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?
One response to “25 Most Influential – Wall Street Journal”
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).