Ico, and Design by Subtraction


Among designers, few modern games are held in such high regard as the PS2 cult classic, Ico. Let's figure out what has made this quiet and reserved game so hugely influential.

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The influential Ico

Papo & Yo -
Brothers / Rime -
Journey -
The Last of Us -
Prince of Persia -
Halo 4 - #ixzz2eWlcYnbu
Hidetaka Miyazaki -
Fez -

Find out more

1UP: "Shadow Talk"

1UP: "The Method of Developing Ico"

Tale of Tales: "Fumito Ueda GDC Talk Transcript of Slides"

Games shown in this episode (in order of appearance)

Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP (Capybara Games, 2011)
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Nintendo, 1991)
Braid (Number None, 2008)
Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo, 1985)
Ico (Team Ico, 2001)
Papo & Yo (Minority, 2012)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (Starbreeze Studios, 2013)
Journey (thatgamecompany, 2012)
Rime (Tequila Works, 2017)
The Last of Us (Naughty Dog, 2013)
Prince of Persia (Ubisoft Montreal, 2008)
Halo 4 (343 Industries, 2012)
Dark Souls (From Software, 2011)
Limbo (Playdead, 2010)
Proteus (Ed Key and David Kanaga, 2013)
Another World (Delphine Software, 1991)
Flashback (Delphine Software, 1992)
Prince of Persia (Broderbund, 1989)
Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995)
Shadow of the Colossus (Team Ico, 2005)
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Ubisoft Montreal, 2010)
Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar North, 2013)
Dying Light (Techland, 2015)
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Kojima Productions, 2015)
Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Studios, 2015)
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Ubisoft Montreal, 2011)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4 (Neversoft, 2002)
Fez (Polytron Corporation, 2012)

Music used in this episode

Under a Tree (Sword & Sworcery LP)
The Ballad of the Space Babies (Sword & Sworcery LP)
Little Furnace (Sword & Sworcery LP)
Dark Flute (Sword & Sworcery LP)
Com64 (Sword & Sworcery LP)

Sword & Sworcery LP - The Ballad of the Space Babies (C) Jim Guthrie

Clip credits

"Warrior in the City of Light Part 13" - Curlsbel90

"Dark Souls Prepare to Die Edition 60 fps test" - Birm

"Unreleased ICO PS1 Beta gameplay" - lockyixbt

"Assassins Creed Revelations: Den Defence" - CircularGaming

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