Look, we know that you know who at least half of these developers are. You probably even know what popular franchises they created, which, more often than not, is what lands someone a spot on a list like this. Perhaps you've even read the wikipedia pages for a few of these talented guys and gals that make the games we all love so dearly. But what you might not know is how to properly name-drop them during conversations with friends, a trick that, once mastered, will make you sound like you REALLY know a lot about games and the people who create them.
2013's Game Developers Conference, a dev-focused convention held yearly in San Francisco, is upon us--so if you're in or around the Bay Area, it might not be a bad time to try these smooth-talkin' tactics out. Otherwise, give 'em a shot the next time your pals' conversation shifts to games, they'll be totally impressed with how much you know about developers they've never heard of. Here are 30 developers you definitely need to know--and how to drop their names like the coolest of cats.