    No Swear Gamer Tapper gameplay

    • 1 hr 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 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.


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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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