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!