Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

We asked a bunch of game developers to do their best fake gamer stock photo impressions, and the results are amazing. And a little silly.

Who would you trust to teach you how to properly hold a controller, a model or John Madden? The answer might be simple for you, but one glance at stock photos reveals conventionally attractive people who don’t know how to properly time a celebratory fist clenching. Just check out the many Fake Gamers of the Week.

I’ve taken the following photos as reminders and suggestions of proper gaming expressions and postures. Take it from these pros; this is how you should look when you’ve mistakenly chosen to reload when you really should have just switched to your sidearm.

And, ok, not all of these people are developers. But we just couldn't help ourselves. Like John Madden holding a controller. Now you know how to hold a controller. Moving on!


What does Cliffy B. have that stock photo models don’t? Reversible silk shirts.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Epic Games’ Tanya Jessen.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Gearbox Software’s Randy Pitchford, featuring Randy Pitchford’s flying elbow.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Lester "Cole Train" Speight, voice actor in Gears.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

In his path to becoming a Sith Lord, he helped make Critter Crunch. It’s Capybara Games’ Dan Vader.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Klei Entertainment’s Jamie Cheng.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Eidos Montreal’s Stephane Roy (left) and Daniel Windfeld Schmidt.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Greg Goodrich, formerly of Danger Close.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Guerilla Games’ Herman Hulst.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

This photo was taken in early 2010. Guerilla Games’ Herman Hulst noticed my confused look after this photo shoot. He said, “Just wait a few months.” He was breaking embargo on the PlayStation Move reveal and I’m ashamed I didn’t notice.

Ubisoft Montreal's Martin Schelling (left) and Ash Ismail.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Q-Games’ James Mielke and Q Entertainment’s Tetsuya Mizuguchi.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Visceral Games’ Steve Papoutsis.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Square Enix’s Motomu Toriyama (left) and Yoshinori Kitase.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Access Games’ SWERY.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS

Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda 51.

Game Developers Do Their Best Fake Gamer ImpressionsS


We'll have more fake gamer shots for you soon, all starring more crazy-posing game developers.

Miguel is a video producer and writer, currently freelancing with Rev3Games, Machinima, OXM, MTV Multiplayer, GamesRadar as well as several foreign news outlets. He can be followed on Twitter at @NormalMode. All photo credit in this post is his.