About The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Video Game Developers

Featuring interviews with the creators of 36 popular video games--including Deus Ex, Night Trap, Mortal Kombat, Wasteland and NBA Jam--this book gives a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of some of the most influential and iconic (and sometimes forgotten) 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.

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About the Author:

Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of and a Lecturer of English and The Assistant Director of the Journalism program at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns and coverage by Nintendo, Disney, the New York Times and EA Sports and has appeared in outlets the likes of the New York Daily News, NBC News, Examiner, Old School Gamer Magazine and his own site,

Patrick Hickey Jr.

Editoral Reviews

"Fantastic. One part serious journalism and the other a love letter to the history of gaming."--Anthony Frisina, author of The Regulator

“NHLPA 93 was the first game I owned for the Sega Genesis and I played it nonstop for a month. I truly believe my favorite player as a kid was Jeremy Roenick simply because of this game. Patrick does a terrific job encapsulating the history, emotion and drama of the early days of this series.” –Arda Ocal, MSG Networks

“The Minds Behind the Games” reads like personal voiceover for a 30-for-30 documentary on every classic video game discussed in the book. This is a must-read for classic gaming fans and anyone interested in learning about the thought process of gaming developers..- Brian Mazique, Forbes

"From arcade rats to indie developers, Hickey gives an intimate look at the personalities behind gaming with the passion of a fanboy and the attention of a scholar."--Cesar R. Bustamante, Jr., New York Daily News

“I love the ‘WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game’ chapter, which perfectly captures the aura surrounding that title—its development and release during such a transitionary phase for Wrestling—and how it smartly serves as a fun and exemplary reminder of the game’s uniqueness in being a fighting game at heart, hybridized…and stylized with mystical, whimsical gimmick-specific elements effectively creating a ‘game for everyone,’ during a time when that was an impossible task.”— Joel Gertner, Extreme Championship Wrestling Legend

“Hickey's discussions of the NHL Faceoff brought back huge memories for me. Being able to play a season, insert yourself in the lineup and play to hoist the Stanley Cup made the dreams of my youth come alive on the television. Thanks for allowing me to re-live my past with the telling of these stories.”—Gary Harding, 1240 SportsTalk Radio.

"This book will make your inner gamer do the time warp again and again." --Chris Butera, founder, Bonesaw webzine.