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List of Famous Game Programmers

List of famous game programmers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top game programmers in the world? This includes the most prominent game programmers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable game programmers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic game programmers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned game programmers.

List features people like Peter Molyneux, Ron Gilbert.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game programmers to the lesser known game programmers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game programmer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game programmers ever?" and "What are the names of famous game programmers?" then you're in the right place. (109 items)

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    Peter Douglas Molyneux, OBE is a English video game designer and programmer. He created the god games Populous, Dungeon Keeper and Black & White as well as Theme Park, the Fable series and Curiosity – What's Inside the Cube? His new studio 22Cans currently works on Godus. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Guildford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Video game designer, Game programmer
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    Sidney K. "Sid" Meier is a Canadian-American programmer, designer and producer of several popular strategy video games and simulation video games, most notably Civilization. Meier co-founded MicroProse in 1982 with Bill Stealey and is the Director of Creative Development of Firaxis Games, which he ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Video Game Producer, Designer, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Ron Gilbert is an American video-game designer, programmer, and producer, best known for his work on several classic LucasArts adventure games, including Maniac Mansion and the first two Monkey Island games. His games are generally focused on interactive story-telling. After leaving LucasArts, Gilbert ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: La Grande, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Designer, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Danielle Bunten Berry, born Daniel Paul Bunten, and also known as Dan Bunten, was an American game designer and programmer, known for the 1983 game M.U.L.E., and 1984's The Seven Cities of Gold. In 1998 she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Computer Game Developers Association. And in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1949-1998)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Computer scientist, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Chris Sawyer is a Scottish video game developer who is best known for designing and programming Transport Tycoon and the RollerCoaster Tycoon series. He is the founder of 31X, a mobile game development company. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 46
    • Profession: Programmer, Video game development, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Alfonso John Romero is a director, designer, programmer, and developer in the video game industry. He is best known as a co-founder of id Software and designer for many of their games, including Wolfenstein 3D, Dangerous Dave, Doom and Quake. His game designs and development tools, along with new ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Designer, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Tim Sweeney, born in 1970, is an American computer game programmer and the founder of Epic Games, being best known for his work on ZZT and the Unreal Engine. Sweeney established Epic as a shareware company while he was a student majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. He said ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Potomac, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Game programmer
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    Junichi Masuda is a video game composer, director, designer, producer, and programmer best known for his work on the Pokémon franchise. He is a member of the Game Freak board of directors, and has worked at the company since 1989. He helped compose the music for games like Mendel Palace and Pulseman ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Yokohama, Japan
    • Profession: Video game development, Video Game Producer, Game programmer
    • Credits: Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior, Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and White—Victini and Zekrom, Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice, Genesect and the Legend Awakened, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction + 1 more
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    Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Newport, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Programmer, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Russell Lieblich was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as doing the Commodore 64 music translation of one of LucasArts first titles, Ballblazer. He graduated with a Master's Degree in Music from UC San ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 52 (1953-2005)
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Ken Williams is an American game programmer who co-founded On-Line Systems together with his wife Roberta Williams. On-Line Systems eventually became Sierra On-Line and was ultimately renamed Sierra Entertainment. The couple were leading figures in the development of graphical adventure games. At its ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Game programmer
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Farmingdale, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Game programmer
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    Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Programmer, Editor, Entrepreneur, Graphic Designer, Game programmer + 1 more
    • Credits: James Balboa: A Wii Sports Tale, Rob and Willy's Spanish Adventure, Battle Arena 3, Nerd-B-Gone, Destinos: Pepino y Panzon + 7 more
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    Bill Williams was a game designer, programmer, and author. Williams' games for the Atari 8-bit computers and Commodore Amiga are admired for their unique and imaginative design concepts, beautiful graphics, innovative sound and music, and skillful implementation. He left games to attend the Lutheran ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 38 (1960-1998)
    • Profession: Programmer, Author, Game programmer
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    Ken Silverman is an American game programmer, best known for writing the Build engine used in Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, Blood, and more than a dozen other games in the mid- to late-1990s. Once considered the primary rival of John Carmack, Silverman started work on the Build engine sometime before ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Yorktown, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Game programmer
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    Tom A. Hall is a game designer born in Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he received a B.S. in Computer Science. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Game programmer, Game designer
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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
    • Profession: Programmer, Game programmer
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    Thomas Charles "Tom" Fulp is the co-owner of video game company The Behemoth, and the creator and administrator of Newgrounds, a popular website for sharing indie games, animation, art and music. He co-created the Flash game Alien Hominid, which he later developed for consoles under the Behemoth, and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Perkasie, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Webmaster, Businessperson, Game programmer
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    • Profession: Game programmer
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    Edward J. "Ed" Boon is an American video game programmer and director who had been employed for over 15 years at Midway Games and currently works for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in its subsidiary company NetherRealm Studios. Boon is best known for the widely popular Mortal Kombat series, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Video Game Producer, Game programmer
    • Credits: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
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