Sinopsis

Remember those great Atari 2600 games? Sure, they were fun to play, but didn't you ever wonder why they needed to call a plumber to take out Donkey Kong? What exactly Yar was seeking revenge against? What the Defender was defending? What was making those robots so Beserk? Me too! ATARI BYTES is a game review podcast like no other. On this show, we take a BYTE (get it?) out of a classic Atari 2600 game and see if the story within the game BYTES (now do you get it?) us back.

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  • EPISODE 222: ATARI CLIMBER

    EPISODE 222: ATARI CLIMBER

    26/04/2020 Duración: 52min

    ATARI BYTES episode 222. Three of the same digit in the episode number. Three names for the same game. Coincidence? Yes. Yes, it is. We're playing homebrew "ATARI CLIMBER" in our continuing effort to alphabetically work our way through the Flashback 9. Or maybe we're playing "Climber". Or perhaps "Climber 5".  Does the game reach the highest heights or sink to the lowest lows? Climb on up and grab a seat... THIS WEEK'S SHORT STORY: JACOB'S OTHER LADDER Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. You can fine info, social media and episodes for ATARI BYTES here and for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com  Become an ATARI BYTES Patreon subscriber here. You could get episodes EARLY. You could get BONUS content. Craziness! Check out my books, including MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS. Get "Go play some o

  • EPISODE 221: FATHOM

    EPISODE 221: FATHOM

    19/04/2020 Duración: 47min

    In ATARI BYTES episode 221 this week, we dive deep to the depths of Atari Ocean, dodging fierce sharks and the surprisingly tender embrace of amorous octopi, to bust open the treasure chest that contains FATHOM.  Does this 1983 iMagic game rise triumphantly to the surface or sink like a stone? This week's short story: THE UNDERSEAN Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.  At www.carnivalofgleecreations.com you can find show notes, social media, info at more for ATARI BYTES and for the monthly ode to the iconic Peanuts comic strip IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here.  The website also has info and links to some of the places you can order books that I've written, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS.  Become a subscriber on the ATARI BYTES Patreon page to help keep the lights on in the podcast studio. You could also get access to e

  • EPISODE 220: CARNIVAL

    EPISODE 220: CARNIVAL

    12/04/2020 Duración: 45min

    THE CARNIVAL IS IN TOWN! In episode 220, we flagrantly defy stay-at-home orders to go to the carnival. Okay, not really. But we are playing Sega's 1980 Atari 2600 game CARNIVAL. Grab a corn dog, do something involving butter, and take  a spin on the tilt-a-whirl. Just don't hug a carney. Social distancing, friends. This week's short story: SECOND DUCK ON THE LEFT Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".   Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. You can find show notes, social media and info about ATARI BYTES here  and about my other podcast, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here on www.carnivalofglee.com Get info on the website about books I've written, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS. Support the podcast by becoming a subscriber on the ATARI BYTES page on Patreon.com here. Get episodes EARLY! Get BONUS episodes! Madness! Exclamation points! Pick up "Go Play Some Old G

  • EPISODE 218: ASTEROIDS DELUXE

    EPISODE 218: ASTEROIDS DELUXE

    29/03/2020 Duración: 23min

    So, in 1981, Atari was wanting to do a follow up to the hugely popular ASTEROIDS. What to call it? Asteroids II? Boring. Asteroids Again? Kind of whiny. And it doesn't play up the goal of improving on the original. Asteroids Better? Better what? Asteroids Mediocre? *sigh* Kenny from janitorial services walked by with a broom in one hand and a ham sandwich in the other. "Call it 'Asteroids Deluxe', he said and kept on walking.   And a legend was born, one day to appear in episode 218. This week's entry in Bad Poetry Corner: ODE TO ASTEROIDS DELUXE Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.  You can find info, show notes and episode links for ATARI BYTES and the monthly deep dive into the iconic "Peanuts" comic strip and related stuff IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com  Become an ATARI BYTES subscriber on Patreon.com and you could get episodes E

  • EPISODE 217: AQUAVENTURE

    EPISODE 217: AQUAVENTURE

    22/03/2020 Duración: 27min

    Like a gaming geyser, the Flashback 9 spews forth a fountain of gaming fun in episode 217 with the water-based AQUAVENTURE. This 1983, never released Atari prototype pits flippered-man against finned foes as a mermaid looks on enigmatically. Treasure awaits! Then we swim against the tide to come up with this week's short story: BAXTER VERSUS THE MERMAID. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat", and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Show notes, social media and more for ATARI Bytes at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com here and for my other show IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here.  The website also has info and some order links for books I've written, like MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS. Become a subscriber to ATARI BYTES on the Patreon page here. Unlock BONUS EPISODES! And get EPISODES EARLY! Pick up "Go play some old games. They've missed you." shirts and mugs on zazz

