They Create Worlds

Alex Smith, and Jeffrey Daum

Love of the worlds created by video game designers and personalities drives Alex Smith & Jeffrey Daum (history, law, CS degrees) to provide a scholarly yet light-hearted discussion of how arcade, home console, and PC games merged into a Video Game Industry. Emphasis is on the combination of business and creative elements needed for financial success. Interviews of Atari, EA, Activision, & other execs with detailed source evaluations produce the insights you hear in these 140+ hours!

All Episodes

TCW Podcast Episode 150 - Gottlieb Part 2   In part two we look at the further development of Gottlieb as a coin-op company, and how they established themselves during the 50s through the 70's.  Eventually acquired by Columbia Pictures. Gottlieb would start making small steps into the video game space.  Though many inside the company still viewed themselves as a pinball company, the shrinking pinball market necessitated a change.  When Columbia was purchased by Coca-Cola the shift into video games was made more of a priority.  One of the notable hits of this time was the game Q*bert.  A character that would even get a short run cartoon.  Unfortunately with other failures in the video game space, and the collapse of the industry as a whole Gottlieb ceased to be in the mid 80's.   How bowling Pinsetters work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iod6uwUGM2E Shuffleboard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpNTY-0fhps Shuffle Alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfHe6HKFrY8 Gittlieb Duette: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmBYrGOYx3M Flipper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mn-AMpfQ-xE Spirit of 76: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkTJweVDOR8 Royal Flush: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU4XEwO0-jI Close Encounters of the Third Kind: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW-mC01af_8 Charlie's Angels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jtamJzTPPU Amazing Spiderman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM02icGtUBI No Man's Land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roDcKaYrid4 New York New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xbiQ3Zc4b0 Black Hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mif-oaCwN0 Caveman Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPm0pmmBp0Y Caveman Cabinet & Electronics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A_F00nqi5w Reactor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QKuINAQyQI Q*bert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKIbhaQfs-A M.C. Escher Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4VAxilTRGs Saturday Supercade 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuEtIvOAqkk Q*bert (Saturday Supercade): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5n2cmGQJ7s Mad Planets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIRU1lVek0A Firefox Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5W4MiBuEnY M.A.C.H. 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm5u4ErDPF4 US VS. Them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6O4KlsbIiM Krull Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndpV6qfQJVw Krull Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rleN__MKNts Q*bert Qubes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CBnbeziBD8   TCW 081 - Bally The Road to Fitness: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/bally-the-road-to-fitness/ 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 042 - Laser Craze: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/laser-craze/   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/

Nov 15

1 hr 37 min

TCW Podcast Episode 149 - Gottlieb Part 1   We look at the company Gottlieb which was a major coin-op company founding during the roaring twenties, and rising to prominence in the great depression, and post war era.  The company is most well known for pinball, and the many contributions to making it more than a gabling device.  We follow the rise of the company up until the 1950s.  Though not quite at the video game era yet, the background of the company does help dictate and shape how Gottlieb made its mark in video game history.   Punch Board Price is Right: https://youtu.be/pyiMiLGfAQ0?t=210 Gottlieb Grip Tester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ZjhdXMx8U Majestic Moving Target: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/majest.htm Bingo Pamphlets: https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=294 Google Gottlieb Bingo Images: https://images.app.goo.gl/Ki2DG8oKJCqPHYU1A Baffle Ball Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1jETFi-f_c Five Star Final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMHzjaoXe7A Humpty Dumpty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNs78X_7tlU Just 21: https://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1344 Knockout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI42ODA6eHE   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/

Nov 1

1 hr 23 min

TCW Podcast Episode 148 - The Mysteries of Imagic   We look at the company Imagic.  This company only lasted a few short years during the lead up to, and through the crash.  The company is notable for innovative packaging, and creating games that pushed the graphical fidelity of the Atari VCS to new levels!  They were also one of the first companies to use graphics on a computer to then be translated to code on a console.  A feat famously used by Rare in the creation of Donkey Kong Country.  Unfortunately through a lot of bad luck Imagic was unable to go public due to the Time Warner earnings report two days prior.  This lead to the company's downfall.   Sprint 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuPEoLkVwtI Touch Me Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGY-wXvjWa0 Atlantis High-Res Scan: https://archive.org/details/AtlantisAtari2600HiResScans Cosmic Ark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKYRsvy4pHg Demon Attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deEgbiAHaGs Atlantis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1bZGlW6708 Atlantis Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVcxOA9iMOw Cosmic Ark Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-gXCpJfx5M Demon Attack Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TlLS54t6JY Star Voyager Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YQiCdHfc2I   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/

Oct 15

1 hr 35 min

TCW Podcast Episode 147 - Others in the Field Too   We look at the contributions of other in the field chronicling video game history, and trying to write perspectives on what we know at the time.  To start we look at Gaming Alexandria which has become one of the major communities dedicated to preserving video game history, and has many contributors who work on a myriad of projects.  We look at the work Ethan has put in between court cases, blogging, and as a consultant on "Arcade Dreams".  We look at the work done by Kate Willært of "A Critical Hit!"  Her work consists of blogs, videos, and twitter threads!  She did fantastic research into the first Easter Egg in video games, women characters in games, and if working on more interesting projects.  Finally we look at  academia, and what they are doing in relation to Video Game History!   Gaming Alexandria: https://www.gamingalexandria.com/wp/ Gaming Alexandria Discord: https://discord.gg/cF7c7Jd Video Game Legal Documents: https://archive.org/details/videogamelawsuits Norm The Gaming Historian: https://www.youtube.com/c/gaminghistorian History of Donkey Kong - Gaming Historian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iraLfEz0tJo The History of How We Play: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/ A Breakout Story: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/2018/12/29/a-breakout-story/ Who Created Periscope?: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/who-created-periscope/ Arcade Dreams: https://arcadedocumentary.com/ Atari Archive: https://www.youtube.com/c/AtariArchive A Critical Hit!: https://www.acriticalhit.com/ A Critical Hit! YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPqeWdb-LGtPXeVXNoh-iqA A Critical Hit! Twitter: https://twitter.com/katewillaert Stanford: https://web.stanford.edu/group/htgg/cgi-bin/drupal/ The Strong National Museum of Play: https://www.museumofplay.org/ Video Game Pioneers Oral History Collection: https://sova.si.edu/record/NMAH.AC.1498   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/

