In an 8 page feature in the latest issue of Edge Magazine ( #244 ) 18 of the most notable names in the industry each offered incite on why they chose to work on video games.
Below is a handful and quick summary of their responses:
Metal Gear Creator Hideo Kojima reflected on his two sons ( the oldest 18, who enjoys video games ) and how they have changed his view of the world. Believing that a good game designer should study human beings continuously, understand and experience other cultures, travel, create bonds with other people all over the world, feed on extremely varied books and movies..”Knowing video games isn’t enough. That’s why I like making games.”
Naughty Dog Creative Director Amy Hennings stated that what she loves most about making video games is “that we get to craft these worlds,stories and characters for our fans.”
For Yakuza creator and Sega CCO Toshihiro Nagoshi,touching the Nintendo Entertainment System ( NES ) given to him as a Christmas present by an ex-girlfriend was the beginning of everything. He said that he has been creating video games [out of ] gratitude toward pieces and people he’s met before he ’met’ video games.
Alex Rigopulos Harmonix CEO/Co-founder says his studio makes video games because the medium is a “playground for inventing new ways for non musicians to experience music as active participants.”
Square Enix Producer Yoshinori Kitase likes making video games because they appeal to all the human senses more than any other medium. He suspects this is the reason why Final Fantasy has so many fans around the world.
Ken Levine Irrational Games co founder says he makes video games because it’s difficult while Peter Molyneux believes there is an ever-changing land of possibilities to explore in the medium.
Initially hoping to become a writer or manga artist, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto dreams later materialised into creating games. So to put it very simple, he says, making games is his job.