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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:E2: Going,Going,Gone (Story Podcast) | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:20

This week we are inspired by  one of our all-time a favorite podcasts This American Life.  Taking a cue from Ira Glass’s often copied, but never duplicated style, we have collected three new stories on single topic: Going Going, Gone. Our first “Going” story from myself, Steve, called “Surprise Box” is about a seaside arcade that is destined to close forever.  Our next “going” story S from Jeff called “The Magic Basement” is about a certain retail establishment that is now on its last legs, but still fighting to stay alive.The final piece,   “Gone” story, named “Terms Not Disclosed” from  Steve,  talks about a certain restaurant from our youth that has disappeared and may never come back. Photos from The Fun Factoryhttp://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/03/22/s2e2-going-going-gone/  

  S2:E2: Going,Going,Gone (Fun Factory, Sears, Pizza Parlours) | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:49:20

This week we are inspired by  one of our all-time a favorite podcasts This American Life.  Taking a cue from Ira Glass’s often copied, but never duplicated style, we have collected three new stories on single topic: Going Going, Gone. Our first “Going” story from myself, Steve, called “Surprise Box” is about a seaside arcade that is destined to close forever.  Our next “going” story S from Jeff called “The Magic Basement” is about a certain retail establishment that is now on its last legs, but still fighting to stay alive.The final piece,   “Gone” story, named “Terms Not Disclosed” from  Steve,  talks about a certain restaurant from our youth that has disappeared and may never come back. Photos from The Fun Factoryhttp://www.8bitrocket.com/2019/03/22/s2e2-going-going-gone/  

  S2:E1.5 Friday Display List: Feedback and response | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:29:01

This week, 8bitjeff gets into a some awesome listener feedback and provides some of his own for the Atari 5200 Podcast.  First up some questions and answers for Tony Longworth, who’s Into The Vertical Blank song gets its own full length airing in the episode. Next up is an incredible story by Bill Lange about his father, his childhood, Christmas and Lionel Trains.  To finish off the episode, Jeff provides instant feedback to the 5200 Podcast on their most recent episode about Star Wars games for the Atari Super System: Tony Longworth’s CD Baby Storehttps://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyLongworth Old School Gamer Magazine - Which contain numerous Articles by Bill Langehttps://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazine/ The Atari 5200 Podcast https://theatari5200superpodcast.libsyn.com/ Atari Mania Atari 8bit Star Wars Games http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari_search_83.84.65.82.32.87.65.82.83._8_G.html

 Bonus #2 Friday Display List: Feedback and response | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:29:01

This week, 8bitjeff gets into a some awesome listener feedback and provides some of his own for the Atari 5200 Podcast.  First up some questions and answers for Tony Longworth, who’s Into The Vertical Blank song gets its own full length airing in the episode. Next up is an incredible story by Bill Lange about his father, his childhood, Christmas and Lionel Trains.  To finish off the episode, Jeff provides instant feedback to the 5200 Podcast on their most recent episode about Star Wars games for the Atari Super System: Tony Longworth’s CD Baby Storehttps://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyLongworth Old School Gamer Magazine - Which contain numerous Articles by Bill Langehttps://www.oldschoolgamermagazine.com/magazine/ The Atari 5200 Podcast https://theatari5200superpodcast.libsyn.com/ Atari Mania Atari 8bit Star Wars Games http://www.atarimania.com/list_games_atari_search_83.84.65.82.32.87.65.82.83._8_G.html

  S2:E1: Atari Food Fight (Audio Remaster) | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:07:32

In this first episode of season 2 the Fulton’s dive into a mystery: Why hasn’t Atari’s magnificent 1983 game “Food Fight” appeared any of their retro game collections? Where has it is gone?   Episode features an in-depth interview with the fabulous Jonathan Hurd, creator on the Food Fight arcade game for GCC and Atari. Atari 2015 IP Catalog: http://news.calyptus.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atari-IPs-Sept15.pdf Atari Production Numbers Memo:  http://www.atarigames.com/atarinumbers90s.pdf Atari Vault: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-vault/ Atari Flashback Classics 1: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume1/ Atari Flashback Classics 2: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume2/ Atari Flashback Classics 3: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume3/ Atari Flashback Classics Switch: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-switch/ Atari Foodgod’s Food Truck Frenzy:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atari.mobile.atarifoodfight Quantum Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFs_nIOMXJs Food Fight Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdNcro22TbQ Nightmare arcade game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo60wBg3H2w&t=1254s Food Fight Atari 7800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8qNjya0B0 Crazy Otto Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIL8aYDfALU Ms Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQv0zAXDCo8 Jr. Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAu5-Zt4nL4 Ms Pac Man Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYjSI4Pnh7M Jr. Pac Man Atari 2600:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-y4o7VX3I Atari Red Baron at Retroist: https://www.retroist.com/2012/07/27/ataris-red-baron/ Food Fight Atari  8Bit: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-food-fight_2036.html

