Racketboy Podcast #19 – Atari 2600 Homebrew
This episode takes a look at the Atari 2600 Homebrew Scene.
Ed Fries, creator of Halo 2600, is a long time industry veteran who ran Microsoft Game Studios from the mid 1990s through the life cycle of the original Xbox. In the interview Ed discusses his first published games for the Atari 800, the early days at Microsoft, the acquisition of Bungie and Rare and the release of the original Xbox, the work he does today at Figure Prints, and of course the work on and reaction to Halo 2600.
Will Nicholes, creator of Duck Attack, discusses his journey from ROM hacking to creating a feature-rich Atari 2600 game from scratch. Will provides details about the amount of time and effort that went into all the revisions of the game, the homebrew community’s support during and after the game’s release, and his and Ed’s shared inspiration for creating these labors of love.
- (Carol of the Bells – Rush Coil – go donate!)
- Dave’s Intro
- Interview with Ed Fries
- (Christmas with Atari Ad)
- Interview with Will Nicholes
- (E.T. for 2600 Christmas 1982 Ad)
- Dave’s Outro/2011 Show Preview
- (All I Want for Xmas is You – Mariah Carey via Brett Moots)
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