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Ocean Software

Ocean Software

April 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 136 - Ocean Software

 

We look at the company Ocean Software.  The company was founded by David Ward and Jon Woods as Spectrum Games, and was later renamed to Ocean Software.  The company specialized in a mail order business harnessing the best of the bedroom coder scene in Brittan to produce ports of popular arcade titles.  In fact the initial offering of the company were clones of Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Frogger, and Missile Command.  The company continued to grow as Ocean Software expanding into licensed games including popular properties such as Platoon, Robocop, and Jurassic Park.  However the company was unable to compete with larger companies on the global stage.  This lead to their purchase by Infrogrames during that company's rapid expansion.  However after a few years of semi-autonomy Ocean Software ceased to be in the late 90's. 

 

TCW 017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Hardware: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-hardware/

TCW 018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/

TCW 064 - The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/rise-and-fall-of-infogrames-part-1/

TCW 065 - The Rise and Fall of Infogrames Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-rise-and-fall-of-infogrames-part-2/

ZX Spectrum Road Frog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhJhyfaxlZk

ZX Spectrum Monster Muncher: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dflb09D-Y80

TCW 103 - Elite Systems: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/elite-systems/

Arcade Hunchback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o5nh-URiJA

ZXS pectrum Hunchback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANDJ_wOArCU

Krusty Burger Olympic Sweepstakes Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5siZ3Z2j77Q

Krust Burger Olympic Sweepstakes Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZJ-_mS-_XQ

Arcade Konomi Track and Field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozcE8qzTdHo

Daley Thompson's Decathlon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKbLbkvwACA

Commercial Breaks (Imagine and Ocean Software): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt9BsZCifgU

ZX Spectrum - Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka-j7q2aTIk

ZX Spectrum Target Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79oCOlTITg0

ZX Spectrum Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsZzTsvQU28

C64 Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBz8GsKIu-E

Amiga Platoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvkd2NGEWbk

ZX Spectrum Robocop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD8SyQ_rQKQ

Amiga - Batman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2SCzt73s0

TCW 073 - Adventuring in the Arcade: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/adventuring-in-the-arcade/

SNES Adam's Family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SxxqeSYhjU

Amiga Jurassic Park: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Axn02dmaMo

 

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/

The Famicom Disc System

The Famicom Disc System

April 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 135 - The Famicom Disc System

 

In our second part look at the Family Computer we start off with the launch in Japan.  We see all the early games, and the slow start the system had.  However it rapidly gained steam and gained widespread adoption.  Nintendo faced one of their first challenges which was the overheating of the graphic chip.  Nintendo did a recall and revised the system in the process.  Switching to removeable controllers, and round buttons to address other issues early adopters have reported.  The system really took off with the release of the Famicom Disc System, and the Legend of Zelda.  Despite wide adoption the lower margins for retailers and developers lead to the downfall of the peripheral.  Cartridge developments soon allowed games to exceed 30KB, and growing in size with 1MB and larger.  Though the system was popular in the west, and the larger cartridges helped speed its adoption there, the disc system was the height of the system in Japan. 

 

Famicom Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r8diwD_g0I

Famicom Donkey Kong Jr: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc2L4vxPJF0

Famicom Popeye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyJ-DfoBZ8U

Famicom Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKZrHr4yDZc

TCW 037 - Nintendo and Gumpei Yokoi: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-and-gunpei-yokoi/

Early Famicom Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKXr_DbqHsU

Famicom Donkey Kong Jr. Math: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6cE50TdP48

Famicom Mahjong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skY_GZAEc2U

Famicom Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agd0SBjLBjs

Famicom Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOEeaKEyW98

Famicom Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPxxfH_NOEA

Famicom Devil World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvxiXETDTyg

TCW 074 - The Japanese PC Industry: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-japanese-pc-industry/

Famicom BASIC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMA-2ctR-Ks

Famicom Galaxian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKI7gzf496Q

Famicom Round VS Square edition: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9biMwpII7rU

Famicom Lode Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqJkSa9SExk

TCW 029 - 50 Years of Namco: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/50-years-of-namco/

Famicom Xevious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_bS_SAzknk

Cloud and Bushes in Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ai7d1K4Yf6A

NES Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQjzFt8Sqpk

Ninja Kid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAx25uUl1Gc

Ninja Hattori-kin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICZrv3Z8C8U

Family Stadium '87: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCAPOfBulrk

Gaming Historian Famicom Disc System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9PuSrn_H1c&t=16s

Famicom Disc System The Legend of Zelda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-aYJyHgCy0

Famicom Ghost and Goblins: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKiv41hjJWg

Famicom Ganbare Goemon!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_JSzRTAas8

Castlevania III NES VS Famicom Sound Comparison: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WOxjL9eoU4

TCW 011 - The Genesis of JRPGs: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-genesis-of-jrpgs/

Famicom Takahashi Meijin no Bōken Jima IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bw1SSbQXis

 

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/

Famicom

Famicom

March 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 134 - Famicom

 

We look at the Family Computer, or the Famicom's development.  The state Nintendo was in before they entered into home dedicated consoled, and then explored programable consoles.  We look at how the console was developed with the main focus being on cost and quality.  The reason behind the use of the MOS 6502 chipset, sourcing ROM chips, and bringing it together into the red package that many love to this day.  This is part one of a two part look at the Famicom in Japan!

