Saturday, September 07, 2013
SEGAbits interviews Official Dreamcast Magazine's Simon Cox and Francesca Reyes, and Gamespot's former editor-in-chief Ricardo Torres
To celebrate the 50th episode of our Swingin' Report Show podcast, SEGAbits admin George and I invited three legends of video game journalism to join us for a celebration of the Dreamcast's 14th anniversary in the United States. Not to get too deep into fanboy waters, but Francesca Reyes has been a personal hero of mine when it comes to covering video games. Francesca served as a writer for the United States Official Dreamcast Magazine (ODCM for short) throughout the magazine's thirteen issue run (issue zero through twelve) and went on to become editor-in-chief for the Official Xbox Magazine.
Simon Cox is a video game magazine veteran, serving as editor-in-chief for the first seven issues of ODCM. Simon's career also includes working on EDGE, GMR, Xbox Nation (a personal favorite of mine), 1UP.com, GameQ, and NVision.
Also joining us was Ricardo Torres, who worked for CNET Gamecenter throughout the Dreamcast's lifespan and went on to be editor-in-chief of Gamespot until 2011. Ricardo had some awesome stories from the Dreamcast days and had, as Francesca points out, an amazing memory of events that occurred 14 years ago.
I could write a whole essay on the things we covered with them for the 2 hour podcast, but why spoil the fun? Give it a listen now! If you don't wish to go the YouTube route, you can download the MP3 file from the SEGAbits article or subscribe to our show on iTunes (the show will be added to iTunes soon).
A few tidbits to get you excited: Simon reveals that he named the game Rez and there is a very funny story featuring Bernie Stolar (President of SEGA of America at the time).