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A Casual World Part 1

September 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 122 - A Casual World Part 1


We look at the changes in the industry, mindset, and accessibility of games that lead to the formation of casual games.  The early groundwork is set with casual games like Shanghai, Rubix, Reversi, Solitaire, and Tetris.  The development happened organically, almost by accident.  The tales of some of the pioneers that opened the door to what is arguably the biggest segment of the modern gaming industry is a tale not well told.  We start that tale in this episode!



History of Mediagenic Part 1:

History of Mediagenic Part 2:

Rubix the Amazin Cube:

Reversi Windows 1.0:

The Complete Tetris Story:


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