  • EPISODE 216: ADVENTURE II

    EPISODE 216: ADVENTURE II

    15/03/2020 Duración: 32min

    Until now, I think the "newest" Atari game I had talked about on the show was from, like, 1988. Episode 216, though, is breaking new ground...by revisiting old ground.  In 2007, AtariAge produced ADVENTURE II, a loving tribute to the iconic ADVENTURE as a cartridge you could actually buy and hold in your hands, I, however, played it on the Flashback 9, which came out a couple years ago. Castles! Vaguely (okay, now so vaguely) duck-like dragons! Chalices! It's all here! This trip through the decades is exhausting. Kick back with my original short story: FATE'S FATE.  Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Pinball Spring", "Reformat" and "Take a Chance".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is your one stop shop for ATARI BYTES info, social media, and episode links here. All that same stuff for my other podcast IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN is there too. What's that? Only the finest (and only the only) monthly podcast devot

  • EPISODE 215: SWORDQUEST: FIREWORLD

    EPISODE 215: SWORDQUEST: FIREWORLD

    08/03/2020 Duración: 47min

    Wooooo! Are you hot, or is it just me? Episode 215 is on FIRE! We're playing SWORDQUEST: FIREWORLD, the second in the series of four adventure games Atari created in the 1980s that tied into a contest where you - yes, you! - could win valuable prizes. Only you couldn't, 'cause Atari torched itself and never finished the four games or the contest. But you know what you can finish? This episode! Congratulations!* *There will be no prize awarded. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for show notes, social media, episodes and more for ATARI BYTES here and for IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here...that show being a monthly deep dive into all things Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the like from the iconic comic, TV eps, films, merchandise, etc..  Support the show by becoming an Atari Bytes Patreon subscriber at Patreon.com here.  You can get

  • EPISODE 214: GOLF

    EPISODE 214: GOLF

    01/03/2020 Duración: 48min

    In episode 214: GOLF, we consider Atari's answer to the question: How can we take a game designed for walking around outside in nature and make it less healthy? We also say goodbye to daredevil Mad Mike Hughes. This week's short story: PEANUT PUTTER BUTTER Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Immersed", "Pinball Spring", "Reformat" and "Take a Chance".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Find show notes, episode links, social media and more at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com here for ATARI BYTES and here for the monthly devotion to all things in and around the Peanuts comic strip IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN. The webiste also has info about books by William Pepper, including MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS. Become a subscriber on the ATARI BYTES Patreon page here and help keep the lights on in the studio.  Pick up "Go play some old games. They've missed you." shirts and mugs on zazzle.com/ab_pod_store

  • EPISODE 213: INDY 500

    EPISODE 213: INDY 500

    23/02/2020 Duración: 36min

    If sports is a metaphor for human competition, auto racing is a metaphor for life as a whole: going round and round as fast and loud as possible, consuming as many resources as possible, without actually getting anywhere.  Exhibit A: this week in ATARI BYTES episode 213, we're playing Atari's 1977 contribution to automotive sports INDY 500. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and perhaps you'll outrun the futility of existence without crashing into the inevitability of the finish line that awaits us all. This week's short story: ANATOMY OF VROOM: A POEM Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat".  Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Show notes, episode links, social media for ATARI BYTES here. Same stuff for the monthly exploration of the "Peanuts" comic strip, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here. The website also has info and links to just some of the p

  • EPISODE 212: BACKGAMMON

    EPISODE 212: BACKGAMMON

    16/02/2020 Duración: 40min

    On episode 212 of ATARI BYTES, we learn that maybe not all board games need to make the jump to the TV screen. To be fair, our discussion of Atari's 1979 BACKGAMMON adaptation could be colored by the flu and flu-related weariness bombarding the podcast studio while putting the episode together. But we're not sure that excuses everything... This week's short story: GET BACK, GAMMON! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. You can find show info, social media and links for ATARI BYTES on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com here and the same for the monthly devotion to ALL things related to the iconic comic strip "Peanuts" IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here. Pick up "Go play some old games. They've missed you." shirts and mugs on zazzle.com/ab_pod_store here. Support show by becoming a subscriber on the ATARI BYTES Patreon p

