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Uncle Clive’s Radionics

Uncle Clive’s Radionics

January 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 130 - Uncle Clive's Radionics

 

We look at Sir Clive Sinclair in his early years dealing with creation of electronics for hobbyists.  Sir Clive held a passion for miniaturization and doing so at a low cost.  This started with audio equipment, amplifiers, high fidelity stereo, and FM radios.  This continued into calculators, and digital watches.  Sir Clive wanted to look into miniature TVs, and procured funding through the NEB.  In an act of prescience he founded a second company that eventually became Sinclair Research to serve as a life boat if things went bad with the NEB.  Sinclair Research, then known as the Science of Cambridge, produced the first domestic computer in the United Kingdom the MK 14!  Sir Clive eventually left Sinclair Radionics after the disasterous launch of the Black Watch.  A watch that when shocked had the potential to overload, and explode. 

 

What is High Fidelity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0LWnpzdrW4

Sinclair Black Watch Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXSNDPeSC1c

Cambridge MK14 Computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_vhWxu-spA

Sinclair Mini TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqqFY8MUWLo

Goldeneye on a Sinclair TV80: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auWKrlmZ3t0

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

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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/

The Crash That Almost Was

The Crash That Almost Was

January 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 129 - The Crash That Almost Was

 

We look at the crash that almost was.  Most people do not realize that in the mid nineties we came very close to another video game market crash.  A difficult transition was at hand as companies tried to figure out how and if they embrace the third dimension in video games.  Coupled with a declining arcade market.  New hardware costing twice as much, if not more than current systems many companies were on the edge.  The market forces between Japan and the US with currency exchanges ate into profit margins.  It lead to the deaths or decline of a few prominent companies.  Most notably SEGA, and Acclaim.  However because not just one major company was baring this the industry survived and continues to move forward to the present day!

 

Castlevania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOTUVXrAOE8

Super Castlevania IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7P7niYimk

Super C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-z8xXA_v8k

Contra III The Alien Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxJ5XbYWMpA

Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6JjK04Pas0

Super Mario Brothers 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LTcQwmOV4

Street Fighter II Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPC3_bL-4Y

Super Street Fighter II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezoa6sVVP7U

Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKDNUKa68NI

Final Fight 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHk5JJ56v2Q

Castlevania X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGQcMr2JGE0

 

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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