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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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  S3:E25: 1981 - Atari VCS Christmas | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:42:35

S3:E25;  1981 - Atari VCS Christmas   For the 2020 Christmas episode we go back 39 years to 1981 and talk about how it felt to want, and ultimately, get, an Atari VCS that year.   We have a story from Steve about our twin scheming and planning to get a VCS, and then we have a discussion about our top-10 VCS games available at the end of 1981.   We hope these memories and stories help you have a good holiday in  2020 no matter what you celebrate or what your situation might be.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Into The Vertical Blank. Show Notes:   Written, Edited, Produced by Jeff Fulton and Steve Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts   Music in “Atari VCS Christmas” story is Crystalline by Tony Longworth from his album “Tinsel And Fire”. Tony’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth XMAS 7800 playable Demo: JS7800: Atari 7800 Emulator (raz0red.github.io)   Top-10 VCS Games available for Xmas 1981   Steve’s List  Asteroids Space Invaders Missile Command Breakout/Super Breakout Tennis:  Skiing  Adventure Night Driver Video Pinball Outlaw   Jeff’s List Asteroids Breakout Tennis Laser Blast Missile Command Space Invaders Pele’s Soccer Video Pinball Night Driver Adventure Some Cool Atari Videos from 1981

  S3:E24: Three Ghosts From Christmas Past | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:48:28

As we we prepare for the 2020 Chirstmas episode of Into The Vertical Blank, here is a supercut of three Christmas stories from past seasons told for the first tiem, in Chronological order:  -The Best  @*#! Christmas Ever (1983) -Atari 7800 Christmas (1986) -The Christmas Train (1982-2011) 

  S3: E23. Why We Are Thankful for STOS: The Game Creator | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:31

S3: E23. Why we are Thankful for STOS: The Game Creator In this episode the brothers talk about the creation of their one and only completed Atari ST game (“Zamboozal Poker Dice”) and the tools that helped them complete it:  the Mandarin / JawX Software products under the STOS banner.  Come along for the ride as they discuss the old days of making games on their favorite 16 bit computer.    Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Outside The Universe” By Tony Longworth Mentioned: Read the full story of Zamboozal Poker Dice here: https://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/11/20/zamboozal-poker-dice-atari-st-1991/   Atarimania.com Page for the Original Zamboozal Poker Dice: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-zamboozal-poker-dice_37004.html   Atarimania.com Page for the Updated 2020 1.2 version of Zamboozal Poker dice:http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-st-zamboozal-poker-dice_37016.html   STOS Tutorials on Intotheverticalblank.com https://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/11/13/stos-tutorial-1-setup-stos-on-hatari-and-the-first-blitter-operations/   https://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/11/16/stos-tutorial-2-brute-force-blitter-sprites-joysticks-and-more/   Orphaned Games Marauder Review https://orphanedgames.com/articles/Marauder_Review/Marauder_Review%20(Atari%202600).html

  S3:E22: Haunted House and the top 27 Scary Things For Atari Fans | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:06:21

In this episode Steve and Jeff cover the Wii Haunted House port from 2010, and also make their list of the top 27 things that scare Atari Fans (or at least scare Steve and Jeff).  They also feature an Easter egg from their past and a fantastic Tony Longworth tune.  Listen here or on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify.  Steam Store Haunted House: https://store.steampowered.com/app/9960/Haunted_House/   Credits Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Tony Longworth:  Primal Serenity E.P.  : Ostero and Light Of Day.    https://tonylongworth.bandcamp.com/album/primal-serenity Tony Longworth: Repercussion : https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-music-39166514 Tony Longworth: Repercussion : https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-music-39166514 Stay In Touch http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw

  S3E21: News Update! Plus the Top-50 Toys and Products from the 1977 Sears Wish Book | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:34:02

Right before the Atari VCS, Star Wars toys, and Lego hit big in the 70's there was the 1977 Sears Wish Book. It's like an archive of everything "cool" before things got real. Every year in September or October, the Sears Wish Book would arrive in the mail, and our job was to circle the things we wanted for Christmas.  In this episode we dive into the top-50 weird and wonderful products from the 1977 Sears Wishbook (plus some extras)  You can follow along in the links below: Wishbook Pages To Follow-along: 60-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-212.html# 59-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-181.html 58-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-198.html# 57- Oops.  56-https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n_PeDI7eu0mTv1T6BVFwyowA-ZFspwJP9Yio-HV-uLk/edit 55-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-562.html# 54-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-604.html# 53-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-599.html# 52-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-479.html 51.http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-530.html# http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-338.html#   50-http://www.wishbookweb.com/FB/1977_Sears_Wishbook/files/assets/basic-html/page-575.html# 49-

