Atari (Part 4) Space Games!

Mike Matei / December 2nd, 2013

There were a ton of space themed games on the Atari 2600. Besides Space Invaders, were there any that were really worth playing? That’s the question James and Mike are trying to find the answer to! All the games featured here either have “Space” or “Star” in the title. It’s Atari (Part 4) Space Games! Also, stay tuned at the end where we do Atari IN THE DARK!

Atari (Part III) Classics ContinuedΒ 

Atari (Part II) Classic 2600 Games

Atari (Part I) Introduction


  • December 2, 2013 at 2:49 am

    Awesome as always!! :3

    • December 2, 2013 at 3:33 am

      They were KOOSH BALLS James!!! πŸ˜€ Loved the ones that came with a piece of plastic to use as a launcher!

      • n30neuromancer

        December 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

        Good call! I was yelling “KOOSH! KOOSH!” in my head the whole time.

        Also, the gastric acids in your stomach dominate soda’s face all day long.

    • strider

      December 3, 2013 at 8:20 pm


      • Benjamin Turney

        December 4, 2013 at 7:03 am

        Is there anything more therapeutic?

    • December 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Also, FIRST motherfuckers!!!!

  • Blaine Rout

    December 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

    PEW PEW!

  • tuknrolle

    December 2, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Guess it was only a matter of time before you hit the space games, huh? Lol, love it, keep up the good work guys!

    • December 2, 2013 at 3:09 am

      You guys rock! When I see ANY new video from you guys, it’s like a Unicorn having a 5-Way with a Minotaur, Gorgon, Jackalope, and Flying Pink Panther inside of my head!!! AND THEY ALL SIMULTANEOUSLY CLIMAX!!!!! *Mind Blown*

  • KennyM

    December 2, 2013 at 3:14 am

    please keep the Atari stuff coming!!

  • KennyM

    December 2, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Thank you so much for such a long video, this is really just such a great experience. I look forward to hopefully seeing a new video or content so much, please keep it coming. I love watching you guys just paying and having fun, that’s really what gaming is about and I think is being lost in the current generation. Online multiplayer just isn’t the same as this type of experience

  • Nintendomaniac

    December 2, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Atari space games…that’s like 80% of the Atari 2600’s library.

  • Chaos_Emeralds

    December 2, 2013 at 3:36 am


  • Chaos_Emeralds

    December 2, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I used to have star wars the empire strikes back.

  • ewing

    December 2, 2013 at 4:21 am

    You are right to make a connection between Stargate and Defender. Stargate is the official sequel to Defender.

  • December 2, 2013 at 4:29 am

    Stargate was a sequel to defender and that’s actually a really good port. I never knew that was out for atari.

  • pyoobez

    December 2, 2013 at 5:26 am

    It’s been like twenty years since I used to play tons of Atari games at my grandfather’s, but I think with Space Canyon you turn the controller a quarter way. Then you just have to get used to the button being at a different spot. There was another way to hold the controller too.

    I think there were a few other games that functioned similarly since the controller was so basic shaped. Similar to that one kid you’d know or hear of that played with his NES controller backwards.

  • December 2, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Mondays are better with this series πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Nice video guys. I’m thinking of getting my stepdad this atari system that has like between 70-90 games built into it or something, it connects via RCA cables and has most of the best atari games on it. I found it at walgreens of all fucking places. πŸ˜›
    There’s also a sega genesis that has like 50-60 built in games, most of them awesome, AND it plays actual genesis cartridges, AND it has wireless controllers. It’s also at walgreens of all fucking places.

    Anyways, your atari series of videos has helped me figure out what games are worthwhile and what games are garbage, and since my stepdad was born in 63 and his youth was spent mostly in the 70s, he remembers atari with a huge amount of fondness (he also likes nintendo, but he’s gotten too far out of practice…he used to be able to beat mike tyson in punchout which amazed the shit out of me as a kid).

    Anyways, long story short, great video, can’t wait for more! Maybe you guys SHOULD do a commodore 64 series of videos! That’d be awesome!

  • December 2, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Apparently Space Invaders was supposed to be much harder when it was created, in that every enemy is supposed to move fast and at the same speed, but because of so many sprites on the screen and the atari lagging/having that slow down effect, it goes super slow at the beginning and faster when you only have a few enemies left!

