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A Rogue’s Survival Part 2

A Rogue’s Survival Part 2

October 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 171 - A Rogue's Survival Part 2

 

In part two we look more closely at the evolution of rogue and its descendants. The game Hack which lead to the development of NetHack, and Moria.  These games continued down branching paths to have influences on MMOs, Diablo, and others. We then jump ahead to the modern indie scene, and how the random generation aspects were adapted to create Spelunky.  Spelunky in turn inspired other creators to create games using random generation elements. The most notable of these being The Binding of Isaac, FTL, and Crypt of the Necrodancer.  It is through these four games that we can see that the concept of randomly generated maps and scenarios are not limited to dungeon crawls, or ASCII art. The concepts can be brought into other genres including platforming, real time strategy, and rhythm games.  

 

NetHack: https://www.nethack.org/

uMoria: https://umoria.org/

Castle of the Winds: https://archive.org/details/win3_CasWin1

Spelunky: https://spelunkyworld.com/original.html

Spelunky Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em8cU6qcUkw

Kagirinaki Tatakai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFHdvrn6_MM

Dwarf Fortress: http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/

The Binding of Isaac: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU8EEHy9vR0

FTL Faster Than Light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SNc06T_ywcs

Red November: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox9vubjkZ8s

Battlestar Galatica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0elLcYrPq0

Crypt of the Necrodancer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcCW2gx4YvA

 

 

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

Alex's book, published Dec 2019, is available at CRC Press and at major on-line 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/

A Rogue’s Survival Part 1

A Rogue’s Survival Part 1

September 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 170 - A Rogue's Survival Part 1

 

We start looking into Rogue by looking at the computer systems that helped to spawn its creation. We cover the history of UNIX. The development of UNIX is tied heavily to the development and distribution of Rogue. Rogue was programmed in partnership between Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman. The game featured extensive replayability. The game started to spread through early UseNet and inspired others to create similar games.

 

TCW 084 - Time Shared: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/time-shared/

AT&T Archives The UNIX OS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc4ROCJYbm0

C Programing Language with Brian Kernighan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de2Hsvxaf8M

AT&T Archive The Bell System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBPTM_irIco

ADM-3A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzmB-Eow5P8

Bill Joy Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEUXI3I_IZg

What is ASCII?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB85kTs-sEw

Characters Symbols, and the Unicode Miracle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MijmeoH9LT4

The Hidden Early History of Unix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuzeagzQwRs

UUCP: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UUCP

FreeBSD: https://www.freebsd.org/

Rogue on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1443430/Rogue/

NetHack: https://www.nethack.org/

 

 

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Alex's book, published Dec 2019, is available at CRC Press and at major online 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/

Activision and Kotick Part 3

Activision and Kotick Part 3

September 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 169 - Activision and Kotick Part 3

 

In our final part on Activision and Kotick we see how Activision continued to develop and acquire new IPs. With Spycraft they were in on the Siliwood era of games a trend that continued with Zork Grand Inquisitor. Attempts were made to gain further ground with games like Interstate '76, Big Game Hunter, and Apocalypse. However it was not until Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Call of Duty, and the eventual acquisition of Activision by Vivendi that Bobby Kotick was able to realize his goal of becoming the largest 3rd party developer!

 

Spycraft The Great Game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHWFO6SL-wY

Zork Grand Inquisitor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sEvzdefXk8

Interstate '76: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLB-dUOUg6Y

Pixel Blurring:  https://www.reddit.com/r/interestingasfuck/comments/rwtc13/not_just_imagination_due_to_pixel_blurring_older/

FF1 CRT VS LCD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Z_6Uoea_DI

Big Game Hunter 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHBUVdxQUEU

Heretic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7niU6A3yYeU

Hexen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwqGlFjgAOw

Hexen 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgHq_muqeH0&list=PL30CJwxIgVycgZ1Cw_5WeejC0CbDBfg79

Apocalypse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uM191mkD3U0

Top Skater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx9vMnLAglQ

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGVwVz_ZRw

Real Life James Bond: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roAKodJ3TuM

Medal of Honor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6ivwknQN54

Medal of Honor Allied Assault: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTH8A7Q9V54

Call of Duty Finest Hour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pn0qx_PL7M

Call of Duty (pc): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7KJ7yDJDGk

Shoot to Kill British Training Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXqwh2o_zzs

American VS German Automatic Weapons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkUom-XkgC0

 

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Alex's book, published Dec 2019, is available at CRC Press and at major online 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 

 

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Activision and Kotick Part 2

Activision and Kotick Part 2

August 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 168 - Activision and Kotick Part 2

 

In part two of our look at Activision under Bobby Kotick's leadership. We see how Activision's franchises and licensed properties were leveraged for revenue. We look at how Activision had to revive the entire development apparatus from scratch. They used the animation skills of a Disney-trained trained animator for Pitfall the Mayan, Adventure. Finally, Activision was able to firmly gain footing, and regain profitability with the release of MechWarrior 2!

