Blizzard: Vikings and WarCraft

November 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 054 - Blizzard: Vikings and WarCraft

Part one of our dive into one of the most influential computer game companies in existence.  We cover the founding of Blizzard, which started as Silicon and Synapse, with their start by being independent contractors for PC and console.  With the company wanting to transition into being full developers, they accepted an offer to be acquired by Davidson and Associates.  Blizzard's first big hit was WarCraft: Orcs and Humans.  The first game saw the start of the Blizzard cinematics department, and the voice studio.  With Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness we saw the true founding of the legendary Blizzard Lore that accompanies all their games that followed.  We wrap up with Blizzard meeting another company at CES, Condor, that was working on a little game called Diablo…

Battle Chess II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iz4_5Wv6yiY

R.P.M. Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JFofJsuEFM

Swords and Serpents: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXlt0XY1tOY

Adventures of Rad Gravity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-b3-LSC4Vko

Rock N' Roll Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8OgEzbJY7s

The Lost Vikings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZItppVpUwwc

Blackthorne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPsJEtO86VI

WarCraft Orcs and Humans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqczlhTpT2I

WarCraft II Cinematic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZU-n8UZM5Cc

WarCraft III All Cinematics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfkiJXnSRM8

SNES Justice League Task Force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJgY9BCYP8o

Genesis Justice League Task Force: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q42W0cD7OKk

Diablo Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGaYW-6zOKk&list=PLC6688FBC7423D09A

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

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Alex's Video Game History Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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The History and Merger of Enix and Square

November 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 053 - The History and Merger of Enix and Square

We cover the individual histories of the companies Enix and Square.  Everything from early projects to influences that helped shape them into the companies they would become.  We delve into the dream teams for each company that created their seminal hits, Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy.  We cover how they each had problems getting market penetration in the West until Square was able to with the release of Final Fantasy VII.  We cover the massive financial disaster that was Final Fantasy The Spirits Within and how it led to Square being acquired by Enix. 

 

The Portopia Serial Murder Case: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh0Vg0s-pR8 

Dragon Quest/Warrior Random Facts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvCVAp2jE1E

Final Fantasy VII Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD_GqlNtNjo 

Final Fantasy IV (II US) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vi7So5VlB6M 

Final Fantasy VI (III US) Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMWp1oLoA0

Cruise Chaser Blassty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXwLebC8s2I

3D World Runner NES: https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTbH25YNxE4

Rad Racer NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ngD3ZC1z8

Final Fantasy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veEn0k5u5Ko

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

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lxl_-WPwA0A

7th Saga: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XihYszbkf60

Secret of Evermore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdV79VbxWOc

Final Fantasy The Spirits Within: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaI7ZPA9I1c

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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The Many Faces of Konami

October 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 052 - The Many Faces of Konami

We go over the whole history of Konami at the macro level.  The origin, founding, and the initial setup that continues to influence the company to the present day.  Though much of the history is shrouded behind a language barrier, or simply lost, there is still plenty of information out there.  We cover the hits they had in the video game arena, and show how they are in the middle of another transition to mobile.

Konami Logo: https://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/logopedia/images/7/70/Old-Konami-Logo.jpg

Scramble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pmC_reyGpI

Defender: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjgu1JtWbA4

Why VHS beat Betamax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddYZITaxlTQ

Frogger Cabinet Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ebybyW-ozE

Track and Field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKPYPV4BuFo

Gradius: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz9OkKo9rW0

Metal Gear NES VS MSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMLDAxu5Tmg

The Goonies NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn63XyKp80U

The Goonies 2 NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdpmDqR4ZDc

Top Gun NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCXNXGvYfVk

Original Comic TMNT Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuuHANeSLxg

TMNT NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kK8mFYbl1s

Simpsons Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yw43-DbT84

DDR Modern Japan Documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jywza4So-eU

 

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

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Sons of Pong

October 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 051 - Sons of Pong

Starting off with a discussion of the unique setting of the time leading into Pong's debut, we transition over to the various companies that created clones of Pong, and their reasons for doing so.  We discover that the company that created the most Pong-style games was not Atari, nor one of the big Chicago companies, but a company based in Florida called Allied Leisure.  We then cover the various innovations that occurred to try to keep the fad market alive as long as possible ending with a stop at Big Jeffery's Cocktail Pong Emporium.

Pong Cabinet in detail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGu7sMAoOUo

Computer Space Ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U33oajPSzyc

Wild Cycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjSKnPjnhyc

Paddle Battle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eu7LAP3ug6E

Pong Doubles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqtp1bxIA8s

Ramtek Volly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAc41mFmP3k

Elimination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOV9c8WkWsw

Ramtek Wipe Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_TmOD0IHFM

Clean Sweep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTO5JjwbXv0

Flim Flam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVKOjKl3dPU

 

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

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Civilizing Sid Meier

September 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 050 - Civilizing Sid Meier

We go over Sid's transition into the video game industry.  Starting with meeting "Wild Bill" and their break out game HellCat Ace, and the iterations that lead to F-15 Strike Eagle that cemented MicroProse as a company.  We cover the how/why of Sid Meier's name being on the boxes particularly for the simulation and 4X games.  We wrap it all up with the seminal piece Sid Meier's Civilization, the industry changing  concepts it brought to the table, and Sid's leaving to form Firaxis where he works today!

