ATARI BYTES
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 111
  • Last: 4 Mar 2018
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.

Episodes (111)

  • EPISODE 110: DEADLY DUCK
    EPISODE 110: DEADLY DUCK
    Play
    Published: 4 Mar 2018 Duration: 37:03
    Episode 110 of the podcast is silent...but DEADLY. That is to say, we're playing DEADLY DUCK, the 1982 20th Century Fox game. It's sort of like waterfowl nested inside a Space Invaders game and QUACKED everything up. Also, there are brick-w... Read more →
    Episode 110 of the podcast is silent...but DEADLY. That is to say, we're playing DEADLY DUCK, the 1982 20th Century Fox game. It's sort of like waterfowl nested inside a Space Invaders game and QUACKED everything up. Also, there are brick-w... Read more →

  • EPISODE 109: BOXING
    EPISODE 109: BOXING
    Play
    Published: 25 Feb 2018 Duration: 28:21
    Ding-Ding! In the left corner, weighing in at episode 109, it's BOXING by Activision, 1980. In the right corner, weighing in at...well, he's working on it. Gotta get back on that treadmill. It's PODCASTER BILL. Gentlemen...fight! Dirty tric... Read more →
    Ding-Ding! In the left corner, weighing in at episode 109, it's BOXING by Activision, 1980. In the right corner, weighing in at...well, he's working on it. Gotta get back on that treadmill. It's PODCASTER BILL. Gentlemen...fight! Dirty tric... Read more →

  • EPISODE 108: BOWLING
    EPISODE 108: BOWLING
    Play
    Published: 18 Feb 2018 Duration: 53:52
    Our salute to the Olympics continues this week in episode 108. Like all elite Olympic athletes, I've got a beer and a pocket full of nachos (I hope those are nachos). Why? Because we're going BOWLING! The 1978 Atari version that is.  You mi... Read more →
    Our salute to the Olympics continues this week in episode 108. Like all elite Olympic athletes, I've got a beer and a pocket full of nachos (I hope those are nachos). Why? Because we're going BOWLING! The 1978 Atari version that is.  You mi... Read more →

  • EPISODE 107: WINTER GAMES (7800)
    EPISODE 107: WINTER GAMES (7800)
    Play
    Published: 11 Feb 2018 Duration: 36:10
    As the episode rolls out, the 2018 winter Olympics are underway. The competition! The pageantry! The steroid scandals! To celebrate, we're leaping off the ski jump into the future to play the 1985 game WINTER OLYMPICS from Epyx FOR THE ATAR... Read more →
    As the episode rolls out, the 2018 winter Olympics are underway. The competition! The pageantry! The steroid scandals! To celebrate, we're leaping off the ski jump into the future to play the 1985 game WINTER OLYMPICS from Epyx FOR THE ATAR... Read more →

  • EPISODE 106: COMMANDO RAID
    EPISODE 106: COMMANDO RAID
    Play
    Published: 4 Feb 2018 Duration: 32:14
    This week on the podcast, we're going commando! Aren't you glad this is an audio podcast? Of course, we're actually referring to this week's game COMMANDO RAID, a 1982 game from U.S.Games, a division of Quaker Oats. The odor of heavy artill... Read more →
    This week on the podcast, we're going commando! Aren't you glad this is an audio podcast? Of course, we're actually referring to this week's game COMMANDO RAID, a 1982 game from U.S.Games, a division of Quaker Oats. The odor of heavy artill... Read more →

  • EPISODE 105: STAR VOYAGER
    EPISODE 105: STAR VOYAGER
    Play
    Published: 28 Jan 2018 Duration: 37:50
    When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...though retro gamers get preferential treatment. Am I right??? Well, we wished upon a star and we got episode 105 of Atari Bytes - STAR VOYAGER, the iMagic game from 1982. We wante... Read more →
    When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are...though retro gamers get preferential treatment. Am I right??? Well, we wished upon a star and we got episode 105 of Atari Bytes - STAR VOYAGER, the iMagic game from 1982. We wante... Read more →

