Ed Boon

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Ed Boon
Ed Boon at E3 2013.jpg
Ed Boon (right) at E3 2013
Born
Edward John Boon

(1964-02-22) February 22, 1964 (age 55)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OccupationGame programmer, director, voice actor and producer
Years active1989–present

Edward John Boon (born February 22, 1964) is an American video game programmer, philanthropist, and director who was employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and since 2011 has worked for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in its company NetherRealm Studios. Boon is best known for the widely popular Mortal Kombat series, which he created with John Tobias. Boon and Tobias' last names backwards are the basis for the name of the Mortal Kombat character Noob Saibot.

Life and career[edit]

Boon was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. [2]

After graduation, he was employed by Williams Entertainment in their pinball department, working on approximately 20 pinball games over the next two years.[3] During this time, he was called the Mortal Master, an early indicator towards a future creation.

He is the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, along with John Tobias,[4] and served as the series' lead programmer, with Tobias the lead designer, until their partnership dissolved with Tobias' departure from Midway in 2000. Boon named series characters Sonya Blade and Tanya after his sisters Sonya and Tania, while another character, Noob Saibot, was named after Boon and Tobias' reversed surnames.

Boon was ranked #100 in IGN's 2009 list of "Top 100 Game Creators" for his involvement in the Mortal Kombat series.[5] He continues to be directly involved with the MK franchise and its multimedia side projects, and has also provided voice acting and motion capture work for the games, most notably providing the voice for the "Come Here!" and "Get Over Here!" catchphrases uttered by Scorpion in every installment of the series as well as both feature films. The 2008 edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition consequently awarded him a world record for the "longest-serving video game voice actor."

Works[edit]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role(s)
1990 High Impact Football N/A
1991 Super High Impact N/A
1992 Total Carnage Voice of General Akhboob
1992 Mortal Kombat Designer, programmer
1993 Mortal Kombat II Designer, programmer
1995 Mortal Kombat 3 Designer, programmer
1995 Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Executive producer, designer, programmer
1996 Mortal Kombat Trilogy N/A
1997 Mortal Kombat 4 N/A
1999 Mortal Kombat Gold Project lead
2001 The Grid N/A
2002 Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance Team lead, game design, programming
2004 Mortal Kombat: Deception Project lead, game design, programming
2005 Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks Executive producer
2006 Mortal Kombat: Armageddon Creative director
2008 Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe Creative director, team lead
2011 Mortal Kombat Team leader, creative director
2011 Batman: Arkham City Lockdown Creative director
2013 Injustice: Gods Among Us Team leader, creative director
2013 Batman: Arkham Origins N/A
2015 Mortal Kombat X Creative director, team leader
2017 Injustice 2 Creative director, team lead
2019 Mortal Kombat 11 Creative director, team lead

Pinball[edit]

Film[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birthday references:
    • ed boon [@noobde] (February 22, 2016). "Thanks for all the Birthday wishes everyone! Very much appreciated! Smoke the dog bones! Who catches a bad cough on their birthday? This guy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" (Tweet). Retrieved November 16, 2016 – via Twitter.
    • Alex Fiegl (August 31, 2015). "Ed Boon presentation". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Universities of Missouri, Illinois hailed as tech's powerful colleges". St. Louis Business Journal. May 3, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mortal's Master: Programmer Ed Boon". GamePro. IDG (86): 38–40. November 1995.
  4. ^ "E3 2010: Mortal Kombat Returns! See the New Trailer!". DreadCentral.
  5. ^ IGN Games (February 23, 2009). "Top 100 Game Creators". IGN. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2010.

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