  S3:E20: The Ballad Of Castle Park Arcade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:53

In this episodes we take you back to an era when arcades in the shape of rockets and castles ruled the land, and TV shows like CHiPs ruled the airwaves.Most every kid who grew-up in the Golden Age of video games had a favorite place to play games.  For us, it was Castle Park in Redondo Beach, CA.   In this episode we have a story about Castle Park named "Ode To Castle Park", and we do something brand new: We recap an entire episode of the TV show CHiPs.  Season 6, episode 13 of the show CHiPs was filmed at Castle Park (and the surrounding area) and it lives as pop culture document to an era that now lives only in The Vertical Blank. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Tony Longworth:  Primal Serenity E.P.  : Ostero and Light Of Day.   https://tonylongworth.bandcamp.com/album/primal-serenityTony Longworth: Repercussion : https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-music-39166514   Chips Episode 13, Season 6:  Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B07C44MNWC/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s6 Google: https://play.google.com/store/tv/show?id=oaYQrsu582A&cdid=tvseason-Ae3k0_6-HVwHu_lnwGi-AQ&gdid=tvepisode-FLKh8eC4V3w Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/chips-season-6/id1071116240  Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw

  S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and IrataOnline Give Plato New Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:28:17

Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and Irata-Online Give Plato New Life Fujinet is an exciting new creation for Atari 8bit computers that, among other things, allows them to connect up to the internet and load disk images straight off of FTP sites. It is the brainchild of the genius Thomas Cherryhomes who would like to have this type of device built for all home computers.  Thomas started out by building IrataOnline, a version of the Plato Learning system and drivers for every popular computer system.  He then built the ultimate SIO device for Atari 8bit home computer to allow them to go on the internet, explore IrataOnline and much much more. Note: Be sure to check out the companion video(s) here so you can see Fuji.Net in Action:  https://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/09/24/s3e19-interview-with-thomas-cherryhomes-how-fujinet-and-irataonline-give-plato-new-life/ Fijunet: https://fujinet.online/ Irata Online: https://irata.online/ Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music -Tony Longworth’s “Dance Me This" https://tonylongworth.com/ Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com

  S3:E18: News Updates and Musing On The Amazing "Karateka" | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:11

In this episode we have updates on news from around the world of Atari, including the very sad and depressing passing of Curt Vendel, who we only just interviewed this season.  We also have a discussion about the game "Karateka" along with a book review of Jordan Mechner's "The Making Of Karateka"Recorded, Engineered and Produced by Steve And Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional Music : 8bit Wonderland by Tony Longworth Visit Us http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Notes:  Curt Vendel Memorial and Donation Information:https://ruggieroandsonsfh.com/tribute/details/2607/Curtis-T-Vendel/obituary.html#co Ntent-start Project HyperPie:  https://www.hyperpie.org/   Video Game Critic 8bit Karateka: https://videogamecritic.com/xefl.htm?e=87513#rev646   Video Game Critic 7800 Karateka https://videogamecritic.com/7800fl.htm?e=12840#rev583   Gaming History Source Compare Karateka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkQJqmoZTpc   Evercade Atari Lynx Collection # 1: https://www.evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-collection-1-cartridge/   Evercade Atari Lynx Collection # 2: https://www.evercade.co.uk/atari-lynx-collection-2-cartridge/ The Making Of Karateka: https://www.amazon.com/Making-Karateka-Journals-1982-1985/dp/1480297232/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+making+of+karateka&qid=1599611449&sr=8-1   The Making Of Prince Of Persia https://www.amazon.com/Maki

  S3 E17: Our Top 50 Favorite Games from Atari | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:46:48

Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Episode 50!  In this Episode we both ranked out top 50 games released by Atari across all platforms and came up with our combined top 50 + about 30 honorable mentions. Systems - Atari 2600, 5200, 400/800/XL/XE, ST, Lynx Jaguar and even more. Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “8 Bit Wonderland” By Tony Longworth Mentioned:: https://www.dankitchengames.com/ https://www.netflix.com/title/81019087 http://atariteca.blogspot.com/ Yamo’s Revenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M4BVYrQ-0Y Zoo Keeper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tU7cRfdbUg Vergeworld Icarus demo: http://retrobones.com/ Don’t forget: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com

  S3:E16: GCC  Part 2: Ms. Pac-Man  and the Sad Fate of the The  Atari 7800 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:19:27

