Ken Levine's Heady Games
By Garrett Martin
If you’re into videogames you might know Ken Levine’s name. That’s unusual.
Games are a multibillion-dollar industry, but making them is still a rather anonymous task. Unlike directors or writers, game designers aren’t really public figures. A creative director or lead designer will do the interview rounds among industry outlets when a game is about to be released, but they rarely reach celebrity status even among obsessive game fans. When designers’ names do resonate with players, it’s often because of controversy or attention-grabbing proclamations. But occasionally a designer’s fame is due to a track record of...