Ed Boon

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Ed Boon
Ed Boon at E3 2013.jpg
Ed Boon (center) at E3 2013
Born Edward J. Boon
(1964-02-22) February 22, 1964 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation Game programmer, director and producer

Ed "Noob" Boon (born as Edward J. Boon on February 22, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American video game programmer and director who had been employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and currently works for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in its subsidiary company NetherRealm Studios. He is best known for the Mortal Kombat series, which Boon created with John Tobias.


Boon graduated high school from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. He graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science.[1]

Boon is best known as a co-creator of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, along with John Tobias.[2] During the 1990s, Boon was generally credited as the series' lead programmer while Tobias was lead designer. One of Mortal Kombat characters is named Noob Saibot, after Boon and Tobias' last names spelled backwards. Boon also named the characters Sonya Blade and Tanya after his sisters Sonya and Tanya. He was ranked #100 in IGN's 2009 list of "Top 100 Game Creators" for his involvement in the Mortal Kombat series.[3]

Boon continues to work on the ongoing Mortal Kombat media franchise, including games, movies and shows. He has also provided voice acting and motion capture for the games, most notably providing the voice of Scorpion in all of the games as well as both feature films Der. For this, the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition awarded him a world record for the "longest-serving video game voice actor".


Video games[edit]


  • F-14 Tomcat (1987) - effects
  • Space Station: Pinball Rendezvous (1987) - software and effects
  • Banzai Run (1988) - effects
  • Taxi (1988) - software and effects
  • Black Knight 2000 (1989) - software and effects
  • FunHouse (1990) - voice of Rudy



  1. ^ St. Louis Business Journal (2010-05-03). "Universities of Missouri, Illinois hailed as tech's powerful colleges". Sst. Louis Business Journal. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  2. ^ "E3 2010: Mortal Kombat Returns! See the New Trailer!". DreadCentral. 
  3. ^ IGN Games (2009-02-23). "Top 100 Game Creators". IGN. Retrieved 2010-06-03. 

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