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The most influential game programmers of all time are the talented and visionary men and women who have developed many of the best video games ever. Each with multiple titles on their resume, these top video game programmers have brought joy to millions of gamers around the globe with their revolutionary and legendary games.

It would be easy to select earlier game programmers as among the most influential simply as they created the games that came first. Who knows how games would have evolved if not for Nolan Bushnell and Pong, Toru Iwantani and Pac-man or Alexey Pajitnov and Tetris. Each of those programmers and games, along with Shigeru Miyamoto, programmer behind classic titles like the Super Mario and Zelda series, Donkey Kong and Star Fox, among others, set the tone for which video game programmers to come could work from.

Another argument could be made that the more recent video game programmers should be seen as more influential because they took the fundamentals established by the older programmers and built newer games. Developers such as Will Wright, who developed the Sims series, Hideo Kojima, responsible for the Metal Gear series, Satoshi Tajiri, who made the Pokemon series, and Sam and Dan Houser, who developed the Grand Theft Auto series, all made their place as an influential video game developer for doing just that.

So whether these programmers created some of the first video games, the greatest RPG video games, like Hironobu Sakaguchi did with the Final Fantasy series, or just created those most addicting video games of all time, each of these programmers are easily the most influential in the world of video gaming.

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Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Hideo Kojima is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Hideo Kojima age 53

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Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Sid Meier age 61

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John D. Carmack is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Alexey Pajitnov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Toru Iwantani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Satoshi Tajiri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Will Wright is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Will Wright age 57

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Hironobu Sakaguchi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Michael Morhaime is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Tim Schafer age 49

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David Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
David Crane age 59

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Nolan Bushnell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Fumito Ueda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Fumito Ueda age 46

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Michel Ancel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Michel Ancel age 45

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David Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
David Jones age 49

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John Romero is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
John Romero age 49

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Chris Roberts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Chris Roberts age 47

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Tom Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Tom Hall age 52

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Roberta Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Ken Levine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Ken Levine age 67

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Gregg Mayles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Gregg Mayles age 46

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Shinji Mikami is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Shinji Mikami age 51

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Yukio Futatsugi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Jenova Chen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Jenova Chen age 35

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Masaya Matsuura is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Dan Houser is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Dan Houser age 43

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Sam Houser is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Sam Houser age 45

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Keiji Inafune is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Keiji Inafune age 51

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Hideki Kamiya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Hideki Kamiya age 46

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Takashi Tezuka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Rod Humble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time
Rod Humble age 52

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David Helgason is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Mike Kulas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Jordan Mechner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time