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Jul 19, 2006

Top Ten Hottest Guys in the Video Game Industry

You voted and here they are! Your Top Ten Hotties in the Video Game Industry!

1. Tommy Tallarico

Tommy Tallarico is a video game music composer. He founded Tommy Tallarico Studios in 1994 and the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.) in 2001. He co-hosts, produces, and writes for The Electric Playground, a TV show about video games. He also co-hosts Reviews on the Run, a television show in which he and Victor Lucas review video games. He is also an advisory board member for the Game Developers Conference, a governor for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS/Grammy) and a nominating peer panel leader for the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. Tallarico has worked on over three-hundred titles including the Earthworm Jim series, MDK, Spot Goes to Hollywood, Maximo, and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater. He recently worked on the videogame Advent Rising.

Tommy is not only sitting in first place because he’s hot, and a bit of a bad boy, but also because he loves his fans and they love him. Tommy’s girl, Beckey nominated him along with a few others and he decided to let his fans know to vote for him on his message board. Congratulations to Tommy and his fans, because you definitely earned this first place position.

2. Dan Hsu

Dan "Shoe" Hsu is the Editor in Chief of Electronic Gaming Monthly and also worked on the site, gamers.com.

Dan sits in second place, not only because he’s so cute, but because you have to love a man that brings us the best in video game news each month in our mail box. A man who is delivered to my mail box once a month is definitely my type of guy.

3. Cliff Bleszinski

Cliff Bleszinski, frequently known online as CliffyB, is a lead game designer for the successful game development company Epic Games. He is the creator of such memorable games like the Unreal Tournament Series and the upcoming Gears of War.

Again another cutie that loves his fans, so much in fact that Cliff could be found playing online with others in his Unreal Tournament games. An easy guy to talk to with a great sense of humour, Cliffy is definitely an industry hottie.

Check out his site: http://www.cliffyb.com/

4. Tomonobu Itagaki

Tomonobu Itagaki is a Japanese video game designer who heads Team Ninja, one of Tecmo's development teams. He is the creator of the Dead or Alive series.

With his rock star look and attitude, Tomonobu is a

totally hottie and a gentleman, as he still refuses to make his DOA girls naked in his games. How sweet is that…

5. Victor Lucas

Victor Lucas is the Canadian creator, executive producer, writer, co-host and director of the Electric Playground, seen on G4 in the United States, as well as Space, G4TechTV Canada, Razer and various A-Channel and CityTV outlets in Canada. He is also the creator, executive producer and co-host of Reviews on the Run (known in the United States as Judgment Day), along with longtime friend, Tommy Tallarico. Victor founded Greedy Productions, which produces the aforementioned shows, along with the newest Victor Lucas brain child, The Art Of Play, one of the first video game preview shows in HD and available on the Gameplay HD network.

Victor is another hottie that loves his fans. Smart, funny and cute, Victor continues to steal my heart each day on Elecplay and ROTR. Plus you gotta love a guy with so many titles like Director, Producer, etc.

6. Kevin Pereira

Kevin Pereira is the host of G4's Attack of the show. He has hosted or been a guest on many other G4 programs including Pulse, Arena, G4TV.com, X-Play and Robot Wars.

The darling of the cable network show, and a totally goofy lovable guy, Kevin is also on my TV each day live at 7pm on G4. Willing to eat anything and do anything to win his audiences over, I know Kevin must have lots of stalkers on My Space.

7. Tetsuya Nomura

Tetsuya Nomura is a game and character designer at Square Enix. He is most famous for his continuing work on the Final Fantasy Series.

Girls, he works on Final Fantasy games, how much more do you need to love this guy. He creates all the pixilated hotties we love and worship and he deserves the same from us.

8. Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima is a Japanese video game designer at Konami. Formerly the vice president of Konami Computer Entertainment Japan, he is currently the head of Kojima Productions. He is the creator of such memorable games like the Metal Gear series, Snatcher, and Policenauts.

