Laser Craze

May 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 042 - Laser Craze

 

We cover the brief, yearlong, craze that was the laserdisc.  We go into great detail on Dragon's Lair the game that really kicked it off in the United States.  Though many other companies tried to take advantage of the medium, unfortunately it was unable to sustain itself.  There were a few games that did as well, if not better than Dragon's Lair, they all ended up being part of what was just a brief fad in the downward trend of the arcade scene.

 

Quarter Horse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Imd1acT2qc

Astron Belt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPLX6HSZsx4

Dragon's Lair Promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZrgeI0DDP8

Dragon's Lair Playthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uEx5gWovA

Dragon's Lair NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyGTMTJ6egU

Dragon's Lair Coleco Adam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSinFyg6Y5Q

The Making of Dragon's Lair: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bIxeYYSm-c

Cliff Hanger Operator Promotion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc5MKWJ7j6Y

M.A.C.H. 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5u4ErDPF4

Star Rider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soQbVEb3-TQ

Bega's Battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J2JVgUqSdE

Cobra Command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VN1LC2s4P-w

Firefox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnHl0fyejqc

 

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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Beating Them All Up

May 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 41 - Beating Them All Up

 

We delve into beat 'em ups, and fighters.  We cover why they did not take hold until computer technology progressed far enough to allow for human analogs to be animated well.  We go into the beat 'em up craze, and then the transition to fighting games that occurred with the release of Street Fighter II.  We touch on the fall of fighting games from the mainstream with Tekken and Soul Calibur.  The scene is still out there, and has a dedicated following.  However fighters are not the system sellers they once were.

 

Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX4NspoYD8o

Jungle Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPATWODXlh4

Apple II Karateka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKqk9kosCs4

Spartan X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jncBelS_Nhk

Karate Champ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwV3xqS9_aQ

Renegade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1fl38u9I9k

Double Dragon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfZz-1e-dUQ

Yie Ar Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXOL8tZQX20

Street Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8al2U4xSFNQ

 Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyAHGHo22Og

Fatal Fury: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nG17S8yRz6A

Street Fighter II World Warrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI284D4y1q4

An Oral History of Street Fighter II: http://www.polygon.com/a/street-fighter-2-oral-history

NARC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3jonU-XrK4

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

Virtual Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-9TUlCcib0

Tekken: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GmSF_PqL84

Soul Edge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bgb64WBw_Ww

Soul Calibur Arcade VS Dreamcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_Rdg6A-KJs

 

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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