Sierra On-Line

April 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 40 - Sierra On-Line

We delve into the second half of the story of Sierra.  We cover how they managed to regroup, and rebuild from the company being close to a complete collapse.  We cover many of the classics of the era.  Even though many of them are not as fondly remembered today; they are still important for pushing gaming on the PC to new and impressive heights.  Unfortunately we also cover how Sierra was torn apart after its acquisition, and Ken Williams leaving the company shortly thereafter in the late 90's and early 2000's.

Wizard of OZ Black and White to Technicolor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6D8PAGelN8

Police Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCgFYW1--JI

Space Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4-e6T4sqXc

Leisure Suit Larry The Land of the Lounge Lizards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wyvi1pdDPUc

Secret of Monkey Island on Various Sound Cards (Including PC Speaker): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr-84mjV3CI

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

Ways to Die in King's Quest 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLPXP5KkcMQ

A-10 Tank Killer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8hQTLwkGuE

Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbjXuPa1uW0

Quest For Glory I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxbfd8eB89Y

Phantasmagoria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAXC-MwfpHA

Half Life 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoV9o6b91Sc

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

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

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/

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On-Line Systems

April 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 039 - On-Line Systems

 

On-Line systems is the company that eventually becomes Sierra Online.  The brainchild of Ken and Roberta Williams.  We go over the  reasons for the company's founding, and the unique makeup of the company's initial titles.  Unfortunately due to backing the proverbial wrong horse multiple times after investment by a venture capital firm they are on the brink of failure during the mid to late 80's.

 

Shadow of Yserbius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnJ7BBwKZI0&t=762s

 

PDP8E Running Adventure with a Z52 Terminal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJdq3gK6M78

 

Colossal Cave Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFrWH0na0A

 

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

 

The Wizard and the Princess: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUHATnGbwl0

 

Time Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBE8K0XG65I

 

The Dark Crystal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBNMWnn0I6g

 

PC JR King's Quest 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymLvOunSuoQ

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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Origin Story

March 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 038 - Origin Story

 

We cover the rise and fall of Origin Systems.  A company that is very much defined by one of its founders Richard Garriott.  We cover the company's pre-founding as Richard tried to get his games published, and distributed to the public.  We then delve into its founding and growth into one of the great influencers of the video game industry.  Ultimately ending up with the company's dissolution by EA in 2004, we see what factors led up to how we see Origin, and EA today.

 

Escape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjqTn93cZOc

 

Akalabeth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmq-cO1RCoA

 

Ultima I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uv22hlykLM

 

Time Bandits Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwnjENpIyq0

 

Ultima II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHftrFz1gjs

 

Times of Lore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwzRVKi8pZ4

 

Space Rogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEyx6evq360

 

Wing Commander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Z4q8y-FhY

 

Ultima Underworld: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuNymTPko3Y

 

Ultima Online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhDvJ8RketA

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi

March 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 037 - Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi

 

We go over the career of Gumpei Yokoi.  From his falling into a job at Nintendo until his untimely death.  We cover his contributions to Nintendo, and the game industry, and set the record straight on what he did, and did not have influence on.  In the end his true legacy is the talent he mentored, philosophy, and vision that still influences Nintendo to this day.

 

Game and Watch Collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HZiBtXwyHM

 

Radar Scope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvAq7Kckid8

 

Arcade Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBHJhla8TO4

 

Arcade Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54olndhqPSA

 

NES Speed Run Metroid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67kQ3l-1qMs

 

Kids React to Gameboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pCp8g-VjOs

 

Virtual Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jjz4bls_gPs

 

The Wonderswan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPJrmNq-1Ow

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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Raiding Eidos

February 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 036 - Raiding Eidos

 

We go over the rise and fall of Eidos.  A company that rose high on the huge success of Tomb Raider, and due to a number of factors ended up being in such dire straits they were ultimately purchased by SquareEnix. 

