News Archive - February, 2009
Ed Boon Makes IGNs List of Top 100 Game Creators!

Recently, the folks over at IGN posted a series called "The Top 100 Game Creators of All Time". The list is comprised of those heavily involved in game creation, whether from a technical or an artist standpoint. Kicking off the list at number 100 is Mortal Kombat's very own team lead and co-creator, Ed Boon! From the article:

It all started when Midway decided to capitalize on the success of eventual rival Capcom and its blockbuster slugger, Street Fighter II, by creating a unique fighting game of its own. John Tobias and Ed Boon were tapped as the men who could pull it off -- with Tobias handling much of the design and Boon wielding his programmer's wand to create the overnight success, Mortal Kombat.

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Though John Tobias left the Midway team in 2000, Boon has continued to create and oversee each new Mortal Kombat project. He has reinvented the series from its simplistic roots into a deep, well-rounded fighter that's seen upgrades that include everything from the use of weapons and fully-realized quest modes to online head-to-head match-ups and fighters with dynamically-switching fighting styles -- and audiences continue to eat it up.

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Midway Files For Bankruptcy

The struggling video game publisher Midway filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this morning Kotaku reports.

"This was a difficult but necessary decision," said Midway Chairman, President and CEO Matt Booty. "We have been focused on realigning our operations and improving our execution, and this filing will relieve the immediate pressure from our creditors and provide us time for an orderly exploration of our strategic alternatives. This Chapter 11 filing is the next logical step in an ongoing process to address our capital structure."

Filing for Chapter 11 is not an immediate liquidation of assets, but allows Midway to continue operating for the time being.

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