Best Alex Smith Jeffrey Daum Podcasts (2022)
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They Create Worlds

Alex Smith, and Jeffrey Daum

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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!
 
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TCW Podcast Episode 154 - Nintendo Playing with Controversy In part two of our look at the history of Nintendo, we cover the aftermath of Hiroshi Yamauchi's father abandoning the family. He ended up growing up under the care of his grandparents. Unfortunately, after a stroke suffered by his Grandfather, Hiroshi Yamauchi had to take over control of …
 
TCW Podcast Episode 153 - Nintendo Playing With Cards We start off our look at the complete history of Nintendo. The company started as a side project of a cement company trying to get cement into Kyoto. From the humble start of being in a small house with six employees, Nintendo started to grow into an unrivaled producer of cards not just in Japan…
 
TCW Podcast Episode 152 - Grand Theft Auto 2 by 3 With the groundwork of the series laid down, we continue our look into the franchise of Grand Theft Auto. GTA 2 went to market during a transition phase with Rockstar, Take-Two Interactive, and DMA (Soon to be Rockstar North), sorting out who would deal with what. GTA 2 was a modest success, but it …
 
TCW Podcast Episode 151 - Grand Theft Auto 1 We start our look at the legendary game series Grand Theft Auto. A game series that had many influences that came out of the British PC market. The game may not have seen the light of day if it was not for developers and executives championing the game to BMG Interactive. With the help of a PR campaign t…
 
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 thems…
 
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 th…
 
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 …
 
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 w…
 
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 transcrip…
 
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 wi…
 
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 comme…
 
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, …
 
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 indust…
 
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 …
 
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 g…
 
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 …
 
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 vide…
 
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