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Episode Guide

    • Nobuo Uematsu
      Nobuo Uematsu
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      7/8/04
      10
      Learn how Nobuo Uematsu went from playing keyboard in a band to joining Square in 1985. Join us as Nobuo himself tells us about his musical influences in creating the soundtrack for the beloved Final Fantasy series and find out how he has propelled himself into mainstream music today.
    • Final Fantasy
      Final Fantasy
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      1/15/04
      10
      From the first Final Fantasy to X-2 and beyond, get the story behind one of the most successful and longest running franchises in gaming history. With interviews from the likes of Hironobu Sakaguchi, Tetsuya Nomura, and Nobuo Uematsu, find out about Final Fantasy's rise from its humble beginnings to its stratospheric heights.moreless
    • Sega Dreamcast
      Sega Dreamcast
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      3/11/04
      10
      We explore the rocky history of Sega's last venture into the console market. Hear from Sega insiders Bernard Stolar and Kathy Schoback about the Dreamcast's last days of life and how Sega made the leap from console maker to one of the top software publishers of today.
    • PlayStation
      PlayStation
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      9/8/05
      10
      In a time where two companies held the market in the video game industry, an underdog took the challenge to become a major player. Fueled by anger that came from a betrayal by Nintendo, Sony created their own console which would go on to dominate the video game console market. Tonight, Icons looks at the history of the Playstation.moreless
    • Tim Schafer
      Tim Schafer
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      4/28/05
      10
      "Crunch Time" is the term used in the gaming industry to describe the last phase of game testing, to make sure that the game will be released without gamecrashing bugs. Tim Schafer knows about Crunch Time. He's stepped out of the spotlight of the gaming industry for the past three years to form his own company and work on releasing Psychonauts. Icons looks at his past work at LucasArts on games like Secret of Monkey Island and Grim Fandango and his present work in the last frantic week of production on Psychonauts.moreless
    • Splinter Cell
      Splinter Cell
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      12/18/02
      10
      Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell has helped make the stealth genre popular. We'll take an in-depth look at the creation of the critically-acclaimed stealth action game and catch a glimpse of how the development team went from the drawing board to the final gold.
    • Intellivision
      Intellivision
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      3/23/03
      10
      We take an in-depth look at the Intellivision. Get the true story behind how they began, the world's first console war, and who won. With interviews from people who were there, we show you what happened to Intellivision and where it is today.
    • Yuji Naka
      Yuji Naka
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      12/11/03
      10
      Yuji Naka began his career at Sega as a teenager. Girl's Garden, F-16 Fighting Falcon and Phantasy Star earned him critical praise and fan appreciation. But it was the introduction of Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 for the Genesis that solidified his place as one of the most creative forces in the game industry. Sonic competed head-to-head with Nintendo's Mario for nearly a decade until the failure of Sega's last hardware system, the Dreamcast in 2001. Now, Mr. Naka brings his memorable characters to all platforms. In 2002, he was awarded with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by his peers at the 2nd Annual Game Developers Conference.moreless
    • Red Storm
      Red Storm
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      6/12/03
      10
      What happens when Tom Clancy meets up with a former British submarine Commander? Videogame history. Gear up, it's time to learn about how a small game developer in Raleigh North Carolina changed the face of first-person shooters with games like Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon.
    • Naughty Dog
      Naughty Dog
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      9/25/03
      10
      In 1986 two sixteen year old friends start a company together to make money to buy games. Now, almost twenty years later, people are saving to buy their games. We'll follow the steps that took Naughty Dog from just another upstart company to one of the most respected development companies in the world.moreless
    • The History Of E3
      The History Of E3
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      5/22/03
      10
      It's where we see the games for the first time. It's a celebration of gaming and a testing ground for game companies. We take a look behind the spectacle and bring you the history of E3.
    • Onimusha Halloween 03
      Onimusha Halloween 03
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      10/16/03
      10
      While Resident Evil was a hit series, Capcom pushed the evelope with Keiji Inafune's Onimusha series. The first game was the first million-unit seller for the PlayStation 2 and set records in both sales and production costs. Get the history behind this spectacular franchise.
