She’s one of the most familiar names in games, let alone Resident Evil, and that reputation is well-earned. The star of Resident Evil 3, Jill Valentine ranks alongside recognizable characters like Lara Croft within the greater world of games. Shes one of the strongest female video game characters in history, and she is quite capable of shooting up zombies while remaining a believable personality.
Nobody does horror like Japan, and nobody does horror games like Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. The Evil Within, which is directed by Mikami, is a third-person survival horror game that dishes up enough visual and psychological horrors to jolt you awake for a good few weeks after you stop playing it. Your brain never stops playing, dear one.
Shigeru Miyamoto As a child, he didn’t have many toys, so he made his own and was inspired by a boyhood visit to a local cave. As one of the greatest video game designers of all time, he created both the Super Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda franchises. He also gets credit for Pikmin, Yoshi, Nintendogs, and others. In this article for “The New Yorker,” he recalls how developing games has been an attempt to recapture the wonderment of his childhood days.
Shinji Mikami Proving that horror wasn’t just for the big screen, he helped design the horror game that had gamers afraid to touch there consoles. Although he started out designing Disney themed games, he later designed one that had players attempting to escape a mansion flooded with zombies. The game would end up being called Resident Evil, and the franchise of games and films it launched is still active today.
Hideo Kojima The video game designer behind Metal Gear inspired many others to create games based on stealth and puzzle solving during game play. Over 20 years after he designed the game, Kojima is still going strong and even advising Final Fantasy creators on future games.