Oct 1

1 hr 8 min

TCW Podcast Episode 146 - Storytime with a Book 2   Alex reads and annotates a chapter of the book dealing with the founding of Activision!  We cover not just the chapter but the thought process, and behind the scenes that went into the chapter.  The story is helped with extra information that Alex was able to gleam from interviews, and trial transcripts.  A larger perspective telling of the early formation of Activision, where the popular historical record needs to be corrected and more!   Atari Archive: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCo_f7y6sBDmFnGbZoq1Ce_w TCW 094 - Epyx not Epic: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/epyx-not-epic/ TCW 046 - Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/ TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/ Boxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5reJLuRgz-A Dragster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTy9zS899wk Fishing Derby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWaX-NcK5PQ Checkers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbE1QxqZrNE TCW 126 Activision and Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/activision-and-atari/ Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sckeVsRrsc Skiing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVBcKKCEkB0 Laser Blast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvnq96SVQh0 Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TueiMj2l3k TCW 009 - The History of Mediagenic Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-i/ TCW 010 - The History of Mediagenic Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-ii/     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/

Sep 15

55 min 35 sec

TCW Podcast Episode 145  - Revisions and Updates 3   Our sixth year anniversary!  In this episode we look back at the podcast and correct some of the errors that were made in the past.  First we explore the company Fun Games which was sued by Atari for making clones of Atari products using stolen equipment.  The source and story of this is better told with new information that has come to light.  Other new information includes the discovery that the 100 yen coin shortage in Japan was real!  The circumstances around the shortage is a lot more complicated.  The final major item was discovering the first game sold on a micro computer.  This particular game was published as a book, and not on tape or magnetic media making it unique for the first game of this type.   Trailer with Video Games: https://twitter.com/QuarterPast83/status/1261412414618128385 TCW 008 - Birth of the Japanese Game Center  Go to 1hr 25 minutes: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/birth-of-the-japanese-game-center/ Scelbi's Galaxy Game: http://www.scelbi.com/files/docs/books/Galaxy%20Game.pdf   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/

Sep 1

1 hr 22 min

TCW Podcast Episode 144 - Ascension into the Black Gate   In our final part looking at the history of the Ultima series we start off looking at Ultima VII.  This game is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series.   The game combines story elements with a massive world to create a truly unique experience.  The game is followed by two major commercial failures.  Those failures being Ultima VIII and Ultima IX.  The reasons behind those failures are many.  However a lot of the blame for Ultima VIII's shortcomings, especially the jumping, can be laid at the feet of the development team and not EA.  Because of the disaster of VIII, Ultima IX was plagues with issues.  Especially since they had a rotating staff, technology issues, and other challenges the game was an ignoble end to a series that touched many.  However like many of the Ultima games, it is not the destination, but the journey that is the true heart of Ultima.     Intro to Ultima VII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ttf9YrkBdQ The Story of The Fellowship: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mlZVHuK4wM Museum of the Avatar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIaOiMH8SKg Retro Tea Break | Richard Garriott tells his Ultima Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU90N4Cbj10 Secret of Money Island 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXRMEz6n5SM Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv20j8ChtRY Ultima VII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkrCUXc-frY Ultima VIII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzfnuxXfQ2M Ultima IX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6kXFf7iyC4&list=PLSlejFTVB3ksWWOh2mePsahP5Kew5rHwc TCW 038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/ Crusader No Remorse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUnvNTvHMnQ Meridian 59: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUsJ6de9mRU   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/

Aug 15

1 hr 48 min

TCW Podcast Episode 143 -The Prophet of the Avatar   In part two of our look at the Ultima series we start with how Richard came to the morality system that became a central feature of the franchise.  Using a combination of features he likes from various worlds religions, his own experiences, and so on Richard crafted the eight virtues that the play, who would become the avatar, would have to emulate.  In the following two games. The story focused on how not all choices are black and white like in Ultima V, and how without all the facts you may be fighting against a group that may just be trying to survive.  This is a fascinating look at morality in videogames that is unprecedented at the time, and is rarely, if at all, emulated today.   Download Ultima IV: https://www.gog.com/game/ultima_4 Museum of the Avatar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIaOiMH8SKg Softline Interview: http://www.applevault.com/magazines/softline/v3n1/origin.pdf The Eight Virtues Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wFzZx-L4LI Ultima IV Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYGFh3I3IG4 Ultima V Apple II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GvWMmlfmgs Ultima VI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nBWuV_E6Eg TCW 038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/   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/

Aug 1

1 hr 38 min

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   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/

Jul 15

1 hr 19 min

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    Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Jul 1

1 hr 25 min

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/     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/

Jun 15

1 hr 26 min

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  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/

Jun 1

1 hr 7 min

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   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/

May 15

1 hr 29 min

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/

May 1

1 hr 18 min

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/

Apr 15

1 hr 17 min

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/

Apr 1

1 hr 18 min

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/

Mar 15

1 hr 22 min

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/

Mar 1

1 hr 34 min

TCW Podcast Episode 132 - Eugene Jarvis   We look at the life and story of Eugene Jarvis.  Unique in the industry of being one of, if not the only designers to have lived through and continues to work in the lifespan of the video game arcade industry.  Starting off with Pinball and working at Atari for only two weeks.  Eugene came to be influential in many popular pinball, and arcade games.  Always looking for that next thrill he continues his quest to this day with his company Raw Thrills developing some of the few arcade titles still being put out there.   TCW 081 - The Meeting of Spacewar: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-meeting-of-spacewar/ 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/ Gorgar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vylGtiR0HVA Firepower: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXuQ-54pT_c Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qq_Zvg9KlII TCW 110 - Books of History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/books-of-history/ Stargate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i20vwYTf6mI Robotron 2084: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHBXNWfiJow                                            Berzerk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFSQ0Pl4KDk Blaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agEQ7YIYk0A NARCS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgyjEgnxo0 SMASH TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRHSi4hBHSM I'd buy that for a dollar!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYdpy9ShoVU The Running Man Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkAN5rGGP1M Total Carnage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbtlOTTz_Xc TCW 087 - Virtual History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Virtual+History Cruis'n USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Srk9mrMBD8 Target Terror: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odp0vkk7Hbk Big Buck Hunter Pro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQE5WQh2iGY   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/

