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Elite Systems

December 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 103 - Elite Systems

 

We look at one of the British software companies Elite Systems.  The company was originally named Richard Wilcox software, and was founded as a collaboration between two brothers with the encouragement of their father.   Owing to Richard still being a teenager, had schooling, and could not make programing a full-time career at the time the decision was made to rebrand the company.  Steve renamed the company to Elite Systems in 1984, and hired bedroom coders to produce software for the company.  The company continued to be one of the industry leaders when it came to where the market was going.  They went to licenses, in studio development, consoles, independent developer, and now mobile gaming.  We finish up looking briefly at the controversy around the company's Kick-Starter campaign for the ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard for retro games. 

 

Blue Thunder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9nESwphljA

Kokotoni wilf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cnq4SdcYzs

Airwolf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LOAciMPGrI

Frank Bruno's Boxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cUku-A0UOc

TCW 035 - EA: The Teenage Years: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/ea-the-teenage-years/

TCW 028 - Picking up the Pieces: The US Arcade Industry After the Crash: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/picking-up-the-pieces-the-us-arcade-industry-after-the-crash/

Commando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKom2O2H0pQ

Paperboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9tQYb76UM

 Dragon's Lair EU NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63JKJPtZ344

Striker SNES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVmLLmILrrg

Test Drive Off-Road PSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMNUsD_FfQw

Test Drive Off-Road PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA3M5K0ezsg

Telegraph video of ZX Spectrum Bluetooth Keyboard with Steve Wilcox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQQsKBeIpI

 

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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 

 

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