Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Industry veteran “Zoid” retires and recalls the conference call with Miyamoto


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Blizzard’s most senior software engineer David “Zoid” Kirsch announced his retirement from the company and gaming business.

The name of this industry veteran is enviable. He has worked for some of the industry’s largest companies and some of the largest games in the past 20 years, including World of Warcraft At Blizzard, Dota 2 In Valve, and in Retro Studios’ Metroid Prime trilogy game.

Publicly announce retirement On twitter, Zoid reviewed several highlights of his career in a Twitter post. Including his Capture The Flag mod earthquake (Finally let him find a job at id Software), game test left 4 Dead After joining Valve, he launched the omnipotent Dota 2 for the first time in 2011. There is also a small anecdote about video conference calls. Shigeru Miyamoto spoke to him at the meeting. Have you heard of him?

While working at Retro Studios for the original Metroid Prime (released in 2002), he was in a conference call with a group of Nintendo designers, including Miyamoto. When looking at one of his miniboss designs, the Nintendo boss called him “Zoid-o-san”:

Yes, we think if Shigeru Miyamoto also called us by our nickname, we would think it would be great-and respectable -san The end will be the icing on the cake on the lovely anecdote cake.

Although Zoid stated that he will retire to focus on himself and his family, his last tweet in the post suggests that he may not be connected to the gaming industry forever:

Everyone at Nintendo Life wishes Zoid a happy retirement! As for others, if you find yourself in a video call with a Nintendo legend, please let us know below how you would like to resolve it. (Remember this is a family website!)