Feb 15

1 hr 19 min

TCW Podcast Episode 131 - Sir Clive of ZX   In our second part looking at Sir Clive Sinclair we pick up the story where we left off!  We follow Sir Clive Sinclair as he reluctantly develops computers for the British market to fund his other project's.  The wild popularity of the ZX line including the ZX 80, ZX 81, and ZX Spectrum led to a booming home computer market in Brittan. Sinclair even tried to go into the business market with the Sinclair QL, but was outshone by competitors.  In the end Sir Clive Sinclair lost a fortune in developing an electric car known as the Sinclair C5.  The massive loss of funds led him to sell off the computer business to Lord Sugar to remain solvent.    The Video Game History Hour: https://gamehistory.org/video-game-history-hour/ The Video Game History Hour Ep 14 Alex Smith Discusses They Create Worlds: https://gamehistory.org/ep-14-alex-smith-discusses-they-create-worlds/   Micro Men - 10th Anniversary - With Chris Curry, Steve Furber and Hermann Hauser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaonVYOTSsk 8-Bit Guy: ZX80, ZX81, And Timex Sinclair 10000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Jr7Q1yJOUM TCW017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Hardware: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-hardware/ TCW018 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/ Sinclair ZX 81 Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UM_d37vMtEA Sinclair Timex 1000 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zSFGtzBsng Sinclair ZX Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqnIa4rXK_c Sinclair ZX Spectrum Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh0g73JvFbo Timex Sinclair 2028: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTKckoSj-OE Sinclair QL System Review and Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yU_VUN9VVcM Sinclair QL Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCKercQxHrk The Pawn by magnetic scroll on Spectrum Next: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1tG0dNmZrs Sinclair Spectrum 128: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_gnu8hkbdE Sinclair Spectrum 128 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EEvrTeWSTk Sinclair C5 Infomercial 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5N937V8ZOw   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/

Feb 1

1 hr 26 min

TCW Podcast Episode 130 - Uncle Clive's Radionics   We look at Sir Clive Sinclair in his early years dealing with creation of electronics for hobbyists.  Sir Clive held a passion for miniaturization and doing so at a low cost.  This started with audio equipment, amplifiers, high fidelity stereo, and FM radios.  This continued into calculators, and digital watches.  Sir Clive wanted to look into miniature TVs, and procured funding through the NEB.  In an act of prescience he founded a second company that eventually became Sinclair Research to serve as a life boat if things went bad with the NEB.  Sinclair Research, then known as the Science of Cambridge, produced the first domestic computer in the United Kingdom the MK 14!  Sir Clive eventually left Sinclair Radionics after the disasterous launch of the Black Watch.  A watch that when shocked had the potential to overload, and explode.    What is High Fidelity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0LWnpzdrW4 Sinclair Black Watch Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXSNDPeSC1c Cambridge MK14 Computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_vhWxu-spA Sinclair Mini TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqqFY8MUWLo Goldeneye on a Sinclair TV80: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auWKrlmZ3t0   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/

Jan 15

1 hr 15 min

TCW Podcast Episode 129 - The Crash That Almost Was   We look at the crash that almost was.  Most people do not realize that in the mid nineties we came very close to another video game market crash.  A difficult transition was at hand as companies tried to figure out how and if they embrace the third dimension in video games.  Coupled with a declining arcade market.  New hardware costing twice as much, if not more than current systems many companies were on the edge.  The market forces between Japan and the US with currency exchanges ate into profit margins.  It lead to the deaths or decline of a few prominent companies.  Most notably SEGA, and Acclaim.  However because not just one major company was baring this the industry survived and continues to move forward to the present day!   Castlevania: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOTUVXrAOE8 Super Castlevania IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd7P7niYimk Super C: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-z8xXA_v8k Contra III The Alien Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxJ5XbYWMpA Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6JjK04Pas0 Super Mario Brothers 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2LTcQwmOV4 Street Fighter II Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPC3_bL-4Y Super Street Fighter II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ezoa6sVVP7U Final Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKDNUKa68NI Final Fight 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHk5JJ56v2Q Castlevania X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGQcMr2JGE0   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/

Jan 1

1 hr 18 min

TCW Podcast Episode 128 - Nintendo in 1985   We look at that special time during 1985 when Nintendo did a holiday test market in New York City!  By being in the right place at the right time they were able to, along with market forces, revive the dead home console industry.  They  had quite a challenge with retailers, and a public that were hostile towards games.  Knowing this Nintendo worked to distance itself from the precious era with marketing that did not use the terms video game, or cartridges.  Instead this was an entertainment system.  You used Game Paks.  Not to mention the introduction of R.O.B. everyone's favorite Robotic Operating Buddy!  By the time of Christmas 1985 with a lot of hard work Nintendo was able to set the stage for a nationwide launch the following year.    TCW 104 - A Holistic View of ET: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-holistic-view-of-et/ TCW 014 - Nintendo Playing with Power: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/nintendo-playing-with-power/ TCW 110 - Books of History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/books-of-history/ 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/ TCW 019 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-1/ TCW 020 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-2/ TCW 021 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-3/ 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/ Nintendo Advanced Video System : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEA2ePG8m-4 The Story of R.O.B. the Robot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2FuHErzhVE First Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU1-ncmPiJk Early Nintendo Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWZo56YK9gE Nintendo Deluxe Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzdyp9L7se8 Gyromite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocrTkuPMmvI Duck Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQRtvktq_Hg Stack Up: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da0_OgCCLJA Hogan's Alley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RZdbIvW3LI Wild Gunman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDuFDlAZpZY Excite Bike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRgMCtaWoSU Wrecking Crew: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7F-7MtkHD0 Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtO34yEbNvo Baseball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_hETp0pAuU Golf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmWjZbHjUgg Soccer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8fwKWKFmbw 10 Yard Fight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LUyTv9j1TM Ice Climber: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awYlHBXHits Clu Clu Land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_M2iQloynbg Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=786yrUhXVrk Kung Fu: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-gyVEqS1Ts Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qirrV8w5SQ Piano Scene BIG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF7-rz9nIn4   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    Carol of the Bells: https://www.dl-sounds.com/royalty-free/carol-of-the-bells/   The Holy and the Ivy: https://www.singing-bell.com/the-holly-and-the-ivy-mp3/   Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Dec 2020

