The Minds Behind Sports Games

Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers


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Imprint or Series:Studies in Gaming

About the Book

Featuring interviews with the creators of 35 popular video games—including John Madden Football, Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3, WCW/nWo Revenge, and RBI Baseball—this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) sports video 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.

About the Author(s)

Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of 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 teaches American studies and humanities at Pace University and lives in Brooklyn.

Bibliographic Details

Patrick Hickey, Jr.

Series Editor Matthew Wilhelm Kapell

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 130 photos, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7933-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4010-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Studies in Gaming

Book Reviews & Awards

• “An absolute BODY SLAM! You MUST read these stories. Patrick has done it again, and somehow…keeps getting better”—Stephen Fontana, Duel Screens

• “FINALLY! Patrick Hickey Jr. shines a powerful and much-needed light on the actual human beings who struggled and sacrificed to give the world its favorite video games and cherished childhood memories. The Minds Behind the Games series is a heartfelt but honest love letter to the forgotten and until now never told stories of the passionate people behind the pixels. Only Patrick has the combination of journalistic talent, integrity, and affection for the subject matter to accomplish what has been admiringly and very gratefully achieved here.”—Dave Wishnowski, creator, Pro Wrestling X

• “By conducting interviews with programmers and putting the games they created in context of both the industry and the zeitgeist at large, Patrick Hickey is uncovering stories that are not only fun to read, but also important for gaming historians and anyone interested in the fascinating, behind-the-scenes history of popular culture.”—Brett Weiss, author of the Classic Home Video Games series and The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987

• “I was skeptical of anyone’s interest in my relic information about game development in the 90s. Slowly I was drawn to the light of Patrick Hickey, Jr.’s amazing talents and desire to find out what this era of game development was really like. I trust that his journalistic ethics and video game passion allow him no other choice but to tell the truth”—Barbara Michalec, former Blue Sky Software Programmer, The Little Mermaid, Ren and Stimpy: Stimpy’s Invention and World Series Baseball ‘95