The Many Faces of Konami

October 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 052 - The Many Faces of Konami

We go over the whole history of Konami at the macro level.  The origin, founding, and the initial setup that continues to influence the company to the present day.  Though much of the history is shrouded behind a language barrier, or simply lost, there is still plenty of information out there.  We cover the hits they had in the video game arena, and show how they are in the middle of another transition to mobile.

Konami Logo: https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/7/70/Old-Konami-Logo.jpg

Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pmC_reyGpI

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjgu1JtWbA4

Why VHS beat Betamax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYZITaxlTQ

Frogger Cabinet Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ebybyW-ozE

Track and Field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKPYPV4BuFo

Gradius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz9OkKo9rW0

Metal Gear NES VS MSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMLDAxu5Tmg

The Goonies NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn63XyKp80U

The Goonies 2 NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdpmDqR4ZDc

Top Gun NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCXNXGvYfVk

Original Comic TMNT Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuuHANeSLxg

TMNT NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kK8mFYbl1s

Simpsons Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yw43-DbT84

DDR Modern Japan Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jywza4So-eU

 

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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Sons of Pong

October 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 051 - Sons of Pong

Starting off with a discussion of the unique setting of the time leading into Pong's debut, we transition over to the various companies that created clones of Pong, and their reasons for doing so.  We discover that the company that created the most Pong-style games was not Atari, nor one of the big Chicago companies, but a company based in Florida called Allied Leisure.  We then cover the various innovations that occurred to try to keep the fad market alive as long as possible ending with a stop at Big Jeffery's Cocktail Pong Emporium.

Pong Cabinet in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGu7sMAoOUo

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

Wild Cycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjSKnPjnhyc

Paddle Battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu7LAP3ug6E

Pong Doubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtp1bxIA8s

Ramtek Volly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAc41mFmP3k

Elimination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOV9c8WkWsw

Ramtek Wipe Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_TmOD0IHFM

Clean Sweep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTO5JjwbXv0

Flim Flam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVKOjKl3dPU

 

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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