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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