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EPISODE 98: STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK

ATARI BYTES

Release Date: 12/10/2017

EPISODE 218: ASTEROIDS DELUXE show art EPISODE 218: ASTEROIDS DELUXE

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So, in 1981, Atari was wanting to do a follow up to the hugely popular ASTEROIDS. What to call it? Asteroids II? Boring. Asteroids Again? Kind of whiny. And it doesn't play up the goal of improving on the original. Asteroids Better? Better what? Asteroids Mediocre?

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EPISODE 217: AQUAVENTURE show art EPISODE 217: AQUAVENTURE

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Like a gaming geyser, the Flashback 9 spews forth a fountain of gaming fun in episode 217 with the water-based AQUAVENTURE. This 1983, never released Atari prototype pits flippered-man against finned foes as a mermaid looks on enigmatically. Treasure awaits!

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EPISODE 216: ADVENTURE II show art EPISODE 216: ADVENTURE II

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Until now, I think the "newest" Atari game I had talked about on the show was from 1988. Episode 216, though, breaks new ground...by revisiting old ground.

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EPISODE 215: SWORDQUEST: FIREWORLD show art EPISODE 215: SWORDQUEST: FIREWORLD

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Wooooo! Are you hot, or is it just me? Episode 215 is on FIRE!

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EPISODE 214: GOLF show art EPISODE 214: GOLF

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In episode 214: GOLF, we consider Atari's answer to the question: How can we take a game designed for walking around outside in nature and make it less healthy?

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EPISODE 213: INDY 500 show art EPISODE 213: INDY 500

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If sports is a metaphor for human competition, auto racing is a metaphor for life as a whole: going round and round fast and loud, consuming as many resources as possible, without actually getting anywhere.

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EPISODE 212: BACKGAMMON show art EPISODE 212: BACKGAMMON

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On episode 212 of ATARI BYTES, we learn that maybe not all board games need to make the jump to the TV screen.

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EPISODE 211: CONCENTRATION show art EPISODE 211: CONCENTRATION

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Episode 211 of ATARI BYTES asks you, the listener, to test your MEMORY and remember back to a time long ago. CONCENTRATE and get ready to MATCH the fun you had with Hunt & Score in episode 192 as we get ready to play CONCENTRATION this week; the same game, by another name.

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EPISODE 210: DONKEY KONG (7800) show art EPISODE 210: DONKEY KONG (7800)

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This episode is a science lesson. Did you know fire is sentient and can move at will? It can! But fear not, you can defeat it with a hammer.

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EPISODE 209: FIGHT NIGHT (7800) show art EPISODE 209: FIGHT NIGHT (7800)

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We're having so much fun in Atari future that we're hanging around to play FIGHT NIGHT from 1988 for the Atari 7800. You know it's a good game because the words in the title rhyme. That's how they grade games, right?

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ATARI BYTES STRIKES BACK...

...With another episode. Number 98 to be specific.

This week, in honor of the oncoming cinematic blockbuster STAR WARS EPISODE VIII: THE LAST JEDI, we're playing the game based on episode II of the original Star Wars trilogy, which *actually* was episode V of the overall story.

Hey, wake up. This is nerdery at it's finest.

Anyway, we're playing STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Is it a good time or do we need the Force just to get through the thing? And by storming ice planet Hoth, what exactly are those AT AT's playing at at?

Thanks to Kevin McLeod at Incompetech.com for creative commons use of his songs "Reformat", "Take a Chance" and "Pinball Spring".

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