Archive for the 'Leaders' Category

19
Nov
09

Yuji Naka

Yuji Naka , is a video game designer, programmer, the former head of Sonic Team, a group of Sega programmers/designers, the lead programmer of the original Sonic the Hedgehog and the head of Prope.

After graduating high school, Naka decided to skip university and stay in his home town. During this time, Naka worked long hours at various menial jobs. After quitting his last job, Naka saw that Sega was looking for programming assistants. After a brief interview, he was hired and began working on a game called Girl’s Garden, which earned him critical praise and fan appreciation. He programmed the original Sonic the Hedgehog game, while Naoto Ōshima designed the character and Hirokazu Yasuhara designed the stages. Naka has also produced several other titles like Nights into Dreams…, Burning Rangers and Phantasy Star Online. In early games he was often credited as “YU2” (in reference to Yu Suzuki) and “Muuu Yuji”. He is one of the few famous Japanese game creators to speak fluent English.

Naka also helped create a popular EyeToy game for the PlayStation 2 called Sega Superstars, and finds mention in Shadow the Hedgehog where GUN soldiers will occasionally call out “Mister Yuji Naka is all right” Yuji Naka has a cameo in Virtua Striker 3 along with Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, Eggman, and a group of Chao.

In news released on March 16, 2006, Naka announced that he intended to create his own game studio, independent of Sega and Sega Studio USA. This decision bears resemblance to Naoto Oshima’s departure of Sonic Team in 1999, when he founded Artoon. And Hirokazu Yasuhara’s departure of Sonic Team in 2002, when he moved to Naughty Dog.

21
Oct
09

Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu

Corrinne Yu is a game programmer and currently Principal Engine Programmer on Microsoft’s Halo team, and first party Halo Lead. She is the first and only female Technical Lead of the whole of Microsoft Game Studios. She was a founding member of Microsoft’s Direct 3D Advisory Board. Previously she participated in CUDA and GPU simulation at NVidia. She continues to review the designs of new iterations of Direct3D.
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18
Mar
08

Nintendo Tops the First “Top 50 Developers”

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combining factors like game sales, Metacritic averages and developer feedback through Gamasutra – has concluded creating the first-ever Top 50 Developers list from Game Developer magazine. Coming in at the top of the list is, but of course, Nintendo’s Kyoto studio, followed by Infinity Ward, Blizzard, EA Canada, and Valve.

The top 20 are as follows, along with some of their notable 2007 releases:

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05
Mar
08

Ken Kutaragi

 Ken Kutaragi

Ken Kutaragi is the former Chairman and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI), the video game division of Sony Corporation. He is known as “The Father of the PlayStation”, and its successors and spinoffs, including the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and the PlayStation 3.

Kutaragi was closely watched by financial analysts who trace profiles of the losses and profits of the Sony Corporation. This has been attributed to the PlayStation franchise’s high profit returns for Sony; it has been the key source of profit for the aforementioned parent corporation.

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01
Mar
08

Ray Muzyka

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Ray Muzyka is a medical doctor who founded BioWare Corporation with Greg Zeschuk in February 1995. When on 3rd November 2005 BioWare formed an alliance with Pandemic Studios, Ray Muzyka became a shareholder and senior executive of the BioWare/Pandemic Studios holding company.

Dr. Ray Muzyka is the General Manager, Chairman/CEO and Co-Executive Producer at BioWare Corp. He co-founded BioWare in 1995 with the other co-founder and President of BioWare, Dr. Greg Zeschuk. After selling BioWare to Electronic Arts in 2008, Muzyka became a Vice-President at EA in addition to his role at BioWare.

Muzyka and Zeschuk were the co-executive producers on Shattered Steel, the Baldur’s Gate series (PC), MDK2, MDK2: Armageddon, the Neverwinter Nights series, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox and PC), and Jade Empire (XBox). Muzyka and Zeschuk are also co-executive producers on the upcoming Dragon Age, an epic fantasy roleplaying game for PC set in a new BioWare-created universe, as well as Mass Effect, released in 2007, an Xbox 360 exclusive sci-fi action RPG based on another original BioWare intellectual property. BioWare is also selling content directly to its fans through the BioWare Community at http://www.bioware.com and store.bioware.com. BioWare also formed a new substudio based in Austin in late 2005, developing an as-yet-unannounced new MMO. BioWare and LucasArts announced a partnership in 2007.

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01
Mar
08

Michael Morhaime

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Michael Morhaime co-founded Silicon & Synapse (later named Blizzard Entertainment) in 1991 with Allen Adham and Frank Pearce.

he is the president and a co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, a video game developer located in Irvine, California and currently owned by the Vivendi Games group of Vivendi. He is also an alumnus of Triangle Fraternity and received his bachelor’s degree in 1990 from UCLA.

Morhaime appears in animated form in the South Park episode Make Love, Not Warcraft, which deals with the World of Warcraft MMORPG.

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19
Feb
08

Brian Reynolds

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Brian Reynolds  is a well known computer strategy game designer, formerly of MicroProse and Firaxis Games. He now runs his own game development company, Big Huge Games where he is CEO and creative director, and has been chairman of the International Game Developers Association. He has played a major part in designing a number of multi-million selling games including Civilization II and Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri.

Reynolds was a gamer in high school, and a SysOp on Randolph School’s (Huntsville, Alabama) PDP-11 mainframe computer. A 1990 graduate of the University of the South, Reynolds briefly pursued graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. This influence is evident in the emphasis on philosophy encountered in one of his more famous computer games, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. Continue reading ‘Brian Reynolds’