In this episode Paul interviews Dave Upchurch. Starting his career at EMAP on popular 90’s magazine ACE he soon was moved to The One Amiga where he became the magazines editor. At the time the Amiga was going from strength to strength with games such as The Secret Of Monkey Island 2, Chaos Engine.
When GamesMaster magazine launched way back in December 1992 it was a big deal! With the tv show bringing gaming to the mainstream, Future publishing had been hard at work ready to capitalise on the ready made audience. GamesMaster was the new and exciting multi-format magazine covering Nintendo, Sega, Amiga, PC and much more.
The Sony PlayStation is one of the most successful consoles and brands that we as gamers have seen. We spoke to Geoff Glendenning who was Head Of Marketing for the PlayStation as he shares some of his memories. Geoff had worked in advertising previously and did work for Commodore and Acclaim before his big move to Sony.
In this episode we speak to another well known journalist from the 90’s. Neil West was known for his work on much loved Sega magazines Sega Power and MEGA. At the time the 16 bit Sega vs Nintendo war was heating up and there were many great games for the Sega Megadrive. We discuss how EA were so important for Sega with many hit games for the system.
Gary Penn has been working in the games industry for over 30 years. Starting out on the now iconic Zzap64 magazine for the Commodore 64 he became the editor in less than 2 years. We discuss those early days of his career at Newsfield and the challenges he faced as well as his memories working alongside Jaz Rignall.
As the video game medium matures, more intelligent, thought provoking and engaging stories are being told. While the outsiders to the medium like to pretend the only reactions that video games can provoke are anger and hatred, the reality is that games can stir a whole range of emotions.