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The 10 Most Interesting People in Gaming for 2005

Hemos posted about 9 years ago | from the all-lists-are-stupid-yet-interesting dept.

Games 101

jkdove writes "GamerGod rolls out their list of "The 10 Most Interesting People in Gaming for 2005". From the article: "Our list draws from a wide slice of the gaming community. A respected game designer is on the list, but so is a political figure, a game player, a man with an agenda, and even a modder. Each person was selected for their ability to grab and hold the headlines with their design, deeds, or words; and for their contribution to twelve months of gaming headlines, news, scandals, sensations, and entertainment.""

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Predictions for 2006 (5, Insightful)

ami-in-hamburg (917802) | about 9 years ago | (#14426757)

Sadly, no matter how absolutely ridiculous, I have a feeling the US Congress will make the list for 2006.

First post (1, Funny)

darkhadden (941003) | about 9 years ago | (#14426761)

Bam. Why aren't more video game figures on more publicly visible lists? Mario makes everything Nintendo manufactures, but we can't have visionary entertainment creators here? Metal Gear is way more ground breaking than most stuff Bruckheimer ever did...

Re:First post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427192)

I sure hope you're not referring to the HORRIBLE experiment flop called Metal Gear Acid.

where's Oblivion and NWN2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426787)

Some of the most amazing visuals will come from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion & Neverwinter Night 2 this year and their people get no mention? Hmm...

Re:where's Oblivion and NWN2? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426894)

Some of the most amazing visuals will come from Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion & Neverwinter Night 2 this year and their people get no mention? Hmm...
Why would they get any mention?
It's the The 10 Most Interesting People in Gaming for 2005.
What exactly did they do that was so interesting last year?

I Am Exploring The Outer Limits Of Slacking (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426795)

I am exploring the outer limits of slacking and procrastinating on my companies latest game engine...

and I want the 30 seconds I just wasted skimming through that list back.

Slashdot really needs to do a story on just how worthless game journalism is these days...

Here's the best on that list (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426799)

I'll save you the trouble.

http://www.spotanime.com/wp-content/images/jess_ps p.jpeg [spotanime.com]

Re:Here's the best on that list (1)

game kid (805301) | about 9 years ago | (#14427425)

Interestingly, some people hate her [dontlinkthis.com] .

Re:Here's the best on that list (2, Funny)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 9 years ago | (#14430067)

Interestingly, some websites go down when you even think of linking to them from slashdot.

Re:Here's the best on that list (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14430191)

Confirmed. Worked just before my post. So much for proving points...*sigh*

Hmmm (5, Interesting)

Artie Dent (929986) | about 9 years ago | (#14426810)

By including Jack Thompsonas the number one most interesting person in gaming, it makes a dangerous assumption that to be associated with doesn't mean you are in it. No matter how important, ridiculous, or inflammatory his actions might be, I still find it hard to characaterize him as "in gaming".

Whoops (1)

Artie Dent (929986) | about 9 years ago | (#14426826)

"/b>" Ugh formatting

Re:Hmmm (1)

stunt_penguin (906223) | about 9 years ago | (#14426939)

Jack Thompson is 'in gaming' in the same way that an agressive army is 'in' a besieged castle. Watch out for giant wooden horses.

Re:Hmmm (5, Funny)

Lonath (249354) | about 9 years ago | (#14426961)

I still find it hard to characaterize him as "in gaming".

It might help if we look at "gaming" as a metaphorical person. If "gaming" is viewed in this way, then Jack Thompson would be trying to ram his flaccid cock into gaming's ass while screaming "WHOSYERDADDY!!!!" and "IMAGUNASUEYOU!!!!!" over and over. From that perspective, I think we could characterize him as "in gaming".

Uh oh (1)

kula.shinoda (841770) | about 9 years ago | (#14430597)

-1, Jail

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427197)

but he's gamings mascot ;-) as much as he would hate that, it's like the goofy halftime character that comes out in between rounds and hits himself on the head. i will miss him after he finishes burying himself.

Re:Hmmm (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427395)

How can you not say he is in gaming? Defamation of Character: A Jack Thompson Murder Simulator. How much more in gaming can you be?

A lot of odd names (2, Insightful)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | about 9 years ago | (#14426812)

There were a tremendous number of people on the list that I'd never heard of, which suggests a fair amount of creativity when picking names. Where's John Carmack, who's building rockets [armadilloaerospace.com] ? What about Bono, who's helping back elevation [msn.com] ? Then there's Gabe Newell, who's work with Steam is slowly changing how game publishing is done.

Perhaps girls who lick PSPs are more interesting, but somehow less important than the above.

