00:29:04 13.3 MB Production date: 07/15/14
In the inaugural episode of Player/Missile, I introduce myself, talk about my background with the Atari 8-bit systems, what the podcast will be about and what it won't be about, and describe the format of the subsequent episodes.
1979: STAR RAIDERS
01:05:40 30.1 MB Production date: 08/03/14
Welcome to 1979! Episode 1 includes a brief summary of the technical specifications of the Atari 400 & 800 that were first released at the end of the year, discussion of Creative Computing issues starting from April and the very first Compute! magazine, and a review of a game original to the Atari 8- bits and destined to become an all-time classic game: Star Raiders.
1980, PART 1: SUPER BREAKOUT
00:45:19 20.7 MB Production date: 08/27/14
Welcome to 1980! Episode 2 includes coverage of the Creative Computing and Compute! magazines through the first half of 1980 and a review of the game Super Breakout by Atari.
1980, PART 2: SPACE INVADERS
01:04:14 29.4 MB Production date: 09/17/14
Finishing off 1980, Episode 3 includes coverage of the remaining 6 months of Creative Computing and Compute magazines, and a review of the game Space Invaders published by Atari.
JAN 1981: CAVERNS OF MARS
01:45:16 48.2 MB Production date: 10/12/14
Welcome to January, 1981! Finally going month-by-month, Episode 4 includes the first ANALOG issue, Compute #8 and Creative Computing Vol 7 #1 and a review the game Caverns of Mars published first by APX then by Atari itself. And in my first interview, I talk with with Mike DesChenes, the co-founder of ANALOG Computing!
FEB 1981: JAWBREAKER
01:06:25 30.4 MB Production date: 11/07/14
This episode reviews the game Jawbreaker by John Harris and covers the February 1981 magazines Compute #9, Creative Computing Vol 7 #2, and introduces coverage of SoftSide Magazine. Anacronisticly included is coverage of my trip to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo 2014.
MAR 1981: SABOTAGE
01:35:11 43.6 MB Production date: 11/23/14
In addition to the usual magazine coverage for March 1981, we look at the Apple ][ game Sabotage, converted to run on the Atari. I talk with Paul Hagstrom to get background knowledge on the Apple hardware, and get the inside story on the Sabotage conversion by the guy who did it, AtariAge user Shamus.
APR 1981: GEM DROP (HOMEBREW)
01:24:56 38.9 MB Production date: 01/08/15
Magazine coverage for April 1981 but jump ahead in time to cover our first homebrew game, Gem Drop by Bill Kendrick. Bill also invented one of the first software-driven graphics modes, called Super IRG, and we have an interview with him to talk about it.
MAY 1981: EASTERN FRONT (1941)
01:00:14 27.6 MB Production date: 02/14/15
Magazines from May 1981 and a review of Eastern Front (1941) by Chris Crawford, and the triumphant reinstatement of the tech section of the podcast because I've found a manageable topic. Also, info about the Atari Party 2015 which I will attend and give away a Raspberry Pi.
JUN 1981: INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL CURRENT
01:38:41 45.2 MB Production date: 03/03/15
Interview episode with Michael Current, maintainer of the Atari 8-bit FAQ and the Atari History Timeline; also covering the magazines from June 1981. Tech section on building Star Raiders, MAME cabinet update, and the Atari Party: Davis CA, May 2, 2015!
JUL 1981: INTERVIEW WITH CHUCK BUECHE
01:29:56 41.2 MB Production date: 03/20/15
Interview episode with Chuck Bueche, tech section on Star Raiders and the Atari 8-bit executable format, guest magazine coverage of Softalk, and the Atari Party: Davis CA, May 2, 2015!
AUG 1981: INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HAGUE
01:49:34 50.2 MB Production date: 04/10/15
Interview episode with game developer James Hague who was published in ANALOG and Antic magazines, is the author of Halcyon Days & maintainer of the Giant List of Classic Video Game Programmers. Atari Party 2015 is just around the corner!
