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EPISODE 255: AIR RAID

ATARI BYTES

Release Date: 12/13/2020

EPISODE 272: TEMPEST show art EPISODE 272: TEMPEST

ATARI BYTES

This week's ATARI BYTES episode, 272 for those scoring at home, is totally tubular (that's for you Gen Xers)

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EPISODE 271: Q*BERT'S QUBES show art EPISODE 271: Q*BERT'S QUBES

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ATARI BYTES 271 revisits an old friend. A twitchy, large-nosed, profanity-obsessed friend who just won't just hold still for goodness sakes. We all have a friend like that. If you're not sure about that, it's probably you.

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EPISODE 270: QUADRUN show art EPISODE 270: QUADRUN

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Guys, if life has taught us nothing else, we all should know by now that we must pick up our balls.

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EPISODE 269: SOLAR FOX show art EPISODE 269: SOLAR FOX

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In episode 269 of the ATARI BYTES podcast, we play SOLAR FOX, the 1983 CBS Electronics port of Bally/Midway's 1981 arcade game. Much like Icarus, we fly a wee bit too close to the sun, but do we get burned? Listen and find out!

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EPISODE 268: PEPSI INVADERS show art EPISODE 268: PEPSI INVADERS

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ATARI BYTES episode 268 is bubbling over with tasty goodness. We're playing PEPSI INVADERS, a 1983 cartridge created by Atari to cheer up sad Coca-Cola sales people sad about losing the "cola wars" to Pepsi. This episode is both sugar and caffeine free, so you'll just have to rely on my dulcet tones to keep you awake. Sorry. 

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EPISODE 267: ALIEN show art EPISODE 267: ALIEN

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In 1979, Twentieth Century Fox unleashed an iconic sci-fi movie called ALIEN.

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EPISODE 266: RUBIK'S CUBE 3D show art EPISODE 266: RUBIK'S CUBE 3D

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We're back to cram more square pod pegs into your round ear holes. It's another cubist's delight in 266 with RUBIK'S CUBE 3D. The three "D"s are "delightful", "delicious" and "de-wonderful", to borrow from an old song. 

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EPISODE 265: RUBIK'S CUBE show art EPISODE 265: RUBIK'S CUBE

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Back in the '70s, Hungarian inventor Erno Rubik, we assume, decided to drive people insane with a cube of many colors. "Here, take this cube. Mess up the colors, then put them right again." Though he probably said it in Hungarian, it's no less insidious. The Rubik's Cube was born.

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EPISODE 264: PONG show art EPISODE 264: PONG

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On episode 264 of ATARI BYTES, we went back to the beginning; a bit of a palate cleanser after the disturbing "Porky's" last week. We take a look at PONG, the game that started it all. The original came out in 1972 with an Atari port in 1975. For my fifteen-year-old on the field report, it may as well have come out in the Pleistocene. 

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EPISODE 263: PORKY'S show art EPISODE 263: PORKY'S

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In 1981, 20th Century Fox released a family film called "Porky's" about a precocious lad named PeeWee with a knack for putting his privates where they shouldn't be. THEN, they made the brilliant marketing move of turning the movie into a game. 

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In 1982, men of vision went to work for a company called "Men-A-Vision" - which seems appropriate - and made a game called AIR RAID, a sort of cross between "Missile Command" and "Space Invaders" (it seems to me) where you must defend Manhattan from flying helicopters, UFO's and...giant pretzels? Sure, let's say that. The game didn't sell well, and is a much sought after collector's item now. Kind of like your podcast host.

And we're checking it out in ATARI BYTES episode 255.

This week's short story: SIREN'S ECHO

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

Thanks to Sean Courtney for the "Storytime" theme.

www.carnivalofgleecreations.com is where you should go to get social media, show info and episodes for this show, ATARI BYTES, and for my other podcast, IT'S A PODCAST, CHARLIE BROWN.

The website also has info about books I've written, including the Santa story for adults, IN THE ST. NICK OF TIME and my new short story collection, HELL'S CEREAL: VERY SHORT STORIES FORTIFIED WITH ESSENTIAL SYLLABLES. 

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