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Ultima: Exodus to Akalabeth

Ultima: Exodus to Akalabeth

July 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 142 - Ultima: Exodus to Akalabeth

 

In this episode we look at the legendary series of Ultima!  We look at the lead up inspiration, and influences that led to the creation of Ultima.  This episode ties in heavily with our look at Origin Systems.  In this we use the creation of Ultima as a microcosm of the development of the PC industry.  The plight of the bedroom coder.  Wanting to make cool games, finding themselves thrust into a wider PC game world, and the eventual whirlwind of having publishers involved.  We mainly focus on how the creation of the games mirrors Richard's growth as a game designer and eventually perfecting the base formula with Ultima III.

 

TCW 038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/

TCW 117 - Wing Commander: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/wing-commander-1593278423/

Introduction to the Society of Creative Anachronism : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=046bs9DY7QY

Escape: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM2tb0-9uyg

Download Akalabeth: https://www.gog.com/game/akalabeth_world_of_doom

Apple II - Akalabeth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKAlDUu7zko

Apple II - Ultima I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrQFzWO4pYo

Apple II - Lemonade Stand:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dUbDDmXp2I

Trailer for Time Bandits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vioocIR0gHQ

Apple II - Ultima II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ts-zYdjDyAI

TCW 039 - On-Line Systems: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/on-line-systems/

TCW 040 - Sierra On-Line: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sierra-on-line/

TCW 114 - The Wizards of Sir-Tech: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-wizards-of-sir-tech/

TCW 115 - The Return of the Sdraziw of Sir-Tech: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-return-of-the-sdraziw-of-sir-tech/

Apple II - Ultima III: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FvHQI2qSKQ

 

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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 

 

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The Console Market of the 70’s and 80’s Part 2

The Console Market of the 70’s and 80’s Part 2

July 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 141 - The Console Market of the 70's and 80's Part 2

 

In our second part we look at the emergence of the programable consoles.  We see how many companies kept falling into the same trap of FCC regulations, heat issues, and chip shortages.  By the time most of these issues were sorted out, with the notable exception of the Apple II being classified as an "industrial computer", the industry was in the midst of a console transition led by the ColecoVision.  However the video game crash caused it all to be reset, and many promising paths of development were never really explored.  Stay tuned to the end for info on Alex's guest appearances, the topic of our live stream recording this year, and getting stickers!

 

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

Media Regulation Crash Course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6LKl4RKIew

History of Radio and the FCC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob_db-kxEQw

Vintage 1963 FCC Film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzPIOfpKkRM

How Radio Works 1937: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEDzmbsvBPw

The Vacuum Tube Radio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UKCUMghTrc&t=32s

Applying the inverse square law to EM waves: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1yy-zhVM0Y

How to understand the inverse square law in lighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO-J42VM448

Cats and Dogs living together: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA1SxZoFmOU

Sport Utility Robot: https://futurama.fandom.com/wiki/Sport-Utility_Robot

Atari Archive - RCA, FRED, and the Studio II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o35y6W9hI-o

Bally Home Computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QCkUk8ZA6w

TCW 90 - 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/

George Plimpton Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPUMfUvRAOE

Atari VCS Space Invaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4

The Visions of Coleco Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-visions-of-coleco-part-1/

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

Video Game History Hour: https://gamehistory.org/ep-31-spacewar-dual-to-the-death/

Super Mega Crash Bros. Turbo: https://pencilandpaperproductions.podbean.com/e/super-mega-crash-bros-turbo-171-creating-worlds-with-alex-smith/

 

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 

 

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The Console Market of the 70’s and 80’s Part 1

The Console Market of the 70’s and 80’s Part 1

June 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 140 - The Console Market of the 70's and 80's Part 1

 

We look at the early dedicated hardware systems in the United States.  We have talked about many of these companies in the past.  However we have not brought the story together at a large scale looking at the influences these companies had on each other, the consumer market in general, and what the market could handle.  We see the reasons behind the transition to programable systems as being the logical course for an industry where dedicated hardware had reached a limit.  We will continue in part two seeing how the programable systems brought a new shift to the market.

