I have to say Naughty Dog or Bioware due to their cinematic story telling
Bungie because Halo.
But really, they haven't disappointed me yet, are always really dedicated to their games post-release and have built in so many features that they didn't need to, but are really cool and give the games even more longevity. I think even Jeff said that they are the best in the world when it comes to that stuff.
" DICE, because I just got a job there. "YOU'RE JUST ADVERTISING YOUR COMPANY FALSE ADVERTISING WHAT A DOU-
Sorry, I think I've just been a little affected by all those threads Cmdrshepard made lately. I like DICE too! I also enjoy a solid Bioware or Valve production.
" Bungie because Halo. But really, they haven't disappointed me yet, are always really dedicated to their games post-release and have built in so many features that they didn't need to, but are really cool and give the games even more longevity. I think even Jeff said that they are the best in the world when it comes to that stuff. "I agree. I love Bungie. Although I'm sad they are not making the next Halo game, I'm excited to see what there going to do.
Probably BioWare and Bethesda. Mass Effect is probably the best franchise to come out of this console generation and I really like Dragon Age too, and BioWare was solid last generation too. I love Oblivion and Fallout, and I'm more excited for Skyrim than any other game this year.
I guess I just really like RPGs, though BioWare and Bethesda make very different games. While BioWare has a big emphasis on story and cinematics in their games, I just like being dropped into a huge world without having to go where the game tells you to. You can play Oblivion and Fallout without ever doing the main quest beyond the starting area.
Special mentions to Rockstar (played a lot of GTA the last decade), Netherrealms (only a month until MK) and Nintendo (for saving video games).
Bethesda and Ubisoft.
Bethesda - They make amazing RPGs and give me a chance to enter a whole new world.
Ubisoft - They made two of my favorite game franchises, Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed. Even if they didn't release Conviction for the PS3 -_-
EDIT: Just found you my PC can run Conviction so my year long bitchin spree is over.
I would have to say DICE because I like to think that they are like Blizzard but in the FPS sandbox genre :P Just name one game that came close to Battlefield with the same asset's just as WoW, I personally can't think of any.
Outside of this i would say Capcom and Konami because 90% of my games are made or published by them.
Double Fine: They're crazy
Rockstar: Amazing atmosphere and usually ground breaking in open-world
DICE: They're awesome at what they do, but they're not afraid to try other things. Also, Swedish.
Obsidian: Their games are like rough diamonds. Very rough...that cut you. But they're still fucking diamonds!
Massive: They're in my home town and hopefully my friend will get a job there soon!
It'd have to be Blizzard! They seem incapable of making anything but amazing games and try their best to align consumer interests with their own.
Morhaime gave a pretty insightful lecture detailing their corporate strategy and explaining how loving games is very much a job requirement there, worth a watch. A duder's hosting it here.
1. BioWare: I spend so much time in the games. Despite the bias and having worked on it ME2 was my most played game of 2010.
2. Double Fine: Just simply love their smaller, quirky titles, and no other company does humour in videogames like they do.
Beyond these 2, there are a myriad companies that I'll gladly keep supporting because of their recent work. Hothead, Blizzard, Valve, Bethesda, Criterion, Visceral , Twisted Pixel and to some degree Ubisoft.
Bethesda- The Elder Scrolls and the new Fallout series are really amazing
DICE- Can't go wrong with Battlefield
Ubisoft- Splinter Cell (classic, none of this Conviction crap) and Assassin's Creed are two of the greatest game franchises ever
And while I haven't played too many of their games, Rockstar is quickly becoming one of my favorites with their great attention to detail in Red Dead Redemption
Valve - not only for their games but also for Steam, the best gaming platform out there
One developer I'll be checking out from now on is Larian, their last game Divinity 2 DKS was really really good, much better than hyped up turds like Oblivion, Fable or Dragon Age. Too bad they didn't have the money for marketing campaigns and buying reviews so DKS flew under the radar completely.