Interview with Sid Meier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyH24CHTlHA

Atari Red Baron: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oa7_mdJLUw

HellCat Ace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwYaQS59UGQ

Solo Flight: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqjQscY_IZQ

F-15 Strike Eagle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC0FPKCSWhM

Floyd of the Jungle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKuH6oXD8Pg

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

Sid Meier's Pirates!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ro-1dXuRBM

Covert Action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-VAwGlghoU

Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ths0tQL2qu4

Sid Meier's Civilization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3bA818U15c

Sid Meier's Gettysburg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nS986jTnWBA

FreeCiv: http://www.freeciv.org/

 

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

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Old and Elite

September 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 049 - Old and Elite 

We go over a classic from Great Britain!  Elite is unique in the ambition and execution of creating a massive open world space, complete with a 3d perspective, on such  limited hardware.  The game has influenced a variety of others most notably Grand Theft Auto.

Demo of Elite on a BBC B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owz7XExO-Wk

Elite Comparison of BBC B VS Zx Spectrum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov4OAteeGWs

Elite Gameplay Starting Out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cni8ZInHQXs

Procedural Generation In Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRfdN4L2SUg

Elite on the NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSPmQYI4ju8

Frontier Elite 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqhP_e855C4

Elite Dangerous Alien Encounter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vsga26eiDPE

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

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Driving Games and Technology

August 15, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 048 - Driving Games and Technology

We go over the wild ride of driving games.  These games were used as a vehicle to demonstrate advances in graphics technology.  Starting with electro-mechanical games, and ending up with textured polygons; we cover the whole track of an era where cars were king!  There are a lot of examples in this episode drawn from the arcade, consoles, and computer games.

Drive Mobile: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw_N10xuv2Q

Speedway: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97DAio1M1xc

Super Road 7 Projection System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xU0HkKUQ-0

Super Road 7 Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO6BZIEZ8xw

Wild Cycle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjSKnPjnhyc

Gran Track 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R014taK2pZM

Life inside Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP5-iIeKXE8

Taito Speed Race: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BRDxZiK-1s

History of Racing Games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IoGZ-4tAww

Night Driver: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqZlxpLKm_E

Sega Turbo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWhcBydheRE

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

Mach Rider NES: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M18w8fL28Ho

Sega Monaco GP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZY_LPhkzUk

Sega Hang On: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rUsQdd39_o

Sega Outrun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMv0Pg1AxFc

Revs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L18wG4p5fQE

F-Zero: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlA3vEB0jzY

Hard Drivin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6JC-HCNcio

Namco Winning Run: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7KIXb0U2oc

Sega Virtua Racer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Js8tZhKcfWc

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

Sega Daytona USA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAcMqFTkAs8

Wipe Out PSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XASEBvDri4U

Gran Turismo PSX: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49CpLM81TvM

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Vestiges of Atari

August 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 047 - Vestiges of Atari

 

In our fourth and final episode investigating the rise and fall of the original Atari we delve into the factors that caused the fall of Atari.  We cover the lead up to and tipping point of the variety of factors that lead to the crash.  No one entity can take the blame for it.  The major factors including distribution, overzealous sales forecasts, and  Warner interference came to a head by the end of 1982 leading to the fracturing of the company a year and a half later. 

 

Pacman Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCPpgt0s70U

 

ET Retrospective: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ7TtE4hb1k

 

Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP-e0-0PpLc

 

Mrs Pac Man 2600 vs 7800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD4z0u_QZp8&t=220s

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

July 15, 2017

 TCW Podcast Episode 046 - Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

 

We continue on to part three of our four part look into Atari.  We delve into Atari under the leadership of Ray Kassar.  It becomes apparent that while Ray did make mistakes the leadup to the fall of Atari cannot be entirely placed at his feet.  We also explore the role of Warner in the direction Atari took and the difficult decision on whether to concentrate on home console or PC.  We also delve into the Arcade side of things and how, while successful, they were not without their growing problems. 

 

Atari Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqcDFAphThY

 

Space Invaders Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4

 

Atari Arcade Battlezone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymrYkbEbnEQ

 

Atari 400 and 800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-InWwzs8Em0

 

Asteroids Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYSupJ5r2zo

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

July 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 045 - Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

 

In our second of four episodes detailing the rise and fall of the core Atari company we go over the rapid expansion of the company, and its ever increasing need for capital.  Atari had to court venture capital, and got the patronage of Don Valentine.  Later on to secure the funding needed for the VCS launch they had to be acquired by a larger company; that company was Warner Communications.  This acquisition as we start to explore was a blessing and a curse.  It ultimately led to the ouster of Nolen Bushnell, and Joe Keenan from Atari.  Now it would start a new era under the leadership of Ray Kassar.

 

Atari Arcade Tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OsBUzYBJgU

 

Atari Home Pong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqBlrULrbsg

 

Atari VCS Hardware Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7n5o5Wq3q4

 

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

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

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

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