Hideo brought us the hottie known as Snake and we love him for it. Hideo may not be a rough and tumble kind of guy, but I bet he knows how to snuggle pretty good. Look at that cutie face and tell me you don’t love him.

9. Adam Sessler

Adam Sessler is the co-host and senior segment producer of G4 TV’s video game review show, X-Play. He also occasionally appears on Attack of the Show to do a segment on the upcoming gaming news.

Adam’s wonderful sense of humor and great reviews on X-Play makes us can’t help but love his goofy ways. Plus any man that gets to stand that close to Morgan should be worshipped, agreed?

10. Yuji Naka

Yuji Naka is a game designer and programmer that originally headed Sega’s Sonic Team and now owns his own company, Prope. He created such memorable games like Sonic the Hedgehog, and Phantasy Online.

Yuji brought us the cuddly Sonic the Hedgehog; how could you not love him?

Special note:

Thank you to Stew from RetroDev Games: Grunge Game Developers. You threw your hat into the ring, and still came out 12th out of 25 guys. Thanks to the Girl Gamers for voting for our hot gamer, Stew. Congrats Dude.

And thank you to Russel Wark from Probe. Your wife nominated you and though you didn’t make the Top Ten, we still love your rock star look. Thanks Russel!

Click here to see how all the guys stacked up in the final vote count.

Feel you got someone better for the list or Are you someone who thinks you deserve to be on the list. Well then, Click here.


Anonymous said...

WOO HOO!!! YAY for the hottest guy in gaming! :p

(eat that Chanty) hee hee

Anonymous said...

I have to post anonymously, because I'm in the industry. Anyway, I am totally bummed that I didn't find out about this whole thing until after the list went up. Here are a couple of gems that were missed:

1.) David Perry, formerly of Shiny Entertainment and now GameConsultants.com:

2.) Kyle Wilson of Day 1:

I'll probably think of 2 or 3 more in the car.

Anonymous said...

TOMMY only won 'cause he Italian, has an Orange County tan, and he has good hair!


Anonymous said...

Thank GOD you didn't nominate Romero. I was worried!

Anonymous said...

get a better picture of pererra! he is the coolest dude there for sure

Anonymous said...

What about Kaiser Hwang from PSM and Evan Shamoon, formerly of XBN? They're not only amazingly cute, but they're really nice, too!


Anonymous said...

What about Jess Cliffe from Valve? He created CounterStrike!

Anonymous said...

jess cliffe is super h0t. i would totally do him.
And I'm sorry, but adam sessler is not all that attractive.

Anonymous said...

while i fully agree with the previous post questioning why Evan Shamoon + Kaiser are not on this list, everyone on this 10 hottests guys in gaming list is like totally cheeze and lame. Everyone not Japanese or Asian (I hear Hsu is a cool guy). And i'm not just saying that because I'm as Asian American female gamer!

Itagaki should get #1 awesome weirdo, and Kojima for obvious GENIUS hotness, but come on, the attack of the show guy + cliffy b?? Tallerico, the world's cheesiest human? i'd like to think that we have a better lot to choose from. This might make me turn lesbo. thanks for pushing me over the edge.


Anonymous said...

ok, i've just heard that Hsu is NOT cool. i amend that ! does he go by show because white people can't pronounce Hsu? ok that's just what i heard. i am now spreading some bad gossip about people i don't know. oh well. there goes my big mouth.


Anonymous said...

Maybe this should be titled the Most Mainstream list ever created by man or beast. God forbid hotness should include intelligence first, but what am I thinking? I forgot all the chicks love short lazy eyed superficial morons whose music is more overrated than American Idol.

Anonymous said...

Hey! I *know* I'm not cool. I'm a gaming nerd! I'd rather be at home playing games than out at the local disco or street races, whatever it is the cool kids do nowadays. ;)

And "shoe" was just a nickname I got in college (because of my last name) and sorta stuck with me. I'm so used to it, "Dan" sounds like someone else to me....


