'atari' Episodes

In The Beginning... There Was Pong

     11/1/2019

Welcome to the History of Computing Podcast, where we explore the history of information technology. Because understanding the past prepares us for the innovations of the future! Today we’re going to look at Pong. In the beginning there was Pong. And it was glorious! Just think of the bell bottoms at Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California on November 29th 1972. The first Pong they built was just a $75 black and white tv from a Walgreens and some cheap parts. The cabinet wasn’t even that fancy. And after that night, the gaming industry was born. It started with people starting to show up and play the game. They ended up waiting for the joint to open, not drinking, and just gaming the whole time. The bartender had never seen anything like it. I mean, just a dot being knocked around a screen. But it was social. You had to have two players. There was no machine learning to play the other side yet. Pretty much the same thing as real ping pong. And so Pong was released by Atari in 1972. It reminded me of air hockey the first time I saw it. You bounced a ball off a wall and tried to get it past the opponent using paddles. It never gets old. Ever. That’s probably why of all the Atari games at the arcade, more quarters got put into it than any. The machines were sold for three times the cost to produce them; unheard of at the time. The game got popular, that within a year, the company had sold 2,500 , which they tripled in 1974. I wasn’t born yet. But I remember my dad telling me that they didn’t have a color tv yet in 72. They’d manufactured the games in an old skate rink. And they were cheap because with the game needing so few resources they pulled it off without a CPU. But what about the code? It was written by Al Alcorn as a training exercise that Nolan Bushnell gave him after he was hired at Atari. He was a pretty good hire. It was supposed to be so easy a kid could play it. I mean, it was so easy a kid could play it. Bushnell would go down as the co-creator of Pong. Although maybe Ralph Baer should have as well, given that Bushnell tested his table tennis game at a trade show the same year he had Alcorn write Pong. Baer had gotten the idea of building video games while working on military systems at a few different electronics companies in the 50s and even patented a device called the Brown Box in 1973, which was filed in 1971 prior to licensing it to Magnavox to become the Odyssey. Tennis for Two had been made available in 1958. Spacewar! had popped up in 1962 , thanks to MIT’s Steven “Slug” Russel’s being teased until he finished it. It was initially written on the TX-0 and was ported to the PDP, slowly making its way across the world as the PDP was shipping. Alan Kotok had whipped up some sweet controllers, but it could be played with just the keyboard as well. No revolution seemed in sight yet as it was really just shipping to academic institutions. And to very large companies. The video game revolution was itching to get out. People were obsessed with space at the time. Space was all over science fiction, there was a space race being won by the United States, and so Spacewar gave way to Computer Space, the first arcade game to ship, in 1971, modeled after Spacewar!. But as an early coin operated video game it was a bit too complicated. As was Galaxy Game, whipped up in 1971 by Bushnell and cofounder Ted Dabney, who’s worked together at Ampex. They initially called their company Syzygy Engineering but as can happen, there was a conflict on that trademark and they changed the name to Atari. Atari had programmed Galaxy Game, but it was built and distributed by Nutting Associates. It was complex and needed a fair amount of instructions to get used to it. Pong on the other hand needed no instructions. A dot bounced from you to a friend and you tried to get it past the other player. Air hockey. Ping pong. Ice hockey. Football. It just kinda’ made sense. You bounced the dot off a paddle. The center of each returned your dot at a regular 90 degree angle and the further out you got, the smaller that angle. The ball got faster the longer the game went on. I mean, you wanna’ make more quarters, right?!?! Actually that was a bug, but one you like. They added sound effects. They spent three months. It was glorious and while Al Alcorn has done plenty of great stuff in his time in the industry I doubt many have