The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers

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McFarland, Apr 4, 2018 - Games & Activities - 216 pages
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Featuring interviews with the creators of 36 popular video games—including Deus Ex, Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, Wasteland and NBA Jam—this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) games of all time. Recounting endless hours of painstaking development, the challenges of working with mega publishers and the uncertainties of public reception, the interviewees reveal the creative processes that produced some of gaming’s classic titles.
 

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Contents

Foreword by Brett Weiss
1
Preface
3
Introduction
6
The Gruesome SportsHybrid That Could
11
From the Basement to the Norse God of Noir
17
Jimmy Beats World
23
Countdown to Major TomTom
29
The Extra Terrestrial The Best Game Ever Made in Five Weeks
34
The Game That Kicked HangOn and Akira in the Face
113
From Killer Choplifter Clone to Classic
119
The First and Best Simpsons Game Ever
124
Sins of the Fathers Voodoo Chile
129
PointandClicks Original SCUMMBags
134
Pain for Pleasure
139
From Troublemaking Shooter to GenreDefining Conspiracy Theory
144
Putting the Heroes into Might and Magic
149

The Best Game Ever Made in Six Weeks
40
From Streets of Rage 3D to Core Classic
45
Explorational Not Educational
50
The Shining in the Darkness
55
The Truth About Catz and Dogz
61
Segas Funky and Fantastic Other Mascots
72
Appetite for Destruction
77
Johns Tale
82
The Game That Beat Those Angry Birds for a Little While
87
From Arrows on the Ouya to Ascending on the PlayStation 4 and Beyond
92
The Big Green Monster That Could and Did
97
Great Power Great Fun
102
From Star Castle Port to GameChanging Shooter
107
Even Better Than the Real Thing
153
Through the Fire and Flames
158
A DecadeLong Dream in Development
163
The Arcade Game Scotch and Treadmills
170
Enter the Fatality
174
Fighting for Fun Before If Its in the Game Its in the Game
179
A Christmas Story
185
The Birth of Boomshakalaka
191
The Little Jaguar That Could
196
Fallouts Unlikely Papa
200
Conclusion
206
index
207
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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of ReviewFix.com and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by Nintendo, Disney and EA Sports. Matthew Wilhelm Kapell worked in the Media and War & Society programs at Swansea University, United Kingdom. He lives in Roseville, California.

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