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.
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)
Anwar Bey Taylor
Brian Birmingham sp?
J. Allen Brack
Tom Chi Hon
Drew Doberneaken sp?
Chi Fellin sp?
Mark Gibbors sp?
Jon Graves sp?
Rutherford Grug sp?
J. Mauricio Hoffman
Phillip Itillenbrand sp?
Mike Kelheler sp?
Chris MacDonald sp?
Jeff Meads sp?
Thomas Pieracei sp?
Gary Platner sp?
Tiffany Sirignan-Sleets sp? On end
Andrew Spiering sp?