Whether you love or hate video games, the gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow. I grew up with video games since I picked up my first NES controller to play Super Mario Bros. when I was three. Proud to call myself a gamer, I’ve been saving the Princess (Peach and Zelda) and riding chocobos for many years. The video game industry continues to innovate from its 8-bit graphics origins to motion-controlled and social gaming. With the continuing evolution of gaming, the Game Developers Conference (GDC) has always been a key stepping stone for the gaming industry. This week, the 24th GDC will take place in San Francisco, Calif., where the biggest names in the video game industry will gather to share ideas and unveil new games such as Assassin’s Creed 3 and the rumored SimCity 5.
So grab your controller, watch out for goombas, and level up your party, because here are the top 10 influential video game companies at this year’s GDC:
Are you going to GDC and what are you looking most forward to? If not, what’s your favorite video game of all time? Personally, I’m all about Super Mario Bros. and Final Fantasy VI.