When I started working in the video game industry, it was all about the arcade. Row upon row of big heavy machines. Today you can probably play every game created in the 80's and 90's on your phone. Times have really changed.
I've been cleaning out my closets and basement and, as I do, I keep finding interesting nuggets of my career as a video game designer. This web site is a slowly-growing library of some of the stuff I've found... and more. Should be interesting to see it all in one place.
This was me in 2009. Who stays at the same video game company for over 2 decades?
Terminator 2 - 1991
Not my first game, but definitely the most interesting.
Mortal Kombat- 1992
The game that changed my life and career.
The Grid - 2000
In my opinion, the most fun game I ever worked on.
Please ignore the following. It's for search engines. Apparently in order for your web site to show up in a search you have to have a bunch of the same text and meta tags repeated. That's freakin' ridiculous. So I'm just gong to hide it all here:
John Vogel is a video game designer/artist who has worked in the industry for almost 25 years. Working at Williams Bally Midway (and later just Midway Games) his first projects were arcade video games such as "Strikeforce", "Terminator 2", "The Grid", "Revolution X", and "Mortal Kombat". When the arcade market collapsed, Midway focused on console games like Xbox, Playstation, and Nintendo products. When Midway was bought out by Warner Brothers Games in 2009, John Vogel continued his career in video game design at Netherrealm Studios. His latest project there is the DC Comics fighting game "Injustice: Gods Among Us" that pits characters like Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Joker, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, and others against each other.
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