Podcast #23 – SEGA Superstars Tennis Interview with Steve Lycett and Travis Ryan – HGZine Feature

In an agreement with HGZine, I have been given permission to release certain audio interviews I have recorded for the online magazine right here on my personal website as podcasts.

I interview Steve Lycett, Executive Producer and Travis Ryan Lead Designer of SEGA Superstars Tennis. Although this interview was intended for a portable handheld magazine, there is a lot of detail about the next generation versions as well.

Topics include:

  • What is SEGA Superstars Tennis
  • How did it all come about?
  • How close is SEGA Superstars Tennis to Virtua Tennis 3?
  • Control scheme
  • Characters featured and their skills
  • The Gilius Thunderhead voice! (Golden Axe)
  • Superstar abilities
  • What SEGA characters didn’t make it
  • PSP version of SEGA Superstars Tennis coming?
  • NiGHTS appearance, flying and playing tennis
  • Mini-Games details
  • Available game modes
  • Court environments
  • Musical assets
  • Using DS specific controls
  • Working on portable gaming systems compared to consoles

James Woodcock

Freelance Journalist, Author, Blogger & Podcaster specialising in gaming and technology. Ever since he experienced the first controllable pixel movement on the television screen, he has been entranced by the possibilities and rewarding entertainment value generated from these metal and plastic boxes of delight. Writing hundreds of articles including commentary and reviews on various gaming platforms, while also interviewing well known industry figures for popular online publications.