Trip Hawkins is a video game developer and entrepreneur who founded Electronic Arts in the early 1980s, created the Madden NFL video game series and founded The 3DO Company. Hawkins helped transform the video game industry from simple single person creations to complex multi resource-based creations by fostering team-based projects in order to create larger scale games.
Masayuki Uemura is a retired Japanese engineer and video game producer that worked for Nintendo from 1972 until 2004. Uemura was appointed head of Nintendo’s Research & Development 2 division and was given the task to design Nintendo’s first cartridge-based home video game console. As the chief designer of the Family Computer, commonly referred to as the Famicom, Uemura had a profound impact on the home video game console industry by creating a console that would end up setting the standards for home consoles for decades.
Hirokazu Tanaka is a Japanese video game composer, sound designer, musician and executive. Tanaka began his career in the video game industry in 1980 after graduating from university with a degree in electronic engineering. He joined Nintendo as a sound designer for their Research and Development 1 Division where he assisted with the creation of early arcade games.
Name Yu Suzuki Born June 10, 1958Kamaishi, IwateJapan Occupation DesignerProducerDirectorProgrammer Known For Hang-OnOutRunShenmue series Years active 1983-Present Yu Suzuki – Biography Yu Suzuki is a Japanese video game designer, producer and programmer who created some of Sega’s most popular arcade experiences in the mid 1980s and early 1990s. Suzuki spent 26 years working at Sega …
Hideo Kojima is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer and writer who is best known as the creator of the Metal Gear series. Initially Kojima wanted to become an artist, illustrator or filmmaker but was discouraged as the social norms in Japan in the early 1980s favored a stable salary job over creative pursuits. His father died when he was 13 years old leaving his family in a financial bind and his uncle who was an artist struggled to make a living influenced his decision to study economics in university instead of pursuing his creative passion.
Tim Schafer is a video game designer, programmer and writer who spent a decade working at LucasArts before founding his own game studio, Double Fine Productions. Schafer applied for a job at Lucasfilm Games while attending computer science at UC Berkeley. The job opening was for a programmer that could also write game dialog.
Tom duBois is an illustrator who created the majority of Konami’s cover art for their games between 1988 and 1994. Tom attended the American Academy of Art in Chicago in the late 1970’s and prior to his involvement with video games he created backgrounds for Cap’n Crunch commercials in the late 1980’s. Tom’s involvement in video games began when he was approached by his cousin Dave in 1988.
Yoshiaki Koizumi is a Japanese video game designer, director and producer currently serving as an Executive Officer at Nintendo. Born in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan on April 29, 1968, Koizumi graduated from the Visual Concept Planning Department of Osaka University of Arts where he studied film, drama and animation. He attended college with the aspiration of becoming a film director however found other opportunities in the video game industry.