Posts Tagged ‘ atari

Episode 50 – Whatcha Playin’ @ the Portland Retro Game Expo

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We conclude our trip to the The Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) with Matt walking the floor and asking “Whatcha playing”? We talk with Roo from 16 bit Gems, Mark the “Mad Marquis” of Critical Hit Burlesque, Will Lewis- president of the Portland Indie Game Squad, local Atari developer Sal Esquivel, and Art Santana- Manager of the world famous Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

Throughout the episode, Matt as interweaved some of his favorite songs from the Nintendo Entertainment System. The songs are from the games Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Duck Tales, Faxanadu, Castlevania 3, and Blaster Master.

Episode 36 – Blip Festival 2012


Blip Festival is often considered three nights of the world’s best chip music. For the artists, visualists, vendors, and die hard fans it’s more of a chip summer camp, with everyone who was once shrouded by the veil of the internet appears in person. With everyone gathered together it becomes a homecoming, a way for people to connect with others in a way that wasn’t possible in every day life. This is the chip scene; for this Blip I talk with the chip/bent trio Burnkit 2600, Atari/Commodore/Game Boy virtuoso cTrix and master of visualizations, Batsly Adams, on topics from artist specialties and their favorite hardware and software to the nuts and bolts of how they work and their opinion on the scene today. I want to thank all of them for breaking away from the schedule of the festival to sit down and talk with me.

- Matt

Featuring live performances by Bit Shifter, Burnkit 2600, and Chipocrite from the Chipmusic Chronicle

Episode 35 – 2012: A Year In Controversy (So Far)

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From slander against Japanese video game development to making game narrative a democratic process, 2012 has all ready been a newsworthy year, and we’re not quite halfway through. This week we’re joined by Rowan Kaiser of The Onion’s AV Club writ to track the year’s hot topics, scandals and conversations about the industry as observed by Twitter’s game journalist community. What will the second half of the year bring?

Featuring music by Abducted by Sharks from the album Hammerhead

Warlock: Master of the Arcane
Journey
Just Cause 2
Far Cry 2
Rampart
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings 

Episode 19 – How to Buy a Halo with Ed Fries

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Halo 2600
may just sound like the fan project you’d never see, but thanks to Ed Fries—current head of 3D imaging modeler Figure Prints and former VP of Microsoft Studios who can include an instrument role launching the original Xbox, creating Xbox Live and bringing Bungie on board as a first-party developer in his legacy—playing as an aesthetically anachronistic Master Chief is now possible. We had a chance to talk with him about his globe-trotting experiences during Xbox’s formative years, as well as Halo 2600 and his philosophy on game design, from an interview at the 2011 Portland Retro Gaming Expo.


Featuring music from Robot Science

Episode 18 – Portland Retro Gaming Expo ’11

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We shopped, we played, we talked—another year and another successful Portland Retro Gaming Expo has passed. For our coverage from PRGE 2011, we talk with expo head Chuck Van Pelt about the challenges of organizing a retro gaming convention; game collecting legend John Hancock gives us some insight into effectively collecting video games from all eras, and Pink Gorilla‘s Gabe Hayward talks game retail and his experiences managing a game store in Seattle. Pat “the NES Punk” Contri also joins us to muse about the good and the bad that came out of the NES era (as well as his web series). Finally, we wrap up our expo coverage with Art Santana, friend of the podcast and manager of Portland’s premier arcade, Ground Kontrol . Go ahead, ask us what we bought.

Featuring music from Robot Science

Shout Outs:

The Wooden Arcade
Fangamer
8bit Craft
Dromstruction
I Play Winner