Re:A lot of odd names (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426877)

"John Carmack"

"Gabe Newell"

Tell me you were joking about these clowns...

What is "interesting"? (4, Informative)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | about 9 years ago | (#14427061)

Ah, but you know their names. To me, that's part of the phrase "interesting". If you never heard of the girl licking the PSP photo, it's likely that's not really interesting. Gabe and Carmack, even if you disagree with their points of view, might be considered quite interesting. Gabe's certainly made a bunch of people upset when he lied about HL2's release, and made even more mad when he linked Steam to HL2, but it's hard to argue that his actions haven't affected a large number of gamers, publishers, and hardware makers over the last few years. Carmack's in a similar boat, upsetting some people and evoking worship from others. Plus he makes serious rockets in his spare time.

To me, those things are interesting.

Re:What is "interesting"? (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | about 9 years ago | (#14427133)

Yes, we know Carmack from years ago when he actually was interesting. However, like his games, he has become trite and boring, unworthy of further discussion.

Perhaps when he makes an interesting game again he can be put on a list, but not one moment before.

Re:What is "interesting"? (2, Interesting)

rblancarte (213492) | about 9 years ago | (#14428873)

I have to agree. At first, when I saw this list, I was thinking we were going to see programmer and publisher names. IMHO, this list is very interesting and making a very good point about where the public attention really is focused.

As far as why they don't have Carmack or Newell. Because they just are no longer news worthy. Half-Life 2 came out in 2004. So far Valve really hasn't done much since then. Sure they have used Steam to release some new very small titles, but to say that this has shifted the way that games are distributed - no. Sorry, Steam is the only one doing this. I don't see any other company doing it, yet. Sure, in the future, maybe, but not right now.

And Carmack - he has never really been that interesting. His whole thing has always been - release new game w/ spectacular engine, but so-so game built on it. Sell for a few million, then license out for mega-millions and let other companies make better games than ours. Maybe make an occasional talk about technology and what is going to be needed for the next-gen of games. IMHO, John Romero was much more interesting at his height than Carmack at his height. At least Romero was out and about, making sure his face (and hair) were seen. And he was out there attempting to (though failing miserably at) making games that were going to truly revolutionize gaming.

Besides - guys, they defined their list at the top. Why these people were on the list. What they have done, said, etc to get them on the list. And their biggest thing was that they have gotten their names/faces in the media and have some how been able to stay there.


Re:A lot of odd names (1)

Landshark17 (807664) | about 9 years ago | (#14430882)

there's Gabe Newell, who's work with Steam is slowly changing how game publishing is done

But not for the better.

Just so we're clear (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426821)

This is a list of the 10 most interesting people in computer gaming. There's a whole big industry outside of computer gaming.

Not quite so clear (1)

chris411 (610359) | about 9 years ago | (#14431746)

The Hot Coffee mod, licking the PSP, and Jack Thompson's hard-on for GTA had nothing to do with console/portable gaming?

Headline grabbing == interesting? (4, Interesting)

LarsWestergren (9033) | about 9 years ago | (#14426825)

Since when does headline grabbing equal interesting? Why do we need a list giving attention grabbing whores MORE attention?

How about some people who have moved the media forward? Will Wright, Old Grandma Hardcore and Brenda Braithwaite from that list look like they qualify. Who else? If you answer Carmack I may harm you.

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (2, Insightful)

cortana (588495) | about 9 years ago | (#14427109)

Carmack: the last OpenGL programmer (in gaming).

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427156)

Wow, did you just make yourself look like an idiot to a whole bunch of people...

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 9 years ago | (#14430001)

OpenGL ain't dead, it's just whimpering in the corner. This is where it will remain until someone starts driving new features with OpenGL instead of Direct3D or whatever it's going to be called now.

Also, people are STILL using OpenGL for cross-platform games. Granted, not many...

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (1)

kamapuaa (555446) | about 9 years ago | (#14427407)

Since when does headline grabbing equal interesting? Why do we need a list giving attention grabbing whores MORE attention?

Well...you posted to Slashdot about him, right? Penny Arcade and Games.slashdot.com (among others) brought his name up over and over again. So obviously he's interesting on some level.

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (1)

F_Scentura (250214) | about 9 years ago | (#14428220)

Interesting like Fred Phelps is "interesting". They're all psychotic attention whores that feed and profit directly off of media attention.

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (1)

PixelScuba (686633) | about 9 years ago | (#14428070)

You're probably right, Carmack only helped by releasing Quake3 under the GPL license... but I suppose that's not very noteworthy.

