Surviving a Tempest on the 5200

The Tempest arcade game was released in 1981, a time when the coin-op division of Atari was at it’s peak.  Game designer Dave Theurer’s Missile Command, released just the year before, was still very popular at arcades across the country, and Tempest proved to be another innovative and exciting hit for Atari. I certainly remember […]

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‘Bot Blastin’ 5200 style!

Robotron: 2084 is a twin-stick shooter arcade game from Williams Electronics released in 1982.  Designed by Eugene Jarvis and Larry Delmar, it is well known for it’s high speed and jam-packed play field. The premise is simple – the world has been overrun by robots, and the robots have turned against us.  Instead of serving […]

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GORFing around on the 5200

More than handful of games released in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s featured space battles – hits like Space Invaders (1978), Galaxian (1979), Phoenix (1980), and Pleiads (1981).  These were games that shaped the fixed shooter genre, and they always caught my attention because of the theme.  The idea of piloting a space fighter […]

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Raising Jr. right on the 5200

Pac-Man was everywhere in the 80’s.  Not content to stay in the arcade, Pac-Man showed up in home video games, cartoons, board games, and even breakfast cereal.  Yours truly may have even had a Pac-Man quilt on his bed at one point.  I don’t anymore… but I kinda wish I did.  Anyway, my point is […]

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The 5200 is Invaded!

Space Invaders.  One of the most influential video games ever created, it’s history is strongly tied with that of Atari.  An enormously popular arcade game, Space Invaders was released by Taito in the summer of 1978 and had several features that made it stand out, the most noticeable being the invaders themselves. Creator Tomohiro Nashikado […]

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Playing for Qix on the 5200

The first I knew of Qix wasn’t from seeing or playing it, but rather from a book.  George Sullivan’s early 80’s paperback “How to Win at Video Games” which, if I remember right, my brother picked up through a Scholastic book sale.  The book fascinated me, although I don’t think it ever actually helped me […]

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