Todd Howard is a creative designer from the United States of America, but he does not make clothes or bags, he is a game creator. He produces video games and nowadays he releases them under an employer called Bethesda Game Studios. He made some of the world’s most famous games and they are called Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
He is such a great producer and makes so much money and has such a great influence that he has been named one of the most influential people in the whole game creating and gaming industry. He is in the top 20, GamePro claims.
He was born in 1970. or 1971. In Pennsylvania in the United States of America. Todd doesn’t like to really share personal information and therefore we don’t know the exact date of his birth, but we are familiar with the fact that he was a child who absolutely loved computers!
Video games were very fascinating to him and he claims that, since he was pretty young, he had many ideas of creating one. One of his favorite games was called Wizardry (developed by Sir-Tech) and he also loved Ultima III: Exodus. These games awakened his love for producing and he says that they were a great inspiration to him.
He want to a high school in Emmaus which he finished in 1989. Emmaus is a borough in Pennyslvania. He later graduated at a college in Williamsburg which is in Virginia and the name of the college was College of William & Mary. He specialised both in engineering and in finance because he wasn’t exactly all to interested in any of them, but he had to get through college so he could get into the world of creating video games.
In 1988, a games called Wayne Gretzky Hockey was released from an employer company called Bethesda Softworks and Todd got very interested in getting a job there. This office was something he had been watching for a long time since it was inbetween his home and his shool and so he sent them his resume and waited for their response. They first claimed that he was too young and needed to finish school and when he did so, they told him that he doesn’t qualify anyway. It was very heartbreaking for him, but he knew he had to continue searching because one day it will pay off.
In the end, they accepted him in 1994 after multiple negotiations. The first work he made there was designing a famous game called The Terminator: Future Shock, a shooter video game. Later he created Skynet and then he made The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. This last game was released in 1996.
Howard didn’t stop working until he decided what game he was going to make in order to get himself recognized. He worked on many of them, but none of them felt as if they were the right one!
He continued to work on the Elder Scrolls series and created The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard in 1998 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind as an expansion. Later he made both the game and some of the extra content for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
However, he wanted to create something different after that and that’s how he got into Fallout. He was the director of Fallout 3 and he said that his main goal was to let people enjoy the game and forget about all of their worries and all of their problems.
But, Howard soon got back to creating his The Elder Scrolls series and made The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It was released in 2011 and he later said that he will dedicate only to other games.
That’s why he later lead the creating of Fallout 4 that came out in 2015, Fallout Shelter (a mobile game) and to this day he still makes various games that his writers have an idea for.
Many people say he is one of the best people in his work and that he is very dedicated to whatever he does. His coworkers claim that he is also very nice to work with.
He is one of those people who also has a great manner so they always take him to present games and to speak at some events, for some magazines and TV shows. He has been on CNN, USA Today, The Today Show and so on.
He shares various information with the public and some of the things he spoke about were also the way he makes games. He said that often he created a really great design document when he is making a game, but that he always changes most of it throughout playing because making something in theory and making something practical are two very different things.
Todd also shared some advice with other, younger game creators. He said that they should always keep it simple because it’s a rule in game creating that even the smallest things end up being more complicated than one things and it will all basically start to be too much to handle if the design was too complicated in the very beginning on its own.
Howard claims that when creating a game, he doesn’t create bullet points about the game, but about the things he wants to ensure the player has.
Howard was named the Best Game Director in 2012 and this was by Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. In 2014, he got the Lara of Honor and this was huge for him.
Todd Howard does not like to share his personal life with anyone and that’s why many people don’t even know his birthdate.
He has a wife called Randye Howard and a son called Jake Howard. The family lives together a peaceful life that they try to hide away from the public in order to not get into the media all of the time and therefore cause a fight.
Full name: Todd Howard
Date of birth: April 25th, 1971
Profession: game producer
Height: 188 cm
Net Worth: $15 million