    • Xbox
      Xbox
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      4/10/03
      10
      How does a console go from an idea to your living room? Join us as we follow the path the Xbox team took. Learn how a failed game led a young designer to become the voice that would push Microsoft into the video game arena, then hear from the team that started the system and find out what they think about it now. This is the story of how a great idea can change the way we play.moreless
    • John Madden NFL Football
      John Madden NFL Football
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      12/15/02
      10
      Icons presents the history of the Madden football franchise, from its humble beginnings on the Apple II to the realistic powerhouse that it is today, you'll get all the details on how this series came to be. Featuring interviews with the developers and behind-the-scenes footage from the past.
    • SNK
      SNK
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      8/19/04
      10
      From it's first game in 1978 Ozma Wars to the soon to be released SVC Chaos: SNK vs. Capcom, SNK has battled against Capcom, lived through a takeover, finally gave in to bankruptcy and returned to publishing titles. Now that SNK has returned, they are giving it's fans sequels of their favorite older games as well as a few other suprises.moreless
    • Ralph Baer
      Ralph Baer
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      6/9/05
      10
      Icons takes a look at the Father of Video games, Ralph Baer, and his journey from Nazi Germany to his work with the first video game system (no it wan't Pong) and the industry it created.
    • Everquest
      Everquest
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      7/7/02
      10
      Everquest: A game, a global community, an addiction. Since it's creation in 1999, over 30,000 fans have logged on each night to the on-line world of Norrath. But, though it was a success, it became a victim of it's own success. Icons looks at the history of Everquest, the game series that made the MMORPG into a genre.moreless
    • Game Makers - Jade Empire
      Game Makers - Jade Empire
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      4/7/05
      10
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    • Game Makers - America's Army: Rise of a Soldier
    • Game Makers - Ultimate Spider-Man
    • Game Makers - Spartan: Total Warrior
    • Game Makers - God of War
      Game Makers - God of War
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      3/16/05
      10
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    • Will Wright
      Will Wright
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      8/18/02
      10
      He's the "God Game" God. Many have played his games not knowing the mind behind them. Icons looks at the life of Will Wright, the mind behind the Sims games.
    • Seth Green
      Seth Green
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      8/19/06
      10
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    • Sid Meier
      Sid Meier
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      10/6/02
      10
      It's hard to believe that an empire could have been created by a "double dog dare." Bill Stealy did such a thing and so began the career of Sid Meier. Even though his games were simple, they were addictive. Icons looks at his life and the creative force behind the Civilization francise.moreless
    • Insomniac Games
      Insomniac Games
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      9/22/02
      10
      Find out how two Princeton graduates, Ted Price and Alex Hastings, created a budding gaming dynasty with Insomniac Games. Get the history on how Insomniac got off the ground, despite a less than stellar start with their PlayStation first-person shooter, Disruptor. You'll also find out why Spyro is purple, and we've got a special sneak look at their latest hit in the making, Rachet & Clank.moreless
    • Women of Gaming
      Women of Gaming
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      9/1/02
      10
      Video games aren't just for fan-boys anymore. As the gaming industry grows, so do opportunities for women. Eight women share their stories of how they came through the ranks in the gaming industry and what the future holds for women gamers.
    • Warren Spector
      Warren Spector
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      6/19/03
      10
      In an industry ripe with derivative sequels Warren Spector's games have consistently given players new ways to play. From his days at Origin working on the Ultima and Wing Commander series, through his time helming the Ion Storm Austin team, Warren has struggled to see his games made the way he and his amazing teams envisioned them.moreless
    • Nolan Bushnell
      Nolan Bushnell
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      5/1/02
      9.9
      He is credited for creating two of the most revered items in gaming history, but he didn't stop there and continued to be a visionary not only in the gaming industry. A business man at heart, the same man who gave us Pong and Atari also gave us the Chuck E. Cheese pizza chain. Icons reveals the history behind the sometimes-controversial father of the video game industry, Nolan Bushnell.moreless
    • Oddworld Inhabitants
      Oddworld Inhabitants
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      5/1/02
      9.9
      Oddworld - that says it all. Co-Founders Lorne Lanning and Sherry McKenna, created a video game with unusual yet lovable characters. Icons looks at the behind the sceens creation and history of the video game francise, as well as the controversy when the game moved from the PlayStation to the Xbox.moreless
    • Milyamoto
      Milyamoto
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      6/16/02
      9.7
      Mr. Miyamoto has created characters such as Donkey Kong, Zelda and, of course, Mario. But with each success, the pressure on Mr. Miyamoto has increased to continually be innovative. He has met the challenge each time and become an integral part of Nintendo's worldwide success. Despite his status as an icon in the gaming world, Mr. Miyamoto remains a team player and leads a surprisngly humble life.moreless
    • Xbox 360
      Xbox 360
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      12/4/05
      9.7
      For the release of the Xbox 360, G4 had 3.6 hours worth of live coverage counting down until it's midnight release. Icons was one of the G4 shows "incorporated" into the event. Icons covered the history of the Xbox 360.
