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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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  S2:E19 : It's A Clip Show! "Best Of" moments From Season 1 and Season 3 Preview | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:17:34

Remember back in the 70's, after May sweeps, when   in the TV Guide it would say Happy Days had a (New) episode, but when you watched, it was just Fonzie, Ritchie and Laurie Beth reminiscing about what-not or whatever, as an excuse to play old clips and save money on production.  This is that, but oh so much worse.  Enjoy!Includes:- A new discussion with updates on past episodes- Clips from all season 1 episodes- An "emily" supercut-A new "season 3" opening we are testing out

  S2:E18 Bonus #2: Pork Chops And Retro Games Sizzle At CES 2020 | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:18:16

In this season 2 bonus episode, Steve makes a  visit to CES 2020 and looks in all corners for signs of retro games.   Some photos here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2020/01/15/s218-bonus-2-porch-cjops-and-retro-games-sizzle-at-ces-2020/

  S2:E17: Bonus - Book Review Of Galaga From Boss Fight Books And More! | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:28:46

This episode is a quick apology for mixing an episode of The Alarm podcast into the Into The Vertical Blank Feed.   This episode contains content that never made it into season 2 including book reviews for Galaga from Boss Fight Books and American Nerd, The Story Of My People, as well as a remote collecting excusrion and a lost intro for S2:E15.   Again, sorry about the mix-up. 

  S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best Atari Christmas Ever | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:24:33

From 2019: The best @#$! Chrustmas Ever!The Season 2 finale of Into The Vertical Blank. In this episode we pull out all the stops and explain exactly why Atari means so much to us. This honest, naked, all-cards-on-the-table, frank episode includes an Eponymous Story named "The Best #*@! Christmas Ever" that tells all. There is also discussion and a remix that incorporates the entirety of Season 2. This is probably not the final episode ever of Into The Vertical Blank, but if it was, we'd be satisfied that we achieved what we set out to do: exorcise the demons of our past and discover why we are here in the first place.

 S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best #*@! Christmas Ever | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:24:33

The Season 2 finale of Into The Vertical Blank. In this episode we pull out all the stops and explain exactly why Atari means so much to us. This honest, naked, all-cards-on-the-table, frank episode includes an Eponymous Story named "The Best #*@! Christmas Ever" that tells all. There is also discussion and a remix that incorporates the entirety of Season 2. This is probably not the final episode ever of Into The Vertical Blank, but if it was, we'd be satisfied that we achieved what we set out to do: exorcise the demons of our past and discover why we are here in the first place.

  S2: E15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:14:38

In this episode we dig into American Thanksgiving 1986 and discuss our transition from the Atari 800 to the Atari ST with the Atari 7800 squeezed in between. Tony Longworth:https://patreon.com/tonylongworth Some of the music in this Episode was created using an 8bitweapon Loop Library:https://8bitweapon.com/ The original Atari playfield From 8bitrocket.comhttp://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/07/28/atari-play-field-atari-st-games-1-michtron/ All other audio content, production and engineering by Jeff and Steve Fulton (c) 2019 8bitrocket Studios

 Season 2: Episode 15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:14:38

In this episode we dig into American Thanksgiving 1986 and discuss our transition from the Atari 800 to the Atari ST with the Atari 7800 squeezed in between. Tony Longworth:https://patreon.com/tonylongworth Some of the music in this Episode was created using an 8bitweapon Loop Library:https://8bitweapon.com/ The original Atari playfield From 8bitrocket.comhttp://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/07/28/atari-play-field-atari-st-games-1-michtron/ All other audio content, production and engineering by Jeff and Steve Fulton (c) 2019 8bitrocket Studios

  S2:14: Asteroids 40th Anniversary | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:51:23

We salute Asteroids 40th anniversary with a discussion of how things have changed since 1979, and with a rebroadcast of the story "Escape To The Asteroids Zone"

 S2:14: Asteroids 40th Anniversary | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:51:23

We salute Asteroids 40th anniversary with a discussion of how things have changed since 1979, and with a rebroadcast of the story "Escape To The Asteroids Zone"

 S2:E13: The Haunting of the Vertical Blank? | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:08:41

Into the vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 2 Episode 13 : The Haunting of the Vertical Blank This time the guys discuss “scary” Atari games (mostly *not* scary all), some real-world experiences that beg the question “Was Jeff and Steve’s 520 Atari ST haunted?”, a story about a creepy pen and paper “game” that had a profound effect on the pair growing up, and finally, a look into the very scary world viral indie games circa 2007-2008. See some photos of the actual ESP tests here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/10/20/s2e13-the-haunting-of-the-vertical-blank/ Games Mentioned: Atari 2600 Haunted House : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEC0ZX_f70 Atari 2600 Demon Attack : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GwoSr12kxY Atari 2600 Demons to Diamonds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQ7RNLE_v0 Atari 2600 Supercharger Escape from the Mind Master : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfw1GEMmlos Atari 400/800/XE/XE Satans Hollow : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JppyKelUX4g Atari 400/800/XL/XE Deadline :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HrVXBLXajo Atari 400/800/XL/XE Suspect:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLlUsQQhz58 Satan’s Hollow (Arcade): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eChgXxuEYJY Colecovision Mr. Do:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d37Hd2ZqXFQ Atari ST Kult : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ealqGjO90h8 Atari ST Dungeon Master : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiEgnbqeU0k Atari ST Phantasie II : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPlkbuPzkRM Atari ST Hound of Shadow : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SPO7Q3IdF4&list=PLFl3jwQIfR79HDKr_LNVYS2rmurbimiK3 Atari ST Star Raiders :

