About Us

"They Create Worlds" is the umbrella term for a podcast, book, and blog relating to the history of the video game industry! We try to take a complete view of the industry by not just looking at the creative side of the industry. We also look at the companies, people, sociopolitical, and economic factors that shaped the industry that many love today! If you have an intrest in a game, genre, company, person, arcades, or anything related to them we have something for you!

The Books

Alex has been researching the video game industry for over fourteen years! He has conducted over a hundred interviews with executives, salespeople, and lesser known developers to try and capture a complete picture of the industry. He has partnered with CRC Press to release a three volume book series on the video game industry. The first book in the series was released on November 28 th 2019. You can check out more information on the book over here.

The Podcast

The They Create Worlds podcast launched on September 1st 2015. Originally the concept of the podcast was born from the conversations Alex and Jeffrey had socially while discussing what Alex was currently researching. Jeffrey found these conversations to be interesting, and thought that they could make a good podcast for others with similar interests. After an initial investment, and recording lead time the first episode "All I can do is ask why?" was put up for public consumption!

The podcast is recorded with Alex and Jeffrey being in their respective homes. They each record their audio locally, and Jeffrey puts them together during the editing process. Sometimes the editing process is broadcast live on Twitch.TV! If you like what you hear please consider supporting the podcast by becomeing a Patreon supporter.

Guest Appearences

We have been guests on a few other podcasts! If you like what we do, and want to learn more about us, or orher podcasts to listen to check out hte episodes bellow.


Alex gave a wonderful interview detailing the inception of his work, the books, and the podcast over at The Video Game News Room Time Machine . It is well worth a listen for some behind the scenes information. A special thanks to them for having Alex on!

Listen to The Video Game Newsroom Time Machine Alex Smith Interview


We were on Pixelated Audio with Bryan and Gene! We covered a swash of games! We looked at how the technology changed over the years, and how those limitations dictated the style and tone of the music. We look at roughly seven years spaning 1977-1984. If you are interested in video game history check out Bryan and Nathan's deep dives into the music, composers, and artists that brought the games to life. A big thanks to them for having us on!

Listen to Pixelated audio EP 127 Early Game Music with They Create Worlds


Alex and Jeffrey were on The 42 Cast . Nathan was gracious enough to have us on, We give some personal life background, and go into Alex's work with video game history. We also talk about the podcast, its inception, and so much more! Check it out!

Listen to the 42 Cast Episode 70 - They Create worlds


Alex was on the Video Game History Hour a podcast put out by the Video Game History Foundation. Alex talked with them about the great video game crash. They also talked a little about They Create Worlds, the book and the podcast. Even if you heard our three parter on the Great Video Game Crash you will find new tidbits in this episode!

Listen to The Video Game History Hour Episode 14 - Alex Smith Discusses They Create Worlds


We were both interviewed by Pete Pappavaselio of Behind the Podcast ! We talked with Pete about some of the things that go on with the production of each episode. The editing done by Jeffrey, and the research done by Alex. We also go into some of our favorite franchises, where we see the video game industry going, and give a few insights into our personal lives. A good listen if you want to learn a little more about the people behind the show! Thank you very much to Pete for having us on, and the wonderful converation!

Listen to Behind the Podcast Episode 2: They Create Worlds with Alex and Jeffrey





The Team

Alexander Smith

Alex Smith

Just some guy ya' know? Well, Alex is the mind behind They Create Worlds. His knowledge of the industry, the companies, and the people is unparalleled. He has been working on researching the industry, including conducting over one hundred interviews, for nearly fifteen years. He often selects each topic for a podcast episode, and meticulously researches the topic before recording begins!

Contact Alex directly at: alex@TheyCreateWorlds.com

Jeffrey Daum

Jeffrey Daum

Jeffrey is Alex's co-host on the podcast. He introduces each episode, usually with a quip, and provides a layman's viewpoint. He will chime in with technical knowledge and insight from time to time. Jeffrey also does the audio production for the podcast. He manages the social media presence of the podcast, and updates the website with new information.

Contact Jeffrey directly at: jeffrey@TheyCreateWorlds.com