Did Pokemon Go Creators Go to College?

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The Pokémon Go craze has hit the country, and everyone is suddenly afflicted with the video game nostalgia. There is a lot of hype about the game.

How about the creators of Pokemon Go? Here are some college facts you might not know about world famous game creators!

John Hanke Pokémon Go

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The man who revolutionized RPG games, Hanke is famous for his Pokémon Go creation. The team behind the phenomenal game, Niantic Labs, is actually still quite small, and far from the gigantic corporation that people would expect.

Hanke studied at the University of Texas, Austin, then received an MBA at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.

This was also the year he had created “Meridian ‘59” the very first 3D massively multiplayer online (MMO) game.

Satoshi Tajiri Pokemon Go


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This is the person game addicts should thank, as Tajiri was the main brain behind the Pokémon game franchise and the game developing team Game Freak.

Tajiri loved to collect bugs and had wanted to become an entomologist.

In fact, he is much like the Pokémon character, Ash Ketchum (who is named “Satoshi” in the Japanese version).

He dedicated much of his time developing games, so he was not able to graduate high school, although he did take make-up classes to earn a high school diploma.

After that, he attended the Tokyo National College of Technology, where he studied a vocational degree in electronics and computer science.

Michael Morhaime World of Warcraft

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World of Warcraft players probably recognize the creator of the hugely popular WoW game franchise, Michael Morhaime, who is currently the president of Blizzard Entertainment.

Fans of the game and even the film based on WoW can thank this man who once studied in the University of California, Los Angeles.

He received his bachelor’s degree in 1996, and was also a member of the Triangle Fraternity, an organization that only recruits male students who studied engineering, architecture, biology, mathematics, and computer and physical sciences.

Will Wright Sims Game

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The Sims is the best-selling PC game of all time, and the creation of such phenomenon is the game developer, Will Wright.

He is the co-founder of the Electronic Arts (EA) games, where he developed the Sims game. It spawned so many versions, including Sim City, which had propelled Wright into fame and stardom.

Because of his creations, he received a Lifetime Award in the 2001 Game Developers Choice Awards.

Wright studied at Louisiana State University, but then transferred to Louisiana Tech, where he tried to attain several degrees, from architecture to mechanical engineering. Then, he decided to pursue robotics.

While he loved learning certain science subjects, he decided to go to another college, The New School in New York. After one year, though, he stopped his college education, but not his self-teaching and learning on robotics and computers.

Hironobu Sakaguchi Final Fantasy

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He is well-known for developing one of the most popular games of all time, Final Fantasy. He studied electrical engineering in Yokohama National University.

In 1986, he became a full-time employee at a game corporation, upon leaving the university.

He took a gamble and created a role-playing game, Final Fantasy. He went on to help develop other games like Kingdom Hearts, which featured a character who physically represented Sakaguchi, Master Eraqus.

Shigeru Miyamoto Nintendo

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Consistently seen as the all-time most influential game develop, Miyamoto is known for developing such classic and famous games like Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, and the Super Mario Bros.

He graduated with an industrial design degree from Kanazawa Municipal College of Industrial Arts, but with no job in sight, he decided to create something out of his love for manga (Japanese comics) and Western genre TV shows.

Miyamoto has worked for Nintendo since 1977 when he got hired as an apprentice in the planning department.

Many might not know this, but Miyamoto was Tajiri’s mentor. In the Pokémon animé, while Ash is named “Satoshi”, his rival is named “Shigeru” in honor of Miyamoto.

Rob Clark
 

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