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Stern Electronics

Stern Electronics

November 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 102 - Stern Electronics

 

We look at the short history of Stern Electronics.  A company that has influenced and been influenced by multiple other companies through its people.  We cover the paths of many of these people including the founder Gary Stern.  During the transition to video games in the late 70's and early 80's Stern was the American arm for Konami bringing over many of their games.  With financial difficulties from having to buy out one of the major investors, once they became mired in legal trouble, and the collapse of the video game industry, Stern ceased to be.  A quick flash for an interesting company.

 

TCW 059 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

TCW 060 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-2/

TCW 090 - Lion and Bally Manufacturing: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/lion-and-bally-manufacturing/

TCW 091 - Bally: The Road to Fitness: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/bally-the-road-to-fitness/

Dr. Tran: (potentially NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO0kRE5OTZI

TCW 051 - Sons of Pong: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sons-of-pong/

Smiley Face History: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2009/feb/21/smiley-face-design-history

URL Video Action Indy 500: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIa0J10raDc

Berzerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdewB64l2-c

TCW 052 - The Many Faces of Konami: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-many-faces-of-konami/

Astro Invader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UcmU0qV5U8

The End: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcOa6DSDgxQ

Tutankham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z242gkTzmM

 

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 book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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/

Infocom

Infocom

November 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 101 - Infocom

We look at the short life of Infocom.  A company that fell into the videogame sphere.  Best known for their text adventure games, including the renowned game Zork.  They started off as a company to keep creative minds together from MIT, and brought forth unique developments including using virtualization for video games.  Due to lack of innovation, combined with its acquisition by Activision, the failure of their database Cornerstone, and  saturating the market with a niche product; the company was closed down in the late 1980's.  With a dedicated fan base in text adventures, Infocom's influence has been felt in some circles to the present day!

TCW084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

Colosal cave advcenture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3etkSoHrR8

Zork on a PDP-11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYng1yypNCA

Zork Example Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN4VPlRBJ8

Quick Explanation of Virtualization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XItj08D5KPk

What is Virtual Memory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2quKyPnUShQ

 

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 book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

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/