S3:E25: 1981 – Atari VCS Christmas

For the 2020 Christmas episode we go back 39 years to 1981 and talk about how it felt to want, and ultimately, get, an Atari VCS that year.   We have a story from Steve about our twin scheming and planning to get a VCS, and then we have a discussion about our top-10 VCS games available at the end of 1981.   We hope these memories and stories help you have a good holiday in  2020 no matter what you celebrate or what your situation might be.  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Into The Vertical Blank.

Show Notes:

Written, Edited, Produced by Jeff Fulton and Steve Fulton

Branding by Daryl Litts

Music in “Atari VCS Christmas” story is Crystalline by Tony Longworth from his album “Tinsel And Fire”. Tony’s Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tonylongworth

XMAS 7800 playable Demo: JS7800: Atari 7800 Emulator (raz0red.github.io)

Top-10 VCS Games available for Xmas 1981

Steve’s List 

  1. Asteroids
  2. Space Invaders
  3. Missile Command
  4. Breakout/Super Breakout
  5. Tennis: 
  6. Skiing 
  7. Adventure
  8. Night Driver
  9. Video Pinball
  10. Outlaw

Jeff’s List

  1. Asteroids
  2. Breakout
  3. Tennis
  4. Laser Blast
  5. Missile Command
  6. Space Invaders
  7. Pele’s Soccer
  8. Video Pinball
  9. Night Driver
  10. Adventure

Some Cool Atari Videos from 1981

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