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The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

September 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 098 - The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

 

In a completely arbitrary order we look at what we feel are the 100 most influential games.  Starting off with the first 40 games!  These are 100 games that we consider influential or important to the development of the modern industry. Some are popular, some are obscure, some you will wonder why we were crazy enough to pick them, but here they are.  This episode covers largely early video games on time-sharing systems, in the arcade, and on early consoles.  They are presented in no particular order.

 

Games:

Pot Shot (Scorched Earth DOS video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDw_mpjKlpg

Star Trek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6f9_9kzuzk

Star Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VDM8nC9sM

Empire (Plato): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qodf2AjrEQo

The Dungeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm53IKtL9zw

Computer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3BQsCCwo8w

Gran Trak 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYEcDpBLDpc

Speed Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jc9_xrD2_M

Table Tennis (Odyssey): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfmL6l128JU

Breakout:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7Sg5pXAok

Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vc-RIkpk40

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

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

Gradius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-OaZv3Jfkg

Mortal Kombat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F82XAvCuVc

Street Fighter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI284D4y1q4

Dragon's Lair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dg4J9_nes

One on One (c64): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URobcuTcBFU

Brezerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSQ0Pl4KDk

Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l800GL6NQPY

Pac-Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dScq4P5gn4A

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gss3lxeqCok

Outrun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELUl-cAtUIE

Pole Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs1Xc82Q0U

Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC0GZNjZVH8

Manic Miner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFA2d4G9q30

Metal Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehlAMTh42Ko

Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqCxHlEIrlM

Sonic the Hedgehog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQYDLcvkBc

Wing Commander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfRvCSBD4q0

Super Mario Kart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlAmXXNz5ac

Adventure 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQZDRELOqoI

Legend of Zelda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ADhznw1zhc

Mystery House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiwHwPvIHBs

King's Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0TLhR51uGY

Portopia Serial Murder Case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcQhnJxP7qU

Otogirisou: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SVP9TiqIhA&list=PL4BBFCC3CDD581BE2

Maniac Mansion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7oUArcVis0

Metroid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly1PUEmxyyQ

Symphony of the Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HnhPNS0rqM

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Revisions and Updates 2

Revisions and Updates 2

September 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 097 - Revisions and Updates 2

 

The podcast is four years old!  We celebrate by looking back at past episodes, and revising subjects that Alex has found new information on!  There is, of course, more and new information in regards to Atari.  We also do some speculation into the origin of Scramble, some commentary on what has been going on at Blizzard Entertainment, and some new information in relation to the origins of Galaxian.  We make a note of the earliest known commercial ester egg, some new information on the first Japanese original game creation for the arcade, and wrap up with some more book updates.  We look forward to the countdown to episode 100!

 

TCW 43 - Personal Gaming Histories: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/personal-gaming-histories/

Dragon Warrior Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qL5_3EhqK8

Dragon Quest I Android: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmQqcf0ziSI

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tyuIh12_HU

TCW 44 Founding, Syzygy to Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/founding-syzygy-to-atari/

TCW 45 Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ventures-and-acquisitions/

TCW 46 Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/

TCW 47 Vestiges of Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/vestiges-of-atari/

TCW 52 The many Faces of Konami: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-many-faces-of-konami/

Astro Fighter Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMBrGXzB-p8

Astro Fighter Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-dICpXIj50

Scramble Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWIUj4R8-10

Defender Arcade Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq_Zvg9KlII

TCW 54 Blizzard Vikings and WarCraft: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/blizzard-vikings-and-warcraft/

TCW 55 Blizzard: Hellfire and The World… Of WarCraft: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/blizzard-hellfire-and-the-world%e2%80%a6-of-warcraft/

TCW 57 Foundation of the Japanese Video Arcade Game Industry: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/foundation-of-the-japanese-video-arcade-game-industry/

Galaxian : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhYVcwhSWjI

Space Invaders Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJMr36hLY38

Admiral Yamamoto and the Allied Fleets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR0WjZGCNYw

TCW 076 A Fairchild Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-fairchild-story/

Spitfire Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95guwJJGx8I

Spitfire Easter Egg Video (No Sound): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7fSSbtuYaA

Spitfire Easter Egg Video (Sound): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws-ExrlbmtY

TCW 77 Invading Taito Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/invading-taito-part-1/

TCW 78 Invading Taito Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/invading-taito-part-2/

TCW 92 Citing Apologies: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/citing-apologies/

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Hello Big Blue

Hello Big Blue

August 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 096 - Hello Big Blue

 

We look at Big Blue and their continuing development of computers in both business, and the home.  We see how IBM had to deal with the eye of the government still looking at them for monopolistic practices.  Eventually IBM found out they needed to enter the micro-computer market.  They spun off a group that had a mandate to get a computer together in a year.  However because of this it led to the rise of the PC clones.  Compaq, for instance,  computers started off with a laptop computer clone of the IBM PC.  Later on IBM would try to dominate the market with new standards, that ultimately led to IBM leaving the personal computer field.