  • December 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

    that starfox game was the reason that starfox snes was renamed “starwing” in europe

  • Kelprunk

    December 2, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This video reminds me: I think it’s about time to do another game room tour, James. Looks like a lot has happened since the last time.

  • December 2, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Could you consider switching to html5 for the videos? Flash is barely usable on Linux and the player almost always crashes on my netbook.

  • GunMetal

    December 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

    The “in space” thing I believe was started with the Muppet’s Pigs in space

    • Moose Of Woe

      December 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm


  • Heok

    December 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    IN SPAAAAAAACE comes from the muppet space skit pigs in space.

  • frostare

    December 2, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Missile command… I think Youtube made a game in its honor where you would have to defend the video from asteroids in that very same way.

    The all-time space videogame classic will always be Space Invaders, even Touhou’s creator, ZUN, has paid homage to it by referencing those patterns in the final stage of Touhou UFO before the final boss.

  • Slamraptor

    December 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    N1 30 minutes of awesomeness this saves the evening of a very hard day. (:

    Thanks guys

  • SNES Freak

    December 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Great video. Atari got so many shity games. You need to check out the four players on you tube!!!!!

  • Shawdawg

    December 2, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Star Raiders is probably the best POV space game for Atari. To do stuff, you have to mess with the switches. You can activate shields, bring up your gunsight, and then use a map and go to warp to exterminate the Zylons.

  • Kevin T. Bell

    December 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    It’s actually missiles, not asteroids. Though Atari made up the story of it being a war between two made up planets, it was made in response to the Cold War at the time and how people would respond to a real life missile attack and how they could not stop a barrage of missiles – so you’re basically choosing what cities to focus on saving until even then you can’t save those cities. (Unless you reach 810,000 points and get bonus cities)

    It seems the creator had nightmares about the cities – since they represented real life cities in his mind when he was making them – being destroyed.

  • DeWayne Droddy

    December 2, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    James and Mike!!

    “Space Attack” is a classic game from my childhood. I, actually, remember having my dad teach me how to play it when I was very young. Let me try to explain:

    The very center of the “main” screen (the box looking thing) is basically your home planet. The groups of a dozen or so dots are fleets of enemy spaceships coming in to attack you. That’s why you saw the screen go “blood red” when 2 of the 3 groups “touched” the center square.

    That being said… Once in a while you’ll notice groups of three dots flying out from the center square. Those are, essentially, your attack squadrons. You have to steer them into the oncoming enemy fleets to get the screen to change to POV like you accidentally saw happen. You, then, have to quickly shoot down as many enemy ships in the time your given in order to completely destroy the fleet.

    You’ll return to the “main” screen once you do that or you die. You’ll notice 1 of 2 things: 1. Said enemy fleet is now gone. 2. The enemy fleet has been reduced in number if you weren’t able to take them all out. If that’s the case, then you must use your next available squadron to take out the rest.

    It’s a pretty in-depth game that takes time to master, but it’s pretty enjoyable once you do. I remember being, like, 5 or 6 years old and playing it with my dad. Good times. I think you guys should give it another go. πŸ˜‰

  • DeWayne Droddy

    December 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Oh, and the “…IN SPACE!!!!” is actually from the old school The Muppets Show. They did a skit on there periodically called “Pigs in Space!” and it was said exactly how you guys said it…same emphasis and everything. I suppose the “…IN SPACE” part just became a meme all on its own. lol

  • Lodmot

    December 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Nothing kills Atari. ;D

  • December 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Mike Tyson is watching you waggle your joystick..

  • johnpseudo

    December 2, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    I was looking forward to see that one in particular – Mike has it in his collection: “Communist Mutants from Space (Cassette) (Starpath) – 1982” – I really wanted to see how that cassette thing works … besides, will you ever try out one of those mindlink controllers ?! Or make an Atari accessory video like the one on NES ? – nonetheless, great video … when I saw it ia about 30 mins I was like “Fuck yeah !!!” πŸ˜€

    • December 2, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      That’s a Cassette game, not a cartridge. So that will be part of another series at some point.

