Icons - Season 1

G4 (ended 2007)




Episode Guide

  • Splinter Cell
    Splinter Cell
    Episode 17
    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.
  • John Madden NFL Football
    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.
  • Everquest
    Episode 7
    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
  • Will Wright
    Will Wright
    Episode 9
    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.
  • Sid Meier
    Sid Meier
    Episode 12
    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
    Episode 11
    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
    Episode 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.
  • Nolan Bushnell
    Nolan Bushnell
    Episode 2
    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 - 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
    Episode 6
    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
  • Lord Of The Rings
    Lord Of The Rings
    Episode 18
    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."
  • Pac-Man
    Episode 3
    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
    Episode 4
    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
  • Scary Games
    Scary Games
    Episode 13
    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
  • Richard Garriott
    Richard Garriott
    Episode 14
    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.
  • Activision
    Episode 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
  • Bioware
    Episode 8
    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.
  • Bruce Shelley
    Bruce Shelley
    Episode 15
    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.
  • Michael Jackson
    Michael Jackson
    Episode 15
    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
    Episode 14
    A look into the private life of Justin Timberlake -- his relationships with high profile actresses and the media frenzy that followed them.
  • Madonna
    Episode 16
    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.