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Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari

Summary: A Podcast about growing up In the 70s and 80s, at the dawn of video games, navigating family strife, punk rock, Star Wars obsessions, and trying to understand to the world while developing an inexplicable love for everything “Atari”. -- We are twin brothers who grew up "Atari" or as we call it, in The Vertical Blank. The Vertical Blank is space between the lines. It's the the second half of Generation X. It's the where work occurs you never see on screen. It's the nuances that makes nostalgia real. It's the transcendental location that holds our best memories, biggest joys, greatest fears, and our most terrible losses. In this podcast we discuss Atari computers and systems, new and old, review new games we collect, talk about all the systems, and the significance they had in our lives and the lives of others, and even talk about them in an historical context with the backdrop the times they were released, and how they are being used now. We do all this in an effort to finally understand the answer to this existential question: what does it mean to have grown up "Atari" in the generation of the Vertical blank. Credits: Written, Engineered and Produced by Steve Fulton @fultonbot and Jeff Fulton @8bitrocket Branding by Daryl Litts @daryllitts

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  Generation Atari | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:12

S5: E1 - Generation Atari In this opening episode for season 5, after a tumultuous season 4,  inspired by some feedback, we reaffirm just why we are here and what we mean by “The Vertical blank” and “Generation Atari. BCB #36 - "The Atari Generation" (Delving "Into the Vertical Blank.")https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tRdFWpt3L0&t=1180s “Video Games For The ‘Basest Instincts Of Man’”  Jan, 28, 1982 (New York times Subscription required)Opinion | VIDEO GAMES FOR THE 'BASEST INSTINCTS OF MAN' - The New York Times (nytimes.com) Not mentioned in the episode but a good resource on this subject is “The Atari Age:The Emergence Of Video Games In America” by Michael Newman Atari Age: The Emergence of Video Games in America (The MIT Press): Newman, Michael Z.: 9780262536110: Amazon.com: Books   Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Music : Into the Vertical Blank - Tony Longworth : support Tony's Patreon music https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

  S4:E14: Atari Pac-Man Day 40th Anniversary Documentary | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 02:45:28

Clocking in at almost 3 hours, this episode is a remastered super-cut of Into The Vertical Blank Season 3, Episode #1, #4 and #6 (2020) that cover April 3, 1982: Atari Pac-Man Day and it's lasting effects on the company. Yep, this one is all about Atari VCS Pac-Man, but so much more as well. It features a discussion with the late Curt Vendel, in one of his final interviews, speaking very very passionately about what we all believed to be "Atari's Biggest Mistake". Written, edited, produced and hosted by Steve And Jeff FultonMusic by Tony LongworthBranding by Daryl Litts Rest In Peace Mr. Vendel, we miss you very much

  Bonus Atari ST Games That Rock: LLamatron ++: Llamatron, Jeff Minter and Heart of Neon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:18:50

In this episode, the brothers discuss recent Christmas, the latest Atari recharged  releases and then bring on their brother from another mother (and father) Tony Longworth to discuss the Jeff Minter Classic, LLamatron for the Atari ST.  They also disuss the Jeff Minter Documentary, Heart of Neon, and play a new Tony track made for the film.  Discussion Video Version: https://youtu.be/D1E45ePl6rU with Music Video by Heart of Neon Film maker, Paul Docherty Notes:  Heart of Neon: https://www.heartofneon.com/ Buy a Jeff Minter Game or swag here:  http://www.minotaurproject.co.uk/Minotaur/theshop.php ST Section of the Llamasoft site: http://www.llamasoftarchive.org/oldsite/llamadloads2.html#AtariST Atarimania Llamatron Page: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-llamatron_31157.html Tony’s LLamatron Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxqqSSUMelI Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Music : Perpetual Darkness - Tony Longworth : You can download this exclusive track by supporting Tony's Patreon music campaign @: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com FB: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

  S4:E12 Xmas 1984 : BBS: Demented and Sad, But Social | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:24:36