 

IBM 360 Promotional Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4kyTg9Cw8g

IBM 360 Control Program Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=378S5Owi-BI

Compaq 110 Laptop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em-oE8BCu-0

Compaq Computer Laptop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YO-BCqPqs4

PC JR Overview and Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whp7XCpU4L0

A brief history of PC BUSes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEiRZWBBwPI

LGR Tales - The history of OS/2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQdK9owqVd0

OS/2 WARP 4 Tour and Rating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiLT5UxbnVw

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Hello Little Blue

Hello Little Blue

August 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 095 - Hello Little Blue

 

A sorted history involving scams, monopolies, and acts of petty revenge predate the company the world would see dominate the computer industry in the 70's and 80's.  What started as an umbrella company became, under Tom Watson St's leadership, a tabulating company that grew to prominence in the great depression.  Later on his son Tom Watson Jr would lead the company forward in the transition from punch card tabulation machines into computers that IBM would become famous for!

 

Herman Hollerith Punch Card Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoUK2_vXqQk

Conductor Punching Tickets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euxu97ZM5XM

IBM Once Upon a Punch Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUWg2nxCz0

History of Looms and Punch Cards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itd-4lMoXgI

Harvard Mark I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ObouwCHk8w

Harvard Mark I Original Video and Pictures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN7AdQmd8So

IBM 650 Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nq-rxYHXk

Demo of the IBM 1401: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQueCt114Gk

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Epyx not Epic

Epyx not Epic

July 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 094 - Epyx not Epic

 

This is an epic story about Epyx.  But don't confuse it with Epic!  We look at the computer game company, and the many bits of software that had influences at the dawn of home computing.  Everything from the first RPGs to action games that are remembered fondly, especially in Europe.   Not to mention the worldwide appeal of the Games series featuring Olympic events.  Sadly the company lost sight of its goals with management changes, and was gone by the early 90's.  However employees of Epyx continued to influence the video game industry for many years to come.

 

Starfleet Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Starfleet_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

Invasion Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Invasion_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

DunDraCon Website: https://www.dundracon.com/

Temple of Apshai TRS 80: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMtY5BxdM0

The Datestones of Ryn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxkFETqcEA

Crush Crumble and Chomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTFvwBllZo

TCW 079 - The Six Children of EA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-six-children-of-ea/

Dragonriders of Pern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIj8YWsWOE

Pitstop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR-ELIpaxRw

Jumpman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrsZ1bDy4Dg

Atari 2600 Starpath Supercharger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsl65fKYsvk

Impossible Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivHFP3dJAkM

Krusty Burger Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVQkOc73uJA

EPYX Sumer Games 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zDwjctkF5w

EPYX California Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSp8XHpEKzw

Atari Lynx Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdp4yn1B8x8

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Books-B-Ware

Books-B-Ware

July 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 093 - Books-B-Ware

 

We look at what was largely a footnote in video game history.  However it is notable as an early attempt at the integration of traditional media and the computer revolution.  There are parallels between bookware and the Siliwood era that came after.  Many of the games were stifled by the limitations in hardware at the time.  Still there are some notable collaborations between programmers and writers that provide an interesting take on what was to come.

 

The Digital Antiquarian - Bookware: https://www.filfre.net/2013/09/bookware/

The Hobbit Text Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WJW-xB4mwg

HGTTG Babel fish Puzzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_2faXuxEo

Ford puts Babel fish in Arthur's ear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuumnjJWFO4

HGTTG Text Adventure Game 30th Anniversary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-game-30th-anniversary-edition

HGTTG Walkthroughs: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/564459-the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-1984/faqs

Star Raiders Atari 8-bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VDM8nC9sM

Mind wheel: on Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODKy8-c-If8

Rendezvous with Rama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VMbPzf_pq8

Fahrenheit 451: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnET12whCYs

EA Amnesia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl5lJSwF890

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Citing Apologies

Citing Apologies

June 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 092 - Citing Apologies

 

A filler episode, with some updates on upcoming podcast items, and Alex's first book.  Due to Alex trying to meet a deadline for the book we were unable to record until a few days before release.  Nothing really historical covered, however a few interesting tidbits in this short episode!

