The Japanese PC Industry

September 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 074 - The Japanese PC Industry

We cover the Japanese PC industry from the initial pioneers up to the mid 1980's.  The early innovators on the PC, while never having many international successes, laid the groundwork for games that would later be seen on the Famicom, and other platforms.  It is further interesting to note the people who got their start in the video game industry through computer clubs in college, and by programing at department stores.  With the computer industry coming from two sides, hobbyist and professional, they merged together to create an interesting take that in some ways mirrored aspects of the British, and American computer scenes.

Heiankyo Alien Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSxYdeqJAkY

Heiankyo Alien Game Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3qVBkIu74

Evolution of various snake games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSVBIuPZ1Bc

Space Panic Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLd1xABCsaQ&t=106s

Lupin the III Arcade (1980): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYjMxlKOS3Q

Exoa PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzlS6Aamt1U

Xevious Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P24bjcvnxd8

Grobda Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4B0iUN1GpA

THEXDER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVfRGsfnI_c

ALPHOS Nec PC-88: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbZokPuZ1oU

Xanadu PC-88: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcQpec98nCA

 

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Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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 

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Adventuring in the Arcade

September 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 073 - Adventuring in the Arcade

 

We look at the British PC Software market, specifically the Arcade Adventure genre.  With the popularity of the ZX Spectrum as a home computer, and its hardware limitations lent itself to the development of the Arcade Adventure.  With multiple influences the Arcade Adventure enjoyed side scrolling, top down, and isometric gameplay.  We also see the start of the career of Tim and Chris Stamper with Sabre Wulf, Knight Lore, and Alien 8.  We end looking at the panicle games of the genre with Dizzy, and Head over Heels.  Unfortunately as technology advanced the slower paced Arcade Adventure gave way to more action packed gamed allowed by newer systems.

 

TCW 018: The British 8-bit Computer Market: Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/

Miner 2049er C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JF9gTknSK8

Manic Miner ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUzteADsRI

Jet Set Willy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Ywx6uVn9E

Knight Lore with Commentary ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd8RchGHxyo

Atic Atac with Commentary ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJrS9WYn3X8

Sabre Wulf ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lt4FqqLW8LI

Alien 8 ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDhSH-GJDqE

Automania ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBvI1uzRwwo

Pajamarama ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pe9yFqledKE

Dizzy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlMZsTlOYuE

Treasure Island Dizzy ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwNgWFbPuWo

Batman (1986) ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b53lGkwINPE

Head over Heels ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJYhckbQmg4

 

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

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Alex's forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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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