The Life & Times of Video Games

By The HP Video Game Podcast Network

An award-nominated documentary and narrative audio series about video games and the video game industry — as they were in the past, and how they came to be the way they are today. History doesn't just vanish into the distance behind us; it casts a very long shadow that affects everything that comes after it, and so with The Life and Times of Video Games journalist and historian Richard Moss draws those through lines to tell fascinating stories about the past that link right back to the present. 

  1. 1.
    33 - MobyGames, the IMDB of Video Games
    58:22
  2. 2.
    Interview: Kate Willaert (A Critical Hit)
    1:35:25
  3. 3.
    32 - Flight Control, the simple little iPhone game that helped redefine an industry
    43:27
  4. 4.
    Interview: Andrew Borman (Strong Museum of Play, PtoPOnline)
    58:52
  5. 5.
    Soundbite: Chris Crawford on thinking in processes vs facts
    11:18
  6. 6.
    31 - Ghosts of Games That Never Were
    42:22
  7. 7.
    Soundbite: Chris Crawford on how to give a great speech
    12:14
  8. 8.
    A Christmas gift from meow to you
    11:50
  1. 9.
    Interview: Sam Dyer (Bitmap Books)
    1:15:00
  2. 10.
    30 - The Dragon Speech, and Chris Crawford's improbable dream
    42:15
  3. 11.
    Soundbite: Don Daglow on life at Mattel in the early days of the Intellivision
    11:54
  4. 12.
    29 - Utopia, and the teacher who made a game of its impossibility
    39:44
  5. 13.
    Indie Spotlight: Richard Bannister (Retro Games for Mac Collection)
    32:07
  6. 14.
    28 - Transport Tycoon (aka the great optimiser, Chris Sawyer)
    37:50
  7. 15.
    Soundbite: Vance Cook on inventing new control mechanics for virtual golf
    10:28
  8. 16.
    27 - Links
    40:01
  9. 17.
    The Life & Times of Video Games trailer
    1:27
  10. 18.
    26 - The Nostalgia Box
    38:58
  11. 19.
    Interview: Kelsey Lewin (Video Game History Foundation and Pink Gorilla Games)
    1:34:34
  12. 20.
    Soundbite: a one-stop shop for (shareware) games
    4:15
  13. 21.
    Interview: The CRPG Addict
    1:25:39
  14. 22.
    25 - Pimps at Sea
    39:43
  15. 23.
    Interview: Phil Salvador (The Obscuritory)
    1:44:02
  16. 24.
    Soundbite: Gail Tilden on working at Nintendo of America in its early years
    6:55
  17. 25.
    24 - Bully (Canis Canem Edit)
    25:53
  18. 26.
    Interview: Alex aka Blackoak from Shmuplations.com
    1:35:25
  19. 27.
    23 - The Fog of War
    25:48
  20. 28.
    Soundbite: Bruce Shelley's "inverted pyramid of decision making"
    2:50
  21. 29.
    22 - Wololo
    24:02
  22. 30.
    [Bonus] The Rise & Fall of Ambrosia Software, '90s Mac Legends - PAX Aus 2019 talk
    1:00:47
  23. 31.
    21 - Pitfall Harry, the Jungle Runner
    31:59
  24. 32.
    20 - RealSound™ and Voice Characterisations
    36:56
  25. 33.
    Interview: Tom Lenting (Games History of the Netherlands)
    44:17
  26. 34.
    19 - Premier Manager
    28:35
  27. 35.
    Soundbite: Former Sega CEO Tom Kalinske on telling the US Senate games aren't "just for kids"
    4:24
  28. 36.
    18 - Hogs of War
    28:34
  29. 37.
    17 - Super Mario Kart
    27:20
  30. 38.
    16 - Sega Rally Championship
    23:30
  31. 39.
    Soundbite: Henk Rogers on randomness and dilemmas in Tetris
    6:41
  32. 40.
    15 - The Boss Button
    24:03
  33. 41.
    14 - Lode Runner
    26:14
  34. 42.
    Soundbite: Scott Kim shares a few secrets of puzzle design
    4:47
  35. 43.
    Bonus: Game devs on the impact of the original Mac
    1:03:42
  36. 44.
    Episode 13 - Girl Games, Inc.
    41:37
  37. 45.
    Episode 12 - Microsoft Games
    35:27
  38. 46.
    Soundbite: Spotting "the magic" (Jon Kimmich, ex-Microsoft Games)
    5:50
  39. 47.
    Episode 11 - Bomberman
    20:26
  40. 48.
    Episode 10 - Dogz
    34:53
  41. 49.
    Episode 9 - Midwinter
    30:50
  42. 50.
    Episode 8 - The Tomb Raider grid (part 2)
    37:37

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