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My Retro Video Game Jack-O-Lanterns

Over the past few years, I've been making retro-gaming designs for jack-o-lanterns. As we approach Halloween, and without a Halloween-themed episode coming up (spoiler alert: Dino Dudes is not scary) I thought I would share some of those, even though none are Jaguar-related. My son suggested I carve Skylar this year, but I'm nowhere near that talented. Most jack-o-lanters are basic binary designs: either there's a hole in the pumpkin, or there isn't. You can create a lot of cool designs lik

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01 - The Jaguar Story - Inception to Launch

My main reason for starting this blog was to have a place to upload documents referenced in the podcast, but not available elsewhere online. There will be links to this page in the show notes. Game Calendar from the April, 1993 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly Newspaper article from June 29, 1993, about the IBM contract Newspaper article from August 23, 1993, about the Jaguar unveiling Newspaper article from August 24 (or so), 1993, about fending off competition from 3DO Newspap

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14 - DOOM

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/14-doom Take on the evil denizens of the underworld in this notable port of the seminal first-person shooter! In this episode, I continue the history of id Software through the release of DOOM (and a little beyond), go over the development of the Jaguar version, cover the competing ports of the game, test out the networking, and play a lot of the Jaguar version's music. Yes, music! This is easily the biggest

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04 - Club Drive

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/04-club-drive   Mix up the driving genre with Club Drive, a game where the ideas are big and biggest fans may be little, a game with tunes on the radio and cheese on the floor. Upcoming Games: Raiden Evolution: Dino Dudes Checkered Flag Alien vs. Predator Show Notes General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome

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09 - Tempest 2000

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/09-tempest-2000 Light up the webs in the critically-acclaimed abstract shooter Tempest 2000 by Llamasoft. This ox-sized episode features plentiful music, a detailed analysis, an overview of sequels and derivative games, several personal stories, and music. Did I mention the music? Also included is feedback from doctorclu, Trooper Galactus, Louis, Bill Kendrick, and The Requiem! Show Notes General Links ja

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It's out

I've been thinking about it for years, actively planning for months, and now I've finally launched my new podcast, Atari Jaguar Game by Game (obviously, given the name of this blog). I'm alternating between excited and terrified, though currently leaning toward the latter. Leaning heavily. Ferg and Phil and Willie and Ar-Kay have given me great encouragement to venture forth with my own show, and I hope I don't let them down, or the community in general. I believe it was Lao Tzu who once sa

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13 - Wolfenstein 3D

Podcast Episode Link Step behind your chaingun and face down the Nazi horde in this distinctive port of the pioneering first-person shooter. In this episode, you'll hear about id Software's early history, comparisons of Wolfenstein 3D on different platforms, detailed analysis of the Jaguar version, and plenty of music from the game. Also included is feedback from Zach, Jagosaurus, Hugh, and Liam! Thank you for listening. # General Links Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Ata

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02 - Cybermorph

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/02-cybermorph We're talking about the original Jaguar pack-in, Cybermorph! Learn about its history, gameplay, historical reviews, and what listeners think about the game today. You may even get your fill of Skylar quotes. Next episode: Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari Hist

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08 - Alien vs Predator

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/08-alien-vs-predator Step into the role of the Alien, the Predator, and the Marine in this ambitious and atmospheric first person shooter from Rebellion. General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines Forums AtariAge atari.io The Retro League RetroVideoGamer Game Links Game on AtariAge Game on MobyGames

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03 - Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/03-trevor-mcfur-in-the-crescent-galaxy The Circle Reserves needs you! In this episode, we dig deep into the colorful side-scrolling shooter Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy. Upcoming games: Club Drive Raiden Evolution: Dino Dudes Checkered Flag General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines

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22 - Hover Strike

Download or listen to the Podcast Episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/22-hover-strike We're blasting space pirates and naming planets with Hover Strike! Learn about the game's roots, the development staff, the many cheat codes, and the Jaguar Development Standards in this action-packed and texture-mapped episode. Stick around for some awesome feedback from Björn, Arethius, Christopher (aka MightyFrog), and TrekMD! Show Notes General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar G

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15 - Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story

Download or listen to the Podcast Episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/15-dragon-the-bruce-lee-story Everybody was kung-fu fighting in this video game adaptation of the 1993 Bruce Lee biographical film. Learn the moves, listen to (most of) the music, and hear about the different ports of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story in this episode of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast. Also included is feedback from Björn, Doctor Clu, Lost Dragon, bmx, Trooper Galactus, and Jagosaurus! Stay tu

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12 - Iron Soldier

Link to Podcast Episode Page Stomp tanks and bash buildings as you pilot a towering robot in Iron Soldier! Game development history, weapons, enemies, levels, controls, reviews, memories, and regrettable singing, it's all here in this episode. There's also feedback from Arethius, The Requiem, and GRay Defender! # General Links Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines # Game Links Game on AtariAge Game on MobyGames # Developer, Distributor, and Development

