Sunday, March 11, 2018

3120, Mogul Maniac!

I'll be in the lodge by the fire drinking coffee while you go out and attack the slopes, you Mogul Maniac! Maybe I'll stand on the Joyboard for awhile and pretend I'm out there with you. Naahhh, I don't want to spill my coffee.

Oh hi! I didn't see you come in, sorry. Won't you join me in discussing Mogul Maniac and the Joyboard controller by Amiga? Well, it will be more like a lecture, I don't like listening to other people talk, Shush! You can write to me instead if you'd like, I have another game coming up called Plaque Attack by Activision. If you have any thoughts on the game, please send them to me at All the entries are read on the show, so it's kind of like you're talking, right? Please get your submissions in by March 20th or your teeth will rot. Who said contest? Shhhhhh. Thanks for listening!

Pertinent Links

H2H Adventure by Ro Anders
Q*Bert 2600 bug discovered
Mogul Maniac on Random Terrain
Jerry Lawson interview by Benj Edwards
Jay Miner interview by Mike Nelson
History of the Amiga by Jeremy Reimer
Amiga History Guide Atari game info
Hrothgar's Joyboard page
Amiga Power Play arcade carts on Atari Protos
RJ Mical talks about Zen Meditation Game
Guru Meditation by Ian Bogost
No Swear Gamer 419 - Mogul Maniac

Sunday, February 25, 2018

CX 2687, Tempest!

In this episode I talk about Atari's unreleased prototype of Tempest, which is also their arcade game that I love so very much. The next episode will hopefully get me back on schedule, and that one will feature Mogul Maniac by Amiga. If you have any thoughts on that game, please send it to by end of day March 5th.

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my very first episode. I've had a lot of highs and lows while doing the podcast, but I still enjoy doing it and I'm glad you all are still with me. I'm looking forward to the next 5 or 10 or 20 years of doing this podcast. Thank you so much for listening!

Tempest on Atari Protos
Tempest on KLOV 
Tempest: Geometries of Play by Judd Ruggill and Ken McAllister
Tempest on Atari Compendium
Chris Bieniek article in Ultimate Gamer Jan 1996 (via Atari Compendium)
Chris Bieniek's Video Game Ephemera website 
1995 Usenet thread on Tempest proto
Fixing Tempest proto thread on AA
Todd Rogers interview by Bill Kunkel and Scott Stilphen
Joystik Magazine Dec 1982
Omnigamer's video
Dick Moreland dispute thread on Twin Galaxies
Polygon article on Nolan Bushnell and GDC controversy by Owen Good
Kotaku article with interviews with several female Atari employees by Cecilia D'Anastasio
Ted Dabney interview by Michael Thomasson
Ted Dabney interview transcript from Retro Gaming Roundup podcast from Computer Space Fan site
Stone Age Gamer Podcast discussing Todd Rogers
Pie Factory Podcast discussing Todd Rogers and Nolan Bushnell
CU Podcast segment about Todd Rogers
CU Podcast segment about Nolan Bushnell
The Polybius Conspiracy podcast
Typhoon 2001 download for Windows

Sunday, February 11, 2018

5003002, Wall Ball!

Hi there, thanks for your patience for this episode on Wall Ball from Avalon Hill. I was finishing the editing on Wednesday morning when Sarah went to work. We thought the front porch was wet, but it was covered with ice. She fell and it was very scary, she was in a lot of pain. I ended up bringing her to the doctor to find out she had bruised her ribs. She is doing better now but the pain sneaks up on her still. Thanks to all of you again for your patience and well wishes.

Extra special thanks to Hoji and Kate Scott, who both helped me with this show by telling me about the programmer, Duncan Scott. Duncan sadly passed away in 2011, but when I contacted Kate she was very gracious and willing to help. She got together with her mom and they both answered the questions I sent. Thank you both so much!

Next up is the prototype for Tempest, by Atari. This is readily available on Flashback systems and also on Atari Age. I would love to hear your feedback on Tempest which you can send to me at Please send it to me by the end of the day February 18th. Thank you so much for listening!

Wall Ball Spring 1983 order form on Atarimania
Wall Ball on Random Terrain
Avalon Hill web site
Sports Illustrated Baseball on Board Game Geek
New Throwback Reviews with me!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

006-01, Congo Bongo!

Welcome to episode 148, where I discuss the Sega game and horrible fiery recurring death of Congo Bongo! Poor Congo Bongo, he never had a chance. Next up is Wall Ball by Avalon Hill, which is pretty rare. If you have any feedback on this game, why not send it to me at You'll be glad you did! Thank you all for listening.

Pertinent Links

Congo Bongo on KLOV
Congo Bongo on Random Terrain
Congo Bongo on Atari Protos
Steve Beck's web site
Beck Tech Inforworld article October 1984
Ray Kassar interview by Tristan Donovan
This Week's Episode podcast featuring ME
Liam's blog about my show, thanks Liam!
Turbotastic Podcast with Bryce

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

PB 5370, Popeye!