been filled with the raw creativity he got to display during those months. It was a runaway success. There were clones of Pong. Coleco released Telestar and Nintendo came out with Color TV Game 6. In fact, General Instruments just straight up cloned the chip. Something else happened in 1972. The Magnavox Odyssey shipped and was the first console with interchangeable dice. After Pong, Atari had pumped out Gotcha, Rebound, and Space Race. They were finding success in the market. Then Sears called. They wanted to sell Pong in the home. Atari agreed. They actually outsold the Odyssey when they finally made the single-game console. Magnavox sued, claiming the concept had been stolen. They settled for $700k. Why would they settle? Well, they could actual prove that they’d written the game first and make a connection for where Atari got the idea from them. The good, the bad, and the ugly of intellectual property is that the laws exist for a reason. Baer beat Atari to the punch, but he’d go on to co-develop Simon says. All of his prototypes now live at the Smithsonian. But back to Pong. The home version of pong was released in 1974 and started showing up in homes in 1975, especially after the Christmas buying season in 1975. It was a hit, well on its way to becoming iconic. Two years later, Atari released the iconic Atari 2600, which had initially been called the VCS. This thing was $200 and came with a couple of joysticks, a couple of paddles, and a game called Combat. Suddenly games were showing up in homes all over the world. They needed more money to make money and Bushnell sold the company. Apple would become one of the fastest growing companies in US History with their release of the Apple II, making Steve Jobs a quarter of a billion dollars in 1970s money. But Atari ended up selling of units and becoming THE fastest growing company in US history at the time. There were sequels to Pong but by the time Breakout and other games came along, you really didn’t need them. I mean, pin-pong? Pong Doubles was fine but , Super Pong, Ultra Pong, and Quadrapong, never should have happened. That’s cool though. Other games definitely needed to happen. Pac Man became popular and given it wasn’t just a dot but a dot with a slice taken out for a mouth, it ended up on the cover of Time in 1982. A lot of other companies were trying to build stuff, but Atari seemed to rule the world. These things have a pretty limited life-span. The video game crash of 1983 caused Atari to lose half a billion dollars. The stock price fell. At an important time in computers and gaming, they took too long to release the next model, the 5200. It was a disaster. Then the Nintendo arrived in some parts of the world in 1983 and took the US by storm in 1985. Atari went into a long decline that was an almost unstoppable downward spiral in a way. That was sad to watch. I’m sure it was sadder to be a part of. it was even sadder when I studied corporate mergers in college. I’m sure that was even sadder to be a part of as well. Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, the founders of Atari, wanted a hit coin operated game. They got it. But they got way more than they bargained for. They were able to parlay Pong into a short lived empire. Here’s the thing. Pong wasn’t the best game ever made. It wasn’t an original Bushnell idea. It wasn’t even IP they could keep anyone else from cloning. But It was the first successful video game and helped fund the development of the VCS, or 2600, that would bring home video game consoles into the mainstream, including my house. And the video game industry would later eclipse the movie industry. But the most important thing pong did was to show regular humans that microchips were for more than… computing. Ironically the game didn’t even need real microchips. The developers would all go on to do fun things. Bushnell founded Chuck E. Cheese with some of his cresis-mode cash. Once it was clear that the Atari consoles were done you could get iterations of Pong for the Sega Genesis, the Playstation, and even the Nintendo DS. It’s floated around the computer world in various forms for a long, long time. The game is simple. The game is loved. Every time I see it I can’t help but think about bell bottoms. It launched industries. And we’re lucky to have had it. Just like I’m lucky to have had you as a listener today. Thank you so much for choosing to spend some time with us. We’re so lucky to have you.


