Episode 28: Space Spartans

In this episode we review the Mattel Intellivoice game Space Spartans. We interview the programmers Steve Roney and Bill Fisher. Rick reviews the Atari and Imagic box collection from Mark Oberhauser. Paul interviews Don Switzer and Gary Magnan about their upcoming Intellivision homebrew multi-game, which benefits Óscar ‘Nanochess’ Toledo (creator of IntyBASIC and several homebrew games). And of course George is here, along with our usual Feedback and News.

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0:00:00 – Turn on the tube TV, insert Space Spartans, and go!
0:00:27 – The Intellivisionaries Theme by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen
0:01:48 – George: episode rundown
0:03:29 – Welcome
0:25:04 – George: Brexit?
0:26:10 – Feedback
0:43:06 – RVG promo
0:43:20 – Retrojunkies promo
0:43:40 – News
1:10:43 – Non-Game or Hardware Review: (Rick) Atari/Imagic repro boxes
1:15:11 – Channel F promo
1:15:36 – Interview: Don Switzer & Gary Magnan
1:46:13 – RGR promo
1:46:23 – Game review (part 1): Space Spartans
2:35:57 – Interview: Steve Roney & Bill Fisher
3:56:33 – Game review (part 2): Space Spartans
4:34:10 – Intellivisionaries promo
4:34:15 – [music break]: Astrosmash – “Sssssnake demo”
4:36:44 – Wrap Up / “Treasured” by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen
4:40:13 – Outtakes – featured music: Synthetik FM/NURVIS “They Can’t See”

Links mentioned in the show:

Intellivision Lives entry for Space Spartans
http://www.intellivisionlives.com/bluesky/games/credits/voice.html#space_spartans

Intvfunhouse entry for Space Spartans
http://www.intvfunhouse.com/games/sprt.php

Video Game Critic entry for Space Spartans
http://videogamecritic.com/intelss.htm?e=81612#rev1512

I miss my toys show episode 14 (mentions the podcast)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FJRK2vDGwE&feature=youtu.be

More scans from James Bellanca
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbellanca/collections/72157666761768900/

Thread on AA for ordering Marc Oberhäuser’s latest box set
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252908-repro-boxes-wave-2-unreleased-atarisoft-10-imagic-games-2/#entry3515580

Video review of the boxes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA0aK1Br0YM

Carl Mueller announced the availability of the ROM and source code for Ms. Pacman
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252928-ms-pac-man-rom-full-source-now-available-free/#entry3515949

Carl Mueller also released the source code for his Game Boy Color Intellivision emulator and a demo version of his NES Intellivision emulator
http://www.carlmuellerjr.com/

Keyboard component found at a thrift store
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/253156-check-out-my-thrift-store-find-intellivision-keyboard-still-sealed/page-2

Lil’ Bro a Unisonic Champion simulator that runs on the Intellivision
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/253252-lil-bro-a-unisonic-champion-simulator-for-the-intv/

A couple more links about the Unisonic Champion
http://worstconsole.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-worstconsoleever.html
http://www.ccjvq.com/slydc/index/faq/2711/

Updates about the Sydney Hunter and the Sacred Tribe game
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/250154-sydney-hunter-the-sacred-tribe/page-2

Opcode announced the IntelliXpander
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/251084-opcode-games-announces-intellixpander-castlevania-and-gradius-for-2017/

Collection cart to raise funds for Óscar Toledo Gutiérrez
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/253799-in-the-spirit-of-community-a-new-release-is-announced/
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/252786-team-pixelboy-news-bulletin-may-19th-2016/

Academic paper about video game baseball, including Major League Baseball
http://web.stanford.edu/group/htgg/sts145papers/jtam_2002_1.pdf

Top 10 strange Intellivision games
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK4bj05g060

Some updates from William Moeller about Defender of the Crown
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/238853-defender-of-the-crown-for-intellivision-2016/page-5#entry3351160

Top Hat Gaming Man did an episode on the Intellivision
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbZrdnkB8QI&feature=youtu.be

Toby Deshane (aka Dr. Fortyseven) created a fan recreation of Astrosmash
https://fortyseven.itch.io/lasersmash

Naborhood games has some D1K games on sale
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/254115-dk-arcade-on-sale/

80′s Kiosk picture
Kiosks

/r/retrogaming podcast ep on the crash
https://soundcloud.com/retrogamingreddit/rretrogaming-podcast-episode-11-al-nilsen-part-i-atari-intellivision-and-the-crash

Steve Herold wrote up an Intellivision story
http://www.themancavecinema.ca/site/viewers-retro-gaming-stories-steve-herold/