S4:E12 Xmas 1984 : BBS: Demented and Sad, But Social In  this episode, Steve and Jeff discuss Christmas 1984. Tramiel had purchased Atari but the Fulton brothers were oblivious and just wanted a modem to call BBSs and download public domain software. They also discuss Atari Writer, Printers, Gateway to Apshai, and a few magazines from December of 1984. Steve’s story goes over this time in detail and the events surrounding it. The boys discuss what really happened to the Atari 8bits and video games during the USA Video Game crash during this time period by going through ads from various local newspapers at the time.   Notes Local Ads on the ITVB site: https://intotheverticalblank.com/2021/12/29/december-1984-computer-and-game-advertisements/ Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Music : Oceans of Neon – Tony Longworth : Patreon: Tony Longworth is creating free music for everyone | Patreon Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari | Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank Into The Vertical Blank Pod Cast – Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod

  S4:E11 Sanctuary in Pelnor: The First Atari ST Role-Playing Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:14:52

In this episode Steve and Jeff discuss the Atari ST role-playing games listed in Atarimania.com from 1987, and also briefly go into the 1986 ones they discussed in S4:E10.  They also discuss the latest news that interests them. This all leads into a story by Steve that weaves their home experience growing up with playing a game of Phantasie on the Atari ST.  Show Notes: AtariMania Games List http://www.atarimania.com/pgelstsoft.awp?system=S&type=G&year=1987&genre=4&step=25 Games Discussed in this Episode: AutoDuel (Origin)  Casque des Forgerons (Le) (Coconuts) Eden Blues (Ere Informatique / Atari Italia)  Maitre des Ames (Le) [Advertised/MIA] (Ubi Soft) Phantasie II 1.0 (Strategic Simulations, Inc.) Phantasie III  (Strategic Simulations, Inc.) Quest (Pyramide) Rings of Zilfin (Strategic Simulations, Inc.) Roadwar 2000 1.0 (Strategic Simulations, Inc.) ST Larn 12.0 (no publisher) Wizard Warz (Go! / US Gold) Wizard's Crown (Strategic Simulations, Inc.) Ultima II Ultima III Atari XP : https://atarixp.com/ Champ Games Qix: https://champ.games/qix Gamestop T-shirts: https://www.gamestop.com/search/?q=Seven%20Squared&prefn1=brand&prefv1=Seven%20Squared Atari ST Droid Special Edition: https://www.bitmapsoft.co.uk/product/droid-definitive-collection/ Jaguar Kings of Edom: https://songbird-productions.com/product/kings-of-edom/ Credits Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton

  S4:E10: Atari ST Games the Early Years | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:21:40

S4:E10: Atari  ST Games the Early Years In this Episode, we cover the Atari ST, released in 1985 and what we consider to be the best "launch" titles for the system release in 1985 and 86. Of course these are not necessarily Launch Titles as computers rarely have them, but our favorite early years ST games. We have gone  through all of the Atari ST games released before 1987 using the excellent atarimaina.com database. We consider the first 18 months of the ST’s life as the launch period before most of the big games started being developed and huge European software houses began to flood the market with games. This is the list of games we recommend that the new Atari should re-release on a pack for the VCS and re-make as new games if possible.  We purchased our 520 ST in January of 1987 and had access to most of these titles. It would be another year before we would  start getting a lot of new UK and European games, and we’ll cover those later, but these are what we feel are the best in various genres for the ST during our pivotal move from 8 to 16 bit gaming.  There are more we could add to the list and your list might vary. Let us know if  if we missed any of your favorites. Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Music : Don’t Go Into The Woods – Tony Longworth : Patreon: Tony Longworth is creating free music for everyone | Patreon Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAP http://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari | Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank Into The Vertical Blank Pod Cast – Twitterhttps://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod Notes: Atarimania,com ST Games Database:

  S4:E9: Charley Chuck Has Been Found Alive! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:58:37

