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#3293348 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Wed Aug 5, 2015 11:10 AM

I was going to e-mail you, Shinto, because I noticed there wasn't an entry for the Commodore CDTV, which was basically an Amiga 2000 with a fancy CD player...but I don't know if there were enough games to warrant a "game by game" podcast for it...

Ah, yes, the CDTV.  I just added it to no.gamebygamepodcast.com, along with several other low-game-count platforms, because why not?  These include the Casio PV-1000 (15 games), Action Max (5 "games"), Interactive Vision (7 "games"), the SuperGrafx (7 games), and the Nuon (8 games plus homebrew).  How did I forget the Nuon?


Even if nobody tackles these limited platforms, I kind of like to list them on the site, if only to make people say, "Casio made a video game system?"  Maybe someone will launch a Forgotten System Game by Game Podcast and cover all these at once.


That and/or the Amiga CD32, which has at least 150 titles (with new ones being ported from the Amiga to the CD32 on a regular basis).

I had the CD32 listed incorrectly, so that's fixed now.

#3289987 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:54 PM

I'm gearing up to record episode 1, about the origins and launch of the Jaguar.  If you have any stories you'd like to share about how you got into the Jaguar, old or new, please send those in by 23:59:59 UTC on August 6th, to make sure they get in the show.  jaguar@gamebygamepodcast.com works best, AtariAge PM is fine, even posting to this thread would be OK.  I hope to publish this episode August 9th.


Thank you all for your support; I'm thrilled with the reaction so far, and excited to get rolling on this.

#3289313 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:28 PM

I really want to hear a Atari Lynx podcast so much!  I love the system, I have my original one still and just picked up a Lynx II for 20 bucks at the flea market.   Vectrex and Lynx are my big two on the Willie! Wish List! 


Yes! If you or atariLBC or someone had beaten me to the Jaguar punch, I would have tackled the Lynx for sure.  I still have my original model 1, and recently acquired my brother's model 2 as well.  My daughter is totally addicted to ComLynx Gauntlet.  See, my Jaguar collection is more complete than my Lynx one, which is a main reason why I went with the Jaguar instead.  But I would send in all sorts of audio submissions to a Lynx podcast, no doubt, maybe even co-host if the timing works out (big "if").

#3289082 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:19 AM

I should probably clarify the reasoning behind the Game by Game Podcast site.  It's designed for shows that focus on one platform and cover one or more games per episode for that platform.  That way, I could set up a different subdomain name for each system, and end up with somewhat-readable URLs like 2600.gamebygamepodcast.com and snes.gamebygamepodcast.com.


Multi-platform podcasts (Press Play on Tape, Watch Out for Fireballs, The Retro League, Intarivisions, etc.) cover games on a variety of systems and are, sadly, outside the scope of what I wanted to accomplish there.  It's too wide a net to cast, and the site's schema wasn't built to support it them, just single-platform shows.  If somebody wants to start a greater index of retro gaming podcasts, that would be cool.  I'd be happy to help get it set up, but I won't be able to run it.



When I initially built gamebygamepodcast.com, I populated the database with a whole mess of different game systems, with the thought that I could list podcastless platforms as a sort of plea.  I didn't follow through with this plan until yesterday.  Platforms with no (known) podcast can now be seen at no.gamebygamepodcast.com (get it?  no game by game podcast? ah, well).  So if you're itching to launch a new show but are in search of a theme, why not the Telstar Arcade or Virtual Boy or 32X or Vectrex?  Ooh, Vectrex.  They're all there at no.gamebygamepodcast.com.  I'm sure it's far from a comprehensive list, but there are still over 30 platforms there looking for a podcast home.


I can cross the Amiga off the list, though, as the Amigos podcast is now on the site at amiga.gamebygamepodcast.com.

#3287006 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Mon Jul 27, 2015 4:08 PM

S1500, I'm glad you like the Game by Game Information Hub thing (www.gamebygamepodcast.com).  I wanted a single, simple page for all the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast information, and came up with the URL for it first, realizing then that it might be helpful for other podcasts of a similar nature.  It took some time to hunt down all the data for these shows and build up the database.  But now that it's done and set on auto-pilot, I find myself using it quite a bit, actually.


