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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: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 has been updated, expanded and remastered.   This is a story about the type of imaginative 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  growing up in Generation X.

  S2:E9: DragonStomper And The Birth Of Console RPGs | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:55:20

Into the vertical blank: Generation Atari: Season 2, Episode 9 DragonStomper In the episode, Steve and Jeff take a deep look at the Atari 2600 game Dragon Stomper, what it meant to them in the grand scheme of gaming, and also how it had an effect on early 80’s video and computer games as a whole.  AtariProtos.com Dragon Stomper Page http://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/dragonstomper/dragonstomper.htm Halcyon Days Interview with Steve Hales https://dadgum.com/halcyon/BOOK/HALES.HTM Forbes magazine comparing the 2600 and the xbox 360 – with a discussion Dragonstomper https://www.forbes.com/2005/11/23/microsoft-xbox-videogames-cx_el_1123oldgames.html#6ee821d85f34

 Into the vertical blank: Generation Atari: Season 2, Episode 9 DragonStomper | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:55:20

Into the vertical blank: Generation Atari: Season 2, Episode 9 DragonStomper In the episode, Steve and Jeff take a deep look at the Atari 2600 game Dragon Stomper, what it meant to them in the grand scheme of gaming, and also how it had an effect on early 80’s video and computer games as a whole.  AtariProtos.com Dragon Stomper Page http://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/dragonstomper/dragonstomper.htm Halcyon Days Interview with Steve Hales https://dadgum.com/halcyon/BOOK/HALES.HTM Forbes magazine comparing the 2600 and the xbox 360 – with a discussion Dragonstomper https://www.forbes.com/2005/11/23/microsoft-xbox-videogames-cx_el_1123oldgames.html#6ee821d85f34

 S2:E8: The Exact Moment Nintendo Won The Video game War (A Short, Left Handed Episode) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:12

In this short summer bonus episode, Steve explores what he thinks is the exact moment Nintendo beat everyone and and won the video game war.  I imagine, it's not exactly what you expect.

 The Exact Moment Nintendo Won The Video game War (A Short, Left Handed Episode) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:12

In this short summer bonus episode, Steve explores what he thinks is the exact moment Nintendo beat everyone and and won the video game war.  I imagine, it's not exactly what you expect.

  S2:E8: The Exact Moment Nintendo Won The Video game War (A Short, Left Handed Episode) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:12

In this short summer bonus episode, Steve explores what he thinks is the exact moment Nintendo beat everyone and and won the video game war.  I imagine, it's not exactly what you expect.

 S2: E7 Pele's Soccer, Atari, and A Summer Story | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:54:56

Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Season 2 Episode 7 : Emits a shower of sparks: How we stopped playing  soccer and started playing Atari (along with Pele) In this episode, Steve and Jeff cover Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600, and the cultural as well as business atmosphere surrounding the game. This game fit perfectly into the summer episode slot as Soccer in the USA is mostly a summer sport, but also because Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600 was one of the first games to include a fireworks show when a goal is scored. They also cover some personal stories about the time in which the game came out, and a special story that intertwines the narrative about trying to find something to connect to their father after their soccer days turned into Atari and teen angst days.  Pele’s Soccer At AtariAge.com http://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=346 Pele’s Soccer At AtairMania.com http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-2600-vcs-pele-s-soccer_18298.html Wikipedia Article on the New York Cosmos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Cosmos_(1970%E2%80%9385) The Into The Vertical Blank YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw The Into the Vertical Blank Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/?ref=br_rs The Into the Vertical Blank Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/into_the_vertical_blank/ The Into The Vertical Blank Twitter Account https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod Jeff’s Twitter Account https://twitter.com/8bitrocket Steve’s Twitter Account https://twitter.com/fultonbot  

  S2: E7.5 Pele's Soccer, Atari, and A Summer Story | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:54:56

Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Season 2 Episode 7 : Emits a shower of sparks: How we stopped playing  soccer and started playing Atari (along with Pele) In this episode, Steve and Jeff cover Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600, and the cultural as well as business atmosphere surrounding the game. This game fit perfectly into the summer episode slot as Soccer in the USA is mostly a summer sport, but also because Pele’s Soccer for the Atari 2600 was one of the first games to include a fireworks show when a goal is scored. They also cover some personal stories about the time in which the game came out, and a special story that intertwines the narrative about trying to find something to connect to their father after their soccer days turned into Atari and teen angst days.  Pele’s Soccer At AtariAge.com http://www.atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=346 Pele’s Soccer At AtairMania.com http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-2600-vcs-pele-s-soccer_18298.html Wikipedia Article on the New York Cosmos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Cosmos_(1970%E2%80%9385) The Into The Vertical Blank YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPnyVqBr2glJ-vAcDYDUYYw The Into the Vertical Blank Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/intotheverticalblank/?ref=br_rs The Into the Vertical Blank Instagram Account https://www.instagram.com/into_the_vertical_blank/ The Into The Vertical Blank Twitter Account https://twitter.com/Atari_VB_Pod Jeff’s Twitter Account https://twitter.com/8bitrocket Steve’s Twitter Account https://twitter.com/fultonbot  

 S2:6.5: Claw Hammer : Father's Day Special Edition | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:27:06

This is a rebroadcast of the the story 'Claw Hammer' from season 1, episode 2. specially for father's day.

 'Claw Hammer' : Father's Day Special Edition | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:27:06

This is a rebroadcast of the the story 'Claw Hammer' from season 1, episode 2. specially for father's day.

  S2E7: Claw Hammer : Father's Day Special Edition | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:27:06

This is a rebroadcast of the the story 'Claw Hammer' from season 1, episode 2. specially for father's day.

  S2:E6: Why We Collect Atari | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:09:54

In this episode, Steve and Jeff have a frank discussion about what they collect and why they collect Atari.  Also includes a couple segments from Steve's "Fultonbot's Atari Quest" blog series, as well as an impromptu live remote visit to their favorite retro game store. 

  S2:E5: Electronic Games Magazine | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:01:10

In this epiosde of Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari, Steve and Jeff celebrate the magazine that started it all. The first publicaion in the USA that was strictly devoted to video and electronic games.  The brothers bring you two stories of thos glories magazine, each featuring a different issue of that impacted their childhood in a remarkable way.  Digital Press Landing pages for Electonic Games Magazine Scanned Issueshttp://www.digitpress.com/library/magazines/electronic_games/electronic_games.htm All audio content, production and enginnereing by Jeff and Steve Fulton (c) 2019 8bitrocket Studios

  S2:E4: Top-10 Worst Real-Life Products For Classic Video Gamers | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:19:51

What were some of hidden factors that led to the fall of Atari and the  golden age of classic video game consoles?  Did the world at large really understand video games at all?  In this episode we set out to prove, through the lens of some truly awful products and ideas, that the industry might have killed itself. The back pages and new products sections of Electronic Games magazine in 1982 and 1983 were filled with all sorts of products, services and offers that were dubious at best, and possibly, criminal at worst.   It appears that in the very early years of video games  all sorts of people jumped at the chance to try to sell all manner of items to the newly minted audience of “arcaders” and “joystickers” (the terms Electronic Games editors used to refer to “gamers” in  the early days).  Below are some the most useless/interesting and bizarre products that we could dig up in those pages: Notes: See "Enhanced" Youtube version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDXF4-gpPhc Read Full Story With Photos: http://www.8bitrocket.com/?p=8026

  S2: E3. We Always Wanted To Work for Atari | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:01:30

Steve and Jeff provide two new stories about wanting to work for, with, or somehow adjacent to classic Atari. The pair also answer feedback, to explain recent Irata, and give some responses to their favorite podcasts.  Tony Longworth’s incredibly melodic industrial grunge track “Into the Vertical Blank” again accompanies this episode, along with original music and audio  productions from the Fulton Brothers.   Tony Longworth’s Music: https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyLongworth The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast: http://2600gamebygamepodcast.libsyn.com/ The Atari Bytes Podcast: https://ataribytes.libsyn.com/ The XL/XE Podcast: https://player.fm/series/xlxe The Pie Factory Podcast: http://www.fab4it.com/piefactory/#/ The Christmas Bytes Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1678105444/christmas-bytes

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