June 6th, 2019 | Season 2 | 5 mins 25 secs
alexey pajitnov, anniversary, game boy, henk rogers, nintendo, soundbite, tetris
For the 35th anniversary of Tetris' original Russian version, I pulled out this clip from my interview with Henk Rogers — co-founder of The Tetris Company and the dude who got Tetris handheld and console publishing rights back in the 1980s. Listen for Henk's memories about the strategy inherent in the game's scoring system and the story of how they fixed a bias in the Game Boy version's random number generator.
February 12th, 2019 | 4 mins 47 secs
game design, heaven and earth, puzzle games, scott kim, soundbite
Legendary puzzle designer Scott Kim discusses the process and principles of puzzle-making for games. This is excerpted from an interview I conducted while researching my book The Secret History of Mac Gaming.
September 1st, 2018 | Season 1 | 5 mins 50 secs
age of empires, halo, jon kimmich, microsoft, pc, soundbite, xbox
This is from my interview with Jon Kimmich, who worked as a "product planner" and "program manager" in Microsoft's games group in the late 1990s and then in Microsoft Game Studios until 2004. He's since continued to work in bizdev roles in the games industry and has lots of fascinating insights.
Here he tells us about knowing when a game has that "magic" that means it's going to be a hit.
November 4th, 2017 | Season 1 | 11 mins 55 secs
8-bit, art, bonus, business, cancelled game, mark ferrari, marketing, soundbite, tv game, x-men
The story of a cancelled X-Men TV controller game, as told by former LucasArts illustrator Mark Ferrari, who is a world-renowned and innovative pixel artist responsible for popularising multiple graphical techniques — including dithering, colour cycling, and palette shifting. And an inside look at the downside of having marketing-focused gatekeepers in charge of what products hit store shelves.
September 22nd, 2017 | Season 1 | 4 mins 6 secs
apple, bill gates, browser gaming, microsoft, social gaming, soundbite
Steve Capps, one of the creators of the Macintosh and a Microsoft executive in the 1990s, tells a story from his days of working alongside Bill Gates.