      • johnpseudo

        December 2, 2013 at 3:36 pm

        Great, I`m looking forward to it ! πŸ™‚

  • MAMEFan

    December 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Koosh balls

  • GrahfMetal

    December 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I was addicted to ‘Frostbite’ for 2600 as a kid. I got it for my 4th Birthday in ’83 and played it and Pitfall II everyday after school for years.

  • GrahfMetal

    December 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Space Attack (20:00) actually requires the Number pad to play. It’s still pretty awful even with the special controller

  • December 2, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    nice one πŸ™‚ good ending

  • Paul Dower

    December 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Omg Sarsaparilla is the best soda EVER!!!

  • December 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Stargate was the sequel to Defender and Star Raiders had it’s custom controller with an overlay. Really good series! thank you for making it

  • garlix

    December 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm


    Which is the tune being played at around the 5 minute mark? πŸ™‚

  • December 2, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks, guys.

  • wardrich

    December 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Star Raiders is a fantastic game if you ever get the chance to go back and play it. It’s really in depth, and is one of the few games that took advantage of the weird controller with the button grid and plastic overlays.

  • karel1

    December 2, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Another fun and informative episode! You guys could give lectures on video games, and the video game culture in colleges and universities! Considering what an impact they’ve had on cultures all over the world, I think it’s Past Time that post secondary institutions don’t offer these kinds of courses.

    Why did you wait so long before posting the 4th video? Is there going to be a fifth?

  • Adrian Ortiz

    December 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    i thought the IN SPACE comes from the muppet show sketch Pigs in space.

  • Dirty Dom

    December 2, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    The looks on your faces during the Atari in the dark part is hilarious!!!

  • KeeperX

    December 2, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Hey guys, I highly recommend you give StarMaster another go, this time use the B&W/Color switch to go to your map view and select a sector to warp to to find the enemies, also has bases to dock on for refilling your energy.

    I loved this game as a kid!

  • akronymn

    December 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I used to have Star Raiders. I never understood it, but you have to have the keypad controller and an insert that tells you what each button is for. Look at the picture on the cart, there is a keypad.

  • Firx

    December 2, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    “Didn’t you know, Jimmy, that Intellivision ALSO has all kinds of GREAT SPACE GAMES?”

    “I. . . I didn’t know, oh God, I swear I DIDN’T KNOWWW~W~W~W!”

    (I love that commercial so much).

    Awesome Atari/Monday gaming vid, guys! Keep ’em rolling.

  • December 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    YES. I love these long videos. Perfect to watch after work. Thanks guys, you are awesome!

    • Joker83

      December 2, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Exactly me too, I love looking forward to it. Although monster madness I would always watch first thing in the am

  • BladeRunner

    December 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Awesome, I been waiting months for this. defiantly worth the wait. Great video guys!!!

  • CrushingC10996WM

    December 2, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    If you do another one, you should do movie licensed games. with the exception of…. that one game.

  • Apparition

    December 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    It’s still bad programming, but couldn’t you rotate the controller 90 degrees for the karate game?

  • Joker83

    December 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    No joke, I love a good half hour cinemassacre video. You guys fucking kick ass.

    I was thinking of an awesome idea for a game, a survival horror video game based on Snix! I think it’s about time Snix got his own game.

  • Arc Nova

    December 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    If you guys ever make a fifth Atari 2600 video, I highly recommend you give Solaris a try. It’s kind of like a 3rd-person POV of Star Raiders, but I don’t believe you need the keypad accessory to play it. It has both space-based and planet-based levels, and an actual quest to find the planet Solaris. Easily my favorite 2600 game. πŸ™‚

  • Aaron1375

    December 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Great to see another Atari installment! I’ve been waiting for so long.

  • Orionsaint

    December 2, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Stargate is an arcade game released in 1981 by Williams Electronics. Created by Eugene Jarvis, it is a sequel to the 1980 game Defender.

  • Kenshiroh

    December 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I know there was an NTSC version of the Activision Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space because my brother bought this game at Toys R Us after he won a 2600 in a contest. (This was after the NES had already come out, though.) The game is a flight simulator and is pretty boring. I think there was also a C-64 version of that game as well.

  • December 3, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Star raider, that sucker had a keypad and over lay. Had to bring up the map to find enemies before they got to a starbase and it would hyperspace you places. Star Master was simpler but either the select switch or a second joystick brought up it’s map. God I miss these games.