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Curt Vendel & Dennis Harkins

     2/28/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with Curt Vendel, Atari historian and co-author of “Atari, Inc: Business Is Fun” … and  an interview with Dennis Harkins, author of the APX program Message Display Program … and how a pack of bubble gum led to life with an Atari and a career in computers.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

 

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

"Compute's Atari Collection Volume 1"

"CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisy G Pitre and Bill Loguidice

“Sophistication and Simplicity, The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer” by Steven Weyhrich

KansasFest

Kampfgruppe

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

Intellivisionaries Podcast

Movie Musical Madness

Kevin's black metal 850 interface

"A Mind Forever Voyaging - a history of storytelling in video games"

Atari User Magazine

Kevin's Atari 400/800 Posters

 

News

VCF East 9.1

Atari Gamer Magazine

Atari Gamer Promotion on YouTube

30th Anniversary Edition of Boulder Dash

TapStar Interactive

Terry Stewart (Tez) HD remake  of Atari 400 Video on YouTube

Band Of Outsiders Atari Clothing Article

Band of Outsiders Website

Atari 800 mentioned on Colbert Report Video

Atari 800 on Colbert Report Discussion on AtariAge

Google and YouTube Atari Easter Eggs

Learning Curve programming articles

Learning Curve Discussion on AtariAge

Nolan Bushnell interview

NOMAM 2014 programming contest for 10 line games

Bill Kendrick - Paddleship Entry for NOMAM

Archive.org Computer Magazines

Archive.org Computer Newsletters

Archive.org Game Magazines

Archive.org Manuals

Archive.org The Business Case: Applications and Programs for the Home Office

 

Tips

KDOS

Atari Encyclopedia

History of Atari Computers from CIO Magazine

Bits of the Past store

 

Interview - Curt Vendel

Atari Museum

Atari History Book Website

“Atari Inc.: Business is Fun (Volume I)” by Curt Vendel, Marty Goldberg at Amazon

 

Interview - Dennis Harkins

Unedited Dennis Harkins Interview

 

Closing

Taste My Beeper 1-bit GTIA Music

Mash-up of the Beastie Boys and the music from Ballblazer

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Chris Crawford

     10/4/2013

 

In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, an interview with Chris Crawford, author of Eastern Front 1941; we rescue Atari hardware and TI 99/4a hardware; we find a new source for reliable Atari power supplies; and we take a look at an Atari emulator that works in your web browser.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

Atlanta Historical Computing Society

Vintage Computer Festival MW 8.0

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Atari vintage commercial at YouTube

Phoenix Art Museum - Art of Video Games Exhibit

Commodore Computer Club

New book projects announced

Chris Crawford Eastern Front Source Code and More

Follow-up to Atari Bankruptcy Saga

JSMESS Atari Emulation in a Browser

4MB Flash MegaCart Web Site

4MB Flash MegaCart Discussion on AtariAge

Atari Party 2013 Pictures

More Atari Party 2013 Pictures

Atari Computer USB Power Adapter Cable on eBay

Atari Computer Replacement Power Supply on eBay

Atari Computer Power Supply Discussion on AtariAge

GTIABlast! Demo Site

GTIABlast! GTIA Mode 10 Video on YouTube

GTIABlast! GTIA Mode 11 Video on YouTube

Atari Software Competition 2013 Web site

Atari Software Competition 2013 Discussion on AtariAge

Atari Box Art Article on The Verge

Atari User Magazine Site

Atari User Magazine at Magcloud

Atari User Magazine at Lulu

Starring the Computer

B&C ComputerVision

Atari Legacy Group on LinkedIn

Full Chris Crawford Interview

 

 

 

 

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - JD Casten & Steve Wilds

     4/3/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: an interview with JD Casten, Antic magazine’s prolific game author, an interview with Steve Wilds, editor of Atari User Magazine … and lots of retrogaming news and reviews.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

Turbo-BASIC XL

Turbo-BASIC XL at Page6.org

Turbo-BASIC XL Expanded Documentation

More Turbo-BASIC XL Information

ShopGoodWill.com

Retro Gamer Magazine

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

 

News

VCF East 9.1

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo

Classic Gaming Expo

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Retro Gamer Magazine picks top 10 Atari 8-bit games

Floppy Bird Article

Floppy Bird Download

Stampede Article

Stampede Download

Perplexity Article

Perplexity Download

Retro Gaming Magazine

Nolan Bushnell Article on using Games to Teach

Atari Dump Dig Update

Tablet-Friendly Revamp for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

“Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time” by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

TitanFall Arcade

Discussion on AtariAge about Buying Atari

Archive.org BusinessCase

 

Software of the Month

Synapse Software Syn Business Application Series

 

Hardware of the Month

Atari XE Game System (XEGS)

 

Website of the Month

Atari Museum

Facebook Page for Atari Museum

 

Interview - JD Casten

JD Casten Website

 

Interview - Steve Wilds

Atari User Magazine

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Gray Chang & Jonathan Halliday

     9/26/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit PODCAST: We delve into the SIDE2 compact flash interface, look at arcade games ported to the 8-bits, discuss another  new atari podcast,  and interviews with Gray Chang -- author of Claim Jumper -- and Jonathan Halliday, creator of the new Atari GUI.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

