Geniuses Among Us!

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The video game industry is an industry that arguably has the remarkable development quickly. Only in less than 40 years, video games have become one of the major entertainment media consumed people from all walks of life, gender, and age. Of course, remarkable progress can happen thanks to the important people who drive the video game industry.

Most Influential People in the Video Game Industry

Do you know who are the characters behind the video game industry? It was not wearing a curious and like if we just look at the video game, but do not know who are the characters in the video game industry. Here, Most Influential People In The Video Game Industry:

  • Will Wright is the co-founder of Maxis, developer known for Sim game series. Maxis and Will Wright name first made known through the game "SimCity" and it was released in 1989. The game SimCity widely regarded as one of the most influential games in the world. This game is arguably one of the games that became the blueprint of the entire existing simulation game.
  • After the success of "SimCity", Maxis issued various other games like SimAnt, SimEarth, and so on until in 1997 then the company attracted attention by the EA and eventually bought by EA. In 2000, Will Wright released a game that will be the best selling PC games at that time, I mean the game is none other than the The "Sims". Games that simulate individual lives of the "Sims" is most popular until Maxis released a wide variety of expansion pack for this game.

  • Sid Meier name may be familiar to those of you who like to play games released "Firaxis". Sid Meier is a game designer behind successful titles like "Civilization". One of the things that makes him different is his name often used to promote the game as; in "Sid Meier's Pirates!", "Sid Meier's Civilization", "Sid Meier's Alpha Centaurs", and so forth.

The Inventors of Fantasy Games

  • Hironobu Sakaguchi: JRPG genre fans is certainly familiar with the legendary developer of this one. Hironobu Sakaguchi is the man behind the popular "Final Fantasy series". In the early years after joining Squaresoft, Sakaguchi was involved in several projects that could be considered less games so popular, until in the end he decided to create a game that would be the last hope of Squaresoft. This game is considered as the last hope of Squaresoft because at that time the last game if was fails, then all will be lost Squaresoft and lunge Sakaguchi in the video game industry. This makes Sakaguchi decided to give a name and that is "The Final Fantasy" games, because this game is the last hope and dream of Squaresoft and Sakaguchi himself.
  • A Game that originally was the last hope, even having great success until now arguably is the spearhead of the JRPG genre. This success also spawned a wide variety of series and spin-off of "Final Fantasy" and lift the name of Hironobu Sakaguchi until he managed to get the privilege to enter the Hall of Fame at the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 2000. In addition to "Final Fantasy", Sakaguchi is also famous for the work his phenomenal with Mangaka Akira Toriyama and Chrono Trigger.

  • Gunpei Yokoi: Everyone who ever played the game of course know the function of the directional pad (or commonly abbreviated as D-pad). "D-pad" is shaped button plus sign (+) which serves to control the objects in the game in accordance with the direction. The "D-pad" is used in almost all consoles and handhelds ever released, and still in use today. It is simple but genius like this would not appear out of nowhere in the world, this button is the result of the genius mind of a legend named Gunpei Yokoi.
  • Yokoi was a Nintendo employee who has worked at the company since Nintendo has not entered the video game industry. At that time, he working as a technician at the same Yokoi electronic toy designer for Nintendo, and at Nintendo began to plunge into the video game industry in 1974, Yokoi was one of the first game designer owned by Nintendo.

Konami & The Tetris Games Inventors

  • Hideo Kojima
  • Gamers who are familiar with the words above certainly familiar with this one. Hideo Kojima is the man behind the success of "Metal Gear series". Kojima who worked for "Konami's" been affiliated with the company since 1986. In the early years together Konami, the ideas of him often rejected and he also often underestimated by colleagues because he is an Economics Graduate, he has a very minimal computer knowledge compared with those of the gaming industry when the majority are graduates of Computer Science.

  • Alexey Pajitnov
  • Alexey Pajitnov name may not be too familiar in the ears of many gamers, it is not surprising because the games are really huge success of her arguably the only one. Perhaps you wonder, if indeed he just gave birth to the famous game (or better known as a one-hit wonder) how he could get into the ranks of the most influential people in the video game industry. The answer is easy, because the game that he made it was Tetris!.

The Battle's and the 3D Games Inventors

  • Gabe Newell, or commonly abbreviated "Gaben" by fans, is a co-founder of Valve Corporation. He was one of the people behind the success of games like "Half-Life", "Counter Strike", "Portal", "Team Fortress", and "Left 4 Dead". In addition to a major contribution through the game, he is also one of the people who played a major role in the development of digital games distribution services in the world's biggest, Steam.
  • Newell is a drop-out from Harvard University who works for Microsoft. After 13 years working for Microsoft, inspired by his work colleagues that is Michael Abrash coming out of Microsoft to work for "id Software Quake", Newell and Mike Harrington decided to come out of Microsoft and start working on a game called "Half-Life". When working on this game, they use funds from personal savings, and begin to receive benefits after "Half-Life" was released to overwhelmingly positive response. After the success of, Harrington left Valve and decided cooperation with Newell, and then he motivates Newell became the main owner of Valve.