 

Simpsons "Brownest of the brown liquors": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n39897a9hNk

Nokia Snake Game from the 90's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9Rk4JQwtL4

Overview of Chicago Style formatting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qvgtbrg-qRo

Overview of Chicago Citing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NdT4Y620nE

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

 

Clapping by GB01 Found at : https://freesound.org/people/GB01/sounds/177083/ 

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Bally: The Road to Fitness

Bally: The Road to Fitness

June 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 091 - Bally: The Road to Fitness

 

In our continuing look at Bally we see the shifting landscape ad they evolve and develop gambling machines.  This is not to mean that pinball was neglected.  Bally, with an eye to innovation and technology, introduced some of the first sold state pinball machines!  They were also, through some luck, brought in with licensing deals with The Who, and Elton John.  This led to some of the most popular pinball machines in the post WWII era.   We did have to see the departure of Bill O'Donnell from Bally because his ties to organized crime were deemed too great to allow Bally to get a gambling license in Atlantic City.  With Bally under new management it then started diversifying, buy buying up various venues.  These included, Six Flags, a fitness center, and others.  However with a lot of properties not turning a profit, and being tricked into  buying more as a defensive we move against a ploy employed by Donald Trump, Bally was stretched too thin to really survive.

 

German Wall Machine , Rotamint Luxus , 1957: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzNhWxDdyRM

WONDERS , HONEST JOE , Allwin Slot Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1p0Bw1hv5Q

SMB3 Picture House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfH9_zWxRwk

TCW 034 - The Nutting Associates: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-nutting-associates/

The Who & Elton John - Pinball Wizard (Tommy 1975): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DthtDjhqVOU

Abbot and Costello Who's On First: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg&t

Bally Pinball Wizard Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXVg88WqMIo

Captain Fantastic Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1DsyF6XYvM

https://sternpinball.com/

Bally Freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk0LroLsaLA

Bally Night Rider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYEY090OPG4

Bally EVEL KNIEVEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BljsG0dGPJw

Simpsons "He's OK folks!": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE7zBMjubqw

Bally 8-Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s1O4ScUx6c

Bally Playboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWP70dq6XN0

TCW 059 - Williams' Crazy Story Pt 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

TCW 060 - Williams' Crazy Story Pt 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

Rampage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm6pkWRoJiw

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Lion and Bally Manufacturing

Lion and Bally Manufacturing

May 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 090 - Lion and Bally Manufacturing

 

What will they do in '32? Ballyhoo! We examine the origins of the Bally Manufacturing Company, makers of pinball and slot machines and operators of fitness centers. While Bally rarely ever created video games under its own name, the company was a domineering force in the coin-operated amusement and gambling spaces and through its subsidiaries nurtured a diverse array of talent that introduced many video game innovations. In this first part, we chart the early years of the company from its start as a printing company subsidiary to the formation of a new Bally out of the ashes of the original in the 1960s by Bill O'Donnell.

 

TCW 59 - Williams' Crazy Story Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

TCW 60 - Williams' Crazy Story Part 2 : http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-2/

Punch Board example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvaCjRM_oJE&t=117s

Gottlieb Baffle Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1jETFi-f_c

Ballyhoo Pinball: https://youtu.be/eGAw4oF5bWA?t=84

Goofy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZY8OLp5OLA

Airway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1s1Gr-Nh8o

Rocket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPmGtEcjV9M

Simpson's Keep Gaming: https://youtu.be/TvXUkE_Xoe4?t=94

1960's Bally Roller Derby Bingo Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB7RZyfO1J0

More Bally Roller Derby Bingo and History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfuF4jb-Cqc

Bally Malibu Beach Bingo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwaS16HxGJw

Money Honey Slot Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvcTmmCdSi4

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

The Dawn of Computers and Gaming

The Dawn of Computers and Gaming

May 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 089 - The Dawn of Computers and Gaming

 

We look at the dawn of computers.  Not just people; but analog, electronic, and digital computers!  We look at how the early games on the computer were not so much games as demonstration programs or simple AI to play games like tic-tac-toe, NIM, checkers, and, of course, chess.  We look at how the work done during WWII around RADAR played a role in how both computers and computer games developed.  Next we look at some of the fear in the popular psyche of computers and AI as depicted in movies.  We finish looking at what is considered the first video games. 

 

Hidden Figures Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfrDhgUMGI

Analog VS Digital Electronics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxJKXGugfh8

The Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I5ZMmrOfnA

How RADAR Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3uIXt1V7YY

RADAR Introductory Video (Military?): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rIHdcwlvlk

History of RADAR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeGBXQLu8pQ

An Electromechanical Clock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1it3kjIgocc

Last working analog graphics machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wxc3mKqKTk

Colossus: The Forbin Project Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyOEwiQhzMI

Colossus: The Forbin Project Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colossus:_The_Forbin_Project

War Games "Shall we play a game?": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1F7vaNP9w0

The Turing Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wLqsRLvV-c

Demo of Turochamp Code: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvanV9B6EBs

Carnegie Mellon University Management Game: https://www.cmu.edu/tepper/programs/mba/curriculum/capstones/management-game.html

Tennis for Two: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PG2mdU_i8k

 

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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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