Those of us who truly love games -- enough to want to make them a career -- are often in thrall to the classics. But as developers grow older, they can become inspired by the work of their peers, too -- and not just their games, but their collaboration, mentorship, writing, and speech.
What game developers -- the individuals behind the games -- inspire people?
That's the question Gamasutra posed to its Twitter followers on Friday morning, and the below responses (while far from exhaustive) read as a veritable who's-who of game development.
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on Twitter. The questions usually go out on Fridays in the late morning, Pacific time, alongside Tweets of our regular news, blogs, and original writing.