We’re pretty lucky in video games to have some of the most eccentric and entertaining personalities around. Not only do they make excellent games, they provide hours of entertainment with their often quirky public appearances. Playing video games just wouldn’t be the same without them.
Here are the five biggest personalities in gaming.
Creator of the Metal Gear Solid series and by all indications an icon of gaming, Hideo Kojima is arguably the most famous game developer in the world. His penchant for mysterious leaks, veiled details, and puzzles make most of his interactions the subject of intense scrutiny from devoted fans who are eager to interpret his every move as a sign of something more meaningful. True to form, his latest work, Death Stranding, is set to follow in the same mold.
Bethesda charismatic director, Todd Howard, is behind the phenomenal Fallout and Elder Scrolls series, yet holds a much more important role in the industry through his numerous interactions with non-gaming specific media outlets. In many ways, he is the face of gaming developers for those who aren’t acquainted with the medium. He’s charming, articulate, and makes great games. What more do you want?
Shigeru Miyamoto is the man behind Mario, Donkey, and Zelda to name a few, as well as being responsible for countless infamous E3 moments emblazoned in the annals of video game history. Veneered both among gamers and developers for his ability to introduce new mechanics, genres, and ideas into games, Miyamoto has been referred to as the Spielberg of gaming, and with good reason.
Famous for all the wrong reasons, Sean Murray is a household name among gamers. The disastrous launch of No Man’s Sky will unfortunately follow him around for years to come if not ever. To his credit, he’s learned his lesson and is making amends by slowly turning the space sim into the game we had all hoped for.
Valve founder and the brunt of many a joke, Gabe Newell is a mainstay of the gaming cultural scene. His appearances are pure gold, and his irreverent interviews cherished by fans. He is also responsible for the birth of such gaming stalwarts as Half-Life and for developing the go-to digital platform for game distribution Steam. The subject of many a meme and his fair share of controversy, Newell remains one of the most recognizable faces in gaming.