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Game designers put their souls into their work — but rarely their faces. That’s why we chose some of the most acclaimed digital crafters and transformed them into characters from their titles through the magic of Photoshop.

Browse the gallery below to see the minds behind some of your favorite video games as badass heroes, repulsive monsters, and deformed fairies.