 S2:E1: The Disappearance Of Charley Chuck : Atari Food Fight | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:07:32

In this first episode of season 2 the Fulton’s dive into a mystery: Why hasn’t Atari’s magnificent 1983 game “Food Fight” appeared any of their retro game collections? Where has it is gone?   Episode features an in-depth interview with the fabulous Jonathan Hurd, creator on the Food Fight arcade game for GCC and Atari. Atari 2015 IP Catalog: http://news.calyptus.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atari-IPs-Sept15.pdf Atari Production Numbers Memo:  http://www.atarigames.com/atarinumbers90s.pdf Atari Vault: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-vault/ Atari Flashback Classics 1: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume1/ Atari Flashback Classics 2: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume2/ Atari Flashback Classics 3: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume3/ Atari Flashback Classics Switch: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-switch/ Atari Foodgod’s Food Truck Frenzy:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atari.mobile.atarifoodfight Quantum Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFs_nIOMXJs Food Fight Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdNcro22TbQ Nightmare arcade game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo60wBg3H2w&t=1254s Food Fight Atari 7800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8qNjya0B0 Crazy Otto Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIL8aYDfALU Ms Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQv0zAXDCo8 Jr. Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAu5-Zt4nL4 Ms Pac Man Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYjSI4Pnh7M Jr. Pac Man Atari 2600:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-y4o7VX3I Atari Red Baron at Retroist: https://www.retroist.com/2012/07/27/ataris-red-baron/ Food Fight Atari  8Bit: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-food-fight_2036.html

 S2:E1: The Disappearance Of Charley Chuck : Atari Food Fight | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:07:32

In this first episode of season 2 the Fulton’s dive into a mystery: Why hasn’t Atari’s magnificent 1983 game “Food Fight” appeared any of their retro game collections? Where has it is gone?   Episode features an in-depth interview with the fabulous Jonathan Hurd, creator on the Food Fight arcade game for GCC and Atari. Atari 2015 IP Catalog: http://news.calyptus.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atari-IPs-Sept15.pdf Atari Production Numbers Memo:  http://www.atarigames.com/atarinumbers90s.pdf Atari Vault: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-vault/ Atari Flashback Classics 1: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume1/ Atari Flashback Classics 2: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume2/ Atari Flashback Classics 3: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume3/ Atari Flashback Classics Switch: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-switch/ Atari Foodgod’s Food Truck Frenzy:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atari.mobile.atarifoodfight Quantum Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFs_nIOMXJs Food Fight Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdNcro22TbQ Nightmare arcade game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo60wBg3H2w&t=1254s Food Fight Atari 7800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8qNjya0B0 Crazy Otto Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIL8aYDfALU Ms Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQv0zAXDCo8 Jr. Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAu5-Zt4nL4 Ms Pac Man Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYjSI4Pnh7M Jr. Pac Man Atari 2600:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-y4o7VX3I Atari Red Baron at Retroist: https://www.retroist.com/2012/07/27/ataris-red-baron/ Food Fight Atari  8Bit: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-food-fight_2036.html Etsy: Atari Food Fight, Red Baron, Tunnel Hunt & Battlezone Vintage Video Arcade Game Joystick Pivot Ball: https://www.etsy.com/listing/595024277/atari-food-fight-red-baron-tunnel-hunt Atari Food Fight Operators Manual: https://www.arcade-museum.com/manuals-videogames/F/foodfight.pdf Atari ST Mudpies: https://www.mobygames.com/game/mudpies Williams Splat game: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9727

 S2:E1: The Disappearance Of Charlie Chuck : Atari Food Fight | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:07:32

In this first episode of season 2 the Fulton’s dive into a mystery: Why hasn’t Atari’s magnificent 1983 game “Food Fight” appeared any of their retro game collections? Where has it is gone?   Episode features an in-depth interview with the fabulous Jonathan Hurd, creator on the Food Fight arcade game for GCC and Atari. Atari 2015 IP Catalog: http://news.calyptus.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Atari-IPs-Sept15.pdf Atari Production Numbers Memo:  http://www.atarigames.com/atarinumbers90s.pdf Atari Vault: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-vault/ Atari Flashback Classics 1: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume1/ Atari Flashback Classics 2: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume2/ Atari Flashback Classics 3: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-volume3/ Atari Flashback Classics Switch: https://www.atari.com/games/atari-flashback-classics-switch/ Atari Foodgod’s Food Truck Frenzy:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.atari.mobile.atarifoodfight Quantum Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFs_nIOMXJs Food Fight Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdNcro22TbQ Nightmare arcade game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo60wBg3H2w&t=1254s Food Fight Atari 7800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQ8qNjya0B0 Crazy Otto Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIL8aYDfALU Ms Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQv0zAXDCo8 Jr. Pac Man Arcade Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAu5-Zt4nL4 Ms Pac Man Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYjSI4Pnh7M Jr. Pac Man Atari 2600:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8-y4o7VX3I Atari Red Baron at Retroist: https://www.retroist.com/2012/07/27/ataris-red-baron/ Food Fight Atari  8Bit: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-food-fight_2036.html Etsy: Atari Food Fight, Red Baron, Tunnel Hunt & Battlezone Vintage Video Arcade Game Joystick Pivot Ball: https://www.etsy.com/listing/595024277/atari-food-fight-red-baron-tunnel-hunt Atari Food Fight Operators Manual: https://www.arcade-museum.com/manuals-videogames/F/foodfight.pdf Atari ST Mudpies: https://www.mobygames.com/game/mudpies Williams Splat game: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9727