 

C64 Rick Dangerous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwBIDlcMU5Y

 

Sega CD/Mega CD Thunderhawk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPS6ObO7ZdM

 

Tomb Raider Sega Saturn VS PlayStation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6ZzjgJuo54

 

Lucozade Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR2CueIrqoc

 

Seat Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfslfqn7AwI

 

Lara Croft U2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvInYhF9CfE

 

Tomb Raider 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xBFjw7Si_s

 

Tomb Raider 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR727qXuk8g

 

Tomb Raider 4 Ending: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA5D8pMVvxk

 

Tomb Raider Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FdBd-FZlu0

 

Tomb Raider Angel of Darkness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxtaPEQdIYE

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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EA The Teenage Years

February 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 035 - EA The Teenage Years

 

We go over the transition of EA from a small idealistic company where programmers are rock stars; to the start of the company becoming the large enterprise it is today.  We cover Trip Hawkins later years at the helm of EA and the rising businessman Larry Probst who would later succeed him as president and CEO in the early 90's.  We go over the founding of EA Sports one of the most recognizable franchises in videogame history.

 

C64 one on one Dr. J VS Larry Bird: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URobcuTcBFU

 

C64 Skyfox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SurusNWvDmw

 

Music Construction Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6wxP4fipaE

 

Racing Destruction Set: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGgiMmo_nT8&t=847s

 

Tales of the unknown Vol 1 The Bard's Tale: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwYrfaJ1iBM

 

Mail Order Monsters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Azyqd45WQYA

 

C64 Skate or Die: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEFp7SOLfxU

 

Iron Man in Deluxe Paint (Dpaint) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6ZZ5GngCFg

 

Amiga Earl Weaver Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKp_fP06f0Q

 

5 Version of Jordan VS Bird One on One: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQS5VuUANJg

 

PC Lakers vs Celtics NBA Playoffs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHw9Xu89jEM

 

TV Sports Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvA0qlecPNI

 

Apple II John Madden Football:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjBnF9gVEeI

 

Sega Joe Montana Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNYZuJ_Lblg

 

Sega John Madden Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaSTAGEGwB4

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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The Nutting Associates

January 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 034 -The Nutting Associates

 

We go into the murky history of Nutting Associates.  This company's founding, and a large part of its history is still unclear due to the lack of proper documentation along with contradictory evidence and testimony.  We look at how Nutting is more than just Computer Space, and by association Nolan Bushnell.  Though Nutting Associates did not survive past the 70's it still had some influence in the arcade industry and paved the way for advancements that came later on.

 

IQ Computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2j3W6me-U

 

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

 

Computer Space Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U33oajPSzyc

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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The Saga of Sega

January 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 033 - The Saga of Sega

 

A brief Namco Update, and then we delve into Sega.  We covered them before in episode 5, this time we go into detail of the company's middle and later years.  We cover how Sega changed hands from an American to Japanese company, and look at some of the products they produced during this era.

 

Wild Gunman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzxcsaIxaZg

 

Electro Dart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7EgQ0b8Q-Y

 

Blockade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXXk8w9yd2s

 

Frogger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8ZSOUU5Pt0

 

Astron Belt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPLX6HSZsx4

 

Hang On:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tMqHX-4gMg

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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The History of the Atari Brand

December 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 032 - History of the Atari Brand

 

We go over the history of the Atari brand.  We go from its inception all the way to modern times with the only Atari name being owned by a company in France.  The brand changes many hands throughout the years.  The initial name split occurring under Warner Communications.  The Atari name has a bit of an allure and curse.  Many companies see the value in the properties, but almost every company that buys the properties enters into financial troubles.

 

The Atari History Timeline by Michael Current: http://mcurrent.name/atarihistory/

 

Atari Jaguar Infomercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-NBFaNSDYs

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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An Epic Game

December 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 031 - An Epic Game

 

We cover the history of EPIC as one of the few remaining independent developers left.  They are most known for the creation of the Unreal Engine, and Gears of War.  They have an interesting history of having a distributed business that includes developers from around the world.  Love the unreal engine or hate it.  Epic's influence on middleware, and the game industry continues to this day.

 

ZZT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pccbymHpZnU

 

Kingdom of Kroz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPz7xVt93Zo

 

Jill of the Jungle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7E-P4VJbdg

 

Jazz Jackrabbit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b16upFloYak

 

Epic Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uU_7aG_NibI

 

SolarWinds: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NajV4KUSDo0

 

Magic Carpet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3zsPl4Ampw

 

Unreal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3qc6VIHB40

 

America's Army: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOzGI1oL1oc

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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/

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