User review spotlight: Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (DOS)

Kaz Hirai

Also Known As

  • Kazuo Hirai

Game Credits

Business

Killzone 3 (2011)   (President Sony Computer Entertainment)
Heavy Rain (2010)   (Executive Management Team)
Sports Champions (2010)   (We Would Like to Thank Each Individual At Sony Computer Entertainment America for Their Contribution, Support and Dedication to the Success of Sport Champions with Special Recognition to the Executive Management Team Including:)
Flower (2009)   (Executive Management Team)
Killzone 2 (2009)   (President, Sony Computer Entertainment)
SingStar ABBA (2008)   (Executive Management Team)
MLB 07: The Show (2007)   (Executive Management team)
Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice (2007)   (With special recognition to the Executive Management Team including)
NCAA GameBreaker 2001 (2000)   (President)
NHL FaceOff 2001 (2000)   (President)
 

Production

Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (2007)   (Executive Producers)
 

Public Relations

ATV Offroad Fury 2 (2002)   (Executive Marketing Team)
 

Thanks

inFAMOUS: Second Son (2014)   (We would like to thank)
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale (2012)   (The Santa Monica Studio would like to thank the following individuals)
Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (2012)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of The Ratchet Collection with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
Resistance: Burning Skies (2012)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Resistance: Burning Skies with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
inFAMOUS 2 (2011)   (Special Thanks)
inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood (2011)   (Special Thanks)
Killzone 3 (2011)   (Special Thanks)
LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Littlebigplanet 2 with special recognition to the executive management team including)
MotorStorm: Apocalypse (2011)   (With special thanks to the Executive Management Team including)
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One (2011)   (We would like to thank)
Resistance 3 (2011)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Resistance 3 with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011)   (Extra Special Thanks - Executive Management Team)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (2011)   (Special Thanks)
MAG (2010)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of MAG with special recognition to the executive management team including:)
ModNation Racers (2010)   (We Would Like to Thank Each Individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for Their Contributions, Support and Dedication to the Success of ModNation Racers with Special Recognition to the Executive Management Team Including:)
inFAMOUS (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Jak and Daxter: The Lost Frontier (2009)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Jak and Daxter®: The Lost Frontier™ with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (2009)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions; support and dedication to the success of Motorstorm Arctic Edge with special recognition to the executive management team including)
Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic (2009)   (Thanks)
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (2009)   (Special Thanks)
Resistance: Retribution (2009)   (SCEA)
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (2009)   (Special Thanks)
God of War: Chains of Olympus (2008)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contridubtions, support and dedication to the success of God of War: Chains of Olympus with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
MLB 08: The Show (2008)   (Special Thanks)
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Patapon (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty (2008)   (We would like to thank)
Resistance 2 (2008)   (Special Thanks)
Secret Agent Clank (2008)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Secret Agent Clank with special recognition to the executive management team including)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Confrontation (2008)   (Additional special thanks)
Twisted Metal: Head-On (Extra Twisted Edition) (2008)   (Special Thanks)
The Eye of Judgment (2007)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of THE EYE OF JUDGMENT™ with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
Folklore (2007)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Folklore™ with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Formula 1 Championship Edition (2007)   (Executive Management Team)
God of War II (2007)   (Executive Special Thanks)
Go! Puzzle (2007)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Go! Puzzle with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Heavenly Sword (2007)   (Special Thanks)
MLB 07: The Show (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters (2007)   (Special Thanks (Executive Management Team))
Rogue Galaxy (2007)   (Special Thanks)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Tactical Strike (2007)   (Sony Computer Entertainment America Executive Management team)
Syphon Filter: Combat Ops (2007)   (Special Thanks)
Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow (2007)   (We would like to thank each individual at SCE for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Syphon Filter®: Logan's Shadow with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
ATV Offroad Fury Pro (2006)   (Executive Special Thanks)
Daxter (2006)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Daxter with special recognition to the Executive Management team including: )
Genji: Days of the Blade (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Killzone: Liberation (2006)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Killzone™: Liberation with special recognition to the Executive Management team Including:)
Lemmings (2006)   (Special Thanks)
LocoRoco (2006)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America)
MotorStorm (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Resistance: Fall of Man (2006)   (Special Thanks)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs - Fireteam Bravo 2 (2006)   (Special Thanks )
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror (2006)   (Special Thanks)
Tourist Trophy: The Real Riding Simulator (2006)   (Special Thanks )
ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails (2005)   (Special Thanks)
The Con (2005)   (With special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
EyeToy: Kinetic (2005)   (Special Recognition to the Management Team)
Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (2005)   (Special Thanks)
God of War (2005)   (Executive Special Thanks)
Jak X: Combat Racing (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Kingdom of Paradise (2005)   (Special Thanks (Executive Management Team))
