Blizzard: Vikings and WarCraft

November 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 054 - Blizzard: Vikings and WarCraft

Part one of our dive into one of the most influential computer game companies in existence.  We cover the founding of Blizzard, which started as Silicon and Synapse, with their start by being independent contractors for PC and console.  With the company wanting to transition into being full developers, they accepted an offer to be acquired by Davidson and Associates.  Blizzard's first big hit was WarCraft: Orcs and Humans.  The first game saw the start of the Blizzard cinematics department, and the voice studio.  With Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness we saw the true founding of the legendary Blizzard Lore that accompanies all their games that followed.  We wrap up with Blizzard meeting another company at CES, Condor, that was working on a little game called Diablo…

Battle Chess II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz4_5Wv6yiY

R.P.M. Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JFofJsuEFM

Swords and Serpents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXlt0XY1tOY

Adventures of Rad Gravity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b3-LSC4Vko

Rock N' Roll Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8OgEzbJY7s

The Lost Vikings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZItppVpUwwc

Blackthorne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPsJEtO86VI

WarCraft Orcs and Humans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqczlhTpT2I

WarCraft II Cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU-n8UZM5Cc

WarCraft III All Cinematics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfkiJXnSRM8

SNES Justice League Task Force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJgY9BCYP8o

Genesis Justice League Task Force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q42W0cD7OKk

Diablo Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGaYW-6zOKk&list=PLC6688FBC7423D09A

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Video Game History 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 and Merger of Enix and Square

November 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 053 - The History and Merger of Enix and Square

We cover the individual histories of the companies Enix and Square.  Everything from early projects to influences that helped shape them into the companies they would become.  We delve into the dream teams for each company that created their seminal hits, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.  We cover how they each had problems getting market penetration in the West until Square was able to with the release of Final Fantasy VII.  We cover the massive financial disaster that was Final Fantasy The Spirits Within and how it led to Square being acquired by Enix. 

 

The Portopia Serial Murder Case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh0Vg0s-pR8 

Dragon Quest/Warrior Random Facts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvCVAp2jE1E

Final Fantasy VII Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD_GqlNtNjo 

Final Fantasy IV (II US) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi7So5VlB6M 

Final Fantasy VI (III US) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMWp1oLoA0

Cruise Chaser Blassty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXwLebC8s2I

3D World Runner NES: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbH25YNxE4

Rad Racer NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ngD3ZC1z8

Final Fantasy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veEn0k5u5Ko

Dragon Warrior Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qL5_3EhqK8

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxl_-WPwA0A

7th Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XihYszbkf60

Secret of Evermore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdV79VbxWOc

Final Fantasy The Spirits Within: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaI7ZPA9I1c

 

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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