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#1 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18954 posts) -

This isnt just about devs, its about anyone and everyone. 
I must say that the company that has always amazed me is Nintendo .. their never-ending innovations and inventions for the last 2-3 decades and the way they just keep pushing forward and creating fun stuff and making people explode with pure entertainment, is really fucking super. 
I'm no fanboy. ive never played a Nintendo game or touched a Nintendo platform in my life (and its too late and too expensive to get my nintendo on).. My appreciation comes from seeing footage, hearing what people have to say, and reading articles and other pieces about the company. (oh and, watching AVGN videos ofcourse) 
And so, I salute Nintendo for being an incredible video game giant that dazzles me from afar, without even having to try their products! 
                                                                                                                                         How i envy Nintendo nerds... Ya im lookin at you JJOR64 
P.S. my favorite developer is Rockstar Games, but Nintendo still takes the cake for ultimate respect. 
Do you have anyone special in the industry that you respect the most? or anyone you respect/appreciate for a special reason ? 
(inb4 Bioware / Valve :P )

#2 Posted by BestUsernameEver (4825 posts) -

definitely rockstar

#3 Posted by Mariek430 (409 posts) -

Cliffy B, guys at Gearbox, Valve, Rockstar, Bioware, and Blizzard if Diablo 3 ever comes out.

#4 Posted by ThePantheon (781 posts) -

Jeff Gerstmann. Leslie Benzies. Pete Hines.

#5 Posted by tranquilchaos (576 posts) -

Johnny V.

#6 Posted by Alex_V (615 posts) -

Frank Lantz and Area/Code

#7 Posted by dpedal1 (189 posts) -

Jeff Gerstmann

#8 Posted by Icemael (6367 posts) -

Nintendo and the guys at Clover Studio/Platinum Games.

#9 Posted by RVonE (4710 posts) -

Will Wright; he gives awesome presentations.
#10 Posted by apoptosis61 (568 posts) -

i used to love rare , but now they make junk

#11 Posted by swamplord666 (1763 posts) -

thatgamecompany and fumito ueda. I heavily endorse what they are doing and their innovations

#12 Posted by benjaebe (2784 posts) -

If I had to pick one, I'd say Valve and Gabe Newell. He really believes in games as a service and supporting games far past their release. I mean, just look at CS:S and Team Fortress 2. Plus, he just seems like a really down-to-Earth kind of guy who has stains on all of his t-shirts.

#13 Posted by guiseppe (2844 posts) -

Valve, Blizzard, BioWare. 99% of their games are fantastic exoeriences. Also, the staff here at GiantBomb, I've followed them since they all worked at Gamespot, and I doubt I'll stop any time soon.

#14 Posted by Asrahn (557 posts) -

Blizzard, Valve. Their ability to keep things secret until the very last moment, when it is most opportune to go public, tells of a solid and tightly knit team who knows what the hell they're doing. Their takes on gaming humor (Valve's in particular) are just superior to anything ever produced by another game company.
That their games are great just adds to it.
They're followed, closely, by Relic Entertainment, who have a knack of following the communities built around their games with interest, and actually answering to sensible feedback in the form of patches and content updates.

#15 Posted by Yummylee (22658 posts) -

Kevin Butler..

#16 Posted by apoptosis61 (568 posts) -
@Abyssfull said:
" Kevin Butler.. "
aaah yeah , a great actor
#17 Posted by damswedon (3203 posts) -
#18 Edited by S0ndor (2717 posts) -

Bioware and Rockstar because these developers keep pushing the edge and are fighting on the front lines to safeguard our freedom of speech. 
Also, they make great games with excellent money / value ratios.

#19 Posted by DallasTheGamer (154 posts) -

Kojima and his crew at Kojima Productions.

#20 Posted by Alucard_N7 (72 posts) -
@dpedal1 said:
" Jeff Gerstmann "
#21 Posted by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

Sega.  My childhood wouldn't have been the same without arcade gaming and my Mega Drive.  Then the advance to Saturn and Dreamcast just blew me away.  They aren't having the best time these days but Sega helped shape modern gaming for me and I have so much respect for that.

