Retroist Atari Lynx Podcast
Welcome to Episode 9 of the 14th season of the Retroist Podcast. In this episode, I discuss the overlooked cult portable console, the Atari Lynx.
I have wanted to do this show years ago and tried a few times, but I was never happy with the narrative and found other voices, who are more plugged into retro gaming, did such amazing work. Eventually I found what I wanted to discuss in a way that is not too technical.
I start off back at the mall video store. There I had a co-worker who had an Atari Lynx that he almost lost to an uninvited visitor to the store.
Then I move onto the console itself. I discuss the companies and people behind the Lynx, the reception, the technology, its differentiating features, and much more.
I have played the Lynx a bunch of times over the years, but have never owned one, which I regret. Fortunately, with emulation, you can enjoy this console at home. It’s not the same as owning the portable unit, but it can give you a low-risk sample of what you are missing.
The Lynx community looks like a lot of fun. So if you are a member or have been involved, I would love to hear from you.
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This is the ninth episode of the 14th season of the podcast. It was the seventh episode I recorded this season. It would have been the seventh episode I released, but Halloween got in the way.
I had another story about trying to buy a Lynx a few years ago on Craigslist. It was a negative experience and didn’t want to have a sad and too modern story.
I cut out some background on Atari, Epyx and Commodore. It was too much corporate stuff.
So many great commercials! I had double the amount and removed them.
A top 5 list was discussed, but didn’t work out. It would have been about top 5 games.
I had a 2-minute speculative discussion of an Atari dominates the world counterfactual. It was too off the cuff and fanboyish. So I cut it out.
Recently, my neighborhood has been plagued with very loud motorcycles and cars ripping around at all hours of the day and night. I try and edit them out or record around them, but occasionally they make it into the background of a recording. Not sure what the cause of this is, but when combined with the leaf blowers, it makes podcasting less convenient.
A few of my podcasts had been listed as sources on Wikipedia in the past. Someone contacted me, I think the person who had added them, to tell me they had mostly been removed/replaced. I think I would have rather not known about that. I guess community makes that decision about what’s good enough.
All the music you hear in this episode is by the mighty Peachy.
Thanks for listening to the show and I hope you have a great weekend.