An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood

January 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 082 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood

 

We take a look at the circumstances and leadup to what become known as the Siliwood Era.  We discuss how changing technology and an increased focus by certain video game companies on emulating blockbuster movies attracted the attention of the major media companies and set the stage for an unlikely alliance of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.  This pairing led to the interactive movie fad and also led to changes in retail that would alter the course of the video game industry forever.

 

TCW 042 Laser Craze: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/laser-craze/

Night Trap 25th Anniversary PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBaW40NUCTU

Sewer Shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTdLjUn6y-0

Atmosfear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRMphkKF3M0

Defender of the Crown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvW6okgy4wA

Errol Flynn Robin Hood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpqR6Ca-LL8

Defender of the Crown Opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTJn-rVYuE

It came from the Desert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LaMMSEs5Q

THEM Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4URRp39XOo

 

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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 Meeting of Spacewar

January 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 081 - The Meeting of Spacewar

 

We go over the history of Spacewar, and the event at the Smithsonian.  We take a close look at the people involved in bringing Spacewar into existence.   We also look at some of the systems that were the predecessors to the PDP-1 that was used for Spacewar.  We also discuss why games were used to demonstrate the capabilities of computers.  In short an interesting look at one of the first video games.

 

TX-0 Mouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0QTTYJv0Yw

PDP-1 Explained and Space War Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EWQYAfuMYw

Install a FREE version of Spacewar Via Steam:  Start -> Run -> steam://run/480

Video explaining Free Spacewar on Steam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ1KcmBUN-Q

Kotaku Article: https://kotaku.com/spacewar-creators-didnt-know-they-were-making-history-1830887504

Variety Article: https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/spacewars-history-talk-smithsonian-1203067907/

 

 

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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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Vector Lights

December 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 080 - Vector Lights

 

We look at the arcade industry and the circumstances that led to the use of vector monitors in arcade games.  While not as well remembered today, and with fewer systems still around, vector played an important role in the development of video games.  Vector provided the detail and capabilities that were not yet available in traditional raster-based systems.  However in due time Raster met, and then exceeded, the capabilities of vector systems, and with the lower cost of maintenance for raster vector has faded into history.

 

Slow Motion TV Drawing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BJU2drrtCM&t

CGA Graphics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niKblgZupOc

Larry Rosenthal from 2014 at California Extreme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apg3W7yXULY

Space Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOtqX8r2rcE&t

Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUp0lzFiscs

Omega Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80L9fnSvbTk

Atari Lunar Lander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPtoFQDc2MU

Atari Asteroids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUveu3Dm_Fo

Atari Red Barron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oa7_mdJLUw

Atari Battle Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdfKy4c7yuc

Cinematronics Tailgunner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbm5sw2eHQs&t

Gremlin Space Fury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igp8-oNKejI

Atari Tempest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMto2HJJSSA&t

Atari Star Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgDdexv--ZA

Jed Margolin The Secret Life of Vector Generators: https://www.jmargolin.com/vgens/vgens.htm

Major Havoc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3o_vG2m7X0

 

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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 Six Children of EA

December 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 079 - The Six Children of EA

 

We take a closer look at the six launch titles from EA.  We cover each in more detail going into the background of the creators, as well as the development of each game.  We take a look at how the games were received both commercially, and historically.  Today Archon, Pinball Construction Set, and M.U.L.E. are the games that are best remembered from the initial six titles.  Worms, Axis Assassin, and Hard Hat Mack are not well remembered today.

 

TCW 006 - The Early History of Electronic Arts: https://goo.gl/kR9ppF

Archon C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdfIfC9BHwQ

Hard Hat Mack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmQJNy2FBm0

Raster Blaster Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiUIlGoJdW0

Pinball Construction Set Building a table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow0X7IrzzO8

Pinball Construction Set Complete Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46Cj21c_Bc

Axis Assassin Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BwNMTRqG3I

Axis Assassin C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYfN8Ckf1So

Tempest Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOZomej48c0

Play WORMS?: https://archive.org/details/a8b_Worms_1983_Electronic_Arts_US_a_k_file

Worms? Gameplay Atari 800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4JASQ7EsFY

M.U.L.E. C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3G6dxx2FQ

 

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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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Invading Taito Part 2

November 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 078 - Invading Taito Part 2

 

We go into part two of Taito.  We start off looking at Space Invaders which is arguably the highest point of success and fame for the company.  The company continued on with many notable hits in the following years.  They continued to survive despite not having a succession plan with the death of Michael Kogan.  The company was hurt by their delay in transitioning to 3d, and a lack of direction in regards to the home market.  Taito still lives today as a wholly owned subsidiary of Square-Enix.

