1986 : Atari 7800 Christmas

  “Holy crap!” “What?” Jeff replied. He looked over at me to see that I reading an advertisement in Antic Magazine. “Look at this…Atari 7800’s for sale!” October of 1986 was a trying time for Atari 8-bit nerds… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: R.I.P. My Boyhood Classic Arcade, Castle Park, Redondo Beach CA.

Most video game fans from the “golden age ” (roughly 1978-1983) frequented an arcade that they felt was “their own”. For many kids in the South Bay cities of Redondo, Hermosa and Manhattan Beach in Southern California, that… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: Kenny Brown and The Atari 400

When Kenny Brown moved to Manhattan Beach in 1980 from Philadelphia PA and started 5th grade in my class with Ms. Nash, I did not like him at all. The Dodgers were playing to win the National League… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: Mr. Cool , Peter Oliphant

So I have been trying come-up with a weekly column about Atari retro games that will be as interesting for others to read as it will be for me to write. My current attempt at this is this… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: Top 3 Worst Video Game Christmas Presents Ever: Coleco Shooting Gallery, Atari Jaguar, Action Max

  I’ve written a few articles here on 8bitrocket.com filled with histrionics about the ‘best’ and ‘greatest’ Christmas mornings from my childhood, but until now I have avoided the talking about the some of the worst.  The Coleco Shooting… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles:Rob Fulop on game design

Just about every year, Steve and I coordinate a great from the gaming industry to visit our day job and give the team a day-long talk on game design. We like to focus on classic game designers because… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: Electronic Games Magazine

Electronic Games Magazine Most Friday nights in  the very early 80’s, my twin brother and I would accompany my mom on the weekly shopping trip to Lucky’s supermarket.   In the late afternoon my dad would arrive home from… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles:Retro Shopping Centers with Video Games: Artesia and Sepulveda (North East Side)

When we were growing up there was one place filled with the treasures a ’70’s kid desired. That place was the corner liquor store. It wasn’t booze, cigarettes, or girly magazines we desired as pre-teens, it was everything… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: The Apple Adventure

Sometime around 1981 a wonderful event took place in the lives of two lower-middle class twin boys. Eric Barth, a cool little kid down the street from our house, was given an Apple IIe. Steve and I spent… Read More

Atari Nerd Chronicles: Trek To The Asteroids Zone

By 1980, the Fulton household was wearing at the seams.  Almost over-night, our little happy family imploded.   First our aunt and cousin were killed by a drunk driver in car accident.  Then our grandfather contracted lung cancer from smoking a… Read More

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