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (1)

npsimons (32752) | about 9 years ago | (#14429674)

If you answer Carmack I may harm you.

Why not Carmack? He's done more to advance the state of the art in gaming than most people.

Re:Headline grabbing == interesting? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14432522)

Who else? If you answer Carmack I may harm you.

Carmack was instrumental in Doom RPG, which has done a hell of a lot to move mobile gaming forward. I get the same feeling of raw-potential-in-the-medium that I got when playing the original Doom.

FROST PiST (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426830)

just y3t, But I'm

17 more! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426845)

Can I just say it's about time that new article count under Games was updated?

Leroy Jenkins (5, Interesting)

cgenman (325138) | about 9 years ago | (#14426856)

The reviewer does an inadequate job of describing the Leroy video. They're heading into basically a pit of death to get an item that Leroy needs, while Leroy himself is Away From Keyboard. So the crew spends a lot of time planning strategy, discussing timing, pulling out calculators to determine survival rates, and generally creating a rock solid, well-discussed, intricate plan of attack... That Leroy promptly ignores and charges in.

And they all get slaughtered. Not just killed, slaughtered. They get mauled like puppies in a lion's den. The plan falls apart completely, and so do they. Not only are there no survivors, they didn't take any of the millions of attackers out with them. It is a complete blow out.

To top it all off, over voice chat comes this little wimpering voice saying "It's... It's not my fault."


Re:Leroy Jenkins (3, Insightful)

sgant (178166) | about 9 years ago | (#14426920)

But you must know that was all staged right? Even the banter in the beginning was just plain fake. "let me do some calculations...I give us a blah blah percent chance". I mean, what calculations are you frickin making there?

And besides, this is WoW...in which death means nothing except running back to your corpse.

Also, have you been where they were? did you see them all just like run around stepping on all the eggs and not even doing anything except letting themselves be killed?

Let's face it, if Leeroy had run in there by himself, my guild would have just stood there and let him die, then we'd rez him...that's it.

I mean, it's a VERY funny video, but it's fake.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

fraudrogic (562826) | about 9 years ago | (#14428236)

Also, someone happened to be capturing the session onto video? I don't think it was leeroy's screen that was being captured because when he ran in, the viewpoint didn't follow him (unless that's a camera feature in WoW). However, you see the mouse click on a bunch of the creatures inside before he ran in. I believe it was staged too. But that doesn't take away how funny it is.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

demachina (71715) | about 9 years ago | (#14429615)

Dude Leroy Jenkins is satire, humour and creative art. Lighten up :) I think you've been raiding a little to much and take WOW a little to serious at the same time you are here ranting about how not serious it is.

They kind of had to stage the wipe to make it in to a spectacle since they aren't able to rewrite Blizzard's instances for best theatrical effect.

Most Hollywood blockbusters are equally "fake", "staged", etc.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14429906)

Most Hollywood blockbusters are equally "fake", "staged", etc.

Not to mention the Apollo moon landings!

Re:Leroy Jenkins (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14430483)

yet he got the insightful and informative mods while you got shit.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

Joel from Sydney (828208) | about 9 years ago | (#14432955)

Not to mention that their plan is designed to get them all killed, and fast. Divine Intervention straight away? AoE fear? Not to mention Leroy wants the Devout shoulders - why would you want cloth armour as a paladin? As you said, if someone draws additional aggro, you let them die. Anybody who didn't learn that in the Deadmines shouldn't really be playing WoW ;)

Re:Leroy Jenkins (2, Informative)

heavy snowfall (847023) | about 9 years ago | (#14426929)

Leeroy! [warcraftmovies.com]

Re:Leroy Jenkins (4, Informative)

HansF (700676) | about 9 years ago | (#14427180)

Those links are 'registration only' or dead, another (compressed version) is here [putfile.com] .

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

heavy snowfall (847023) | about 9 years ago | (#14429206)

Sorry about that. I have the vid on disk, I just googled for a hosted one.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 9 years ago | (#14430023)

And for those too lazy to view the page source, the embedded video is http://x200.putfile.com/videos/c8-13521531863.wmv [putfile.com] .

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

Thuktun (221615) | about 9 years ago | (#14432337)

Or you could just use Google Video [google.com] and search for "leroy". [google.com] Sadly, the people who posted it there apparently can't spell "Jenkins" properly...

Re:Leroy Jenkins (2, Funny)

n00tz (926304) | about 9 years ago | (#14427344)

"At least I have Chicken" best part.