#22 Posted by Jeust (10905 posts) -

CD Projekt Red

#23 Edited by Scrumdidlyumptious (1641 posts) -

Atlus for bringing quality niche titles that we would never get to play otherwise to the West with the best localization team in the business. I respect them for not being the condescending bastards that most publishers are and for knowing their audience well. I'm happy to see that they are being rewarded for it with huge profits.

#24 Posted by Synthballs (2193 posts) -


#25 Posted by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

Nintendo. Say what you like about how shit the Wii is, in the end, in 50 odd years time, people will forget about GTAs and Modern Warfares (or there'll be sequels) but everyone will remember Mario, Link and the gang.

#26 Posted by JonathanMoore (1858 posts) -

Kevin Butler.

#27 Posted by FireBurger (1480 posts) -
List I made a couple weeks ago.
#28 Posted by JoeMarsden (304 posts) -
#29 Edited by ProfessorEss (7538 posts) -

The fine folks at Blizzard, Naughty Dog and Valve.
...and hype-man extraordinaire, Paul Barnett.

#30 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -

Twisted Pixel and Atlus, off the top of my head.

#31 Posted by Empirepaintball (1397 posts) -

Bungie, Rockstar
#32 Posted by mikeeegeee (1577 posts) -

John Carmack. Dude knows his shit.

#33 Posted by Dad_Is_A_Zombie (1212 posts) -

Valve. Their next bad game will be their first.

#34 Posted by seanvail99 (130 posts) -

Development Side - Paul Barnett 
Journalism Side - John Davison 
Before you ask, it has nothing to do with them being British...

#35 Posted by CitizenKane (10508 posts) -
He's the smarted person in the industry.
#36 Posted by dudeglove (8492 posts) -

I don't know if it's a case of respect, but the one thing that both interests and impresses me the most is the video game industry's various voice actors & actresses and motion capture guys. Moreover, some of these guys are in nearly everything, not just video games. Seriously, look up some of them on IMDB, like James Taylor or Tara Strong.
For me it boils down to the audio side of things. The unsung heroes who do the soundtracks, not just fucking Nolan North.

#37 Posted by Corpulate (44 posts) -

not the one i respect the most but really deserves praise are the boys at Penny Arcade for childsplay pretty amazing stuff there.

#38 Posted by dumblogic (19 posts) -

Tim Schafer, easily.

#39 Posted by Jazz (2328 posts) -

The people who do all the hard work, but no one knows their name...even in their favourite pub. 
otherwise Atlus

#40 Edited by VipeR (111 posts) -

Valve, Blizzard and Bioware. Why? Well, first off, these three companies have been around for a long time and they are still holding the PC true (Valve and Blizzard more thatn Bioware)
All three make excellent games (even though I usually don't play Blizzard games) and have strong connections with the community and gamers. Extra props to Valve for their "we don't give a shit when you want the game, we release it when we want" attitude. And Steam sales of course!

#41 Posted by xxMarkIt8Dudexx (52 posts) -

Small time developers like RedLynx and Johathan Blow. Taking chances on good ideas and raising the bar.

#42 Posted by inkeiren (989 posts) -

David Cage, Valve.
That's it. :(

#43 Posted by Video_Game_King (36271 posts) -

Fire Emblem. Yes, that was predictable, but so what?

#44 Posted by Animasta (14744 posts) -

Valve, Atlus,  Chris Avellone,

#45 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Rockstar, Remedy, BioWare and Epic Games above every one else.

#46 Posted by SenorTrampoline (122 posts) -

Valve and Masahiro Sakurai; People that seem to really enjoy what they do. That and they have a great sense of humor :D

#47 Posted by Hockeymask27 (3683 posts) -

Is it a bad thing I can not think of one person. I mean I respect anyone who works hard.

#48 Posted by LiquidPrince (16239 posts) -
@DallasTheGamer said:
" Kojima and his crew at Kojima Productions. "
Them plus Naughty Dog and Ubisoft Montreal. Obviously the Bomb crew as well.
#49 Posted by septim (774 posts) -

Bioware, Blizzard, Rockstar, and Valve. They are true craftsmen.

#50 Posted by h83r (470 posts) -

 Naughty Dog and Bungie, simply for the fact that both developers transcended petty console fanboyism that us consumers believe in and helped each other in some nondescript way that caused Naughty Dog put in a "Special Thanks" mention to Bungie in the end credits of Uncharted 2.