VCF Midwest 9.0

Jim Brain Retro Innovations

iTalk II Video on YouTube

Atari 800 with Encore Video Productions Info Display System

Covox VoiceMaster Video on YouTube

ValForth

SIO2PC

Atlanta Maker Faire

SpartaDOS

 

News

Retro Gamer Magazine

New Atari 8-bit Podcast Inverse Atascii

Mini Atari 800XL with Atari 1050 disk drive (3D printed) at MakerBot

Mini Atari 800XL with Atari 1050 disk drive (3D printed) Blog

Mini Atari 400 (3D printed) at MakerBot

Mini Atari 400 (3D printed) Blog

ABBUC 2014 Hardware contest entries

SIO2BT (SIO to Bluetooth) at YouTube

SIO2BT Discussion at AtariAge

New keyboard interface for Atari 8-bit

WUDSN Atari 8-bit cross-compiling

New Cover for the 2nd Edition of Atari Inc. - Business Is Fun

Nolan Bushnell Reddit AMA

Atari User Magazine

HTML5 version of the classic Star Raiders that runs in your browser 

 

Bill’s Modern Segment

Asteroids Emulator at AtariMania

Norbert's Emulators page: Asteroids Emulator for the Atari 800XL

YouTube: Asteroids emulator on the Atari 800XL

Pac-Man Arcade Orders at AtariAge

AtariAge Forum: "Pac-man Update for Atari 8-bit"

The Pac-Man Dossier

 

Software of the Month

Aspeqt

 

Hardware of the Month

SIDE2 

 

Website of the Month

Lotharek’s Lair

 

Feedback

McDonald’s Atari Commercial

AtariBBS by Thom Cherryhomes

AtariBBS ATA and ASC welcome screens

AtariBBS BBSConf status

AtariBBS User Module

AtariBBS filemenu functionality

AtariBBS flatmsg board functionality 

 

Interview - Gray Chang

Gray Chang Website

another interview with Gray

archive.org full version

Download APX programs

 

Interview - Jonathan Halliday

GUI Videos

Jonathan’s Website

 

Closing

OUTRO MUSIC

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Live from VCFSE 2.0!

     5/9/2014

 

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit podcast, we broadcast live from Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0, interview attendees with Atari stories, find out who's going to win the grand prize for the quiz show (hint: It's someone you may know!), and answer questions from the audience.  Come join us for the most fun-packed show we've had yet!  READY

Links mentioned in this episode:

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

Show

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0
Serge's Boxed Atari Collection


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Darren Doyle & Michael Current

     4/24/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: Randy does a horrible impersonation of Rod Serling, we talk with Darren Doyle of Atari Gamer Magazine, have a discussion with Michael Current of the Atari 8-bit FAQ AND give you the scoop on Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 2.0. Also Kevin gives excuses about why his alien voice box isn’t working...still.

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

VCF Southeast 2.0

VCFSE 2.0 Kickstarter

The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga by Jimmy Maher

Finding The Next Steve Jobs by Nolan Bushnell and Gene Stone

The Making of Karateka: Journals 1982-1985 by Jordan Mechner

Kevin's 10-line Contest Entry: Abduction

Kevin's 10-line Contest Entry: Joy Joy Revolution

CoCoFest 2014

Atari 5200 Information on WikiPedia

ShopGoodWill.com

 

News

The Art of Atari: From Pixels to Paintbrush

City Updates Agreement for Atari Dump Dig

Retro Gamer Magazine
Southern-Fried Gameroom Expo

Classic Console & Arcade Gaming Show 2014

Video Game Summit

High Score Club (HSC) on AtariAge  - 11th season

Article: Learn more about the legends of game design from GDC 1997

Video: Learn more about the legends of game design from GDC 1997

New ACUSOL language being developed for the Atari 8-bit, discussion on AtariAge

Action! Language for the Atari

Atari Casino

More Atari Casino

Bushnell could have been rich!

