Dave Perry is the visionary game designer behind some of the most beloved titles of the past two decades — Earthworm Jim, MDK, Messiah, and game adaptations of films such as Terminator and The Matrix.

Why you should listen

David Perry is the mind behind such famed video games as Earthworm Jim (in which a bionic suit-clad worm saves the galaxy), Messiah (in which a rogue cherub hijacks creatures' bodies to defeat sin), and best-selling game adaptations of movies like Disney's Aladdin, Terminator and The Matrix. He has designed tie-ins for international brands such as 7-Up and McDonald's, and now works on a group of massively multiplayer online titles for Acclaim.

A programmer since childhood and a lifelong gamer, Perry has a special understanding of the mechanics that make games fresh, fun, emotionally involving -- and addictive. A sense of humor and a visionary outlook make him a sought-after adviser in the industry, and he also heads several websites on the art and business of game development, including GameConsultants.com, GameInvestors.com and the Game Industry Map.

David Perry founded the game software developer Gaikai in 2008 and now works for Sony, which acquired Gaikai and is leading the development of the Sony PlayStation 4.
 

David Perry’s TED talks

David Perry on the TED Blog

Will videogames become better than life? David Perry on TED.com

October 6, 2008

Game designer David Perry says tomorrow’s videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They’ll be lush, complex, emotional experiences — more involving and meaningful to some than real life. (Recorded February 2006 in Monterey, California. Duration: 21:06.) Watch David Perry’s 2006 talk on TED.com, where you can download this […]

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Quotes from David Perry

From an early age I learned to invest myself emotionally in what unfolded before me on screen. Today, after 20 years of watching TV geared to make me emotional, even a decent insurance commercial can bring tears to my eyes.
David Perry
TED2006 • 965K views Oct 2008
Fascinating, Informative