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Ron Gilbert - MONKEY ISLAND
Ron Gilbert is an videogame designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Islands. He is currently at work on The Cave with Double Fine Productions.
Markus "Notch" Persson - MINECRAFT
Markus “Notch” Persson is the owner and co-founder of Mojang, where he spearheaded the development of innovative sandbox survival game Minecraft. No stranger to high-pressure programming, Markus has personally made four 48-hour games for the Ludum Dare game jam, including Breaking the Tower, Metagun, Prelude of the Chambered, and Minicraft.
Trent Oster - BALDUR'S GATE: ENHANCED EDITION
After co-founding BioWare in 1995, Trent Oster has been involved with the production of numerous BioWare/EA titles including working as director for Neverwinter Nights. He is currently with Beamdog, as Creative Director for Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.
Jason Rohrer - PASSAGE
Since 2004, Jason has designed, programmed, and released 16 award winning games: Transcend, Cultivation, Passage, Gravitation, Perfectionism, Idealism, Police Brutality, Immortality, Regret, i45hg, Crude Oil, Between, Primrose, Sleep Is Death, Inside a Star-filled Sky, and Diamond Trust of London.
Vander Caballero - PAPO & YO
Vander Caballero is the Creative Director and Co-Founder of Montreal-based independent game developer, Minority Media, and a leading member of the Canadian video game community. Establishing a reputation for meaningful, emotionally-driven games, Minority’s Papo & Yo is available on the PlayStation® Network. Formerly a Design Director at EA Montreal, Vander created EA’s Army of Two and Boogie and worked on major franchises including FIFA, Need for Speed, The Sims and Spore.
Kellee Santiago - JOURNEY
As President and Co-Founder of thatgamecompany over the last six years, Kellee Santiago developed one of the most prominent brands in independent and innovative game development, pushing the communicative possibilities of video games as a medium. She is currently a partner in IndieFund, which aims to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get, and stay, financially independent. http://kelleesantiago.com
Dino Patti - LIMBO
With roots in programming Dino has been hacking computers from a very early age. After working hard on releasing two crappy retail titles during a couple of years, he left the business with a sworn oath that he would never return. Just 3 months after in 2006 he met Arnt Jensen who had this crazy vision about a black and white game. Together they formed Playdead the company that brought Arnt's Limbo to life. He is still working there as CEO.
Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw - Zero Punctuation
Yahtzee is a British-born, currently Australian-based writer and gamer with a sweet hat and a chip on his shoulder. When he isn't talking very fast into a headset mic for Zero Punctuation, he also designs freeware adventure games and writes novels like Mogworld and Jam.
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