Re:Leroy Jenkins (1)

rblancarte (213492) | about 9 years ago | (#14428959)

Name a reason why that whole description has to be in this article? Most of the people reading the article have seen the movie already. I know what it is about. You can easily find it. If you ask me, what he said was pretty much dead on. Sure you don't get any of the humor of it, but who cares, he was just talking why he was on the list.


Hahaha... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14426859)

Jack Thompson is not just entertaining.

He represents pretty much everything I don't like about US infotainment.

Re:Hahaha... (1)

rblancarte (213492) | about 9 years ago | (#14428920)

And this list points out a good reason why he is on the list. Not because he is good, but because he is bad. He represents a ton of bad things out there that are anti-games (as if they are worse than other forms of media, movies, books, TV, music). He is on the list because we have to be ever vigillent against guys like this to make sure they don't win and restrict our freedoms.

And I agree, his rants are damn funny.


What? No FPS Doug?!?!? (1, Funny)

Jakhel (808204) | about 9 years ago | (#14426873)

BOOM Headshot!!!

Or was that 2004..

Re:What? No FPS Doug?!?!? (1)

christian.elliott (892060) | about 9 years ago | (#14427152)

Yea, I agree. This list isn't what I was expecting. I was hoping this was a list of the "most interesting people in gaming", being the people who play games. For example, Leeroy, FPS Doug, Fatal1ty and maybe some members of the CPL Counter Strike teams or other popular E-Sports teams. I don't really think a Top Ten list for gaming should have the names of Politicians, Lawyers or ESRB Executives. While these people may have done alot this year in "gaming", it's kind of lame IMHO.

Re:What? No FPS Doug?!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427440)

I'd absolutely love to see someone shoot FPS Doug's head. Every gaming forum on the web - you'll see that douchebag in an animated gif. I really hope someone does kill him.

Top Ten Reasons Top Ten List Suck (5, Funny)

Doomedsnowball (921841) | about 9 years ago | (#14426883)

10. They always leave something essential out
  9. They do it on purpose to generate "buzz"
  8. Even David Letterman doesn't hit the mark everytime
  7. Should be titled "9 things that didn't win and the one that did"
  6. They include URL's like this: http://www.joystiq.com/2005/12/12/psp-licker-vows- to-rub-games-on-her-butt/ [joystiq.com] (from TFA)
  5. 9 times out of 10 you don't agree with their number one pick
  4. 47.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot
  3. Jack Thompson will argue that top ten list are terrorist training for suicide bombers (counting backwards like a bomb timer)
  2. The woman sitting next to me on the bus read "suicide bomber" on my laptop and is notifying the police
  1. People love arbitrary catagorizing. We're all winners! Uh, no the police have surrounded the bus...

Re:Top Ten Reasons Top Ten List Suck (1)

systmoadownfreak (943687) | about 9 years ago | (#14427055)

Very true, very true, particularly the one about the statistics being made up on the spot. I mean I understand that it's not a research paper and giving a background report on where you got the numbers isn't necessary, but at least give a link to check out your source on the statistic. It's a must when it comes to reliable posting on the internet.

Re:Top Ten Reasons Top Ten List Suck (4, Funny)

myspys (204685) | about 9 years ago | (#14427161)

6. They include URL's like this: http://www.joystiq.com/2005/12/12/psp-licker-vows- [joystiq.com] to-rub-games-on-her-butt/ (from TFA)

dude, she's cute (http://media.babes.entertainment.ign.com/articles /622/622426/img_2838400.html [ign.com] ) and by definition that makes everything alright [nods]

Re:Top Ten Reasons Top Ten List Suck (1)

Doomedsnowball (921841) | about 9 years ago | (#14427287)

Here, here. Good show. Nice link.

Re:Top Ten Reasons Top Ten List Suck (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427877)

Too bad she's an attention whore! What has she done except whore herself out, seriously.

Darn, site /.ed already (1)

elrous0 (869638) | about 9 years ago | (#14426915)

Anyone happen to have the text?


Re:Darn, site /.ed already (1)

Flaming Babies (904475) | about 9 years ago | (#14427016)

Sorry if the formatting is off...I tried to get it spaced out somewhat for easy reading.

To begin GamerGod's look back at 2005, we stop and look at the people who made the headlines in gaming. We looked for the people and names around gaming that caught major attention and were a source of interesting news, or high entertainment in the process of making these selections. Like them or not, most gamers will recognize these names and know a bit of the story behind them.

Our list draws from a wide slice of the gaming community. A respected game designer is on the list, but so is a political figure, a game player, a man with an agenda, and even a modder. Each person was selected for their ability to grab and hold the headlines with their design, deeds, or words; and for their contribution to twelve months of gaming headlines, news, scandals, sensations, and entertainment.

