They Create Worlds
Gotta Go Fast!

Gotta Go Fast!

April 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 088 - Gotta Go Fast!

 

Since we covered Mario a few episodes ago, it is only fair that we cover his great rival, not Bowser, but Sonic!  We go at not quite sonic speed over the creation of the character and franchise.  Sonic's interesting inception was brought about through a character submission process.  Sonic is the melding of a rabbit, a character called "Mr. Needlemouse," and Michael Jackson!  Yes, this is true.  Look there is a music video referenced below.  Though Sonic suffered from rapid over exposure he is still beloved by many fans.  After all these fans pay homage with a Sega Tower of Power to Sonic!

 

Alex Kidd in Miracle World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yasiyS7dkcU&t=495s

Ghouls and Ghosts Mega Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5CGfah2IEI

Michal Jackson 'Smooth Criminal': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_D3VFfhvs4

Sonic The Hedgehog Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1FEHo_RcNw

Classic Game Postmortem: Sonic the Hedgehog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYO1ZmRuZ_U

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cr1rqVcIhA

Kitsune: Japanese Mythology Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0arkgpNDuJg

SonicCD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apPGHEZxu6s

Pinball Dreams Amiga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UNGMiPETXo

Sonic Spinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzPpRPDRQvA

Sonic The Hedgehog 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhExIWa0R-4

Sonic 3 and Knuckles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soXPc-fvd90

Sega Tower of Power: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y55ZBT_UcmU

Sonic Game Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-D00HFMfmro

Sonic Master System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQPvA0OvR24

Sonic 2 Master System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6RtXmMN9Og

Sonic Mania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNJLX15aEn4

 

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/

Virtual History

Virtual History

April 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 087 - Virtual History

 

And now we discuss at the technology that has been just a few months away from revolutionizing video games for the past thirty years, virtual reality. While a hot topic again due to the emergence of the Occulus Rift and the PS4 VR, virtual reality has been a Holy Grail of computer graphics research since the early 1960s. We examine the origins of VR at the University of Utah and its refinement at Atari and VPL Labs before looking at several attempts to bring VR into the mainstream in the early 1990s. We end with a quick look at the state of VR today.

 

Master Collector of View Master: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JxAv3-QOzc

Morton Heilig's Sensorama (Interview): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSINEBZNCks

Legend of the Sword of Damocles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNSh519GxvY

Sword of Damocles Headset Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OwlABr1o-g

Sword of Damocles Headset With Explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vuGXWnYZpA

Lecture from 1996 on Sword of Damocles Headset: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2AIDHjylMI

TCW 046 Atari, Ray Kassar, and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/

Moon Dust Commodore 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzVIEnTfclY

Scientific American Interview Jaron Lanier: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/interview-with-jaron-lani/

AVGN Zelda II Power Glove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ab48nahZzo

The Wizard - Power Glove: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Esx7xgXl5g

The Untold Story Of VR On The Sega Genesis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UN_pN9ZU8Y

Sega VR at CES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd98RGxad0U

Dactyl Nightmare Gameplay and Unit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbOGV8-lyno

Oculus Rift Polygon Nightmare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqfpt2hoVrU

Discovery Channel Battletech Center: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdJA5C_Po4U&t=4s

Polygon Disney Quest VR Article:https://www.polygon.com/features/2018/10/18/17888722/disneyquest-disney-vr-closed

Zone Hunter Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8STASuTKDag

Buggy Ball VR on a game show: https://youtu.be/NkQCWiYB3Wc?t=475

John Carmack Interview on Oculus Rift: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyuMVazQPos

Tetris Effect Launch Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFVL6t8IHE8

Real Bomb Squad plays Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYunaBkn9Ng

 

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/