List of Famous Game Designers People

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
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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: age 56
    • Birthplace: Fort Meade, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Novelist, Science-fiction writer, Author, Writer, Game designer
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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 theme ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: South East England, Eurasia, Reading, United Kingdom, England, + more
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Bassist, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Killing Fields, The Art in Heaven Concert, The Space Movie, Tubular Bells II Live, Mike Oldfield: Live at Montreux 1981, + more
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    Richard Garriott
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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 aspects ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Programmer, Video game development, Entrepreneur, Astronaut, Designer, + more
    • Credits: Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission, Apogee of Fear
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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 into ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Sonobe, Japan
    • Profession: Businessperson, Video Game Producer, Cartoonist, Video game designer
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    Peter Molyneux
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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: age 56
    • Birthplace: Guildford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Video game designer, Game programmer
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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: age 48
    • Birthplace: Sonoma, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Game designer
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    Gary Gygax
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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, USA
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Writer, Game designer
    • Credits: Dungeons & Dragons
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    Sid Meier
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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: 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
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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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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    Will Wright
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    William Ralph "Will" Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the ex game development company Maxis, and then part of Electronic Arts. In April 2009, he left EA to run "Stupid Fun Club Camp", an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders. The first ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Video game development, Scientist, Video game designer
    • Credits: Bar Karma
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    Hironobu Sakaguchi is a Japanese video game designer, director, producer, and former film director. He is the creator of the Final Fantasy series, and has had a long career in gaming with over 100 million units of video games sold worldwide. He left Square Enix and founded a studio called Mistwalker in ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Hitachinaka, Japan
    • Profession: Video game development, Designer, Author, Writer, Game designer, + more
    • Credits: Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
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    Adam James Powell is a game designer and businessman. He is the co-founder of Neopets and Meteor Games.more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Wales, Newport, Eurasia, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Programmer, Game programmer, Game designer
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    Chris Roberts
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    Chris Roberts is an American video game designer, programmer, film producer and film director. He is best known for creating the popular Wing Commander series while employed at Origin Systems. Currently, he is working on the crowd-funded space simulator Star Citizen.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Redwood City, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Film Producer, Video game designer, Film Director
    • Credits: Lucky Number Slevin, Lord of War, Outlander, Wing Commander, The Big White, + more
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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

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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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    Robert Santos
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    Robert Santos is an entrepreneur, game designer, graphic designer, film editor, programmer and game programmer.more

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    • Profession: Programmer, Editor, Entrepreneur, Graphic Designer, Game programmer, + more
    • Credits: James Balboa: A Wii Sports Tale, Rob and Willy's Spanish Adventure, Battle Arena 3, Nerd-B-Gone, Destinos: Pepino y Panzon, + more
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    Rebecca Heineman
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    Rebecca Ann Heineman is an American video game programmer. A long-time veteran of the computer game industry, Heineman was a founding member of Interplay Productions, Logicware, Contraband Entertainment. She has also been affiliated at various times with Barking Lizards Technologies, Electronic Arts, ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Game designer
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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

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Game programmer, Game designer
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