So check to be sure your boss is not around, grab a snack, and read our picks for GamerGod's 10 Most Interesting People of 2005.

10. Patrick Wildenborg
We start our list with a name that many may not immediately recognize. Patrick is on the list not for who he is, but what he did. In one simple act Patrick lit up a national debate centered around gaming, and generated the largest and most visible headlines around gaming. Who is Patrick Wildenborg? The guy who unlocked "Hot Coffee."

With the release of a simple mod that unlocked existing game code, Patrick started a firestorm that has yet to die down completely. That puts Patrick at #10 on our list.

9. Jessica Chobot
Take one girl from Detroit, add in a Sony PSP, apply tongue and take photograph: Instant internet celebrity. Jessica 'Hatsumi' Chobot arrived on the gaming scene last spring when a photo of her licking her PSP in a provocative manner appeared on the internet. Over the course of the year Jessica bounded into the headlines by becoming one of IGN's "Babes" after her visit to E3.

Not one to let the headlines die and gracefully fade away after 15 minutes, Jessica reappeared in the headlines in December, rubbing promotional material for "Gears of War" on her rump. While Camille Paglia would salute this woman for unabashedly abusing the male psyche to get ahead and advance into gaming media, traditional feminists likely rolled their eyes at the setback she encouraged. At years end Chobot now works in some fashion for IGN.

8. Rod Blagojevich, Governor of Illinois.
Early in 2005 Mr. Blagojevich went on the record stating that he would somehow ban the sale of video games harmful to minors. Through the remainder of the year Illinois passed this law and other states such as California and Michigan passed similar 'anti-gaming' laws. Fueled by the 'Hot Coffee' controversy, video game legislation rose to the national level and had people such as Senator Hillary Clinton publicly denouncing video games as harmful to our children.

Each of the laws have come under scrutiny as they infringe on First Amendment freedoms, and Blagojevich's legislation was struck down. An appeal is already underway, leaving the question of "Will games be legislated, unlike other media forms?" open.

7. Patricia Vance, President of the ESRB
During the heights of the 'Hot Coffee' controversy, the ESRB came under high scrutiny. Questions as to how such content could obtain a "M" rating instead of an "AO" rating were raised in many corners. That's when Patricia Vance stood up to defend the ESRB and the system used to determine what ratings each game gets.

Throughout the firestorm that ensued, the ESRB was vindicated as it was discovered that Rockstar did not fully disclose the content in GTA: San Andreas, and the initial "M" rating was based on what the ESRB did know. GTA was subsequently re-rated as an "AO" title and the egg was fully on Rockstar's face. This lack of disclosure proved that the ESRB's system works as intended when all content is available for their review.

6. Will Wright
Ever a visionary and innovator, Will Wright once again captured the attention and imagination of gamers everywhere when he unveiled his latest project: Spore

Initially unveiled at GDC, Spore will take players from the micro organism level all the way to galactic conquests. Further the PC game will have an online feature that links the evolution of different players worlds together. Will Wright pitched Spore as a new way to look at games, and the demonstration of the game even won awards at E3. People everywhere speculated on the potential of the game and Wright got a lot of attention out of it. While the story went cold after the announcement and subsequent website, Spore continues to capture the imaginations of gamers and designers as they contemplate how a game and viably present so many differnet modes of play.

5. John Smedley, CEO Sony Online Entertainment
In his keynote at the Austin Game Conference, Mr. Smedley indicated a whole new direction for SOE games in North America. This new direction was inspired by the MMORPG environment in Eastern Asia, where the market supports a great number of games, and a significantly larger percentage of the population plays games (as opposed to numbers in North America).

This new direction hinted very clearly at a game in 2006 from SOE that would be entirely free to start, but would include multiple options to pay for better equipment, or access to premium content. This indicated a radical shift away from the monthly subscription by a leading MMORPG developer in North America.

Early indicators of how this may play out through the new game is the "Station Exchange" for EverQuest II (and soon all SOE games). Through the Station Exchange players are able to buy or sell gold, equipment, and characters with SOE as the 'safe' intermediary. Another example of what may be coming is the "New Gaming Experience" for Star Wars Galaxies. The NGE is a continuing controversy and demonstrated SOE's willingness to radically alter an existing title to suit their vision.

No matter how you cut it, Smedley's keynote announced a significant change for how SOE looks at their games, and that is interesting!

