Rieko Kodama, one of the pioneers of video games, has passed away

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Rieko Kodama, one of the pioneers of video games, has passed away

She is the first woman to receive a career award at the Game Developers Conference, in 2019.

Rieko Kodama worked on the first Sonic.

Japanese Rieko Kodama, who helped create the first Sonic video game, was among the first women to work in the video game industry during the 1980s. died on May 9, but it was not until Thursday that the community of video game enthusiasts had confirmation of the news of her death, at age 58.

It was the owners of Sega's new MegaDrive mini 2 console, released Thursday in Europe, who got the hint when watching the credits of the teams who worked on the device.

It read: “In tribute to Rieko Kodama”.

Sega confirmed the news, sending tributes raining down on Twitter. Yuji Naka, who worked as a designer with her on the game Sonic The Hedgehogfrom 1991, said this: Rieko Kodama passed away on May 9, 2022. I have very fond memories of her, as we were colleagues at Sega and created Phantasy Star and Sonictogether. […] I wanted everyone to remember her. May she rest in peace. Rieko Kodama, forever.

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This woman made her debut on the team of video game giant Sega as a graphic designer in 1984, assigned to the game Champion Boxing . His resume also includes contributions to the games Alex Kidd in Miracle World, released in 1986, and the sequel to Sonic, released in 1992.

Then, as producer, she worked on Deep Fear, in 1998, Skies of Arcadia, in 2000, and 7th Dragon, in 2009. She also directed the game Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, in 1993, a role rarely given to women at that time.

With information from Le Monde

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