Hidetaka Miyazaki is the president of FromSoftware and one of the all-time great game directors, helming Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Elden Ring (which has sold a surreal 20 million copies), to name a few. In recognition of this, the auteur creator has been named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2023, for innovation.
Only the second video game developer to have ever been featured (Shigeru Miyamoto was honoured in 2007), the list compiles noteworthy folks from all walks of life; politicians, musicians, athletes, people who excel in one field or another, or contribute to making the world a better place. Miyazaki, the sadistic architect of Blight Town, the same guy that signed off on positioning Anor Londo's archers, will take his rightful place amongst them.
FromSoftware, under Miyaziki's leadership, has risen to become one of the premiere developers in the industry, with legions of imitators and few equals. The "Soulslike" has officially entered our collective gaming lexicon, with the descriptor calling to mind a specific combination of weighted combat, frantic exploration, and labyrinthine level design in the same way Metroidvania or roguelike does.
It's cool to see him recognised, and we wonder if anyone else on that list can claim to have caused as much collective anxiety, fear, anger, and frustration as Miyazaki did with just Sekiro alone. It does feature various world leaders, so the jury might still be out on that one. What do you think of Miyazaki's achievements and of making the Time100? Let us know in the comments section below.
Kind of fun fact: Miyazaki's entry was written by Neil Druckmann.
Great, now maybe he can pay the actual employees that made the game a wage that reflects sales. Maybe show them appreciation reflected in reducing mandatory overtime and crunch culture.
Hey maybe take some of that revenue and update your 15 year old, technically unstable game engine and UI you keep using. Maybe hire a few More animation artists and programmers while your at it; so you don't have to copy and paste enemy animations over the course of several games.
Just food for thought Zaki. Love your games, but don't love your lack of polish or absent dedication to improving the foundations of what amounts to the same game released over and over with different skins and items.
All that aside, there's no denying the influence and success the souls games have had on the games medium.
So to that, I bow in reverence.
@KundaliniRising333 i dont know much about the working conditions etc so i can not comment on that aspect (i'll just take your word on it) but i agree that they really need to use a new engine maybe ask blupoint if they can license their excellent engine that was used in the demons souls remake. I love the souls games (not number 2) but yes they really need updating.
What's funny/cool about ER is the odd parallels.
At scenic locations, players will often look out at beautiful vista's.
Monsters will do the same thing and just stare out into the expanse.
Sometimes I wonder what they're pondering...as I stealth backstab them.
So amazing—he deserves it!
Now bring on Armored Core!
N.i.c.e. well deserved hideteka miyazaki is a legend.word up son
Whats with that cover picture ,he looks like he's been on a night out and found a toilet, after hours of searching
@tallythwack Reminds me of the Lucky Palmer cover, also by Time Magazine.
He's probably just praising the sun here though.
I think Time went all-digital, like many other magazines.
The 'cover' might be just a mock-up for the story.
Don’t know how I feel about that cover hahaha but honestly this is great for Miyazaki I’m very happy for him he really is one of the greats. I mean you can’t tell me Elden Ring wasn’t in the public cognition behind gamers last year. This is just proof of that.
Him being the second also says something about the amount of people they’ve ignored in the past.
@tallythwack Do you not praise the sun.....?!
@Tchunga im from the North of England ,I don't have one to praise.
Well deserved with all the amazing titles hes developed!
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