Horii, Yuuji

Given name: 雄二
Family name: 堀井
Birthday: Jan 6, 1954
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Horii Yuuji (born January 6, 1954 in Awaji Island, Japan) is a Japanese video game designer and scenario writer best known as the creator of the Dragon Quest series. He has been said to have created the blueprint for the console role-playing game by gaming magazine Nintendo Power.

Horii graduated from Waseda University's Department of Literature. He also worked as a freelance writer for magazines, newspapers, and comics. He placed in an Enix-sponsored game programming contest with a tennis computer game, motivating him to become a video game designer. His works include the Dragon Quest games, The PORTOPIA Serial Murder Case, and the Itadaki Street series.

Horii was also a supervisor of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System game, Chrono Trigger. Chrono Trigger had multiple game endings and Horii appeared in one of the endings with the game development staff.

Horii currently heads his own production company, Armor Project, a company that has an exclusive production contract with Square Enix, a contract established with Enix before the company merged with Square. He is currently working on Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS, the first game in the main series released primarily for a handheld.

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soulstyce | Apr 22, 2020 7:24 AM
Despite being the creator of Dragon Quest, Portopia and a supervisor of Chrono Trigger, this guy is the most influential person in the game industry and one of the most important.

He single-handedly defined the visual novel, RPG, adventure, romance & mystery genres in gaming and somewhat anime/manga. Conventions like branching dialogue, open-world, command menus, **monster capturing**, nonlinear gameplay and more.

If you're reading this, please play Dragon Quest (any of them) as each one is a true masterpiece and deserves every ounce of respect there is, even the spinoffs!
DQ continues to shape the RPG industry to this day.

Without him, there would be no:
Pokémon, Final Fantasy, Persona, Xenoblade, Elder Scrolls (and other Bethesda RPGs), Metal Gear (Kojima would never have become a game developer), Zelda (as we know it), every JRPG game, any game that features any command menu system & anything that took inspiration from the aforementioned titles.

LSSJ_Gaming | Jul 31, 2019 5:45 PM
Dragon Quest and Chrono Trigger are masterpieces

Lyren | Aug 28, 2017 3:11 PM
thanks mang

MaidenVarius | Apr 10, 2010 2:21 PM
A god among men...truly

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