Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari

A Podcast about growing up In the 70s and 80s, at the dawn of video games, navigating family strife, punk rock, Star Wars obsessions, and trying to understand to the world while developing an inexplicable ...more

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December 23, 2018 01:27:12
S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank plus The Christmas Train (remaster)

S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank plus The Christmas Train (remaster)

In this season 1 finale, the Fulton brothers discuss the early years of Atari and Christmas, culminating in a Christmas story that ties a bow on a few of the previous stories and themes from this season. There are also some surprises, weird occurances, and awkwardness. Lots and lots of awkwardness. What were you expecting?  Some Images To Illustrate The Podcast Probably the first ad we ever saw in Electronic Games magazine from November 1981 The Amazing "Train Tables" in the Sears Catalog The only picture I have of the N-Scale Xmas-tree stand.  This is from long after it fell into disrepair, but I think you can still still what it might have looked like in it's glory days The "HO Scale Dementia Table" when "everything lived" Dad working on his table the took up most of his room.     ...

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November 22, 2018 01:07:20
S1:E9: Laser Blast And The Weird Family Thanksgiving (remaster)

S1:E9: Laser Blast And The Weird Family Thanksgiving (remaster)

S1:E9: The Weird Family Thanksgiving In the Vertical Blank In the penultimate episode of season one of Into The Vertical Blank, travel back to Thanksgiving holidays of the past to find out how pop culture,  games and Atari fit into The Vertical Blank.    This episode features a story by Steve Fulton named "The Weird Family" and Story by Jeff Fulton named "4 Days In November" Notes: See images mentiiend inpodcast here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/11/21/s1e9-the-weird-family-thanksgiving-in-the-vertical-blank/ Of Dice And Men: by David M. Ewalt : https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Men-Dungeons-Dragons-People/dp/145164051X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542898885&sr=8-1&keywords=of+dice+and+men Colonial Coquest by SSI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Conquest Starleague Baseball:  http://www.geekometry.com/2013/11/gamechanger-star-league-baseball/ Laser Blast!:  http://atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=270 Lilttle Alchemy : https://littlealchemy.com/   Images Mentioned In Podcast 50's Day 1982 Laser Blast High Score, 1982 ...

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October 25, 2018 01:08:03
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S1:E8: Wild Gunman and The Bronze Age Of Arcade Games (remaster)

S1:E8:  The Bronze Age  of Arcade Video Games In this episode Steve and Jeff discuss their favorite games and memories of the Bronze Age of arcade video games, a period that spans 1971 (pong) to 1978 (Space Invaders).  The pair talk about what was special about those games, and why they matter today. Also included: new music by Jeff, Atari Haiku, a remix by Jeff, and brand-new story by Steve named “Sharpshooter”. Games Mentioned Pac-Man 256:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F86_pplPreo Bard’s Tale 4: https://store.steampowered.com/app/566090/The_Bards_Tale_IV_Barrows_Deep/ Atari Flashback Classics 1: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume1/ Atari Flashback Classics 2: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume2/ Atari Flashback Classics 3: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume3/ Atari Flashback Classics Switch: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-switch/ Atari Vault: https://store.steampowered.com/app/400020/Atari_Vault/ Atari Baseball (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLsAjY_aNho Atari Basketball (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KlJieawWcQ Atari Soccer (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyHn73nrx3k   Avalanche (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDvRlNuaX4 Canyon Bomber (Arcade): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdpo5jgxtSk Destroyer (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0kuJfqVG_A Dominos (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSt2gMQ2U9w Fire Truck / Smokey Joe (Arcade) Maze Invaders (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSja0y0N-N8   Monte Carlo (Arcade)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLjgkwCu1Lk Pool Shark (Arcade) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lco2tW-X9Ms Super Bug (Arcade)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBPe14I13Lk&t=12s Wild Gunman (Nintendo, 1974).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qmdOHmnbYHw&t=30s Breakout (Atari, 1976)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7Sg5pXAok Space Wars (Cinematronics, 1977). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNNrzEGgpCs Hercules (Atari,  1979) ...

