Brent Iverson is a programmer best known as a simulations game developer. Among his credits are the PC DOS version of Chuck Yeager's Air Combat, LHX Attack Chopper, and Jane's US Navy Fighters, all published by Electronic Arts.
Iverson's experience with computers began at the age of fifteen when he went to a friend's house to play games on an Apple II. He liked working on computers but still planned to major in Art in college. However, after beginning his studies at the University of Michigan he learned that even talented artists rarely make a good living with their art, but that computer programmers make more money as a general rule. As a result, he majored in Computer Science.
Iverson is highly respected as an expert in the programming field. In November 2002 he served as a judge in a competition among computer programming students at Stanford University involving development of a 3-D video game. In November 2005 he participated on a panel of industry tech experts at an International Game Developers Association panel. During that panel discussion, Iverson expressed his opinion of developing games within the limitations of marketing concerns:
"I think that technology and code you're given, design decisions you're given... aren't really limiters; they're actually enablers. If someone said, 'Make a great game,' and that's all the instructions you had, it would be pretty darn difficult to get started. But if somebody said, 'Make a great game about this movie that's coming out, or about dinosaurs, or pirates, that's a turn-based strategy game,' now all of a sudden you've got a lot of stuff that's laid out for you, and you don't have to think about those things anymore. Now you can say, 'How can I innovate in that space?' "I think technology a lot of times has that same effect.... Now you can stop worrying about that stuff and you can say, 'Well, what do I do that's really interesting to the customer on top of that framework?'"
Iverson is best known for developing simulator games, but he has developed many other types of games as well. His credits include:
- MySims Kingdom (EA, 2008)
- Boom Blox (EA, 2008)
- MySims (EA, 2007)
- The Godfather: The Game (EA, 2006)
- 007: Everything or Nothing (EA, 2004)
- The Sims (EA, 2003)
- 007: Nightfire (EA, 2002)
- Combat Medic: Special Ops (LI, 2002)
- Freekstyle (EA, 2002)
- Rumble Racing (EA, 2001)
- Sub Command (EA, 2001)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2001 (EA, 2001)
- Jane's Combat Simulations: WWII Fighters (EA, 1998)
- Jane's Combat Simulations: U.S. Navy Fighters '97 (EA, 1997)
- Marine Fighters (EA, 1995)
- U.S. Navy Fighters (EA, 1994)
- Bulls vs Blazers and the NBA Playoffs (EA, 1992)
- Chuck Yeager's Air Combat (EA, 1991)
- PGA Tour Golf (EA, 1991)
- LHX Attack Chopper (EA, 1990)
- SU-25 Stormovik (EA, 1990)
Several of these games are very popular, but Yeager’s Air Combat in particular is respected as an exceptional flight simulation game with very realistic reactions to the controls. It has won awards for its high quality. This level of quality is considered to be a direct result of the fact that it was not only sponsored by Chuck Yeager, but he actually served as an advisor during development of the game.
- Moby Games, a game documentation and review project, "Brent Iverson Developer Bio"
- Edge Magazine Online, "The Hot 100 Game Developers of 2008", 20 February 2008
- Stanford University Center for the Study of Language and Information, "Calendar of Public Events, Vol. 18, No. 12", 27 November 2002
- Game Spot, a branch of CBS Interactive: "IGDA panel talks middleware", 30 November 2005
- The Good Old Days, a site for cataloging and reviewing classic digital games, "LHX Attack Chopper" (game review)
- Uziana, an online gaming magazine, "Chuck Yeager's Air Combat" (game review)