30 Years of God Game History | Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Black & White, Spore and more

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08 Oct 2021

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Let’s take a journey through time, from the beeps and bloops of the 1980’s to the modern day in PLAYING GOD — a documentary covering 30 years of god simulation games. From industry legends like Peter Molyneux and Will Wright, to independent or even solo games, the God Game has been a beloved but underappreciated genre that deserves a thorough exploration.

This is my 2nd feature-length video and my longest and most ambitious production to date, so I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did making it!

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

00:00 - Introduction
02:10 - Defining the God Game
04:26 - The Genesis of the God Game - Populous
07:42 - The Bullfrog Era
08:47 - Powermonger
09:59 - ActRaiser
11:39 - Populous II
14:04 - Magic Carpet
16:36 - Magic Carpet 2
18:42 - Creatures
20:00 - Dungeon Keeper
25:22 - Populous: The Beginning
29:04 - Dungeon Keeper 2
31:26 - The End of Bullfrog
34:26 - The Lionhead Era
34:33 - Majesty
36:50 - Startopia
38:40 - Black & White
51:18 - Black & White 2
1:01:11 - Spore
1:08:12 - Clones & Successors
1:10:11 - From Dust
1:12:10 - Reprisal Universe
1:13:04 - Dungeon Keeper Mobile
1:14:57 - Impire
1:15:43 - Dungeons 2
1:16:48 - Dungeons 3
1:17:44 - War for the Overworld
1:20:37 - The Indie Era
1:21:35 - Godus
1:27:47 - Godus Wars
1:30:58 - Reus
1:32:09 - Rise to Ruins
1:33:54 - Deisim
1:34:57 - Tethered
1:37:04 - Townsmen VR
1:38:08 - Crest
1:40:16 - The Universim
1:42:19 - In Conclusion



MUSIC CREDITS

Dungeon Keeper, Black & White and Magic Carpet II soundtracks by
RUSSELL SHAW

Populous: The Beginning and Dungeon Keeper 2 soundtrack by
MARK KNIGHT

Black & White 2 soundtrack by
PAUL ROMERO

Additional music tracks from the
YOUTUBE AUDIO LIBRARY and AUDIOBLOCKS



FOOTAGE CREDITS

Deisim gameplay by Tommy Maloteaux | https://www.youtube.com/channe....l/UCcdE2DdApXf5W9_6o

Townsmen VR gameplay by Klorinmannen | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu9_m-YgeP4

EGX - A Bullfrog and Lionhead retrospective
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wPfiRR4kXM

No Man’s Sky gameplay by Video Games Source | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZunlk3CsDU

Heart of Darkness gameplay by AdventureGameFan8 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j4faK2D4XU

Evil Genius gameplay by Charmed | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn0J0m4BxO4

Rise to Ruins combat by FallenShogunGaming | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8uZB9RqDvo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl-xOJFX3yc

“16-bit Memories” Amiga artwork by Toni Bratincevic
http://www.interstation3d.com/work_personal.php

Utopia footage by 5 Minutes of Every Game | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGfhVWLtAYs

Dungeon Keeper (Mobile) gameplay by Shadeslay | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Y-Oe5ilQV0

Idle Worship gameplay by TheMajorasMask | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fozDwV9995I

GDC Black & White talk with Peter Molyneux
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69HTviSeQeE

IGN Interview with Peter Molyneux
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQ-wTXDhR0g

Evolution gameplay by Franco | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My6_g6gkb6Y

Hi-Octane gameplay by InsertDisk | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3t7HR6LfdRg

Fable: The Journey gameplay by TatarKhan | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVYbY9RQ-iQ



SOURCES

Job titles, credits, general game information
Wikipedia | http://www.wikipedia.org
Moby Games | http://www.mobygames.com

History of Bullfrog
https://www.filfre.net/2016/06..../peter-molyneuxs-kin

Populous II
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/populous-ii/
https://www.nowgamer.com/the-making-of-populous/

Information about cancelled Bullfrog projects
http://www.designersnotebook.c....om/Game_Credits/game
http://www.designersnotebook.c....om/Online_Articles/D

What happened to Spore’s development
https://forum.quartertothree.c....om/t/how-spore-ended
http://techland.time.com/2008/....09/05/will_wright_an

Lionhead and Black & White
http://simple.leforum.eu/t131-....The-finals-hours-of-
https://www.eurogamer.net/arti....cles/2016-05-12-lion
https://www.theguardian.com/te....chnology/2016/may/20
https://www.mcvuk.com/developm....ent/ip-profile-black

Glenn Corpes’ comments about Peter Molyneux and interviews:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAuvaAGnqQw&lc=UgisGGJrWmFb0ngCoAEC

Godus articles
https://www.rockpapershotgun.c....om/2016/02/04/godus-
https://www.rockpapershotgun.c....om/2015/02/13/peter-

Molyneux’s criticism of DK mobile game
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/....articles/2014-02-11-

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