Epic gallery of (almost) everyone who makes World of Warcraft

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Epic gallery of (almost) everyone who makes World of Warcraft

Anaheim (CA) – Making video games is serious business, but creating the world’s most popular MMO, World of Warcraft, is a monumental feat requiring hundreds of developers, programmers, artists and videographers.  It’s easy to forget these people because they usually aren’t publically recognized, but today you’re getting a special treat that we’re pretty sure has never been done before.  During last night’s launch of the World of Warcraft expansion: Wrath of the Lich King at the Electronic Fry’s store in Anaheim, we snapped photos of 140 WoW developers and you can see all of them in the three slideshows below.

SLIDESHOW: World of Warcraft Developers Part 1

SLIDESHOW: World of Warcraft Developers Part 2

SLIDESHOW: World of Warcraft Developers Part 3

Some were serious, others were goofy, but everyone was a sport about getting their pictures taken.  These guys and gals had already been through a veritable pressure cooker because of the launch and were devoting even more time talking to fans and signing autographs inside of the store.  Doors opened at 11PM and the devs didn’t get out until 5 AM.  Furthermore, I’m sure they are now soaking their hands in ice water because of the thousands of Collector’s Edition boxes, mousepads and books they signed.

Being an avid WoW player, I also purchased my collector’s edition box and jumped in line to have it signed.  I took a picture of the first developer and then got an idea … “let’s take a picture of every developer here and make a slideshow” I thought.  Andrew Beegle, Editor in Chief of Allakhazam.com, was standing next to me and initially thought I was nuts, but he then volunteered to help by writing the developers’ name so we could match up the faces with names.

Unfortunately, Blizzard PR called us today and initially told us to scuttle the article and gallery.  They were concerned about competing game companies and game recruiters using the information to “poach” Blizzard employees away.  What’s interesting here is that the competition already has a database of top Blizzard employees and that all the WoW developers are already listed in the back of the game manual.

It’s also a strange request because all the developers were sitting in a area designated for photos and videos.  Photographers from local and major newspapers like the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times were busily snapping pictures of the devs.  Bloggers from several WoW fan sites were also taking video and pictures.

So in the end, we’re meeting Blizzard halfway and publishing the slideshow without any names in the captions.  However, we’re listing everyone we photographed below since several developers (along with their mothers) wanted to see the final pictures. Be advised that these aren’t all the developers because Blizzard had to split them up amongst all the launch venues.

To the devs, feel free to use these pictures for anything (heck they make great eHarmony pics) and thanks for a great job on WoW and Wrath of the Lich King!

World of Warcraft developers photographed

(sp? Means the spelling is probably wrong, please email us or comment below for corrections)

Scott Abeyta

Steve Aguilar

Steve Allen

Rob Barris

Justin Bartlett

Cord Bartlett

Jay Baxter

Mike Beal

Barry Berman

Anwar Bey Taylor

Brian Birmingham     sp?

Thomas Blue

J. Allen Brack

Alexander Brazie

Alvaro Buendia

Larissa Bussell

John Butkus

Scott Campbell

Paul Cazarez

Jeff Chamberlain

Carman Cheung

Tom Chi Hon

Victor Chong

Cameron Chrisman

Joseph Cochran

Sean Copeland

Dennis Crabtree

Steve Crow

Dennis Crow

Graham Cunningham

Daniel Dageau

Pat Dawson

Jason DeArte

Drew Doberneaken     sp?

Jonathan Dumont

Alec Dun

Mike Elliott

Chi Fellin     sp?

Vincent Francoeur

Evelyn Fredericksen

Slim Ghariani

Mark Gibbors     sp?

Bryan Gibson-Winge

Geoff Goodman

Hunter Grant

Jon Graves     sp?

Jeff Gregory

Kevin Griffith

Rutherford Grug     sp?

Chris Ha

Mike Handison

Ed Hanes

Matthew Hawley

Mike Hershberg

Jason Hill

J. Mauricio Hoffman

Brian Huang

Tyler Hunter

Mai Igarashi

Phillip Itillenbrand     sp?

Jon Jelinek

Art Jeppe

Jeffrey Kaplan

David Keegan

Mike Kelheler     sp?

Kim Khorn

Eddie Kim

Rene Koiter

Monte Krol

Justin Kunz

Keith Landes

Owen Landgren

Scott Lange

Sam Lantinga

Peter Lee

Jeff Liu

Helen Liu

Jimmy Lo

Chris Luckenbach

David Luong

Chris MacDonald     sp?

Kevin Maginnis

Jay Maguire

Jeremy Masker

Andrew Matthews

Steve McCrarrity

Jesse McCree

Steve McIlwain

Jeff Meads     sp?

Chris Metzen

John Mikros

Julian Morris

Jason Morris

Chris Myles

Ron Nakada

Jeremy Nelligan

Mark Nelson

Tuan Ngo

David Nguyen

Nicolas Noble

Jennifer Owings

Justin Parker

Corey Pelton

Kim Phan

Thomas Pieracei     sp?

Gary Platner     sp?

John Polidgra

Tristan Pope

Wei Qiao

Eddie Rainwater

Glenn Rane

Bryan Rathman

Dan Reed

Jarret Riva

Chris Robinson

Dion Rogers

Danny Saint-Hilaire

John Scharmen

Erich Schmidt

Brianna Schneider

Michael Schweitzer

Jacob Segal

Tiffany Sirignan-Sleets     sp? On end

Taylor Smith

Andrew Spiering     sp?

Glenn Stafford

Cory Stockton

Seth Thompson

Tom Thompson

Rhett Torgoley

Alex Tsang

Andrew Vestal

Holly Wilson

Theresa Wolf

Noel Wolfman

Brian Wright

Taka Yasuda

Thomas Yip

Kenson Yu

Kris Zierhut