Rank #1: Episode 43: Bethesda Game Studios Director Todd Howard
Longtime Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard joins us to discuss his Hall of Fame career, from the Terminator first-person shooter that got him started to the incredible success of The Elder Scrolls series to the acquisition of the Fallout IP to his new sci-fi project, Starfield.
Jun 04 2019
Rank #2: Episode 22: Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford
The president and CEO of Borderlands creator Gearbox Studios shares stories from his fascinating career in games, including getting his start on Duke Nukem 3D, working on Half-Life, Halo, Brothers in Arms, and much more!
Sep 01 2017
Rank #3: Episode 28: Diablo Creator David Brevik
Diablo creator David Brevik recounts his fascinating career making games, including how a Justice League game led to Diablo, the meteoric success of Diablo and Diablo II, his years at Blizzard, and what he's up to now.
Feb 20 2018
Rank #4: Episode 18: Renowned Game Designer Peter Molyneux
Peter Molyneux's career has been fascinating, whether you play his games or not. His resume includes Populous, Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Fable, and many more. This two-hour interview covers all of it, including other topics like Kinect and his future in games, among others.
Apr 28 2017
Rank #5: Episode 29: Rare Studio Head Craig Duncan
Rare studio head Craig Duncan chats about his life and career, including his time running Rare. He discusses how Sea of Thieves arrived at its pirate theme, whether they might let other studios work on classic Rare IP, the Kinect years, and much more.
Mar 20 2018
Rank #6: Episode 32: RPG Guru Josh Sawyer
Josh Sawyer is a longtime veteran of renowned RPG studio Obsidian Entertainment, and he's seen a lot in his career. From his history-based beginnings to Fallout, Pillars of Eternity, and much more, his story is a fascinating one!
Jun 26 2018
Rank #7: Episode 23: Randy Pitchford Part 2 - Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battleborn, and More!
The president and CEO of Borderlands creator Gearbox Studios returns after his initial visit last month to finish his story. This time, he shares more stories from his fascinating career in games, including Aliens: Colonial Marines, Battleborn, the future of Borderlands, and much more!
Sep 12 2017
Rank #8: Episode 25 - Cuphead's Chad and Jared Moldenhauer
Cuphead is one of gaming's best success stories of 2017. The hand-drawn 2D-animated bullet-hell shooter captured everyone's attention a few years ago, and has held onto it ever since – right up through its long-awaited and fantastic final release and its millionth copy sold. Now, brothers Chad and Jared Moldenhauer of Studio HDMR spend an hour-plus discussing their incredible story, from growing up as Contra fans and classic animation fans to leaving their day jobs to finally finishing Cuphead. Check out the video above for the entire interview!
Nov 14 2017
Rank #9: Episode 35: Insomniac Founder Ted Price
Ted Price founded Insomniac Games almost 20 years ago. In this hour-long interview, he details his life and career in video games, from his chance meeting with a future business partner to his early bet on PlayStation to creating games like Spyro, Ratchet and Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and now Spider-Man.
Sep 11 2018
Rank #10: Episode 14: Naughty Dog Co-Founder and Oculus Exec Jason Rubin
Naughty Dog co-founder Jason Rubin has been in the games business since he was 14. We interview him about building Naughty Dog, trying to save THQ, and making VR games at Oculus.
Dec 21 2016
Rank #11: Episode 39: Bonnie Ross
343 Industries studio head and AIAS Hall of Famer Bonnie Ross discusses her entire career in this 70-minute interview, from her start on an NBA basketball game to how she came to ask for – and get – the keys to the Halo franchise, including the trials of Master Chief Collection and the lessons being applied to Halo Infinite. She discusses taking over Halo from Bungie, the mistakes of the Master Chief Collection, the reception of Halo 4, what they've learned from Halo 5, and what 343's approach is for Halo Infinite.
Feb 26 2019
Rank #12: Episode 45: Sean Krankel (Oxenfree, Afterparty)
Welcome to the newly relaunched IGN Unfiltered, my monthly interview series where I sit down with the best, brightest, and most fascinating minds in the video game industry. I'm back with a brand-new bar/arcade set – complete with a working beer tap! My guest this month is Sean Krankel, the creator of Oxenfree and the upcoming Afterparty. In this interview, Sean discusses his unique journey into game development, starting with a job on a late-'90s Aaron Spelling teenage soap opera (during which time he threw up in Spelling's bowling alley), working at Disney, and eventually setting up Night School Studio with his cousin and bringing Oxenfree (and now Afterparty) to life – including how Xbox Game Pass has been a boon to his studio's success.
Oct 08 2019
Rank #13: Episode 16: Mortal Kombat Co-Creator Ed Boon
Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon discusses his career, including the origin and rise of the franchise, the still-beloved movie, Injustice, and more!
Feb 23 2017
Rank #14: Episode 44: Sam Lake (Max Payne, Alan Wake, Control, Quantum Break)
Longtime Remedy Entertainment writer Sam Lake sat down to discuss his unexpected career, from how helping a friend led to writing Max Payne, creating Alan Wake, the elusive Alan Wake 2, lessons learned from Quantum Break, and how it's all led to Remedy's new game, Control.
Jul 23 2019
Rank #15: Episode 15: RPG Legend Feargus Urquhart
Longtime Black Isle Studios and Obsidian Entertainment CEO Feargus Urquhart shares stories about his career, including working with South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, getting burned by big publishers, building his own IP, and more!
Feb 01 2017
Rank #16: Episode 17: Ultima Creator and Astronaut Richard Garriott
Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic's remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!
Mar 31 2017
Rank #17: Episode 40: Amy Hennig and Ted Price
In this special episode of our monthly interview series IGN Unfiltered, filmed at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas, game design legend Amy Hennig (Uncharted series, Legacy of Kain series) and Insomniac Games founder Ted Price (Marvel's Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank series, Sunset Overdrive, Resistance series) separately join us to discuss their decorated careers. Hennig talks about her canceled Star Wars game with EA, codenamed 'Ragtag', experimenting with VR, and much more. Price, after having been a guest on Unfiltered last fall prior to Spider-Man's release, talks about what life has been like since their open-world superhero adventure took the world by storm and won a number of awards in the process.
Mar 26 2019
Rank #18: Episode 19: Harmonix Co-Founder Alex Rigopulos
Harmonix co-founder Alex Rigopulos discusses his unique career, from starting Harmonix out of MIT to Disney using some of their tech for theme parks to, of course, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Central, and the rise and fall of the music game genre.
May 23 2017
Rank #19: Episode 42: Denis Dyack
On this episode of our monthly interview show IGN Unfiltered, veteran game creator Denis Dyack talks about his wild career that started at Silicon Knights, from convincing Nintendo not to nix Eternal Darkness's sanity effects to working with Hideo Kojima to suing Epic Games, and more!
May 07 2019
Rank #20: Episode 13: Inventor and Oculus Co-Founder Jack McCauley
Oculus co-founder Jack McCauley's fascinating career not only includes VR, but also designing the Guitar Hero controllers, the scrolling mouse wheel, and USB!
Dec 01 2016