Episode 11: Q*Bert

A “deep dive” game review of Q*Bert, the arcade conversion. We also have another “Questions For Keith” session, with Keith Robinson of Intellivision Productions, discussing the upcoming Intellivision Flashback console from AT Games. Rick interviews listener & game reveiwer ‘TrekMD’ from Retro Video Gamer (UK forums). And we have several guest podcasters offering their opinions of Q*Bert, including Chris Bidwell from Now You’re Playing With Podcast, Ferg from The Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast, William Culver from The ColecoVisions Podcast, and Dubstep Dad, Sweet and Aaron from Retro Obscura. We also reveal the winner of the “Mr_INTV” AtariAge Intellivision giveaway contest. And we introduce a new segment “Homebrew Highlight”, basically a mini-review of a modern day Intellivision game. Of course we have our usual news, listener feeback, mentions and strange drop-ins that Paul likes to do for some reason or another. Enjoy!

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0:00:00 – Turn on tube TV to ch. 3, insert Q*Bert, power, reset, hit the disc, go!
0:00:20 – The Intellivisionaries Theme (by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen)
0:01:41 – Welcome
0:10:31 – George! (1)
0:10:40 – Welcome (continued)
0:12:28 – Q*Bert TV commercial (1)
0:12:57 – Welcome (continued even more)
0:16:07 – The Odyssey 2 speaks (1)
0:16:12 – Welcome (continued even more than previously mentioned)
0:21:17 – Feedback
0:37:33 – “Mr. Intellivision[aries]” commercial
0:38:21 – The Mr_INTV AtariAge Intellivision Giveaway Contest! (The winner is…)
0:42:06 – George! (2)
0:42:27 – The Intellivisionaries Promo
0:42:31 – News
0:51:27 – George! (3)
0:51:55 – News (continued)
0:52:58 – Intellivision / Keyboard Component TV commercial
0:53:58 – News (continued more)
1:04:20 – Q*Bert TV commercial (2)
1:04:50 – Homebrew Hightlight: Stonix
1:17:13 – The Odyssey 2 speaks (2)
1:17:29 – ‘Questions For Keith’ Robinson: Intellivision Flashback from AT Games (part 1)
1:31:47 – The Galaxian Song (instrumental version) by Aaron Hickman
1:33:37 – ‘Questions For Keith’ Robinson: Intellivision Flashback from AT Games (part 2)
1:59:50 – George! (4)
2:00:00 – ‘Questions For Keith’ Robinson: Intellivision Flashback from AT Games (part 3)
2:38:59 – Inty Chip Tune Break: “Match 5 Title Theme” (excerpts) by Dave Akers
2:39:16 – Listener Interview: “TrekMD” from RVG & AtariAge forums
3:36:42 – Tutankahm / Q*Bert TV commercial
3:37:11 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 1)
4:00:38 – Retro Obscura Podcast crew (Dubstep Dad, Sweet & Aaron) talk Q*Bert
4:15:17 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 2)
4:22:30 – Ferg (Atari 2600 Game By Game Podcast) talks Q*Bert with Rick
4:44:51 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 3)
4:48:24 – William Culver (ColecoVisions Podcast / Arcade USA) talks Q*Bert with Will
4:59:30 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 4)
5:02:48 – Chris Bidwell (Now You’re Playing With Podcast) talks Q*Bert
5:07:47 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 5)
5:17:39 – The Odyssey 2 speaks (3)
5:17:46 – Q*Bert Game Review (part 6)
5:27:27 – Wrap-up and sign off (“Treasured” by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen)
5:31:43 – Outtakes: Keith Robinson (Inty chip tune music by Carl Mueller Jr.)

Links mentioned in the show:

Intellivision Lives entry for Q*Bert

Intvfunhouse entry for Q*Bert

Video Game Critic entry for Q*Bert

Retro Video Gamer review for Q*Bert

Code for extracting ROM images from a PS2 Intellivision Lives disc

LTO Flash! page at the Intellivision Revolution site

AtariAge thread showing the results of tallying the top 20 Intellivision games from votes of AA users

Ordering thread over on AtariAge for Caves of Kroz

Thread with details about the Smurf game being canceled and the conversion of orders to Sydney Hunter

CC3 editor thread over on AtariAge

Facebook page for the new Channel F Files podcast

D1K and D2K roms sales will end soon

Reproduction Intellivision boxes (sets 1 and 2)

A list of Intellivision games showing PAL vs NTSC releases

Retro Obscura podcast

Atari 2600 Game by Game podcast

Colecovisions podcast

Now You’re Playing with Podcast

Strategy guide for Q*Bert from Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games vol 1, no 2 / Fall 1983

Writeup of the history of Q*Bert

Pretty impressive game of Intellivision Q*Bert video