Atari (Part 3) “Classics Continued”

Mike Matei / July 25th, 2013

Atari (Part II) Classic 2600 Games

Atari (Part I) Introduction


  • karel1

    July 25, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Absolutely Brilliant! I loved the review guys! Keep them coming, and let’s see you two do a another game like you did for Super ‘C’!

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      August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

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  • Syph

    July 25, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Mike, you are like a Kaboom! savant. Great games in this one, too.

  • Elijah Morris

    July 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Great job! Love it when you guys play Atari! Thanks, made my day! 😀

  • Dan021

    July 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Orange Tang was… oh god I drak so much of it. At least it was better than koolaid without sugar.

  • Dan021

    July 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Mike, James you should have talked about Evil Otto being the ONLY villain to have killed real people in real life. You can find articles about it online where 2 guys died of a heart attack after being surprise after the enter your name screen where Otto is laughing at you.

  • oldschool

    July 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    When I was 7 I made up a song for that frogger intro and sung it with my 3 year old brother- suck my dick suck my dick suck my dick right now- and if you don’t I’ll kick your ass right out of town. I promise never to comment again.

  • July 25, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Mike, I think you’d enjoy some fast paced rhythm games! I recommend some Stepmania to you 🙂 The basics are fast to learn and the more you learn the better the game becomes.

  • July 25, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    James’ face during Kaboom is hilarious…

  • greedo

    July 26, 2013 at 12:21 am

    These Atari vids bring back found memories. Especially the combat and dig dug ones, those ones I have fond memories of. Thanks for making these, guys!

  • Stinkoman20X6

    July 26, 2013 at 1:00 am

    Can someone please tell me which episode the “test to the shit” line is from? I’m a little rusty on my nerd quotes.

    • Blue Wizard

      July 26, 2013 at 1:47 am

      It’s a line from the first Castlevania, during the epic 4 part Halloween review.

  • Blue Wizard

    July 26, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Great video and nice job on Kaboom Mike!

    I remember going to the grocery store with my mom and begging her for these fucking frogger ice cream bars. I ate one of em and like half an hour later began to violently puke seafoam green everywhere. Fortunately I had ample of amounts of tang to rehydrate.

  • tenacityman

    July 26, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I hope everyone does a google image search for “atari breakout’ after this.

  • Madie

    July 26, 2013 at 2:25 am

    i love james’s face when mike plays and is kicking butt like nobody’s business

  • top

    July 26, 2013 at 2:27 am


  • The Shamster

    July 26, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Damn, Mike is a legend in Kaboom!

  • July 26, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Kaboom is the sound of your heart,KA-BOOM SONIC BOOM! No wait a second.
    This was the best J&MPlay for me, really Mike’s awesomeness mixed with James reactions was unitentionally hilarious and that’s the best.

  • Squall85

    July 26, 2013 at 3:59 am

    James, Mike, please do something about the volume. All your videos are much less loud that all the other videos on youtube. All of them.

  • July 26, 2013 at 4:14 am

    loving it! still waiting for toejam&earl 😉

    • Another Guy Named James

      September 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      You aren’t alone!

  • Frow

    July 26, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Wow, Mike is so good at Kaboom and Breakout!

  • Entrenaturaleza

    July 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Love these videos, keep up the good work!

  • Billy Staton

    July 26, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I hear that Robotron 2084 can draw you into the same kind of zen that Mike hits when he’s stomping the snot out of Kaboom. Great video! Thanks!

  • July 26, 2013 at 9:46 am

    It really does feel like you two are stoned when you do these.

  • July 26, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for this videos. They are very informative and entertaining. I wish i could hang out with you guys and play Atari games all day!

  • Ace

    July 26, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Was delighted to see that Mike understood the Zen of Kaboom! Modern gamers could learn some lessons from this classic. Still have a photo of my high score, 13830!

  • fanboyfilms

    July 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    I had the same Zen experience playing Klax. I think I was playing the version on Midway Arcade Treasures on PS2. I’m the only one I know who has beat Klax. It starts getting so fast that not only can you think about nothing else, you can’t really even think about the game. You just have to have programmed reflexes to respond.

