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 […]Read more "Raising Jr. right on the 5200"
Hey there Atari 5200 fanatics – this time around, the gang at the 5200 Super Community Podcast will be talking about Blueprint, the 1982 Bally Midway arcade game. This unusual game features a bit of maze running, a bit of of concentration, and even a little bit of shooting. How can these things come together? […]Read more "Picking up the pieces on the 5200"
Moon Patrol has always been an arcade favorite of mine – I love the crazy looking aliens (especially the monsters that live in the craters), the catchy background music that plays, and the way your moon buggy hugs the road with each of it’s six wheels. I remember first playing it at our local arcade […]Read more "Keeping the peace in Luna City with the 5200!"
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 […]Read more "The 5200 is Invaded!"
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 […]Read more "Playing for Qix on the 5200"
When you are an arcade junkie like me, games can become associated with certain times and places the same way songs can trigger memories of what was going on in your life when they were popular. I have a vivid memory of the first time I played Gyruss, because we were on vacation in Disney […]Read more "Gyruss spins me right round on the 5200!"
Hey there 5200 fanatics – it’s time to flip open the storage compartment on the back of 5200, grab the player two joystick, and get ready to wage Wor on those nasty Worlings! I do mean the player 2 joystick, if you are playing solo. I got a laugh watching a popular YouTuber fail to […]Read more "All-Out Wor on the 5200!"