 Bonus Podcast: A Trip To The Retro City Festival In Pomona, CA | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:38:41

In this Bonus podcast between Season 1 and Season 2, Steve takes his family to the Retro City Festival in Pomona, CA . Mild, family friendly hijinks ensue.

 S1:E11: Bonus : A Trip To The Retro City Festival In Pomona, CA | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 00:38:41

In this Bonus podcast between Season 1 and Season 2, Steve takes his family to the Retro City Festival in Pomona, CA . Mild, family friendly hijinks ensue.

  S1:E11: Bonus : A Trip To The Retro City Festival In Pomona, CA (Remaster) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:38:41

In this Bonus podcast between Season 1 and Season 2, Steve takes his family to the Retro City Festival in Pomona, CA . Mild, family friendly hijinks ensue.

 S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank plus The Christmas Train | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:27:12

In this season 1 finale, the Fulton brothers discuss the early years of Atari and Christmas, culminating in a Christmas story that ties a bow on a few of the previous stories and themes from this season. There are also some surprises, weird occurances, and awkwardness. Lots and lots of awkwardness. What were you expecting?  Some Images To Illustrate The Podcast Probably the first ad we ever saw in Electronic Games magazine from November 1981 The Amazing "Train Tables" in the Sears Catalog The only picture I have of the N-Scale Xmas-tree stand.  This is from long after it fell into disrepair, but I think you can still still what it might have looked like in it's glory days The "HO Scale Dementia Table" when "everything lived" Dad working on his table the took up most of his room.    

 S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:27:12

In this season 1 finale, the Fulton brothers discuss the early years of Atari and Christmas, culminating in a Christmas story that ties a bow on a few of the previous stories and themes from this season. There are also some surprises, weird occurances, and awkwardness. Lots and lots of awkwardness. What were you expecting?  Some Images To Illustrate The Podcast Probably the first ad we ever saw in Electronic Games magazine from November 1981 The Amazing "Train Tables" in the Sears Catalog The only picture I have of the N-Scale Xmas-tree stand.  This is from long after it fell into disrepair, but I think you can still still what it might have looked like in it's glory days The "HO Scale Dementia Table" when "everything lived" Dad working on his table the took up most of his room.    

  S1:E10: Christmas In The Vertical Blank plus The Christmas Train (remaster) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:12

In this season 1 finale, the Fulton brothers discuss the early years of Atari and Christmas, culminating in a Christmas story that ties a bow on a few of the previous stories and themes from this season. There are also some surprises, weird occurances, and awkwardness. Lots and lots of awkwardness. What were you expecting?  Some Images To Illustrate The Podcast Probably the first ad we ever saw in Electronic Games magazine from November 1981 The Amazing "Train Tables" in the Sears Catalog The only picture I have of the N-Scale Xmas-tree stand.  This is from long after it fell into disrepair, but I think you can still still what it might have looked like in it's glory days The "HO Scale Dementia Table" when "everything lived" Dad working on his table the took up most of his room.    

 S1:E9: Laser Blast And The Weird Family Thanksgiving | File Type: audio/mp3 | Duration: 01:07:20

S1:E9: The Weird Family Thanksgiving In the Vertical Blank In the penultimate episode of season one of Into The Vertical Blank, travel back to Thanksgiving holidays of the past to find out how pop culture,  games and Atari fit into The Vertical Blank.    This episode features a story by Steve Fulton named "The Weird Family" and Story by Jeff Fulton named "4 Days In November" Notes: See images mentiiend inpodcast here:http://www.8bitrocket.com/2018/11/21/s1e9-the-weird-family-thanksgiving-in-the-vertical-blank/ Of Dice And Men: by David M. Ewalt : https://www.amazon.com/Dice-Men-Dungeons-Dragons-People/dp/145164051X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1542898885&sr=8-1&keywords=of+dice+and+men Colonial Coquest by SSI: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_Conquest Starleague Baseball:  http://www.geekometry.com/2013/11/gamechanger-star-league-baseball/ Laser Blast!:  http://atariage.com/software_page.php?SoftwareLabelID=270 Lilttle Alchemy : https://littlealchemy.com/   Images Mentioned In Podcast 50's Day 1982 Laser Blast High Score, 1982

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