1963 - 2022 Rieko Kodama, artist, director, and producer at Sega who joined the company in 1984, died in May but the news was not made public until today. She was 58. She and her family went out of their way to avoid public attention, so her death wasn't public knowledge until Retro Gamer's Nick Thorpe (our own @NiktheGreek) discovered a tribute in the Mega Drive / Genesis Mini 2. Sega subsequently confirmed she'd passed in May. To say that this is a massive loss is a gigantic understatement. Without her, Sega wouldn't be the same. Her production history spans all the way from the SG-1000 to the Nintendo Switch, with significant contributions to defining titles including the Phantasy Star series, Altered Beast, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Skies of Arcadia. Rest in peace.