Charley Chuck has been found!  Atari announced recently that there will be a 21st century new console update for the game Food Fight!  In this episode we track down Interview with Andrew Marsh of Mega Cat to talk about their plans for the game, and also about what it means to make “retro” games in the year 2021   Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Music : And The Sun Still Shines Above The Clouds - Tony Longworth : Patreon: Tony Longworth is creating free music for everyone | Patreon Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAPhttp://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com–Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari | Facebook –Into The Vertical Blank Pod Cast - Twitter Notes:   News Of Game:  Atari Announces Modernized Food Fight Remake Featuring Online Multiplayer ... 2021-07-29 (pr-inside.com)   Mega Cat: Creative First Video Games – Mega Cat Studios   Mega Cat Evercade Mega Cat Studios 1 - Evercade Info Central

  S4:E8: The Disappearance Of Charlie Chuck - Remaster | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:03

There is new information regarding the whereabouts of one Charlie Chuck, the star of Atari's 1984 coin-op, Food Fight.  We will be revealing what we know and have a special interview in the next episode.  But for now, refresh your memories of the full mystery with a remastered version of the classic lead-off episode from Season 2 of "Into The Vertical Blank": The Disappearance Of Charlie Chuck. Recorded, Mixed, Edited and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Branding By Daryl Litts Additional Music by Tony Longworth Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAPhttp://www.briantravisband.com/ Find us here: http://intotheverticalblank.com –Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari | Facebook –Into The Vertical Blank Pod Cast  

  S4:E7: A Joyous Noise: Adventures With The Pokey Audio Chip | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:12:30

In the 80's we sold all of our Atari 800 discs and lost all of our youthful programs BASIC programs and creative output forever.  Or so we thought.A few weeks ago we discovered a lost "treasure":   an audio tape from 1984 that we never remembered recording of us using one of our programs.  With the help of musician Tony Longworth, we embarked on quest to plumbs the depths of this computer audio ephemera, the Pokey audio chip and how it was the cornerstone of much of the Atari "Into The Vertical Blank" experience. Features a remix by Tony Longworth. Written, edited, produced by Steve Fulton, Jeff Fulton  Branding by Daryl Litts Music "Pokey Remix" by Tony Longworth . Find Tony on Bandcamp Here:Tony Longworth (bandcamp.com) Theme by Brian TravisTitle: Into The Vertical Blank theme Words & music by Brian Travis (c)(p)2021 Taste This Moment Music ASCAPhttp://www.briantravisband.com/ Links: The Retro Hour UK Podcast Unfinished Atari Jaguar FMV Game American Hero Coming to Console – Push Square Ultima Forever  Press Reset Book by Jason Schreier and Ray Chase Music Video of New Theme by Brian Travis : Video by 8bitrock Studios Wikipedia Article Pokey Chip Our Pokey Sound Player Tool PokeyONE – Atari POKEY Chip Replacement for Atari Arcade Games Starting Line: A sound introduction (atarimagazines.com) Atarimania.com Mule Page Nothing Special – Pokey Tunes Video Atari Books and References noted:Atari Graphics and Arcade Game Design-Chapter 8 (atariarchives.org) Atari Program Exchange: Sound Editor (atariarchives.org) Mappi

  S4:E6: Top-10 Atari 400/800 Games Atari Should Remake For The VCS | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:36

In this episode we have a great story about the Atari 8 bit computers from Tony Longworth (and also his song "Star Raiders"...we should have just called this the Tony Longworth episode!), some Atari retro news, and a discussion about the Atari 8bit computers games we feel are ripe to be re-released and/or remade for Atari's new VCS, which had finally seen general release this week. Written, edited, produced by Steve Fulton, Jeff Fulton and Tony Longworth Branding by Daryl Litts Music "Star Raiders" by Tony Longworth Find us here: - http://intotheverticalblank.com -Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari | Facebook -Into The Vertical Blank Pod Cast

  S4:E5 Discovering the Atari 400, Star Raiders, Caverns Of Mars, Miner 2049er | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:57

