Have you enjoyed playing twisted metal? Or Quake? Maybe PaRappa is what you enjoy. No matter what games you like, have you ever wondered what the developer’s did before making games. Come find out.
Game Makers before they were Famous
John D. Carmack
John Carmack won the Game Developers Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 2010. He is most known for games like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, and Quake. But at the age of 14, he was sentenced to a year in a juvenile home for breaking and entering. He later worked with a company called SoftDisk on a magazette for the Apple II computers. It was here that he met other key members of the company ID software and began his journey to become who he is today.
He was famous before he developed games, but for making music. In the year 1983, he formed a band called PSY.S. They released 10 albums over the course of 13 years, before he quit the band to concentrate on developing video games. He is known for music based games like PaRappa the Rapper and Vib-Ribbon through his company, NanaOn-Sha.
Best known for games like Zone of the Enders series, Boktai series and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Kojima won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2009 Game Developers Conference. He initially wanted to be an artist or an illustrator, but was discouraged by his family due to societal norms. He began sending short stories to Japanese magazines with no success. He then shifted focus and started making films, but changed in mind soon after and entered the world of game making.
His games Twisted Metal: Black and God of War, have ranked in IGN‘s “Top 25 PS2 Games of All Time”, with Twisted Metal: Black in ninth place and God of War winning first place respectively. After graduating from school, he applied to a film school but never got in. Even so, he pursued his dream of directing movies, before he turned towards game designing.
Ken Levine is most notable for his conceptualization and work on the BioShock franchise. Before, he started developing games, he studied drama. He moved to Los Angeles form Ney York to pursue a career in films. In the year 1995, he was hired by Looking Glass Studios as a game designer. After two years, he and two of his cowokers, left Looking Glass and founded Irrational Games.
Goichi Suda had the most unconventional jobs of all. He worked as an undertaker, also known as a funeral director. He applied to Human Entertainments when he saw an advertisement for an opening. He didn’t hear back from them for weeks and resigned himself to working as an undertaker. His luck changed when he got a call from Human and was immediately hired. He founded Grasshopper Manufacture in the year 1998. He is best known for games like Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw , Killer Is Dead and many more.
It’s okay to take time to figure out what you want in life. Not even famous people knew what they wanted to do from go. But once you decide that games is the way go, make sure you pick the right game development course to guide you the right way!