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Infernarl



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Notable Dead Famous Video Game People    Reply with quote

I was listening to retronauts and they were talking about video game people who have died, and how none have really. I tried to think of some and all I came up with was The Mule guy/girl

Danielle Bunten Berry
Gunpei Yokoi

I guess they are right.
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Cycle
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:54 am        Reply with quote

Bill Williams
Duane Blehm
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:01 am        Reply with quote

Haven't both DnD creators died recently? Not really video game people but DnD has certainly been a major influence/inspiration for a number of video games.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:19 am        Reply with quote

Scientologists suicided Theresa Duncan
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Dark Age Iron Savior
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:30 am        Reply with quote

notable, maybe not, but..

*Akihiko Mori (composer who passed away from cancer a few years after getting into game music - even his weakest works were extremely listenable, and some of them rank among the best I've heard on the SNES in terms of sheer creativity, enthusiasm and quality of composition)
*Bruce Carver (helped create Links series, which pretty much defined golf games for years)
*Kelly Turner (Atari coin-op designer)
*Mark Haigh-Hutchinson (notable Lucasarts/Retro employee)
*Tomoharu Saito (Culdcept artist, also apparently helped design some recent Treasure games)
*Shinya Nishigaki (major Climax staff member, designed scenario for Landstalker, Dark Savior and Illbleed)
*Willy Higinbotham (Tennis for Two)
*Alan Kotok (Spacewar)
*Silas Warner (original Wolfenstein games)
*Richard Joseph (long-time composer)
*Dale Disharoon/Desharone (Below the Root, and then later the first two Zelda CD-I games, oddly enough)

even more: http://www.igda.org/wiki/Category:Memorials

edit: oh fuck, Hidehito Aoki is dead. He was my favorite Megaten composer.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 7:37 am        Reply with quote

fukio mitsuji, the guy who made bubble bobble and syvallion and rainbow islands
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luvcraft
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2009 2:51 pm        Reply with quote

I was gonna get angry that Dani Bunton got left out, but then I saw that she was covered in the first post but I'd missed it.

So, yay.

There's a lot more deaths in pinball since it's been around a lot longer, and a few not-old-age deaths like Tony Kraemer, who designed Pharaoh and Varkon and got hit by a car.

Also, I'm surprised that Hiroshi Yamauchi is still alive!
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:33 am        Reply with quote

Dark Age Iron Savior wrote:

*Dale Disharoon/Desharone (Below the Root, and then later the first two Zelda CD-I games, oddly enough)


I discovered this a few months ago, and it really bummed me out. He was an awesome guy, and very easy to talk with.

He did a lot of cool games, including a create your own adventure game for the C64, which is like a cut-down version of RPG Maker. That Skittles game on the Gamecube. Plus the unreleased World of WarCraft adventure on PC. Plus he worked on a load of art assets for companies like Sony. He also did some old Apple computer adventures, like The Scoop.

Although not well-known, his work was quite pioneering, both in terms of the CD format back in the late 1980s (he took over a project previously started by one of the guys who created the Redbook standard), and educational software.

His story into games development was also interesting. He started off as a teacher, and made games for the kids in his class to use, on the old Atari computers. After entering them in Atar competition, and winning prizes, he decided to move over into software development.

If anyone is interested, I can scan the 6-page biography I wrote on him a few years back (it was done about a year before he became ill).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 12, 2009 12:47 pm        Reply with quote

i am interested.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:39 pm        Reply with quote

Here they are, as requested by Dess. How could I refuse?

I'm just sorry I never talked with him about Below the Root more, such a wonderful game. It seems Zilpha Snyder played a fairly big role in the design of the game, alongside Dale.

Also, I guess we should all go out and play Darkened Skye on our Wiis?

All the images were from his personal collection which he scanned for us. Apparently the Zelda artwork he'd been keeping in his attic, and dug out just for us.

The life of Dale Disharoon, one of the nicest and most helpful people I've ever had the fortune to interview:




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dessgeega
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:40 pm        Reply with quote

thanks! below the root is an incredible game. i know it's pretty important to wourme too.
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wourme



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 8:02 pm        Reply with quote

Sketch wrote:
. . . the 6-page biography I wrote on him a few years back . . .

Thanks for posting this. I've always wanted to read Retro Gamer magazine, but it costs a fortune to subscribe in the US.
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Dracko
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:26 pm        Reply with quote

Got banned on RPS for bringing Tomi Pierce up.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 10:28 pm        Reply with quote

Isao Okawa, chairman of Sega Enterprises before Sammy bought them and made them into pachinko game makers.

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From 1984 until 2004, CSK had the majority of Sega shares. As a result, Okawa was the Chairman of Sega Enterprises. In 2004, CSK's shares were bought by Sammy, making Hajime Satomi the new CEO of Sega (Sega and Sammy merged to form Sega Sammy Holdings). Okawa provided over US$40 million towards Sega Enterprises, mainly to fund Dreamcast. He forgave the debts Sega owed him and gave Sega Corporation his $695 million worth of Sega and CSK stock. As a result of this he is remembered by some as an iconic part of Sega's history. CSK also had a research institute which produced software for Sega's Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Sega Saturn and Dreamcast consoles.


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