  • July 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    My dad was about my age when Breakout came out, and he used to play it in the arcade all the time. When I show him my copy of Breakout for my Atari, I believe it makes him a little nostalgic.

  • Travis McNabb

    July 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Talk about an escape from reality. You guys should smoke some weed, then listen to some Kris Kross – It’s Da Bomb song from their old rap album, all the while playing Kaboom! Have some beer in handy too (Rollin’ Rock). By the way, you guys are starting to remind me a lot of Beavis & Butthead (Not an insult by any means) a compliment. Mike with his plain colored shirts and James with his AC|DC ones! LOL! I love you guys. My dream would be to hang out with the two of you sometime soon in the near future. #DieHardFan #KeepUpTheGoodWork #JameAndMikePlay P.S.-I want that shirt you’re selling. I recommend your videos to my friends all the time. They love watching too!

    • Travis McNabb

      July 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Winners Don’t Use Drugs, LOL! (Old advertisment that some old arcade consoles used to display before the game start ups.) WWF WrestleFest for example.

  • Joker83

    July 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Great video! You guys ever play Dig Dug 2 on NES? That was a weird one as well. Loving this James and Mike Play videos, really hope you guys play through Rescue Rangers – that would be a lot of fun 🙂

  • xeoneex

    July 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    I have to say, I really enjoy Mike’s acting/impressions and jut all around monkey business. He really adds flavor to James’ video’s. Keep up the good work 😀 Hope to see you more in AVGN episodes.

  • Simon Sayz

    July 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    …they just took the skin off.. of…

  • slapnut

    July 26, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    heres a challenge for ya review the apple pipon console

  • Night-X

    July 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Didn’t think that there was any atari game where you have to move fast???

  • Eric

    July 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Holy lord……Mike is a Kaboom GOD.

  • July 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    “Whats an ascot?”


  • mmmfloorpie

    July 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    What the hell is with that “CCNP Tutorial” advertisement??

  • July 27, 2013 at 12:59 am

    I remember the great Stargate Defender episode from NEWSRADIO

  • zachx

    July 27, 2013 at 1:33 am

    The Atari 20600, Yeah remember playing games like fogger, pitfall, and couldn’t remember the name of it. So I look it up and it’s called strawberry shortcake: musical match-ups. Yeah, don’t why I played that.

  • Patrick Fiori Lalonde

    July 27, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Excellent indeed. Atari’s two player versus games are to be mentioned; Surround & Maze Craze as much as Video Olympics. Space Invaders is my favorite for it being a 100% better than the original arcade Masterpiece. Space invaders for the soundtrack and mood. For it’s gameplay and the 112 game variations !!! But you know all that 🙂 Adventure in random mode. Don’t forget Colecovision …

  • July 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Love this! Maybe you guys should play some more rarer games next? I know you’ve got some weirder Atari games in your collection(and I’m not talking about the porno ones either).

  • signsofrain

    July 27, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Mike seems to be taking over for James in the creative obscenity department, which I like. Also you guys totally made me want to play Kaboom! Thanks!

  • MrLemonade

    July 27, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Mike you nailed it for me with this one. You two guys are so cool playing together and enjoying your memories!

  • Ihatethemorning

    July 27, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Great vid guys! Also thanks for the Once upon Atari reference please reference other great stuff uv seen. Keep up the great work!

  • BrutallyHonestGamer

    July 28, 2013 at 12:32 am

    for anybody that knows what “frying” is for the 2600, fry Defender for some cool stuff.

  • SNES Freak

    July 28, 2013 at 5:09 am

    this guy mike must be totally insane to play so fucking hard

  • 霄羽 郭

    July 28, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Fans in China call James Rolfe “pēn shén”(”喷神” which probaly means “God of Curse”)

  • erik37

    July 28, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    awesome choice of games guys forgot about yars revenge use to fucking love that game

  • guilherme tecchio

    July 28, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    they still sell Tang here in brazil 😛

  • Rambowl

    July 29, 2013 at 1:45 am

    Kaboom was also my favorite Atari game of all time. I couldn’t have explained it better than Mike did about the game. That was a great strategy to use. Can’t believe I never thought of that. I was always trying to see how long I can last on the 8th level.

