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Wing Commander

Wing Commander

July 1, 2020

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/

The Atari Games You Are Looking For

The Atari Games You Are Looking For

June 15, 2020

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/

The Return of the Sdraziw of Sir-Tech

The Return of the Sdraziw of Sir-Tech

June 1, 2020

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/

The Wizards of Sir-Tech

The Wizards of Sir-Tech

May 15, 2020

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/

Primordial Computer Game Industry

Primordial Computer Game Industry

May 1, 2020

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/

And Landing on it!

And Landing on it!

April 15, 2020

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/

Jumping to It!

Jumping to It!

April 1, 2020

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/

Books of History

Books of History

March 15, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 110 - Books of History

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

TCW Email: feedback@theycreateworlds.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

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

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

Alex's book is available for order through CRC Press and other retailers: http://bit.ly/TCWBOOK1

 

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

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

 

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

Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

March 1, 2020

TCW Podcast Episode 109 - Adventuring with LucasArts Part 2

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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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 

 

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Adventuring with LucasArts Part 1

Adventuring with LucasArts Part 1

February 15, 2020

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/