As part of a new initiative on IGN, we’re spending whole entire exploring topics we find interesting in the world of video games – ones that we hope that you will, too! We started back in April, exploring all sorts of bizarre video game urban legends, then spent May deep-diving into hyper-specific details of video game development.
June was Icons month, where we spent the time we’d usually be prepping for E3 and running around the LACC profiling iconic video game industry figures, characters, series, and themes. We featured short-form video versions of these interviews in our Summer of Gaming live show, but we highly recommend you check out the full interviews as well.
We spoke at length with David Hayter, the original voice of the legendary Solid Snake, who opened up about his work on the Metal Gear series, discovering the character’s iconic voice, and why Snake is still so meaningful to people to this day. Read the full interview here.
The Birdman himself spoke with us about the impact of the juggernaut Tony Hawk Pro Skater series and the much-anticipated 2020 remake of the two all-time classics. Read the full interview here.
How Brian Fargo (Sort of) Launched Blizzard
We sat down with RPG Legend Brian Fargo (Fallout, The Bard’s Tale) about ‘kind of’ founding Blizzard, and why RPG fans should be looking forward to Wasteland 3.
The original director of Resident Evil, Dino Crisis, The Evil Within and more discusses how to tackle zombies in 2020, and how his horror games will change post-pandemic. Read the full interview here.
We spoke to CD Projekt Red’s Story Director Marcin Blacha about how the studio fills their games with meaningful choices and memorable consequences. Read the full interview here.
Game design power couple John and Brenda Romero, designers of classic shooters and RPGs, discuss the state of first-person shooters and role-playing games in 2020. Read the full interview here.
The Past and Future of Starcraft
And finally, we spoke with four Blizzard veterans – Senior Art Director Samwise Didier, Lead Artist Rob McNaughton, Senior Game Designer Matt Morris, and Production Director Kaeo Milker – about the past, present, and future of the legendary Starcraft franchise.
Have themes you’d like to see explored? Let usknow in the comments, and stay tuned for July’s theme: Launches, where we’ll take a look at some of the biggest kickoffs and infamous fumbles in the games and entertainment industry.