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Books of History

Books of History

March 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 110 - Books of History

 

We look at the many books dealing with video game history.  Starting off with books that were primarily strategy guides, and had tidbits of historical interest woven in.  As time progressed journalists, and industry insiders started to write books that included more history and even interviews with the people involved.  As time moved on more comprehensive books, written by journalists, tried to capture the entire history in a complete narrative.  However because of the near complete reliance on oral accounts, limited ability to fact check, and time of the authors these early works are plagued with inaccuracies.  Though they still have value with a snapshot of the history as viewed at the time.

 

Before Mario: http://blog.beforemario.com/

Screen Play: https://archive.org/details/ScreenPlaytheStoryofVideoGames

Video Invaders: https://archive.org/details/book_video_invaders/mode/2up

The Winner's Book of Video Games: https://archive.org/details/Winners_Book_of_Video_Games/mode/2up

Game Over: https://archive.org/details/0966961706/

 

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/

Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

March 1, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 109 - Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

 

This our second half looking at LucasArts adventure games.  We look at a company that for a time could do no wrong!  Innovative storytelling, and gameplay with Monkey Island 2, Day of the Tentacle, and Sam & Max hit the Road being prime examples.  However due to retail outlets, competition, and the continuing technological advancement of the computer industry; LucasArts was unsuccessful in transitioning into the 3-D space.  The commercial flop of Grim Fandango, and Escape from Monkey island was the last attempts at adventure games using 3-D. 

 

Tim Schafer Resume: https://www.kotaku.com.au/2009/09/how-tim-schafer-got-his-job-at-lucasarts/

PC  Monkey Island 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AerjOGn6jGo

PC Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZZXJ3zCRDQ

Dragonslayer Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHJ-gZUqD2o

Batteries Not Included Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJmvsb13dA8

The Dig: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AvGm29ZBTfo

Day of the Tentacle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW283uY3sLI

Sam & Max Hit the Road: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7qBJak98cs

Full Throttle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1akgtCgsaXQ

Curse of Monkey Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfAo3O2qZR0

Grim Fandango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYiADIyLEtk

Escape From Monkey Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMhlFfmOhmY

 

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/

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