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Rieko Kodama

Game Artist, Director, Producer
25 May 1963 to 9 May 2022

A Japanese games artist, director and producer, who was a pioneering creative at games giant Sega. In a career spanning 30-plus years, Rieko Kodama worked across various games, genres and consoles, often credited under the name Phoenix Rie. She contributed to many Sega games, including Champion Boxing (1984), Alex Kidd in Miracle World, Sega Ninja, Quartet (all 1986), Altered Beast (1988), Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (1992), Phantasy Star IV, Magic Knight Rayearth (both 1993) and Skies of Arcadia (2000). As producer, she also martialled the 7th Dragon (2009-) and Sega Ages series (2018-) onto various Nintendo and PlayStation platforms. She was presented with the Pioneer Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2019.

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