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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The Great Video Game Crash Part 2

June 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 020 -The Great Video Game Crash Part 2

 

We discuss the fates of all the major home video game producers. As they tried, and generally failed, to transition to computers as the future game systems. This turned out to be the wrong way to go. With the distraction of computers no company made a transitional console for home users.  Coleco got close to surviving the crash, but called it quits in 1985. We go over how computers are too complicated for the general public to use. You require ease of use and working out of the box for gaming to work well on the PC. We go over the numbers of the crash during 82-85, and how the market went from 2.8 billion to 100 million In value in just three years.

 

World of Xeen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VgBR8-BCos

 

Mattel Aquarius Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlZn8ejso-4

 

Coleco Adam Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U39muxNdJs

 

Colecovision Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyNv1Ok0p5g

 

Kids and Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF7EpEnglgk

 

Coleco Adam Comercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZz5WywJ-es

 

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 1

June 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 019 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 1

 

We go over the lead up to the crash, and the unique situation that caused it. We touch on who to blame for the crash. Is it all Atari's fault? What about retailers, and distributers? There is also the fly by night operations that could have been the straw that broke the camel's back. We cover this and more in part one!

 

New York Times article on the start of the crash Dec 19, 1982: http://www.nytimes.com/1982/12/19/business/the-game-turns-serious-at-atari.html?pagewanted=all

 

Star Voyager: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZwRD3zqR1E

 

Pac Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCPpgt0s70U

 

Lost Luggage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pg-1GYOtvUw

 

ET: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Bn192kSsMw

 

Skeet Shoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UWJFOUBxTo

 

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

 

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 British 8-Bit Computer Market: Software

May 15, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Software

 

We go at the British 8-Bit computer market again; this time looking at the software side of things. We go over the initial homebrew/hacker scene, and how it eventually evolved into a publisher/distributor business. This created a unique microcosm allowing Britain to have a different and unique game industry. However it was all absorbed into the global gaming scene with the introduction of 16 bit systems and outside companies were able to move in. Today some of the legacy lives on with a few original British game developers.

 

Theme Hospital: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byy3wRndKuQ

 

3D Monster Maze ZX81: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKvd0zPfBE4

 

Miner 2049er: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kf6axO_Au4

 

Manic Miner: ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgUzteADsRI

 

Jet Set Willy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94Ywx6uVn9E

 

Knight Lore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7n7qtErhF-A

 

Arcadia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfnrlYrYZME

 

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 British 8-Bit Computer Market: Hardware

May 1, 2016

TCW Podcast Episode 017 - The British 8-Bit ComputerMarket: Hardware

 

We discuss the early 8-bit computer hardware market in Britain, and the unique circumstances of the era before it was ended by the coming of 16 bit computers.

 

Kids React to Old Computers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF7EpEnglgk

 

Old school Graphics Part I Commodore 64 & Nintendo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfh0ytz8S0k

 

Uridium C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ks5-Zq6XAN4

 

Uridium ZX Spectrum:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgyxpqL8T3Q

RISC vs CISC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDrUkjOVtAU

 

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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