In part 2 of our discussion with Steve Golson, we cover the glory of the Ms. Pac-Man, arcade game, and fate the lay ahead for GCC as Atari's silent but productive game  and hardware producing secret weapon.Betty Ryan bio: http://www.atariwomen.org/stories/betty-ryan-tylko/Electronic Games June 1982 :http://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_jun82.pdf Electronic Games September 1984: http://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games_sep84.pdf Steve Golson's Web Site: https://trilobyte.com/about/ Branding by Daryl LittsAdditional Music: "Decathlon" By Tony LongworthTony Longworth Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworthWeb Site: http://www.intotheverticalblank.comTwitter: @Atari_VB_podFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Email: 8bitrocket.collectibles@gmail.com  

  S3:E15: Steve Golson Interview Part 1: How GCC Atari’s Secret Weapon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:02

In this episode we talk to Steve Golson, hacker/engineer for GCC and creator of the hardware that converted Pac-Man into Ms. Pac Man.   In part one of a two part conversation, we chat about the era of coin-op “speed-up kits” and how GCC's revolutionary ideas for converting "Missile Command " into “Super Missile Attack” led to the upstart company becoming  Atari’s Secret Weapon.    Don't miss this one!  Golson is an amazing story teller! Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Missile Command” By Tony Longworth Visit us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Links Steve Golson's Web Site: https://trilobyte.com/about/ Super Missile Attack : https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9918

 S3:E15: How A Few MIT Dropouts Became Atari’s Secret Weapon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:02

In this episode we talk to Steve Golson, hacker/engineer for GCC and creator of the hardware that converted Pac-Man into Ms. Pac Man.   In part one of a two part conversation, we chat about the era of coin-op “speed-up kits” and how GCC's revolutionary ideas for converting "Missile Command " into “Super Missile Attack” led to the upstart company becoming  Atari’s Secret Weapon.    Don't miss this one!  Golson is an amazing story teller! Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Missile Command” By Tony Longworth Visit us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Links Steve Golson's Web Site: https://trilobyte.com/about/ Super Missile Attack : https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9918

  S3:E14 - Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:52

  S3:E14 Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games In this episode Steve and I discuss the games Tempest and Yars' Revenge and how they represented a change, at least to us, in the home and arcade gaming experience. We also have some home brew news, and a new song from Tony Longworth Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Spineless Wannabe Tinpot Dictator” By Tony Longworth Visit us: http://www.intotheverticalblank.com https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw Tony Longworth Patreon:https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth Links to mentioned games, etc Yars’ Revenge: https://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=603 Tempest: (From Klov):https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10065 AtariProtos 2600 Tempesthttp://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/tempest/tempest.htm AtariProtos 5200 Tempesthttp://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/tempest/tempest.htm Atari ST Tempest https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=402 Tempest Elite Plushttps://intotheverticalblank.com/2020/06/14/review-and-video-game-play-tempest-elite-megaoids-venture-48k-animal-keeper/ Official Jaguar Tempest 2000 FRom Atari Agehttps://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=1111 Nuonhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuon_(DVD_technology) New Version of Space

  S3:E13: Common Off The Shelf Dad : A Father's Day Story | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:10

A father's day story about being the "right-kind" of obsolete.Written, Recorded, Edited, Produced by Jeff And Steve FultonBranding by Daryl LittleSome music created with 8-bit Weapon Loop Library

  S3:E12 :Atari News In A Time When You Probably Shouldn't Care About Such Things | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:54:25

Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari: S3:E12 :Atari News In A time When You Probably Shouldn;t Care About Such Things In this episode we cover news from around the internet and the globe about all things Atari, New and old.  Written, Edited, Produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Branding by Daryl Litts Additional music - “Beyond The Realms Of Possibility” By Tony Longworth   Interviews Mentioned:: Johnny Wilson: https://intotheverticalblank.com/2011/12/28/my-interview-with-johnny-wilson-cgw-live-on-gamecareerguide-com/ Michaal Schrage: https://intotheverticalblank.com/2008/11/28/atari-nerd-interviews-the-first-mainstream-game-journalist-michael-schrage-of-rolling-stone/ Arnie Katz: https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/4226/electronic_games_the_arnie_katz_.php FujiNet - Thomas Cherryhomes https://github.com/FujiNetWIFI/atariwifi/wiki/What-is-FujiNet%3F  Joust for commodore 64 prototype found https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/2020/05/joust-c64-found/ Atari 2600/7800 Visual compendium https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/products/atari-2600-7800-a-visual-compendium Imagine That!: The story of one of the first African Americans to work in the design of video games and personal computers: https://www.amazon.com/Imagine-That-Americans-personal-computers/dp/B0848QQSLD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Imagine+That%21%3A+The+story+of+one+of+the+first+African+Americans+to+work+in+the+design+of+video+games+and+personal+computers&qid=1591201417&sr=8-1 Amico has Atari games: https://www.intellivisionamico.com/ SEGA : New Console: Maybe?  Announcement June 4th:

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