 

TCW 037 - Nintendo and Gunpei Yokoi: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-and-gunpei-yokoi/

TCW 067 - The Birth of the Japanese Consoles: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-birth-of-the-japanese-consoles/

OPEC Oil Embargo 1973 NBC Nightly News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCLRlVxOH-Q

Wild Gunman Back to the Future 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMy1zO8m8sM

Wild Gunman Arcade 1974: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GToJgyymvFs

A Critical Hit! Wild Gunman: https://www.acriticalhit.com/wild-gunman-74-the-forgotten-first-fmv-game/

Before Mario Blog: http://blog.beforemario.com/

TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/

Nintendo Color 15: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGCUhmrz7MQ

 

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/

Rolling Dice with the Parker Brother’s

Rolling Dice with the Parker Brother’s

March 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 133 - Rolling Dice with the Parker Brother's

 

We look at the history of the company Parker Brothers.  Originally a board game company founded in the 1880's we follow the company's growth though the century.  This family owned business was eventually bought by General Mills in 1963, and was brought into the ever expanding non-food properties of the conglomerate.  Starting off with electronic games in the 70's, Parker Brothers would eventually enter the video game Industry near the beginning of the Great Video Game Crash.  They were somewhat successful despite difficulties.  However even they were not able to survive the crash, and were eventually divested by General Mills.   They ultimately ended up in the hands of Hasbro where they are today.

 

Codename Sector Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEcKucKnc5Y

Codename Sector Explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_oQMvnVXHs

Merlin Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OX94QT_yxyI

Parker Brother's Merlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXJddQzMZpg

The Virtual Wizard (Play Merlin On-Line): https://www.theelectronicwizard.com/

Plastic Galaxy The Story of the Star Wars Toys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAeGakhoAEk

Parker Brother Frogger and The Empire Strikes Back Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0UqjVykGxY&feature=emb_logo

Empire Strikes Back Atari Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SkWIPKFrxk&feature=emb_logo

Frogger Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSxdDv3PiTI

Q'bert Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXG5OwKBkuY

Q'bert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdnYB9o3IWU

Popeye commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtHjC-0qxY

Popeye Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2e1idOr3_c

Parker Brothers Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePlPd-WBaZs

Tutenkham Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjxLvvPCPIY

Spider-Man Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSxszeqiGyg

G.I. Joe Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyonxGSO8aY

G.I. Joe Cobra Strike Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eQIoazUrdw

 

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/

Eugene Jarvis

Eugene Jarvis

February 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 132 - Eugene Jarvis

 

We look at the life and story of Eugene Jarvis.  Unique in the industry of being one of, if not the only designers to have lived through and continues to work in the lifespan of the video game arcade industry.  Starting off with Pinball and working at Atari for only two weeks.  Eugene came to be influential in many popular pinball, and arcade games.  Always looking for that next thrill he continues his quest to this day with his company Raw Thrills developing some of the few arcade titles still being put out there.

 

TCW 081 - The Meeting of Spacewar: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-meeting-of-spacewar/

TCW 059 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

TCW 060 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-2/

Gorgar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vylGtiR0HVA

Firepower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXuQ-54pT_c

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq_Zvg9KlII

TCW 110 - Books of History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/books-of-history/
Stargate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20vwYTf6mI

Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHBXNWfiJow                                           

Berzerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSQ0Pl4KDk

Blaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agEQ7YIYk0A

NARCS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgyjEgnxo0

SMASH TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRHSi4hBHSM

I'd buy that for a dollar!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYdpy9ShoVU

The Running Man Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkAN5rGGP1M

Total Carnage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbtlOTTz_Xc

TCW 087 - Virtual History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Virtual+History
Cruis'n USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Srk9mrMBD8

Target Terror: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odp0vkk7Hbk

Big Buck Hunter Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQE5WQh2iGY

 

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/

Sir Clive of ZX

Sir Clive of ZX

February 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 131 - Sir Clive of ZX

 

In our second part looking at Sir Clive Sinclair we pick up the story where we left off!  We follow Sir Clive Sinclair as he reluctantly develops computers for the British market to fund his other project's.  The wild popularity of the ZX line including the ZX 80, ZX 81, and ZX Spectrum led to a booming home computer market in Brittan. Sinclair even tried to go into the business market with the Sinclair QL, but was outshone by competitors.  In the end Sir Clive Sinclair lost a fortune in developing an electric car known as the Sinclair C5.  The massive loss of funds led him to sell off the computer business to Lord Sugar to remain solvent. 