    • Frank Miller
      Frank Miller
      Season 5 - Episode 17
      3/4/07
      9.6
      He's one of the most influential person in comics. The same man who gave us Elektra, darkened Batman and introduced us to the world of Sin City, brings us a new look at an old story in the upcoming 300. Icons revisits Frank Miller.
    • Kevin Smith
      Kevin Smith
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      7/15/06
      9.5
      Clerks. It's one word that is no longer associated just to those people who work behind the counter culture. It now draws images of mindless customers, the true horrors of cigarettes, and many, many sexual images, even though none were seen. Indie filmmaker Kevin Smith brought us a world where the ordinary were the heros. Now over ten years later, he returns to the film that made him famous with the long awaited sequel. Icons looks at the life of one of the only filmmakers to have a one-on-one relationship with his fans, who keeps his friends close, and has made filmmaking fun again.moreless
    • Lord Of The Rings
      Lord Of The Rings
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      12/23/02
      9.2
      The Lord of the Rings movies were a massive attempt to bring to life the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Bringing these movies to games was a task in itself. Icons follows Universal Interactive in their painstaking effort to create "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring."
    • DOOM
      DOOM
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      7/22/04
      9.0
      No longer content with safe simple games like Mario, Zelda and Atari games from yesteryear, gamers have evolved to the next level - it includes more action and fighting demons. Icons takes a look back at the history of the Doom franchise and how it helped evolve the First Person Shooter.moreless
    • Game Makers - Call of Duty 2: Big Red One
    • Game Makers - Gun
      Game Makers - Gun
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      11/3/05
      9.0
      The Old West was a raw and savage time of greed, murder and heroes who killed. Neversoft goes back to a time of lawlessness with their new release Gun.
    • Game Makers - Fantastic 4
      Game Makers - Fantastic 4
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      6/23/05
      9.0
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    • Tetris
      Tetris
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      4/22/04
      8.8
      Was it the challenge? Was it because it was easy? Was it the colorful blocks? Or was it that distinctive music? What ever it was, Alexey Pajitnov's creation has a firm place in the history of gaming, as well as in the history of legal issues. Today's episode takes on the complicated history of Tetris.moreless
    • Pac-Man
      Pac-Man
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      5/6/02
      8.8
      Puck-Man? Icons looks at the original "Yellow Geometrically Shaped Guy" and one of Atari's best selling games,Pac-Man. From Toru Iwatani's original Puck-Man "pizza" conception to it's current retro-craze, Pac-man's history is filled with numerous sequels, numerous consoles, and even a cartoon.
    • Lara Croft
      Lara Croft
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      5/19/02
      8.7
      Dubbed "Indiana Jane" before her 1996 release in the United States, Lara Croft kicked the door open for open for an army of other video game heroines who are tough - and beautiful. The Tomb Raider series, which continues with the upcoming The Angel of Darkness, has legions of male and female fans. On this episode of "Icons" you'll learn the secrets behind the dazzling facade through interviews with Eidos insiders Adrian Smith ("We always thought that the consumers wouldn't believe for one moment we were going to kill Lara off."), Paul Baldwin ("The original game concept was in fact turned down."), and Rob Dyer ("We were more concerned it was going to turn off guys.").moreless
    • Apple II
      Apple II
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      1/6/05
      8.6
      Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak were men with a vision. Icons retraces their steps to find the stories behind the creation of a company and the marketing of a small computer that would take a bite out of the competition.
