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Podcast Special – MLG Meets Jon Hare

July 10th, 2010 by

As we mentioned on last week’s mammoth Episode 100 show, we’re taking a fortnight out to bring you two very special audio interviews. We’ve talked to a lot of amazing people at Midlife Gamer so far, including Charles Cecil, Ralph Baer, Chet Faliszek, Masaya Matsuura and this week’s guest stands proud amongst that prestigious list of names. We are of course referring to the legend that is Jon Hare.

A founding member and driving force behind Sensible Software the makers of Mega Lo Mania, Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder, he talks exclusively to Midlife Gamer about the full history of the company, gives us the reasons behind the Codemasters buyout and goes into detail about the making of the biggest Sensible titles.

He explains the reasoning behind their focus on humour and music in their games, his personal approach to video game design, rocks our world with the knowledge that Mega Lo Mania was originally set in space and gives us a little more information on his much hyped but ultimately canned project Sex ‘n’ Drugs ‘n’ Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Never one to avoid controversy, John also gives us his opinion on why modern gamers are being given ‘dumbed down’ products, why iterative console design and firmware upgrades harm the industry, we discuss his take on motion control and he tells us about his exciting new project Me Stars. All this, plus lots more on this special edition of the Midlife Gamer podcast.

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7 Responses to “Podcast Special – MLG Meets Jon Hare”
  1. avatar windjunky says:

    Such a fantastic interview.. and what a great guy Jon is. If I had to compose a list of people in the gaming industry I’d like interviewed Jon Hare would have been one of the Top.
    Good work guys.

  2. avatar Adamski UK says:

    “Down to the Viscounts” – I pissed my knickers at that!
    Great Interview chaps, sounds like you had a truly great time.

    Some great insights in to the past….loved it.

  3. avatar Wayne Shayler says:


  4. Really interesting interview, great work guys!

  5. avatar malc says:

    countless hours spent on my C64 playing microprose soccer. Good times.

  6. avatar mym1nd says:

    Wonderful. I know I have never played Megalomania but I love that game…

    What a greta interview, awesome guy, and the best two hours I have had blokes in my ears in the longest time.

  7. avatar Dippy Dolittle says:


    Not sure if this post will spring to the top or if you guys subscribe to it, but I saw this on Kickstarter and thought you might be interested?



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