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Activision and Kotick Part 2

August 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 168 - Activision and Kotick Part 2

 

In part two of our look at Activision under Bobby Kotick's leadership. We see how Activision's franchises and licensed properties were leveraged for revenue. We look at how Activision had to revive the entire development apparatus from scratch. They used the animation skills of a Disney-trained trained animator for Pitfall the Mayan, Adventure. Finally, Activision was able to firmly gain footing, and regain profitability with the release of MechWarrior 2!

 

The Manhole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC2AgMnTFd4

Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA0rPwUcQmQ

Return to Zork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSoT0Ty8MVQ

The Fox and the Hound Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbuIeTHh4To

The Black Cauldron Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isAtOHLiMH8

Tron Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyHX7z8fi8

Technological Threat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiTgoRR3tbk

Ferngully - The Last Rainforest Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzqyc95zcxo

Pitfall The Mayan Adventure(SNES): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G34rcaK11W0

Pitfall The Mayan Adventure (Sega CD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P86I5GgsLZM

BattleTech The Crescent Hawk's Inception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rtXTFtyQms

Mechwarrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuxySqjb5X8

Dos Protected Mode Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAyQLV5bbb0

Why you need DOSBox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZmlfmK619g

Mechwarrior 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0mSdnxM7fc

 

 

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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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