|Fast facts on Akinori Nishiyama|
|Company(ies): Sega of Japan|
|Role(s): Tester, designer, director, producer|
Akinori Nishiyama (西山 彰則) is a Sega employee that has been involved with the company since the Master System era and has undertaken a varitety of roles.
Nishiyama was originally a test player (usually credited by his alias, Works Nishi) whose first title was the original Phantasy Star. For its sequel, however, he acted as Writer & Director (under another alias, Chiemushi) and would become a major contributor to the series' fourth installment. He may also have been known variably as Locky P.
Nishiyama retained his position as a scenario writer through the Saturn era with Magic Knight Rayearth. He then served once more as scenario writer for Sonic Adventure and reacquainted himself with the Phantasy Star series with Phantasy Star Online.