The Japanese PC Industry

September 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 074 - The Japanese PC Industry

We cover the Japanese PC industry from the initial pioneers up to the mid 1980's.  The early innovators on the PC, while never having many international successes, laid the groundwork for games that would later be seen on the Famicom, and other platforms.  It is further interesting to note the people who got their start in the video game industry through computer clubs in college, and by programing at department stores.  With the computer industry coming from two sides, hobbyist and professional, they merged together to create an interesting take that in some ways mirrored aspects of the British, and American computer scenes.

Heiankyo Alien Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSxYdeqJAkY

Heiankyo Alien Game Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3qVBkIu74

Evolution of various snake games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSVBIuPZ1Bc

Space Panic Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLd1xABCsaQ&t=106s

Lupin the III Arcade (1980): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYjMxlKOS3Q

Exoa PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlS6Aamt1U

Xevious Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P24bjcvnxd8

Grobda Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4B0iUN1GpA

THEXDER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVfRGsfnI_c

ALPHOS Nec PC-88: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbZokPuZ1oU

Xanadu PC-88: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcQpec98nCA

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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Adventuring in the Arcade

September 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 073 - Adventuring in the Arcade

 

We look at the British PC Software market, specifically the Arcade Adventure genre.  With the popularity of the ZX Spectrum as a home computer, and its hardware limitations lent itself to the development of the Arcade Adventure.  With multiple influences the Arcade Adventure enjoyed side scrolling, top down, and isometric gameplay.  We also see the start of the career of Tim and Chris Stamper with Sabre Wulf, Knight Lore, and Alien 8.  We end looking at the panicle games of the genre with Dizzy, and Head over Heels.  Unfortunately as technology advanced the slower paced Arcade Adventure gave way to more action packed gamed allowed by newer systems.

 

TCW 018: The British 8-bit Computer Market: Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/

Miner 2049er C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JF9gTknSK8

Manic Miner ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUzteADsRI

Jet Set Willy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Ywx6uVn9E

Knight Lore with Commentary ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd8RchGHxyo

Atic Atac with Commentary ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJrS9WYn3X8

Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt4FqqLW8LI

Alien 8 ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDhSH-GJDqE

Automania ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBvI1uzRwwo

Pajamarama ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe9yFqledKE

Dizzy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlMZsTlOYuE

Treasure Island Dizzy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwNgWFbPuWo

Batman (1986) ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b53lGkwINPE

Head over Heels ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJYhckbQmg4

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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The MYSTeries of Brøderbund!

August 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 072 - The MYSTeries of Brøderbund!

 

We cover the later years of Brøderbund looking at their "evergreen" products.  Print Shop being the first one to really put them on the map.  We then look at the series of successes, and challenges that the company faced throughout the 80's and 90's.  We then see how the meteoric success of MYST ultimately dead to the downfall of Brøderbund in 1998.  Still Brøderbund was a fascinating company which was willing to take risks on some of the influential games, and software that built the PC industry we know today.

 

Bank Street Writer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHQVD25Y3Gg

Apple ][ E Print Shop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJV1nAeHkQ8

TCW Where in the game is Carmen Sandiego?: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/where-in-the-game-is-carmen-sandiego/

Quick and Dirty Desktop Publishing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEqQlEgQ3_4

Dawn of Desktop Publishing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rCNnMZrFUQ

Sim City Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O42kxeilMaQ

Living Books "Just Grandma and Me": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1qVm133XJg&list=PLCAF301BEC1CA0D5D

PC DOS Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv20j8ChtRY

HyperCard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMFscTOazS0

The Manhole 30th aniversary with Robyn Miller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kX5E7yOHJg

Cosmic Osmo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K30UmVsqTn8

A Brief History of Myst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4wWITMUop0&t=1352s

Myst VS RealMYST: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZOxPlWGiL8&t=151s

Gone Home Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRjJ5LY6tX8

Stanley Parable Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBtX0S2J32Y

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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A Story of Brøderbund!

August 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 071 -A Story of Brøderbund!

We cover the founding of Brøderbund by the Carlston brothers.  We delve into their initial forays into the PC game market.  The used a unique business model that supported developers, and creators, but did not bring them on as employees.  However they did retain staff to assist in polishing up games that showed potential.  Brøderbund even started exploring consoles with a few of their games until they decided to transition to evergreen products.

 

Galactic Trader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waxrpG-19jM 

Alien Rain Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q5z3wbF9vo

Choplifter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ao9VAgyAgY4

David's Midnight Magic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1a9Y55NJy0

Space Panic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLd1xABCsaQ

Lode Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7JY5nEOUGA

Lode Runner Championship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDVYa4q9Qhg

Karateka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKqk9kosCs4

Laughing Gas Charlie Chaplin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZrsuEWw9m8

The Close up and Cross Cutting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osTF3zsplt0

Lode Runner NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwxLChxi8WA

Karateka NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJoHgELbO5s

Raid on Bungeling Bay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKeelD1VmnA

Raid of Bungeling Bay NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiuU5FHYaiE

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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Sega VS Nintendo Round 3

July 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 070 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 3

The fight heats up with the 16 bit era in the United States.  Sega being first to market was able to take control, and dominate the market for a few years.  However this short lived victory was bought at a price.  With the low margins on consoles Sega was unable to sustain the growth once things started to change in Europe.  Nintendo meanwhile was always able to turn a tidy profit even without a controlling market share.  Nintendo's control of the handheld market, Japan, and the 8-bit consoles allowed them to have the financial reserve to weather the Sonly PlayStation entering the market.  We go over some of the misconceptions regarding Sega of America and Sega of Japan, and show how even Nintendo was swayed by the marketing done by Sega.