  • July 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    why did they review kaboom the longest?

  • wardrich

    July 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Awwwww yeah. Kaboom and Gangster Alley were probably my 2 most fave games as a kid. Dragster would have to be a close 3rd.

  • pleasetakeabow

    July 31, 2013 at 2:43 am

    you know who programmed the original “breakout” don’t you?

  • July 31, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Speaking of Frogger, they made and selling lottery tickets of the video game. lol

  • marcos pesquero

    July 31, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Loved it! I would love to see some Montezuma.. or Hero! man.. those where the games for me back in the day…

  • Ben_from_G-town

    August 1, 2013 at 6:13 am

    Nice. More games. Of course everyone remembers good ole Defender, Frogger, and Combat. Never played Yar or the Evil Otto one, but I’ve heard about them. I hope you get to Joust soon.

    Oh man, wow, that bomb game is intense! X_X

  • Chrono

    August 1, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    What happened to Mike’s latest video? (SNES deathblows). it disappeared a few days ago, i figured it’d be back by now 😛

    • top

      August 3, 2013 at 4:23 am

      so glad somebody else mentioned this! i’ve been wondering as well haha

  • Chrono

    August 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    As of the atari, the atari 800xl was the big deal here in Chile. The better games for it: montezuma’s revenge, pole position, river raid, Hero!, moon patrol, etc. etc.

  • August 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    this may seem out of topic, but I have to ask anyway. since James did some gaming memories videos based on Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct, Double Dragon, and so on, I was wondering if he has any plans to do any kind of videos for the 20th anniversaries of both Star Fox & Doom.

  • August 3, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    what would also be interesting if James found some games from LJN that didn’t suck like Maximum Carnage, Spider-Man/X-Men Arcade’s Revenge, The Uncanny X-Men, or even some that may/may not be either good or bad like True Lies on SNES, Warlock, Super Smash TV on SNES & Genesis, The Punisher on NES, T&C Surf Designs Wood & Water Rage + Thrilla’s Sufari, Royal Rumble, and some of their WWF games.

  • August 3, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Mike… Breakout! That was fucking awesome, man.

  • Matt Canning

    August 3, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Piss off, Paul McCartney.

    Cool video, gents. Mike is ridiculous with paddle games!

  • Kyle Stewart

    August 9, 2013 at 11:39 am

    It’s safe to say Conan O’Brien’s crew was “inspired” by your video…

    • John Storton

      August 12, 2013 at 2:11 am

      You’re right, but Combat and Pitfall were both great! It kinda makes me want to play some Combat now, but then I would need to go outside and make a friend to play Combat with! lol

  • BRTD

    August 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Hey Mike, about that idea you had with a guy with no life who can only play Breakout – wouldn’t you know it, there actually WAS one!! In fact, he wrote the whole book about his experience with the game back in the days when it was new and all! And it’s also surprisingly entertaining to read!))
    It’s called “Pilgrim In The Microworld”, in case you’re interested)

  • Travis Lassa

    August 15, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Love this series.

  • firzen433

    August 30, 2013 at 12:53 am

    Actually, I quite enjoy the two dig dug games on the NES. Never thought there’s a Atari 2600 dig dug. Amazing!

  • January 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Mike:”You want to play again?”
    LMAO!! But seriously one of you nerds needed to beat that. ;D

  • June 25, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    May I ask how you guys get the Atari to appear without interference on a modern tv or let alone a old school tv? When I hook up my Atari I can’t get a clear screen there is always ‘fuzz’

  • July 12, 2014 at 1:30 am

    😀 Mike’s reflexes are just insane

  • Warrie

    December 24, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    What’s the music used after the t-shirt ad in the beginning?

  • Christopher Sutler

    November 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Honestly, you guys, how can you do a show about classic Atari 2600 games and not mention Adventure? You really should do a show about that game, it’s one of the best Atari 2600 games. It’s also one of the few Atari games where you can actually win.

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