  • EPISODE 104: E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
    EPISODE 104: E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
    Play
    Published: 21 Jan 2018 Duration: 49:05
    If they only knew. If only Elliott and those soft-hearted scientists knew. In 1982, extra-terrestrials invaded Earth - by leaving a so-homely-he's-cute alien being to wander the planet, seeking only to feed his addiction to sugary snacks an... Read more →
    If they only knew. If only Elliott and those soft-hearted scientists knew. In 1982, extra-terrestrials invaded Earth - by leaving a so-homely-he's-cute alien being to wander the planet, seeking only to feed his addiction to sugary snacks an... Read more →

  • EPISODE 103: MAZE CRAZE
    EPISODE 103: MAZE CRAZE
    Play
    Published: 14 Jan 2018 Duration: 42:14
    In 1978, Atari was all set to unleash upon the world another maze game. But then someone said, "We can do better. We can make this maze game something more...something with higher stakes. We can turn an ordinary maze game into a SUPER maze ... Read more →
    In 1978, Atari was all set to unleash upon the world another maze game. But then someone said, "We can do better. We can make this maze game something more...something with higher stakes. We can turn an ordinary maze game into a SUPER maze ... Read more →

  • EPISODE 102: VANGUARD
    EPISODE 102: VANGUARD
    Play
    Published: 7 Jan 2018 Duration: 37:03
    We can thank the 1981 arcade game VANGUARD, and the 1982 Atari port we're talking about this week, for giving us many firsts: the "continue" feature, four-direction shooting, multi-direction stage scrolling, and invincibility power-ups.  Bu... Read more →
    We can thank the 1981 arcade game VANGUARD, and the 1982 Atari port we're talking about this week, for giving us many firsts: the "continue" feature, four-direction shooting, multi-direction stage scrolling, and invincibility power-ups.  Bu... Read more →

  • EPISODE 101: TAPPER
    EPISODE 101: TAPPER
    Play
    Published: 31 Dec 2017 Duration: 46:46
    As 2017 slinks off the stage wiping from it's jacket bits of rotten tomato, we prepare to usher in a new year full of promise and, of course, Atari games. The (root beer) taps are open. Let's celebrate! And celebrate we do with Bally Midway... Read more →
    As 2017 slinks off the stage wiping from it's jacket bits of rotten tomato, we prepare to usher in a new year full of promise and, of course, Atari games. The (root beer) taps are open. Let's celebrate! And celebrate we do with Bally Midway... Read more →

  • EPISODE 100: CHRISTMAS EVE!
    EPISODE 100: CHRISTMAS EVE!
    Play
    Published: 24 Dec 2017 Duration: 41:01
    Egg the nog, yule the log and send Rudolph to guide Santa through the fog. It's CHRISTMAS EVE! Oh, and it just happens to be episode 100 of this here podcast thingy.  So what does all this mean for this week's ATARI BYTES episode? I dunno. ... Read more →
    Egg the nog, yule the log and send Rudolph to guide Santa through the fog. It's CHRISTMAS EVE! Oh, and it just happens to be episode 100 of this here podcast thingy.  So what does all this mean for this week's ATARI BYTES episode? I dunno. ... Read more →

  • EPISODE 99: REACTOR
    EPISODE 99: REACTOR
    Play
    Published: 17 Dec 2017 Duration: 48:29
    So, here's what I think happened: In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said somethi... Read more →
    So, here's what I think happened: In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said somethi... Read more →

  • EPISODE 98: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    EPISODE 98: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
    Play
    Published: 10 Dec 2017 Duration: 26:57
    ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK... ...With another episode. Number 98 to be specific. This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we're playing the game based on episode II of the original Star ... Read more →
    ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK... ...With another episode. Number 98 to be specific. This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we're playing the game based on episode II of the original Star ... Read more →

  • EPISODE 97: MOUSE TRAP
    EPISODE 97: MOUSE TRAP
    Play
    Published: 3 Dec 2017 Duration: 37:50
    Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door. Well, that's assuming they can find the door. It's like a maze out here. Hasn't anyone heard of Google Maps? This week on episode 97 we're playing Exidy's 1981 game MOUS... Read more →
    Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door. Well, that's assuming they can find the door. It's like a maze out here. Hasn't anyone heard of Google Maps? This week on episode 97 we're playing Exidy's 1981 game MOUS... Read more →

