For my money, Namco was one of the most important companies in the entire history of the games industry. Through most of their success they were led by co-founder of he company, Masaya Nakamura, one of the most persistent and successful businessmen to ever turn his eye towards video games. By all accounts he was… Continue reading A Tribute to Masaya Nakamura
With 2016 at a close, I find it important to go back and honor the pioneers of the computer and video game industry that have passed this year. I’ll be touching only on the most important that I know of, you can find more complete lists on places like Gamasutra. It’s a testament to how… Continue reading 2016: The Losses
This year has been the point where I have really started to take my process in documenting video game history seriously, starting in about April. I have learned so much about how to locate information and how to disseminate information in a way that allows me to properly pursue the stuff which isn’t as well… Continue reading My Favorite New Facts from 2016
Part of my credo of getting into research in a big way is starting to dig up materials that nobody has yet researched. I just got a big lump of new stuff from Alex Smith who runs They Create Worlds and I thought it’d be a good idea to share some of the stuff I’ve… Continue reading Selects #1: Recreation and Shocks
I was a bit confused when I first read about Ampex Videofile in Atari Inc. Business is Fun. I thought because of Ampex’s military ties that the project was rather secretive, but there was a lot of writing about Videofile going all the way back to its inception. There’s even a nice rundown in the… Continue reading Ampex Videofile for Videophiles
This post just lists the people in the game and tech industries that I have interviewed, when I’ve interviewed them, and how. I have a mass list of people I want to interview elsewhere, but I’ll keep this post updated so that people can know who I’ve spoken with. One note to be made is… Continue reading Full Interview List
My name is Ethan Johnson and this blog is based on video game research that I’m doing out of Chicago.