July 19th, 2018 | Season 1 | 20 mins 27 secs
bomberman, dyna blaster, dynablaster, eric and the floaters, history, hudson soft, japanese, multiplayer, nintendo, shoji mizuno, video game
On June 11th, 2018, character designer and artist Shoji Mizuno passed away. He was a key figure back in the 1990s at the now-defunct Hudson Soft, a renowned Japanese games publisher — having directed art or design, or sometimes both, on more than a dozen games in the popular Bomberman franchise as well as providing original character designs for the Beyblade anime series.
Since this year is also the 35th anniversary of the release of the first Bomberman game on the MSX, I thought now would be a good time to look back on how the explosive puzzle franchise made its way into the world — and into the hearts of millions.
September 6th, 2017 | Season 1 | 30 mins 58 secs
airwings, app store, brian greenstone, enigmo, history, iphone, mobile games, pangea, pocket gamer
In the early days of the App Store, game developers found themselves locked in a race to a $0.99 price point that none of them wanted to become standard. This is the story of how that happened, and how it affected mobile games going forward.