You have to get your foot in the door somehow. The biggest names in the gaming industry didn't just wake up one morning to find that their opinions and designs were widely acclaimed and respected. It took work, luck, blood, sweat, tears, blood, tears, sweat, blood, and tears to get to where they are today. And though each may be best known for his or her work on a single game or series, every developer had to start somewhere.
So just where and when did these illustrious careers first begin? We've combed through game credits to track down the first projects of these celebrated auteurs. Mind you, these aren't entire studios--just the big names that you recognize from headlines and interviews. It goes to show that video games are very much a collaborative medium, and the smallest staff member can go on to take the lion's share of credit for multi-million-dollar titles. Without further ado, here are highly praised developers' first recorded contributions to the world of gaming. Try not to laugh.