  S2:E13: Mind Games and The Haunting of the Vertical Blank | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:08:41

Into the vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 2 Episode 13 : The Haunting of the Vertical Blank See some photos of the actual ESP tests here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/10/20/s2e13-the-haunting-of-the-vertical-blank/ This time the guys discuss “scary” Atari games (mostly *not* scary all), some real-world experiences that beg the question “Was Jeff and Steve’s 520 Atari ST haunted?”, a story about a creepy pen and paper “game” that had a profound effect on the pair growing up, and finally, a look into the very scary world viral indie games circa 2007-2008. Games Mentioned: Atari 2600 Haunted House : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEC0ZX_f70 Atari 2600 Demon Attack : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GwoSr12kxY Atari 2600 Demons to Diamonds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQ7RNLE_v0 Atari 2600 Supercharger Escape from the Mind Master : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfw1GEMmlos Atari 400/800/XE/XE Satans Hollow : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JppyKelUX4g Atari 400/800/XL/XE Deadline :

 S2:E13: The Haunting of the Vertical Blank : Now With Photos! | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:08:41

Into the vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 2 Episode 13 : The Haunting of the Vertical Blank See some photos of the actual ESP tests here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/10/20/s2e13-the-haunting-of-the-vertical-blank/ This time the guys discuss “scary” Atari games (mostly *not* scary all), some real-world experiences that beg the question “Was Jeff and Steve’s 520 Atari ST haunted?”, a story about a creepy pen and paper “game” that had a profound effect on the pair growing up, and finally, a look into the very scary world viral indie games circa 2007-2008. Games Mentioned: Atari 2600 Haunted House : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEC0ZX_f70 Atari 2600 Demon Attack : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GwoSr12kxY Atari 2600 Demons to Diamonds : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppQ7RNLE_v0 Atari 2600 Supercharger Escape from the Mind Master : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nfw1GEMmlos Atari 400/800/XE/XE Satans Hollow : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JppyKelUX4g Atari 400/800/XL/XE Deadline :

  S2:E12: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 2 | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:16:42

In the follow-up episode to the Season 2, Episode 12, Steve and Jeff continue their discussion of the impact that Star Wars on their video game experience and video games in general.   They also add in a story by Steve and have a game play session of the Arcade, Atari 2600, and Atari 400/800/XL/XE version(s) of Star Wars Death Star Battle. Twitter: https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/into_the_vertical_blank/  

  S2:E11: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:48

In this two-part series we delve deep into Star Wars (or Star Wars:A New Hope for those who didn’t see the movie in the summer of 1977).  We examine the movie’s affect on us as 70’s kids and how Atari’s 1983 coin-operated “Star Wars: The Arcade Game” finally gave us the chance to be Luke Skywalker. See the photos from Sept. 26th, 1977 here: http://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/09/22/s22es2e11-star-wars-and-atari-in-the-vertical-blank-part-1/ References: -Coin Connection, May 1983   -Jed Margolin, Ed Rotberg “First Person Space War Memo” Dec 21, 1979  http://www.atarigames.com/safestuff/fpswidea.pdf -Dane Flansburgh former Project Archivist at The Strong https://www.museumofplay.org/blog/play-stuff/2015/07/star-wars-and-atari-documentation-of-a-classic-arcade-game   -Jed Margolin, Atari VAX Email March 7, 1983   Mike Halley Interview http://www.atarigames.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:july-1983-mike-hally-interview&catid=14:news-articles&Itemid=5    https://www.jmargolin.com/vmail/Stat82.txt -Jed Margolin “Unit Vector Math For 3D Graphics”  https://www.jmargolin.com/uvmath/uvmenu.htm   Mike Halley Interview http://www.atarigames.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=218:july-1983-mike-hally-interview&catid=14:news-articles&Itemid=5 Lucasfilm memo to Atari Star Wars development team  http://www.atarigames.com/safestuff/lucasstarwars.pdf

 S2:E10: Playing Outside in Generation X | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:26:02

To salute the end of summer, w e are re-running a story from last season named "Big Mouse And Little Mouse" that ha been updated, expanded and remasgtered.   This is a story about the type of imaginitive play that occurs when kids are trying to discover the world.   This was play in world of the mid 70's, without screens (except the wood console one on the living room).  The events in this story are all real, and all took place on a single day that I recall vividly from our childhood.    The story take place in and around our childhood home as we used every inch of it to master our world  gorwing up in Generation X.

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