Enjoy Stuff: A TechnoRetro Podcast

Atari's Star Wars the Arcade Game was released 40 years ago and quickly became one of the most popular arcade games of all time. With groundbreaking innovations and real Star Wars sounds, it's still fun to play. Jay and Shua try their best to use the Force on Enjoy Stuff!


Join us in the arcade as we look back on the iconic stand-up (and sit-down) game Star Wars the Arcade Game.



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What we’re Enjoying

On a recent vacation trip, Jay checked out a legendary Candy store in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania called Mr Ed’s Elephant Museum & Candy Emporium. It’s a fun store with a nice nostalgic feeling. Plus, Mr. Ed’s is to elephants what Rancho Obi-Wan is to Star Wars. A gigantic collection of crazy pachyderms. Shua enjoyed the pride he felt when dropped off his youngest to her new college in Rhode Island. With some stops in Boston and other scenic places along the way, his emotions were bubbling over, so let’s keep him distracted.

Enjoy Video Games! 

Riding the hype of the newly released Return of the Jedi, Atari released a new game that used a variety of techniques to display the graphics. Using the mathematical based vector graphic method, they sacrificed the solid shapes of a raster game, with the sharper, faster electron beam method. 


It included 3 levels that would get increasingly difficult. A Tie Fighter battle, flying along the surface shooting towers, and a run down the Death Star trench challenged the player and put you right in the center of the movie action. A stand-up and a sit-down “cockpit” version were available, making fans even more excited to feel like they were a part of the story. 


Plus, it was the first game to use digitized voices and music (and they were straight from the movie!) And the developers hid (rebelliously) a bunch of Easter eggs including their own names. A simple game with line graphics and yet we are still excited to play it. 


Did you get to play the arcade version of Star Wars? How many levels can you clear? First person that emails me with the subject line, “R2, try to increase the power!” will get a special mention on the show.  Let us know. Come talk to us in the Discord channel or send us an email to EnjoyStuff@RetroZap.com

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