 

The Manhole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC2AgMnTFd4

Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA0rPwUcQmQ

Return to Zork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSoT0Ty8MVQ

The Fox and the Hound Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbuIeTHh4To

The Black Cauldron Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isAtOHLiMH8

Tron Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtyHX7z8fi8

Technological Threat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiTgoRR3tbk

Ferngully - The Last Rainforest Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzqyc95zcxo

Pitfall The Mayan Adventure(SNES): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G34rcaK11W0

Pitfall The Mayan Adventure (Sega CD): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P86I5GgsLZM

BattleTech The Crescent Hawk's Inception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rtXTFtyQms

Mechwarrior: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuxySqjb5X8

Dos Protected Mode Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAyQLV5bbb0

Why you need DOSBox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZmlfmK619g

Mechwarrior 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0mSdnxM7fc

 

 

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Alex's book, published Dec 2019, is available at CRC Press and at major on-line 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/

Activision and Kotick Part 1

Activision and Kotick Part 1

August 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 167 - Activision and Kotick Part 1

 

In part one of our look at Activision and Bobby Kotick we look at the early life, and history of the man.  We see from an early age how business was always a driving factor in his life.  Furthermore, we see some of his early companies and challenges as he transitioned into the technology field.  With the help of influential businessman Steve Wynn, Bobby Kotick was able to start a software company.  Wynn further helped in financing the eventual buy-in of Mediagenic when the company was floated as a cheap way to get into the game market by Nintendo.  We finish by looking at how Kotick and others took control of Mediagenic and renamed it Activision.  With the need to file for bankruptcy Kotick has the long task of building up the company from scratch.  Promising investors to at least break even over the next four to five years.

 

TCW 009 - History of Mediagenic Part I: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-i/

TCW 010 - History of Mediagenic Part II: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/history-of-mediagenic-part-ii/

TCW 126 - Activision and Atari: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/activision-and-atari/

Bobby Kotick in Moneyball: https://www.engadget.com/2011-08-07-why-bobby-kotick-has-a-cameo-in-moneyball-the-charitable-conclu.html
TCW 027 - The Magnavox Patent Lawsuits: http://podcast.theycreateworlds.com/e/the-magnavox-patent-lawsuits-friday-september-16-2016-1003-am/

 

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TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

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

Alex's book, published Dec 2019, is available at CRC Press and at major on-line 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/

Centuri

Centuri

July 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 166 - Centuri

 

We look at the rebirth of Allied Leisure under new management and funding.  The company found a niche importing Japanese games from lesser known companies.  They also continued to leverage licensing to do cocktail cabinet styles of popular games.  Most notably the big four games that made the company rocket to the top were: Eagle, Phoenix, Pleiads, and Vanguard.  Later on the company would join into a partnership with Konami to import their games.  With Japanese companies opening their own manufacturing in the states the deal with Konami ended.  That combined with other issues lead to Centuri going out of business a few years later.

 

Eagle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zuq0ptnKRw

Moon Cresta: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl5stQgPGYQ

Phoenix: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eUUTZhkb1Y

Pleiads: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5YEx4-3TBo

Vanguard Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plZd5MzIELI

Vanguard Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MwVWsHBm5g

The Pit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTIjYc-ZH-A

Tunnel Hunt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6HqxB8eQ_w

Track and Field: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozcE8qzTdHo

 

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

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

 

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

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

 

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

Allied Leisure

Allied Leisure

July 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 165 - Allied Leisure

 

We look at the origins of the coin-op company Allied Leisure! The company came from a coin-op veteran who wanted to help his son establish a company he could call his own. Despite some notable successes Allied Leisure was plagued with quality issues in production. They made some unique games in coin-op with F-114, their pong clone, and pinball with cocktail cabinets. Unfortunately many setbacks including a fire, the death of  Robert Braun, the stigma of the company being known as Allied Looser, and the near liquidation of the company when the bankruptcy was declared. Allied Leisure had a fascinating history and would be reborn as Centuri when David Braun sold the company.

 

Slot Cars in the 60's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFQWsUABpPk

Monkey Bizz Flyer: https://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=flyer&db=arcadedb&id=1088&image=1
Picture of Unscramble: http://www.pinrepair.com/arcade/unscram.htm
Wild Cycle Cabinet Unboxing and Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhInZ6cUSL0

Wild Cycle Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fij6jpYb1T0

Sonic Fighter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ8AAxGOvHQ

Spoolsville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esLVT3A9Bfg
Sea Hunt Cabinet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSzLZ6BQJBs&t=1s
Sea Hunt Gameplay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5fkypjoKts

Paddle Battle Pictures: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=8963

Pictures of Tennis Tourney: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10072

Ethan Johnson's Article History of How We Play: https://thehistoryofhowweplay.wordpress.com/2017/12/31/the-mysteries-of-2017/
Zap Pictures: https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10666

Super Shifter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9sP-cq8eCA

F114: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgJ1PgGLlqQ

Street Burners (Cabinet pictures and short video): https://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9801

Pinball Dyn-O'-Mite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXmGJqQrIsM

Good Times Dyn-O'-Mite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5rKZs6HnB4

Name of the Game Article: http://allincolorforaquarter.blogspot.com/2012/09/allied-leisures-name-of-game-home-video.html

Name of the Game Console Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbHIQA2yjcc
Name of the Game Console cleanup and Demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cPc-ZHJibs

The Entertainer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKW2stl6Cfg

Take Five: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGBKjuXpKXA

Star Shooter Cocktail Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Mm3DE07Jm8

 

 

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TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

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

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

 

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

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

 

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

Fallout

Fallout

June 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 164 - Fallout

 

History. History is always changing. Greek historians recorded tales in scrolls, and simple books. Historians of the modern era use interviews, micro-film, and court documents to decipher history. In this episode Alex and Jeffrey look at the Fallout of all that historical work. How they can shape and mold it into the continuing narrative of the video game industry. Fallout almost was not a thing and possibly could not be made today. The game faced many challenges in its creation, but ended up being a very influential work affecting not just video games but role playing games as a whole.

 

Wasteland 1 DOS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v17LQ7Ukrsk

GURPS Explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZMLhphjB-g

GURPS Lite: http://www.sjgames.com/gurps/lite/
Wiz-War: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP5vZQJG1Vo

Isometric VS Oblique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tAXW_xn6rU
Oblique VS Isometric Drawings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w503xvjt7mA

Short Video of Knight Demo: https://youtu.be/T2OxO-4YLRk?t=904

Rex and Bobby Quest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yzms-rfYdKk

Crusader No Remorse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUnvNTvHMnQ

Mad Max Trailer 1979: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=caHnaRq8Qlg

Mad Max 2 The Road Warrior 1981: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlwtiOyaoo0

Mad Max 3 Beyond the Thunderdome 1985: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JKZKjFjHDM

The Omega Man 1979: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWB6Ufh4O98

A Boy and his Dog: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTck2RnpPy4

The Day After Reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aG-e52yAxfs

The Day After Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyy9n8r16hs

Intro Fallout 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geLiEiAiQJA

Fallout Endings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwXA_fIB2Ro

 

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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/

California Pacific

California Pacific

June 1, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 163 - California Pacific

 

We look at the company California Pacific. Founded by Al Remmers the company played a large role in launching the careers of Bill Budge and Richard Garriott. Al Remmers was in a unique position as a publisher. He had contacts with retailers spanning the entire country. In a way California Pacific was both one of the first distributors and used the EA model of programmers as rock stars. Promoting the games made by talented people, and promoting the individuals themselves. Unfortunately California Pacific had a too high royalty to those same programmers, and once dedicated distribution companies started to take over business declined. Al Remmers struggled with delegation, and unfortunately he developed a drug addiction.  Though not well known today California Pacific did play a vital role during a crucial stage of the computer video game industry.

 

A little Energon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy_6yo04Hjc

Overview of the S100 BUS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVblKM9bJxA

Super Invader/Apple Invader: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNSFD7mC-Oo

Bill Budge's Trilogy of Games: https://archive.org/details/wozaday_Bill_Budge_Trilogy

Picture of the packaging: https://web.archive.org/web/20220530014930/https://www.ebay.com/itm/203822308767
Bill Budge's Space Album: https://archive.org/details/wozaday_Bill_Budge_Space_Album

Akalabeth: https://archive.org/details/Akalabeth_1980_California_Pacific_Computer
World Od Doom Akalabeth Packaging: https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/apple-ii-akalabeth-world-doom-1889507320

Who is Lord British: http://www.softalkapple.com/more_to_the_story/remember-when-softalk-asked-who-lord-british
Ultima 1: https://archive.org/details/Ultima_I_1981_California_Pacific_Computer

 

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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/

Spinnaker Software

Spinnaker Software

May 15, 2022

TCW Podcast Episode 162 - Spinnaker Software

 

Often we laugh at educational games and software.  We tend to view the products as jokes and something that cannot fully succeed.  In our look at Spinnaker Software, we learn that there is more to it.  The company was short-lived but was founded by people with a deep passion for technology and gaming. They released games, and software that helped to show that there is more one can do with a computer than just drills.  If one of them went on to become a major World Of Warcraft raid leader it can't all be bad right?

 

Facemaker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seh6DyUPV8w

Story Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpbrcpfVwPY

Snooper Troops: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJOFAPPfZ2I

Alphabet Zoo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1m4Lt-7cY8

Adventure Creator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb_7-rlocKo

Rendezvous with Rama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VMbPzf_pq8

Fahrenheit 451: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnET12whCYs

Dragonworld: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ens1xbetX88

Amazon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTojZBzyFrI

Shadowkeep: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igXOcweWz_M

Below the Roots: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI87UAC3JzQ

WindowWorks: https://winworldpc.com/product/pfs-windowworks/2x
 

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

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

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Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/theycreateworlds

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

Alex's book is available for preorder and should be released through CRC Press in December 2019: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

 

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

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

 

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

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