  • December 3, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Btw Space Shuttle didn’t work because it wasn’t totally backward compatible with the 7800.

  • Orionsaint

    December 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

    All you need in an Atari game is a purpose and a challenge. Oh, I have to hit that thing, but that thing is blocking me? I can do this. Whoa, I did it! Oh, you’re gonna get harder? I can still do it!

    That’s a great Atari game.

  • DJAmtrak

    December 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Hey guys, I’m probably as old if not older than you all but the “IN SPAAACE” thing you are probably thinking of comes from way back in the day from The Muppet Show. You remember “Pigs in Space”? That’s how they used to say it…”Pigs…IN SPAAAACE”

  • Corie Pimentel

    December 3, 2013 at 2:09 am

    Hey guys that “In space!!!” Line I believe came from the Muppet Show. Pig’s In Space!!! I know thats where I remember it from anyways.

  • Mike Bray

    December 3, 2013 at 2:16 am

    Nice video, Adventure is a good one to play in the dark, when you win anyways.

  • December 3, 2013 at 2:19 am

    I actually had StarMaster as a kid, and it always frustrated me until my friend brought over a special treat: a controller with a 1-9 phone style keypad on it. Apparently those controllers (not sure if they were for the later 5200/7800 since it’s been a while, maybe a Colecovision controller?) would allow you to switch between the cockpit view and the starmap, which let you travel to different locations. A wiki search now shows that you could use the B/W switch on the console to do the same thing, and also shows the game was really advanced for it’s time.

    • December 3, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Wow, 2 games in 1 video that I owned? Anyway, the point of Space Attack is to defend your mothership from incoming squadrons. You guys had the right idea with the map screen, but your own squadrons (the triangle shaped dots) weren’t deployed quickly enough. You’d choose an enemy fleet to attack, then deploy your own squadrons to intercept, then it would play out in cockpit while you took out the enemy ships. Would’ve been nice if wikipedia and the internet was around in those days, especially for these kind of games (where actual game design was present).

  • fcabanski

    December 3, 2013 at 2:32 am

    As far as I know the “IN SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE” comes from the Muppet Show’s “Pigs in Space”.

  • December 3, 2013 at 3:21 am

    Muppets in SPACE.

  • December 3, 2013 at 4:24 am

    Hey guys – I know this is probably a moot point by now, but did you try cleaning James’ Atari 2600? Considering that it’s been about 30 years, and who knows if it had been cleaned before, that may help get it working again. Of course, 30 years does seem to be about the average cutoff point for electronics, so, I’m not expecting miracles. …Sucks – I remember all the times James used it in the Nerd videos, and even these other Atari videos, of course. Kind of a sad thing. Anyway, being a little tech-oriented, I figured I’d chip in my two cents. I’m sure the information on how to clean it would easily be found online…

  • December 3, 2013 at 4:39 am

    You guys should play Pigs in Space, it’s a Muppets game but a lot of fun. I played that a ton when I was a kid.

  • Necron99

    December 3, 2013 at 5:51 am

    I’m sure it was probably said already, but I think the “In Space” quote came from the muppets. They had a “skit” in it called “Pigs in space” The announcer would say it really long like that.

  • December 3, 2013 at 6:44 am

    You didn’t use the keypad with Star Raiders. It’s considerably more interesting if you use it.

    • December 3, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      i think they phones this one in (washed up?) cause they missed the whole point of starmaster too…

  • Boo Daclown

    December 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

    i have an udated atari with all the classic games that just store on the system instead of carts check it out

  • December 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Space Shuttle isn’t working because you’re playing on the Atari 7800. There are a few games, including that one, that weren’t backwards compatible. I’m kind of surprised James doesn’t have dozens of 2600s laying around.

  • xdkaphx

    December 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Aw man, I love RolaCola!


    December 3, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I always loved Star Raiders because there’s more to it than many 2600 games, but you have to have the separate keypad controller.

  • stoney_1

    December 3, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Club Soda rules!! and i can’t wait to watch part 5!! that whole video was so funny and awesome πŸ™‚

    • stoney_1

      December 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

      I’m gettin really baked to watch the Atari in the Dark video!!

