If you've ever searched the web for a comprehensive list of the biggest and the best in the MMO industry, Beckett Massive Online Gamer
magazine has done it for you in a recent article entitled "Top 20 Influential People in Massively Multiplayer Video Games of 2007"
. The top half of this list should reveal no surprises for you, including such industry celebs as John Smedley, Scott Hartsman, Raph Koster and number one on the list: Rob Pardo. But the bottom half of the list may contain a few names you don't yet recognize. Interestingly enough, NCsoft
makes an appearance four times on this list with James Phinney of ArenaNet
, Richard Garriott and Starr Long of Destination Games
and Jess LeBow of Carbine Studios
This list highlights the most talented people in the industry and how they've influenced the future of MMOs, as determined by Beckett
. You can find more details on each of their stories in the printed issue itself (Issue #13 for July-August) which hit newsstands on May 28th.