    • Fighting Games
      Fighting Games
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      1/20/05
      8.5
      It's the genre that created the ESRB. Simple games like Karate Champ and Yie Ar Kung-Fu suddenly gave way to the more detailed and more violent Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat. And despite the controversy, the games continue to sell. Join Icons as we look back at the history of the "Fighting Game."moreless
    • Electronic Arts
      Electronic Arts
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      5/6/04
      8.5
      Can a Computer Make You Cry? Created on the future vision of two students at Stanford, Electronic Arts slowly grew from a tiny publisher of PC games to one of the largest game publisher as well as one that helps drive the industry forward. Icons follows the history of the company to not only give the world Madden but also the company that gave new meaning to what it is to be a game maker.moreless
    • Half-Life
      Half-Life
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      11/16/04
      8.5
      In celebration of today's release of Half-Life 2, Icons looks at the history of the title. Half-Life changed gaming in that the main character wasn't a soldier or the stereotypical hero, it was a common scientist that just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. This episode looks back at the original game and follows the development of the sequel. And you'll see why Half-Life 2 is "the most important game you'll ever play."moreless
    • Scary Games
      Scary Games
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      10/27/02
      8.5
      Atari's Haunted House for the 2600 wasn't that scary. Well if you were to be playing in the dark and happened to change levels at the same time as a bat it did give you a little shock. Icons looks into the history of these frightful games, from their humble beginnings to their current success with titles like Resident Evil.moreless
    • Mortal Kombat
      Mortal Kombat
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      9/2/04
      8.5
      No other game can claim that it created such controversy that it lead to the creation of a ratings board. Icons looks at the beginnings and future of the Mortal Kombat series and takes a look at how one game changed the gaming industry forever by adding just a little blood to the genre.moreless
    • Metal Gear Solid
      Metal Gear Solid
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      10/28/04
      8.5
      Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and character designer Yoji Shinkawa take Icons on an exculsive look at the history of the series that defined the stealth genre.
    • Star Wars
      Star Wars
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      5/12/05
      8.5
      It's rare that a movie could spawn so many video games. It's even rarer that the games are as good as the movie. The Star Wars francise has been a leader in the gaming industry since LucasFilm Games (now LucasArts) officially began producing their own Star Wars titles in 1991. Since then, the force has been strong for them on all consoles and all types of genres (flight sim, third person shooter, RPGs.) Icons tackles the huge task of interviewing the people involved in creating one of the most successful game titles ever.moreless
    • NES
      NES
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      12/1/05
      8.5
      Coming December 1, 2005 Preview: Icons looks at the history of the Nintendo Entertainment System, or as gamers know it, the NES.
    • Atari
      Atari
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      1/19/03
      8.5
      It was one of the most succesful and companies in the video gaming indusry. Everyone knew the name and it's unique logo and people today still recall the fun they had playing it console. But as the wildness began and the money was spent, it began a downward spiral that lead to the eventual crash of the once successful company. Tonight, Icons looks at the rise and fall and the current resurgence of Atari.moreless
    • Mega Man
      Mega Man
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      11/20/03
      8.5
      In 1987, Dr. Light created a robot to fight for justice against the evil Dr. Wily. Today, he still fights the good fight in the many sequels created from that first game. Icons takes a look back with creator Keiji Inafune, at the robot who steals his enemies powers and likes to wear blue, Mega Man.moreless
    • Arcade
      Arcade
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      4/28/03
      8.5
      In it's dark lit areas we felt safe enough to spend many quarters. Icons takes a look at the industry where most of the recent generation's gamers grew up in - the Arcade. We follow the sudden rise and the questionable fall of the industry and we try to predict the future of the arcade.moreless
    • Mario
      Mario
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      8/21/03
      8.5
      We'll follow the Italian pipe-cleaner as he climbs the ladder of success from a bit part to a global celebrity. With over twenty years of gaming experience and six of the top ten best-selling games of all time, this little plumber is a true Icon in every sense of the word.moreless
    • LucasArts
      LucasArts
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      6/5/03
      8.5
      From Ball Blazer to Grim Fandango, we give you a tour of the one and only, LucasArts. Find out how they got their start with games like Rescue on Fractalus, and get the story behind some of their key games like X-Wing and Dark Forces.
    • The Crash
      The Crash
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      7/24/03
      8.5
      The video game industry was riding high. Games and consoles were producing revenue that many predicted would continue to grow in the future. Then something happened. Arcades disappeared, companies went under, people stopped buying and spending the quarters. Icons revisits a time when the video game industry looked like it was going to fade away.moreless
    • The Legend Of Zelda
      The Legend Of Zelda
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      3/27/03
      8.5
      Icons brings you the story behind a boy named Link, a princess named Zelda, and one of the most loved gaming series of all time. Join Shigeru Miyamoto, and Eiji Aonuma for a look back at the creation of The Legend of Zelda franchise.