Anonymous said...

Oh Shoe, you hush. You are very cool, and very sexy I must add.

And, you're humble and not cocky like alot of other "game industry" guys I have met.

Anonymous said...

Teabag Tallarico is a douche.

Anonymous said...

Damn Raina, when the hell did you get so catty??? I raised you better than that.

Perreira is totally hot and cool, btw.


CeeCee said...

My boyfriend programs for Activision and he's way cuter than them all.


But I still love you Kojima and Nomura!!! *kiss kiss!!!*

CompoSITe said...

Yeah, that Slothy guy is way cuter.

Anonymous said...

Oh you said it mister!!! That Slothy is sooo hot!

Anonymous said...

OMG i met slothy once at an industry event and he has like the dreamiest eyes. kind of like diana ross

Anonymous said...

Northern California is pretty hot. Way more than any of these dudes. Well, except Slothy.

Anonymous said...

Srothy-san is hot like FIYA.
and he's got that tight tight man butt

Victor Roa said...

I've met a lot more good looking guys working currently in video games then these guys. Although it's still a fair list, except maybe "Tomonobu Itagaki" he looks like he's got some kind of fire burns scars running across his face. But I agree he's got the whole rockstar attitude, and I guess that's why he's up there.

FunkyJ said...

I'm so upset you didn't include me Faith!

Sure, testing is the bottom of the barrel in terms of games industry work, but at least it's not games journalism...

Anonymous said...

Look at Tommy's competition...

Of course he'd win this.

- PuertoRican

Anonymous said...

Of course Tommy won... but i cant believe Adam got 9th and kevin only got 6th!

Anonymous said...

Tommy might be nice to look at, but you'll want to throttle him five minutes into any episode of EP or Reviews on the Run. Maybe if he kept his mouth shut and his opinions to himself and just stood around looking pretty...

Well, at least Gackt didn't slide in under the radar - the fangirls scare me.

Anonymous said...

There are a lot of hotties in the industry, it's tough to make a list without excluding so many other hotties.

I DO like Kathleen's alternate list, to be found on her blog at IGN.

Maybe one day I'll make a list of hotties here at Ubisoft Montreal. With 1700+ people here, there's bound to be hotness around. :)

Anonymous said...

How about Kevin Riepl.. he is so hot!!


Anonymous said...

To the poster who talked about throttling Tommy: Get to know him in person. Everyone who has ever met Tommy in real life loves him. He's not only a stud but he's also SUPER nice and SUPER amazing to all of his fans. His on air persona is just that.. a persona. It would be pretty boring if he and Vic both agreed on everything all the time! He has to go a little over the top to make the show entertaining! Believe me... If you ever get a chance to meet him.. take it. He is a great guy in person. :)

Unknown said...

Alright, Time for me to chime in on these comments already.

Any one asked why this person or that person wasn't on the list or trying to nominate someone, well too late, the list is already done, and 500 people had their say on this.

To make everyone happy I'm going start posting a "Video Game Industry Guy of the Week", where I'll post his pic (if I can find one) and give a little bio on the guy. That's the best I can do to please the late comers.

Secondly, Stop picking on the guys on the list. All of them are great guys who have contributed a huge amount to the industry. Just because you don't think they're hot or nice, is your opinion and not necessarily everyone else's.

To CeeCee: Yes, your man is hot.

And Finally: Tommy got top honors on this list, because he's a great guy and loves his fans. He runs a message board to keep in touch with his fans, and when they heard about this list, they were all over it. THAT'S WHY HE WON, BECAUSE HIS FANS LOVE HIM. Does that sound like a mean guy? No. (Got your back, Becky)

Also I plan to post the final results of the votes and a link to those on the final list.

Anonymous said...

You girls do know that Tommy is like 4 foot 1 right? But then again you voted for mostly japanese guys so I guess you like them short.