 

The Video Game History Hour: https://gamehistory.org/video-game-history-hour/

The Video Game History Hour Ep 14 Alex Smith Discusses They Create Worlds: https://gamehistory.org/ep-14-alex-smith-discusses-they-create-worlds/

 

Micro Men - 10th Anniversary - With Chris Curry, Steve Furber and Hermann Hauser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaonVYOTSsk

8-Bit Guy: ZX80, ZX81, And Timex Sinclair 10000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jr7Q1yJOUM

TCW017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Hardware: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-hardware/

TCW018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/

Sinclair ZX 81 Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM_d37vMtEA

Sinclair Timex 1000 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zSFGtzBsng

Sinclair ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqnIa4rXK_c
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh0g73JvFbo

Timex Sinclair 2028: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTKckoSj-OE

Sinclair QL System Review and Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU_VUN9VVcM

Sinclair QL Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCKercQxHrk

The Pawn by magnetic scroll on Spectrum Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1tG0dNmZrs

Sinclair Spectrum 128: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_gnu8hkbdE

Sinclair Spectrum 128 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EEvrTeWSTk

Sinclair C5 Infomercial 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5N937V8ZOw

 

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/

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

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/

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/

Nintendo in 1985

Nintendo in 1985

December 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 128 - Nintendo in 1985

 

We look at that special time during 1985 when Nintendo did a holiday test market in New York City!  By being in the right place at the right time they were able to, along with market forces, revive the dead home console industry.  They  had quite a challenge with retailers, and a public that were hostile towards games.  Knowing this Nintendo worked to distance itself from the precious era with marketing that did not use the terms video game, or cartridges.  Instead this was an entertainment system.  You used Game Paks.  Not to mention the introduction of R.O.B. everyone's favorite Robotic Operating Buddy!  By the time of Christmas 1985 with a lot of hard work Nintendo was able to set the stage for a nationwide launch the following year. 

 

TCW 104 - A Holistic View of ET: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-holistic-view-of-et/

TCW 014 - Nintendo Playing with Power: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-playing-with-power/

TCW 110 - Books of History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/books-of-history/
TCW 124 - The Visions of Coleco Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-visions-of-coleco-part-1/

TCW 125 - The Visions of Coleco Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-visions-of-coleco-part-2/

TCW 019 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-1/

TCW 020 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-2/

TCW 021 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-3/

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/

Nintendo Advanced Video System : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEA2ePG8m-4

The Story of R.O.B. the Robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FuHErzhVE

First Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-ncmPiJk

Early Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWZo56YK9gE

Nintendo Deluxe Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzdyp9L7se8

Gyromite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocrTkuPMmvI

Duck Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQRtvktq_Hg

Stack Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da0_OgCCLJA

Hogan's Alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RZdbIvW3LI

Wild Gunman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuFDlAZpZY

Excite Bike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRgMCtaWoSU

Wrecking Crew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7F-7MtkHD0

Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtO34yEbNvo

Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hETp0pAuU

Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmWjZbHjUgg

Soccer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8fwKWKFmbw

10 Yard Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LUyTv9j1TM

Ice Climber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awYlHBXHits

Clu Clu Land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M2iQloynbg

Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=786yrUhXVrk

Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-gyVEqS1Ts

Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qirrV8w5SQ

Piano Scene BIG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7-rz9nIn4

 

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 

 

Carol of the Bells: https://www.dl-sounds.com/royalty-free/carol-of-the-bells/

 

The Holy and the Ivy: https://www.singing-bell.com/the-holly-and-the-ivy-mp3/

 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Dreams of Sega

Dreams of Sega

December 1, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 127 - Dreams of Sega

 

We look at the rapid decline of SEGA.  A company mired in infighting between executives.  This led to the disasterous  launch of the Sega Saturn.  Which was launched early as a panic move when faced with the competition from the SONY PlayStation.  SEGA tried again with the Dreamcast, but was hindered by NEC only able to produce a quarter of the promised chips.  Continued infighting and an exodus of middle management led to more problems.  Resulting in the eventual merger, after a second attempt, with Sammy  where SEGA currently resides as SEGA Sammy Holdings!

 

TCW 005 - The Untold History of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-untold-history-of-sega/

TCW033 - The Saga of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-saga-of-sega/

TCW068 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-1/

TCW069 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-2/

TCW070 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-3/

TCW041 - Beating Them All Up: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/beating-them-all-up/

Tower of Power: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsSbcmRQfHc
The Launch of the Sega Saturn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdygHiqB40

The Launch of the Sega Dreamcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jlsTlmj_eI

 

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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