  • December 3, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    OMG – Starmaster you totally missed the MAP screen! You guys did that game for like 10 seconds and said it was just some searching game but its not. πŸ™

    • erik37

      December 3, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      yeah man i was thinking the same thing, starmaster was one of my favorite games for atari when the game get going

  • erik37

    December 3, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Starmaster for the Atari 2600, flashing lights an all lol

  • The Archaic Connoisseur

    December 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Evening Gents, This episode (with the bright multi-colored lights flashing in a dark room reflecting off your glasses) reminds me and possibly you (since you’re my age) of the scene out of the awesome movie ‘Cloak and Dagger’ , where the ‘Woz’ wanna-be is playing through the levels of Atari’s Cloak and Dagger in the dark with the same exact darkness and flashing kick-ass colors reflecting off his glasses, so nostalgic…or I mean Archaic, cough cough.
    Also I enjoyed the extended length episode. Keep kicking ass and chewing bubble gum!! !

  • MoogmanXanders

    December 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I had most of those games, with star raiders I beleive you had to use the atari touch pad to bring up your radar and warp to an area where there were enemies to shoot, and space attack the green screen was a radar, you had to hold the button in and push up, left and right to dispatch your fleets (those three dots, one direction was 3 white dots, the other green and the other black) and once one of your fleets gets to one of the groups of small dots you push in the direction that made that fleet appear then youll go into that first person shooter screen, take out all the ships and take out the other 2 groups and more come, shitty thing is you have to keep selecting a fleet and sending them after the next group of ships that appear or else theyll just sit there not moving, and theres a way to prioritize enemy groups but I forget how, to be honest all id do is randomly move the stick around while holdin the button in untill my fleet started moving towards the enemy I wanted, then push the joystick up left and right whenever my fleet hit a group of enemies, I think theres 9 groups of enemies in all if I remember, not much to the ending if I remember just a 2 bit note going from low to high and the screen changes color, just figure id mention it just in case you wanna revisit it

  • Curtisrich

    December 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I think that the saying ” IN SPACE ” is from the Muppet Show from the early 80’s. They had a skit with Miss Piggy and other swine puppets…. and the announcer would always say
    “PIGS IN SPACE” in a loud booming voice.

  • HomingMissiles

    December 3, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    James has a video game museum in his basement.

  • Vulcan Assassin

    December 3, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Mike, The problem with the Space shuttle game scrolling/glitching may be because you were playing on a 7800. I have found a few games do this on the 7800, but will play fine on the 2600.

    • Vulcan Assassin

      December 3, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      One more thing: the earliest “In Space” thing I can recall, is from the muppet show in the 80’s, the “Pigs in Space” skit.

  • croagunklover

    December 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Great video, guys! Keep up the awesome work! Atari is definitely fun to play in the dark. I have Haunted House, so I just might pop it in again some time. With the lights off, of course.

  • Lanlost

    December 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    You’re missing something with the last game though. WHY can you shoot left or right? There weren’t any enemies there. there has to be more to this game.

  • PerrysburgGuy

    December 3, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Space Attack manual

    I believe that Activision Space Shuttle won’t work on the 7800 as it is so complicated a simulator (on a 2600) that it uses the black and white/color button for controls. I had it, and I could never manage to finish anything even with the manual. I couldn’t get the shuttle lined up to dock. I mean this thing is insane for 2600.

  • PerrysburgGuy

    December 3, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    You need a copy of Pigs….IN SPACE!!!

  • December 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

    fuck atari! they was responsible for nearly ending videogames for the worse

    • HomingMissiles

      December 4, 2013 at 2:56 am

      …yet a whole industry owes much of its foundations to them, or at least to their founders. There seems to be a misconception that Atari singlehandedly caused the ’83 crash. While they were the leading video game brand back then and certainly playeded a part, the market at the time was extremely saturated with poor games and systems because (quite literally) EVERYONE was jumping in and making them. It was assumed that there was huge and easy money to be made on videogames, so not many developers cared to make them any good. As it’s pretty well illustrated in this video, it was a total crapshoot whether the game you just spent 50 bucks with was any good, so consumers were also completely alienated and eventually lost interest. No wonder the bubble burst so violently.

