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Epyx not Epic

Epyx not Epic

July 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 094 - Epyx not Epic

 

This is an epic story about Epyx.  But don't confuse it with Epic!  We look at the computer game company, and the many bits of software that had influences at the dawn of home computing.  Everything from the first RPGs to action games that are remembered fondly, especially in Europe.   Not to mention the worldwide appeal of the Games series featuring Olympic events.  Sadly the company lost sight of its goals with management changes, and was gone by the early 90's.  However employees of Epyx continued to influence the video game industry for many years to come.

 

Starfleet Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Starfleet_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

Invasion Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Invasion_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

DunDraCon Website: https://www.dundracon.com/

Temple of Apshai TRS 80: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMtY5BxdM0

The Datestones of Ryn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxkFETqcEA

Crush Crumble and Chomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTFvwBllZo

TCW 079 - The Six Children of EA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-six-children-of-ea/

Dragonriders of Pern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIj8YWsWOE

Pitstop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR-ELIpaxRw

Jumpman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrsZ1bDy4Dg

Atari 2600 Starpath Supercharger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsl65fKYsvk

Impossible Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivHFP3dJAkM

Krusty Burger Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVQkOc73uJA

EPYX Sumer Games 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zDwjctkF5w

EPYX California Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSp8XHpEKzw

Atari Lynx Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdp4yn1B8x8

 

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/

Books-B-Ware

Books-B-Ware

July 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 093 - Books-B-Ware

 

We look at what was largely a footnote in video game history.  However it is notable as an early attempt at the integration of traditional media and the computer revolution.  There are parallels between bookware and the Siliwood era that came after.  Many of the games were stifled by the limitations in hardware at the time.  Still there are some notable collaborations between programmers and writers that provide an interesting take on what was to come.

 

The Digital Antiquarian - Bookware: https://www.filfre.net/2013/09/bookware/

The Hobbit Text Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WJW-xB4mwg

HGTTG Babel fish Puzzle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf_2faXuxEo

Ford puts Babel fish in Arthur's ear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuumnjJWFO4

HGTTG Text Adventure Game 30th Anniversary: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-game-30th-anniversary-edition

HGTTG Walkthroughs: https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/pc/564459-the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-1984/faqs

Star Raiders Atari 8-bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VDM8nC9sM

Mind wheel: on Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODKy8-c-If8

Rendezvous with Rama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VMbPzf_pq8

Fahrenheit 451: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnET12whCYs

EA Amnesia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl5lJSwF890

 

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/