David Jones (video game developer)

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David Jones
David Jones - 2003.jpg
David Jones in 2003
Born 1966 (age 49–50)
Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Nationality British
Occupation Video game designer
Known for Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto, Crackdown

David Jones (born 1966) is a Scottish games programmer and entrepreneur who founded DMA Design in 1988 (now known as Rockstar North as of 2002) and Realtime Worlds in 2002.[1] Jones created major game series Lemmings and the Grand Theft Auto[2] video game (which later spawned many successful sequels). Jones founded the computer game company Realtime Worlds in 2002 where he worked as a creative director of the company. His most recent work was creating the Crackdown franchise for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles, and the open-ended massively multiplayer online game, APB: All Points Bulletin.[3]

Biography[edit]

David Jones' career started with indie game Menace which he released in 1988.The game sold 15,000 copies and Jones went on to make a second game, Blood Money. With his company DMA Design, Jones created Lemmings, resulting in awards including winning European Game of the Year twice.[4] DMA Design went on to create Grand Theft Auto. In 2012 Jones revealed that much of the controversy surrounding Grand Theft Auto was engineered by their publicist.[5]

In 2002 Jones founded Realtime Worlds who developed Crackdown and APB: All Points Bulletin.[6]

Jones was the keynote speaker for the World Cyber Games in 2004 where he said that he considered mainstream multiplatform gaming to be the next big thing,[7] and for the 2009 Develop Conference in Brighton.[8]

In 2012 David Jones started work on ChronoBlade, a Facebook action-RPG game, with Stieg Hedlund as part of San Francisco-based development team nWay.[9]

He is currently employed at Cloudgine, a studio he co-founded,[10] and is working on Crackdown 3 for Xbox One.[11]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview: The APB ABC Part 1 | Features". Edge Online. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ "David Jones Returns To APB | News". Edge Online. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  3. ^ "News – GTA Creator Gets New Funding". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Grand Theft Auto V: Games visionary behind Scotland's biggest cultural export". Daily Record. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  5. ^ Maxwell, Ben (22 October 2012). "Grand Theft Auto creators detail Max Clifford’s engineered controversy". Edge. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Welsh, Oli (12 March 2010). "Realtime Worlds' David Jones". Eurogamer. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "GTA Creator David Jones keynotes World Cyber Games 2004 Conference". Gamespot. 7 October 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Alexander, Jem (19 March 2009). "Develop 2009's speaker lineup partially unveiled". Joystiq. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Lahti, Evan (1 August 2013). "Why the creator of GTA and the lead designer of Diablo II are making a Facebook game together". PC Gamer. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Our Team". Cloudgine. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Campbell, Colin (9 June 2014). "New Crackdown heading to Xbox One". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved 30 June 2015.