Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari

Into The Vertical Blank : Generation Atari
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 b

S3E21: News Update! Plus the Top-50 Toys and Products from the 1977 Sears Wish Book
Oct 19 • 94 min
Right before the Atari VCS, Star Wars toys, and Lego hit big in the 70’s there was the 1977 Sears Wish Book. It’s like an archive of everything “cool” before things got real. Every year in September or October, the Sears Wish Book would arrive in the…
S3:E20: The Ballad Of Castle Park Arcade
Oct 4 • 88 min
In this episodes we take you back to an era when arcades in the shape of rockets and castles ruled the land, and TV shows like CHiPs ruled the airwaves.Most every kid who grew-up in the Golden Age of video games had a favorite place to play games. For us,…
S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and IrataOnline Give Plato New Life
Sep 23 • 88 min
Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari S3:E19 Interview with Thomas Cherryhomes. How Fujinet and Irata-Online Give Plato New Life Fujinet is an exciting new creation for Atari 8bit computers that, among other things, allows them to connect up to the…
S3:E18: News Updates and Musing On The Amazing “Karateka”
Sep 8 • 62 min
In this episode we have updates on news from around the world of Atari, including the very sad and depressing passing of Curt Vendel, who we only just interviewed this season. We also have a discussion about the game “Karateka” along with a book review of…
S3 E17: Our Top 50 Favorite Games from Atari
Aug 11 • 106 min
Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari - Episode 50! In this Episode we both ranked out top 50 games released by Atari across all platforms and came up with our combined top 50 + about 30 honorable mentions. Systems - Atari 2600, 5200, 400/800/XL/XE,…
S3:E16: GCC Part 2: Ms. Pac-Man and the Sad Fate of the The Atari 7800
Jul 10 • 79 min
In part 2 of our discussion with Steve Golson, we cover the glory of the Ms. Pac-Man, arcade game, and fate the lay ahead for GCC as Atari’s silent but productive game and hardware producing secret weapon.Betty Ryan bio:…
S3:E15: How A Few MIT Dropouts Became Atari’s Secret Weapon
Jul 3 • 67 min
In this episode we talk to Steve Golson, hacker/engineer for GCC and creator of the hardware that converted Pac-Man into Ms. Pac Man. In part one of a two part conversation, we chat about the era of coin-op “speed-up kits” and how GCC’s revolutionary…
S3:E14 - Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games
Jun 25 • 70 min
S3:E14 Tempest, Yars’ Revenge And The Advent Of Hardcore Games In this episode Steve and I discuss the games Tempest and Yars’ Revenge and how they represented a change, at least to us, in the home and arcade gaming experience. We also have some home brew…
S3:E13: Common Off The Shelf Dad : A Father’s Day Story
Jun 19 • 14 min
A father’s day story about being the “right-kind” of obsolete.Written, Recorded, Edited, Produced by Jeff And Steve FultonBranding by Daryl LittleSome music created with 8-bit Weapon Loop Library
S3:E12 :Atari News In A Time When You Probably Shouldn’t Care About Such Things
Jun 4 • 54 min
Into the Vertical Blank: Generation Atari: S3:E12 :Atari News In A time When You Probably Shouldn;t Care About Such Things In this episode we cover news from around the internet and the globe about all things Atari, New and old. Written, Edited, Produced…
S3:E11 Interview With Game Developer Jon Williams
May 27 • 55 min
An Interview with Jon Williams a Gamer Developer for the Atari 8bit computers, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Commodore C16, Amiga and many other platforms. We discuss some technical details about developing for the Atari 8bits, Commodore C16 and C64, and well…
S3:E10 : May 2020 News And Notes For Those Who Grew-Up Atari
May 20 • 54 min
In this episode we cover Evercade Lynx 2, Pong Quest, Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast, Atari Bytes Podcast, Antic The Atari Podcast, Atari Party East, Champ Games VCS Robotron, Atari 7800 Dragon’s Havoc, and more!-Written, edited, produced by Steve Fulton…
S3:E9: One Left Turn: Discovering the Atari 8bit Computers In 1981
May 12 • 33 min
A story about the day in 1981 when our mom made a split decision that helped us discover Atari computers. Written, engineeerd, and produced by Steve Fulton and Jeff Fulton Additional music from Tony Longworth Branding by Daryl Litts
S3:E8: Westworld Redux 1976: Our First Venture Into An Arcade
May 4 • 42 min
In this episode we discuss the affect the movie Westworld had on us as kids, and try to figure out why its’ “anti-technology” message did not resonate. This episode also includes a remastered version of “Sharpshooter”, the Westworld themed story from way…
S3:E7 Discussion with Curt Vendel about the Atari 7800 XM Module
May 1 • 115 min
Into the Vertical Blank Generation Atari Season 3 Episode 7: Discussion with Curt Vendel about the Atari 7800 XM Module In this Episode we dive deep into the 7800 Expansion Module with Curt Vendel. We also discuss some history of the 7800, the original…
S3:E6: I Want Candy. Atari’s Biggest Mistake Part 3: A Discussion with Curt Vendel
Apr 22 • 70 min
Into the Vertical Blank. Generation Atari Season 3, Episode 6. I Want Candy. Atari’s Biggest Mistake Part 3: A Discussion with Curt Vendel In this episode we go into a deep discussion with’s Curt Vendel about what Atari could have been if…
S3:E5: Monthly News and Notes for those who grew up Atari.
