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Jonathan Miller, Co-Creator of the GEMS Sound Driver, Has Passed Away

Monday, May 13th, 2024

Legendary Mega Drive programmer Jonathan Miller has sadly passed away.

Miller is one of the key figures behind the GEMS sound driver, alongside Burt Sloane, Chris Grigg and Mark Miller. Miller’s career started with 1991’s Spider-Man vs the Kingpin as a programmer. He would later contribute to the development of Chakan, Taz-Mania, Pink Goes to Hollywood, Taz in Escape From Mars, Wacky Worlds and X-Men 2: Clone Wars.

The GEMS sound driver would go on to be utilised in over 200 Mega Drive games and was a key piece of software for Mega Drive developers in the early nineties. Chances are some of your favourite Mega Drive games are powered by the GEMS sound driver. Miller’s legacy in regards to the Mega Drive is one that has touched upon so many game soundtracks and Mega Drive owners as a result. His contributions go beyond simple music production as the GEMS sound driver is so synonymous with the Mega Drive that an experienced ear can instantly recognise music that has been made with it.

SEGADriven send our condolences to Jon’s family and friends. You can learn more about GEMS via this excellent video essay by GST Channel:

[Source: Time Extension, SEGA Retro and SEGAbits]

Shining Force Character Designer Yoshitaka Tamaki Has Died

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Famed Shining Force and Landstalker character designer Yoshitaka Tamaki has died aged 55 after battling lung cancer.

Tamaki actually passed back in July, but his family have only just made the news of his death public after a private mourning period.

Tamaki’s character design credits are featured in Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force, Landstalker, Shining Soul 1&2, Feda Remake: The Emblem of Justice, Time Stalkers, Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon and Shining Force Neo.

SEGADriven would like to send our condolences to Tamaki’s friends, family and colleagues. He leaves a legacy that will never be forgotten.

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