Ever wonder what life is like inside a video game studio? Thanks to the power of Instagram, here's a peek inside a dozen of your favorite game studios. More than 75 images in all!
Let’s start with one of the coolest, most secretive gaming meccas of them all: Valve. The creators of Half-Life, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and more, have an awesome office building in Bellevue, Washington, and here’s a look at what it’s like there behind closed doors.
In beautiful Santa Monica, Naughty Dog works its magic on games like the Uncharted trilogy and the upcoming The Last of Us.
Over here in my home state of North Carolina is where Epic Games keeps its home base. They’re located in a smallish town called Cary, which is near the Raleigh/Durham area. At Epic’s HQ, you’ll see lots of zany building features and Gears of War statues.
The fan-favorite home of all things World of WarCraft (and StarCraft, too) is every bit as geeky as you’d expect. It’s huge, too. You’ll find it in Irvine, California.
Call of Duty fans know Treyarch as the studio behind the Black Ops entries in the series. Their home is in Santa Monica, and here are a few glimpses inside.
Now we head across the pond to check out the HQ for Call of Duty‘s chief competitor: Battlefield. It’s a little hard to believe that the varied terrains seen in Battlefield 3, such as the desert maps, come from the icy colds of Stockholm, Sweden.
As long as we’re talking first-person shooters, we might as well check in with Id Software, creators of Doom, Quake, and Rage, which hails from Mesquite, Texas.
They’ve only got one game under their belt, but the talented developers at 343 Industries surprised everyone this year when they took the Halo baton from Bungie and knocked Halo 4 out of the park. Being an internal company created by Microsoft, it’s no surprised that 343 is located in Redmond, Washington.
Solid Snake and his Metal Gear series may have been born in Japan, but when he visits the States, he stays over in El Segundo, California.
One of the biggest video game publishers in the world is also a developer, and its headquarters in Redwood City, California is utterly massive. Prepare to be stunned by some of the amenities they have on campus.
Let’s end things with some shots from inside one of my favorite game publishers: Ubisoft. Ubisoft owns more than two dozen studios all over the world, each of which works on different game franchises (or specific platforms for various games), and each of which is identified by the city it calls home. Ubisoft Paris is primarily dedicated to Wii games like Rayman Raving Rabbids and Red Steel.
The company’s Montreal studio is one of its most celebrated — and for good reason. They’ve worked on every game in the Assassin’s Creed series, all of the Prince of Persia games, all of the Splinter Cell and Rainbow 6 games from Tom Clancy, all of the Far Cry games, the upcoming Watch Dogs, and many more. Chances are, at least one of your favorite games ever at least partially came from Ubisoft Montreal.