Apr 13 • 39 min
The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari. Season 3 Episode 5: Monthly News and Notes for those who grew up Atari, Or Atari News and HomeBrew Update for Q1 of 2020: Apocalypse Edition.In this episode we cover news from the Official Atari as well as other new…
S3:E4: Atari’s Biggest Mistake Part 2: Game Player Non Expandable
Apr 6 • 58 min
In part 2 of “Atari’s Biggest Mistake” we explore the core reasons why Atari blundered in 1982 with their biggest releases and explore a “what if” scenario right out of The Vertical Blank. What really was Atari’s biggest mistake? Was it ET for the 2600,…
S3:E3: Dan Kitchen Interview Part 2: The First “Pro Brew” Game Developer
Mar 30 • 47 min
In the 2nd part of our Dan Kitchen interview, we discuss the ground-breaking title “Garry Kitchen’s Game Maker”, Dan’s new game “Gold Rush” and try to figure out what to call new games that are made by original developers for vintage systems.…
S3:E2 Dan Kitchen Interview Part One: The Rise Of The Kitchen Brothers
Mar 23 • 40 min
In our quest to discover the secrets of programming 8 and 16 bit computers this season, we caught up with Dan Kitchen, a true survivor of the 80’s video game crash, still making games today. In fact, he’s on a quest to build and publish a brand new set of…
S3:E1: Atari’s Biggest Mistake (part 1): The Day Atari Lost The Video Game War
Mar 16 • 54 min
What was Atari’s biggest mistake? To truly be inside The Vertical Blank is to ruminate on “what could have been.” For Atari, there are many “what could have been” moments. What if they produced The Amiga computer? What if they released the NES? In this…
S2:E19 : It’s A Clip Show! “Best Of” moments From Season 1 and Season 3 Preview
Mar 1 • 77 min
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…
S2:E18 Bonus #2: Pork Chops And Retro Games Sizzle At CES 2020
Jan 15 • 18 min
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:
S2:E17: Bonus - Book Review Of Galaga From Boss Fight Books And More!
Jan 1 • 28 min
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…
S2:E16: Season 2 Finale: The Best Atari Christmas Ever
Dec 22, 2019 • 84 min
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 #*@!…
S2: E15: The Atari 7800 and ST. Our Next Gen Super Systems
Nov 29, 2019 • 74 min
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: Some of the music in this Episode was created…
S2:14: Asteroids 40th Anniversary
Nov 3, 2019 • 51 min
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: Mind Games and The Haunting of the Vertical Blank
Oct 20, 2019 • 68 min
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: This time the guys discuss…
S2:E12: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 2
Oct 3, 2019 • 76 min
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…
S2:E11: Star Wars and Atari In The Vertical Blank : Part 1
Sep 22, 2019 • 75 min
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”…
S2:E10: Playing Outside in Generation X
Sep 13, 2019 • 26 min
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…
S2:E9: DragonStomper And The Birth Of Console RPGs
Aug 23, 2019 • 55 min
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…
S2:E8: The Exact Moment Nintendo Won The Video game War (A Short, Left Handed Episode)
Jul 26, 2019 • 11 min
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.
