Person List of Famous Game Designers

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List of famous game designers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top game designers in the world? This includes the most prominent game designers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable game designers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic game designers 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 designers.

List people include Mike Oldfield, Richard Garriott and many more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known game designers to the lesser known game designers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the game designer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous game designers ever?" and "What are the names of famous game designers?" then you're in the right place. (231 items)
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Neal Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Neal Town Stephenson is an award-winning American writer and game designer known for his works of speculative fiction. His novels have been variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, cyberpunk, and "postcyberpunk". Other labels, such as "baroque", have been used. Stephenson's work ...more

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Author, Writer Game designer

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#143 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#24 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#73 on The Greatest Living Writers & Most Famous Authors Today

#141 on The Best Fantasy Authors

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Mike Oldfield is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Michael Gordon "Mike" Oldfield is an English musician and composer. His work blends progressive rock with world, folk, classical, electronic, ambient, and new-age. He is best known for his 1973 album Tubular Bells – which launched Virgin Records and became a hit after its opening was used as the ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom England, + more

Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Record producer, Guitarist Songwriter, + more

Credits: Scary Movie 2, The Exorcist, The Hangover Part III, Weird Science

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#253 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#179 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#41 on The Best One-Hit Wonders of the 1970s

#401 on The Best Rock Bands of All Time

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Richard Garriott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a video game developer and entrepreneur. He is also known as his alter egos Lord British in Ultima and General British in Tabula Rasa. A well-known figure in the video game industry, Garriott was originally a game designer and programmer and now engages in various ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: England, Cambridge

Profession: Programmer, Video game development, Entrepreneur, Astronaut Designer, + more

Credits: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, Apogee of Fear

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#123 on People Who Have Been To Space

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Shigeru Miyamoto is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese video game designer and producer. He is best known as the creator of some of the best-selling, most critically acclaimed, most enduring, and most influential games and franchises of all time. Miyamoto joined Nintendo in 1977, when the company was beginning its foray ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Sonobe, Japan

Profession: Businessperson, Video Game Producer, Cartoonist, Video game designer

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#480 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

#1 on The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

#717 on Celebrity Death Pool 2016

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Peter Molyneux is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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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

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Age: 56

Birthplace: Guildford, United Kingdom

Profession: Video game designer, Game programmer

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#27 on The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

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Tim Schafer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Timothy John Schafer is an American computer game designer. He founded Double Fine Productions in July 2000, after having spent over a decade at LucasArts. Schafer is best known as the designer of critically acclaimed games Full Throttle, Grim Fandango, Psychonauts, Brütal Legend, and Broken Age and ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Sonoma, California, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Game designer

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#11 on The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Internet Heroes of 2012

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Gary Gygax is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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Ernest Gary Gygax was an American writer and game designer best known for co-creating the pioneering role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons with Dave Arneson. Gygax has been described as the father of D&D. In the 1960s, Gygax created an organization of wargaming clubs and founded the Gen Con gaming ...more

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Age: Died at 70 (1938-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Author, Writer, Game designer

Credits: Dungeons & Dragons

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#73 on The Best Fantasy Authors

#51 on Famous People Named Gary

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Sid Meier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Game Designers
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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

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Video Game Producer, Designer, Game programmer Game designer

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#3 on The Most Influential Game Programmers of All Time

#13 on Famous People Named Sid

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