Growing up during the golden age of arcade gaming, I didn’t know nor care who created them, I just wanted to have fun playing them. I was always on the lookout for titles that other gamers and friends were talking about. Who was Dave Theurer or Eugene Jarvis? These names didn’t mean a thing to me as a youngster. As long as I had coins to pump into the machines, I was happy.
With passing of time, my curiosity got the better of me. Forgetting about the Sega, Atari, Taito, Nintendo, Namco arcade brands, I was curious to know who the human beings were behind some of the industry’s most iconic arcade games.
This is my way of paying homage to the real creative legends of the arcade games I loved (still love) playing.
Welcome to the ausretrogamer ‘Arcade Legends Hall of Fame’.
Name: Yu Suzuki
Company: Sega Enterprises
Games: After Burner, Out Run, Space Harrier, Hang-On, Virtua Fighter
Comment: The Michaelangelo of the video games industry
Name: Eugene Jarvis
Company: Atari, Williams Electronics
Games: Defender, Robotron:2084, Stargate, Smash TV, NARC
Comment: Arcade games and pinball designer extraordinaire
Name: Ed Logg
Games: Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Gauntlet series
Comment: Quarter guzzling arcade master
Name: Dave Theurer
Games: Missile Command, Tempest, I,Robot
Comment: Pioneering game designer that was inspired by Pong
Name: Yoshiki Okamoto
Company: Konami, Capcom
Games: Time Pilot, Gyruss, 1942, Gun.Smoke, Final Fight, Street Fighter II
Comment: The arcade games innovator
Name: Shigeru Miyamoto
Game: Donkey Kong
Comment: Critically acclaimed influencer of the video gaming industry
Name: Toru Iwatani
Comment: World record holder of the most installed arcade machines
Name: Tomohiro Nishikado
Game: Space Invaders
Comment: The granddaddy of the killer arcade game
Name: Yoshihisa Kishimoto
Game: Double Dragon
Comment: The grandfather of the beat’em up genre
It is always difficult composing such a list as there will be other deserving arcade game creators that will miss out. Who would be your pick for your arcade legends hall of fame?