We’re a long way from the days when kids were simply given a doll and told to pretend to be the most popular thing in town, but that hasn’t stopped talented kids from making some pretty damn cool games.
Here are 10 kids with incredible talent and game design skills who’ve taken their game development to the next level, and who you should follow if you’re ever in the industry.1.
Michael Cimino and Mike LaidlawMichael Ciminos work for the game developer, EA, as well as a host of other studios, including Rockstar Games, Capcom, and Ubisoft.
He is currently the Chief Technical Officer at Rockstar.
He was inspired to become a game developer after he was told by his parents that he couldn’t become a programmer in college.
He has always been an avid gamer, and it was when he got a chance to work at Rockstargames, the studio he works at, that he really made his mark.
After graduating from college, he moved to New York to work for Rockstar, where he was able to develop his own games for the Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo consoles.2.
Jason GaffordJason Gaffords background is in animation, and he has been working in video games for nearly 10 years now.
He currently serves as the Lead Animation Director at SEGA, which he joined in 2015.
His work has been featured on numerous shows, including GameSpot, Game Informer, and IGN.3.
Ryan SorensenRyan Sorends works as a freelance designer, as he has since 2014.
He’s worked on such games as Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate, Super Meat Boy, and Borderlands.
He holds a degree in game development from the University of Arizona.4.
Adam KallmanAdam Kallmans background is video games, and has worked on titles like Star Wars: Battlefront II, Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, and the recently released Assassin’s Chronicles: Black Flag.
He was a part of the creative team behind the upcoming title, Dead Island: Riptide, and was a co-designer of the game with David Braben.5.
Nick SousaNick Sousas background is music, and worked on music for games such as the acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Halo 3, and Destiny.
He also worked on The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess.6.
Ryan J. SullivanRyan J.
Sullivan worked on games such the popular Destiny 2 and the upcoming Destiny: The Taken King.
He earned his master’s degree in music from Northwestern University.7.
Brian PernaBrian Pernas background in music has been in music since 2007, and his work has seen him play in a number of popular bands.
He most recently released a new album titled In The Woods, which has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.
He plays the guitar, and writes for several games, including Destiny 2.8.
Ben HochsteinBen Hochsteins background is computer science, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from the National University of Singapore.
He works in the areas of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality, among others.
He worked as a Game Design Engineer at Sony for over a year.9.
Brian WilsonBrian Wilson’s background in game design has been as a game designer, writer, and animator since 1998.
He started out as a programmer for the Sony Playstation 2.
Since then, he has worked as an independent artist, writing for several game franchises, including Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Halo 5: Guardians, and Super Mario Maker.10.
Ryan ShumakerRyan Shumakers background is software development, and since he has developed games for such companies as Bungie and Blizzard, he was previously the lead designer for Bungie’s Destiny 2, a title that has been sold over 7 million copies globally.
He previously worked on the development of a number other titles, including Halo 5, Diablo III, and Overwatch.