    • Dungeons and Dragons
      Dungeons and Dragons
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      1/29/04
      8.5
      Back in the day it was all text-based and you couldn't rely too much on the Dungeon Master since he was your roommate and had a practical joke streak. With games like Ultima and Bard's Tale, the real world role playing easily translated into video games. And with the controversy of parents thinking any incarnation of these games are "dangerous", Dungeons and Dragons' games continue to be successful.moreless
    • Richard Garriott
      Richard Garriott
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      11/10/02
      8.5
      He created the virtual world of Ultima and became the Lord of Britannia. He's the man responsible for jumpstarting the PC role-playing game genre. His name is Ricard Garriott, and this is his story.
    • Splinter Cell
      Splinter Cell
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      3/3/05
      8.5
      Spy games have been around forever, but Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell has quickly become one of the most-adored and applauded stealth action series on the market today. Icons looks back at the previous two releases of the series and looks at the creation of the next adventure of Sam Fisher, Chaos Theory.moreless
    • Game Boy
      Game Boy
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      6/10/04
      8.5
      For 15 years, it has been the dominate console in the videogame hand-held market. Icons follows the creation of the Nintendo Game Boy; from it's formulation from Gunpei Yoko to it's current place as the best-selling hand-held system.
    • Activision
      Activision
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      6/9/02
      8.5
      Founded by four former Atari vets in 1980, Activision dominated the video game industry with smash-hit titles like Pitfall!, River Raid and Kaboom! Rocked by an industry downturn and business missteps, the company floundered until it was purchased by a group headed by Robert Kotick ("Everybody was asking me whether I was mad, you know. Why was I going off and doing this?"). But Kotick proved his doubters wrong and turned the failing game company into one of the world's most successful video game publishers.moreless
    • Frank Miller
      Frank Miller
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      3/31/05
      8.4
      He began drawing comics by using folded typing paper, now he has become one of the biggest names in the comic book industry. He created Elektra, revamped the Caped Crusader and made his own city of sin into a movie. Tonight, Icons looks at the life of Frank Miller.
    • Donkey Kong
      Donkey Kong
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      6/24/04
      8.3
      It started with a flop. But a young visionary turned failure into success, and created a legendary character. He fought back legal battles and obscurity to become a pillar of gaming history. This is the tale of the one and only Donkey Kong.
    • George A. Romero
      George A. Romero
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      10/31/05
      8.0
      Before, there was no gore. Hollywood scared us with Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Wolfman - all with fake accents. But George A. Romero changed all that. With the release of an independent film he and his friends put together, they started a revolution that pushed the limits of the horror film for all time. Just in time for Halloween, Icons looks at the life of George Romero and his series of Dead films.moreless
    • Bioware
      Bioware
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      7/28/02
      8.0
      Bioware: The video game company formed by Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, that has become one of the most respected and fastest-growing companies in the video game business. Best known for their submersive role-playing games, Bioware strives to push the envelope combining the best of technology and epic story-telling.
    • PC Gaming
      PC Gaming
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      7/10/03
      8.0
      Its beginnings were humble, but soon the personal computer would become one of the greatest gaming platforms of all time. Join us as we follow the rise of PC gaming from the early days of text adventures in Ziploc bags to the latest in 3D accelerated first-person shooters.
    • Game Music
      Game Music
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      2/2/03
      8.0
      We sit down with Tommy Tallarico, George Sanger (AKA "The Fat Man"), Clint Bajakian, Masaya Matsuura, Scott Gershin and other music makers to get their stories and learn about the history of music in gaming.
    • Peter Molyneux
      Peter Molyneux
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      4/8/04
      8.0
      Peter Molyneux's first game, Populous, helped create an entire new genre, god games - and it has been copied several times since. With games like Theme Park, Magic Carpet, Dungeon Keeper, BC and the highly anticipated Fable and The Movies, Molyneux continues to push the envelope and create truly immersive experiences for gamers.moreless
    • ESRB
      ESRB
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      3/25/04
      8.0
      In 1992, games like Mortal Kombat and Night Trap pushed the envelope when it came to advancing graphic and technical capabilities... and catching the attention of the federal government. Washington officials cited these two games as the most offending examples of violence and questionable material available to youngsters at the time via electronic games. As a result, Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl called on game industry officals to come up with a ratings system for all games. The industry responded with the creation of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board. Since its inception in 1994, the ESRB has been widely praised by Washington - and Senator Lieberman - as the most comprehensive ratings system amongst all entertainment mediums.moreless
    • Unreal
      Unreal
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      2/16/03
      8.0
      We get the lowdown from Cliffy B and show you the true story behind the creation and rise of the Unreal series. From the first Unreal to Unreal 2, see how one beautiful first-person shooter spawned a legendary franchise.