Oh, and if you ever met Cliffy B in real life you would change your mind on putting him on the list.

Anonymous said...

What about JOHN ROMERO?? I think he's handsome. *Drools. :)

Anonymous said...

1. you need a better pic of pereira, he looks demented in that one.

2. SEANBABY!!!! How could you resist the power of the techicolor mohawk!!! he is sexy as hell!!!

Anonymous said...

This list is pretty terrible all around. I know hotness is subjective, but what about Jason Rubin or Dave Perry? And in my book Victor Lucas is WAY hotter than Tommy Tallarico.

Anonymous said...

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."

With that being said, abstract concepts such as "beauty" are subjective and open to a wide range of interpretations. I'm sure that you don't need to meet a criteria of physical features in order to be considered "hot" by any means and that most of the individuals listed above are talented and more than deserving of a place on a list, but don't you think it's a bit ridiculous and moronic to be part of a "hot" list. Sure, it's a cute thing for the moment, but at the end of the day, what would you prefer to be recognized for by others - being "hot" or being talented. Being talented does make you hot in a sense, but I feel that the reasoning for some of those sections are plain idiotic and something that would come from the shallow end of the pool. Please...how can you mention that Itagaki and Dead or Alive series (which is awesome by the way), but fail to mention the masterpiece that is Ninja Gaiden. How on earth did Hsu make it to the list when in recent memory, the guy made himself look like a complete jackass on his spiel on journalistic integrity. This hot list just solidifies another ongoing stereotype for the crap phenomena known as the "gamer girl." (Disclaimer - to avoid any of the harping estrogen that might find the previous statement offensive. I respect gamers of all kinds and I happen to be female)

Didn't mean to make this sound venemous, but crap stuff like this puts the rest of the females to shame.

Anonymous said...

Hey, its mostly guys from G4.

Hooray for viral marketing!!!

Anonymous said...

Wher is KOSHIRO YUZO??? :D That guy is hotter than HALF these people! (Seriously, go look him up!)

And.. NOMURA should be NUMBER ONE! :D He's the best. Who doesn't love an artist? :D He could draw pictures of you or something. *squeals*

Anonymous said...

i call shennanigans, since i'm pretty sure someone connected with this site is more than friendly with cliffyb. also, why are there G4 guys on here? you couldn't find hot guys who actually make games? i doubt that. and why is a girl gaming site about how girls are rockstars at games, just as much as guys, making a list like this?

doctor drill said...

Not a single mention of the xbox Anchormen :( ah well girls have cooties anyhow :P

Anonymous said...

omg blogger sux!! u cant post html!! aggg!

Anonymous said...

Gah! Aside from Tetsuya Nomura and Hideo Kojima - GAH! How is Itagaki hot? And Sessler? What the CRAP? What about the co-founder of Naughty Dog, Jason Rubin? Or Insomniac's Ted Price? How about more actual game developers instead of TV personalities?

Unknown said...

Tommy Tallarico looks like a mook from Lodi New Jersey

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Anonymous said...

This list is what's wrong with gaming journalism.

Pilar Nenita Esber said...

I love Tetsuya Nomura. He's really a great guy. That pic of his makes him look like Tidus, LOL. XD

Anonymous said...

why are most of them asian :S

Anonymous said...

Tommy was #1, but Victor was only #5? Blasphemy. Just kidding, good list. I <3 Cliffy B.

Anonymous said...

#11 is definately Evan from GamerNook.com

side by side with brad pitt:


come on no contest!

Heres his profile: http://gamernook.com/evan/

Anonymous said...

Uhm i dont know what you guy think but i dont think any of those guys is hot o_O I know guy from my wow guild that are so much hotter than this tbh.

Unknown said...

Yes, we know. There will always be another comment about how someone else deserved to be on this list but the list is done and over with. People nominated and voted (I didn't make the list) and its over.

Quit whining and go make your own list.

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The Dead or Alive creater is pretty talanted, and he has a nice sword ;)

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