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Cliff Bleszinski (formerly known as Cliffy B or CliffB due to a great number of people having difficulty pronouncing his surname) was the lead designer for Epic Games. He was the lead level designer on Unreal and contributed to Unreal Mission Pack: Return to Na Pali, Unreal Tournament, Unreal II: The Awakening, Unreal Tournament 2003, and Unreal Tournament 2004. More recently he was the lead game designer on the Gears of War franchise.

Bio Edit

Clifford was born in 1975 and lived in Andover, Massachusetts before moving to La Verne, California at the age of 15.

During his time in La Verne he released his first title, called The Palace of Deceit: Dragon's Plight (1991), through his self-owned company Game Syndicate Productions. He sent it to Epic Megagames, who offered him to make another title, which became Dare to Dream (1993). He has been with the company since, working as the lead designer for several franchises such as Jazz Rackrabbit and Unreal. Cliff got less involved with Unreal's later installments (such as Unreal 2, UT2004 and UT3) and instead worked as the lead designer for the successful Gears Of War franchise.

In May, 2008, Clifford Michael Bleszinski denounced his nickname "CliffyB" in an interview with MTV, saying that it's "time to grow up a bit".[1]

Works Edit


Return to Na PaliEdit

Unreal TournamentEdit

Unreal Tournament 2003/2004Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Cliff also used the nickname "Grand Master Ice Shaft" when he was designing the Unreal Beta levels, later on he changed his nickname to "Dude Huge". He was also the lead designer for Unreal.
  • There are pictures of Cliffy in DM-Asbestos, DM-Codex and AS-BP2-Outback
  • Cliff's name is on the Nexus Missiles in AS-Convoy and on a few street signs in ONS-Urban
  • One of the unused taunts in UT2003 and UT2004 is "You're almost as good as CliffyB"
  • Changing the player's name to "CliffyB" in UT2003 or UT2004 botmatches will cause bots to have the names of various Epic Games employees

External links and references Edit

  1. 'Gears of War' Designer Cliff Bleszinski Done With The 'CliffyB' Moniker @

See also Edit

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