Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

July 15, 2017

 TCW Podcast Episode 046 - Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

 

We continue on to part three of our four part look into Atari.  We delve into Atari under the leadership of Ray Kassar.  It becomes apparent that while Ray did make mistakes the leadup to the fall of Atari cannot be entirely placed at his feet.  We also explore the role of Warner in the direction Atari took and the difficult decision on whether to concentrate on home console or PC.  We also delve into the Arcade side of things and how, while successful, they were not without their growing problems. 

 

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

 

Space Invaders Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4

 

Atari Arcade Battlezone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymrYkbEbnEQ

 

Atari 400 and 800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-InWwzs8Em0

 

Asteroids Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYSupJ5r2zo

 

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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Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

July 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 045 - Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

 

In our second of four episodes detailing the rise and fall of the core Atari company we go over the rapid expansion of the company, and its ever increasing need for capital.  Atari had to court venture capital, and got the patronage of Don Valentine.  Later on to secure the funding needed for the VCS launch they had to be acquired by a larger company; that company was Warner Communications.  This acquisition as we start to explore was a blessing and a curse.  It ultimately led to the ouster of Nolen Bushnell, and Joe Keenan from Atari.  Now it would start a new era under the leadership of Ray Kassar.

 

Atari Arcade Tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OsBUzYBJgU

 

Atari Home Pong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqBlrULrbsg

 

Atari VCS Hardware Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7n5o5Wq3q4

 

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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Founding, Syzygy to Atari

June 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 044 - Founding, Syzygy to Atari

 

Part one of our four-part dive into Syzygy/Atari! We cover the personal histories of the founders, and how the company would not really be a company without the efforts of Nolan Bushnell.  We go into the controversy of where he learned of Spacewar.  Then off to the debut hit for Atari of PONG.  We cover the rocky road Atari had after its initial launch, and how it nearly could have just been a flash in the pan like many companies that came after. 

 

The Mandela Effect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMXnCCFS2-Q

Full Nolan Interview in '73: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp0BBnBdsVo

Computer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhdu2Jh9cuc

Space Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDtdKxZ9vWk

Pong Doubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09qHnr1DMwA

Gotcha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoDZoZqsHF8

Gran Trak 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R014taK2pZM

 

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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Personal Gaming Histories

June 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 043 - Personal Gaming Histories

 

We go over some of our early memories of being introduced to video games.  Joys, tragedies, and hilarity.  Very much in the vein of what inspired us to start doing this podcast.  This is a light hearted episode that may help you to reflect on favorite memories from your past.  So stay a while and listen as we reminisce!

 

Gray and Orange Zapper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQnYsEKzJKw

Necromancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg-XP-4LbVo

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

Think Quick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYmMs_eo4c8

Civilization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpW9jTULNmM

Dune 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tppjzT-su0Q

Dragon Quest/Warrior Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_TlZFCabiM

Tie Fighter Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4-EnCc-JKk

 

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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Laser Craze

May 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 042 - Laser Craze

 

We cover the brief, yearlong, craze that was the laserdisc.  We go into great detail on Dragon's Lair the game that really kicked it off in the United States.  Though many other companies tried to take advantage of the medium, unfortunately it was unable to sustain itself.  There were a few games that did as well, if not better than Dragon's Lair, they all ended up being part of what was just a brief fad in the downward trend of the arcade scene.

 

Quarter Horse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Imd1acT2qc

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

Dragon's Lair Promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZrgeI0DDP8

Dragon's Lair Playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uEx5gWovA

Dragon's Lair NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyGTMTJ6egU

Dragon's Lair Coleco Adam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSinFyg6Y5Q

The Making of Dragon's Lair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bIxeYYSm-c

Cliff Hanger Operator Promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5MKWJ7j6Y

M.A.C.H. 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5u4ErDPF4

Star Rider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soQbVEb3-TQ

Bega's Battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J2JVgUqSdE

Cobra Command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN1LC2s4P-w

Firefox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnHl0fyejqc

 

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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Beating Them All Up

May 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 41 - Beating Them All Up

 

We delve into beat 'em ups, and fighters.  We cover why they did not take hold until computer technology progressed far enough to allow for human analogs to be animated well.  We go into the beat 'em up craze, and then the transition to fighting games that occurred with the release of Street Fighter II.  We touch on the fall of fighting games from the mainstream with Tekken and Soul Calibur.  The scene is still out there, and has a dedicated following.  However fighters are not the system sellers they once were.

 

Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX4NspoYD8o

Jungle Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPATWODXlh4

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

Spartan X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jncBelS_Nhk

Karate Champ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwV3xqS9_aQ

Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1fl38u9I9k

Double Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfZz-1e-dUQ

Yie Ar Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXOL8tZQX20

Street Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8al2U4xSFNQ

 Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyAHGHo22Og

Fatal Fury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG17S8yRz6A

Street Fighter II World Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI284D4y1q4

An Oral History of Street Fighter II: http://www.polygon.com/a/street-fighter-2-oral-history

NARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3jonU-XrK4

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

Virtual Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-9TUlCcib0

Tekken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GmSF_PqL84

Soul Edge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgb64WBw_Ww

Soul Calibur Arcade VS Dreamcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Rdg6A-KJs

 

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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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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