SEP 1981: FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PART 1
02:10:26 59.7 MB Production date: 05/04/15
Flight simulator roundup where Chris Olson and I review 5 noteworthy civilian aircraft sims on the 8-bits (military sims will be the subject of part 2). Also added Byte to the magazine to the coverage due to the serializiaton of De Re Atari.
OCT 1981: MISSILE COMMAND
01:47:43 49.3 MB Production date: 06/02/15
Summary of Bill Kendrick's Atari Party 2015 and review of the excellent port of Missile Command. In magazine coverage, I've added MICRO: The 6502/6809 Journal, and new contributor Michael Glaser takes over SoftSide Magazine.
SPECIAL EPISODE: GAME DRAFT #1
01:34:37 43.3 MB Production date: 06/25/15
Jack Nutting of the Retro Computing Roundtable, Victor Marland of Ten Pence Arcade, Wade Ripkowski of Inverse Atascii and Kevin Savetz of ANTIC join me for a 5 round draft of Atari 8-bit games.
NOV 1981: REVERSI II
01:50:17 50.5 MB Production date: 07/31/15
Two new magazines for the coverage: Computer Gaming World and my first magazine from the UK: Computer & Video Games, and two guest reviewers of magazines. An overview of KansasFest from the Atari point of view, and a review of the APX game Reversi II.
DEC 1981: FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PART 2A
02:39:54 73.2 MB Production date: 09/01/15
The first half of the military flight simulator roundup with Chris Olson. I've included a bonus tech section at the end discussing a clever display list technique used by the MicroProse sims. Guest reviews: Michael Glaser of the XEGS Cart-by-Cart podcast covers SoftSide and Kevin Savetz summarizes the APX Winter 1981 Catalog.
JAN 1982: SHAMUS
02:17:42 63.0 MB Production date: 10/19/15
The universe of games really begins to expand in 1982. From here on out we'll have a huge selection of choices to talk about, and Shamus by Cathryn Mataga leads us off. Also, an interview with Michael Portuesi who is both a published author in Compute!'s books and a listener to the podcast.
FEB 1982: FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PART 2B
02:12:19 60.6 MB Production date: 12/09/15
Part 2b of the flight simulator roundup with Chris Olson, reviewing helicopter sims and the all-time classic F-15 Strike Eagle. Plus: an update on speeding up Star Raiders.
MAR 1982: GETAWAY!
02:26:50 67.2 MB Production date: 03/31/16
Game review of Getaway! and interview with the author Mark Reid. The program won the Atari Star Award and the $25,000 prize in 1983. I also introduce Omnivore, the 8-bit binary editor that I've been working on during the hiatus. Kevin Savetz has a guest review of the APX Spring Catalog, and we add a new section to the podcast, the countdown to the Tramiel takeover.
APR 1982: JUMPMAN
01:43:28 47.4 MB Production date: 10/14/16
The culmination of the first "season" of the Player/Missile podcast is a review of my favorite game and the announcement of the project undertaken by Kevin Savetz and myself to reverse engineer the game. We're sponsoring a level design contest, and there's still time to enter! Oh, and I'm taking a hiatus until I can collect the physical magazines. You can help out with your contributions!
- Miner 2049er
- Fort Apocalypse
- Alley Cat
- Astro Chase
- Galahad and the Holy Grail
- Floyd of the Jungle
- Mountain King
- Caverns of Khafka
- Orc Attack
- Murder on the Zinderneuf
- Blue Max
- Monster Smash!
- Lode Runner
- Rally Speedway
- River Rescue
- Pole Position
- Boulder Dash
- Bruce Lee
- Zone Ranger
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- Seven Cities of Gold
- Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
- Star Raiders II
- Rescue on Fractalus!
- The Great American Cross-Country Road Race
- Elektra Glide
- The Goonies