Happy New Year! Today's episode is about Popeye by Parker Brothers, based on the Nintendo arcade game, which in turn is based on the Popeye cartoons, which in turn again is based on the original comic strip which didn't originally feature Popeye (I know, right?!). Lots of great feedback, thank you all so much! Coming up next is Congo Bongo by Sega. If you have feedback for this game, please get it to me by January 21st. I am trying to turn over a new podcasting leaf, hopefully starting on feedback earlier will help. Thank you all so much for listening!

Pertinentsk Linksk

Popeye on KLOV
Popeye on Atari Protos
Popeye on Random Terrain
Popeye Easter egg/bug page on Atari Compendium
Popeye scratchoff game card thread on Atari Age
Popeye Scratchoff card on Atarimania
Popeye plastic cup on Atarimania
Excerpt from The Voice of Betty Boop by James D Taylor
No Swear Gamer 357 - Popeye
No Swear Gamer - Bluto vs. Brutus
Special Ed Toys
Memory Machine Podcast
Atari Bytes Podcast 30 - Popeye

Monday, December 25, 2017

Bonus Track - What Makes A Man Start Baking?

Merry Christmas everyone! I recorded this episode while I was baking Christmas cookies, so please excuse the sound quality and background noises. I thought that would be a good time to talk about what I do for a living (and for leisure too!). I hope that you will enjoy listening to it. Thank you once again for a wonderful year!

Rainbow Cookie recipe (TRY IT)
Books by Peter Reinhart (I have Crust and Crumb and Bread Baker's Apprentice)
Standard Baking Company in Portland ME
Bing's Bakery in Newark DE (my favorite in the state)

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2017 Super Christmas Spectacular Holiday Extravaganza!

Welcome to the 5th annual Christmas show. Thanks to all of you for contributing over the years to make these special shows so much fun for everyone to listen to. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. Thank you so much for listening!

Puerto Rican Christmas music
Puerto Rican Christmas music Part 2
Crimbo by iddod

Friday, December 8, 2017

Bonus Track - John Lennon 1940-1980

John Lennon has been a huge part of my life for decades. In this Bonus Track episode, I talk about how his murder affected me then and now. I know it's not the most happiest of topics around the holidays, I probably should have put this out on his birthday. But it didn't make sense to me to do that.

One thing I forgot to talk about during the show was one of my trips to NYC in the late 80s. I went with some friends to the Dakota building, where John Lennon lived and was murdered. I left feeling a renewed sadness about the murder, because the area where he was shot was so small. I had built it up in my head that since this was such an earth shattering event for me, the area where it happened would be bigger somehow. But it wasn't, it was just the entrance to an apartment building, albeit an expensive one. We went to Strawberry Fields in Central Park across the street afterwards, which made me feel a little better, but not much. I wasn't expecting so many flowers and trinkets left by fans on the Imagine mosaic almost a decade after the murder. I think a part of me was hoping to find some answers there as to why this happened, but I was disappointed. I don't think now that there are any answers. I would like to go back to Strawberry Fields someday, but I will stay away from the Dakota.

Regardless of the morose subject matter, I do hope you enjoy the episode and I thank you for listening. We all shine on.

John Lennon's Final Print Interview with Jonathan Cott
Lennon Remembers Part 1
Lennon Remembers Part 2
NYC Radio the night Lennon was killed
John Lennon's Last Radio interview with Andy Peebles

My favorite photo of John Lennon, by Richard Avedon. Unsurprisingly, it appears on the cover of the first Beatles album I was aware of, Love Songs. A copy of this poster hangs in my living room.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

CX 2686, Quadrun!

Alfred E. Neuman once said, "Better late than never. Unless you're going to the dentist!" Oh, how we laughed. This episode is about the extremely elusive Atari Age magazine mailaway game, Quadrun. It is the first home video game to feature speech without having to use an add on unit, like those OTHER systems. It also makes its own gravy! Coming up in January is Popeye by Parker Brothers. If you have any feedback for this game or any I've already covered, please send it to and I will read or play it on the show. Also, if you have any Christmas memories you'd like to share for the Christmas episode, please send it in by December 15th. I would love to hear from you! Thank you so much for listening.

Steve Woita's web site
Steve Woita interview by Ken Horowitz
Steve Woita interview on Planet Virtual Boy
Steve Woita interview by Michael Thomasson
Steve Woita interview by Scott Stilphen
Steve Woita interview by 8 Bit Rocket
Tiny Games web site
Quadrun Easter Egg page on Atari Compendium
Quadrun on Random Terrain
Atari Age magazine Quadrun announcement Nov 83 - Feb 84 issue
Atari Age magazine Quadrun Contest extended Mar-Apr 84 issue (last issue)
Quadrun Video Game Masters patch on Atarimania
Mighty Squirrel plays Quadrun 
No Swear Gamer 279 - Quadrun
Turbotastic Podcast on Facebook
Virtually Human Podcast - Waterworld