ColecoVisions Podcast Forum

Colecovisions Podcast Show Notes

Dennis Harkins Atari Papers

Archive.org - MicroTimes magazine

Atari 800 on v1n1 - interview with FreeFall (archon)’s creators Jon Freeman and Anne Westfall

BBS land

Atari 520 ST First Impressions, Preview of Amiga

Br0derbund software interview

Mindset computer

 

Website of the Month

Atari Mail Archive

 

Software of the Month (Software Automatic Mouth, SAM)

SAM Manual, disk image, and MP3s

SAM Online simulator

SAM Creator SoftVoice

SoftSynth

 

Hardware of the Month (VoiceBox Speech Synthesizer by The Alien Group)

Ad for VoiceBox

AtariAge discussion

 

Listener Feedback

Ten Pence Arcade Podcast

Atari Technical Information Maintained by Dan

 

Interview - Darren Doyle

Atari Gamer Magazine

Homebrew Heroes Magazine

 

Interview - Michael Current

Unedited version of the interview (1 hour)

Michael current’s web site

Atari 8-Bit Computers: Frequently Asked Questions

Atari 8-Bit Computers: Vendors and Developers list

Welcome to comp.sys.atari.8bit!

Atari History Timelines

St. Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts (SPACE)


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Disks & Paul Nurminen

     1/27/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast: we delve into the mystery of floppy drives, talk with Paul Nurminen about his love of Atari, and rescue adventure games off of cassette tape.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge


Intro

A8CAS

atari.org Tape Preservation Project

cassette discussion on atariage

Altirra emulator

Atari800Win-Plus emulator

Adventure Creator

War Games magazine research

"CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer" by Boisy G Pitre and Bill Loguidice

"Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time" by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

"Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time" by Bill Loguidice and Matt Barton

Audio on a Record

Atari800MacX emulator

Vintage Computer Festival Southeast (VCFSE) 2.0

Vintage Computer Festivals

ATR8000

Atlanta Science Festival

SpartaDOS

Atari Roots” by Mark Andrews

Atari BASIC Source Book” by Bill Wilkinson

Sophistication and Simplicity, The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer” by Steven Weyhrich

Atari Pool disks

Intellivisionaries Podcast

Paul Nurminen's Website with Atari programs

B&C ComputerVisions


News

Atari Dump Hunt on hold

More Atari Dump

Atari Chapter 11 News

VI for SpartaDOS

Revival Mini

Revival Survival! Kickstarter

Homebrew Heroes Magazine

New Fandal Site

Atari Blast! update

Incognito Board

Incognito Board Third Run

30 Years Later, One Man Is Still Trying To Fix Video Games” article on Chris Crawford

The!Cart

New 7800 Stuff at archive.org

Vintage Volts Podcast

Atari Gamer Magazine


Tips

Running the Atari800 emulator on the Raspberry Pi

 

Atari BBS’s via telnet


The Atari 8-Bit Podcast - Intro

     6/18/2013

On this first episode of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast -- we talk about the first Atari to be installed on a Navy submarine, two recent books about the Atari computers --- are there really millions of ET carts buried in a landfill in New Mexico?, and which Atari computer is the prettiest? All that and more!

Links mentioned in the show:

Floppy Days Podcast

Atari Magazines

Atari Archives

Terrible Nerd

Atari Dump

More Atari Dump

Atari Dump Interview

Rapidus Accelerator Board

Book - Atari Inc.: Business is Fun

Electronic Games Magazine

Book - Atari 40th Anniversary Special

Wikipedia

 

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Kieren Hawken & Dale Yocum

     8/29/2014

On this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit codpast: interviews with atari author and enthusiast Kieren Hawken; and Dale Yocum, the guy who thought up Atari Program Exchange. And Bill kendrick complains and ends up with his own segment, reviewing Space harrier. . . And we don’t talk about the Atari Dump Dig.