1 hr 37 min

TCW Podcast Episode 127 - Dreams of Sega   We look at the rapid decline of SEGA.  A company mired in infighting between executives.  This led to the disasterous  launch of the Sega Saturn.  Which was launched early as a panic move when faced with the competition from the SONY PlayStation.  SEGA tried again with the Dreamcast, but was hindered by NEC only able to produce a quarter of the promised chips.  Continued infighting and an exodus of middle management led to more problems.  Resulting in the eventual merger, after a second attempt, with Sammy  where SEGA currently resides as SEGA Sammy Holdings!   TCW 005 - The Untold History of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-untold-history-of-sega/ TCW033 - The Saga of SEGA: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-saga-of-sega/ TCW068 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-1/ TCW069 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-2/ TCW070 - Sega VS Nintendo Round 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sega-vs-nintendo-round-3/ TCW041 - Beating Them All Up: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/beating-them-all-up/ Tower of Power: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsSbcmRQfHc The Launch of the Sega Saturn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkdygHiqB40 The Launch of the Sega Dreamcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jlsTlmj_eI   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/

Dec 2020

1 hr 38 min

TCW Podcast Episode 126 - Activision and Atari   We look at the video games that Activision made for the Atari VCS/2600 when the founders of Activision split from Atari.  Activision focused on graphics and presentation as a key factor in the game creation process.  They were able to push the limits of the Atari VCS to do things that were thought impossible by the base system.  The sunset employed in the game with Stampede is used again in later games and became a kind of hallmark of some Activision games.  With the release of Pitfall 2,  the inclusion of a special chip providing enhanced graphics, and music hints at where the VCS could have gone had the crash not occurred!   TCW 009 - The History of Mediagenic Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-i/ TCW 010 - The History of Mediagenic Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-ii/ How CRT Televisions Work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4UgZBs7ZGo Dragster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nz79pdqiyk0 Checkers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhtePX2BApk Fishing Derby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_25-gc-sno0 Boxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JAf0RDD_qg Bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sckeVsRrsc Skiing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVBcKKCEkB0 Laser Blast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvnq96SVQh0 Tennis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TueiMj2l3k Ice Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aev4tsHuPc Stampede: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-e2ZE5YDeU Stampede Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DB6fbtr9pb4 Freeway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5pdJz3DcNk Freeway Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqHxuTPcSAs Kaboom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-SBEh2p9KA Kaboom Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkNztWEVxD4 Avalanche Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VDvRlNuaX4 Barnstorming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzekJZZ9QW0 Barnstorming Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOIxiVjjZgU River Raid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnFjVybfxj4 River Raid Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Baep8YZO-l4 Starmaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmJcXXvK2Bo Starmaster Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClO_Gvr7G2U Sky Jinks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJ3ppEtCs0w Chopper Command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EecA8TdChxo Pitfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAJzamWAFOE Pitfall Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA4V-n8Ft3g Grand Prix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWkPqNl0nw8 Seaquest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErknoYi8Ja0 Decathlon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfaOTKClseM Robot Tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U9_AzXddBU Robot Tank Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdJF5jhajb4 Pitfall 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZIMaJnzPzw Pitfall 2 Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3AWTX3V2yY   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/

Nov 2020

1 hr 30 min

TCW Podcast Episode 125 - The Visions of Coleco Part 2   In our second part look at Coleco we dive into the electronics and transition into programable consoles.  We see how they influenced the post crash consoles of Nintendo and Sega.  With the release of Colecovision we saw one of the most advanced consoles of the pre crash era.  The system was able to do faithful recreations of many popular arcade games.  This is most exemplified with the release Donkey Kong.  Coleco tried to transition into computers with the release of ADAM.  However this turned into a disaster for the company and marked the turning point into a rapid decline.  They were able to stay afloat for a little while with the release of Cabbage Patch Kids, however Coleco was unable to recover from the downward spiral.   TCW 025 - Mattel Electronics?: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/mattel-electronics/ Coleco Quarterback Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93u6POODKQY Coleco Head to Head Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmLX1ylQhMs Mini Tabletop Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iuo0njOI-qE Colecovision Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhOyuI4MwS8 Colecovision Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbxX3DK3pSU Colecovision Zaxxon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGIAKKsNylU Colecovision Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI9WwdVb-_A ADAM Computer Comercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-dmEFOT3FY Coleco Adam Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAYCqMchb88   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/

Nov 2020

1 hr 33 min

TCW Podcast Episode 124 - The Visions of Coleco Part 1   We look at the Connecticut Leather Company otherwise known as Coleco!  We see how a simple company starting with leather goods transformed into a toy company that spanned multiple generations.  Coleco started exploring electronic toys with games like electric football.  They found themselves uniquely suited to take advantage of the coming Pong on a chip craze.  With their early entry allowing them to outpace the competition when the chip shortage struck.  However due to complications Coleco decided to pull out of video games after the Pong fad started to fade.   Howdy Doody: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=674LDaMpDnU Eagle Toys Hockey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUlDXHXNCYs Coleco Electric Football: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8y0_XVnCII Electric Football Mini Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMyaWCroBg8 TCW 051 - Sons of Pong: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/sons-of-pong/ Coleco Telstar Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQ9iGNSjwWo RF Modulators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOS2j2cUyo8 TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/ Jai-Alai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5iQcnIRMa8 Coleco Telstar Colormatic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Sunfn3zkKQ Coleco Telstar Ranger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaRcdOfWawk Coleco Telstar Galaxy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS_zZZL9ynE Coleco Telstar Combat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE0pBEipkjQ Coleco Telstar Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p0AqMUySRG0 Coleco Telstar Arcade Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGXc15cgzhw Coleco Telstar Marksman Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfAAamT_vwY   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/

Oct 2020

1 hr 17 min

TCW Podcast Episode 123 - A Casual World Part 2   In our continued exploration of casual games we see the rise of match three in popularizing the genre.  Exemplified by games such as Klax, Columns, Bejewed, and Candy Crush.  The continued development and migration to the web further fueled the popularization of casual games.  Reaching the apex today with the help of casual games on Facebook.  That apex exemplified with the company PopCap Games.  Enjoy the casual world of games!   The Tetris God: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Alw5hs0chj0 Klax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amH4q0TV384 Lucy and the Chocolate Factory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkQ58I53mjk Columns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCZ_2d_oF8Y Acccustic coupler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bSMJQbUpL0 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/ Space Jam Website: https://www.spacejam.com/ Castle Crashers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d0VXoJ5qyc Bejeweled : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrDsaK2qMUE Evolution of Farmville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyits1Q7Zk8 Candy Crush Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ThVjWeiMc   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/

