When it comes down to it, games are only as good as the gamer makers. So for this post I’ve decided to pay tribute to some of my favorite game devs! I’m choosing devs who consistently release great titles, are engaged with the community, and are just all around cool dudes. Now having said that, let’s get started!
First up is Valve! Now to be honest, Valve hasn’t been doing a lot in the way of new games recently. It would seem supporting games like Dota 2 and TF2 have encompassed most their attention, that or they have some big surprises in store for us. Either way it’s been quiet from valve in recent years. Also their “steam box” journey seems a little misguided, in my opinion. However all that aside, I can’t ignore the fact that most of my all time favorite games were created by these guys. Games like the Portal and Half-Life series are timeless masterpieces, which will likely never be forgotten! This may be more of Nostalgia driven choice, but I felt like they deserved to be mentioned regardless.
The dudes at Bungie are just cool, there’s no getting around it. The folks at Bungie are responsible for the Halo franchise as well as the highly anticipated Destiny. When the first Halo came out, it basically sold the original Xbox. Not to mention it paved the way for a new genre of console games. And now the upcoming Destiny looks like it might renovate the genre once more! Their impact on the gaming world is just too big for them to be left off this list. Also, they are always very connected with their loyal fanbases and are perhaps one of the most “down to earth” triple A studios out there.
Speaking of devs that had a big impact on gaming, there’s a good chance that many of the games we all enjoy today wouldn’t be around if it wasn’t for id. DOOM and Wolfenstein paved the way for the entire FPS genre, and changed the way people developed games. The fine folks at id have some classics under their belt, that’s for sure. However, they’ve released several new games as well, including RAGE and a new installment in the Wolfenstein franchise. Not to mention their upcoming DOOM reboot…er…sequel? I’m not exactly sure.
If you own a PlayStation console, then there’s a very strong possibility you’ve played a Naughty Dog game at some point. Naughty Dog have some classics under their belt, like the Crash bandicoot series, as well as several modern block busters. The folks at Naughty Dog seem to be gifted at consistently releasing 10/10 games. The insane quality of their games alone is enough to get them on my list. Uncharted 3 and The Last of Us, enough said!
These guys could be on here for the Elder Scrolls series alone! These developers have an attention to detail, to say the least! They have created some of the most intricate and detailed games ever. Their games aren’t just games, they’re worlds for you to explore. You can feel the care and craftsmanship that goes into each location you discover. No one does RPG like Bethesda, that’s for sure.
So those are of my favorite developers! Who are your favorites? Let me know!