game auteurs

video game directors, designers or producers that are often discussed/analyzed through a lens of auterism or otherwise embody auterist ethos. suggestions welcome as this is meant to be a relatively comprehensive list

Shigeru Miyamoto
Hideo Kojima
John Romero / John Carmack
Hideki Kamiya
Shinji Mikami
Shigesato Itoi
Hidetaka Miyazaki
Goichi "Suda51" Suda
Toby Fox
Lucas Pope
Masahiro Sakurai
Jonathan Blow
Tim Schafer
David Cage
Edmund McMillen
Keita Takahashi
Yoko Taro
Will Wright
Jenova Chen
Éric Chahi
Neil Druckmann
Peter Molyneux
Ken Levine
Yuji Horii
Keiichiro Toyama
Hidetaka "SWERY" Suehiro
Mitsuo "Tsunku♂" Terada
Tokuro Fujiwara
Keiji Inafune
Takashi Nishiyama
Yu Suzuki
Hironobu Sakaguchi
Masato Kato
Tetsuya Takahashi

Rez

Tetsuya Mizuguchi
Yoshio Sakamoto
Tetsuya Nomura
Katsura Hashino
Satoshi Tajiri
Chris Avellone
Josh Sawyer
Robert Kurvitz
Jonatan "cactus" Söderström
Joar Jakobsson
Davey Wreden

Fez

Phil Fish
Michel Ancel
Jordan Mechner
Warren Spector
Toshihiro Nagoshi
Daisuke "Pixel" Amaya
Zach Barth
Tim Rogers
Benedetto "Puppet Combo" Cocuzza
Kikiyama
Austin "Dingaling" Jorgensen
Ojiro Fumoto
Derek Yu
Maddy Thorson
Arvi "Hempuli" Teikari
Sam Barlow
Daniel Mullins
thecatamites
Mason Lindroth
Muriel Tramis
Christine Love
Kitty Horrorshow
Tonnor

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Kenji Eno
Brian and Andrew Allanson
Richard "Lord British" Garriot
Toby Gard
Tomonobu Itagaki
Yukio Futatsugi
Tadashi Satomi
Hideyuki Suganami
Gunpei Yokoi
Kim Swift

19 Comments


8 days ago

Great list, but Kenji Eno NEEDS to be on here

8 days ago

"There's a tendency among the press to attribute the creation of a game to a single person" - Warren Spector,

7 days ago

@LordDarias lol im not trying to seriously attribute any of these games to solely these individuals. i mean there are a number of cases where that's warranted but i'm just trying to compile a relatively comprehensive list of people who could reasonably be considered the "auteurs" of this medium. my choice of game when it came to representing each person was mostly based around what's the most popular work that they're associated with
@scissors61 thanks for the suggestion, added

7 days ago

Brian and Andrew Allanson (YIIK)

7 days ago

Shozou Kaga (Fire Emblem)

7 days ago

lol. added

7 days ago

(shozou kaga too, thanks for the recs)

7 days ago

Richard "Lord British" Garriot - Ultima series.

7 days ago

added

7 days ago

Yoshiaki Koizumi, most known for Super Mario Galaxy and Odyssey.

7 days ago

is koizumi looked at as an auteur though, generally speaking? i am trying to make a broad list but i also want to resist just adding every prolific name in the industry - for example, i decided against adding eiji aounuma. generally the people i'm looking for are ones with strong and identifiable authorial voices, and im not entirely sure if koizumi qualifies. i'm not completely opposed to adding him though, i'm sure there are some examples of hypocrisy or inconsistency in my picks when it comes to this.
Please add Haruhiko Shono (Gadget: Past as Future) and Michiaki Tsubaki (Kumdor no Ken, which I just added to IGDB since it's a sad oversight).
I suppose Toby Gard could count, he was pretty much the driving force as to how Tomb Raider came to be and that became a prosperous series analyzed for different reasons.
There's also Takashi Tokita (worked with Square since around the NES era, started as a full timer once FFIV got into development, then directed Live A Live and Parasite Eve), Paul Cuisset (more or less the driving force behind Flashback, also co-developed a game with Eric Chahi called Future Wars), and Hideo Yoshizawa (Klonoa, NES Ninja Gaiden)
Tadashi Satomi, known for the Digital Devil Saga duology and the first 3 Persona games (Persona 1,2 IS and EP)
Yukio Futatsugi, known for the Panzer Dragoon franchise and Phantom Dust for the OG Xbox
Hideyuki Suganami, known for lot of Treasure games, ex. Sin & Punishment, Alien Soldier
Hideo Yoshizawa, known for the Klonoa franchise

6 days ago

itagaki and ninja gaiden black have gotta be on here. also i will second toby gard for tomb raider.

6 days ago

Gunpei Yokoi!!! Huge omission for a list this big.
Also it'd be good to add more notable women to this list. Amy Hennig (Uncharted, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver), Rieko Kodama (Phantasy Star), Kim Swift (Portal), Jade Raymond (Assassin's Creed), etc.
Some others: Markus Persson (Minecraft), Toru Iwatani (Pac-Man), Alexey Pajitnov (Tetris)

6 days ago

so many suggestions! thanks everyone
@dishy i really struggled with whether to add gunpei! but i think i'll add him in after all.

6 days ago

Very interesting list! Maybe add Charles Cecil?

6 days ago

good suggestion, added


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