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EPISODE 99: REACTOR

ATARI BYTES

Release Date: 12/17/2017

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As Intellivision Month draws to a close, prepare to be swept off your feet by the enchanting tale of "Beauty & the Beast"! Soak up that Disney Magic!

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EPISODE 230: LAS VEGAS POKER & BLACKJACK (INTELLIVISION) show art EPISODE 230: LAS VEGAS POKER & BLACKJACK (INTELLIVISION)

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Intellivision month rolls on in episode 230 like a poker chip off the chest of a gambler who has passed out after a sound thrashing by Lady Luck.

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Intellivision Month continues in episode 229 with SPACE BATTLE, Mattel, 1979. In this era of social distancing, "space" is a concept we know well. "Battle" is, unfortunately, something we've seen all too much of.

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Any old episode could give you swords.

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ATARI BYTES 227 explores a concept many in this pandemical age in which we live may have forgotten: commuting from one place to another. In this case, outer space. Social distancing is a bit easier up there. If you sneeze, you just splatter the inside of your own helmet instead of other commuters.

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The game this week on ATARI BYTES is an unreleased prototype. The episode is not.

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EPISODE 225: CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER show art EPISODE 225: CHAMPIONSHIP SOCCER

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This week, no time for losers...'cause we are the CHAMPIONS!

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Beamrider! Go, beamrider! (To the tune of "Greased Lightning"? No?)

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This week in ATARI BYTES episode 223, we're playing the 1983 Activision game SEAQUEST. Your sub must DIVE DIVE DIVE! to rescue treasure-hunting divers. Insert obligatory "We all live in a yellow submarine" joke here.

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ATARI BYTES episode 222. Three of the same digit in the episode number. Three names for the same game. Coincidence?

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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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