Entitled “Boom and Bust,” the first episode focused on the arcade gaming consoles and home video games developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The episode also gave a deeper insight into the “Video Game Crash of 1983” (the gaming recession that lasted from 1983-1985), and featured interviews with Toru Iwatani (creator of Pac-Man) and Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) to name a few.
Episode Two, “Comeback Kid,” dove into Nintendo’s introduction to the United States through Donkey Kong’s release to the Nintendo Entertainment System. This episode also gave viewers a closer look at the 1990 Nintendo World Championship, and included interviews with Hirokazu Tanaka (music composer for Nintendo) and Jeff Hansen (winner of the Nintendo World Championship), amongst others. “Comeback Kid” is dedicated to the late John Kirby (lawyer for Nintendo).
Episode Three, called “Role Players,” focused on the beginnings of role playing and adventure games. It also covered the early stages of those games on PC, and the eventual transition into console RPGs. Interviews for this episode included; Richard Garriott (creator of Ultima), and Yoshitaka Amana (Final Fantasy artist), among others.
Episode 4, entitled “This is War,” went into the in-depth battle between Sega and Nintendo, and detailed Sega’s aggressive push to outdo Nintendo. In the episode, Tom Kalinske (CEO of Sega) talked about the release of Sonic the Hedgehog and John Madden Football. Joe Ybarra, the producer of John Madden Football, also joined the episode, while developer Gordon Bellamy spoke about his part in incorporating African-Americans into the series. Additional interviews included Hirokazu Yashura (gameplay designer for Sonic), Naoto Ohshmia (character design artist for Sonic), and more.