Katz is the one that ditched Altered Beast as the pack in and went with Sonic right? What a gamble, but man, it paid off
Michael Katz has just been added to the list of speakers. For those not familiar, Mike has a long and storied career in the video game industry. He worked at Mattel in the 70's where he came up with the idea of taking calculator technology and making handheld games from them. Yes, he's the one responsible for the entire 70's handheld industry. Next he went to
Coleco for the Colecovision launch. After that he headed up Epyx, and was then woo'd to Atari Corp in late '85 to start their Entertainment Electronics Division and relaunch the Atari 7800, launch the XEGS and more. Finally he moved to Sega in '89, where he was responsible for the domination of the Sega Genesis in the early 90's.
I loved Altered Beast, but my mother didn't approve of the whole pagan grave thing. They put Sonic in the box and I got it for Christmas like magic. Still bought Altered Beast second hand as one of my first 7 games.