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Pursuit Force (2005)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Pursuit Force with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Ratchet: Deadlocked (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Rise of the Kasai (2005)   (Executive Special Thanks)
Shadow of the Colossus (2005)   (Special Thanks)
Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves (2005)   (Special Thanks)
SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs (2005)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of SOCOM 3: U.S. Navy SEALs with special recognition to the Executive Management team including:)
Twisted Metal: Head-On (2005)   (Special Thanks)
WipEout Pure (2005)   (Special Thanks)
ATV Offroad Fury 3 (2004)   (Management Team)
EyeToy: AntiGrav (2004)   (Special Thanks)
EyeToy: Play 2 (2004)  
Gran Turismo 4 (2004)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Gran Turismo 4 with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Jak 3 (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Killzone (2004)   (Special recognition to the Executive Management team)
Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal (2004)   (SCEA Special Thanks)
Rise to Honor (2004)   (Special Thanks)
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (2004)   (Executive Acknowledgement)
Amplitude (2003)   (Thanks To )
Jak II (2003)   (with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
MLB 2004 (2003)   (Special Thanks)
Primal (2003)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Primal with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando (2003)  
Siren (2003)   (Special Thanks (Executive Management Team))
SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs (2003)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support, and dedication to the success of SOCOM II: U.S. Navy SEALs with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
War of the Monsters (2003)   (Special Thanks to the SCEA Executive Management Team)
Dark Cloud 2 (2002)   (We would like to thank each undividual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contribution, support and dedication to the success of Dark Cloud 2 with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Disney's Treasure Planet (2002)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of Disney's Treasure Planet with special recognition to the Executive management team including)
Drakan: The Ancients' Gates (2002)   (Special Thanks)
The Mark of Kri (2002)   (Special Thanks)
Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus (2002)   (Special Thanks )
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs (2002)   (Special Thanks)
C-12: Final Resistance (2001)   (We would like to thank each individual at Sony Computer Entertainment America for their contributions, support and dedication to the success of C-12: Final Resistance with special recognition to the Executive Management team including)
Cool Boarders 2001 (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Extermination (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Frequency (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec (2001)   (Thank You's)
ICO (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Kinetica (2001)   (Special Thanks)
MLB 2002 (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Okage: Shadow King (2001)   (SCEA Special Thanks)
PaRappa the Rapper 2 (2001)   (Special Thanks )
Syphon Filter 3 (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Twisted Metal Small Brawl (2001)   (Special Thanks)
Crash Bash (2000)   (SCEA Special Thanks)
Dark Cloud (2000)   (SCEA Special Thanks)
MediEvil II (2000)   (And More Thank You's)
NFL GameDay 2001 (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Spyro: Year of the Dragon (2000)   (Special Thanks)
Syphon Filter 2 (2000)   (Speical Thanks)
CTR: Crash Team Racing (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Gran Turismo 2 (1999)   (And More Thank You's)
Hot Shots Golf 2 (1999)   (And More Thank You's)
Jet Moto 3 (1999)   (Special Thanks to)
NCAA Final Four 99 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
NFL GameDay 2000 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Speed Punks (1999)   (And More Thank You's)
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage! (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Syphon Filter (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Tomba! 2: The Evil Swine Return (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Twisted Metal 4 (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Um Jammer Lammy (1999)   (Special Thanks)
Wild Arms 2 (1999)   (Special Thanks To)
Bust A Groove (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Cool Boarders 3 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Crash Bandicoot: Warped (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Disney•Pixar A Bug's Life (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Legend of Legaia (1998)   (Special Thanks)
MediEvil (1998)   (Special Thanks)
NCAA GameBreaker 99 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Rally Cross 2 (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Spyro the Dragon (1998)   (Special Thanks To (SCEA))
Star Ocean: The Second Story (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Twisted Metal III (1998)   (Special Thanks)
Armored Core (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
CART World Series (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Cool Boarders 2 (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Final Fantasy Tactics (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Grandia (1997)   (Special Thanks To)
Gran Turismo (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Jersey Devil (1997)   (Special Thanks)
Jet Moto 2 (1997)   (Special Thanks to)
NFL GameDay 98 (1997)   (Special Thanks)
NHL FaceOff '98 (1997)   (SCEA)
SaGa Frontier (1997)   (Special Thanks)
 

Other

World Tour Soccer 2003 (2002)   (President)
MLB 2002 (2001)   (President)
 


Developer Biography

Kazuo (Kaz) Hirai is President and Group COO of SCEI since 1st December 2006, having replaced Ken Kutaragi.

Prior to that, he was President and CEO of SCEA. During his tenure at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Hirai was actively involved in the launch of the original PlayStation, as well as the 2000 launch of the PlayStation 2. In August 2002, Hirai again led the company into new frontiers with the introduction of the Network Adaptor, the company’s foray into online gaming.

Hirai joined Sony Computer Entertainment America in August 1995, with responsibility for the operational management of the company under the former president. Before that, Hirai worked in Sony Music Japan’s New York office coordinating the marketing of Sony Music Japan artists in the U.S. Hirai began his career with CBS/Sony Inc. (now Sony Music Entertainment Japan) in April 1984 where he was instrumental in the marketing coordination of international music in Japan and later headed the international business affairs department.

Hirai received his bachelor of liberal arts degree from the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Last updated: Dec 04, 2006