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They Create Worlds


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1Searching for Bobby Fischer 1 2 Shall We Play a (War) Game? 17 3 The Priesthood at Play 29 4 One, Two, Three, Four I Declare a Space War 43 5 The Stars Are Right 61 6 Pinball Wizards 75 7 Rising Sun 101 8 A Nutty Idea 121 9 1TL200: A Video Game Odyssey 137 10 Ping-Pong Diplomacy 155 11 The Day of the Jackal 167 12 These Violent Delights 183 13 Homeward Bound 205 14 Back to BASICs 225 15 These Are the Voyages 241 16 Micro Machines 251 17 Solid State of Mind 269 18 Breaking Out in Japan 279 19 Chasing the Silver Ball 297 20 Putting the F in Fun 313 21 Hey Stella 327 22 Meet Me at the Faire 343 23 Micronauts 361 24 Critical Role 371 25 Adventure Time 383 26 Power in the Palm of Your Hand 395 27 The King is Dead, Long Live the King! 409 28 Japanese Invaders 421 29 Deep Impact 439 30 Home Invasion 455 31 Intelligent Television 467 32 Active Television 477 33 Guardians of the Galaxy 489 34 Pac-Man Fever 505 35 Blue Skies 517 Epilogue: A Date Which Will Live in Infamy 535

About the Author

Alexander Smith is a reference librarian with a background in history, research, and law who has been delving into the history of the video game industry for over ten years. He has played a crucial role in the preservation of certain documents and artifacts in early video game history and has conducted over 100 oral history interviews with key executives in the evolution of the industry. Currently, he co-hosts a bi-monthly podcast dedicated to the history of the industry (also called "They Create Worlds") and serves as a researcher and consultant for the Video Game Pioneers Archive oral history project of the Smithsonian Institution.

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