  • Nolan Bushnell: Okay here we are talking about the most influential people in the video game industry, so felt it was clearly unfair if we did not include a person who is one of the creators of the video game itself, Nolan Bushnell. Bushnell known through his company named "Atari". He is also a person who created the first console game and that is "Pong" was released in the form of a console for one game. If you've been born in the 80's, to be sure you never feel glory the "Atari" console.
  • Prior to becoming the world's first console, "Atari" released various types of arcade machines to the legendary game like "Pong and Breakout". Not only at the root of the current game industry, "Atari" is also the root of the first Computer made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founded Apple when they want. So practically Nolan Bushnell was not only a pioneer figure of the game industry, but he also was the one of the pioneers of the Modern Computer Industry.

  • John Carmack is one of the co-founder of id Software. Many people who think he is the greatest game programmer in the world. Not surprisingly, a lot of people who think like that, considering Carmack is the person who made the revolution in "3D gaming". Some works of Carmack is a legend like "Doom", "Quake", and "Wolfenstein 3D". These games are the games that define the genre of FPS and 3D mechanism in video games in general.

Father of the Modern Games

  • Shigeru Miyamoto: Finally we get to the last person who was also arguably the most important people in the gaming industry, which Shigeru Miyamoto. If you do not know who is Shigeru Miyamoto, then be sure you are familiar with one of his artificial figures which is the most famous character in video game history, none other than..Yes, Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind the success of the legendary figure, "Mario". He is often regarded as the "Father of Modern Gaming".
  • His work has inspired many people, even the indie game developers that his top into the top 10 in the Asian Games (Especially the platformer genre) recognizes that "Mario" is one of their main inspiration. Not only "Mario", Miyamoto is also the man behind games such as; "Donkey Kong", "Pikmin", "The Legend of Zelda", and various other Nintendo franchises.
    Miyamoto began his career at Nintendo as one of the first artists in Nintendo. The first game in which Miyamoto was involved in its development is the "Radar Scope", a shooter game that is pretty successful in Japan. Unfortunately, while Nintendo was trying to sell this game in the US and South America, and it was not too sold, and this making Hiroshi Yamauchi who was a leader discussing to Miyamoto Nintendo to create a new game that will put "Radar Scope arcade units" unsold.
    Currently he is working on a replacement for this game, Miyamoto working under the supervision of Gunpei Yokoi. At first he intends to make a game with the theme of love triangle like; "Popeye", "Bluto", and "Olive Oyl". Unfortunately Nintendo did not manage to get a license for "Popeye" so Miyamoto replace existing characters into a woman, a carpenter, and a gorilla. The game play is inspired from the movie King Kong is finally released with the title "Donkey Kong". This game managed to gain a huge success and gave Miyamoto opportunity to work in a variety of other games that eventually brought him to this current position.

The video game industry is somewhere between 30 and 40 years old. (Again, there's lots of room to quibble about this depending on whether you're talking about business, technology, or consumer habits.) And in those few decades we've gone through more and bigger revolutions than cinema. As reported by the escapist magazine. It took 10 years for talkies to replace silent films, but when a new console generation comes along everyone in the AAA space is expected to make the jump in just a couple of years. It took the better part of a lifetime for us to go from films made by a group of a dozen people to films made by hundreds. Video games made that transition in about a decade.

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author avatar GenkiWorld
13th Jan 2015 (#)

wow i loved this piee :) my husband is a video game maker and a few months ago we saw a film on netflix about the history of video games and how games have changed, it was so enjoyable.

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14th Jan 2015 (#)

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author avatar M G Singh
14th Jan 2015 (#)

Wonderful information and great post

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14th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you sir for your coming to see this page. Have a good day. cc: (Madan G Singh)

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author avatar Natraj
14th Jan 2015 (#)

I never knew who were behind video games but your post shed light on them. Thanks

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author avatar viewgreen
15th Jan 2015 (#)

Thank you very much for stopping here to read this page. have a great day my friend Natraj!

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author avatar Colekdikit
13th Feb 2015 (#)

informative posting and good job my friend. thanks

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author avatar Papa KyKy
1st Aug 2015 (#)

Great post! I've been playing games for that entire 40 year period. I do have one correction though. Pong was actually invented by a man named Ralph Baer, who died late last year. Nolan Bushnell was really the one responsible to bringing the game to the masses. A side note also that Steve Jobs used to work for Nolan Bushnell at Atari.

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author avatar viewgreen
1st Aug 2015 (#)

I thank you very much for a great comment here sir. Have a nice day. :)

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