  • EPISODE 211: CONCENTRATION

    EPISODE 211: CONCENTRATION

    09/02/2020 Duración: 37min

    Episode 211 of ATARI BYTES asks you, the listener, to test your MEMORY and remember back to a time long ago. CONCENTRATE and get ready to MATCH the fun you had with Hunt & Score in episode 192 as we get ready to play CONCENTRATION this week; the same game, by another name. I know. You're not sure you can handle so much excitement in such a short time. It'll be okay.  This week's short story: PERFECT MATCH Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Get show notes, episodes, social media and more for ATARI BYTES on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com Also find show notes, episodes, social media and more for the monthly discussion of all things related to Peanuts comics here on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com  Get "Go play some old games. They've missed you." shirts and mugs.  Support the show by subscribing on the Atari By

  • EPISODE 210: DONKEY KONG (7800)

    EPISODE 210: DONKEY KONG (7800)

    02/02/2020 Duración: 31min

    Episode 210 of ATARI BYTES is a science lesson. Did you know fire is sentient and can move around at will? It can! But fear not, you can defeat it with a hammer. Also, gorillas hate you. Also barrels. But mostly you. That's right! We're playing iconic game DONKEY KONG this week! But, Bill, you say, you done did that! Yes, yes, I did (ep. 37). But this time...it's for the 7800!!!!!! Please try to control yourselves.  Does Jumpman have the same spring in his step this time? Is he springier? We'll find out. THIS WEEK'S STORY: DONKEY DESTINY Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs 'Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Find show notes, info and links to episodes for ATARI BYTES here. And for the monthly discussion of all things related to the legendary Shoopy-rific comic "Peanuts" IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here. Pick up "Go play some old games. They've mis

  • EPISODE 209: FIGHT NIGHT (7800)

    EPISODE 209: FIGHT NIGHT (7800)

    26/01/2020 Duración: 51min

    Episode 209! We're having so much fun in Atari future that we're hanging around to play FIGHT NIGHT from 1988 for the Atari 7800. You know it's a good game because the words in the title rhyme. That's how they grade games, right? So is this one a knock out or one of those matches where the fighters just exhaustedly hug each other until the ref pulls them apart? Spit in your bucket and left hook punch the "play" button to find out.* *ATARI BYTES not responsible for damage to your listening device. This week's story comes from Bad Poetry Corner: THE SWEET SCIENCE IN A WORLD THAT HATES SCIENCE - A POEM Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. On www.carnivalofgleecreations.com find ATARI BYTES episodes, social media and more here. Find IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN episodes, social media and more here. Bill's books: MISER

  • EPISODE 208: CENTIPEDE (7800)

    EPISODE 208: CENTIPEDE (7800)

    19/01/2020 Duración: 38min

    Episode 208 of ATARI BYTES finds us hanging out with the 7800 Pro System once again. It's so pretty in this futuristic world. The sun high and gorgeous. Lush vistas spread out before us. Hey...what's that squirming around over there...Oh, no! It's... CENTIPEDE! We thought we left you behind on the 2600. But no...the fight against the angry arthropds continues in this 1987 port of the classic arcade-er (a word I just created. Cool, no?). Not to mention, scorpions, spiders and your own self-doubt at your ability to survive. Revisit this classic and your own failings all at the same time! This week's short story: CENT IMPEDED Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat", and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Find show notes, info, social media and episodes at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for ATARI BYTES here and for my monthly podcast about all things related

  • EPISODE 207: JOUST (7800)

    EPISODE 207: JOUST (7800)

    12/01/2020 Duración: 41min

    Go suck an egg! Sorry...meant go lay an egg. No, that's not right.  Oh! Right. In episode 207, we're playing the 1987 Atari 7800 port of JOUST where, astride a fierce ostrich (yep) you do battle with knights on buzzard-back (really), scrambling (heh!) to keep the buzzard eggs from hatching into new enemies. I swear, that's what this game is.  This week's short story: THE INFINITE CIRCUS Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the Mad Mike Hughes update theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Get more info, social media and episodes of ATARI BYTES and my other podcast IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN here. Get info and links to some of the places you can order my novel IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME or the short story collection MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS here.  Become a subscriber on the ATARI BYTES Patreon page here. Get epsisodes early! Get