      • gluserty

        December 4, 2013 at 3:15 am

        I agree Homingmissiles; that dumb “Space Cavern” game was made by Apollo, who were in the business 2 short years (1981-1983). To their credit, they did develop “Spacechase” and “Lost Luggage”, but companies like that came and went all the time in that era.

  • December 4, 2013 at 1:43 am

    I recently found Space Cavern at a game shop in Superior, WI and had a good time with it once I got acclimated to the control scheme. πŸ™‚

  • kuksoolwon

    December 4, 2013 at 2:38 am

    So,James never played these games before until now?I thought James had and played pretty much every Atari or old school games.On a side note,I hope he releases a AVGN 7 this year.Id def wan’t to see all the AVGN Videos this year,Plus all the Board James,Esp these James and Mike play Videos on the DVD.

  • gluserty

    December 4, 2013 at 2:43 am

    Great video. The length itself makes sense, considering there are so many Atari space games. I liked “Space Jockey”; wow, I give the developers credit for throwing the kitchen sink in when it comes to objects that are airbourne or float. Considering the technology, I thought that was really creative.

  • gluserty

    December 4, 2013 at 3:07 am

    Hey, I think that “Space Attack” game IS an Intellivision game. The nerd played it in the ‘Double Vision’ video, and it’s included on the “Intellivision Lives!” disk (I have a PS2 copy, but haven’t played it in a long time).

  • December 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Awesome i really love what you doing there with both of you start talking for all those games and make jokes and everything.Continue to make those mike and james with other games as well,and newer ones for the new systems.The thing with the soda you mentioned actually works even better with coca cola it disolves meat also and i heard that people that drink to much from this they had issues with their stomachs.But though i like coca cola when i eating junk stuff i stop buying because the factory we had in our region closed and leave many of its employs without jobs.And even though they sell coca cola i stop buying their product because of that matter.

    • December 5, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Please please fact check your info BEFORE you go around telling people something is true. The nail thing has been debunked over and over again by multiple credible sources. The info is out there and very easily available to anyone who looks. But, of course, with out even bothering to check, you’re going around telling people its true. Now those people will tell others that it’s true. Before long everyone thinks its true. But it’s not true and no one in the chain bothers to check if its true before misinforming a group of other people that will turn around and do the same. Whether it’s forest fires or bad info, only you can prevent their spread. It just takes some personal accountability from each of us to make things better for all of us. For more details on the nail myth please read my other post.

  • Mark Saenz

    December 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hey guys, to answer your question about where the IN SPACE!!!!!!!!!!!! thing came from, I believe it came from the old 1970s Muppet Show sketch, Pigs in Space. Look it up on YouTube and you will see the the opening is said exactly like that. PIGS IN SPAAAAAACCCCCEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • December 5, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Space invaders will be fun forever!

  • December 5, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Love the vid, but I can’t believe you guys actually buy into the myth about coke dissolving a nail. The myth usually says the nail will dissolve in a few days. But mike said months. Most things will dissolve in just normal water if left for months, no coke needed. And the acid in coke is about strong as a lemon, enough to pucker your mouth but not much more.

    Plus there is the actual concentration of the acid. In fact when I worked at a plant nursery the water for certain plants needed to be treated. The most common treatment was adding an acid concentrate. That’s right, putting extra acid on the roots actually helps the plants and makes them healthier. So more acid isn’t always bad. Plus the acid in your stomach is far more corrosive than anything you are eating. So basically acid is only dangerous when it a very reactive and only when concentrated enough. If acid was dissolving your flesh and eating away at your insides you would know about it, trust me.

  • Johnthegamer

    December 5, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I’m pretty sure the in space thing, actually comes from the Muppet Show and Pigs in Space!

    • Mark Saenz

      December 5, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Yup, already stated that in my post a day before you did. He he.

  • December 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Space shuttle: a journey into space is awesome, I have it for the C64. It’s a surprisingly realistic simulation especially for its day, with takeoff, docking, re-entry and landing the shuttle – all in first person 3D. It most likely pushes the poor Atari to its limits.

  • ToadRoad

    December 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    You were wondering about how long that one game keeps getting challenging? You should check out the doc, “High Score,” (from 2006) which chronicles one man’s quest to get the high score for Missile Command (which is essentially the exact same game).