Oct 2020

1 hr 23 min

TCW Podcast Episode 122 - A Casual World Part 1   We look at the changes in the industry, mindset, and accessibility of games that lead to the formation of casual games.  The early groundwork is set with casual games like Shanghai, Rubix, Reversi, Solitaire, and Tetris.  The development happened organically, almost by accident.  The tales of some of the pioneers that opened the door to what is arguably the biggest segment of the modern gaming industry is a tale not well told.  We start that tale in this episode!   Shanghai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujw9y_m41WM History of Mediagenic Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-i/ History of Mediagenic Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-ii/ Rubix the Amazin Cube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6A6Ey_FHJkk Reversi Windows 1.0: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcIDOdZu5GA- The Complete Tetris Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-complete-tetris-story/   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/

Sep 2020

1 hr

TCW Podcast Episode 121 - The Whole Video Game Industry Part 4   In this, our conclusion of the whole video game industry, we start with a look at Xerox Park, and the technologies that came from their endeavors. We see the true formation, merging, and maturation of videogames as an entertainment fixture!  This of course is not without the challenges that stand before any new industry, including infighting, a congressional hearing, and espionage!  Enjoy our conclusion and look at the whole video game industry!   Livestream Recording Part 4:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApvgGf4xpjM   TCW 083 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=An+Unlikely+Pairing+of+Siliwood TCW 087 - Virtual History: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/virtual-history/ Space Rogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vetUbjRB_0k TCW 030 - DOOM!: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=doom Congress Violence in Videogames: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhwM3ZMTCR0 TCW 003 - What Makes an Industry?: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/what-makes-an-industry/ TCW 036 - Raiding Eidos: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Raiding+Eidos TCW 066 - Half of a Life: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/half-of-a-life/ Darknet Diaries - XBOX Underground Pt1: https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/45/ Darknet Diaries - XBOX Underground Pt2: https://darknetdiaries.com/episode/46/   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/

Sep 2020

1 hr 34 min

TCW Podcast Episode 120 - The Whole Video Game Industry Part 3   This is our third part looking at the entire video game industry.  We start with looking at the European PC industry, and then transitioning into the Arcade industry.  We look at the arcades from both the United States, and Japanese standpoints.   We then see the creation of the Famicom, and its debut in the west as the Nintendo Entertainment System.  Next episode we will conclude our epic look at the whole industry!   Live Recording Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdAC0_F4I6Y   TCW 017 - The British 8-Bit Computer Market: Hardware: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-hardware/ 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/ TCW 057 - Foundation of the Japanese Video Arcade Game Industry : http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/foundation-of-the-japanese-video-arcade-game-industry/ TCW 042 - Laser Craze: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/laser-craze/ Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxaYafoAqFY Super Cobra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6FK9jNBURY Xevious: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P24bjcvnxd8 TCW 073 - Adventuring in the Arcade: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Adventuring+in+the+Arcade TCW 035 - EA the Teenage Years: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/ea-the-teenage-years/ TCW 063 - Lawsuits for Nintendo: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/lawsuits-for-nintendo/ TCW 111 - Jumping to It!: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Jumping+to+it TCW 011 - The Genesis of JRPGs: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-genesis-of-jrpgs/   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/

Aug 2020

1 hr 25 min

TCW Podcast Episode 119 -The Whole Video Game Industry Part 2   We continue our look at the entire video game industry!  In the second part we start looking at the industry leading up to the crash!  We continue the story where part 1 left off.  We see the evolution of the industry along the three lines of arcade, home console, and PC.  We see the pervasive influence of Dungeons and Dragons on the industry.  Particularly the PC scene.  A lot of crazy, and a lot of fun!  Check out the companion video is you want to know how the original recording was!   Archive Live Stream Recording  on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ5gDXPUV8g   TCW 078 - Invading Taito Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/invading-taito-part-2/ TCW 057 -Foundation of the Japanese Video Arcade Game Industry : http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/foundation-of-the-japanese-video-arcade-game-industry/ TCW 008 -  Birth of the Japanese Game Center: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/birth-of-the-japanese-game-center/ TCW 029 - 50 Years of Namco: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/50-years-of-namco/ TCW 025 - Mattel Electronics?: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/mattel-electronics/ TCW 085 - Computer Game BASICs: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Computer+Game+BASICs TCW 016 - Early Computer Game Platforms: The Trinity, and The Disciples: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/early-computer-game-platforms-the-trinity-and-the-disciples/ D&D Dark Dungeons Comic: http://www.therobotspajamas.com/dd-kills-with-the-help-of-satan/ D&D Dark Dungeons Comic Comparison: http://www.theescapist.com/darkdungeons.htm Mazes and Monsters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HfU0UjcCeE TCW 101 - Infocom: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=Infocom   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/

Aug 2020

1 hr 32 min

TCW Podcast Episode 118 - The Whole Video Game Industry Part 1   This is part one of our four part series looking at the entire video game industry at a very macro level.  We look at the start of computers all the way through to the early video arcades and beyond!  We see the evolution of games on PC, the arcade, and the initial forays into the home.  We even see a hybrid of sorts with games like Seawolf combining electro-mechanical and video elements.  We did a live recording of four episodes, including this one, on June 28th, 2020.  Archival video of that is available on our YouTube channel!   YouTube Livestream Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwLh3ptIkhM Ahoy "The First Video Game": https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=uHQ4WCU1WQc Ethan's Response: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/a-response-to-ahoys-the-first-video-game/ TCW 089 - The Dawn of Computers and Gaming: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-dawn-of-computers-and-gaming/ TCW 081 - The Meeting of Spacewar: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-meeting-of-spacewar/ TCW 007 - History of the Arcade: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-the-arcade/ TCW 034 - The Nutting Associates: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/?s=The+Nutting+Associates Seawolf MAME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss0FEdCIJEM Seawolf Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipssJjkN2bY   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/

