Gary Penn

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Gary Penn
OccupationHead of Development at Denki

Gary Penn is a former British games reviewer who wrote for Zzap!64[2] in the 1980s and is a video game industry veteran. He later was editor of The One from 1988 to 1990[3] and was Creative Director at DMA Design where he supervised the release of the first Grand Theft Auto game in 1997.[4] Penn has described the game as taking years to develop and almost being cancelled.[5]

Penn's first job in the games industry was as a freelance producer for Konami where he worked on a Batman licensed game and David Braben's Frontier.[5]

Penn won the Games Media Legend award in 2007.[6]

As of September 2011, he is Head of Development at Denki.[4] Penn claims his magazine background helped him setting up a "Hollywood-style" studio system there:[2]


  1. ^ "The ZZAP! Reviewers". Zzap!64, Issue 2 (republished at June 1985. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The Denki Difference: how one small studio is bringing back the spirit of DMA Design..." The Guardian Games blog. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
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  4. ^ a b Stuart, Keith (2 February 2009). "Gary Penn on the rules of game design". The Guardian Games blog. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Gamasutra - The Replay Interviews: Gary Penn".
  6. ^ "Games Media Awards". The Guardian Games blog. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 19 October 2011.

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