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Caulfied Interview Transcript
Matt: All right folks I am here today with Anthony and Nicola Caulfield the husband and wife team behind the documentary From Bedrooms To Billions. Which I happen to have a copy of right here. Really nice cover on this. Now this covers the British side of the video game industry. Throughout I’d say the eight bit, before and up to the I guess everything up to the sixteen bit era?
Anthony: It actually goes all the way through to the present day. It speeds up a little bit through the sixteen bit era. There’s a reason for that.
Nicola: The film would have been about ten hours long.
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Matt: Hi, folks, I’m here today with none other than Alexey Pajitnov. He is a computer engineer and game designer. He created one of the best-loved video games of all time, namely Tetris.
Alexey: I am fine.
Matt: Before we start diving into the history of Tetris and all that stuff, I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about what you have been up to lately and what your plans are for the near future?
Alexey: I am a little bit of all dollerated for game industry so I can say that I am rather a bit tired over it, but I am still working perhaps small projects and that I might have a small team working for and of my partner, which was fun when we worked together. We do several games for apps store, they are there.
Hi, all. The transcript for my interview with Dr. Richard Bartle, creator of MUD, is finally available! Enjoy. Transcript begins below.
Hi, folks! Here’s the transcript of my interview with the great Paul Neurath of Otherside Entertainment. Paul is a living legend among game developers, with a long list of innovative and much-loved titles, including Ultima Underworld, Flight Unlimited, Thief, System Shock, Terra Nova, and now, Underworld Ascendent. Watch below or click the read more to see the transcription.
Hi, all. Following is the transcript of my interview with the designers of Serpent in the Staglands.
Matt: Hi, folks, I’m here with Hanna and the lovely Joe Williams of Whalenought Studios. Now Hanna your expertise really speaks for itself, but Joe I have got to ask, come on now, are you a real gamer?
Hi, all. Since FOX has apparently been cracking down on any and all YouTube videos with even a few seconds of their precious content, YouTube has blocked this Matt Chat worldwide. That’s right, not even Tasmanians can watch this bit of interview with the creator of Al Lowe. Thanks to Shane Stacks, however, I also have this website, where I can post the videos without blockage. Enjoy!
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Below is the transcript of an interview I did with Ed Fries. If you prefer to watch the videos, click the link below, which is a playlist that will take you through all of them. Otherwise, scroll down for the transcription!
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Matt: All right folks. I’m here with the legendary Ed Fries. The former Vice President of game publishing at Microsoft. He’s basically the guy who gave the thumbs up or down to the Xbox titles, and played a huge role in creating the Xbox. Does that sound about right? (laughs).
Ed: (Laughs) The older I get the more legendary I get. I noticed that. (laughs)
Hi, all. If you’ve been watching Matt Chat for awhile, you know that I’ve been working on a movie about the history of the videogames industry. It features HD interviews with John Romero (Doom), David Crane (Pitfall), Todd Howard (Fallout 3), Don Daglow (Utopia), Steve Meretzky (Planetfall), and John Smedley–just to name a few. It also has professional animation and a rocking soundtrack.
It’s now $4.99 to rent or $12.99 to own on Vimeo on Demand. Please check it out and let me know what you think!