Jul 2020

1 hr 40 min

TCW Podcast Episode 117 - Wing Commander   We look at one of the great space flight simulators of the 90's!  Wing Commander is largely attributed to Chris Roberts. However we find out in this episode the many other people who were instrumental in not just the story, but gameplay of Wing Commander.  We can see the true potential of the Siliwood era with the live action cut scenes used in both Wing Commander III and IV.    We of course look at the inspirations for Wing Commander, and take a look at the history of the people involved!  Grab your flight suit, and strap yourself in commander!   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/ Wizadore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frec-Bh6XfE Stryker's Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Q6qrzYw5I TCW 038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/ Times of Lore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us8fDT3HYz8 Bad Blood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to057eXgGNw Space Rogue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyby7Znjmzc Battlehawks 1942: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt6Q0jPWnQw&t=731s F-19 Stealth Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYPAKu2sP7w Wing commander launch cutscene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rocwNg05FL4 Wing Commander 1 Campaign with Commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Z4q8y-FhY Wing Commander 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3IXwoZSH9Y&list=PLcl9BuQAvqoAQWPRbs__HFdgNDpXx-uUA TCW 082 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/an-unlikely-pairing-of-siliwood/ Wing Commander 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhPlK6yOT3g Wing Commander 4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcbHuJxqgk0   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/

Jul 2020

1 hr 43 min

TCW Podcast Episode 116 - The Atari Games You Are Looking For   In this episode we continue our tradition of looking at Atari!  This time a deep look at Atari Games.  We look at the company starting with it's acquisition by Namco.  We look at its progression through the 80's and 90's with many notable games.  Unfortunately during the Siliwood era Atari was reacquired by Time Warner.  After limited success the remnants of the company were sold off to Williams' where the name of Atari was given up in a legal dispute with Hasbro.    TCW 029 - 50 Years of Namco: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/50-years-of-namco/ TCW 032 - The History of the Atari Brand: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-history-of-the-atari-brand/ TCW 029 - 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/ Marble Madness - Atari 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jazxSQz0yL4 Star Wars Arcade Atari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHUToeQykp0 Star Wars Arcade Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHaST9kFApo Firefox Atari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ivJ7c_naPQ Atari Temple of Doom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnFM7qP4cZo Atari Road Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dprbGfSttHU Atari Empire Strikes Back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gz2B4Iy9-6M Paperboy Arcade Atari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnFMiTjswtk Gauntlet Atari Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrddJQSgPtk Dandy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT8grHJweO4 Maze War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CF9XKRWnsTY Atari Super Sprint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwGAINxvTjQ Poll Position: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2HArfckAZk Spy Hunter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNzgP3gw0B0 Road Blaster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNgSd35t1W4 Hard Driven' : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6JC-HCNcio 720 degrees: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBuVQfbprx8 Toobin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT-hn4WnX_0 Nintendo Pac-Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYMPeiW3pAU Nintendo Gauntlet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hepP5EnDAac TCW  062 - Lawsuits for Everyone!: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/lawsuits-for-everyone/ Klax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5agwV8qfL9Q Rampart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6q68SM1_ak Pit Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbJRD1UKf_Y Primal Rage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMEWlfA8TAs Area 51 Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVGiK1stSRQ TCW 075 - Gunning For Light: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/gunning-for-light/ TCW 059 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-1/ TVW 060 - Williams’ Crazy Story Pt 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/williams-crazy-story-pt-2/   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/

Jun 2020

1 hr 48 min

TCW Podcast Episode 115 - The Return of the Sdraziw of Sir-Tech   Our second part look at Sir-Tech Software!  The company continues to struggle with the release of wizardry V, but makes the transition away from the Apple II with the release of Wizardry VI.  The Wizardry franchise is a major hit in the Japanese PC space.  This leads to Wizardry anime, manga, and Japanese only games.  Sir-Tech still continued to struggle to maintain a presence as the US PC industry continued to consolidate.  Despite some success bringing foreign software to the states, Sir-Tech closed operations in the 2000s.     TCW 071 - A Story of Brøderbund!: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/a-story-of%c2%a0br%c3%b8derbund/ TCW 074 - The Japanese PC Industry: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-japanese-pc-industry/ Wizardry OAV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGYMeuiFyv8 Wizardry V: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJVrsR1kKT4 Wizardry VI: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxdBGJsMD4g The Bard's Tale C64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8VubXKOdTo Wizardry VII: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDQ29xYfHFE Freakin' Funky Fuzzballs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2EvvaDbqOs Jagged Alliance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W52AJktdt2g Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KHoNrylJTg TCW 082 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/an-unlikely-pairing-of-siliwood/ Wizardry VIII Speedrun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NyK6DEd9Ps Jagged Alliance II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ixp1EdyjNbY&list=PLw0Vo7rx5xsWP3VJSWFCVppg6RXE1pdji Jagged Aliance II Unfinished Business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CujpJ6fA19w&list=PLBD6B9401FA082CEB   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/

Jun 2020

1 hr 22 min

TCW Podcast Episode 114 - The Wizards of Sir-Tech   We look at the company Sir-Tech.  Known as "the Wizardry company", and founded by Norman Sirotek and Robert Woodhead.  The company was originally founded to market Info Tree, a database program.  The shift was made into video games starting with the release of Galactic Attack.  With the heavy influences of the games on the PLATO system.  Andrew Greenberg and Woodhead would meet, and would start collaboration on what would eventually be Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord.  One of the best produced games at the time, it was a major hit on the Apple II platform.  Sustainability for the franchise was hamstrung with lack of innovation, and the requirement of the first game to play Wizardry II and III.  This culminated with the major disaster that was the release of Wizardry IV.     TCW 084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/ CARDIAC - Computer Teaching Tool: https://www.cs.drexel.edu/~bls96/museum/cardiac.html Free Pascal and Lazarus Wiki: https://wiki.freepascal.org/ The Digital Antiquarian - Pascal and the P-Machine: https://www.filfre.net/2012/03/pascal-and-the-p-machine/ Empire on Plato: http://www.daleske.com/plato/empire.php Galactic Attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPBac4JAOmg DND  - DOS version: https://www.classicdosgames.com/online/dnd_121.html PLATO Online Emulation: https://www.cyber1.org/index.asp Wizardry I: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-iOZzwIlMA Wizardry II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5eYUXmt_sk Wizardry III (PC): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cWa5HqhWdg Wizardry IV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQaRAYcUoIM TCW038 - Origin Story: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/origin-story-1489274251/   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/

