July 4, 2010 |
The gig: Video game designer, Nintendo Co. Since 1979, Miyamoto has created several of the industry's best-known franchises, including Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda. While kids dream of becoming a video game designer, game designers dream of becoming Miyamoto. Many developers credit him as their inspiration, including Will Wright, creator of the Sims, and Cliff Blezinski, design director for Epic Games, which makes Gears of War and the Unreal series. This, along with the fact that his games have been played by countless fans worldwide, led 1.8 million readers of Time magazine to vote for him as the most influential person of 2008 — about 800,000 more votes than the runner-up that year, comedian Stephen Colbert.
November 9, 2003 |
Brian Fargo is a grown-up kids might envy. His ride to work is a black 450-horsepower Cadillac Escalade with seven video screens. His office two blocks from the surf in Newport Beach is stocked with video game consoles, classic arcade machines, free snacks and a shower so he can wash up after boogie boarding. At 40, Fargo himself would be considered a kid by most business executives. In the youth-crazed video game industry, though, he's a geezer.
July 30, 1995 |
If you were a woggle, could you make us long for a kiss? "What's a woggle?" you ask. Fair question. But now's not the time for an answer. I don't think it is, anyhow. And since this story is only about radical new ways to tell stories, only about the nascent medium called "interactive storytelling"--a yarn spinning process that taps new technologies to let the audience participate in the tale--it's really not your place to muck about with the narrative flow.
August 5, 2006
Re "FDA Has a Deal for Plan B Pill," Aug. 1 Wendy Wright, leader of Concerned Women for America, said, "The person who buys the drug is not necessarily the person who will take the drug. What the Food and Drug Administration would have to consider is a foolproof plan to keep proxies from buying the drug and giving it to adolescents." Will Wright expand her moral logic of a "foolproof plan" to other items proven to be harmful to adolescents? Beer, wine and hard liquor, sugary soft drinks and food itself -- child obesity, we're told, is a national crisis.
April 11, 1991 |
DEAR SOS: Come now, your recipe for Will Wright's macaroons(SOS, Jan. 24) wasn't even close. Will Wright's macaroons were the size of vanilla wafers and had a light almond flavor. Please print something close to the above description. --PATRICIA DEAR PATRICIA: One minute, please. DEAR SOS: My mother used to take my brother and me to Will Wright's ice cream store in Pasadena for their wonderful coconut ice cream, and I too remember those macaroon cookies. I think I just might have the recipe.
April 3, 1990 |
The Harvard Lampoon will dub Steven Wright as its Comedian of the Year at a ceremony Friday. Wright joins such entertainers as Bill Cosby, Robin Williams, John Clease, Jay Leno, John Candy and Christopher Guest, who all have come to Harvard to receive humor awards from the Lampoon. Wright will be presented with his award in a ceremony after his concert at Harvard's Sanders Theater.