The Diary of an Arcade Employee feed is different from the other podcasts because it is shared with other shows on the Retroist network. I had to write a one-off in order to get it into the Info Hub site correctly.  It's a good show, though, well worth the effort.

#3286227 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Sun Jul 26, 2015 5:12 PM

Thank you, iddod, for the kind words.  You know, I submit these audio segments to the 2600/5200/7800 podcasts, but other than the hosts, I can't tell if anybody likes them.  In my mind's eye (of which television is the retina, or so I've been told) I picture people groaning and reaching for the fast-forward button as soon as my name is announced.  Other than a few isolated examples (yours is the third) I can't tell for sure if that's the case, but I'm getting the real sense that it is not.  So if you like my past submissions, yeah, I think you'll really enjoy the Jaguar podcast!

I originally wasn't planning on conducting interviews, but in the course of my research into episode 1, I've gathered contact information on a couple of guys with whom I'd love to speak, so we'll see.  I may opt for specific interview-only episodes, like ANTIC has been doing.

#3285554 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Sat Jul 25, 2015 5:46 PM

You may have heard my regular audio submissions to such notable podcasts as the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast, the Atari 5200 Super Podcast, and the Atari 7800 Game by Game Podcast.  It's time, I think, to step out from the shadows of giants and into the glaring, potentially flesh-searing spotlight of Real Podcasting with a show of my own: the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast.

I do like the Atari Jaguar, always have, so my intention here is to give it a fair shake, to lend a sympathetic voice to this much-maligned platform, but without being obsequious, either.  I don't want to gloss over deficiencies, nor do I want to trash something simply because it's trendy to do so.  I believe there's a nice middle ground in there.  Also, I wanted an excuse to use the word "obsequious" in a sentence, so thanks for indulging me there.  It's a fun word to say.

Episode 0 (the obligatory introduction episode) is now online, and can be found on the RSS feed.  iTunes and Stitcher feeds are pending.

All show information can be found at jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com which is a simple site that serves only as a quick and easy reference to all the various links for the podcast.

I hope you'll join me. At least for the podcast, not necessarily for the flesh searing part.

#3242718 InverseATASCII - Atari 8 Bit Productivity Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Fri May 22, 2015 5:11 PM

Wade, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy this podcast.  It has quickly and unexpectedly became one of my favorites.


My old slightly-yellowed Atari 800XL is sitting here on my desk right next to the two crazy-powerful workstations that I use every day.  Even with this juxtaposition, it's still easy for me to lose perspective on just how far the technology has progressed over the years.  I've never really used my 800XL for productivity, just games and programming and general tinkering, so I love learning about the software you cover: the cost, the capabilities, the limitations.  What was it like to use the Atari 8-bit platform for real work back then as well as today from a retro-computing standpoint?  Now I'm finding out, and looking forward to each new episode.


Your podcast is succinct, well-structured, and packed with information.  You obviously do your homework, and the supporting screenshots on the website are quite thorough.  It's also funnier than any podcast about productivity software has the right to be.


I was taking my kids to school one morning, and as the car stereo connected to my phone, the in-progress podcast on my phone resumed playing. My nine-year-old daughter asked what I was listening to, and I said, "Oh!  It's a podcast about thirty-year-old home inventory software!  It's great!"  She didn't seem to share my enthusiasm.  But she's cool, she likes the Atari 8-bit.  I'm teaching her Logo on an XEGS, and I think we might try out Typo Attack after listening to S1E17.


Please keep up the great work, and know that it is definitely appreciated!

#2100047 Quick Sam Tramiel anecdote

Posted by Shinto on Wed Sep 22, 2010 10:42 PM

A vendor was at my office recently. I have small posters of several classic computers adorning my walls, among them an Atari 400 and an Atari 1040ST. This vendor looked at the ST and recalled the following story from his very first sales meeting.

He was in Sunnyvale, trying to sell disk drives to Atari (hard drives, I believe). At one point in the meeting with top Atari brass, Sam Tramiel took off his shoe and started banging it on the table, yelling, "the price has to come down! The price has to come down!"

Now, I've been to a lot of meetings, but I can't imagine seeing a top officer whip off his footwear and use it to bludgeon a presumably-innocent conference table. Sam must have been an, um, interesting man.

That's all I've got. Just thought I'd share.