If you happen to be an enthusiast of video games then you might have had your hands on the first-person shooter video game ‘Call of Duty’ or the single-player video game ‘X-Men’ or probably heard about these popular video games from other gaming freaks. A fleeting thought might have come to your mind as to who is the person behind designing such gaming marvels. Well it’s none other than the famous game designer, David Vonderhaar. Embarking into designing games, he initially assisted in developing games like ‘OO7: Quantum Solace’, ‘Shanghai: Second Dynasty’ and ‘Heavy Gear II’. He played an instrumental role in designing the ‘Call of Duty’ games in his capacity as Studio Design Director of the American video game development company, ‘Treyarch’ where he is often considered the unofficial Community Manager. Counted as the second most popular game designer in the United States after Howard Warshaw and the sixth around the globe, his net worth has surged following his work in the overall ‘Call of Duty’ franchise games, which includes games like ‘Call of Duty: World at War’, ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’, ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ and ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’. He has also garnered huge following in his Twitter account where his followers eagerly wait for his new tweets.
- This no-nonsense and focussed game designer began his journey with the American video game development company, ‘Treyarch’, soon after he earned his graduation from college in 1997. As the Studio Design Director of the company, he was responsible for creation of multiplayer in the first-person shooter video game ‘Call of Duty: World at War’ in 2008, then in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ in 2010 followed by ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ in 2012 and thereafter in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops III’ in 2015. His head model was applied in developing a multiplayer character model in ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’; a soldier is named Vonderhaar in ‘Call of Duty: World at War’; while a setup bot in both ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops’ and ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ is named ‘DVonderhaar’.Ranked as the second most popular video games designer in the United States, Vonderhaar has also made contributions as assistant in other games prior to developing the ‘Call of Duty’ franchise some of which are ‘Shanghai: Second Dynasty’ and ‘Heavy Gear II’ in 1999, and ‘OO7: Quantum Solace’ in 2008. The popularity of ‘Call of Duty’ franchise has seen a steep rise in his net worth that according to reports is estimated at around $10 million while sources reckon his annual salary to be $3 million. At present, he is considered the unofficial Community Manager of ‘Treyarch’ and counted among the leading players of the company along with John Rafacz, Dave Anthony and Mark Lamia.He received death threats in 2013 following issue of a new patch for ‘Call of Duty: Black Ops II’ which tweaks the firing rate of many of the weapons in multiplayer mode thus causing dissatisfaction among the fans. This ace game designer is also quite popular in social media where he boasts of having more than a million followers in his Twitter account.Continue Reading BelowBehind The Curtains
- Not much is known about the personal life of this renowned game designer. He was born on September 8, 1972, in Arizona, United States and attended ‘Loveland High School’ and thereafter ‘The Cincinnati College of Business’ where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1997. Presently he resides in Santa Monica, California.Last Updated : March 13, 2019
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