4. Old Grandma Hardcore
Do senior citizens play games? Old Grandma Hardcore gives not just a resounding "YES!" in answer to that question, but she makes it seem rather ridiculous to even ask. OGHC started as a blog by her grandson, Timothy St. Hilaire wherein he released often hilarious videos of his grandmother playing actual video games. The magic in the videos is not that grandma is struggling to play the games, but that she is kicking their ass and blowing up any misconceptions about the appeal of games to any generation.

The OGHC website made multiple passes around the gaming community through the summer of 2005, and became so successful that 'Grandma' has become the 'Senior Correspondent' for the G-Hole on MTV. She now reviews games for the show, providing a senior's perspective.

3. Brenda Braithwaite
Going boldly where few gamers (publicly) dare to go, Brenda had a banner year in 2005. She first came to attention as Lead Designer for Cyberlore's "Playboy: The Mansion" game, and then returned as the voice behind the IGDA's "Sex & Games" blog.

Brenda's blog takes on the entire issue of "sex" in and around games, providing regular updates on the state of sex in the gaming industry. Her presentation at the Women in Games Conference in Austin was smart, entertaining, and honest (brutally so when needed). She makes our list as our guide to taboo in gaming.

2 Leeeeeeeeroooooooooooooooy Jenkins!
One small video of gameplay in World of Warcraft took the entire gaming community. In the video we are presented with a guild using voice chat to prepare for a raid in WoW. They discuss their odds of success and what they will need to do. Then one of the characters on the screen stands up and we hear his name shouted into the microphone as he charges blindly into the danger zone. In mere moments his group is picked apart piecemeal as they run in to rescue him.

While it is certain that the popularity of WoW factored into the initial interest in this comical video, the raw humor in the situation was universal to anyone who has played a MMORPG and relied on others to succeed, or fail as it was in this case. The name "Leeroy Jenkins" has been forever imprinted into the minds of a generation of gamers, and has transcended the movie to be immortalized in T-Shirts that show up at gaming conventions.

To bring this list to a close, we turn to a man that refused to fall out of the headlines. Once he arrived it seemed that every other day he found a way to be top news. Further, it seemed that he was willing to extremes to be in those headlines.

I present to you our choice for the Most Interesting Person in Gaming for 2005: Jack Thompson.
Jack Thompson is an attorney licensed in the state of Florida. Prior to 2005 he was involved in a 1999 legal case involving video games as a potential 'cause' of a murder. When the lid blew off on the "Hot Coffee" scandal, Jack Thompson arrived on the scene, ready and willing to do combat in the name of the common good.

Unlike many lawyers who work on behalf of our moral security, Jack was willing to go into the trenches and duke it out with gamers, involving himself in nasty debates and arguments in which he used inflammatory labels to fan the flames of gamers anger. Jack's name began to pop up on a regular basis as he attacked Rockstar, made claims that there was more adult content in a different version of GTA (unproven), and railing that something should be done.

In October Thompson sent an open letter to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), and proposed that if someone could make a game to his specifications he would donate $10,000 to the charity of Take Two's chairman (Take Two is the publisher for Rockstar's games). The game he proposed involved the father of a killing spree victim taking his revenge on the gaming industry.

Coincidentally enough, a modding group known as the "Fighting Hellfish" almost simultaneously released a mod for GTA called "Defamation of Character: A Jack Thompson Murder Simulator" in which Jack does almost everything he asked for. Though the modding group did not request his donation to the charity, Thompson refused to make it when the mod became publicly known and the folks at Penny Arcade stepped up and donated the money to the charity in Thompson's Name.

Thompson retaliated by making multiple claims of extortion and harassment by the Penny Arcade team to multiple levels of law enforcement, including the FBI.

Furthering his woe's, Thompson had his license to practice law in Alabama revoked in November. Also in the same month, Thompson's book, "Out of Harm's Way" received hundreds of negative and prank reviews at Amazon.com. Thompson then submitted his own review attacking Amazon for allowing the negative reviews to happen.

When his review was pulled for violating the review guidelines Thompson threatened Amazon with legal action over the entire process. He then followed that up with a letter to Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) invoking the First Amendment and making more threats. Currently his book averages 1.5 stars on Amazon's customer rating system, and has 36 reviews.

Due to all of the anti-gaming attention, Thompson has claimed to come under multiple threats against himself and his family. A 16 year old boy was charged with a misdemeanor for leaving threatening messages on Thompson's answering machine.

Being in the limelight also hurt Thompson professionally. David Walsh, founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF) condemned Thompson for his tactics and asked him to refrain from implying that the NIMF supported him. After his Alabama license was revoked, the Florida Bar Association opened up an investigation into his practices as suggested by judicial officers in Alabama.

