Matt Chat with Becky "Burger" Heineman Part I

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This is the first part of my extensive interview with industry legend Becky "Burger" Heineman, one of the co-founders of Interplay and the most influential woman in the history of the industry. In this first segment, Becky and I chat about her love of guns, cakes, and how her skill at Space Invaders on the Atari 2600 led to an amazing career as a games programmer.

Download the audio from the video here (coming soon to iTunes).

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Nathaniel Tolbert
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Great Episode

I really liked this one. I hope you can get more interviews with women in the industry because they always seem to have a different view on industry which is always compelling. I take it you will be taking off next weekend for Matt Chat because of the Holiday correct? Happy Dead Turkey day!

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Bill Loguidice
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Fan of Becky
Nathaniel Tolbert wrote:

I really liked this one. I hope you can get more interviews with women in the industry because they always seem to have a different view on industry which is always compelling.

I'm sure you're aware that Becky transitioned from a man to a woman in the mid-2000's, so I'm sure her experiences are rather unique. I would think she could tell us what it's like from both sides and many nuances in-between. I'm not sure what it says, if anything, but it seems there have been a relatively high percentage of transgender industry "superstars" in the videogame industry from the programming side. I'd be curious if "gender identity disorder" has anything to do with interests or choice of professions and being able to excel at it in some way. Again, there may be no correlation whatsoever.

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