S2E7: Claw Hammer : Father’s Day Special Edition
Jun 16, 2019 • 27 min
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
Jun 9, 2019 • 69 min
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…
S2:E5: Electronic Games Magazine
May 16, 2019 • 61 min
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…
S2:E4: Top-10 Worst Real-Life Products For Classic Video Gamers
Apr 26, 2019 • 19 min
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…
S2: E3. We Always Wanted To Work for Atari
Apr 6, 2019 • 61 min
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…
S2:E2: Going,Going,Gone (Fun Factory, Sears, Pizza Parlours)
Mar 22, 2019 • 49 min
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”…
S2:E1.5 Friday Display List: Feedback and response
Mar 16, 2019 • 29 min
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…
S2:E1: Atari Food Fight (Audio Remaster)
Mar 10, 2019 • 67 min
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…
S1:E11: Bonus : A Trip To The Retro City Festival In Pomona, CA (Remaster)
Jan 10, 2019 • 38 min
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 (remaster)
Dec 23, 2018 • 87 min
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,…
S1:E9: Laser Blast And The Weird Family Thanksgiving (remaster)
Nov 22, 2018 • 67 min
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…
S1:E8: Wild Gunman and The Bronze Age Of Arcade Games (remaster)
Oct 25, 2018 • 68 min
S1:E8: The Bronze Age of Arcade Video Games In this episode Steve and Jeff discuss their favorite games and memories of the Bronze Age of arcade video games, a period that spans 1971 (pong) to 1978 (Space Invaders). The pair talk about what was special…
S1:E7: Playing The VCS Together, Interview with Jamie Lendino (Remaster)
Sep 18, 2018 • 83 min
This episode takes a slightly more personal turn as twin brother hosts Jeff and Steve Fulton tell stories and relive memories of playing together in both analog and digital ways in the 1970’s. The episode includes an original non-fiction story by Steve…
S1:E6 - How The Atari ST and MIDI Might Have Ruined Our Favorite 80’s Rock Band (Remaster)
Aug 21, 2018 • 57 min
The only thing from the 80’s that could rival our love for Atari was our love for punk rock and new wave, and especially, our favorite band: The Alarm. In 1987 those two things combined in an unexpected way. So unexpected in fact, that we were only able…
S1:E5: All Appointments Life (Asteroids Part 2) (Remaster)
Jul 21, 2018 • 88 min
Into the Vertical Blank - Generation Atari: Season 1, Episode 5. All Appointments Life (Asteroids Part 2 ) This is the second episode where we will be covering the game Asteroids in story and discussion form. We have a story from 8bitjeff, and also very…
S1:E4: Escape To The Asteroids Zone (Asteroids Part 1) (Remaster)
Jun 21, 2018 • 83 min
Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 1, Episode 4: Escape To The Asteroids Zone Part 1. In Part One of our two-part extravaganza, we delve into the that game forms the backdrop of The Vertical Blank: Asteroids. We discuss our experiences with…
S1:E3: Atari Nerd (Was this the first ever Atari podcast?) (Remaster)
May 31, 2018 • 37 min
Into The Vertical Blank: Generation Atari Season 1, Episode 3: Atari Nerd In this episode we dig up one of our first podcasts from December 2008, which is one of the first Atari dedicated podcasts ever recorded. This low-fi descent into the aughties,…
S1:E2: Toys ‘R Us, The Atari 7800 and Claw Hammer, a true story. (Remaster)
May 17, 2018 • 79 min
Into the Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari. Season 1 Episode 2: “A hole burned In my Pocket: Toys R Us And The Atari 7800”. What was the “game cage”? What does it mean to “disconnect” while being “connected”? “Can a hole really be burned in your pocket?”…
S1:E1: All The Scan Lines Have Been Written: Welcome Into The Vertical Blank (Remaster)
May 3, 2018 • 49 min
Into The Vertical Blank: Growing Up Atari Season 1 Episode 1 – All The Scan Lines Have Been Written In this, the real premiere episode, the boys pull out all the production stops to bring some much needed levity and interludes to a game playing session…
S1:E0: Newbie (Jeff’s Original Test Episode) (Remaster)
Apr 26, 2018 • 36 min
8bitrocket’s Into The Vertical Blank, Growing Up Atari Ep: 0 This is the test episode of the Into The Vertical Blank, Growing Up Atari. In it, 8bit Jeff (Jeff Fulton from tries out and reviews 5 Atari XL/XE Cartridges (probably won’t work…