All of which is why Jack Thompson was the Most Interesting Person in Gaming for 2005. Not because he designed a great game, or had visionary game theories; but because he forced himself into visibility and intensified the debate everywhere he went. Jack Thompson was a constant source of entertainment and we will likely see his name in the headlines in 2006. Not on the side of gamers and game companies, but in another half-baked legal suit in the name of morality. While it is fun to laugh at people who seem eccentric when they attack our diversions, we must also remember that we need to watch such people and ensure that they are not successful.

Thanks Jack, you made the journey entertaining at the least.

Hmm (3, Insightful)

cortana (588495) | about 9 years ago | (#14427019)

I would be much more interested to read about ten people who had created and actually released genuinely good games.

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427072)

Sadly enough, there couldn't be a list like that for 05.

Re:Hmm (1)

CoderBob (858156) | about 9 years ago | (#14427859)

Honestly, where are you going to find ten names for that?

Leeeroy (3, Funny)

simrook (548769) | about 9 years ago | (#14427042)

To me, the Leeroy Jenkins video is something like a George Bush clip show on Letterman. Everytime I play with some idiot in a pick up group, I now laugh a little bit thinking that this idiot might be the next Leeroy Jenkins; just like everytime George gets on his soap box, I think how entertaining this will be on Letterman or Jon Stewart tonight.

Let's do this! Geeeeeeoooooooooooooorrrrrge Bush!

They forgot someone (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | about 9 years ago | (#14427057)

wtf am I in that list.

Or maybe I wasn't interesting enough in 2005, ah well, maybe this year.

What a crappy list! (4, Interesting)

Vincman (584156) | about 9 years ago | (#14427138)

First of all that list is way too short. If you want to credit people that have benefited the industry in 2005, AND include people from all related areas, it should be a top-100. Second, the most innovative game I played in 2005 was Fahrenheit, aka Indigo Prophecy [gamespot.com] , and David Cage should be on that list for making it. How many new games that were completely different from what came before did you see in 2005?

Re:What a crappy list! (1)

Violet Null (452694) | about 9 years ago | (#14427782)

I'd agree with you on Indigo Prophecy, except for the last quarter of the game. I'm not really sure who should be held responsible for that, since the game was incredibly awesome up until that point, but after that, it sucked big ol' juicy chunks.

Leeroy Jenkins (1)

shuut (827307) | about 9 years ago | (#14427223)

#1 Leeroy Jenkins

Little Brother? (3, Interesting)

Madpony (935423) | about 9 years ago | (#14427282)

It seems to me like the XBox has some years on 360. I think the XBox 360 is the true little brother ;)

I think Ogre said it best when he said... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14427319)

http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0088000/ [imdb.com] Nnnnnuuuuuuuuuu uurrrrrrddddddzzzzzzzzz!

I'm waiting for another list (1, Insightful)

FidelCatsro (861135) | about 9 years ago | (#14427379)

Slashdot's top 50 top 10 lists of 2006 .. Which should be ready next week

Re:I'm waiting for another list (3, Funny)

zalas (682627) | about 9 years ago | (#14427461)

Of which half of the list will be duplicates...

Blind Gamer (2, Interesting)

rk2z (649358) | about 9 years ago | (#14427413)

I don't know about you guys, but I think that this is definitely one of the most "interesting" gamers of 2005. Today's local Lincoln, NE newspaper had a front-page story about Brice Mellen, blind from birth, but will kick your ass at Mortal Kombat.

blind Gamer [journalstar.com]

He was also profiled over the summer in the national media

google cache of CNN story []

Re:Blind Gamer (1)

D'Arque Bishop (84624) | about 9 years ago | (#14427923)

At the risk of karma whoring or site advertising...

I was at Midway Gamers Day in Chicago back in August, and while we were putting MK: Shaolin Monks through its paces, they actually brought Brice in to play several rounds against Ed Boon (co-creator of MK and MK development head). Fortunately I had my camcorder with me, so we managed to get nearly nine minutes' worth of footage of them having it out; Brice won every single match.

Here [mortalkombatonline.com] is the link where you can get the videos if you're interested... just scroll down towards the end of the article where there are links to low-quality and high-quality versions (both in Quicktime format).

Just my $.02...

Re:Blind Gamer (1)

JPyun (911266) | about 9 years ago | (#14428876)

I knew it! Finally, proof that Mortal Kombat is a pure button masher.

Re:Blind Gamer (1)

Staplerh (806722) | about 9 years ago | (#14430390)

Today's local Lincoln, NE newspaper had a front-page story about Brice Mellen, blind from birth, but will kick your ass at Mortal Kombat.
Things movin' a mile a minute in Lincoln, NE eh?

