Episode 12 - Microsoft Games

November 1st, 2018 · 35 mins 27 secs

About this Episode

Before something like the Xbox could ever hope to exist, Microsoft first needed to learn how to be a successful games publisher on the PC. This is the story — or part of it — of how Microsoft got games, featuring input from four key Microsoft Game Studios people — Ed Fries, Stuart Moulder, Ed Ventura, Jon Kimmich — and Age of Empires co-creator Rick Goodman.

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Original scoring and sound design by me.

While I fully intend on covering more of the Microsoft games story in future, if you'd like to learn more there are a couple of books by veteran games and tech journalist Rusel DeMaria. Game of X volume 1 delves into the Xbox, while volume 2 looks at the backstory before Xbox.

Find out more about my new book project, Shareware Heroes: Independent Games at the Dawn of the Internet, at Unbound.


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