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, 2019 01:24:33
S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best Atari Christmas Ever

S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best Atari Christmas Ever

From 2019: The best @#$! Chrustmas Ever!The Season 2 finale of Into The Vertical Blank. In this episode we pull out all the stops and explain exactly why Atari means so much to us. This honest, naked, all-cards-on-the-table, frank episode includes an Eponymous Story named "The Best #*@! Christmas Ever" that tells all. There is also discussion and a remix that incorporates the entirety of Season 2. This is probably not the final episode ever of Into The Vertical Blank, but if it was, we'd be satisfied that we achieved what we set out to do: exorcise the demons of our past and discover why we are here in the first place. ...

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November 29, 2019 01:14:38
S2: E15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems

S2: E15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems

In this episode we dig into American Thanksgiving 1986 and discuss our transition from the Atari 800 to the Atari ST with the Atari 7800 squeezed in between. Tony Longworth:https://patreon.com/tonylongworth Some of the music in this Episode was created using an 8bitweapon Loop Library:https://8bitweapon.com/ The original Atari playfield From 8bitrocket.comhttp://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/07/28/atari-play-field-atari-st-games-1-michtron/ All other audio content, production and engineering by Jeff and Steve Fulton (c) 2019 8bitrocket Studios ...

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November 03, 2019 00:51:23
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S2:14: Asteroids 40th Anniversary

We salute Asteroids 40th anniversary with a discussion of how things have changed since 1979, and with a rebroadcast of the story "Escape To The Asteroids Zone" ...

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October 20, 2019 01:08:41
S2:E13: Mind Games and The Haunting of the Vertical Blank

S2:E13: Mind Games and The Haunting of the Vertical Blank

Into the vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 2 Episode 13 : The Haunting of the Vertical Blank See some photos of the actual ESP tests here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/10/20/s2e13-the-haunting-of-the-vertical-blank/ This time the guys discuss “scary” Atari games (mostly *not* scary all), some real-world experiences that beg the question “Was Jeff and Steve’s 520 Atari ST haunted?”, a story about a creepy pen and paper “game” that had a profound effect on the pair growing up, and finally, a look into the very scary world viral indie games circa 2007-2008. Games Mentioned: Atari 2600 Haunted House : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEC0ZX_f70 Atari 2600 Demon Attack : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GwoSr12kxY Atari 2600 Demons to Diamonds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQ7RNLE_v0 Atari ...

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October 04, 2019 01:16:42
S2:E12: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 2

S2:E12: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 2

In the follow-up episode to the Season 2, Episode 12, Steve and Jeff continue their discussion of the impact that Star Wars on their video game experience and video games in general.   They also add in a story by Steve and have a game play session of the Arcade, Atari 2600, and Atari 400/800/XL/XE version(s) of Star Wars Death Star Battle. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/into_the_vertical_blank/   ...

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September 22, 2019 01:15:48
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S2:E11: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 1

In this two-part series we delve deep into Star Wars (or Star Wars:A New Hope for those who didn’t see the movie in the summer of 1977).  We examine the movie’s affect on us as 70’s kids and how Atari’s 1983 coin-operated “Star Wars: The Arcade Game” finally gave us the chance to be Luke Skywalker. See the photos from Sept. 26th, 1977 here: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/09/22/s22es2e11-star-wars-and-atari-in-the-vertical-blank-part-1/ References: -Coin Connection, May 1983   -Jed Margolin, Ed Rotberg “First Person Space War Memo” Dec 21, 1979  http://www.atarigames.com/safestuff/fpswidea.pdf -Dane Flansburgh former Project Archivist at The Strong https://www.museumofplay.org/blog/play-stuff/2015/07/star-wars-and-atari-documentation-of-a-classic-arcade-game   -Jed Margolin, Atari VAX Email March 7, 1983   Mike Halley Interview http://www.atarigames.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:july-1983-mike-hally-interview&catid=14:news-articles&Itemid=5    https://www.jmargolin.com/vmail/Stat82.txt -Jed Margolin “Unit Vector Math For 3D Graphics”  https://www.jmargolin.com/uvmath/uvmenu.htm   Mike Halley Interview http://www.atarigames.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:july-1983-mike-hally-interview&catid=14:news-articles&Itemid=5 Lucasfilm memo to Atari Star Wars development team  http://www.atarigames.com/safestuff/lucasstarwars.pdf - (Internal Atari email, Jan. 31 1984) https://www.jmargolin.com/vmail/Vax84.txt -(Internal Atari email response, Feb 1, 1984) https://www.jmargolin.com/vmail/Vax84.txt   -Michael Blanchett, Electronic Fun, Nov. 1983 -Jostik, Nov. 1983    -Bill ...

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