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Interview Matt Chat 244: Robert Sirotek on the Origins of Sir-Tech

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  1. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Tags: Matt Barton; Robert Sirotek; Sir-Tech; Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord

    The latest guest to be interviewed on Matt Barton's show is none other than Robert Sirotek, co-founder of Sir-Tech Software. In the first episode of the interview, Robert tells the story of Sir-Tech's founding, and how his family's chance acquaintance with a wunderkind by the name of Robert Woodhead (who was the son of his father's partner in the industrial resin business) led to the development of a database program called InfoTree, a real-time space game called Galactic Attack, and eventually, the first Wizardry.


    Robert claims that Wizardry was the first boxed game ever. I wonder if that's really true. And sorry guys, no Stones of Arnhem stuff here yet. That's still more than a decade off.
     
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    He's joined by Richard Garriott, Joel Billing and half of the active developers at the time on that claim... :roll:
     
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  3. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Well, here's what my favorite authoritative source says: http://www.filfre.net/2012/03/making-wizardry/

    It doesn't outright claim that it was the first box, but it was at least very impressive compared to the competition.
     
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    That description of the game. :lol:
     
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    That was in 81; a year before SSI had released Computer Bismarck:

    Garriott did it in 82, but also claim to be the first:

    Truth is, we'll never know...
     
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    It's definitely not true, Wizardry has been released in 1981 and I've got some older game boxes in my collection, for example: Dunjonquest: Temple of Apshai (Epyx, 1979) or Nukewar (Avalon Hill, 1980).
     
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  7. Infinitron I post news Patron

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    Are you sure they're not rereleases, though?
     
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    Yes, I am because I own the re-release of Asphai as well :) Different cover and copyright from 1983.
     
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    Fixed that description for you a bit.
     
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    True legend. It is cool that some of the greatest games in history came out of company with czech ancestry.
    Just wish they were still in business, dammit
    And that this video had subtitles, because I have a difficult time understanding all of it, with the sound quality and all that.
     
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    According to the Digital Antiquarian, the Siroteks were actually Jewish, although Robert didn't seem eager to mention it (you'd think he'd mention why his ancestor had to flee Czechoslovakia)
     
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    In 1998 or 1999, I've talked to one of them at some PR event for "Jagged Alliance 2" and my game "Knights and Merchants" here in Munich. But I can't remember who it was: Norman or John, I guess latter.

    Another detail that I've almost forgot: on this party, I drank Whiskey-Colas with Ian Currie which turned out to be a very bad idea. I guess Currie's ancestors came from Scotland or Ireland, means at least 90% resistance vs Alcohol.
     
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    If so, those Scottish ancestors will be haunting him for the sacrilege of adulterating good whisky with Cola. Most Scots I know won't even serve ice with whisky!
     
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    It seems that even one of the earliest cRPG's referred to itself as a war game. Well-played, Servo, well-played.
     
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    Also, computers did not call themselves computers they were MICROCOMPUTERS!!!!!
     
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    Of course it's a wargame...
    Show Spoiler
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    That's what I was alluding to, in fact:
     
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    What sort of retard gives a shit about that
     
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    Oh I see now. Heh.. I avoided that thread for some reason.
     
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    1950's-1970's, the war game 'hobby' embraced miniatures, board games, and guided adventures.

    Aspiring to RAND Corporation delusions of grandeur, higher toned writers, marketers, propagandists evoked the word simulation,

    and were likely to miss their general [mass] audience that would have had a clearer conception if war game was included in the labeling sales pitch.





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    War games did not call themselves war games they were simulations of war games.

    So CRPGs as we know them should actually be called MICROCOMPUTER SIMLUATIONS OF SIMULATIONS or MSSes for short.
     
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    ban Servo
     
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