Thursday, December 29, 2011

Random Shots: In Memoriam - 2011

  • As the video game industry has grown and matured, it is only fitting that we at Bullet Points look back at the game developers and executives who we lost in 2011.

    • Matt Stubbington, 39, artist, co-founder of Iguana Entertainment and Big Sesh Studios

    • Don Barnes, 41, artist, credits include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Kung Fu Panda

    • Heather Thompson, 42, producer and project manager, credits include Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure and Dead to Rights

    • Jerry Lawson, 70, creator of the Fairchild Channel F, the first cartridge-based video game console

    • Norio Ohga, 70, former president and chairman of Sony, launched Sony Computer Entertainment

    • Takeshi Miyaji, 45, founder of Game Arts and creator of the Grandia series

    • Bill Kunkel, 61, pioneer of video game journalism, founder of Electronic Games, the first video game magazine published in the United States

    • Will Townsend, 33, producer, credits include DJ Hero, Command & Conquer: Generals, Medal of Honor: European Assault, and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

    • Carl Wade, 40, programmer, credits include Turok: Dinosaur Hunter and South Park: Chef's Luv Shack

  • Please take a moment to reflect on the lives of everyone, in the game industry or not, who we lost this year. They will be missed.

  • This post is in honor of my father-in-law, Wellan Briggs. There is a hole in our lives where he belongs.


  1. Wow, I had no idea so many in the games industry had passed away this year.

  2. @ Blue Kae - I was pretty surprised myself when I started doing my research. I'm glad I did it.