  • EPISODE 206: SORCERERS APPRENTICE

    EPISODE 206: SORCERER'S APPRENTICE

    05/01/2020 Duración: 52min

    In episode 206, we're playing the 1983 game SORCERER'S APPRENTICE. The game was inspired by the Mickey Mouse "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of the iconic 1940 Disney masterpiece "Fantasia"....oh, and some poem by Wolfgang von Goethe. But mostly Mickey. This week's short story: THE SORCERER'S RETIREMENT Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat" and "Pinball Spring". Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Find social media, episodes and more about ATARI BYTES here and about my other show, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, the monthly discussion of all things related to the Peanuts comic strip and related stuff here on www.carnivalofgleecreations.com  Your host is a writer too! Find out about books he has written, like IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME and MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND ODD THOUGHTS, including some of the places you can order them at www.carnivalofgl

  • EPISODE 205: ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES MOVIE REVIEW

    EPISODE 205: ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES MOVIE REVIEW

    29/12/2019 Duración: 01h06min

    So. For the last episode in 2018,  I reviewed a video game-related movie (Megaforce). This year, I fully intended to do that again, but after playing the game "Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes", I decided instead to go with one of its inspirations, the 1978 disaster parody "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes".  It's a...comedy?....about ordinary tomatoes that mutate and go aroud killing people. Also, there's the San Diego Chicken. And a song about puberty.  Yep.  I couldn't keep all this fun for myself. Sean and Jim from the "Pie Factory" podcast are in the studio to talk about the movie too! Don't worry, I unlocked the door and let them out when it was over. HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Go to www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for episode links, social media and info about ATARI BYTES, my other mon

  • EPISODE 204: TINY TIMS ATARI DREAMS

    EPISODE 204: TINY TIM'S ATARI DREAMS

    22/12/2019 Duración: 31min

    Like the mud and slush stuck to the runners of Santa's sleigh, episode 204 glides onto your podcast rooftops. No game this week, but plenty of nog-worthy fun! Our short story is: TINY TIM'S ATARI DREAMS. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat", "Pinball Spring", Jingle Bells", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas", Dance of the Tuba Plum Fairy", and "Oh, Christmas Tree".  Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Email the show at ataribytes2016@gmail.com. Like the show on our Facebook page. Follow the show on Twitter @ataribytes or follow me personally @carnivalofglee. Check out the Instagram too. Don't forget, you can call the podcast and leave a voicemail at 563-265-1978 and it might get played on the show. Check out the website www.carnivalofgleecreations.com for info, social media and show links for ATARI BYTES and my monthly discussion and analysis of all things related to the Pean

  • EPISODE 203: STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI - DEATH STAR BATTLE

    EPISODE 203: STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI - DEATH STAR BATTLE

    15/12/2019 Duración: 56min

    Episode 203 comes to you from a galaxy pretty not far away at all. In honor of the final installment of the most recent Star Wars trilogy coming out, we're playing STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI - DEATH STAR BATTLE, inspired by the final installment of the original film trilogy. Does this 1983 Parker Brothers offering feel the force or does it Jar Jar Binks all over the place? This week's short story: "Life in Three Parts" By the way, Henry's on the show this week, but you can't hear him a lot of the time because I couldn't convince him to sit closer to the microphone. Kids, man. Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Pinball Spring" and "Reformat". Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. Find ATARI BYTES show notes, episodes and social media at www.carnivalofgleecreations.com.  Love Snoopy? Every month on IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, we talk about ALL things in, around, and inspired by

  • EPISODE 202: SPIDER FIGHTER

    EPISODE 202: SPIDER FIGHTER

    08/12/2019 Duración: 42min

    Do you have any idea how hard it is to put four pairs of tiny boxing gloves on a spider? We find out this week on episode 202 as we're playing the Activision 1982 title SPIDER FIGHTER. Was designer Larry Miller confessing a phobia with this one? His other titles "Snake Strangler", "Dental Damage", and "When You Have to Give a Speech, Blast Everyone Naked with Your Laser" would seem to suggest yes... This week's short story: RECLUSE REFORMATION Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Take a Chance", "Reformat", and "Pinball Spring". Thanks to Mike Mann for the "Mad Mike Hughes" update theme. Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme. You can find show notes, social media and all manner of what not for ATARI BYTES here and about my other show, the monthly ode to all things "Peanuts" comics, IT'S  A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN, here. Your podcast host is an author too. Go here for info and retailer links for MISERY BANANA: VERY SHORT STORIES INSPIRED BY OLD GAMES AND O

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