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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September 19, 2018 01:23:09
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S1:E7: Playing The VCS Together, Interview with Jamie Lendino (Remaster)

This episode takes a slightly more personal turn as twin brother hosts Jeff and Steve Fulton tell stories and relive memories of playing together in both analog and digital ways  in the 1970’s. The episode includes an original non-fiction story by Steve Fulton titled “Big Mouse And Little Mouse 1.0”.  (Remaster adds a section to this story).  This episode also features an interview with Jamie Lendino about his book “Adventure: The Atari VCS At The Dawn Of Console Gaming”.   Show Notes   Extreme Tech Website edited by Jamie Lendino:  https://www.extremetech.com/ Adventure: The Atari 2600 at the Dawn of Console Gaming” by Jamie Lendino:   Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation” by Jamie Lendino   Generation X/Generation Atari Podcasts The Essential Growing up 80’s Podcast - https://player.fm/series/growing-up-80s Gen X Grownup Podcast: http://genxgrownup.com/ More 80’s podcasts on Player FM - https://player.fm/en/podcasts/80's-podcasts Atari ST and 400/800/XL/XE Podcasts Antic - https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/ XE Game By Game - http://xegs8bit.com/ XL/XE - https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/xlxe-xlxe-uvPGcxAZnHD/ Player / Missile - https://playermissile.com/ Inverse ATASCII - https://inverseatascii.info/ Atari Game Podcasts Ferg’s amazing Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast - https://player.fm/series/the-atari-2600-game-by-game-podcast Atari Bytes - https://player.fm/series/atari-bytes The Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast (classic episodes) - https://player.fm/series/the-atari-7800-game-by-game-podcast Shinto’s Jaguar game by game Podcast - https://player.fm/series/the-atari-jaguar-game-by-game-podcast The Atari 5200 Podcast - https://player.fm/series/the-atari-5200-podcast The Atari ...

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August 21, 2018 00:57:30
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S1:E6 - How The Atari ST and MIDI Might Have Ruined Our Favorite 80's Rock Band (Remaster)

The only thing from the 80's that could rival our love for Atari was our love for punk rock and new wave, and especially, our favorite band: The Alarm.  In 1987 those two things combined in an unexpected way. So unexpected in fact, that we were only able to fully understand impact of those two world's clashing more than 30 years later.  This episode documents that journey to understanding. In 1987 we gave up the "Little Blue Desktop " of Atari 800 DOS for the Little Green Desktop of the Atari 520 ST.  At that exact moment in time, the music industry was changing dramatically from one that used mostly analog recording practices to adding digital instruments and recording methods into the Studio. The ATARI (ubiquitously known without the ST) mostly in studios was the cheapest, most accurate sequencer on the market. The list of bands that used an Atari ST for recording was compiled from the following sources: Atari Age,com forums, Sounds On Sounds Forum, https://www.musictech.net/, Matt Aniss and http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/,  stuff.tv, Wikipedia and Google. Matt Aniss has written the definitive exploration of the Atari ST an MIDI “Instumental Instruments- The Atari ST” http://daily.redbullmusicacademy.com/2017/10/atari-st-instrumental-instruments The Snippets of Alarm, songs played were used under fair use guidelines for the purposes of criticism.  They were as follows: Rain In The Summertime from the Album Eye Of The Hurricane, 1987 Declaration - live At The Hammersmith Palais, December 1984 Marching On ...

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July 22, 2018 01:28:14
S1:E5: All Appointments Life (Asteroids Part 2) (Remaster)

S1:E5: All Appointments Life (Asteroids Part 2) (Remaster)

Into the Vertical Blank - Generation Atari: Season 1, Episode 5.  All Appointments Life (Asteroids Part 2 ) This is the second episode where we will be covering the game Asteroids in story and discussion form. We have a story from 8bitjeff, and also very nice contributions Shinto, and Jim Fullerton. The discussion dives into versions of Asteroids (and clones) after the arcade 2600, 5200 and Vectrex. These the Atari 7800, ST, Lynx, and various versions released for more modern hardware. All music, sound FX and production on the Episode By Jeff and Steve Fulton. Links:Download an EXE file of Jeff’s Retro Evolved Asteroids game, Retro Blaster. If you have the Flash Plug-in, you can play the browser version of Retro Blaster here. 8bitrocket.com Blog Posts on of the Essential Guide to Flash Games Book By Steve and Jeff Fulton The Essential Guide to Flash Games Infomercial The Essential Guide to Flash Games Book Preview Video Podcast If you have the Flash Plug-In, you can play the Book Asteroids game called Blaster Mines Buy the Essential Guide to Flash Games on Amazon. 8bitrocket.com Blog Posts on The HTML5 Canvas Book By Steve and Jeff Fulton The HTML5 Canvas Asteroids Game, Geo Blaster Basic 8bitrocket.com ...

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June 21, 2018 01:23:38
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S1:E4: Escape To The Asteroids Zone (Asteroids Part 1) (Remaster)

Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 1, Episode 4: Escape To The Asteroids Zone Part 1. In Part One of our two-part extravaganza,  we delve into the that game forms the backdrop of The Vertical Blank: Asteroids. We discuss our experiences with  Atari’s best selling coin-op and discover why this game, in particular, means so much to us. This episode includes a story written by Steve Fulton named, appropriately enough, “Escape To The Asteroids Zone” 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 1001 Video Games To play Before You Die by Tony Mott The First Quarter  By Steven Kent 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 ...

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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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