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Lead Animator at Signal Studios. Worked at Nintendo Software Technology, Handheld Games, and Snowblind Studios.

I'm a part-time contributor to, and post infrequently to my blog, Hopper's Video Game Stash.


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Posted by Ben Hopper on Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:35:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Serious
On Friday, November 4, 2011, mere days after the release of their long-awaited title, The Lord Of The Rings: War In The North, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment broke the news to a whole lot of people at WB Games Seattle ...

Posted by Ben Hopper on Mon, 31 Oct 2011 06:32:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC
By name alone, Mr. Do! sounds more like Silly Game than Great Game. It is, in fact, a silly game, but make no mistake, Mr. Do! is also one of the most underappreciated classic arcade games of all time.

Posted by Ben Hopper on Tue, 03 Aug 2010 01:31:00 EDT in Design
Treasure's newest game isn't perfect, but it's still one of the best action games you'll play all year and their best effort since Ikaruga.

Ben Hopper's Comments

Comment In: [News - 05/15/2013 - 03:51]

This is a silly article. ...

This is a silly article.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/08/2013 - 01:45]

@ Dave Smith: Congrats on ...

@ Dave Smith: Congrats on your experience being totally different. You must be a major presence in the game industry. That doesn 't mean Dan 's account is any less true or legitimate.

Comment In: [News - 10/25/2012 - 06:06]

WB is the new EA. ...

WB is the new EA.

Comment In: [News - 07/20/2011 - 01:19]

Except that WB Games has ...

Except that WB Games has been doing nothing but laying people off at their Seattle-based studios off since she 's been in charge. r n r nI 'd say Laura Fryer very hypocritical.

Comment In: [News - 06/25/2012 - 10:41]

I thought Reggie came here ...

I thought Reggie came here to kick ass. Ass kickers don 't whine, Reg.

Comment In: [Feature - 03/28/2012 - 04:28]

Really good article. However, I ...

Really good article. However, I 'm curious if the author has read the book Game Over by David Sheff, which I found to be an amazing account of Nintendo 's history.