In this episode we have updates on news from around the world of Atari, including the very sad and depressing passing of Curt Vendel, who we only just interviewed this season. We also have a discussion about the game "Karateka" along with a book review of Jordan Mechner's "The Making Of Karateka"
Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton
Branding by Daryl Litts
Additional Music : 8bit Wonderland by Tony Longworth
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Video Game Critic 8bit Karateka:
Video Game Critic 7800 Karateka
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The Making Of Prince Of Persia
In part 2 of “Atari’s Biggest Mistake” we explore the core reasons why Atari blundered in 1982 with their biggest releases and explore a “what if” scenario right out of The Vertical Blank. What really was Atari’s biggest mistake? Was it ET for the 2600, was it Pac-Man for the 2600? Was it over confidence and inexperience? Or was it some else entirely? In this 2nd part of our brand new investigative series on the real failure of Atari, we delve deep into the exact moments that we feel turned Atari from, the fastest growing company in the world, to a failure 3 years later. This podcast includes never before heard interviews with Nolan Bushnell, Chris Crawford and Curt Vendel. Atari Business is Fun by Marty Goldberg (Author), Curt Vendel (Author) https://www.amazon.com/Atari-Inc-Business-Complete-History-ebook/dp/B00CELBAJS/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=atari+business+is+fun&qid=1586136981&sr=8-2 Arcade Perfect by David L. Craddock (Author), Milan Jaram (Illustrator) https://www.amazon.com/Arcade-Perfect-Pac-Man-Coin-Op-Classics-ebook/dp/B07XCDZZ12/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=arcade+perfect&qid=1586137006&sr=8-1 Chris Crawford Interview : http://www.8bitrocket.com/2017/06/16/in-depth-interview-with-game-philosopher-king-chris-crawford/ History Of Atari Part 1 (with Nolan Bushnell Quotes): https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2000/the_history_of_atari_19711977.php?page=1 History Of Atari Part 2 (with Nolan Bushnell Quotes): https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3766/atari_the_golden_years__a_.php?page=1 Antic ET Story: https://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n4/etgame.html Antic Podcast with Dave Comstock, programmer for E.T. Phone Home: https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-316-dave-comstock-et-phone-home-superman-iii-cloak-dagger?fbclid=IwAR1PKHuEKcKRV6LhMBE6GxaMmElFu5s_eE-d1t6rZnuPt7Hx4BOCK2tj7yk The Atari 5200 FAQ http://www.atarihq.com/5200/5200faq/5200faq.txt Atariprotos.com Atari 5200 Pac-Man http://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/pacman/pacman.htm Atarimania.com Atari 8bit Et Phone Hone http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-et-phone-home_1881.html Atarimania.com Atari 8bit Pac-Man http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-pac-man_3857.html AtariMuseum.com Atari 400 “Candy” ...
S3:E25; 1981 - Atari VCS Christmas For the 2020 Christmas episode we go back 39 years to 1981 and talk about how it felt to want, and ultimately, get, an Atari VCS that year. We have a story from Steve about our twin scheming and planning to get a VCS, and then we have a discussion about our top-10 VCS games available at the end of 1981. We hope these memories and stories help you have a good holiday in 2020 no matter what you celebrate or what your situation might be. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Into The Vertical Blank. Show Notes: Written, Edited, Produced by Jeff Fulton and Steve Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Music in “Atari VCS Christmas” story is Crystalline by Tony Longworth from his album “Tinsel And Fire”. Tony’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth XMAS 7800 playable Demo: JS7800: Atari 7800 Emulator (raz0red.github.io) Top-10 VCS Games available for Xmas 1981 Steve’s List Asteroids Space Invaders Missile Command Breakout/Super Breakout Tennis: Skiing Adventure Night Driver Video Pinball Outlaw Jeff’s List Asteroids Breakout Tennis Laser Blast Missile Command Space Invaders Pele’s Soccer Video Pinball ...
An Interview with Jon Williams a Gamer Developer for the Atari 8bit computers, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore C16, Amiga and many other platforms. We discuss some technical details about developing for the Atari 8bits, Commodore C16 and C64, and well as dive into his game development history and what he is working on now. Jon Williams Game Video https://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/05/27/the-atari-8bit-and-st-games-by-jon-williams/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HJR2WpWTc&feature=emb_logo Original Games 8bits http://www.atarimania.com/pgelstsoft.awp?system=8&type=G&team=1417&step=25 Jet Book Jack 1984 - Really difficult but great looking unique platformer in the style of Miner 2049er Berks Four 2019 - More like Shamus than Baby Berks Major Blink 2018 Time Slip 1986 - justs good and difficult as 2020 Fandal New versions Baby Berks 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7853 - Combo of Daleks and Berzerk Major Blink 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7855 - combo of crossfire and Kid Grid / Amidar Time Slip 2020 http://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7859 - frantic Zeppelin on acid ST Pyaramax 1990 http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-pyramax_10329.html Tony Longworth’s Patreon https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Atariage Thread about Timeslip 2020 https://atariage.com/forums/topic/305374-timeslip-2020-48kb/?tab=comments#comment-4507611 Antic Podcast with Jon http://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-365-jon-williams-jet-boot-jack-timeslip Encounter us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.instagram.com/into_the_vertical_blank/ Written, Edited. Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl LittsAdditional Music "Chill Wave" by Tony Longworth ...