4:The Agony & The Ecstasy
The fourth episode, which is the first to be produced and available,
is "the agony & the ecstasy." This episode reveals the technical
details and difficulties of actually programming the 2600. It also
shows the wonderful and exciting rewards of having your work distributed
and appreciated by the public.
Find out what it's like to walk into a store and see your game there
on the shelf. To hear people talking about your product. There
is also a segment on the favorite games of the game makers.
This episode is dedicated to classic gamers, the people without whom
Atari could never have existed. It has the technical information about
the 2600 game machine most coveted by serious enthusiasts. It is to
these people that I (and all Atari alums) owe their fantastic journey.
It seemed appropriate to make my first production for these people.
So I did.
Here is what Scott Crawford (creator and head of Electronicon, the
Classic Video Game Convention) had to say about this episode:
"Once Upon Atari: The Agony And The Ecstasy is a great start to
Howard Scott Warshaw’s Once Upon Atari video series. It’s an entertaining,
educational, and most importantly, REAL glimpse of what happened
ol’ Atari. The video focuses on interviews with 2600 VCS programmers like Rob
(Night Driver, Demon Attack, Missile Command) Fulop, Tod (Pac-Man) Frye, Carla
(Star Raiders, Warlords, Indy 500) Meninsky, and Larry (Air-Sea Battle, Kaboom!)
Kaplan. These interviews are at times hilarious (Frye’s description of how he
programmed 2600 Xevious, Fulop’s profanity-laden rant in praise of VCS programmer
Rick Maurer), as well as insightful (Ex-Atari
Director Of Software George Kiss’ regret that he didn’t write a line of code
while at Atari, and Fulop’s description of the job as “the definition of his
life”) ... it is well worth picking up, as I’ve watched it about a dozen times
in the 2 months since I got it."
In this episode: Tod Frye, Rob Fulop, Carla Meninsky, Me, Jerome Domurat,
Jim Huether, Dave Staugas, Larry Kaplan, Rob Zdybel, George Kiss, Alan
Murphy, Eric Manghise,
and Bob "Bobco" Polaro. All members of the 2600 development team.
entirely in DIGITAL VIDEO, start to finish.