  • EPISODE 96: KABOOM!
    EPISODE 96: KABOOM!
    Play
    Published: 26 Nov 2017 Duration: 41:27
    The bomber in Activision's 1981 game KABOOM! is mad. How do we know? The exclamation point in the title, obviously! That doesn't stop him from dropping bombs with cartoony lit fuses though. What are you supposed to do? Call the bomb squad? ... Read more →
    The bomber in Activision's 1981 game KABOOM! is mad. How do we know? The exclamation point in the title, obviously! That doesn't stop him from dropping bombs with cartoony lit fuses though. What are you supposed to do? Call the bomb squad? ... Read more →

  • EPISODE 95: THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR
    EPISODE 95: THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR
    Play
    Published: 19 Nov 2017 Duration: 37:59
    In the Spectravision B-movie pirate serial THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR...*Show notes interrupted by a note passed to the host by the editor* What? THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR is an Atari game?** **Yes. Yes, it is. From Spectravision, 1982. But I thou... Read more →
    In the Spectravision B-movie pirate serial THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR...*Show notes interrupted by a note passed to the host by the editor* What? THE CHALLENGE OF NEXAR is an Atari game?** **Yes. Yes, it is. From Spectravision, 1982. But I thou... Read more →

  • EPISODE 94: SQUEEZE BOX
    EPISODE 94: SQUEEZE BOX
    Play
    Published: 12 Nov 2017 Duration: 32:53
    Feeling claustrophobic? Like the walls are moving in on you? No, you're not coming down from one too many espresso shots. You just have SQUEEZE BOX fever! And you know what they say about fevers: starve a cold and feed a fever, right? Like,... Read more →
    Feeling claustrophobic? Like the walls are moving in on you? No, you're not coming down from one too many espresso shots. You just have SQUEEZE BOX fever! And you know what they say about fevers: starve a cold and feed a fever, right? Like,... Read more →

  • EPISODE 93: FAST FOOD
    EPISODE 93: FAST FOOD
    Play
    Published: 5 Nov 2017 Duration: 33:48
    As Jimmy Buffett sang, "I like mine with lettuce and tomato. And hot dogs. And ice cream. And pickles. Not the purple ones though. Eatin' my pickle in paradise!" (Parrotheads send your angry emails now.) The 1982 Telesys game FAST FOOD reca... Read more →
    As Jimmy Buffett sang, "I like mine with lettuce and tomato. And hot dogs. And ice cream. And pickles. Not the purple ones though. Eatin' my pickle in paradise!" (Parrotheads send your angry emails now.) The 1982 Telesys game FAST FOOD reca... Read more →

  • EPISODE 92: FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER
    EPISODE 92: FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER
    Play
    Published: 29 Oct 2017 Duration: 48:53
    This week's episode of ATARI BYTES, number 92 for those keeping score, is all about Benjamin Franklin. Well, not really. But thanks to this week's co-host, my kid Henry, there is a long digression from talking about the 1983 Data Age game F... Read more →
    This week's episode of ATARI BYTES, number 92 for those keeping score, is all about Benjamin Franklin. Well, not really. But thanks to this week's co-host, my kid Henry, there is a long digression from talking about the 1983 Data Age game F... Read more →

  • EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY
    EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY
    Play
    Published: 22 Oct 2017 Duration: 34:09
    EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY, 1982, from U.S. Games, looks a lot like a game made by a company that mostly just makes oatmeal. 'cause it is! But we're playing it anyway.  Why so much space? Who, exactly, is this "jockey" of which the game speak... Read more →
    EPISODE 91: SPACE JOCKEY, 1982, from U.S. Games, looks a lot like a game made by a company that mostly just makes oatmeal. 'cause it is! But we're playing it anyway.  Why so much space? Who, exactly, is this "jockey" of which the game speak... Read more →