 

Space Invaders arcade cabinet tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waY3svOHGGI

Seinfeld Arcade Frogger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj3kXXIw02s

Blue Shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rEzhHccmK0w

Space Invaders Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7waFiZV0vf4

Galaxian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2NFboPZVdc

Qix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNJSk6XilCk

Jungle King: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFKzPGRj9_g

Jungle Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJbt_CUXrA4&t=779s

Bubble Bobble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuXOSBb4hQw

Arkanoid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTLyYclUL4E

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

Taito Double Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy0LRZvyyW8

Lufia and the Fortress of Doom Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK4cMp34RcI

Modern day Densha De Go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuEeUlJe9JE

Densha De Go PlayStation + Controller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuxf5QhdWIo

 

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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 

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

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Invading Taito Part 1

November 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 077 - Invading Taito Part 1

We look back at the history of the company Taito.  Started by a Russian who through unique circumstances in World War II managed to grow up, and become educated in Japanese society.  The name Taito means "Far East", and the company went through three iterations before it became the icon we know it today.  We wrap up part one just before the release of the iconic Space Invaders in 1978.

Pachi-Slot in Japan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5LIgutUeig

Sky Fighter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxpCrYBWdtk

Taito Basketball (Pickup and Machine Tour): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCo-9hYLBjQ

TV Basketball Midway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMV_meVa7m8

Speed Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJC59DxL4K0

Sega Gun Fight Machine Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8GorudW3Dk

Sega Gun Fight Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97lkaMb_I-0

Gun Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhMAAJ2SgoU&t=44s

TT Block: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTpha-l6ve4

 

 

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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 Fairchild Story

October 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 076 - A Fairchild Story

We cover the history of the Fairchild company and their console the Fairchild Channel F.  It is a fascinating journey of how a company was thrust into a role where they could get in on the ground floor of the new video game industry.  Although through bad experiences in other industries, an epic struggle to ger FCC approval, and observations on the turmoil of the video game industry, Fairchild was defeated.  Fairchild's exit from the scene was not so much the initial hurdles they faced, but their lack of will to produce, and market in quantities that would let them gain the market share they needed.

 

How Integrated Circuits are made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35jWSQXku74

Fairchild on Integrated Circuits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z47Gv2cdFtA

Fairchild Channel F Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a45lmvaA3KI

Fairchild Channel F Blackjack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf5RoJVGh3k

Fairchild Channel F Spitfire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95guwJJGx8I

Fairchild Channel F Controller Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egfNz3XtL90
Overview of the Fairchild Channel F: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIRhnu7sfCY

How ROM Cartridges Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLEMsw1SjDY&t

 

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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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Gunning For Light

October 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 075 - Gunning for Light

 

We look at how shooting peripherals entered the gaming scene.  We start with their introduction in arcades, and move all the way up to today.  We see the technology change, and how different applications were applied to get interesting effects.  With the height of light guns in the 80's and 90's, and their decline in the 2000's, light guns are only seen in the few remaining arcade and fun centers still in operation.  In the home they really say their popularity in the 8-bit and to a lesser extent the 16-bit era. 

 

ABT Target Skill Model F: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm1qSL4g4eg

Shoot the Bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41HA_L5sGGo

Coon Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmTDlmULZt0

Keeney Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Restore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odqi1iXnh84

Keeney Air Raider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=senG1HmruAo

Whoopi Goldberg on racial/ethnic stereotypes in old cartoons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCT1clqci3I

Dale model Gun Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C1DN24sfCY

Magnavox Odyssey Light Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At6H6SIfWTc

Sega Balloon gun Cabinet Picture: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/ballgun.htm

Qwak Pictures: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9216

Very brief shot of Qwak in Dawn of the Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVzepqkmts

How Light Pens and NES Zapper Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu-Hoj4EIjU

Crossbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtsuSH9jylw

EXPLICIT WARNING! Chiller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_19-YbEuSpU

Operation Wolf Arcade cabinet tour and gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQqaw_Vf9wk

Operation Wolf Generic Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5YZWjSBJts

Lethal Enforcers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BAkgAMVcUo

Virtua Cop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcTiaBrJWTs

Terminator 2 Judgement Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qja3t17C4vw

Silent Scope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3TGQSV54ww&t=58s

Area 51: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJ9kUid84A

House of the Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIVa53_NLLI

Time Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT0GjW3oiQM

 

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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/

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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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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 

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