May 2020

1 hr 25 min

TCW Podcast Episode 113 - Primordial Computer Game Industry   A big episode looking at two major companies that bridged the gap between the mainframe time sharing age, and the trinity of home computers.  We also look at the lead up to those companies with type in listings in books, and magazines.  We look at the evolution of early PCs, and the eventual development of video display cards designed to hook up computers to television sets.  An almost forgotten era of PC development, pioneering magazines, and games that would have influence on the home PC market yet to come.     Guest Appearances The 42 Cast: http://42cast.com/index.php/2020/03/23/the-42cast-episode-70-they-create-worlds/ Pixelated Audio: https://pixelatedaudio.com/earlygames-tcw/   A Critical Hit! - Kate Willaert: https://www.acriticalhit.com/best-box-art-part-2-computer-games-on-printed-paper/ Popular Electronics Jan 1975 ALTAIR 8800: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Poptronics/70s/1975/Poptronics-1975-01.pdf TCW 016 - Early Computer Game Platforms: The Trinity, and The Disciples: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/early-computer-game-platforms-the-trinity-and-the-disciples/ TCW 084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/ Popular Electronics Jul 1976 Sol 20: https://www.americanradiohistory.com/Archive-Poptronics/70s/1976/Poptronics-1976-07.pdf Scelbi's First Book of Computer Games for the "8008"/"8080": http://www.scelbi.com/files/docs/books/First%20Book%20of%20Computer%20Games.pdf Scelbi's Galaxy Game for the "8008"/:8080": http://www.scelbi.com/files/docs/books/Galaxy%20Game.pdf Cromemco Video Dazzler: Kaleidoscope: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tDbn1N8EWI Byte Magazine Dazzler Write-up: https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine-1976-06/page/n7/mode/2up Microchess: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zuihp7Gq3Y The KIM-1 Microcomputer History and Basic Features: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0Hn2ZcW-s The KIM-1 Microcomputer Serial and Cassette I/O: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97PccuhGl9w BYTE Magazine Archive: https://archive.org/details/byte-magazine Creative Computing Archive: https://archive.org/details/creativecomputing Saucer War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exSJ0gYw0pM Digital Derby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5bO6AsPOrs Advanced Dragon Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHK1V-_Dz3w How "Old School" Graphics Worked: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rsycfDliZU Rocket Pilot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJEYr-nkgzA Saucer Invasion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgmR4ULcgqo Star Wars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JzmX8KKHmM Space Maze: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAzEWT20WSc Laser Turret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1czDFB6qmZ0 Pirates!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yULTq7wnJ3M 3D Docking Mission: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66-CqOuBQpY   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/

May 2020

1 hr 53 min

TCW Podcast Episode 112 - And Landing on it!   We continue our dive into platforming games.  We look at the three main "schools" of thought brought about in the 2-D era.  We start with the fast platforming pioneered by Sonic with Crash Bandicoot.  The cinematic platformer of Prince of Persia is continued with Tomb Raider.  Nintendo, makes its shift into 3-D with Starfox, and the development of the N64.  This culminates with the release of Super Mario 64.  These early transitions continue to evolve into the modern action platformers of Uncharted, and Super Mario Sunshine.   How Crash Bandicoot Hacked The Original Playstation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izxXGuVL21o Crash Bandicoot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK-h4M4Aetg TCW 082 - An Unlikely Pairing of Siliwood: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/an-unlikely-pairing-of-siliwood/ Crash Bandicoot Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTi5EaocGaY Sega Saturn Tomb Raider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfTnITt-vkU TCW 036 - Raiding Eidos: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/raiding-eidos/ Starglider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqmTEjpLd8E Starfox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EkVHxE0Y8I Stunt Race FX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUT0ZLdYwok Super Mario World 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8btNneN8ew Croc Legend of the Gobbos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQ5xtiisV-U Super Mario 64: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6tFoIUyOdU Jax and Dexter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lpq3zVXs9A Sonic Adventure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd9Duv-6pFg Super Mario Sunshine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9e11_HgnBUg Uncharted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv48CUSjC40 Uncharted 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EhpxpPeTKE   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/

Apr 2020

1 hr 19 min

TCW Podcast Episode 111 - Jumping to It!   We leap around to the myriad of games that were influential in the development of  platformer genre.  Starting with an evolution from Space Invaders into Heiankyo Alien; the concept was thrown onto its side with Space Panic.  Further refinement brought in jumping with Donkey Kong.  Platformers were not as suited for the arcade scene, and ended up truly finding a place in the home on consoles and computers.   Load Runner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWwyhymcDxI Space Invaders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4 TCW 074 - The Japanese PC Industry : http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-japanese-pc-industry/ Heiankyo Alien Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSxYdeqJAkY Heiankyo Alien Game Boy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vY3qVBkIu74 Space Panic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLd1xABCsaQ Donkey Kong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U24OcmpZ6fA Gaming Historian YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcfrosticles Raiders of the lost ark intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUWYmTpYdP4 Pitfall Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CkDllyETiBA Miner 2049er: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg12YPQ5nKk TCW 018: British 8-Bit Computer Market: Software: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-british-8-bit-computer-market-software/ Packland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CDVshu9a4U Super Mario Brothers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvfBUntkYcg Russian Attack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STjMHqeF3R0 Mega Man: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkD3lEANa_4 Mega Man 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWZZUyD-nRs Prince of Persia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv20j8ChtRY Rotoscoping: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDaEKy7qB7U Alex Kidd in Miracle World: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yasiyS7dkcU Aladdin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlxuPsQFX28 Sonic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTBGIo7HXis Donkey Kong Country: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4EUEsEM328     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/

