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Elite Systems

Elite Systems

December 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 103 - Elite Systems

 

We look at one of the British software companies Elite Systems.  The company was originally named Richard Wilcox software, and was founded as a collaboration between two brothers with the encouragement of their father.   Owing to Richard still being a teenager, had schooling, and could not make programing a full-time career at the time the decision was made to rebrand the company.  Steve renamed the company to Elite Systems in 1984, and hired bedroom coders to produce software for the company.  The company continued to be one of the industry leaders when it came to where the market was going.  They went to licenses, in studio development, consoles, independent developer, and now mobile gaming.  We finish up looking briefly at the controversy around the company's Kick-Starter campaign for the ZX Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard for retro games. 

 

Blue Thunder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9nESwphljA

Kokotoni wilf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cnq4SdcYzs

Airwolf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LOAciMPGrI

Frank Bruno's Boxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cUku-A0UOc

TCW 035 - EA: The Teenage Years: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/ea-the-teenage-years/

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/

Commando: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKom2O2H0pQ

Paperboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR9tQYb76UM

 Dragon's Lair EU NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63JKJPtZ344

Striker SNES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVmLLmILrrg

Test Drive Off-Road PSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMNUsD_FfQw

Test Drive Off-Road PC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA3M5K0ezsg

Telegraph video of ZX Spectrum Bluetooth Keyboard with Steve Wilcox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQQsKBeIpI

 

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 order through CRC Press and other retailers: 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/

Stern Electronics

Stern Electronics

November 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 102 - Stern Electronics

 

We look at the short history of Stern Electronics.  A company that has influenced and been influenced by multiple other companies through its people.  We cover the paths of many of these people including the founder Gary Stern.  During the transition to video games in the late 70's and early 80's Stern was the American arm for Konami bringing over many of their games.  With financial difficulties from having to buy out one of the major investors, once they became mired in legal trouble, and the collapse of the video game industry, Stern ceased to be.  A quick flash for an interesting company.

 

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/

TCW 090 - Lion and Bally Manufacturing: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/lion-and-bally-manufacturing/

TCW 091 - Bally: The Road to Fitness: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/bally-the-road-to-fitness/

Dr. Tran: (potentially NSFW): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FO0kRE5OTZI

TCW 051 - Sons of Pong: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sons-of-pong/

Smiley Face History: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2009/feb/21/smiley-face-design-history

URL Video Action Indy 500: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIa0J10raDc

Berzerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdewB64l2-c

TCW 052 - The Many Faces of Konami: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-many-faces-of-konami/

Astro Invader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UcmU0qV5U8

The End: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcOa6DSDgxQ

Tutankham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z242gkTzmM

 

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/

Infocom

Infocom

November 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 101 - Infocom

We look at the short life of Infocom.  A company that fell into the videogame sphere.  Best known for their text adventure games, including the renowned game Zork.  They started off as a company to keep creative minds together from MIT, and brought forth unique developments including using virtualization for video games.  Due to lack of innovation, combined with its acquisition by Activision, the failure of their database Cornerstone, and  saturating the market with a niche product; the company was closed down in the late 1980's.  With a dedicated fan base in text adventures, Infocom's influence has been felt in some circles to the present day!

TCW084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

Colosal cave advcenture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3etkSoHrR8

Zork on a PDP-11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYng1yypNCA

Zork Example Play: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN4VPlRBJ8

Quick Explanation of Virtualization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XItj08D5KPk

What is Virtual Memory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2quKyPnUShQ

 

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 100 Most Influential Games Part 3

The 100 Most Influential Games Part 3

October 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 100 - The 100 Most Influential Games Part 3

 

And at long last, TCW Episode 100!  To celebrate our 100th episode, we finish our countdown of the 100 most influential video games of all time.  This time, we look at only 20 games, but these are the games we have deemed the absolutely most essential for shaping the video game industry as it exists today.  We present these final twenty games in chronological order by original release date.  Now that we have made all our picks, what do you think?  Let us know on Twitter!

 

Games:

Spacewar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EWQYAfuMYw

Pong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ut6Rh-rmGAo

Colossal Cave Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhFrWH0na0A

Space Invaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uSzmzZP1s8

MUD (Core MUD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-yhk0chxyk

Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pp2aMs38ERY

Super Mario Bros.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87ViRBWz4-E

Elite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJvdZWhNLiM

Dragon Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5dalWuTitE

Tetris: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNbo1AGqKrI

SimCity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A54blk-ojA4

John Madden Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EbPghLpK6c

Civilization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE3t_WuoSwE

Ultima Underworld: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ee4PUcpGSn8

Alone in the Dark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lWaQe8LPW0

Doom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFnOLFd_ByQ

Quake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbCHIYXBts0

Super Mario 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SVLIRthpNc

Ocarina of Time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF9CxAulk04

Grand Theft Auto 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zoLurwbCHM

 

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 100 Most  Influential Games Part 2

The 100 Most Influential Games Part 2

October 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 099 -  The 100 Most  Influential Games Part 2

 

And now, forty more games drawn from our list of the 100 most influential games of all time! Presented in no particular order, this list of hits and obscurities provides an overview of video game history through some of the most important milestone titles.  This batch of forty games tend to be of more recent vintage, with RPGs, MMOs, Real-Time strategy, and shooters dominating the list.

