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The Wizards of Sir-Tech

The Wizards of Sir-Tech

May 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 114 - The Wizards of Sir-Tech

 

We look at the company Sir-Tech.  Known as "the Wizardry company", and founded by Norman Sirotek and Robert Woodhead.  The company was originally founded to market Info Tree, a database program.  The shift was made into video games starting with the release of Galactic Attack.  With the heavy influences of the games on the PLATO system.  Andrew Greenberg and Woodhead would meet, and would start collaboration on what would eventually be Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.  One of the best produced games at the time, it was a major hit on the Apple II platform.  Sustainability for the franchise was hamstrung with lack of innovation, and the requirement of the first game to play Wizardry II and III.  This culminated with the major disaster that was the release of Wizardry IV.  

 

TCW 084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

CARDIAC - Computer Teaching Tool: https://www.cs.drexel.edu/~bls96/museum/cardiac.html

Free Pascal and Lazarus Wiki: https://wiki.freepascal.org/

The Digital Antiquarian - Pascal and the P-Machine: https://www.filfre.net/2012/03/pascal-and-the-p-machine/

Empire on Plato: http://www.daleske.com/plato/empire.php

Galactic Attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPBac4JAOmg

DND  - DOS version: https://www.classicdosgames.com/online/dnd_121.html

PLATO Online Emulation: https://www.cyber1.org/index.asp

Wizardry I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-iOZzwIlMA

Wizardry II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5eYUXmt_sk

Wizardry III (PC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cWa5HqhWdg

Wizardry IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQaRAYcUoIM

TCW038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/

 

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/

Primordial Computer Game Industry

Primordial Computer Game Industry

May 1, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 113 - Primordial Computer Game Industry

 

A big episode looking at two major companies that bridged the gap between the mainframe time sharing age, and the trinity of home computers.  We also look at the lead up to those companies with type in listings in books, and magazines.  We look at the evolution of early PCs, and the eventual development of video display cards designed to hook up computers to television sets.  An almost forgotten era of PC development, pioneering magazines, and games that would have influence on the home PC market yet to come.

 

 

Guest Appearances

The 42 Cast: http://42cast.com/index.php/2020/03/23/the-42cast-episode-70-they-create-worlds/

Pixelated Audio: https://pixelatedaudio.com/earlygames-tcw/

 

A Critical Hit! - Kate Willaert: https://www.acriticalhit.com/best-box-art-part-2-computer-games-on-printed-paper/

Popular Electronics Jan 1975 ALTAIR 8800: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Poptronics/70s/1975/Poptronics-1975-01.pdf

TCW 016 - Early Computer Game Platforms: The Trinity, and The Disciples: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/early-computer-game-platforms-the-trinity-and-the-disciples/

TCW 084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

Popular Electronics Jul 1976 Sol 20: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Poptronics/70s/1976/Poptronics-1976-07.pdf

Scelbi's First Book of Computer Games for the "8008"/"8080": http://www.scelbi.com/files/docs/books/First%20Book%20of%20Computer%20Games.pdf

Scelbi's Galaxy Game for the "8008"/:8080": http://www.scelbi.com/files/docs/books/Galaxy%20Game.pdf

Cromemco Video Dazzler: Kaleidoscope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tDbn1N8EWI

Byte Magazine Dazzler Write-up: https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1976-06/page/n7/mode/2up

Microchess: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zuihp7Gq3Y

The KIM-1 Microcomputer History and Basic Features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0Hn2ZcW-s

The KIM-1 Microcomputer Serial and Cassette I/O: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97PccuhGl9w

BYTE Magazine Archive: https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine

Creative Computing Archive: https://archive.org/details/creativecomputing

Saucer War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exSJ0gYw0pM

Digital Derby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5bO6AsPOrs

Advanced Dragon Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHK1V-_Dz3w

How "Old School" Graphics Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rsycfDliZU

Rocket Pilot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJEYr-nkgzA

Saucer Invasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgmR4ULcgqo

Star Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzmX8KKHmM

Space Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAzEWT20WSc

Laser Turret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czDFB6qmZ0

Pirates!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yULTq7wnJ3M

3D Docking Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66-CqOuBQpY

 

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/

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