- The video game industry has evolved significantly over the past few decades.
- Many new developers have become inspired to create titles, thanks to games like Noctropolis.
- We interviewed Brent Erickson, a veteran game developer, to get his insights into the current industry.
Video games have become an extremely popular form of media, especially in the last few decades. Surprisingly, this sprawling industry is still pretty young, as it only bloomed in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to the birth of arcade games. The notion evolved exponentially since then and is even reported to be bigger than Hollywood and the music industry combined.
One of the few people who started video game development following the industry’s inception is Brent Erickson. He has published over 80 titles, some of which were in collaboration with notable companies like EA, SEGA, etc. Brent is also the founder of Flashpoint Productions, which was later sold to Bethesda Softworks in the mid-90s, after which he became the Development Director at Bethesda.
Taking this opportunity, we spoke with Brent Erickson over an email interview, discussing his early years in the industry and his time with Bethesda. Read ahead for the full conversation.
We thank Brent for his time and valuable insights into the world of Bethesda. Among the many ideas the company considered making at one point, one that stands out is The 10th Planet, which Todd Howard recently brought up. It was canceled after several delays, but its concept of space exploration was used in Bethesda’s latest IP, Starfield.
Brent Erickson has a long history in the video game industry. Although he may not be as active as he used to be in his prime, his titles have undoubtedly inspired many new developers.
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