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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 1

    Oprah Winfrey


  • S 5 : Ep 18

    Eli Roth

    Aired 6/3/07

  • S 5 : Ep 17

    Frank Miller

    Aired 3/4/07

  • S 5 : Ep 16

    Tony "Mad Dog" Alva

    Aired 12/24/06

  • S 5 : Ep 15

    Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell

    Aired 12/17/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jake Steele


  • Tommy Tallarico


  • Shigeru Miyamoto


  • Michael Ironside

    Sam Fisher (Voice)

  • Geoff Keighley


  • show Description
  • For the 2006 season, Icons focuses on popular cultural icons - The Emperors of Cool. Each week a new person or element of pop-culture is highlighted and gives viewers a history of that topic as well as behind the scenes biographical sights of the topic of focus. Seasons 1-4: The video game industry has a rich history that is mostly unknown to even serious gamers. Icons takes an episodic look at the history of the gaming industry through a documentary approach. Each episode provides the history of a topic, a game, or an individual which is considered to be "iconic" in the industry of gaming. Coverage includes interviews from those in the industry and those who report on it, as well as behind the scenes footage. Icons gives viewers a comprehensive retrospective on the history of video games. Renamed Game Makers after Season 5 began.moreless

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    User Score: 1999


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (104)

    • Jake Steele: Shigeru Miyamoto has proved to be a man of ethics and innovation. But, more importantly, he refuses to grow up.

    • Shigeru Miyamoto: Ever since I was a kid, I've always wanted to create things that would shock or surprise or bring enjoyment to people.

    • Chris Carle: Obviously, he's created a lot of iconic characters. I mean you could almost equate him to Walt Disney in the world of video games.

    • Beth Lleweln: He's a creator. He wants to be able to have the freedom to do that. And Nintendo has been able to grant him that freedom.

    • John Smedley: It's just one of this big ball of energy that sucks people in.

    • Chuck Osborn: In a way it's like our world, except it's in a fantasy setting. It has an economy, it has a social structure, it's just not our world.

    • Jake Steele: Regardless of where Atari is today, people around the world will always remember it for what it was, and what it began.

    • Leonard Herman: You see the Atari logo, it means something. The younger people today who might buy an Atari game, it's just a name on a box. They have no idea what it means.

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    Notes (32)

    • This episode tells of a man who actually beat the original game of Pac-Man.

    • Shigeru Miyamoto is the mind behind the creation of three of the most popular and well known video gaming characters ever created: Donkey Kong, Mario and Link.

    • Episode was edited/updated in 2005. Everquest 2 is mentioned and it wasn't released until November 8, 2004. The original air date of episode is July 7, 2002.

    • Alternative Title: Madden NFL

    • Episode was edited/updated in 2005. Episode now includes footage of the 2004, 2005, and 2006 of Madden. Also, the copyright has been changed to '2005.'

    • Mario's award from the annual G4 game awards is mentioned in this episode. That award show aired about two weeks before this episode did.

    • This episode has a diffrent narrator, or at least a different voice.

    • A few months after this episode was first aired, Jason Rubin, one of the two founding members of Naughty Dog, left the company.

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    Trivia (23)

    • Donkey Kong came from the idea of Shigeru Miyamoto originally calling the title Kong. And since it was a game about a gorilla that was donkey stubborn, Donkey Kong was born.

    • Shigeru Miyamoto is the first recipient of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences.

    • Denise Harris-Kester is the model for Everquest's central character High Elven Paladin Firiona Vie, who is featured predominately on the box art.

    • Yuji Naka was originally going to make Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Rabbit.

    • Footage from this episode was also used in a future Icons episode, Fighting Games

    • Peter's Lionhead Studios was named after Mark Webley's pet hampster Lionhead, which soon died after the name was accepted.

    • Donkey Kong came from the idea of Shigeru Miyamoto originally calling the title Kong after the popular King Kong. And since it was a game about a gorilla that was donkey stubborn, Donkey Kong was born.

    • This episode was included as a special feature on the Doom 3: Limited Collector's Edition game for the Xbox.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Movie Reference: Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom While Ian and Bobby are backstage at G-Phoria, they are in a cart replaying a "scene" from The Temple of Doom.

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • This show used to talk about games so this is the review before it changed. ( Was Written Long Ago)

    By SimpsonFan0505, Jun 16, 2006

  • Icons was a show telling you about the history of videogames. Now they are doing stuff that isn't even related to videogames.

    By judog1, Jun 10, 2006

  • Great info on video games!

    By Fry88, Apr 15, 2006

  • This show is very helpful.

    By packymaster, Apr 12, 2006

  • Icons is sorta like VH1 goes inside. It goes in and explains the history of something video-game related...

    By Paul-Aex-LX, Apr 09, 2006

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