Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 2

February 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 060 - Williams' Crazy Story Pt 2

Part two of our look at Williams' story of how a pinball company grew through a combination of mergers and hit products to become one of the dominate players in the industry during the early to mid-90's.  They had many successes in the arcade utilizing the digitization technology that they helped pioneer.  Not only were they successful in the video game sphere; they were also successful in the pinball arena as well.  Unfortunately, by the end of the 90s the company's video and pinball divisions were spun off or closed while the rest of the company focused more on gambling machines.  Now Williams is just a name held for its history, and is not an independent company, or even a subsidiary anymore.

 

Q*bert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKIbhaQfs-A

NARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgyjEgnxo0

Running Man Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2FMhBg0h_8

Robocop Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LKQ3eX9pEg

 

Smash TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLeL6ONPNiw 

Terminator 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hy86CYUm6aI

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLpZ_5bHmo8

Mortal Kombat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2pQJU9E21c

NBA JAM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg-Yj0XOuFM

Cruis'n USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tCrFFUSqh4

Fun House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhPsXaQkqlM

Addams Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0ifZv940Io

Revenge From Mars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAue8sKJcuY

Star Wars Ep. 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQkPMpiKKDY

 

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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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Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 1

February 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 059 - Williams' Crazy Story

Part one of a look at the history of Williams Manufacturing Company.  Starting with Harry Williams' monumental contributions to the pinball industry with the creation of the tilt mechanism and later on adding electromechanical elements to the machines.  We cover the sordid history of the company as it changes hands multiple times, and the pinball/video games that made them a valuable asset to be traded around.  We continue with looking at the designers responsible for some of the major hits Williams had in both pinball and video.  Finally we note how because they invested in the development of pinball during the rise of video before the crash this uniquely helped them weather the crash by being able to rely on pinball for revenue.

All American Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4nOA2S2KTw

Flash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUERAj0ROo

Firepower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBJNag4OmrY

Gorgar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vylGtiR0HVA

Defender Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZiUH41fZ2c

Defender Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gss3lxeqCok

Stargate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20vwYTf6mI

Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOVA2Axxfdk

Joust: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWoiLNri0OM

Space Shuttle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZx9-S5SGxU

High Speed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoSDLKe1dQo

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

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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