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    Default 5 gaming industry luminaries you should know

    5 gaming industry luminaries you should know

    The faces behind our digital heroes.
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    This should be a regular editorial every other week (or something), maybe just focusing on one person and getting people familiar with the people who make the games we love.

    Far more interesting than knowing what torrents people download.
    Last edited by MOnk; 17-04-2012 at 01:42 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOnk View Post
    This should be a regular editorial every other week (or something), maybe just focusing on one person and getting people familiar with the people who make the games we love.

    Far more interesting that knowing what torrents people download.
    Interesting suggestion Will run it by the team
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    I find it interesting reading about the approach different industry pioneers take to making games and the different philosophy's. You really start to build up an idea of why certain studios make games the way they do and what things are important to them.

    There has been definite 'pulling back of the curtain' on games development over the last few years where the people making the games have become far more visible to their customers. Gamers are getting to know the people who make their games, not just the names of the studios. This for me is a really positive thing.
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    Warren Spector?

    Wing Commander (1990), ORIGIN Systems
    Wing Commander: The Secret Missions (1990), ORIGIN Systems
    Ultima VI: The False Prophet (1990), ORIGIN Systems
    Bad Blood (1990), ORIGIN Systems
    Wing Commander II: Vengeance of the Kilrathi (1991), ORIGIN Systems
    Wing Commander: The Secret Missions 2 - Crusade (1991), ORIGIN Systems
    Ultima: Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams (1991), ORIGIN Systems
    Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss (1992), ORIGIN Systems
    Shadowcaster (1993), ORIGIN Systems (Uncredited)[9]
    Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds (1993), ORIGIN Systems
    Wing Commander: Privateer - Righteous Fire (1993), ORIGIN Systems
    Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle (1993), ORIGIN Systems
    Ultima VII, Part Two: The Silver Seed (1993), Electronic Arts
    Wings of Glory (1993), Electronic Arts
    System Shock (1994), Looking Glass Technologies
    CyberMage: Darklight Awakening (1995), ORIGIN Systems
    Crusader: No Remorse (1995), ORIGIN Systems
    Thief: The Dark Project (1998), Looking Glass Studios
    Deus Ex (2000), Ion Storm Austin
    Deus Ex: Invisible War (2003), Ion Storm Austin
    Thief: Deadly Shadows (2004), Ion Storm Austin
    Epic Mickey (2010), Disney Interactive Studios
    Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two (2012), Disney Interactive Studios
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    He is in the honourable mentions, there are just so many influential people hence why I suggested a regular column.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOnk View Post
    He is in the honourable mentions, there are just so many influential people hence why I suggested a regular column.
    Sense is being made. Didn't even see the honourable mentions, fanboyism kicked in hard to quick
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maplassie View Post
    Sense is being made. Didn't even see the honourable mentions, fanboyism kicked in hard to quick
    I had the exact same reaction, so I checked to article carefully before posting! To this day, System Shock is one of my favourite games.
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    Warren Spector was originally in the top 5, although the list was compiled in no particular order who is most "influential".
    I looked at the prominent games and franchises on our store shelves today, and looked where and how those games got their influence. While Warren Spector basically kicked off the way FPS/RPG's have evolved over the last couple years, guys like Cliffy B's (he may hunt me down for that) work on Gears of War has changed the 'modern gaming' scene quite drastically, given the cover mechanics which are replicated time and time again. Whether people like to admit it or not, those elements of gameplay were incredibly influential on the current-gen of games.

    But like @MOnk said, the original list was long and there are so many influencial people. A regular article featuring a designer, writer or industry personality could be on the cars

    Thanks for the feedback y'all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MOnk View Post
    This should be a regular editorial every other week (or something), maybe just focusing on one person and getting people familiar with the people who make the games we love.

    Far more interesting than knowing what torrents people download.
    This man speaks the truth! I would definitely read something like this on a weekly basis. This also gives you guys the opportunity to go more in depth about the person that you are writing about. If there is some form of vote for this to be a feature, consider this mine!
    That's what she said.

    The Dork Knight.
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