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28 - Supercross 3D

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/28-supercross-3d Feel the textures beneath your animated, dirt-chewing tires in Supercross 3D! Learn about how the tournament actually works (hint: don't read the manual), check out some of the hidden references in the list of competitor names, and learn what the heck a "nac nac" is in this dirty, dirty episode. Also included are a couple curious song similarities, storytime segments featuring carbonated beverages

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h01 - Rebooteroids

Download or Listen to the Podcast Episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/h01-rebooteroids It's modern-day old-school rock blasting in this special homebrew episode of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast. Rebooteroids is an AtariAge-exclusive title by the Jaguar wizards at Reboot, a lovingly-crafted update to an Atari arcade classic. Learn about the game's lengthy development, dig into all the gameplay details, check out the music, and figure out how to pronounce the '#' symbol in

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26 - I-War

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/26-i-war Only a weapons-laden antivirus craft can save the I-Way, and only you can drive it. This heavy-tank-sized episode will give you all you need to know to defeat Override, including the little-known history of the game I-War, a complete catalog of weapons, a list of enemies and hazards, and tons of tips. We find a close connection between I-War and Defender 2000, dig deep for hidden messages, and solve the myst

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23 - Cannon Fodder

Download or Listen to the Podcast Episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/23-cannon-fodder Form a line at the bottom of Boot Hill and wait to be waved in to the disturbing fun of Cannon Fodder! In this episode, we learn a bit about Sensible Software, how this game ended up on the Jaguar, and how this version differs from the many other ports. We check out numerous reviews from both sides of the Atlantic, propose an alternate control scheme (with the benefit of hindsight), ponder the highly

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Revisiting DOS Wolfenstein 3D

In researching episode 13 of the Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast, I needed to revisit the original Wolfenstein 3D for DOS. While there are a number of ways to play Wolf3D on a modern computer, but I'm trying to be as authentic and retro as possible, and Wolfenstein 3D doesn't get any more retro than a 5 1/4" floppy disk. I'll be talking more about this in the episode, but that's the original floppy disk I bought from a shareware vendor, my first taste of first-person shooters. I don't stil

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17 - Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/17-val-disre-skiing-and-snowboarding Bundle up in your brightest mismatching colors and take on the picturesque mountains of Val d'Isère in Skiing and Snowboarding for the Atari Jaguar. As I test the limits of my grasp of the French language (probably with embarrassing results), we learn about the developer, the game modes, obstacles, powerups (yeah, powerups!), music, the various endings, the subtleties of

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18 - Brutal Sports Football

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/18-brutal-sports-football Visit the violent future of faux football in this fierce battle which is best against your buddies. Learn about the game's surprising evolution, company histories, and the rules of the game (or lack thereof). Get some wisdom from John Madden, a bizarre audio glitch, and practical use of the word "fisticuffs." Also included is feedback from BTB, Björn, Michael, Doctor Clu, Lost Dra

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25 - Power Drive Rally

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/25-power-drive-rally Hop in your favorite (better make that "favourite") European rally car and "terra up de firma" in Power Drive Rally! We explore company histories and the development of the game, dig into the game modes, and marvel at the attention to detail. In the co-driver's seat we've got sound effects and music, reviews from around the world, and Betteridge's Law of Headlines. As if that weren't enough, th

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05 - Raiden

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/05-raiden Grab a friend and blast some aliens, because they've invaded and they need blastin', in the Jaguar port of the arcade shooter Raiden. Upcoming Games: Evolution: Dino Dudes Checkered Flag Alien vs. Predator Tempest 2000 Show Notes General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines Forums

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24 - FlipOut!

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/24-flipout Enter the Great Tile Flipping Festival to challenge King Fluffy and the citizens of the planet Phromaj in the Jaguar puzzle game FlipOut! Game designer Dr. Conrad Barski provides valuable historical context as we learn about the game's development, then explore the levels, dig into the depths of alien mischief, and check out numerous magazine reviews. Also included is feedback from Roberth, Derek, Randal

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06 - Evolution: Dino Dudes

Download or listen to the podcast episode at http://atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/06-evolution-dino-dudes Guide your tribe of hairy humans through the anachronistic dangers of pre-history in Evolution: Dino Dudes, Jaguar cartridge part number J9006. Show Notes General Links jaguar.gamebygamepodcast.com Jaguar Game by Game Podcast Store Podcast Episode Guide Michael Current's Awesome Atari History Timelines Forums AtariAge atari.io The Retro League RetroVideoGamer Game Links Game

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27 - Flashback - The Quest for Identity

Download or listen to the podcast episode at atarijaguargamebygame.libsyn.com/27-flashback-the-quest-for-identity Find out who you really are and then foil the alien conspiracy in Flashback: The Quest for Identity. Learn about the companies involved in bringing this game to the Jaguar, what it took to make the cutscenes, and how to recover your teleport receiver with one weird trick. Along the way, we uncover a previously-unknown cheat code, dig into all the various ports and their differences

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