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Brianna Wu













































About Brianna Wu

American video game developer and programmer most famous for co-founding the independent game development company Giant Spacekat. From 2014 to 2016, she was the co-host of the Isometric gaming podcast.


Early life

She began studying Journalism and Political Science at the University of Mississippi in 2003. She briefly withdrew from college to work in Washington, D.C.


Trivia

In 2014, she found herself at the forefront of the Gamergate controversy, receiving multiple death threats as a result of her anti-Gamergate stance.


Family of Brianna Wu

Her adopted father was a U.S. Navy doctor. She married artist Frank Wu in 2008.


Close associates of Brianna Wu

She and video games journalist Anita Sarkeesian were both targets of Gamergate-related harassment.





















Toby Fox













































About Toby Fox

Also known as FwugRadiation, he is the game developer, writer and composer of the critically acclaimed RPG Undertale.


Early life

He was a forum member on the EarthBound fan site Starmen.net with the alias name Radiation. He gained attention for his “EarthBound Halloween Hack” submission for Starmen.Net s 2008 Halloween Funfest.


Trivia

He produced music for the webcomic Homestuck.


Family of Toby Fox

He is from Massachusetts.


Close associates of Toby Fox

He developed Undertale in the basement of Andrew Hussie s home.





















David Vonderhaar













































About David Vonderhaar

Known as the studio design director for the American video game company Treyarch. He also played a key role in designing the popular Call of Duty games. 


Early life

He studied electronic media and computer science at the University of Cincinnati. 


Trivia

In the World at War edition of Call of Duty, there is a soldier character who is named after Vonderhaar. 


Family of David Vonderhaar

His Treyarch studios opened in Santa Monica, California in 1996. He has a younger brother.


Close associates of David Vonderhaar

He was interviewed by Hector Rodriguez on The Eavesdrop Podcast in 2018.





















Satoshi Tajiri













































About Satoshi Tajiri

Creator of Pokemon who founded the video game company GameFreak, Inc. His videogames Pokemon Red, Green, and Blue later became a popular animated series and a film franchise.


Early life

He became interested in arcade games early in his childhood and started playing them instead of going to school.


Trivia

A passion for insect collecting was blended with his love of video games, thus forming the foundation for Pokemon.


Family of Satoshi Tajiri

His father was a car salesman and his mother a stay-at-home mom.


Close associates of Satoshi Tajiri

Shigeru Miyamoto, the designer behind the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda games, also helped on the development of Pokemon.





















Jeff Kaplan













































About Jeff Kaplan

Game Director and Vice President at Blizzard Entertainment notable for being the game director of Overwatch. He also helped design elements of World of Warcraft.


Early life

He earned a degree in creative writing from the University of Southern California after initially pursuing a degree in film. He was a writing intern for Universal Pictures before heading back to school to get a graduate degree in creative writing from New York University.


Trivia

He joined the “Legacy of Steel” guild under the online handle of “Tigole” for the video game Everquest.


Family of Jeff Kaplan

He was an employee of his father s recruiting business after graduate school.


Close associates of Jeff Kaplan

He followed in the footsteps of Hearthstone lead director Ben Brode by making himself a public face for Blizzard.





















Ed Boon













































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.