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Initial post: Dec 16, 2012 8:38:15 PM PST
An Auteur is described as being a single person who's creative vision shines throughout a work. Originally applying to film directors, this certainly applies to video game makers as well.

Who is your favorite Auteur?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 8:50:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 16, 2012 8:52:52 PM PST
StriderNeo15 says:
Tetsuya Takahashi I guess, is there an auteur of the Tales of series?

Edit: Maybe Kosuke Fujishima or Yoshito Higuchi.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2012 8:53:54 PM PST
Hmmm...I guess I would have to say Tim Schafer. His humor is apparent in his games.

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 8:55:19 PM PST
Ken Levine!

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 9:09:23 PM PST
Shigeru Miyamoto.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 7:13:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 7:49:10 AM PST
Hideki Kamiya

Edit: Sakaguchi too, the shame is great!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 7:14:02 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 7:15:40 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
Kojima
Miyamoto
Suda 51

I agree with Yorks too about Tim Schaffer.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 7:33:53 AM PST
Hideo Kojima, no doubt.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 7:43:42 AM PST
Oskar2525 says:
Hironobu Sakaguchi

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 8:17:10 AM PST
Meatwad says:
I'll go with Ken Levine. Could the Houser Brothers count or no?

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 8:32:21 AM PST
Alien Fodder says:
I know this doesn't answer the OP's question so you can downvote my post all you want but I find it funny how the English language gives a rather pompous meaning to a word that really simply means "author". I wonder how that came about...

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:18:37 AM PST
Does Tim Schafer count?

Because Tim Schafer.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:19:58 AM PST
The answer is Stephen Spielberg, at least according to Oskar.

For really though, Sakaguchi.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:08:32 PM PST
Nicos says:
Tom Fulp/Dan Paladin. Hopefully Battleblock Theatre will be out this year...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 11:39:18 PM PST
It was actually a Frenchie who developed auteur theory as it applies to film. Films are necessarily collaborative and often basically industrial efforts, but the idea of the auteur is that there are some directors who are so visionary that they function more like a single author (thus the role of the screenwriter in particular and everyone else in general is less important).

Anyway, for me personally, when it comes to film, I'd definitely put Hitchcock and Miyazaki into this category. In terms of video games, I haven't really thought about it that way before, but I guess Miyamoto would qualify for me personally, if by "auteur" we mean a game director whose vision comes through strongly in his work (i.e. I could identify one of his games as his work even if I didn't previously know it was his). Maybe Akihiro Hino and Shu Takumi too, just based on their more recent stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 4:54:08 AM PST
Classic dropping some knowledge.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:11:06 AM PST
Definitely Tim Schaefer. I'd have wantedto say Gabe Newell, but I don't think he's as creatively involved with his games anymore.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:22:01 AM PST
If it counts, Nobuo Uematsu

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:23:01 AM PST
He doesn't really fit into auteur theory, but he is a wonderful composer none the less.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:24:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 18, 2012 5:24:40 AM PST
darn... then I honestly don't know any Auteur's by name. I never pay attention to that stuff with games :p I'll go with the guy who originally made Final Fantasy then... name is something I don't remember.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:26:12 AM PST
Hinorobu Sakaguchi, and he would totally count. The Final Fantasies where he acted as writer and director have a very distinct feel from the rest of the series.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:30:00 AM PST
MrFoxhound says:
You mean they're good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 5:32:11 AM PST
Well it is distinct from the rest of the series. :p

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 5:50:28 AM PST
Voice of god says:
Uwe Boll.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 18, 2012 9:37:58 AM PST
I'd say that flavor fell over into Lost Odyssey though.
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