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Guest Editorial: Superstars of the Gaming Industry

What type of Nerds would we be if we didn’t share the stage with our peers. So tonight, I present to you an article from our newest podcaster, Jason, as he highlights the Superstar Developers of the Gaming Industry.

Below, you will find Jason’s list of Superstar Developers. Agree/Disagree? Feel like someone is missing?

For those of you that don’t know me on a personal basis, my ultimate career goal is to be a game designer that helps to push the industry forward with his products, both from the inside with innovative gaming ideas as well as the outside with fresh approaches to the business. Particularly in regards to the way games are pitched, approved, developed, and marketed, the industry has clung on to some seriously archaic practices–but that is a topic deserving its own in-depth article. Let’s just say that one aspect of my strategy is changing the way games are promoted, and it starts with promoting the creators themselves. Many consumers don’t understand the difference between a publisher and a developer, let alone the creative talent that serves as the driving force for our favorite games. Below I am presenting who I think are the biggest, most influential, and most successful creative minds our industry has today, names that gamers from casual moms and dads to hardcore enthusiasts should all know. These are obviously some of my biggest idols in the industry and increasing mass-market awareness of creative talent starts and ends with these people.

  • VINCE ZAMPELLA & JASON WEST
  • CLIFF BLESZINSKI
  • SHIGERU MIYAMOTO
  • HIDEO KOJIMA
  • WARREN SPECTOR
  • PETER MOLYNEUX
  • MARTY O’DONNELL
  • Dr. RAY MUZYKA & Dr. GREG ZESCHUK
  • SHINJI MIKAMI
  • KEN LEVINE
  • TODD HOWARD
  • AMY HENNIG
  • DAVID CAGE

For more on the listing and why they are important, check out Jason’s Blog Post And be sure to catch him this week and more on Dual Wielding.

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Earl Rufus

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