DOOM!

November 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 030 - DOOM

 

We discuss ID Software, and the lasting effects of the company on the video game industry, and society as a whole.  We delve into the ramifications of the tech industry in general, and coders specifically with perpetual crunch time.  We go into a lot of different subjects tangential to the ID story. Ultimately realizing the lasting effect a group of guys taking advantage of potentially one of the last times an independent developer could make it alone in the AAA space.

 

Catacomb 3D: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5MzKdjIaPU

Ultima Underworld: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozeydDiCHws

Chiller:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvvTh3cU8Ms

Doom with John Romero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUU7_BthBWM

Visit to ID Software 1993: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpEBUV_g9vU

Bill Gates Doom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiX9dEmXwso

You and Your Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEBizJWOoVM

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: E1M1 by Bobby Prince, and remixed by Michael Massay - http://www.doomworld.com/classicdoom/info/music.php

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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50 Years of Namco

November 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 029 - 50 Years of Namco

 

We delve in the fifty year history of Namco.  Starting with its cloudy beginnings all the way to its acquisition by Ban-Dai.  Namco is responsible for many classics including Pac-Man, Galaga, and a slew of racing games.  Though they did not always have a visible presence in the US Arcade scene, they still had a presence in the arcade and console arenas.

 

Periscope Namco: https://twitter.com/onionsoftware/status/604651887128805377

 

Periscope Sega: http://segaretro.org/File:Periscope_EM_US_Flyer_2.pdf?page=2

 

Gee Bee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp-PWIqcbRo

 

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

 

Galaga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zn1C66Hh6js

 

Xevious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WGGGTYYFNk

 

Head On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzpPFpPFYTs

 

Pac-Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dScq4P5gn4A

 

Winning Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g53K0CxxYv4

 

Ridge Racer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7eUL7hTZA

 

Tekken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6WUaK7ZlL8

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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Picking up the Pieces: The US Arcade Industry After the Crash

October 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 028 - Picking up the Pieces: The US Arcade Industry After the Crash

 

We go over the arcade industry after the crash.  It has a surge in popularity with kits breathing new life into old cabinets. The JAMMA system standardization allowed for video arcade cabinets to penetrate into many locations.  These two things along with other technologies allowed arcades to thrive until home consoles surpassed them in nearly every respect.

 

Mr. Do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKnWXn02Tpw

 

Punch Out Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TbozFcrP-0

 

Hat Trick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqVLSixaS5I

 

Toobin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6d5jOElAxs

 

Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW69J9AXOqI

 

Nintendo Playchoice 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTXA3NfhFmU

 

Karate Champ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Az308iZZClc

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits

October 1, 2016

TCWPodcast Episode 027 - Magnavox Patent Lawsuits

 

We coverthe lawsuits levied by Magnavox against other companies for patentinfringement.  There were three majorcases expanding the scope of the patent over its seventeen year lifespan.  The fascinating aspect of the lawsuits is howmany people thought they could challenge it and win.  However all of the lawsuits resolved inMagnavox's favor.  Even Nintendo had topay royalties and license fees.

 

Ralph Baer on hispatents:  http://www.ipmall.info/sites/default/files/hosted_resources/Activision_Readings/VIDEOGAME_HISTORY_Aittlematter_record_keeping.pdf

 

Early games in courtdepositions: http://allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com/2013/08/early-unknown-computer-games-mentioned.html

 

Article on MattelCase: http://lp.huschblackwell.com/video/Manzo_FCBJ.pdf

 

The Activision case:http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/848/1244/292077/

 

Nintendo v. MagnavoxSuit: http://www.leagle.com/decision/19871553659FSupp894_11391/NINTENDO%20OF%20AMERICA%20INC.%20v.%20MAGNAVOX%20CO

 

New episodes on the1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCWEmail: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter:@tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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The Magnavox Odyssey

September 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 026 The Magnavox Odyssey

 

We delve into the Magnavox Odyssey the first home console video game system created by Ralph Bear.