Apr 2020

1 hr 17 min

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/

Mar 2020

1 hr 15 min

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/

Mar 2020

1 hr 27 min

TCW Podcast Episode 108- Adventuring with LucasArts Part 1   We look at LucasFilm games, AKA LucasArts.  Not the company as a whole, but their influence on adventure games.  Not only were they instrumental in advancing adventure games, they were able to affect the industry as a whole.  We look briefly at the formation of the company, and get into some of their early projects.  A young contractor, Ron Gilbert, joined the team by helping to convert some early games to the Commodore 64.  Gilbert was later the driving force in creating an adventure game that was not full of deaths, saves, and no-win states.   Commodore 64 Ballblazer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPk6sAHFGXg Atari XL/XE Rescue on Fractalus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kNxy6UIX_k Labyrinth: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77Aje3ceClA Grumpy Gamer: https://grumpygamer.com/teenage_lobot Ways to die in King's Quest I Remake: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-Oo9IJGXGA King's Quest III Redux: http://www.agdinteractive.com/games/kq3/download/download.html Maniac Mansion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7oUArcVis0 Ron Gilbert - Maniac Mansion Postmortem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNpjGvJwyL8 Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPEocH6Am6w Indiana Joes and the Last Crusade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ivNLD75rAU Classic Games Postmortem: LucasFilm Games' Loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1aVDael-KM Loom Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps1N2GS378g Why Adventure Games Suck: https://grumpygamer.com/why_adventure_games_suck The Secret of Monkey Island: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpIUxjGfkXg   A special congratulations to our giveaway winners! Bob Perrin Maks Beugelsdijk @DRPGBook   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/

Feb 2020

1 hr 6 min

TCW Podcast Episode 107 - Storytime with a Book   We read from chapter 18 of "They Create Worlds: The People and Companies that Shaped the Video Game Industry Vol. 1," which discusses the impact of Breakout on Japan.  There are some tangents, other story times, and we bring a lot of things discussed over the years into a more complete perspective.  We also learn about the mysteries of magnets.   Steve Wozniak's Blue Box: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHZnvN_JCas Breakout & Super Breakout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5xo-IzERu0 TCW 029 - 50 Years of Namco: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/50-years-of-namco/ TCW 005 - The Untold History of Sega: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-untold-history-of-sega/ TCW 033 - The Saga of Sega: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-saga-of-sega/ Sega The Fonz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osmPZZkCVKM Degaussing a CRT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEEaZ1GGl9I   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/

Feb 2020

1 hr 14 min

TCW Podcast Episode 106 - The Small Voice of Magnavox   Magnavox continues to strive for survival as an axillary of Philips.  While people close to the video game division continue to be optimistic about their offerings; management at Philips was not so.  The company continued to be plagued with production shortfalls with new chips, FCC approval problems, and new competition.  They were able to make a few games of note developing some interesting ideas on where to take home consoles.  Ultimately Magnavox faded into just a brand name for Philips after the video game crash.   Magnavox Odyssey 2000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEEhwCIUDhE Magnavox Odyssey 3000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW0vW3D91ew TCW 016 - Early Computer Game Platforms: The Trinity, and The Disciples:http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/early-computer-game-platforms-the-trinity-and-the-disciples/ Magnavox Odyssey 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z4amwfcO9k Invaders from Hyperspace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hryPZIcaksY Take the money and run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTB3VLhCRjE Quest for the Ring: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-m-_11Jjf8 KC Muchkin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07JtE4pIq8U TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/ https://www.magnavox.com/en/   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/

Jan 2020

1 hr 21 min

TCW Podcast Episode 105 - The Big Voice of Magnavox   We look at the company of Magnavox.  Started around the turn of the century getting into electronics with voice amplification, and eventually radios.  Magnavox continued with home  electronics in televisions and stereo systems.  Unfortunately their visionary leader died unexpectedly, and with the rise of non-American television manufacturers put a lot of pressure on the company.  With all this pressure Magnavox is bought by Philips in 1974 to expand the Dutch company's holdings in the United States.  The video game division continued  to fight for survival and relevance as the decade wound to a close.   Retro Tech - The Wire Recorder: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ihiTwJPCc TCW 026 -The Magnavox Odyssey: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-odyssey/ Magnavox Console Demo (Ft. "Come Fly With Me"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxtWWof3P7s Magnavox Odyssey Ski: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NAqFUhXX48 Magnavox Odyssey Commercials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MnRkPvIjKE Magnavox Odyssey 100(4:43 timestamp): https://youtu.be/HQfDSygn794?t=283 Magnavox Odyssey 500: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Av3ct3yR6A Magnavox Odyssey 400 Unboxing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNSfOiTUoq8 Magnavox Odyssey 300:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xpO3CJnjiU   The book giveaway is LIVE from January 1st 2020 through February 1st 2020 GMT.  More information at: http://theycreateworlds.com/giveaway   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/

Jan 2020

1 hr 15 min

TCW Podcast Episode 104- A Holistic View of ET   The game that has become so shrouded in myth and legend is brought to light in this holiday episode!  We look at how E.T. was thrust upon Atari by Warner in a bid to bring Stephen Spielberg in to makes movies for Warner.  With a massive royalty overhead, a short five week production time, and a massive brain drain at Atari Howard Scott Warshaw stepped up to the challenge.  He took the ambitious task of programing E.T. for Atari, having done Raiders of the Lost Arc previously.  Despite the time crunch he decided do an adventure like game which, in combination with a lack of mentorship,  lead to some poor design choices.   Though lauded as being 'the worst game ever' E.T. is just an unfortunate game that hit Atari at an inopportune time.     Original E.T. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7-2PB4jj2o Adventure 2600 Walkthrough: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzCrb8y5NCU Yar's Revenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrHUJrhZMJI Raiders of the lost Ark Speed Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP-e0-0PpLc ET Atari 2600: ET explained by Atari: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-pzdPLfy9Y Simpsons "Can't Sleep Clown Will Eat Me": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3yuFlvRyqM TCW 044 - Founding, Syzygy to Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/founding-syzygy-to-atari/ TCW 045 - Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ventures-and-acquisitions/ TCW 046 - Atari, Ray Kassar, and Warner: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/atari-ray-kassar-and-warner/ TCW 047 - Vestiges of Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/vestiges-of-atari/ TCW 019 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 1: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-1/ TCW 020 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 2: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-2/ TCW 021 - The Great Video Game Crash Part 3: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-great-video-game-crash-part-3/   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/

Dec 2019

1 hr 25 min

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/

Dec 2019

1 hr 15 min

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/

Nov 2019

1 hr 14 min

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/

Nov 2019

1 hr 28 min