Glib is a super rare word game for the Atari 2600. In the episode, I talk with Mike Montana, son of Glib programmer Rich Montana. Mike helped me with a lot of history on the game, including how at 14 he helped his dad with some of the code. Mike did a write up on Glib that he was kind enough to allow me to publish on my blog page. Thank you Mike, and thanks for listening!
well, i took a short break from podcasts recently, in order to finish off a few audiobooks... notably the last of the Three Body Problem trilogy, and a couple of Christopher Brookmyre novels (all of which i can highly recommend)... but i polished those off and got back on the podcast train this morning, first on the rather large backlog was this very episode and the thing that jumped out most was how good the "interview" was... and i write interview in inverted commas because although it was obviously, by definition, an interview, it came across more like a very natural conversation... Ferg, you sounded very relaxed, despite your protestations otherwise... and Mike was very genial and giving, full of stories and happy with digressions... it was a joy to listen to, a job well done, thank you both... now i just have to get up off my arse and get round to actually trying the game...
ooh, i almost forgot, the score i left on the Star Fox 2 cart i sent you was in easy mode... i think it was my first proper play of the game (i'd had a quick go when i built the cartridge just to check it worked properly), i'm really not a hot shot gamer by a long stretch so beating the score i set should be very achievable... it's also not a long game, so that helps a lot... have fun...
I'll second StormSurge on the Glib interview. I know, Ferg, that you're anxious about interviewing, but the Glib interview was top notch! You did a great job. I really enjoyed the whole episode, but hearing the first hand account of its creation was extra special. I'm not pushing for more, just letting you know that you may be better at it than you think you are. :-)
The link given is a real life changer for guys like me who like to tinker with software: 8bitworkshop.com
I just put the companion book on my wish list! If you can't afford the book there is always the trusty Stella Programming Guide By Steve Wright: atarihq.com/danb/files/stella.pdf
For a real kick, grab the source from one of the games here and modify it any way you want! www.qotile.net/minidig/
Check out the Atari 2600 Games I created! Shield Shifter*, Strip-Off*, K.C.'s Crazy Nightmare!, Strip-Off 2, Handy Pick Hank, and UFO. I also created some Game Boy Advance, Android, Windows and DOS games. My top game was/is A.I. Wars (the insect mind), a game where you program a Cybug and send it into battle! Also, check out my program Text Adventure Studio ALL FREE! * look for these on the Atari Flashback 5, 6, 7 and Portable. Improved portable ROMs can also be found on my site.
kevino 's audio submission... I loved hearing about the videotapes containing Saturday morning cartoons from the 80s. My mom used to do something similar for me and my brother, but instead of cartoons they were episodes of Star Trek which aired during the day, for us to watch after school. This would have been around '85 or '86. She might still have those tapes, actually. The coolest things about these old straight-from-TV VHS recordings, I think, are actually the commercials. They were a total irritation back then, but so cool to revisit, like an audio/visual blast of undiluted nostalgia.
I'm thrilled that the brief mention of Blackhawk Films in my Keystone Kapers feedback sparked a favorable memory. Such an unexpected connection! Here's a picture of the very film I watched way back then, courtesy of my dad.
Thanks for responding, Shinto! So glad you enjoyed the film from Blackhawk...and if I was a betting man, I would say that my grandmother DID touch your film before it went out the door of Blackhawk and to your door at your house!
I also agree about viewing the old time commercials. My wife was casually watching while my daughter and I were watching and her interest got totally piqued when the Barbie Exercise Room commercial came on. She stopped what she was doing and started having what I guess is her version of our nerdgasms...but that it was about Barbie and it was from the female's perspective!