 

Alex's Blog Post: https://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/1tl200-a-magnavox-odyssey/

 

Ralph Bear's Website: http://www.ralphbaer.com/

 

Magnavox Odyssey Manuals: https://archive.org/details/magnavoxodysseymanuals

 

Elliott Avedon Virtual Museum of Games - Odyssey Home Entertainment System: http://gamesmuseum.uwaterloo.ca/VirtualExhibits/electronic/console/odyssey/index.html

 

Magavox Odyssey on 'What's my line?': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F522GBtZPk

 

Magavox Odyssey TV Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2EIsnr_cv4

 

Frank Sinatra Holiday Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LS4UmYmmSjg

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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Mattel Electronics?

September 1, 2016
TCW Podcast Episode 025 - Mattel Electronics?

We go into the mysteries of Mattel's venture into the videogame industry.  We cover its inception and development into a very advanced system that was hampered by lack of big arcade titles.  Ultimately failing and nearly taking Mattel with it in the great video game crash the that worked  there people went on to spread their influenced throughout the video game industry. 

Gendered Marketing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JDmb_f3E2c

Matel LED Auto Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIc3AFRlewY

Matel LED Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D20xjUdNpkc

Coleco's Head to Head Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lxbekLqCwIc

Coleco Electronic Quarterback: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93u6POODKQY

Intellivision Baseball Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCgG7Y-XqEw

Astrosmash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cokygJeWomQ

How the Betamax lost to VHS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYZITaxlTQ

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

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

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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The Project and Others in the Field

August 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 024 - The Project and Others in the Field

 

We cover the developments in Alex's work, and others doing research into video game history. We delve into history in general and question how accurate can it really be? Even though the work done now will be superseded by work done in the future it is still valuable, and we are in a unique time of being able to record historical figures give accounts in their own words.

 

Ethan AKA George Henson : http://bit.ly/2aLUMGk

 

The Digital Antiquarian: http://www.filfre.net/

 

The Strong National Museum of Play: http://www.museumofplay.org/

 

All In Color for a Quarter: http://allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com/

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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The Complete Tetris Story

August 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 023 - The Complete Tetris Story

 

We tell the complete story of Tetris! Created by a computer scientist in Russia by the name of Alexey Pajitnov. We go over the twists and turns of licensing and comedy of errors that was brining Tetris to the market.

 

Tetris God - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alw5hs0chj0

 

Atari Tetris Arcade - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emy1D4P0XPo

 

Tengen Tetris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLTj9LTd-NA

 

NES Tetris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FAzHyXZPm0

 

Gameboy Tetris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbxIB4iz31A

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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The Galaxy Game

July 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 022 - The Galaxy Game

 

We go over the Galaxy Game. It was one of the first commercial attempts to bring video games to market. Though it was unable to get the venture capital needed to get off the ground, the two prototypes that were created proved that there was a market for video games.

 

Space War Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP2OaKHaDxM

 

Punch Cards Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG2M4ttzBnY

 

Walter Cronkite Top 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3eFl9pcxsM

 

Computer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUv3z7XGRRc

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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The Great Video Game Crash Part 3

July 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 021 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 3

 

We cover the severe correction of the arcade market. We also go into why the correction happened, and how it was not a crash. We also go into how this is independent from the home market crash. It went from 8.9 billion to 4 billion over a two years. We also go over some of the myths surrounding the crash, such as the E.T. dump, and discuss why Nintendo's business practices were essential to reviving the home market. Finally we discuss the likelihood of another crash in the future.

 

Space Invaders Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=437Ld_rKM2s

 

Asteroids Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYSupJ5r2zo

 

Pac Man Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dScq4P5gn4A

 

Chase the Chuck Wagon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhdW3RCioLM

 

US Games - Space Jockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YBcVR4dF08

 

Atari Game Over Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wjMn6yjOjQ

 

VS Duck Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qtf1FUp-0jo

 

VS Hogan's Alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuk6QW3HVCA

 

VS Baseball Nintendo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52TQ7BWBTp0

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

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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