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.