These video game developers who invite themselves into their own creations – LCDG

Diogo “diogojira” Ribeiro

– Posted on November 24, 2022 at 09:00

Not only filmmakers have the right to embed themselves in their own creations: the video game is also full of absurd cameos from the highest rated game designers, ranging from simple NPCs to playable characters.

Hideki Kamiya – The Wonderful 101 Remastered

Who said Hideki Kamiya has no sense of humor? The PlatinumGames pillar, known for his muscular use of Twitter and royal phlegm, invited himself to The Wonderful 101 on the occasion of its re-release in a remastered version released in 2020 on consoles and PC. With his unmistakable orange goggles and flawless skull (save for a single hair), “Wonder Director” is a free DLC character that pairs Kamiya with a very, very large roster of the super-charged action game. The little detail that does it all: his in-game menu animation shows a silent director on his smartphone…

John Romero – DOOM 2


With a reputation as video game guys to protect, we envision id Software developers being capable of (almost) anything. But the revelation of the final boss of DOOM 2 still managed to surprise more than one fan in 1994. At the end of the thirtieth and final map of Icon of Sin, Doom Boy has to face a strange demonic goat skull carved into a wall. and whose only weakness is a small hole in his forehead. Except that the player does not blow up his brain with rocket launchers, but the head of John Romero, impaled and hidden behind him, which makes the game designer the de facto final boss of DOOM 2. This cameo was revealed only belatedly by an interested party who, amused by a joke by artists Kevin Cloud and Adrian Carmack, she narrated the final audio clip: “To end the game, you will see me kill, John Romero. The feeling of being mocked… Pretty creepy.

Hideo Kojima – Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes


Obviously, it would be a mistake not to include the prominent mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise. After infiltrating the roster of potential recruits in an episode of Peace Walker, Kojima went even further in his direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes with a flesh-and-blood cameo, so to speak. In this prequel to the events of MGS5, Big Boss is forced to evacuate Special Agent Hideo during an additional Intel Operative Rescue mission – and even exchanges a few words with his creator, just like that.

Dan Forden – Mortal Kombat 2


Okay, Forden as a sound engineer isn’t actually the creator of Mortal Kombat, but never mind, his appearance in the ultra-gore fighting game series is so popular that it allows for a slight deviation from the rules. Triggered by landing a good uppercut in the middle of a fight or after a Scorpion fatality, this cameo features a shot of Forden thin in the lower left corner of the screen and accompanied by an audio clip exclaiming “Toasted! thin voice. His influence on Mortal Kombat fans is so great that Toasty! quickly became one of the franchise’s most recognizable elements, even earning a return to form in 2011’s ninth (and reboot) and, more recently, 2019’s Mortal Kombat 11.

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