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Vector Lights

Vector Lights

December 15, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 080 - Vector Lights

 

We look at the arcade industry and the circumstances that led to the use of vector monitors in arcade games.  While not as well remembered today, and with fewer systems still around, vector played an important role in the development of video games.  Vector provided the detail and capabilities that were not yet available in traditional raster-based systems.  However in due time Raster met, and then exceeded, the capabilities of vector systems, and with the lower cost of maintenance for raster vector has faded into history.

 

Slow Motion TV Drawing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BJU2drrtCM&t

CGA Graphics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niKblgZupOc

Larry Rosenthal from 2014 at California Extreme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apg3W7yXULY

Space Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOtqX8r2rcE&t

Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUp0lzFiscs

Omega Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80L9fnSvbTk

Atari Lunar Lander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPtoFQDc2MU

Atari Asteroids: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUveu3Dm_Fo

Atari Red Barron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oa7_mdJLUw

Atari Battle Zone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdfKy4c7yuc

Cinematronics Tailgunner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbm5sw2eHQs&t

Gremlin Space Fury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igp8-oNKejI

Atari Tempest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMto2HJJSSA&t

Atari Star Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgDdexv--ZA

Jed Margolin The Secret Life of Vector Generators: https://www.jmargolin.com/vgens/vgens.htm

Major Havoc: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3o_vG2m7X0

 

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/

The Six Children of EA

The Six Children of EA

December 1, 2018

TCW Podcast Episode 079 - The Six Children of EA

 

We take a closer look at the six launch titles from EA.  We cover each in more detail going into the background of the creators, as well as the development of each game.  We take a look at how the games were received both commercially, and historically.  Today Archon, Pinball Construction Set, and M.U.L.E. are the games that are best remembered from the initial six titles.  Worms, Axis Assassin, and Hard Hat Mack are not well remembered today.

 

TCW 006 - The Early History of Electronic Arts: https://goo.gl/kR9ppF

Archon C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdfIfC9BHwQ

Hard Hat Mack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmQJNy2FBm0

Raster Blaster Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiUIlGoJdW0

Pinball Construction Set Building a table: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ow0X7IrzzO8

Pinball Construction Set Complete Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R46Cj21c_Bc

Axis Assassin Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BwNMTRqG3I

Axis Assassin C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYfN8Ckf1So

Tempest Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOZomej48c0

Play WORMS?: https://archive.org/details/a8b_Worms_1983_Electronic_Arts_US_a_k_file

Worms? Gameplay Atari 800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4JASQ7EsFY

M.U.L.E. C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs3G6dxx2FQ

 

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/