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EPISODE 99: REACTOR

ATARI BYTES

Release Date: 12/17/2017

EPISODE 244: SIR LANCELOT show art EPISODE 244: SIR LANCELOT

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Lords and ladies! The dragon XONOX did in the year of our lord 1983, gift upon the gaming kingdom SIR LANCELOT. And now, we knights of the podcast realm, must evaluate its worth.

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EPISODE 243: DEMON ATTACK show art EPISODE 243: DEMON ATTACK

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Covid. Deaths. Hurricanes. Wildfires. Murder Hornets. Near misses with asteroids. And now, 2020 brings down upon us the worst of all...DEMON ATTACK!

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EPISODE 242: H.E.R.O. show art EPISODE 242: H.E.R.O.

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Sometimes, you're so excited about an Atari game, only to get shafted. Then there's episode 242 featuring 1984 Activision mine rescue adventure H.E.R.O. We still get shafted...But in a good way! 

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ATARI BYTES episode 241...

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EPISODE 240: GYRUSS show art EPISODE 240: GYRUSS

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Gyrus, with one "s", is a ridge on the surface of the brain. Or at least it will be, until this week's ATARI BYTES episode 240 BLOWS YOUR MIND! ...to the tune of Tocata and Fugue in D Minor.

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ATARI BYTES episode 239 has the weight of the world on its shoulders. Bet you wish you'd worked out a little more, huh?

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Stressed out worrying about how your kids are going to get educated this fall? We've got you covered!

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EPISODE 237: FROSTBITE show art EPISODE 237: FROSTBITE

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Is that an icicle in your pocket or you just playing a super chilly game?

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EPISODE 236: FRONT LINE show art EPISODE 236: FRONT LINE

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With all the stress and worry in the world right now, it'd be great in ATARI BYTES episode 236 to play a relaxing little game. Maybe "Concentration" or "Surround". Something low stress. Let's see what we've got...

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If Kermit the Frog and Michigan J. Frog from Looney Tunes were amphibian stars, episode 235 of ATARI BYTES features that frog who desperately wanted to be in show business, but never caught a break. We're playing FROG POND, Atari's 1982 game for kids that never got released. Sorry, froggie. 

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So, here's what I think happened:

In 1982, game company Parker Brothers wanted to make another video game. One of the designers had her heart set on making a space battle game. Another designer really wanted to make a game that said something about the nuclear arms race and the dangers of nuclear waste. The designers waged all out war, each entrenched in their positions. Until Mr. Parker Brother said, "Work together or you're fired."

And, thus, REACTOR was born. 

Those designers compromised to merge their ideas and create something new. Does the premise, flying your space ship inside a nuclear reactor and fighting evil photons and neutrinos, make any sense? We find out in episode 99. (Spoiler: No)

But there was no way they were going to mix their chocolate and peanut butter.  Some principles just can't be compromised. 

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

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