Thank you for checking out Part Four of our ongoing blog series. You’ll see our staff picks for “The Five Greatest Video Games of All Time”.
I was a programmer, but I was creating administrative stuff and web sites. I was designing and developing games on my free time, and I realized I wanted to do this 24/7. So I quit my job and started the journey.
- Secret of Evermore
- Phantasy Star Online EP 1&2
- Ragnarok Online
- Dark Souls
- Killing Floor
Fall of 2009. I was trying to figure out what to do with my life after 4 years in consulting so I was Googling online and saw a job at EA. Working in games had never really dawned on me even though I played them all the time. I applied thinking it was just a pipe dream. In the mean time I was also applying to master’s programs. Literally the day after I was accepted into a program EA reached out for an interview. I realized the dream was possible at that point and started to figure out how to get there.
The next 3 years I played every mobile game out there, read every piece of industry literature, and talked to anyone willing to answer questions. It ultimately led to receiving an offer to join EA in London. EA however lived up to its reputation as a terrible company and rescinded my job offer before I even started. Scopely, much like a hero on white stallion came into the picture at this point.
Thus Scopely is my first gaming job where I actually worked, but EA was the first gaming offer.
- Civilization (and its follow-ups) – This is hands down the best game of all time. Who doesn’t want to be a tank wielding Gandhi? Seriously though, the amount of time I’ve spent on this series is out of control. It’s also taught me random historical facts, win win.
- Final Fantasy VII – Aeris dying, enough said
- Starcraft II – This was my gateway drug to multiplayer.
- Escape from Monkey Island – Because it’s still hilarious and because I was excited for it to be remastered.
- Super Mario World – This shouldn’t require explanation. Easy to pick up, difficult to master, endless replayability
I’ve been playing video games since I was 2, but I had no idea I wanted to be in the video game industry until I actually landed a job in it! I’ve always been a film person, but after moving back to LA after a year at home, I needed a quick job and got one at Square Enix doing QA Testing. Instantly fell in love with the industry.
- Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Fallout 3
- Final Fantasy 7
- Mass Effect 2
I’ve loved games since I can remember. I grew up playing DOS games on my dad’s IBM 286 PC and I’ve been making them casually on my own since at least 1998. Scopely is my first Games Industry job!
- The Last of Us – The combination of emotion, story, characters, mechanics and an intense multiplayer experience make this game one I will treasure and replay as long as I live.
- Final Fantasy VII – A cliché answer at this point, but a true one. My personal introduction to the world of Final Fantasy was through Cloud, Tifa, Aeris, and of course Sephiroth. A close second in the FF series would be FF9.
- Super Mario RPG – Wow. Is there a more charming, and yet deeply fulfilling, RPG out there? Smashing goombas with Peach’s frying pan never gets old.
- Resident Evil 2 – The first horror game I played when growing up, my friends and I would play this grouped around the TV in a dark room, waiting for that next scare moment. Not easily beaten either.
- Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete – The game that introduced me to traditional JRPGs on the PlayStation, the depths of emotion this story evokes, the beautiful animation, and the deep gameplay keep this square in my top 5. I even named my dog at the time after the main character, Alex.
I realized I wanted to have a career in gaming when I graduated from my college. Actually, this is the first full time job in gaming industry.
- World of Warcraft
- Battlefield 4
- Fire Emblem Series
- Xuan-Yuan Sword