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Who is the Biggest Genius in Gaming?

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"The term genius gets thrown around a lot these days. It seems like everyone gets called a genius if someone wants to kiss their ass a little bit. We here at the The Exploding Barrel think that the term genius needs to be reserved for the few that rightly deserve the title. Making one great game doesn't make you a gaming god. These select few have proven their genius over decades of work, and they all have shaped the industry in their own way. Without a doubt, all of these men are gaming geniuses in their own right. Find out who they are and cast your vote for the man that you believe truly deserves to be called the biggest genius in gaming."

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riqued3402d ago

For those who don't know: Creator of ICO and Shadow of the Colossus.

Only for these two he should be already considered a genius.

morganfell3402d ago (Edited 3402d ago )

Not even a contest. Was and still is the most influential programmer in the history of gaming - The Man - John Carmack. Idtech5 owns everything out there.

The greatest day in gaming history was the day John Carmack walked by his first computer, looked at the screen and said, "Cool. How's it work?"

StephanieBBB3402d ago

Hands down geniuses are...

Kojima - Director/creator of MGS series.
David Cage - Director of Heavy rain.
Will Wright - Director/creator of Spore.

Tomdc3402d ago

Chuck Norris?

I actually hate myself for typing that =(

Cenobia3402d ago

I totally agree with you. His two games are my favorites of all time. Wright and Molyneux don't interest me (not my genres), Miyamoto has some great ideas that revolutionized gaming (Ocarina of Time was my favorite game before Ueda), and Kojima makes MGS (which is an awesome series), but none of them match Ueda in my opinion.

Team ICO makes games as art, and I have never had such great experiences with a game as in SotC and ICO. I can't wait for his next game.

morganfell3402d ago

Notes on Carmack:

# In 1999, Carmack appeared as number 10 in TIME's list of the 50 most influential people in technology.

# On March 22, 2001, Carmack became the fourth person to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences' Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed upon those who have made revolutionary and innovative achievements in the video and computer game industry.

# In 2003, Carmack was one of the subjects of the book Masters of Doom, a chronicle of id Software and its founders.

# In 2005, the film Doom featured a character named Dr. Carmack, in recognition of Carmack who co-created the original game.

# In March 2006, Carmack was added to the Walk of Game, an event that recognizes the developers and games with the most impact on the industry.

# In January of 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada, John Carmack and id software were awarded with two Emmy Awards. The Science, Engineering & Technology for Broadcast Television, which includes broadcast, cable and satellite distribution, and secondly, Science, Engineering and Technology for Broadband and Personal Television, encompassing interactive television, gaming technology, and for the first time, the Internet, cell phones, private networks, and personal media players. id Software is the very first independent game developer to be awarded an Emmy since the Academy began honoring technology innovation in 1948.

# In September 2007, Carmack appeared on Discovery Channel Canada Daily Planet, featuring his rocket designs along with the Armadillo Aerospace team.

# In 2008 Carmack was honored at the 59th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards for Quake's pioneering role of user modifiability. He is the only game designer ever honored twice by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, having been given an Emmy Award in 2007 for his creation of the 3D technology that underlies modern shooter video games. Along with Don Daglow and Mike Morhaime, Carmack is one of only three game developers to accept awards at both the Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards and at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards.

sumfood4u3402d ago

Thanks to them they created Electronic Crack & RMT with a Side Effects of No Life & Divorce Court Entertainment! Good Job Guys & Gals!

morganfell3402d ago

I am laughing because that last paragraph I posted about Carmack trumps everyone else. Instead of posting someone I am a fan of, though I do like Carmack, or picking someone that is the flavor of the moment - Ken Levine - I picked a genius that has truly impacted the industry.

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Boldy3402d ago

What about Sid Meier?

johnnywit3402d ago

"San Francisco, CA - May 29, 2008 - Sid Meier, creator of the Sid Meier’s Civilization® franchise and Director of Creative Development at 2K’s world-renowned Firaxis Games development studio, has officially won more game awards than any other video game creator according to the Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition 2008."

I don't know if I would say he is the biggest geinus but that ought to put him high on the list.

eagles19903402d ago

I voted for Kojima but the real genius is Miyamoto because video games would probably be dead if it wasn't for him

riqued3402d ago

While I agree that Miyamoto is a genius, I don't thing games would be dead without him...