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June 01, 2018 00:37:02
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S1:E3: Atari Nerd (Was this the first ever Atari podcast?) (Remaster)

Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 1, Episode 3:  Atari Nerd In this episode we dig up one of our first podcasts from December 2008, which is one of the first Atari dedicated podcasts ever recorded.  This low-fi descent into the aughties, complete with bad mics, driving noise, and half-baked ideas is where we began. It’s also a bit prophetic about Atari in 2018.   We also have a couple short nonfiction pieces by Steve Fulton,  a collection update from Jeff, and more. Our next episode will be about the game Asteroids in all forms including sequels and inspired games.  If you have a story about any Asteroids or related game, please send them to [email protected] or DM them to @Atari_VB_Pod on Twitter. Show Notes The intro music and many, but not all, of the ambient 8-bit sounds you hear through out the podcast were created with a loop library by 8bitweapon. Reach us for  comments and suggestions via email at [email protected] Links Original Atari Nerd Podcast: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2008/12/02/atari-nerdpodcast-1-bonus/ Original VGFS 8200 Post: 8bitweapon The 8bitrocket.com site FaceBook Into the Vertical Blank Twitter Into The Vertical Blank (@Atari_VB_POD) Twitter 8itrocket (@8bitrocket)  Jeff’s Twitter Twitter FultonBot (@fultonbot) Steve’s Twitter Nir Dary’s Twitter Nir Dary’s YouTube Brilliance Buy Making Games for the  Atari 2600 By ...

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May 17, 2018 01:19:59
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S1:E2: Toys 'R Us, The Atari 7800 and Claw Hammer, a true story. (Remaster)

Into the Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari. Season 1 Episode 2: “A hole burned In my Pocket: Toys R Us And The Atari 7800". What was the “game cage”? What does it mean to “disconnect” while being “connected”? “Can a hole really be burned in your pocket?” In this episode, the brothers focus on the now closing Toys R Us, not with a history, but with some personal stories, a visit to a closing store, a play session of 7800 games, and a discussion of what the Vertical Blank generation or Generation Atari really is.   Includes the non-fiction story “Claw Hammer” written by Steve Fulton © 2018 Notes  The intro music and many, but not all, of he ambient 8-bit sounds you hear through out the pod cast were created with a loop library by 8bitweapon. Reach us for  comments and suggestions via email at [email protected] Links https://8bitweapon.com/ : 8bitweapon https://www.toysrus.com/ : Check out the last vestiges of the current Toys R Us. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS773US773&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=bR7-WvfNLYSGjwTr95FY&q=toys+r+us+classic+images+atari&oq=toys+r+us+classic+images+atari&gs_l=img.3..35i39k1.4251.5508.0.5760.6.6.0.0.0.0.110.523.5j1.6.0....0...1c.1.64.img..0.5.448....0.P-YdSBXJpTE : Classic images of Toys R Us and Atari https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b822aYCR78k : The Blank Generation https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_qf_sp_sr_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=8bitrocket-20&keywords=atari 7800&index=aps&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=ur2&linkId=b3866929960d7b5b725a71caf1192e31 : Buy a 7800 on Amazon https://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_id=114&ipn=icep&toolid=20004&campid=5338307588&mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_from%3DR40%26_trksid%3Dp2380057.m570.l1312.R1.TR10.TRC1.A0.H1.XAtari%2B7800.TRS1%26_nkw%3Datari%2B7800%26_sacat%3D0 : Buy Atari 7800 on Ebay http://www.8bitrocket.com : The 8bitrocket.com site https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ : Face Book Page https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod :Twitter Page https://twitter.com/8bitrocket : Jeff’s Twitter https://twitter.com/fultonbot ...

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May 03, 2018 00:49:51
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S1:E1: All The Scan Lines Have Been Written: Welcome Into The Vertical Blank (Remaster)

Into The Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari Season 1 Episode 1 – All The Scan Lines Have Been Written In this, the real premiere episode, the boys pull out all the production stops to bring some much needed levity and interludes to a game playing session and discussion on modern releases for the Atari 8-bit computers.  Games discussed and Played: Stunt Car Racer, Bosconian, Time Pilot, X:8, Crazy cat and more. Show notes and links: Also, be sure to check out the Inverse ATASCII Atari 8bit and now ST Podcast. We did not realize that on his podcast Wade has an assistant much like “Emily” (our rude British AI assistant).  We have given Emily a part-time role and put “IRATA” in her place. Also Wade assistant’s is not and is not nearly as rude because Wade is much more of an adult than Steve or Jeffhttps://inverseatascii.info/ Game Links Stunt Car Racer for the Atari 8bits – Download and infohttp://a8.fandal.cz/detail.php?files_id=7541 Bosconian for the Atari 8bit (disks 439 and 440)http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=9#DISK440 Time Pilot for the Atari 8bit computers http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=9#DISK435 X:8 for the Atari 8bit Computers http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=9#DISK401 Crazy Cat for the Atari 8bits http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=9#DISK435 Mr. Do for the Atari 8bits – well worht your time although we only mention it briefly http://www.mushca.com/f/atari/index.php?idx=2#DISK090 More ...

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