 

TCW 106 - The Small Voice of Magnavox: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-small-voice-of-magnavox/

The Slide Rule "Bringing 1916 to 2016": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CblhxhnSymg

The Odyssey 100: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8y03hn64dHY

Pong Console C-100: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCmYgAw6qmI

Sears Tele-Games Pong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxoBDK-CYww

Craftsman 1976 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSqER0JLicE

Exploring the Cincinnati Mills Mall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sPQcSBMVFc

Exploring the Abandoned Northridge Mall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67s2r6fVKg

Sear's Catalog Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kb24gwnZ18

Sear Houses TV Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NirU-JSJQPA

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/

Rybylith Example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_zInegHR40

Integrated Circuits History: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-tKOHICqrI

Homemade Chips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nxz_ENnmgtI

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

 

 

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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 

 

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Tec Toy and Brazil

Tec Toy and Brazil

June 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 139 - Tec Toy and Brazil

 

We look at the video game industry in Brazil.  A big thanks to Marcus Garrett and his book "1983+1984 " which details a lot of the video game industry in Brazil.  We delve into the interesting history of outside companies operating in Brazil and the gray market that has developed as a result.  Once we have laid the groundwork we look at the company Tectoy which is one of the most successful toy/video game companies in Brazil.  They ended up partnering with SEGA to bring in the Master System, Mega Drive, and even the Saturn to Brazil.  However today they mostly refile, iterate, and provide various option of the master system and to a lesser extent Mega Drive to Brazil today.  They are the most prominent location to get SEGA hardware today!

 

TeleJogo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGd2txxJIBY

Telejogo II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaWtddd7liQ

The Splice Vision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_kUt-vGZr0

Zillion Box and Packaging Brazil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSTXk_FJ4PU

Zillion played at night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vkjmmgzL50

Sega Master System Super Compact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrOdnNTp4JM

Woody Woodpecker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_k1Q4d82Tc

Street Fighter II Master System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H7bR7wzBo4

Duke Nukem 3D Mega Drive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPdrJtrCi3U

Monica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiEc33t5br4

History of the Tectoy Zeebo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfXoAqYZlys

 

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

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

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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 

 

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Dave Nutting Associates

Dave Nutting Associates

May 15, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 138 - Dave Nutting Associates

 

This is our second half looking at Dave Nutting and specifically Dave Nutting Associates.  We see how they are able change the industry by showing the viability of solid state Pinball.  Despite the setback of not being able to license the technology to Bally/Midway they pressed on with developing video games.  Specifically Gun Fight which had realistic, for the time, human analogs that could fire guns at each other. As they continued to show how well they were to Bally/Midway they ended up being bought out.  Unfortunately by the time of the crash Dave Nutting Associates ended up being a small player in a crowded industry and was shut down in 1984.

 

TCW 59 - Williams' Crazy Story Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/

TCW 60 - Williams' Crazy Story Part 2 : http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-2/

Bally Pinball Flicker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-xCz-CCegg

How a Pinball Machine Works In Slow Motion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tmg5WOvPKpU

How an older Pinball Machine Works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0Q63AVnjEM

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

Mirco Spirit of 76: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy-Y1gPlLJM

Mirco Spirit of 76 Images: https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=2294

Gun Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYa0G6KGayk

The Amazing Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjBtgqnuuw8

Tornado Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXYMr26Me0

Tornado Baseball Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26LLVZre_9k

280 ZZZAP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmyVEJzgvZ0

Sea Wolf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJBu5fGKKpE

Undersea Raiders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcq4_eaxiUw

Boot Hill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVsaiSeo0Ls

Sea Wolf II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH0CrQOyrSA

Gorf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uML-l2xuqew

Gorf Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agxHqo6Qqyg

Star Trek The Motion Picture Cloud: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFnoM37IQec

Wizard of Wor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D780JHlQxxs

Adventures of Robby Roto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yE4_GbsmkmY

Baby Pac Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP1mOfBl1UU

Professor Pac Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ctq-4U4YUA

 

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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 

 

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Dave Nutting & Nutting Industries

Dave Nutting & Nutting Industries

May 1, 2021

TCW Podcast Episode 137 - Dave Nutting & Nutting Industries

 

In part one of our two part look at the contributions of Dave Nutting to the video game industry, we see where he came from.  Some of his contentious relationship with his brother, and some of the design contributions he did that led to developments in the future with coin-op games.  With the founding of MCI he was able to further form a team that would follow him into the future.  Once ousted from MCI he started work on Solid State, and creating Dave Nutting Associates.

 

TCW 034 - The Nutting Associates: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-nutting-associates/

1965 Jeep Wagoneer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad4nvJpoRok

1989 Jeep Grand Wagoneer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwwaKf8zGcc

Computer Quiz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zr98ASLdbZQ

IQ Computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oh2j3W6me-U

MCI Red Barron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dSvZVUUV4c

Blue Max: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mhE9J0rvwU

IBM Keypunch Card Demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnnGbcM-H8c

MCI Airball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Wg35j9XgXQ

MCI The Safe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9dli-vrPC4

 

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/

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/

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