    • Music Games
      Music Games
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      2/12/04
      8.0
      Suddenly, everyone thinks they can bust a move. In today's episode we look at the movement of Music Games. Parappa The Rapper started the fad of making a game based on music, and not the other way around. This lead to people eventually dancing not in the streets but in the arcades with Dance Dance Revolution.moreless
    • Yu Suzuki
      Yu Suzuki
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      3/2/03
      8.0
      founding father of gaming, Yu Suzuki's every step revolutionized the way we play games. Watch as we follow the ups and downs of the Michelangelo of game design, from the success of Virtua Fighter to the struggle to bring Shenmue to life.
    • Games In The Military
      Games In The Military
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      8/7/03
      8.0
      From Battlezone to Operation Flashpoint, we take a look at gaming in the Military. Find out what happens when a civilian game becomes a military training tool and get a look at how some training tools become games.
    • Bruce Shelley
      Bruce Shelley
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      11/24/02
      8.0
      Being a friend of Sid Meier can help anyone become better in the gaming industry. In this episode, we see the progression of Bruce Shelley from a board game maker, to being a padawan learner under Sid Meier, to being the mind behind the popular Age of Mythology titles.
    • Bungie
      Bungie
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      12/9/04
      8.0
      Bungie Studios' name is less familiar than the titles it produces. When a game sells 2.5 million copies on it's release date, you would think more people would know the company name. This episode looks at the history of Bungie Studios and it's most successful game series to be released, Halo.moreless
    • J.J. Abrams
      J.J. Abrams
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      6/3/06
      7.5
      He's he creative mind behind Lost and Alias and the latest director to film the Mission: Impossible franchise. Now go behind the scenes with Icons to look at the history of J.J. Abrams.
    • Dead or Alive
      Dead or Alive
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      8/5/04
      7.3
      Mortal Kombat may have reinvented the fighting game, but it did so by promoting bloody violence. The Dead or Alive series, while still slightly violent, concentrated on better game-play, detailed backstories and had more woman characters to try and add the female gamer demographic. Tomonobu Itagaki gives Icons the history of his DOA games and a hint to what he has planned for the future.moreless
    • Tony "Mad Dog" Alva
      Tony "Mad Dog" Alva
      Season 5 - Episode 16
      12/24/06
      7.1
      Their skateboarding lives were made into a movie and now Icons looks at the life and friends of the orginal Z-boy of Dogtown, Tony "Mad Dog" Alva, the Michael Jordan of skateboarding.
    • Shepard Fairey
      Shepard Fairey
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      8/12/06
      6.5
      Andre the Giant has a Posse
      You may not know the man, but it is likely you've seen his creation. What began as a 19 year old's silly hobby, eventually became a world-wide phenomenon and the creation of the "Obey" movement. Icons takes a look at the simple but wild creation of Shepard Fairey.moreless
    • Prince of Persia
      Prince of Persia
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      9/30/04
      6.0
      Prince of Persia has a long history in the gaming industry, mostly due to it's creator putting it aside on occasion to also work with his other interest in creating films. It revolutionized the adventure game genre by incorporating real world physics and a time limit to games. We look at Persia's beginning on the Apple II and it's eventual return to the gaming industry for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Today, Icons looks at the life of Jordan Mechner, the mind behind the Prince of Persia series.moreless
    • Sacha Baron Cohen
      Sacha Baron Cohen
      Season 5 - Episode 13
      11/3/06
      5.6
      The man who brought us the "innocent" comedy of Ali G, is back with a new movie based on his controversial character Borat. Icons looks at the controvesy as well as the life of Sacha Baron Cohen.
    • Michelle Rodriguez
      Michelle Rodriguez
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      6/24/06
      5.5
      With her popularity stemming from the movie The Fast and the Furious, Michelle Rodriguez is just more than a pretty face and a talented actress. This bad girl of cinema turns out to be a nice girl and a gamer as well. With voice talents in Halo 2 and Driver, Rodriguez shows of her softer side and why she is considered an Icon to many.moreless
    • Gran Turismo
      Gran Turismo
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      2/3/05
      5.5
      Gran Turismo, named after the European endurance races of legend, has dominated the racing game genre since the debut of its first game in 1998. Making it's name in the racing genre, Icons looks at the creation and future of this fast paced game from the mind of Kazunori Yamauchi.