(I jest of course, being stuck in my own small town right now)

Re:Blind Gamer (1)

slothman32 (629113) | about 9 years ago | (#14432033)

The story made me think the MK isn't about what the screen looks like but the order of the buttons pressed.
I've played many a game where you can only get through in a with certain order of buttons.
Fortunately muscle memory makes it easy.

I wonder if unorthodox methods could beat him.
Like a flying creature going in the opposite direction and messing up the muscle memory method(MMM donuts).

Hillary Clinton should be #1 (-1, Troll)

the computer guy nex (916959) | about 9 years ago | (#14427443)

The Democrats are out of control with "Hell"ery leading the liberal charge against our simple rights to play video games we choose.

Slashdotted? (0, Offtopic)

Dremoor (938870) | about 9 years ago | (#14427582)

You mofos should cache all sights you link to since they get slashdotted.

Coral Cache (1)

Frankie70 (803801) | about 9 years ago | (#14427708)

Here [nyud.net] .

'Hot Coffee' the interesting of the 10? (3, Insightful)

Hard-Format (540955) | about 9 years ago | (#14427784)

I find it funny that without the least interesting (number 10) of the list three other more interesting (numbers 8, 7, and 1) would either not have happened, or would be significantly less interesting. While the 'Hot Coffee' mod might not have been terribly interesting on its own, the fact that it spawned this much attention surely must warrant a higher spot than number 10.

Re:'Hot Coffee' the LEAST interesting of the 10? (1)

Hard-Format (540955) | about 9 years ago | (#14427826)

Left a word out of the subject, perhaps the addition of the word "least" makes a little more sense.

Why??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14428008)

1. It's January 9th already, way past the statute of limitations for 10 anythings of 2005. Did the author forget to get his story in on time?

2. I can't think of anything less interesting than this topic, although it did get me to reply...

Keep Passing the Open Windows...

Tookie. (1)

RonaldReagan (112997) | about 9 years ago | (#14428021)

It's a little known fact that Stanley "Tookie" Williams was a GENIUS with Ms. Pac Man. I'm not sure how he didn't make the list. He staunchly refused to play regular Pac Man. STAUNCHLY.

He was the inspiration for "Pac Man Fever."

This has to be said... (1)

iconeternal (889316) | about 9 years ago | (#14428515)


subject (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14428609)

Interesting ppl my 455.
Its more like happenings in "local" gaming in 2005.

cu5m (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14428981)

users. BSD/OS [goat.cx]

Leeeeeeeeeeroy!! (1)

WickedClean (230550) | about 9 years ago | (#14429116)

My favorite pick of the bunch. That is why I don't play MMORPGs. I would be just like the Leroy guy.

Maybe #11 should be the guys behind The Pirate Bay.

fatal1ty, John Wendel? (1)

Heembo (916647) | about 9 years ago | (#14430219)

What about Fatal1ty (John Wendel) truly the first big-time pro gamer to make serious (100k+) dough on the circuit for the past few years and also this years national champion? Dude - he is like the Michael Jordan of gaming!

Re:fatal1ty, John Wendel? (1)

metaphorever (906202) | about 9 years ago | (#14430816)

Maybe they left him out because someone called Nordic beat him at the CES Try to beat Fatal1ty [kotaku.com] contest.

Re:fatal1ty, John Wendel? (1)

dafragsta (577711) | about 9 years ago | (#14432624)

An acquaintance's seven year old daughter got a substancial number of kills in on him at QuakeCon.

That list is a fucking joke... (1)

Red Samurai (893134) | about 9 years ago | (#14430539)

Grandma gamer? PSP licker? Dumbass politician?

Fucking bullshit.

woot fp.. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14430849)

development models and Other parTy numbers. The loss

Wow, this list is awful. (1)

Pluvius (734915) | about 9 years ago | (#14431090)

It encapsulates exactly what people have been complaining about in regards to gaming journalism lately.

#9 is typical pandering to adolescent fanboys. I have to admit that the PSP licking picture is kind of hot, but that doesn't make the girl an interesting person in the least.

#6 and #5 are masturbation over things that haven't happened yet. Chances are both Spore and whatever MMORPG SOE is thinking of doing will be ridiculously overhyped and then mostly ignored when they come out, just like nearly every other big-name game lately. The only way my point could be more obvious is if #6 had been Peter Molyneux.

#2 is Leeroy Jenkins. Do I have to explain this one?

At least they managed to get #1 right, though Jack Thompson is interesting in much the same way as genital warts are.


There are ten?... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#14433198)

I can't even think of one interesting person in gaming.
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