Ed Rotberg (Battlezone, S.T.U.N. Runner) at CGE
I'm going to announce the industry legends we've confirmed attendance for at this year's Classic Gaming Expo at the Classic Gaming Expo site, but in this forum I'm going to detail them so you can take note of which games and items that you might want to bring along for signatures!
If you can measure a video game designer's prowess by his ability to cross genres, platforms, and manufacturers, then surely a designer who crosses entire ERAs measures highest of all.
Ed Rotberg designed coin-ops in three decades, and was with Atari both when it was in its infancy in the 1970's and again during its resurgence in the 1990's. His first arcade design was Atari Baseball in 1979 but in those early years he is best known for designing the classic Battlezone.
Rotberg moved from Atari to Sente and spent a good deal of the 1980's designing that company's cornerstone titles, such as Snake Pit, Hat Trick, and Goalie Ghost.
In 1987 he returned to Atari and was instrumental in exploiting some truly unique hardware developments with his brilliant S.T.U.N. Runner coin-op design. He was also the lead designer on Atari's Blasteroids, and co-designed the helicopter sim/arcade game Steel Talons with Ed Logg. In between those popular games, he also developed the vastly underrated Shuuz (which happens to be a favorite around here).
Thought I'd start bumping the guests who have confirmed for CGE 2k4 on August 21st & 22nd!