    • Suicide Girls
      Suicide Girls
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      6/10/06
      5.5
      They're sexy, they're smart and they're tattooed. Meet the real girls next door when Icons looks at the history of the new Internet Pin-Up models, the Suicide Girls.
    • Game Makers - The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones
      11/24/05
      5.4
      The Prince is back for one final time, but now he is being corrupted by some sort of inner demon or maybe even time itself. But through it all he continues to set things in the proper direction and save all that he loves. Game Makers presents a special look behind the scenes at the making of The Prince's final adventure in Ubisoft's The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.moreless
    • Eli Roth
      Eli Roth
      Season 5 - Episode 18
      6/3/07
      4.8
      Using non-industry standards of promotion, Eli Roth has made his mark in the world of filmmaking. Best known for taking the horror genre to a new psychological level in Hostel, Icons takes a peek behind the doors of one of the only directors to be marketed with his name above the tile, Eli Roth.moreless
    • Mark Cuban
      Mark Cuban
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      10/14/04
      3.8
      Mark Cuban wasn't given his money, he earned it. "Icons" looks at his humble beginning, to his creating then selling of Broadcast.com which ultimately lead to his purchasing of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team.
    • Suicide Girls Uncut
      Suicide Girls Uncut
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      7/1/06
      2.0
      The Suicide Girls revamp Icons with even more Suicide Girl content.
    • The Onion
      The Onion
      Season 5 - Episode 11
      9/2/06
      1.7
      Founded in 1988 by two juniors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Onion has provided satirical commentary on current events (real and imagined). Parodying traditional newspapers, The Onion has become a much needed comical release to people around the world.Icons takes a look at the history and current staff at the newspaper, you just have to decide what is real and what isn't.moreless
    • British Music
      British Music
      Season 5 - Episode 12
      9/24/06
      1.2
      The UK has always had a say in the world of rock n roll. From the Beatles to Coldplay, England has always had their share of music history. Icons travels across the world to see the music scene in London, Manchester and Sheffield, England and follows two new bands, Nine Black Alps and Oceansize, who could be the next big band of tomorrow.moreless
    • Marc Ecko
      Marc Ecko
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      6/17/06
      1.0
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    • Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell
      Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell
      Season 5 - Episode 15
      12/17/06
      1.0
      The Ultimate Fighting Championship has evolved into a high ranking sport. Icons looks at the life of Chuck "The Ice Man" Liddell and follows him as he prapares for another match.
    • Tom "Tsquared" Taylor
      Tom "Tsquared" Taylor
      Season 5 - Episode 14
      12/10/06
      1.0
      There was a time where video games were played for fun and the accomplishment of just getting the hi-score or even flipping the score back to zero. Today, some people play them for money. Icons follows 19 year old so-called 'Top Gamer' Tom "Tsquared" Taylor and his friends as they prepare for the Major League Gaming tournament in Las Vegas.moreless
    • Jamie Kennedy
      Jamie Kennedy
      Season 5 - Episode 7
      7/22/06
      1.0
      .
    • Lollapalooza
      Lollapalooza
      Season 5 - Episode 10
      8/26/06
      1.0
      .
    • King Kong
      King Kong
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      12/12/05
      1.0
      Just in time for the release of the latest film remake, Icons looks at the current film as well as the history and saga of the biggest cinematic ape of all time, King Kong.
    • Michael Jackson
      Michael Jackson
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      7/11/11
      0.0
      Charts the singer's eventful--and sometimes controversial life and career through interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, delving into such topics as his charity work, his moving memorial service, and his permanent spot as a tabloid fixture.
    • Justin Timberlake
      Justin Timberlake
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      7/11/11
      0.0
      A look into the private life of Justin Timberlake -- his relationships with high profile actresses and the media frenzy that followed them.
    • Madonna
      Madonna
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      7/11/11
      0.0
      Icons: Madonna will examine the ÒRags to RichesÓ story of the young dancer from Michigan who moved to the Big Apple with just a few dollars in her pocket, a demo tape and unyielding determination.
    • Oprah Winfrey
      Oprah Winfrey
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      0.0
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