A Fairchild Story

October 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 076 - A Fairchild Story

We cover the history of the Fairchild company and their console the Fairchild Channel F.  It is a fascinating journey of how a company was thrust into a role where they could get in on the ground floor of the new video game industry.  Although through bad experiences in other industries, an epic struggle to ger FCC approval, and observations on the turmoil of the video game industry, Fairchild was defeated.  Fairchild's exit from the scene was not so much the initial hurdles they faced, but their lack of will to produce, and market in quantities that would let them gain the market share they needed.

 

How Integrated Circuits are made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35jWSQXku74

Fairchild on Integrated Circuits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z47Gv2cdFtA

Fairchild Channel F Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a45lmvaA3KI

Fairchild Channel F Blackjack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tf5RoJVGh3k

Fairchild Channel F Spitfire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95guwJJGx8I

Fairchild Channel F Controller Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egfNz3XtL90
Overview of the Fairchild Channel F: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIRhnu7sfCY

How ROM Cartridges Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLEMsw1SjDY&t

 

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

 

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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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Gunning For Light

October 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 075 - Gunning for Light

 

We look at how shooting peripherals entered the gaming scene.  We start with their introduction in arcades, and move all the way up to today.  We see the technology change, and how different applications were applied to get interesting effects.  With the height of light guns in the 80's and 90's, and their decline in the 2000's, light guns are only seen in the few remaining arcade and fun centers still in operation.  In the home they really say their popularity in the 8-bit and to a lesser extent the 16-bit era. 

 

ABT Target Skill Model F: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm1qSL4g4eg

Shoot the Bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41HA_L5sGGo

Coon Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmTDlmULZt0

Keeney Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Restore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odqi1iXnh84

Keeney Air Raider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=senG1HmruAo

Whoopi Goldberg on racial/ethnic stereotypes in old cartoons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCT1clqci3I

Dale model Gun Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-C1DN24sfCY

Magnavox Odyssey Light Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At6H6SIfWTc

Sega Balloon gun Cabinet Picture: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/ballgun.htm

Qwak Pictures: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9216

Very brief shot of Qwak in Dawn of the Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVzepqkmts

How Light Pens and NES Zapper Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu-Hoj4EIjU

Crossbow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtsuSH9jylw

EXPLICIT WARNING! Chiller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_19-YbEuSpU

Operation Wolf Arcade cabinet tour and gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQqaw_Vf9wk

Operation Wolf Generic Gun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5YZWjSBJts

Lethal Enforcers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BAkgAMVcUo

Virtua Cop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcTiaBrJWTs

Terminator 2 Judgement Day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qja3t17C4vw

Silent Scope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3TGQSV54ww&t=58s

Area 51: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biJ9kUid84A

House of the Dead: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIVa53_NLLI

Time Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vT0GjW3oiQM

 

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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