Ed Boon

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About Ed Boon

Best known for being one of the co-creators of the highly successful Mortal Kombat video game franchise, he worked at Midway Games for more than a decade and a half. In 2013, he released Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Early life

He studied math and computer science at the University of Illinois. He worked on pinball games after graduating.

Trivia

Ranked among IGN’s Top 100 Game Creators, he helped programmed Mortal Kombat and voiced the yellow ninja character Scorpion.

Family of Ed Boon

He was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up alongside his two sisters.

Close associates of Ed Boon

His Mortal Kombat game spawned a series of movies, the first of which was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson.

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Shigeru Miyamoto

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About Shigeru Miyamoto

Japanese designer of such classic Nintendo video games as Super Mario, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, and Star Fox. He helped develop the Wii console and was one of the creators of Wii Sports.

Early life

After graduating from college, he considered a career as a manga artist. 

Trivia

He based the love triangle between Donkey Kong, Mario, and Peach on the Bluto, Popeye, and Olive Oyl dynamic in the Popeye cartoons.

Family of Shigeru Miyamoto

He married Yasuko Miyamoto and he has two children.

Close associates of Shigeru Miyamoto

He was once called the Steve Jobs of video games. 

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Notch

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About Notch

Born Markus Persson, but better known as Notch, he is a Swedish video game designer who created the hit game Minecraft. In 2014, he became a billionaire when Microsoft purchased Minecraft for $2.5 billion.

Early life

He first began programming on a Commodore 128 at the age of seven and made his first game at the age of eight.

Trivia

He founded the video game development company Mojang Studios in 2009. His entries Breaking the Tower, Metagun, and Prelude of the Chambered all resulted from his participation in Ludum Dare’s 48-hour game-making competition.

Family of Notch

He was married to famous Minecraft player Elin Zetterstrand from 2011 to 2012. 

Close associates of Notch

His work on Minecraft not only brought him romantic relationships, but also many prominent fans, including electronic DJ Joel Zimmerman.

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Badcc

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About Badcc

Software and video game designer named Alex Balfanz who is recognized for having created the popular Jailbreak modification for the user-generated massively multiplayer online game Roblox. As of October 2020, his game had been played more than 4 billion times. 

Early life

He began playing Roblox at the age of nine and quickly became addicted. 

Trivia

In 2017, he attended the annual Roblox Developer Conference. 

Family of Badcc

He was born in Orlando, Florida. 

Close associates of Badcc

He created the Jailbreak modification using David Baszucki’s Roblox framework. 

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Jens Bergensten

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About Jens Bergensten

Swedish designer of video games who became known for his work on the popular game Minecraft.

Early life

He first designed video games when he was just 11 years old. Later, he received a graduate degree in computer science.

Trivia

He was a founder of the Oxeye Game Studio, which developed games such as Cobalt and Harvest: Massive Encounter.

Family of Jens Bergensten

He married Jenny Thornell in 2013. He has one son.

Close associates of Jens Bergensten

He took over the development of Minecraft from the game’s previous designer Markus Persson.

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Yuji Naka

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About Yuji Naka

Video game designer who helped create a cultural phenomenon as the lead programmer for Sonic the Hedgehog.

Early life

He chose not to attend college in order to focus on developing his programming abilities.

Trivia

He was the founder and president of his indie game company Prope.

Family of Yuji Naka

He and his wife had two children.

Close associates of Yuji Naka

He and video game composer Masato Nakamura collaborated on the iconic Sonic the Hedgehog game.

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Scott Cawthon

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About Scott Cawthon

Game designer and developer of Five Nights at Freddy’s and the game’s subsequent sequels. He is part of a group called Hope Animation as well. 

Early life

He started a YouTube career back in 2007 with an animated web series called The Pilgrim’s Progress. 

Trivia

He created a plethora of other games. Most of them can no longer be found. 

Family of Scott Cawthon

He is the father of four sons and is originally from Fort Worth. 

Close associates of Scott Cawthon

He created a gaming sensation like Markus Persson, developer of Minecraft. 

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Masahiro Sakurai

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About Masahiro Sakurai

Known for creating the Super Smash Bros. and Kirby video games, he also voiced characters in several of the games in these popular series.

Early life

In his late teens, he began working for the Japanese HAL Laboratory, Inc. video game company. He later worked for Q Entertainment and created his own companies, Project Sora and Sora Ltd.

Trivia

He directed such Nintendo DS games as Kid Icarus: Uprising and Meteos.

Family of Masahiro Sakurai

He was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He married Michiko Sakurai.

Close associates of Masahiro Sakurai

He and Final Fantasy developer Hironobu Sakaguchi both had successful careers in the Japanese and international video game industries.

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Todd Howard

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About Todd Howard

Winner of three consecutive Game of the Year awards for his work on the video games Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Skyrim known for his work as a video game director, designer, and producer at Bethesda Game Studios. He was named Best Game Director by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Early life

He was a double major in Engineering and Finance at College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. His first game development credit at Bethesda was for The Terminator: Future Shock and SkyNET.

Trivia

He was named as one of IGN’s Top Game Creators of All Time and named by GamePro magazine as one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in Gaming over the last 20 years.

Family of Todd Howard

He was born in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania.

Close associates of Todd Howard

He is an influential game designer like Markus Persson, creator of Minecraft.

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