Ed Boon (right) at E3 2013
Edward John Boon
February 22, 1964
|Occupation||Game programmer, director, voice actor and producer|
Edward John Boon (born February 22, 1964) is an American video game programmer, philanthropist, and director who was employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and since 2011 has worked for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in its company NetherRealm Studios. Boon is best known for the widely popular Mortal Kombat series, which he created with John Tobias. Boon and Tobias's last names backwards are the basis for the name of the Mortal Kombat character Noob Saibot.
Life and career
Boon was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, and graduated from high school at Loyola Academy in Wilmette. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 
After graduation, he was employed by Williams Entertainment in their pinball department, working on approximately 20 pinball games over the next two years. During this time, he was called the Mortal Master, an early indicator towards a future creation.
He is the co-creator of the Mortal Kombat fighting game series, along with John Tobias, and served as the series' lead programmer, with Tobias the lead designer, until their partnership dissolved with Tobias' departure from Midway in 2000. Boon named series characters Sonya Blade and Tanya after his sisters Sonya and Tania, while another character, Noob Saibot, was named after Boon and Tobias' reversed surnames.
Boon was ranked #100 in IGN's 2009 list of "Top 100 Game Creators" for his involvement in the Mortal Kombat series. He continues to be directly involved with the MK franchise and its multimedia side projects, and has also provided voice acting and motion capture work for the games, most notably providing the voice for the "Come Here!" and "Get Over Here!" catchphrases uttered by Scorpion in every installment of the series as well as both feature films. The 2008 edition of Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition consequently awarded him a world record for the "longest-serving video game voice actor."
|1990||High Impact Football||N/A|
|1991||Super High Impact||N/A|
|1992||Total Carnage||Voice of General Akhboob|
|1992||Mortal Kombat||Designer, programmer|
|1993||Mortal Kombat II||Designer, programmer|
|1995||Mortal Kombat 3||Designer, programmer|
|1995||Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3||Executive producer, designer, programmer|
|1996||Mortal Kombat Trilogy||N/A|
|1997||Mortal Kombat 4||N/A|
|1999||Mortal Kombat Gold||Project lead|
|2002||Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance||Team lead, game design, programming|
|2004||Mortal Kombat: Deception||Project lead, game design, programming|
|2005||Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks||Executive producer|
|2006||Mortal Kombat: Armageddon||Creative director|
|2008||Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe||Creative director, team lead|
|2011||Mortal Kombat||Team leader, creative director|
|2011||Batman: Arkham City Lockdown||Creative director|
|2013||Injustice: Gods Among Us||Team leader, creative director|
|2013||Batman: Arkham Origins||N/A|
|2015||Mortal Kombat X||Creative director, team leader|
|2017||Injustice 2||Creative director, team lead|
|2019||Mortal Kombat 11||Creative director, team lead|
- F-14 Tomcat (1987) - effects
- Space Station: Pinball Rendezvous (1987) - software and effects
- Banzai Run (1988) - effects
- Taxi (1988) - software and effects
- Black Knight 2000 (1989) - software and effects
- FunHouse (1990) - voice of Rudy
- Mortal Kombat (1995) - voice of Scorpion
- Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) - voice of Scorpion
- Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011) - cameo appearance in first-season episode "Johnny Cage"
- Birthday references:
- ed boon [@noobde] (February 22, 2016). "Thanks for all the Birthday wishes everyone! Very much appreciated! Smoke the dog bones! Who catches a bad cough on their birthday? This guy. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" (Tweet). Retrieved November 16, 2016 – via Twitter.
- Alex Fiegl (August 31, 2015). "Ed Boon presentation". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
- "Universities of Missouri, Illinois hailed as tech's powerful colleges". St. Louis Business Journal. May 3, 2010. Retrieved June 3, 2010.
- "Mortal's Master: Programmer Ed Boon". GamePro. IDG (86): 38–40. November 1995.
- "E3 2010: Mortal Kombat Returns! See the New Trailer!". DreadCentral.
- IGN Games (February 23, 2009). "Top 100 Game Creators". IGN. Archived from the original on July 10, 2012. Retrieved June 3, 2010.