Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari

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April 13, 2020 00:39:09
 S3:E5: Monthly News and Notes for those who grew up Atari.

S3:E5: Monthly News and Notes for those who grew up Atari.

The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari. Season 3 Episode 5: Monthly News and Notes for those who grew up Atari, Or Atari News and HomeBrew Update for Q1 of 2020: Apocalypse Edition.In this episode we cover news from the Official Atari as well as other new hardware projects that have sparked our interest. We also attempt to cover homebrew games for all of Atari Systems including the 2600, 5200, 7800, 8bit Computers, ST, Lynx and Jaguar. 8bitrocket Pong Returns Post Mortem Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoEDKq2PAPg Pong Questhttps://www.atari.com/games/pong-quest/ Zero Page homebrew reports:Atari 2600 Homebrew Completed/WIP in 2020  https://atariage.com/forums/topic/301348-atari-2600-homebrew-completedwip-in-2020/ 1 vs 1 Pro Tennis (16K) by @easmith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJSpOrIWjs Save Gaia: The Cy-Mage (64K) by @EvoMikeUK / Generation2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJSpOrIWjs Street Rod 2600 (32K) by @TwentySixHundred https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfJSpOrIWjs Zoo Keeper (32K Port) by Champ Games: John Champeau @johnnywc, Nathan Strum @Nathan Strum (graphics), Robert Vieira and Thomas Jentzsch @Thomas Jentzsch (Music) (Previously Nominated for WIP)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYw47wffgw8  Atari 7800 Homebrew Completed/WIP in 2020 Zero Page homebrew reports: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/301937-atari-7800-homebrew-completedwip-in-2020/ Dragon's Descent by @Revontulihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcUtpaBzkAY Atari 8-Bit/5200 Homebrew Completed/WIP in 2020 Zero Page Homebrew  https://atariage.com/forums/topic/304311-atari-8-bit5200-homebrew-completedwip-in-2020/ Below is a list of all the Atari 8-Bit/5200 homebrew games that have either been completed in 2020 or have released an updated WIP in 2020. Please let me know if there are any missing or inaccurate entries. Lord of the Orb Xaver (Map Set 004) by Marcin "@XaVeR" Kasztelan (Note: Map Update)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYiWWJLqdPQ Adventure II XE by @Cafemanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffMdWP-scl0You ...

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April 06, 2020 00:58:02
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S3:E4: Atari’s Biggest Mistake Part 2: Game Player Non Expandable

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” ...

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March 30, 2020 00:47:57
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S3:E3: Dan Kitchen Interview Part 2: The First "Pro Brew" Game Developer

In the 2nd part of our Dan Kitchen interview, we discuss the ground-breaking title "Garry Kitchen's Game Maker", Dan's new game "Gold Rush" and try to figure out what to call  new games that are made by original developers for vintage systems. Http://www.dankitchen.com  http://www.garrykitchen.com/ ...

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March 23, 2020 00:40:19
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S3:E2 Dan Kitchen Interview Part One: The Rise Of The Kitchen Brothers

  In our quest to discover the secrets of programming 8 and 16 bit computers this season, we caught up with Dan Kitchen, a true survivor of the 80's video game crash, still making games today.   In fact, he's on a quest to build and publish a brand new set of games for the Atari VCS  n the spirit of Activision, the company he and his brothers Garry and Steve once worked for and ran the east coast branch We Catch Steve and Dan Talking about Dan’s new game and then start to dig into the History of the Kitchen Brothers In part 2 we get into deeper topics including Gary Kitchen’s game Maker,which Dan ported to the Apple II and created all of the demo games for the Commodore 64 version. Its a piece of software that as an Atari 800 user we were very jealous of not having on our own machine.    Http://www.dankitchen.com  ...

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March 16, 2020 00:54:54
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S3:E1: Atari's Biggest Mistake (part 1): The Day Atari Lost The Video Game War

What was Atari's biggest mistake? To truly be inside The Vertical Blank is to ruminate on "what could have been." For Atari, there are many "what could have been" moments. What if they produced The Amiga computer? What if they released the NES? In this two-part season opener we delve into, what we believe, was the biggest mistake Atari ever made. Any mention of the games Pac-Man and E.T. for the Atari VCS elicit groans from Atari fans because they have heard the arguments before: they are "the worst ever", they "caused the crash". But what if those games were only a small part of much bigger and more fundamental mistake that Atari made in the 80's, that still has repercussions today? Show Note Links Atari Age Issue 1 - Pac Man Interview: https://www.atariage.com/magazines/magazine_page.php?MagazineID=1&CurrentPage=2 Atari Age Issue 1 - Word Find : https://www.atariage.com/magazines/magazine_page.php?MagazineID=1&CurrentPage=10 Atari Pac Man Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FHkMqHx5xM ...

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March 01, 2020 01:17:34
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S2:E19 : It's A Clip Show! "Best Of" moments From Season 1 and Season 3 Preview

Remember back in the 70's, after May sweeps, when   in the TV Guide it would say Happy Days had a (New) episode, but when you watched, it was just Fonzie, Ritchie and Laurie Beth reminiscing about what-not or whatever, as an excuse to play old clips and save money on production.  This is that, but oh so much worse.  Enjoy!Includes:- A new discussion with updates on past episodes- Clips from all season 1 episodes- An "emily" supercut-A new "season 3" opening we are testing out ...

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