Richard “Rich” Hilleman begins by discussing his first exposure to computers and computer games at his elementary school in Hopkins, Minnesota, noting that Hopkins was also the headquarters for Honeywell at the time. Hilleman recalls his move to Las Vegas in 1975 and his introduction to Nick Reese, owner of Century 23, one of the first Apple retailers in Nevada. Hilleman covers his work at the Nevada National Security Site as an eighteen year old courier and then as a computer operator. He moves on to his career at Electronic Arts (EA), discussing a wide variety of topics that include the role of the producer, the life cycle of games, the nature of gamers, the effects of and the difference between MMOGs (massively multiplayer online games) and individual gaming, marketing products, teaching, and recruiting. He concludes with his projection for what the role of producer might be in the future.
Century 23; Reese, Nick; Nevada National Security Site; Gardner, David; gaming; MMOG (massively multiplayer online games); Pearce, Frank; Hilleman, Rich; Electronic Arts