 

 

Games

Rescue Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8_XsRYTO-0

Herzog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU2FDnKzt5I

Dune 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOscXf0Fpmk

StarCraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j3X3EuCf98

Seven Cities of Gold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57qE1arvo3U

Dynasty Warriors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2SARDWdZIM

Fire Emblem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lp2NqY3M6fI

DikuMUD: https://dikumud.com/

Neverwinter Nights:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwFv_LerIAg

World of Warcraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vlVQYjkCDM

Maple Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_0hm9Xj5dQ

Tower of Druaga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCCGIP4SifE

Wizardry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYLn_ij5G10

Ultima: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrQFzWO4pYo

Ultima IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHfAE5tXHv4

Rogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riN2FDtPCnw

Baldur's Gate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WYOH5PmoaE

Dungeon Master: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGLkPY22pkg

Parappa the Rapper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbYdRZ8FiuA

Dance Dance Revolution:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jywza4So-eU

Shariki: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8XKS7tLB8w

Pokemon Red & Blue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHHSQxn_IOY

Minecraft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oghqTROa7o

Half-Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoV9o6b91Sc

Battlefield 1942: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gc2AJQLvcQ

Halo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX9ZyK5L3-A

Medal of Honor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ivwknQN54

ARMA 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97wFTd2lW34

PUBG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sctOYN2pMs4

Resident Evil 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFuHLUuuzLI

Kill Switch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1zW5X0CwTs

Gran Turismo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqlFs3s2JNM

Virtua Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl895zXjfyQ

Ridge Racer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D5VHJAE5io

Tomb Raider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltNSs9Vzdg

Resident Evil:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moW4wLlZnHk

Shenmue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8RpDgxAyKI

ICO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPP41ZKtA0c

Myst: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D30r0iRH73Q
System Shock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xap7JLlROSQ

 

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 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

September 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 098 - The 100 Most Influential Games Part 1

 

In a completely arbitrary order we look at what we feel are the 100 most influential games.  Starting off with the first 40 games!  These are 100 games that we consider influential or important to the development of the modern industry. Some are popular, some are obscure, some you will wonder why we were crazy enough to pick them, but here they are.  This episode covers largely early video games on time-sharing systems, in the arcade, and on early consoles.  They are presented in no particular order.

 

Games:

Pot Shot (Scorched Earth DOS video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDw_mpjKlpg

Star Trek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6f9_9kzuzk

Star Raiders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_VDM8nC9sM

Empire (Plato): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qodf2AjrEQo

The Dungeon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cm53IKtL9zw

Computer Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3BQsCCwo8w

Gran Trak 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYEcDpBLDpc

Speed Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jc9_xrD2_M

Table Tennis (Odyssey): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfmL6l128JU

Breakout:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7Sg5pXAok

Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vc-RIkpk40

Heiankyo Alien (Game Boy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3qVBkIu74

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

Gradius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-OaZv3Jfkg

Mortal Kombat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F82XAvCuVc

Street Fighter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI284D4y1q4

Dragon's Lair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-dg4J9_nes

One on One (c64): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URobcuTcBFU

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

Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l800GL6NQPY

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

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gss3lxeqCok

Outrun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELUl-cAtUIE

Pole Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFs1Xc82Q0U

Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC0GZNjZVH8

Manic Miner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFA2d4G9q30

Metal Gear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehlAMTh42Ko

Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqCxHlEIrlM

Sonic the Hedgehog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqQYDLcvkBc

Wing Commander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfRvCSBD4q0

Super Mario Kart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlAmXXNz5ac

Adventure 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQZDRELOqoI

Legend of Zelda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ADhznw1zhc

Mystery House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiwHwPvIHBs

King's Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0TLhR51uGY

Portopia Serial Murder Case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcQhnJxP7qU

Otogirisou: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SVP9TiqIhA&list=PL4BBFCC3CDD581BE2

Maniac Mansion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7oUArcVis0

Metroid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly1PUEmxyyQ

Symphony of the Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HnhPNS0rqM

 

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/

Revisions and Updates 2

Revisions and Updates 2

September 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 097 - Revisions and Updates 2

 

The podcast is four years old!  We celebrate by looking back at past episodes, and revising subjects that Alex has found new information on!  There is, of course, more and new information in regards to Atari.  We also do some speculation into the origin of Scramble, some commentary on what has been going on at Blizzard Entertainment, and some new information in relation to the origins of Galaxian.  We make a note of the earliest known commercial ester egg, some new information on the first Japanese original game creation for the arcade, and wrap up with some more book updates.  We look forward to the countdown to episode 100!

