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EPISODE 99: REACTOR

ATARI BYTES

Release Date: 12/17/2017

EPISODE 285: DECATHLON show art EPISODE 285: DECATHLON

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In ATARI BYTES episode 285, we're playing the David Crane (squee!) 1983 Activision (squee!) title DECATHLON in honor of the increasingly misnamed 2020 Olympics!

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EPISODE 284: ZAXXON show art EPISODE 284: ZAXXON

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Episode 284 of ATARI BYTES gets its groove ON with the 1982 Sega port of ZAXXON!

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EPISODE 283: INTELLIVISION MONTH - TRON DEADLY DISCS show art EPISODE 283: INTELLIVISION MONTH - TRON DEADLY DISCS

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Intellivision Month 2021 concludes this month in ATARI BYTES episode 283. We're playing TRON DEADLY DISCS, inspired by the "cult classic" movie. It's a collision of cult classic movie and cult classic podcast! (I might be delusional.)

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EPISODE 282: INTELLIVISION MONTH - NIGHT STALKER show art EPISODE 282: INTELLIVISION MONTH - NIGHT STALKER

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INTELLIVISION MONTH 2021 barrels forward on ATARI BYTES 282.

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EPISODE 281: INTELLIVISION MONTH - SUB HUNT show art EPISODE 281: INTELLIVISION MONTH - SUB HUNT

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You're gliding along peacefully, when suddenly your periscope shoots upward. Through the murky depths you are shocked to see rocketing toward you...

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EPISODE 280: INTELLIVISION MONTH - STAR STRIKE show art EPISODE 280: INTELLIVISION MONTH - STAR STRIKE

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INTELLIVISION MONTH 2021 has arrived in episode 280 of ATARI BYTES! 

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EPISODE 279: IS ATARI TOO OLD TO BE POP CULTURE? show art EPISODE 279: IS ATARI TOO OLD TO BE POP CULTURE?

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Doing something a little different this week in ATARI BYTES episode 279. Setting aside the games (Wait! Come back!) to share thoughts I had at a recent convention to promote the show and my books. Atari did not have a huge presence, nor indeed did very much from before the 1980s. What gives? Could it be Atari is TOO OLD to be pop culture anymore?  

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EPISODE 278: STEEPLECHASE show art EPISODE 278: STEEPLECHASE

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Take a deep breath. Smell that? That's episode 278's equine-filled game.

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EPISODE 277: TOOTH PROTECTORS show art EPISODE 277: TOOTH PROTECTORS

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What's that in your teeth?

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EPISODE 276: THIS PLANET SUCKS show art EPISODE 276: THIS PLANET SUCKS

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This planet sucks.

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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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