An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood

January 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 082 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood

 

We take a look at the circumstances and leadup to what become known as the Siliwood Era.  We discuss how changing technology and an increased focus by certain video game companies on emulating blockbuster movies attracted the attention of the major media companies and set the stage for an unlikely alliance of Hollywood and Silicon Valley.  This pairing led to the interactive movie fad and also led to changes in retail that would alter the course of the video game industry forever.

 

TCW 042 Laser Craze: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/laser-craze/

Night Trap 25th Anniversary PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBaW40NUCTU

Sewer Shark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTdLjUn6y-0

Atmosfear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRMphkKF3M0

Defender of the Crown: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvW6okgy4wA

Errol Flynn Robin Hood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpqR6Ca-LL8

Defender of the Crown Opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTJn-rVYuE

It came from the Desert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8LaMMSEs5Q

THEM Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4URRp39XOo

 

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 Meeting of Spacewar

January 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 081 - The Meeting of Spacewar

 

We go over the history of Spacewar, and the event at the Smithsonian.  We take a close look at the people involved in bringing Spacewar into existence.   We also look at some of the systems that were the predecessors to the PDP-1 that was used for Spacewar.  We also discuss why games were used to demonstrate the capabilities of computers.  In short an interesting look at one of the first video games.

 

TX-0 Mouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0QTTYJv0Yw

PDP-1 Explained and Space War Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EWQYAfuMYw

Install a FREE version of Spacewar Via Steam:  Start -> Run -> steam://run/480

Video explaining Free Spacewar on Steam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ1KcmBUN-Q

Kotaku Article: https://kotaku.com/spacewar-creators-didnt-know-they-were-making-history-1830887504

Variety Article: https://variety.com/2018/gaming/features/spacewars-history-talk-smithsonian-1203067907/

 

 

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/