The Life & Times of Video Games

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. 

https://lifeandtimes.games

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 32m. Bisher sind 59 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 3 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

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Bonus: Game devs on the impact of the original Mac


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 2018-11-23  41m
 
 

Microsoft Games


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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