Laura Nikolich's 2006 Parker Brothers reunion party - Jim McGinnis, Charlie Heath, and Steve Kranish
In 2005 I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Nikolich, who was a video game designer at Parker Brothers back in the early 1980s. I had asked her about some of the prototype parties she used to host, which she started soon after Parker Brothers closed down their video game division. The interview led to her wanting to host another reunion party, which she did the following year, on August 5th, 2006. I was invited to attend and videotape the party for everyone, and even had the chance to interview a few other former designers/programmers as well! This segment is the video interview that was taken with Jim McGinnis, Charlie Heath, and Steve Kranish. Jim was the head of the video game programming department at Parker Brothers, as well as a hardware designer. Both he and Steve worked on Project Zelda, PB's top-secret project to distribute games online (via cable). Steve also did the Atari 8-bit/5200 version of Frogger, as well as 2 other games for that platform that weren't released - Risk and Baker's Dozen. Charlie did Reactor for the Atari VCS/2600, as well as another game that wasn't released - James Bond: Moonraker.