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 09, 2020 01:02:11
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S3:E18: News Updates and Musing On The Amazing "Karateka"

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 Visit Us http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Notes:  Curt Vendel Memorial and Donation Information:https://ruggieroandsonsfh.com/tribute/details/2607/Curtis-T-Vendel/obituary.html#co Ntent-start Project HyperPie:  https://www.hyperpie.org/   Video Game Critic 8bit Karateka: https://videogamecritic.com/xefl.htm?e=87513#rev646   Video Game Critic 7800 Karateka https://videogamecritic.com/7800fl.htm?e=12840#rev583   Gaming History Source Compare Karateka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkQJqmoZTpc   Evercade Atari Lynx Collection # 1: https://www.evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-collection-1-cartridge/   Evercade Atari Lynx Collection # 2: https://www.evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-collection-2-cartridge/ The Making Of Karateka: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Karateka-Journals-1982-1985/dp/1480297232/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+making+of+karateka&qid=1599611449&sr=8-1   The Making Of Prince Of Persia https://www.amazon.com/Making-Prince-Persia-Journals-1985-1993-Illustrated/dp/0578627310/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=the+making+of+karateka&qid=1599611475&sr=8-3 ...

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August 11, 2020 01:46:48
S3 E17: Our Top 50 Favorite Games from Atari

S3 E17: Our Top 50 Favorite Games from Atari

Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Episode 50!  In this Episode we both ranked out top 50 games released by Atari across all platforms and came up with our combined top 50 + about 30 honorable mentions. Systems - Atari 2600, 5200, 400/800/XL/XE, ST, Lynx Jaguar and even more. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “8 Bit Wonderland” By Tony Longworth Mentioned:: https://www.dankitchengames.com/ https://www.netflix.com/title/81019087 http://atariteca.blogspot.com/ Yamo’s Revenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M4BVYrQ-0Y Zoo Keeper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tU7cRfdbUg Vergeworld Icarus demo: http://retrobones.com/ Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com ...

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July 10, 2020 01:19:27
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S3:E16: GCC  Part 2: Ms. Pac-Man  and the Sad Fate of the The  Atari 7800

In part 2 of our discussion with Steve Golson, we cover the glory of the Ms. Pac-Man, arcade game, and fate the lay ahead for GCC as Atari's silent but productive game  and hardware producing secret weapon.Betty Ryan bio: http://www.atariwomen.org/stories/betty-ryan-tylko/Electronic Games June 1982 :http://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_jun82.pdf Electronic Games September 1984: http://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_sep84.pdf Steve Golson's Web Site: https://trilobyte.com/about/ Branding by Daryl LittsAdditional Music: "Decathlon" By Tony LongworthTony Longworth Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworthWeb Site: http://www.intotheverticalblank.comTwitter: @Atari_VB_podFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Email: [email protected]   ...

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July 03, 2020 01:07:02
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S3:E15: Steve Golson Interview Part 1: How GCC Atari’s Secret Weapon

In this episode we talk to Steve Golson, hacker/engineer for GCC and creator of the hardware that converted Pac-Man into Ms. Pac Man.   In part one of a two part conversation, we chat about the era of coin-op “speed-up kits” and how GCC's revolutionary ideas for converting "Missile Command " into “Super Missile Attack” led to the upstart company becoming  Atari’s Secret Weapon.    Don't miss this one!  Golson is an amazing story teller! Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Missile Command” By Tony Longworth Visit us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Links Steve Golson's Web Site: https://trilobyte.com/about/ Super Missile Attack : https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9918 ...

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June 25, 2020 01:10:52
S3:E14 -  Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games

S3:E14 - Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games

  S3:E14 Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games In this episode Steve and I discuss the games Tempest and Yars' Revenge and how they represented a change, at least to us, in the home and arcade gaming experience. We also have some home brew news, and a new song from Tony Longworth Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Spineless Wannabe Tinpot Dictator” By Tony Longworth Visit us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Links to mentioned games, etc Yars’ Revenge: https://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=603 Tempest: (From Klov):https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10065 AtariProtos 2600 Tempesthttp://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/tempest/tempest.htm AtariProtos 5200 Tempesthttp://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/tempest/tempest.htm Atari ST Tempest https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=402 Tempest Elite Plushttps://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/06/14/review-and-video-game-play-tempest-elite-megaoids-venture-48k-animal-keeper/ Official Jaguar Tempest 2000 FRom Atari Agehttps://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=1111 Nuonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuon_(DVD_technology) New Version of Space Invaders Closer to the Arcade being developed for the 8-bits https://atariage.com/forums/topic/307862-space-invaders-wip/?fbclid=IwAR0qBZT4f1MSjwy0HVcLCsvSzdHsJDBNVvBVBexAB-S8-qwaC4WXK0kJtWc Also, a nearly identical 2600 Version is in the workshttps://atariage.com/forums/topic/307915-space-invaders-arcade/?fbclid=IwAR0_TP9Gxi9qZBNBDAJdXD1OF9W9SeCWl87WN5wXCYZw_49xt5jdV389U_U Legacy of the Beast by (Aeriform - AIR I FORM) https://aeriform.itch.io/beast Other Hardcore Games Mentioned: Robotron 2084: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9347 Defender: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7547 Donkey Kong:  https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=7610 Star Castle: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9754   Eastern Front: ...

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June 20, 2020 00:14:10
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S3:E13: Common Off The Shelf Dad : A Father's Day Story

A father's day story about being the "right-kind" of obsolete.Written, Recorded, Edited, Produced by Jeff And Steve FultonBranding by Daryl LittleSome music created with 8-bit Weapon Loop Library ...

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