 

TCW 43 - Personal Gaming Histories: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/personal-gaming-histories/

Dragon Warrior Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qL5_3EhqK8

Dragon Quest I Android: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmQqcf0ziSI

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tyuIh12_HU

TCW 44 Founding, Syzygy to Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/founding-syzygy-to-atari/

TCW 45 Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ventures-and-acquisitions/

TCW 46 Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/

TCW 47 Vestiges of Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/vestiges-of-atari/

TCW 52 The many Faces of Konami: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-many-faces-of-konami/

Astro Fighter Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMBrGXzB-p8

Astro Fighter Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-dICpXIj50

Scramble Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWIUj4R8-10

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

TCW 54 Blizzard Vikings and WarCraft: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/blizzard-vikings-and-warcraft/

TCW 55 Blizzard: Hellfire and The World… Of WarCraft: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/blizzard-hellfire-and-the-world%e2%80%a6-of-warcraft/

TCW 57 Foundation of the Japanese Video Arcade Game Industry: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/foundation-of-the-japanese-video-arcade-game-industry/

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

Space Invaders Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJMr36hLY38

Admiral Yamamoto and the Allied Fleets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR0WjZGCNYw

TCW 076 A Fairchild Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-fairchild-story/

Spitfire Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95guwJJGx8I

Spitfire Easter Egg Video (No Sound): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E7fSSbtuYaA

Spitfire Easter Egg Video (Sound): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws-ExrlbmtY

TCW 77 Invading Taito Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/invading-taito-part-1/

TCW 78 Invading Taito Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/invading-taito-part-2/

TCW 92 Citing Apologies: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/citing-apologies/

 

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/

Hello Big Blue

Hello Big Blue

August 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 096 - Hello Big Blue

 

We look at Big Blue and their continuing development of computers in both business, and the home.  We see how IBM had to deal with the eye of the government still looking at them for monopolistic practices.  Eventually IBM found out they needed to enter the micro-computer market.  They spun off a group that had a mandate to get a computer together in a year.  However because of this it led to the rise of the PC clones.  Compaq, for instance,  computers started off with a laptop computer clone of the IBM PC.  Later on IBM would try to dominate the market with new standards, that ultimately led to IBM leaving the personal computer field.

 

IBM 360 Promotional Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4kyTg9Cw8g

IBM 360 Control Program Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=378S5Owi-BI

Compaq 110 Laptop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em-oE8BCu-0

Compaq Computer Laptop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YO-BCqPqs4

PC JR Overview and Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whp7XCpU4L0

A brief history of PC BUSes : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEiRZWBBwPI

LGR Tales - The history of OS/2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQdK9owqVd0

OS/2 WARP 4 Tour and Rating: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiLT5UxbnVw

 

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/

Hello Little Blue

Hello Little Blue

August 1, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 095 - Hello Little Blue

 

A sorted history involving scams, monopolies, and acts of petty revenge predate the company the world would see dominate the computer industry in the 70's and 80's.  What started as an umbrella company became, under Tom Watson St's leadership, a tabulating company that grew to prominence in the great depression.  Later on his son Tom Watson Jr would lead the company forward in the transition from punch card tabulation machines into computers that IBM would become famous for!

 

Herman Hollerith Punch Card Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoUK2_vXqQk

Conductor Punching Tickets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euxu97ZM5XM

IBM Once Upon a Punch Card: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlUWg2nxCz0

History of Looms and Punch Cards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itd-4lMoXgI

Harvard Mark I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ObouwCHk8w

Harvard Mark I Original Video and Pictures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN7AdQmd8So

IBM 650 Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7nq-rxYHXk

Demo of the IBM 1401: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQueCt114Gk

 

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

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

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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/

Epyx not Epic

Epyx not Epic

July 15, 2019

TCW Podcast Episode 094 - Epyx not Epic

 

This is an epic story about Epyx.  But don't confuse it with Epic!  We look at the computer game company, and the many bits of software that had influences at the dawn of home computing.  Everything from the first RPGs to action games that are remembered fondly, especially in Europe.   Not to mention the worldwide appeal of the Games series featuring Olympic events.  Sadly the company lost sight of its goals with management changes, and was gone by the early 90's.  However employees of Epyx continued to influence the video game industry for many years to come.

 

Starfleet Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Starfleet_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

Invasion Orion Manual: https://archive.org/details/Invasion_Orion_1979_Automated_Simulations

DunDraCon Website: https://www.dundracon.com/

Temple of Apshai TRS 80: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HiMtY5BxdM0

The Datestones of Ryn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BxkFETqcEA

Crush Crumble and Chomp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiTFvwBllZo

TCW 079 - The Six Children of EA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-six-children-of-ea/

Dragonriders of Pern: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqIj8YWsWOE

Pitstop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zR-ELIpaxRw

Jumpman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrsZ1bDy4Dg

Atari 2600 Starpath Supercharger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zsl65fKYsvk

Impossible Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivHFP3dJAkM

Krusty Burger Olympics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVQkOc73uJA

EPYX Sumer Games 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zDwjctkF5w

EPYX California Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSp8XHpEKzw

Atari Lynx Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdp4yn1B8x8

 

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 forthcoming book will be released through CRC Press!

 

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/