The Atari 400 was a games machine masked as an entry-level computer computer.  When it was released in 1979, it could play Atari’s killer-app “Star Raiders” just as well as it’s more serious, older brother the Atari 800.   At the same time, the Atari 400 acted as a gateway for many kids to the world of programming.  In this episode we explore how we were first introduced to the Atari 400, the first few amazing games we played on it, and how it sparked dreams of being a computer programmer. The story in this episode was written and produced by Steve Fulton with music from Tony Longworth. Show Notes   Gamasutra “Atari 1971-1977” :Gamasutra - The History of Atari: 1971-1977 Gamasutra “Atari 1978-1981” :Gamasutra - Atari: The Golden Years -- A History, 1978-1981 Antic Pix Ten - 10 great games (atarimagazines.com) Miner 2049er History (archive.org) An interview with Bill Hogue from 1983 - Atari 8-Bit Computers - AtariAge Forums ANTIC The Atari 8-bit Podcast: ANTIC Interview 94 - Bill Hogue, Miner 2049er (libsyn.com) Written,edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts The song “Everything Changes But It All Stays The Same” by  Tony Longworth used by permission.  

  S4:E4: Rest In Peace Marz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:20:44

This is not a regular episode.   Today we talk about our sister Mari (Marz) who passed away at her home in early April.   Marz was our older sister, teacher and protector and also our game playing companion. We talk about grief and how sometimes memories of life events are intertwined with games in ways we just don't fully understand.   We also have a very nice story contribution from Tony Longwoth and of course a new Tony Tune and new from the Into The Vertical Blank Scene.  Notes: Atari 7800 Space Duel Home Brew: https://youtu.be/OWNI_6NKYiY Atari 8bit X:8 https://youtu.be/fPhSDJfayII Lotus Esprit Turbo STE: https://youtu.be/mtk23h5Hz2E   Tony Longworth All Lives Lost - Atari 400/800 Ghost Encounters https://youtu.be/YmwcMeA9z5M Tony Longworth Primal Serenity Album https://tonylongworth.bandcamp.com/album/primal-serenity   Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music -Tony Longworth’s Fold Your Head" https://tonylongworth.com/   Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com

  S4:E3: An In-Depth Interview With David Crane, Garry Kitchen, Dan Kitchen from Audacity Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:04

Last week we caught up with David Crane, Garry Kitchen and Dan Kitchen from Audacity Games to chat about the old Atari days, Activision, Absolute, Skyworks, the tragedy of digital obsolescence, their new venture Audacity games and their spectacular new Atari VCS game, Circus Convoy. See full video version of the interview here:(1) Audacity Games Interview: David Crane, Dan Kitchen and Garry Kitchen - YouTube Produced by Jeff and Steve Fulton Branding By Daryl Litts Music " Dance With Me" by Tony Longworth  

  S4:E2: How The Atari VCS Almost Killed Me. Plus the 9 VCS Launch Games And Circus Convoy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:30

An episode  jampacked with Atari VCS goodness! First a story about the allure (and danger) of Atari VCS programming in modern times. Then a playthrough and history of the original 9 VCS  1977 launch titles. Also memories of Combat! from Tony Longworth. and a discussion and reaction of the brand new VCS game Circus Convoy from Audacity games. Features "The Atari VCS Almost Killed Me" by Steve Fulton Written edited, produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Music : Ether and Eyes Turned Skyward by Tony Longworth  

  S4:E1 Atari Coin Ops Avalanche, Firetruck, Super Bug and Dominos and games you’ll never see. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:09:36

To start off the 4th season, we chose four games to play and discuss : Early Atari Coin-ops, Avalanche, Fire Truck, Super Bug, and Dominos. We also discuss a very early Electronic games magazine article on “Games we hope we’ll never see”. They were mostly wrong. Starting with this episode we will also have a companion video with us live discussing the games and items that need more visual evidence.  Live Game Play and discussion video The video for this episode is: https://youtu.be/1Apns1Bq5IU Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music -Tony Longworth’s Fold Your Head" https://tonylongworth.com/ Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com

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