25 Most Influential – Wall Street Journal
I’m still on the thrashwagon lately, which is my excuse for not having written much. But this bit from the Wall Street Journal is quite interesting. They had a piece last weekend on “the new power players” in Hollywood, that is, the video game moguls. 🙂 Included in the piece is a top-25 which I’ll reproduce here since I can’t find it online – however, the original article is available here. It’s amusing to see the people they consider to be power players. Some I agree with, some… not so much! Many thanks to MB for saving the article for me!
- Sam Houser, President, Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto)
- Jason Jones, Lead Designer, Bungie Studios (Halo)
- Shigeru Miyamoto, Senior Managing Director etc, Nintendo (Mario, Zelda, etc)
- Will Wright, Chief Creative Officer, Maxis (The Sims) Hardware
- Satoru Iwata, President, Nintendo
- Ken Kutaragi, President, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Peter Moore, Corporate VP etc, Microsoft Entertainers
- Jason Hall, Senior VP, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment
- Peter Jackson, Film director/producer (LOTR, King Kong)
- Steve Schnur, Worldwide Executive of Music and Music Marketing, Electronic Arts
- Larry Shapiro, Co-head Videogame Dept, Creative Artists Agency Online Players
- Edward Castronova, Associate Professor, Indiana University
- Rob Pardo, VP Game Design, Blizzard (World of Warcraft) Team Players
- Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder
- David Stern, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
- Gene Upshaw, Executive Director, National Football League Players Association The Marketers
- Mitch Davis, CEO, Massive Inc.
- Brian Farrell, CEO, THQ
- Frank Gibeau, Exec VP, Electronic Arts
- Jill Hamburger, VP Gaming, Best Buy
- Tim Harrison, Head of Games, Vodafone Money Man
- John Riccitello, Managing Director, Elevation Partners Policy
- Doug Lowenstein, President, Entertainment Software Association The Scribes
- Hirokazu Hamamura, Editor-in-Chief, Famitsu/Enterbrain
- Metacritic (CNet)
Do you agree? Disagree?
The list could be worse, but it could be far, far better. I have my own opinions about the people who really make decisions in games (q.v. Bosslevel).