Genesis Does what Nintendon't Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7nsBoqJ6s8

Altered Beast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I075dM_AZ2g

Master System Golden Axe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHbJLhumzUs

Genesis Golden Axe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiHjrQlO2RQ

Master System Sonic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPvA0OvR24

Genesis Sonic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJJnxHcv1z4

Welcome to the Next Level Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY61zUle52g

Genesis Commercials from 1991-1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIBmBy9APaU

Play it Loud Nintendo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stvktzVjZJw

F-Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIe4AvKLSa4

Donkey Kong Country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4EUEsEM328

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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Sega VS Nintendo Round 2

July 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 069 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 2

We cover Nintendo and Sega entering the US Market with their 8-bit consoles.  With the early release, marketing, and connections Nintendo dominated the market.  Sega tried to break in with a technologically superior system, but due to lack of third party software, due to Nintendo's exclusivity contracts, they were unable to make a significant impact.  Briefly partnering with Tonka, of Tonka trucks, they tried to get a larger penetration onto store shelves.  However Tonka overextending themselves, and were unable to properly market the Sega Master System like both companies hopped.  Sega was gearing up though for the 16 bit era, and were first to the market with a new console starting the true fight between Sega and Nintendo.

 

Nintendo Game and Watch Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss3gZ6yV79c

Miyamoto on World 1-1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRGRJRUWafY

Super Mario Tutorial 1: https://kotaku.com/5531665/if-super-mario-bros-was-made-in-2010

Super Mario Brothers Tutorial 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFMbaNfqY6Y

NES Zelda 1 Nerd Rap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uI3rO3PbYOo

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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Sega VS Nintendo Round 1

June 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 068 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 1

Recorded live in front of fans on YouTube Live!  Alex and Jeffrey start the dive into the Sega VS Nintendo rivalry.  We lay the groundwork of how Sega came to enter the console market in Japan.  We see the first clash with Nintendo, and the reasons that Nintendo won the first round cementing their hold on Japan in a way that would not be broken until the PlayStation era.  Sega was able to convert their home computer hardware into a console, and was only able to get the sales numbers that that did due to a recall of the original Famicom console.

Game and Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUvFA7Ut8f0

Sega SC-3000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdfurnWIvJI

Original Famicom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbduBEeJZqE

Epoch Super Cassettevision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIzftg1nb8g

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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The Birth of the Japanese Consoles

June 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 067 - The Birth of Japanese Consoles

We cover the start of Japanese home consoles beginning with the early dedicated systems and working up to the development of the Famicom and the Sega SC-3000.  Japan differed from the US in that companies had the opportunity to sell consoles that bridged the gap from dedicated consoles to programable consoles with LSI-cartridge-based consoles. Epoch was the only company that stuck with home consoles during this era.  Always remember the Famicom is not the first Nintendo console!

 

Before Mario Blog: http://blog.beforemario.com/

Bandai TV Jack 1000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BW9lDLJgkus

Nintendo Color TV 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrVwYgYdaak

Nintendo Color TV Racing 112: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK3nLfWWJ6s

Epoch TV Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCZDqJTOP48

Epoch TV Block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZ4z1wtK9HM

Atari Video Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSdH1I80ESQ

Epoch TV Cassetevision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aARzm5NTol0

Epoch TV Vader Console Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fO7hQvGXg0

Epoch TV Vader Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOcUmpZErdk

Epoch Cassetevision Galaxian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsGs9KcEc3k

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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Half of a Life

May 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 066 - Half of a Life

We cover the founding of Valve and the development processes that led to Half-Life 1 & 2.  Originally made using the Quake II engine, Half-Life was an ambitious project that ran into the same kind of hurdles other companies have experienced.  Valve was able to take the needed time to create a truly outstanding product.  This was due in no small measure to the founders being Microsoft millionaires.  Even today, the sophistication in technology, storytelling, and level design in Half-Life 2 made possible through the development of the Source engine is something that other companies are only just now duplicating with regularity.

Half-Life E3 Trailer 1997: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gD_4JLIdpkk

Half-Life Introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsTEoGoAxUk

Dr. Paul Eckman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9i-9_QuetA

Gabe and Valve Discuss Half-Life 2 Leak: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=908dFzfvjeA

Half-Life 2 Leak VS Release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jMx5Wp0Gwc

Half-Life Alpha 0.52: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7bTo5xLyQ

Half-Life 2 - 2003 Tech Demo E3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ddJ1OKV63Q

Team Fortress Classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TaTE1NYIjBU

Counter Strike 5v5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2tTgPPtxc0

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 2

May 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 065 - The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 2

We go into the mass consolidation that sprung Infogrames into an international powerhouse.  It was due to these quick consolidations that led them to have a high value on the stock market.  When the tech bubble burst in the early 2000's the stock value plummeted, and Infrogrames was unable to service the massive debt consolidation has built up.  This eventually led to the outer of Bruno Bonnell from Infrogrames.  We go over the parade of leadership as the company collapses and sheds all the assets that they have.

V Ralley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swYrhyCLblE

Terminator Dawn of Fate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEVx4OGZv9w

Enter the Matrix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaGQ8v5G3_I

Matrix Path of Neo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRvSJYxVAhA

 

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Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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