I am Mr. Hoffmann, the grandson of Reinhold Hoffmann and a gamer now since around 1987.
Some of my favourite game series are Mortal Kombat, Borderlands, Tekken, King of Fighters, Monster Rancher, Bust A Groove and basically too many more to count them all.
Beside gaming, I like writing about it and video game culture.
You might have heard or read about http://www.game-art-hq.com a website which features over 15 art collaborations by gamers and is also the home of a growing video game character database.
Currently we have a League of Legends Crossover Project in Progress, are working with Overclocked.Remix on a big tribute for Final Fantasy IX and are mostly expanding the database sector which covers around 1500 video game characters now.
If you are an artist, our current art contest might interest you. It has prizes up to $100 and is about drawing with traditional methods.
Do you remember the articles about people leaving Naughty Dog in the last months and people..being worried about the state of Naughty Dog?
Some people mentioned it in comments already...developers come and go and come and go..there is a big fluctuation in the video game business and if you are familiar with the mobygames database and looked up many pages of developers, concept artists, character designers etc. there you might seen that almost no guy who worked in the video game industry for 10+ years stayed at one place.
People, especially outside Japan were it might be more traditional, change from 5 years at Activision to 3 years at Electronic Arts and now they are working for Sega, Namco or Ubisoft.
Its nothing really extraordinay and I am sure we will see a ton more developers changing the fronts.
Nate Wells, former Art Director from Naughty Dog who left the company in April 2014 to join Giant Sparrow games is back at ND and working there now as Lead Artist.