 

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

What We’ve Been Up To

Maker Faire Atlanta

Arduino

KansasFest

CC65

Briel Computers

Ten Pence Arcade

Defcon

Pro(c) Magazine -Euro 5,00 / World incl. postage. Payment by PayPal to 8bit@proc-atari.de

 

News

Nolan Bushnell interview on Retro Obscura - Discussion on AtariAge

Nolan Bushnell interview on Retro Obscura

Dump Dig movie trailer. movie to be titled “Atari: Game Over”

RetroChallenge 2014

RetroChallenge 2014 - Earl Evans’ entry

Atari SAP Music Archive

Classic Gaming Expo

VCF Midwest

Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Player/Missile Atari Podcast

Translating ATASCII text files to ASCII text files on AtariAge

"Invenies Verba" for Atari 8-bit by Bill Kendrick on YouTube

Archive.org Atari Emulator Screenshots

 

Bill Kendrick’s Modern Segment

Chris Hutt's website (Wayback Machine archive)
Chris Hutt's YouTube channel
Release announcement on AtariAge forums (with video and download link)
AtariMania entry

 

Software of the Month

Atari 800 Best Game Pack

 

Hardware of the Month

Atari-styled USB Joystick

 

Website of the Month

Once Upon Atari

AtariMania

 

Listener Feedback

James Hague’s DaisyPop iPhone Game on iTunes

Computer Art and Animation: A User's Guide to Atari LOGO

Atari800MacX

 

Interview - Kieren Hawken

Retro Video Gamer

Homebrew Heroes

Revival Retro Event

ROM Retro Event

Retro Gamer Magazine

Atari User

Nolan Bushnell Interview by Kieren on YouTube

 

Interview - Dale Yocum

Unedited version of Interview at Archive.org

 

Closing

Atari Tape Music

 


The Atari 8-bit Podcast - Xmas & Mike Albaugh

     12/15/2013

 

In this episode of Antic, the Atari 8-bit Podcast, our Holiday Gift guide (for that Atari lover in your life, even if it’s you), an interview with the man who created the Atari in-store demonstration cartridge, and reboots of two classic Atari games.

Links mentioned in this episode:

 

Recurring Links:

Floppy Days Podcast

AtariArchives.org

AtariMagazines.com

Kevins Book “Terrible Nerd”

Atlanta Historical Computing Society

New Atari books scans at archive.org

ANTIC feedback at AtariAge

 

Intro:

AtariMax MyIDE II Compact Flash Interface

Lotharek’s SIDE 2 Compact Flash Interface

Master Memory Map for the Atari 400/800 Computer Book

AspeQt Atari Serial Peripheral Emulator Software

AspeQt Discusson on AtariAge

CocoNotes

Kevin’s ABBUC 2013 Contest Video on YouTube

 

News:

M.U.L.E. Returns Comes to IOS

M.U.L.E. Returns Review on Pocket Tactics

M.U.L.E. on Wikipedia

Jumpman on Wikipedia

Custom Atari Action Figures

Silly Venture 2013 Party

Download Software from Silly Venture

Bits of the Past

Pong Played on Philly Skyscraper

Forbes Article on Nolan Bushnell

Book “Finding the Next Steve Jobs” at Amazon

Epyx “Summer Games” to Soviets

Atari Videodisc Kiosk

Jumpman Forever Kickstarter

Jumpman Forever Article

Archive.org

ftp.pigwa.net

Intellivisionaries Podcast Website

 

Special Topic – Christmas Recommendations:

Atari-style USB Joystick

Atari Tshirt

Atari Christmas Ornament

Custom Dust Cover for the Atari 400

Lost Treasures of Infocom for iPhone/iPad

Atari 800 READY prompt t-shirt

AtariUser Magazine

Atari Business Is Fun Book

Best Electronics Gift Certificate

400 / 800 32K RAM Card

Atari Joystick Art from FrameAPatent

FloppyDisk.com

BuyCheapr.com

SIO2SD Interface

 

Feedback:

2600 Connection

Atari 8-bit Computers FAQ

Best Podcast Discussion at AtariAge

Atari 810 Disk Drive Promo at YouTube

 

Special Topic – Interview with Mike Albaugh:

Mike Albaugh Complete Unedited Interview

Kevin Shows In-Store Demo

Another Interesting Interview with Mike Albaugh

 

 


Electric Ping-Pong

     1/25/2021

Sometimes an idea is so good it keeps showing up. Electronic ping-pong games are one of those ideas. The game was independently invented at least twice, in 1958 and then in 1966. But, here's the thing, PONG didn't come around until the 70s. What were theses earlier tennis games? Did Atari steel the idea for their first hit? Today we go on an analog journey to find some answers.

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