    It’s right up there with Chasing Ghosts/King of Kong in terms of interesting retro gaming documentaries.

  • frostare

    December 7, 2013 at 12:49 am

    And thanks for going all the trouble for getting this shit to work! =}

  • Wayne

    December 7, 2013 at 4:11 am

    James and Mike…
    For Star Raiders, you need to use the Atari 2600 Video Touch Pad with the overlay for Star Raiders. It allows: Fore View, Gal Map, Hyperwarp, Computer On/Off, and Shields On/Off

  • December 7, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Aww come on Mike I love RC cola! it’s pretty damn good I thought!

  • December 7, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Hey James and Mike,

    Not sure if you guys noticed but in Space Masters X7 the battery has a meter(the line that moves) that runs from the + to the – and it represents that boss i guess you could call it’s health, once it goes from the + to – it dies just something i noticed while watching the video πŸ˜›

  • MrBrrumpkins

    December 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    Classic! Hey Mike. How about Dr. Perky?

  • greedo

    December 8, 2013 at 1:31 am

    The IN SPACE part came from a short lived TV show called Lost in Space. The Muppets thing was simply a parody of that. Can’t believe anyone else didn’t know that!

    • greedo

      December 8, 2013 at 1:36 am

      Sorry, just checked. The In Space thing is indeed a Muppets thing. I feel so embarrassed. πŸ™ (But they did base the whole Muppets in Space thing on Lost in Space).

  • skwij

    December 8, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This is awesome! Thanks. Didn’t Star Raiders have some kind of peripheral, like a touch pad or something? I think it opened a map screen and then you could warp to different sectors where different things would happen. I’m not sure…

  • December 10, 2013 at 8:07 am

    For some of these control problem, why not just turn the controller side ways and play, there’s only 1 button isn’t it?

  • December 16, 2013 at 5:21 am

    your shirt.
    that thing.
    hell yeah

  • NeverTooOld

    December 20, 2013 at 5:39 am

    It looks like E.T on the top shelf is givin the middle finger! That’s funny. BTW the best brand of GingerAle is CanadaDry.

  • Calavera

    January 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Alot of these games are much worse than E.T, it’s a shame the AVGN movie is going to be built around that just because of the hardcore fans. Yeah ET isn’t that good, but neither are MANY Atari 2600 games. If you were a kid in 1983 I doubt you would have noticed any video game “crash” Most people who say it is the worst game ever wasn’t even born when it was released. Ask some people who got it for Christmas.

    • Blubberislife

      April 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      I have it, and it really is BAD. But, yes, valid point.

  • Oncogene

    January 11, 2014 at 3:02 am

    If anyone is curious as to what that icon actually is in Star Fox, it’s not a middle finger. From the manual: “After each loss of life, a controller symbol will appear at the top of the screen.”

  • Ben_from_G-town

    January 24, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Fun times. My first console was my parent’s old Atari. Never thought about playing it in the dark, but it sounds like fun!

  • January 31, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    wow! look at those graphics! i wanna get my hands on that game!! weeka weeka wooki…the 2600 from atari…your parents help you hook it up

  • January 31, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Try “Digital Acid” on Commodore 64 in the dark. Wave a white shirt in front of the screen. Move your head to the screen until your nose touches it, don’t blink for at least half a minute. But you need to hook up the C64 to a big active loudspeaker because the sound of your inferior monitor speaker sucks.

  • Blubberislife

    April 12, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Every time it cuts to a side view of them, I get startled by the Punch-Out cutout and think someone is in James’ house! XD

  • Blubberislife

    April 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Space War is the original, developed at a university. Considered one of the first video games by many.

  • April 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Space Invaders – Had it on hard difficulty as the laser bases were 2x wide.

    Space Shuttle by Activision is an amazing game. It’s a shame you couldn’t play it, but it was probably because you were playing it on a 7800 instead of a real 2600.

  • July 12, 2014 at 7:18 am

    This episode has so much trouble loading

  • March 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    in Space Jockey you are a UFO and thats why its called that πŸ™‚ your are from space not in space. thought id shed some light on that πŸ˜›

  • September 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Starnaster was so advanced. You need to use the buttons on the ATARI system to access a map screen and warp to different systems. The starting system has nothing. Play it again for yourselves.

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