Labor Day Query: Which Developer's Work Do You Most Respect?
So, it's Labor Day and that got me thinking: Which developer's labor do you we most respect and appreciate?
This is an interesting question, because your answer might be a developer who hasn't produced your favorite game(s). Maybe you simply respect them for creating very special experiences, even if they're not your cup of tea. Or maybe you appreciate a team for its risk-taking or dedication to polish and refinement.
You could also separate the question into categories. Which developer do I most respect in the visual presentation department? Which is the best at storytelling? Which one always impresses me with their super high creativity? I've always said Naughty Dog excels in overall production values and in fact, no other developer is even remotely close. But there's also teams like Quantic Dream, who seek to be push the interactive storytelling envelope, and CD Projekt RED, who strive to deliver a memorable role-playing experience with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. If you've read everything they've got planned for that game, you can't help but respect that ambition.
Media Molecule probably deserves some props in the "unparalleled imagination" department, and I still love Remedy Entertainment for making the thrilling and extremely well-written Alan Wake. Irrational Games' Bioshock titles are absolutely amazing and I adore the combination of an intricate narrative and a singular, endlessly engaging environment. Which developers are on your list? Single individuals or entire teams are acceptable, so make your respect known!
9/2/2013 11:50:48 AM Ben Dutka